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Old November 12th, 2002, 06:30 PM

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I have had my Handspring Visor for 2 years and have found many many uses for it. Mostly I use it for note taking while in meetings. The ability to sync it to my MS Outlook is critical. All my notes are copied from the Visor to the Outlook Notes -- which is very useful.

Additionally, I use it for the AvantGo features of downloading the NY Times front page (great bathroom reading), the Vintage program which I use to track my wine inventory, the Calendar and address features, and finally...Dope Wars!

I expect I will upgrade my Visor to something with a Sprint PCS cellphone attached, but I am not in that big of a hurry to spend the money to accomplish this task...yet.

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Old November 12th, 2002, 06:34 PM
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how many of them have 802.11 integrated into them? If I could get a machine like that for surfing/ emailing while lounging about the flat that would be really cool...
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Old November 12th, 2002, 09:20 PM
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You can get an 802.11 expansion card for the Handspring. Wireless modem too.
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Old November 12th, 2002, 11:03 PM

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Those tablets are sweet. I went to the launch in S.F.. All of the tablet have 802.11b in them. Plus a NIC card and a 56k. My favorit model is the HP/Compaq one. The keyboard detaches from the screen. The battries Last about 4 hours and recharge between 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on if you use it while recharging it. It also has 2 usb ports. The docking station allows for your tablet screen to be on streched onto a montor (dule montors).

HP Models

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Old November 12th, 2002, 11:53 PM
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Originally posted by dogscoff:
Apart from serving as a source of peurile "Palm Pilot" jokes, what good are these things? What can you actually do with them? Can you do any worthwhile computing without a keyboard or is it just a glorified AddressBook & diary?
That may be a thing of the past.

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Old November 13th, 2002, 03:44 AM

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On a practical note:
People used to have "Day Timers" which was a hard copy Calendar / to do list / address book.
Palm Pilots (brand name), and i'm sure others link with Outlook. The managers around the office can't live without them.
I guess what I'm saying is I have not seen anything other than the Palm Pilots and the managers here can't live without them. I don't know if you can play SE on them

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I know a couple doctors & nurses that use a program called "e-pocrates" that runs on Palm OS-based handhelds. The program is basically a database that provides information on prescription medicines (dosages, interactions, recommended uses, etc.). That's probably the best use I've heard so far for Palm Pilots/Handspring Visors...
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Yeah, that's the sort of market these tablet books are supposed to be aimed at: medical ppl, stores ppl - anyone who spends mnost of their working day walking around a building.

Anyone heard much about this "Grid computing" that's set to be the next big thing? As I understand it you network a bunch of computers together and pool all their memory & processing power & resources into one distributed uber-computer, so you could have a simple wireless-enabled palmtop with the performance of a giant desktop...
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My wife loves her Clie (Sony) and uses it for all the usual things but also to show friends family photos (she takes zillions of those) and maps. She also steals my C-pen and inputs into the Clie directly. C-pen is a pen-like text scanner.

I bought her a folding keyboard for Xmas - Clie plugs into the top of it.

Trying to play something like SE on a PDA is like trying to fly across the Pacific non-stop in a Ford Trimotor.
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*sigh* A guy can dream, can't he?
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