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Personal Digital Assistants

What is it?
 Small basic handheld programmable computer ~ 3x5x3/4" in size,

light weight (4-8 oz), battery operated.  Screen resolution = 160x160 pixels, more on new models.  Prices range from ~ $125 - $1000
 OS includes Calendar (Date Book), Address Book, To-Do List,

Memo Pad & Calculator functions.
 Palm Pilot 1st really successful model.  Came into it's own with the Palm III series.  Thousands of programs available from mfgr's & 3rd parties (usually

cheap $5 - $30, specialized programs can be much more).

.Why?  Small. easy to update and edit (using graffiti or a built-in keyboard). easy to use.  More convenient than a “DayTimer” Notebook. convenient. Wireless or PC Conduit.  Internet Connection via Modem.

anyone who has a need to carry information in a convenient form that’s easy to use. sports. writers. small. law enforcement. engineers. etc.  Inventory. .Who Uses One?  Anybody who has a need for the basic apps. lawyers. lightweight and easy to update. salesmen. nurses. military. students. insurance agents. kitchen .  In short. e-books.  Real estate agents. administrators. travelers. Dr's. med students. teachers. IT professionals.

E-Books .

1st really successful device (1996)  Palm III and clones . Symbol.Uses LINUX OS (2002)  Sony  Toshiba  RIM  Others .IBM.Manufacturers  Palm Pilot 1000 . TRG (1998)  Handspring . (1999)  HP/Compaq . QualComm.Licensed Palm OS and added “SpringBoard” slot.Uses “Pocket PC” Windows OS  Sharp .

4. .x .x.x.Unix operating system.Resource and power hungry.  Embedded LINUX OS . 5.Operating System  Palm OS .  Pocket PC Windows CE .3.Works well and efficiently with small handheld devices.

 Rechargeable Palm 2-6 weeks.Power  AAA Batteries .  Cradle recharge for rechargeable models. . Batteries . Windows <= 1 week.1-3 weeks.2-6  Battery Life - weeks depending on usage.

PDA <=> PC  PC HotSync via:  Serial cradle.Hot Syncing . can transfer programs and files over short distances.PDA faster)  IR <=> PDA. .  USB cradle (much  Beaming .

 Programmable buttons  Expansion . 1.5. 2. 320x240 pixels).  Thumb boards . 8. 64 MB).  Memory (0.  Resolution (160x160. .Memory/Accessories. 16.Features  Gray Scale/Color.on some newer models.

Expansion Accessories  Memory/Backup  Rechargers  Sync cables  Carrying Cases Modules  Digital Camera  GPS  Cell Phone  FAX  Modem  Games  Stylus  Keyboards .

Standard Applications  Calendar  Graffiti  Mail  Preferences (DateBook)  Address Book  To-Do List  Memo Notepad (4k limit)  Expenses  Calculator  Security  Sync  CityTime  Games .

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DataBase BigClock .Outliner RiseSet . requires internet         connection HandyShopper .Currency Converter Progect .Sketching Program .News & Info prog.Clock/Timer EasyCalc .Date Calculator Currency .Freeware Applications  AvantGo .Programmable Calculator DateWheel .Sun/Moon Rise/Set Diddle .

Programmable graphing calculator FireViewer .Doc Reader TealPaint .Map Program SmartDoc .Image Viewer Launch'em .Shareware Applications          CplxCalPro .Paint Program PocketC .Programming Language HotPaw Basic .Programming Language .File Organizer/Launcher Planetarium Mapopolis .

Backs up everything to PC  WordSmith .DataBase .Text Editor  MiniCalc .DataBase  ThinkDB .DataBase  MobileDB .DataBase  TealInfo .SpreadSheet  HanDBase .Commercial Applications  Backup Buddy .

needed to manage and run hacks (OS Extensions)  AsciiHack  SymbolHack  MultiClipHack  SwitchHack  PopUpNames  Phlegm Hack  Many Others Available .OS Extensions  Xmaster/ HackMaster .Hack interface program.Hacks .

PC Desktop Palm Software  Desktop Software  Some Palm apps have Does:  Calendar  Address Book  Memo NotePad  To-Do  Expenses special “sync conduits”. .  Palm OS  Emulator runs on PC and allows you to try programs without first installing on your PDA.

etc)  PalmGear .com/  VersionTracker .com/  PalmOpenSource .http://www. Handspring.http://www.com/palmos/  FreeWarePalm .com/  Memoware .palmopensource.E-Books & Reference Material .com/ .freewarepalm.http://www.http://www.http://www.(Palm.palmgear.http://www.memoware.versiontracker.Software Sources  Manufacturers .handango.com/  Handango .

palminfocenter.Palm device comparison pages .com/  Handspring .palmtipsheet.com/  ZDNetShopper .com/  PalmTipSheet .http://www.http://www.http://www.http://www.myzaurus.html&cobrand=29 .Other Resources  Palm .palm.net/  PalmBoulevard .http://www.cnet.com/  PalmLoyal .com/  PDAStreet .com/  Sharp .http://www.com/  PalmInfoCenter .palmzone.com/shopping/0-11013- 1410-0-0.pdastreet.http://zdnetshopper.palmloyal.handspring.com/  PalmZone .http://www.palmblvd.http://www.http://www.

always connected. digital camera. text messaging. gps.What’s Next?  Always on. etc & costs <= $999. multipurpose palm size device that does palm-like apps. web browser. e-mail. mp3 player. pager. .99. cell phone.

org August 8th.Personal Digital Assistants Presented by Josh Cockey webmaster@fpcug. 2002 .