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PDA - Just an expensive pocket diary?
Are there any other uses?

 4:38 pm on Feb 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Most of the PDA users I know aren't using them for any other reason - so do they have any other real uses?



 4:50 pm on Feb 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I use it for calculating tip (QuickTip) in big groups, especially since two of my colleagues neglect to pay for their drinks. Want me to beam it to you? ;)


 4:52 pm on Feb 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

We used it once in two years to reboot our servers from a baseball game. Other than that is has seen no use.


 5:12 pm on Feb 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've been a user for 8 months or so, and I find my major apps are:

1) Appointment Calendar - not a lot of time spent here, but very useful for scheduling, alarms, and expense reporting.

2) Contact Manager - again, not much time, but really handy when you need to call someone from the car.

3) Password safe - VERY useful when you have dozens of e-mail, FTP, vendor, etc. passwords. This is the killer app for me - whether I'm at home, at the office, or on the road, I can track down the most obscure username and password. Not long ago I was in the car, hundreds of miles away, when someone in the office desperately needed a password. No problem...

4) AvantGo News - in terms of hours spent, my biggest app, albeit one of low priority. Saves me 50 cents every morning by substituting for buying a newspaper to read with breakfast. It also provides a great filler when caught standing in line (on line to you NYC-types), waiting for an appointment, etc. I get news from Reuters, Bloomberg, MSNBC, the NYTimes... free!

5) If you are a game person, there are some very decent timewasters available. Good for airports after you have maxxed out your news intake.

It's safe to say that I'd be reluctant to give it up...


 6:07 am on Mar 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

Totaly weird! As I write this, I am on my
IPaq connected via a cell phone.
I just checked my email and surfed a few

The internet in my pocket! always
wired 24x7 everywhere!

Much more than a address book I think.
I hope so, because, I will be running WebmasterWorld
from it all next week.


 6:22 am on Mar 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

Ok, back on the desk top. I dumped the palm because a glorified address book was what it was for me.

On the other hand, the Ipaq is fastly becoming and extension of my arm - I don't leave the desk with out it in my pocket. I can't count the times I've used it from the living room, the kitchen, or even next door at the neighbors already. Being able to switch from WiFi to the cell phone connections to get on the net is just awesome. It's addicitive. So much so, I think I'm going to spring for a wireless aircard for high speed internet (144kpbs) for it.


 6:35 am on Mar 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

I just checked my email and surfed a few sites.

And how was that? Was lots of scrolling involved?

Also, how much would the wireless high speed internet be?


 9:52 am on Mar 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

Connecting via a mobile phone is very expensive over here in the UK.

I know a few people who connect laptops via mobile for a few minutes, but it is not viable for longer sessions.

Mobile satellite connections may be the way forward on this.

However, I still think you are in the minority in connecting via an iPAQ.


 10:05 am on Mar 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

I can see that over there Ian. Here, we have quite a few cell companies in phone wars with each other. The results are reduced costs due to competition. (900minute a month - free night and weekends - $79 a month). The air card is $99 a month (144kbps).


Some - sure. I'm using NetFront access browser and it's pretty good at reflowing text.

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