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Friday, May 31, 2002
 
NEWS: Simply HPC - Sammual (webmaster)
Probably by the time you are reading this, SimplyHPC, will be back up and running. So do not despair.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
NEWS: Anyone having problems with connecting to SimplyHPC - Sammual (webmaster)
If, like me your having problems trying to get connected through to Simply HPC, then I think that Bill's website is down at the moment. Although I am sure that he is onto it.

Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
WEBSITE: International ISP settings - Andrew Wolstenholme
Here is a very handy website to bookmark, that contains all the ISP settings for international ISP's and is certainly useful for those that take their handhelds and 720's oversea's. Sammual is going to post this link up with the rest of the links when he put's them back on the site this weekend. The ISP international settings is part of Chris De Herrera's Windows CE site which is both educational and worth the time it takes to browse through his site.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
THOUGHT: Bluetooth cards - Sammual (webmaster)



Socket Communications is a sure winner for 720 and handheld users because they offer a number of communication cards that can be used on your 720. Cards include a Digital Phone Card, which can connect HP's latest handheld device to a data-capable mobile phone for wireless web browsing, e-mail, and remote network access. They also have bluetooth cards, which personally I have not tested myself but I am presuming that full drivers would accompany the card. Socket Communications can be found here.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.


Thursday, May 30, 2002
 
NEWS: Toshiba 2GB PCMCIA Hard Drive has dropped in price - Andrew Wolstenholme
This has recently been discussed on the forum, thanks to John for letting us all know, but you can now get a 2GB Hard Drive for £74. Click here to gop to the link.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
NEWS: Handheld PC questions - Andrew Wolstenholme
Rory tells us that there is a good page that explains what Handheld PC is all about. It's quite educational and can be found here.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
SITE NEWS: New Blogger template brings a new look to the site - Sammual (webmaster)
We have just gone to a new 'Blogger template' for the site, which should make the site a loittle easier on the eye. Along with it all I am going to be getting rid of that annoying advert at the top of the page. Links will be reposted later this week and into the weekend. If I get time to do it today, then I will.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
NEWS:Microsoft Portrait supports .NET Messenger Service on Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs - Sammual (webmaster)
New version of Microsoft Portrait for Handheld PC's, version 1.3 was released this week. Microsoft Portrait is a research prototype for mobile video conferencing. It supports .NET Messenger Service and Internet Locator Service on PCs, Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs. It runs on local area networks, dialup networks and even wireless networks with bandwidths as low as 9.6 kilobits/second. Microsoft Portrait uses portrait-like video that always delivers the most important information in a video for a given bandwidth. In low bandwidths, portrait video possesses clearer shape, smoother motion, shorter latency and much cheaper computational cost than do conventional video technologies. Microsoft Portrait provides basic chat/voice/video functions almost anytime, anywhere, on any device. Learn more and get the download here.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
FEATURE: Most handheld users happy with their 720 and want to stick with it - Ian Park
I have been asking the opinion of several 720 users on whether they would go the full length and purchase the new 728 when it hits the shelves. Out of the 720 users that I spoke to most of them agreed that from what they have heard that have decided not to upgrade mopdels, in fact they are very happy with their 720. Roy Scalda from Amsterdam, says that "I want to see a better model with more thought put into the design and extra added features before I spend a great deal of money on it". Katie Thornton from New Jersey, " says that the machine needs to running something on the grounds of Pocket PC 2002 before it gets my attention". Jack Dolan, not too sure where he is from, "says that it's not worth the money as it's almost a copy duplicate of his 720, however with a few more 'bells and whistles', but not enough to justify the money". However on the other hand, Terrence from Notting Hill, London, says" Out of pure curiosity I will go for the Jornada 728, just because I am a geek". Your words Terrence not mine ;-)

However as part of my research I thought out of the 42 or so 720 users that I questioned through our online forum and people that I know, most people said that they are happy with their 720. However as you can see we only polled a small number of users but the results make for a good read anyway. Here is the breakdown:

Are you happy with your 720?

Yes: 97%
No 3%

Would you plan to purchase a replacement for your 720 such as the 728?

Yes: 18%
No: 82%

Do you often get frustrated with the lack of software available for your 720?


Yes: 91%
No: 9%


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
EDITORIAL: Excited for the future - John Evans
I have been a 720 user for some time at least a good two years now. I would like to say that it is great to see so many new software titles and programs being introduced over the last three months. When I first purchased a 720 I felt mislead. I was not aware that only a small number of programs would work on my handheld. In fact I wished at the time to take my 720 back. However I think this was just a selfish reason and looking back at it now it would have been a mistake. Now my 720 serves me well. It is an ideal companion. It offers everything that I need, and I am looking forward with encouragement to the new programs that will be developed. There seems to be greater awareness of handheld PC's such as the 720 and this excites me to see what programs in the future will be developed for the platform.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: Pocket Personal Trainer - Rod TerMaat
I have several PDA's and the one I love and use the most is the 680. Nothing even compares. I always wanted a 720 but could never afford one. When I finally bought my first 548 I wanted to keep track of my workouts and nutrition, but nothing filled the bill. So I wrote my own program called Pocket Personal Trainer. After a long process of writing, testing and giving the program away, I decided to start charging for it, and guese what people bought it. Anyway the first thing that I did is get and Ipaq (faster and alot better than the 548.) I still missed the screen cover though. I ran out and bought a 568 and it has been great, but still not perfect. I decided to port the program to the 720 and 680. I bought a perfect 680 off ebay for 200 bucks and it is the coolest thing I have ever owned. I have almost completed the rewrite (I would not call it a porting) and the interface it much better then the pocket pc version. The moral of this story is that if I would have just bought the 720 to start with I would of saved alot of cash and been happy from the start. But then I may of never wrote the program either. I will be giving it away soon to all interested and you can check out the website for info on what it does.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
EDITORIAL: Have handheld computers vanished? - Herwig
No, they're not all vanished. I can't imagine to migrate from my HPC to a PPC. I use it for Internet access, including web-based e-mail and viewing web pages. This is impossible with any PPC device due to its limited screen size. While even an HPC with its 640x240 screen is somewhat limited, it's still possible to view most web pages (except the ones using frames with suppressed scrollbars, which is just dumb - inform the webmasters!).Let's see what happens to the Jornada HPC series (like the new 728) after HP and Compaq went together. Anyway, I can't imagine to use a PPC for my tasks.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
EDITORIAL: Keyboard skins are well recommended - Sammual (webmaster)



Thanks to Sandy who has sent me a keyboard skin to try out on my 720, I must admit I fitted it onto the 720 today and it did fit like a glove. It actually has a nice feel to the typing, which is strange as I did not expect this to be the case, but it does fit perfectly. I can see the benefit to this great product. You know what I mean if you have ever spilt tea or coffee over your keyboard, but I am pleased to say that the keyboard skin will protect your 720. Extra good news there is also a keyboard skin for MobilePRO users. The keyboard skin costs $14.95, which I think is a small price to pay considering what would happen if you spilt a hot drink of the keyboard and how much it would cost to get it repaired.For further information and to order a skin for your computer then click here to go the Image 911 website. Or order directly by calling toll free (USA only) 1-888-432-7393 or email image911@aol.com


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.


Monday, May 27, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: What happened to handheld computers? - Sammual (webmaster)
I have had a 'hellish' week work wise, I have been so busy. Anyway I have also been using my 720 a great deal this weekend especially trying to keep on top of all my deadlines. You know I realize how valuable my 720 is in times like these. I was speaking to Rolf Jordan over the weekend who also owns a 720, he has his own creative consulting business, in fact he looks after the web stats for my two websites. He tells me that he keeps all the stats for all the websites that he runs in his Jornada 720. I asked him why, he simply said that his 720 was more reliable than his main PC, and if he is in with a client he can quickly just perform a search and obtain the hit figures that he needs for websites that he is dealing with at the present time. It makes sense that handheld computers can be used in such a way. I believe that handheld computers would do well being used as sales aids. Just one example of using handheld computers in a enterprise environment.

This also got me thinking and I think I may have raised this question a number of weeks ago, what happened to all of the handheld computers that were in circulation just a few years ago? Could they have simply vaninished? Everyone seems to be using Palm sized PDA's such as Pocket PC's or Palm computers. Anyway they must be somewhere, in fact I think that I have two stored in one of my drawers just gathering the dust. Its's a pity. But hey I am happy with my 720, but it really did just get my mind thinking, how long will it be until they realise that handheld computers are just as good productivity wise as Pocket PC's and Palm computers, I mean they have a keyboard, larger screen etc etc. Oh well, I seem to be rambling on, anyway I suppose that it does not help if Microsoft do not update their OS. However we will see what happens.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

Saturday, May 25, 2002
 
NEWS: Sonicadmin 2.5 is now available - Sammual (webmaster)
Hooray, the excellent Sonicadmin 2.5 has been released.

"Managing servers and networks is vital to your business. It involves expert staff, ongoing vigilance, and fast response to problems - but it doesn't have to chain people to desks. Network management from the palm of your hand… Be Mobile Now you can respond to network problems from anywhere. sonicadmin enables you to securely connect to your network, diagnose problems, and fix them in real time, all from a hand-held wireless device that you can slip easily into your pocket. "

The Sonicadmin facts and features sheet is available to read here, however it's in PDF format, so make sure you have the ability to read it. A 30 day evaluation is available to download from here. Pricing and full information can be obtained from the Sonicmobility website.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
NEWS: Another 720 website - Sammual (webmaster)
We can give you news that a new 720 site is on the way............shhhhhh..... thats all we are saying, more news in a couple of weeks


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

Friday, May 24, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Many thanks to Henri - Sammual (webmaster)
I must thank Henri Spagnolo for sorting out a slight problem we had on our forum. I had not noticed it until Henri pointed it out to me. 'Pop up' adverts appeared and caused the forum pages to behave 'abnormally' and freeze within the docking bar at the bottom of our screens. Well after some investigation Henri solved the problem. So thanks Henri for your assistance. In the meantime as forum regulars will know Henri's experience is undoubtedly a great help for many 720 and handheld users including myself. So keep a look out for his words of wisdom.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
NEWS: Yahoo Jornada 720 Group - Sammual (webmaster)



People may not be aware but there is an excellent and I must say, very active Jornada 720, Yahoo Club, which just yesterday uploaded many a multiple of wallpaper artwork for your 720. Now this site offers something not just for 720 users but for all handheld users. It is not uncommon to be working through the day, and you receive a number of emails regarding various 720 and handheld topics. If you hate multiple amounts of email flooding into your mailbox then you may wish to think again, about this club. However power users and in fact anyone with a real passion for their 720 would do no harm in subscribing. Great information is shared and passed on. Again it's the community that lead the way. To get more information and to subscribe then view the Jornada 720 Yahoo Group which can be found here.



Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
NEWS: nPOP, the third party email application has been updated - Ian Park



Obviously this software allows you to download POP3 email. The mail displayed by nPOP is only the mail on the present on the server. Therefore, if mail is deleted from your server it will disappear from a list, even if the mail is displayed in the list. When connecting you receive the headers of the email on your server, whilst you choose which email to download, and it's on your handheld. Here is a list of features available:

Receive E-Mail (POP3 and APOP)
Send Mail (SMTP and SMTP-AUTH and POP before SMTP)
User specified ports for POP3 and SMTP
Multi-account support (round reception is possible)
Automatic check for new mail
Mail is saved in a message box.
A thread display of the mail list
Support for attachments when sending and receiving e-mail (RFC 2231)
Filters for Routing Received E-Mail
Simple address book
Dial-up management

This is an excellent application which is freeware and can be downloaded here.








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Thursday, May 23, 2002
 
THOUGHT: A forgotten treasure? - Ian Park
Do not ever forget the power of the Microsoft's entertainment pack. That's quite true, I was speaking to a number of 720 users at a gathering last night, and it was amazing to see how many handheld users really did not know or were simply unaware of Microsoft's entertainment pack. Which, I originally thought that everyone was aware, how wrong I am. It's a little dated now but still offers the user a mixture of fine games.

"The Microsoft Entertainment Pack for Windows CE includes ten games that you can play against your computer or against an opponent with another Handheld PC through the handheld PC's built in infrared port. The games include: Blackjack, Chess, Codebreaker, Freecell, Hearts, Minesweeper, Reversi, Sink the Ships, Space Defense, and Taipei."

You can read a review here at the Pocket PC Magazine, whilst the software is available for $34.95


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
NEWS: New Office Suite is on it's way - Sammual (webmaster)


SoftMaker Office is coming your way. Take a look at this beauty, for me this is going to be paradise, excuse my excitment, but I believe that this will be one of the best products available for the Handheld computer. It's a fully rich Word application with a list of excellent features that I'm not going to cover them all, but needless to say, a beta is available, for you to download. However in the meantime lets take a look at just SOME of the features available:

Almost unlimited undo/redo
Search and replace text, formatting, and meta characters
Sophisticated table support
Sort text and tables
Calculations in text and tables
Outliner
Insert fields like date, time, page number, author, auto-numbers etc.
Character map for inserting special characters
Bookmarks
Glossary function: just type "asap", and "as soon as possible" will appear (fully customizable)
Create forms including text fields, checkboxes, lists, calculations etc.
All character and paragraph formatting capabilities you can expect from a high-end word processor
Extended character formats like small caps, font color, hidden text, adjustable character spacing and character width
Extended paragraph formats like automatic numbering, bullets, borders, shading, fill patterns, widow/orphan control etc.
Headers and footers, master pages (useful e.g. for watermarks)
Fully-customizable style sheets for character and paragraph formatting
Spell-checker
Spelling can be checked either manually, interactively (while you type), or automatically (typos are underlined in red)
Automatic hyphenation
Thesaurus
Spell-checker, hyphenation, and thesaurus available in many different languages (beta version includes German and English only)
Footnotes and end notes
Support for dBase databases (e.g. for mail-merging)
Documents can be encrypted and protected against reading/changing them
Fully customizable keyboard mapping and control strips

... and many more

OK, if you want to go for the download, and it is quite hefty at over 7mb in size then Click here, the beta expires at the end of June, and it is unclear at how much the product will cost. However I wonder what is yet instore from these guys? Well we will let you know, in the meantime look out for a review of this product over the forthcoming weeks.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.


Tuesday, May 21, 2002
 
NEWS: Gigatask for HPC's - Sammual (webmaster)
GigaTask has had a facelift and works on HPC's. It is one of the top downloads for Pocket PC's and is powerful task and organizing tool. Take a look at the screenshot below although pictured on a Pocket PC, most features will work on a HPC.



"And, it runs on everything, from the antique CE 2.01 B/W units, to the hottest new iPAQ Pocket PC 2002. HPCs too!"

Ian Park and two other Jornada 720 testers will be giving this a whirl and will report back on their findings after a two week period. In the meantime you can download and get more on Gigatask from here.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

Monday, May 20, 2002
 
NEWS: 720 the most widely used handheld - Sammual (webmaster)
I have received an email from 'JR Houghton Analysts' to say that they are putting the final 'tweaks' together on a report to be published next month that reveals the Jornada 720, is the most widely used handheld computer. I do not know figures needless to say that when I receive them I will publish them, however it is good to see that the 720 is still busy and active in the world.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
THOUGHT: Keeping a speed on my 720 - Sammual (webmaster) I have had one of those dammed days where it's been deadline after deadline. I have managed to get rid of them all thankfully. I was working it out today and because I use my 720 so much for typing editorial work for my consultancy I have realized that I may now be faster at typing on my 720 keyboard than on my actual PC keyboard....yes strange that it may be but certainly true. I think I will experiment with this later this week. Needless to say that I now find that I am putting together 75 - 80% of my editorials together on my Jornada than on my PC, simply because I tend to get 'brainwaves' at the most remote of times. It's just a case of popping open my 720 and getting on with it. Anyway I will report back on my speed tests later this week, but if any of you feel that you can type quicker on your 720 than on your PC, or at least are able to obtain a good speed on your Jornada keyboard, then email me please, and I will report on your achievements on the site.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
EDITORIAL: A 720 in the radio industry - Jedd Norshlot
I have used a 720 for some twelve months and for once I am happy with this PDA. Normally you will find me swapping and changing computers like anything, but I am very happy with the 720. As a technician at Wave FM here in Holland, I require my 720, 24/7 especially if I am on call out, which can often be the case, however I have no plans to upgrade to the 728. I have spent a great deal of money on my 720 and want to reap the benefits for some time yet. However I will watch and see how others get on, and then make a clearer judgement in a few months time. I am one of those people who carry their 720 with them everywhere, it is wearing well. There are a few scratches on the case, as I tend to just throw it into my rucksack and have never invested in a carrying case however I will get round to doing so, but I have been saying that for some time. Please excuse my english, but I just wanted to let everyone know that the Jornada 720 is to me, at least, the best handheld you will ever be able to purchase.


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Sunday, May 19, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: All in one communications package - Ian Park
If your looking for 'all in one' communications bundle, that ties in a fax, sms, phonebook and WAP client then WinPhone Pocket from BVRP software may be the one for you. It featues these four excellent packages. I have outlined a list of the features below:

Fax
Don't leave your fax machine at home - stay in touch even when on the road!!
With WinPhone Pocket, sending and receiving faxes whilst away on business couldn't be easier. You can also annotate your faxes, customise them, or even send a fax to multiple recipients.

SMS
Send, receive and organise your SMS with the WinPhone Pocket SMS module. WinPhone Pocket also manages all the SMS stored on your mobile.

Phonebook
With WinPhone Pocket, keep all your contacts' addresses and phone numbers always to hand.
Save time when sending faxes and SMS as WinPhone Pocket quickly inserts the numbers of the contacts you need.

WAP
Use your Pocket PC 2000 and 2002 PDA to surf WAP sites: Open and save WML pages, cut, copy and paste text from WAP pages, manage your bookmarks, etc. - just as you would on the web.

OK, it should work on all handheld computers. It is a highly priced, but considering it is designed for 'power users' it should suffice as a powerful communications package, extending your handheld capabilities. I personally have not tried it yet. It is priced at: 62.46 EUR or $65.41. As far as I can see there does not seem to be a trial, but you can obtain the download and further information from here.



Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
NEWS: Up and running again - Sammual (webmaster)
OK Rauls site is now back up and running: http://www.geocities.com/roosterlucky/jornada720.htm


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

Saturday, May 18, 2002
 
ATTENTION: Raul's 720 site will not be down for long, so do not worry! - Sammual (webmaster)
Anyone trying to get on Raul Luckys site will note that his site is down. Not to worry though it should be up running again in the next 36 hours or so. GeoCities are managing and upgrading their websites at the moment. They say things should be back to normal by Monday morning, afterwhich you can refer back to Raul's excellent 720.


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NEWS: Sim City to be ported over to the Handheld platform - Sammual (webmaster) We have received an email from someone who wishes to remain anonymous that a version of Sim City is to be ported over to the handheld community. OK, this is just speculation at this stage, but it will be great if we get to see this ported over to the handheld. Sim City is one of my favorite games, if it can be classed as that.Both the EPOC community and Palm community have version ported over. So it will be interesting to see if this rumor becomes reality. I will let you know.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
EDITORIAL: Personal finance software - Ian Park PoQuick Money Professional from Mastersoft Mobile Solutions, is a top selling personal finance manager which runs on he Jornada 720, without any problems. It is easy to use with the visual simplicity and look of desktop Microsoft Money / Quicken. PoQuick Professional was designed with the emphasis placed on it's interface. Since it's launch in August 2001 PoQuick Money has quickly established itself as a finance manager to beat. It is also good value. Many of it's features are unique such as it's graphs, charts and navigation. Here is a list of the features available:

Can be used as a stand alone package to run your business or personal finances; you don't need a PC anymore !
Designed to look and feel just like the desktop money application that you are used to.
Color coded to show you your cleared, uncleared etc transactions.
Supports import and export of qif transaction files from your favorite desktop program or online bank account.
Loads of different 3D graphs to choose from including account balances, net worth, income, expenses etc.
3D pie charts of income and expenditure to show you exactly where your money has gone.
Produce Profit and Loss reports and a Balance Sheet, both of which can be exported to a text file for printing off later.
High level of support from our Customer Services department.
Custom report system.

The price is: $19.95 and can be downloaded from here.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

 
NEWS: Flight simming on your handheld - Sammual (webmaster) Simon Williams website is hosting Leo's flight simulator for the handheld computer. Now obviously this will not be as good as the OC, but it's a good ported version. Terrific scenery and effects. Well worth downloading to your Handheld Palmtop. There is a good selection of planes available to use, and in all this is a great application. I remember when I was told there would be a flight simulator for handheld computers it was initially difficult to believe but when I saw the results I was amazed. I recommend Flight Simulator.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

Friday, May 17, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Enjoying my 720 in the sun - Sammual (webmaster) Well I am outside sitting in the sunshine on this glorious day, using my 720, to catch up with a couple of deadlines I need to. On this glorious Summers day there is nothing like it. You see this is the freedom that you get with using a handheld computer such as a 720, you are not tied to the office. No wires and no strings and bthat is the way that I like it. In the meantime I have managed to clear a good number of deadlines and at the same time, start editing your handheld stories. All this on a hot Summers day overlooking London, within the UK. I have also managed today to construct a fabulous excel spreadsheet working out my predicted finances for the year ahead, all by using my 720. As soon as I have tweaked it, I will upload it to my PC, and share the template with you all. (However not my finances).

OK, as I said yesterday I will start uploading your great user stories tomorrow and in the meantime have a brilliant weekend Handheld users.


Do you have anything to say about how you use your handheld computer? Want to share your user story, opinion or questions with us or read what others have to say about their Jornada 720 or other handheld Palmtop? Then visit our 720 & HPC User Club Forum Forum by clicking here.

Thursday, May 16, 2002
 
NEWS: HPC Notes 4.0 Professional Edition Beta Program announced - Sammual (webmaster)
Want to be a beta tester for HPC Notes's upcoming release? Well if so get to this website http://www.phatware.com/hpcnotes/beta

In the meantime immediate availability of HPC Notes 4.1, the new version of PhatWare’s award-winning notes organizer for
Microsoft Windows powered Handheld PCs.

HPC Notes allows users to create notes and organize them by type, subject, creation and modification date. HPC Notes provides powerful text search, document security, and email capabilities. Interface to the Contacts Database enables quick access to email addresses and contact information. HPC Notes Standard Edition allows synchronization with multiple Microsoft Outlook notes folders.

New features in HPC Notes 4.1 Lite & Standard Editions:
1. Voice Notes attachments: new menu command that allows attaching
voice notes in just 2 taps (Pocket PC only).
2. The new Voice Notes property sheet in Options dialog box allows
changing the default HPC Notes settings (Pocket PC only).
3. The new Delete Note command allows deleting a note while working
with the note editor.
4. File attachments limit increased to 32 files per note.
5. Format dialog box on Pocket PC now allows changing paragraph’s
indentation.
6. Send email command now allows including attached files with the
email.
7. Fixed bug in Options/Note List dialog box: radio button selection
did not work correctly in the previous version.
8. Updated online help and documentation

List price for HPC Notes Lite and Standard Editions is $19.95 and $29.95 respectively (upgrades are $9.95 and $19.95 respectively). HPC Notes can be purchased on-line from PhatWare's web site at http://www.phatware.com/store1.html or through PhatWare's authorized resellers.

Sammual is both the webmaster and editor of the 720 & HPC User Club


 
SITE NEWS: Your User Stories will be posted this weekend - Sammual (webmaster) Good news I have tons of 'user stories' to add to the site this week. Cor blimey you guys have been busy so guess what I will be doing this weekend? Editing and posting your pieces, many thanks and keep them coming. Just thinking about it they may stretch into next week at this rate. Ian has a couple of features coming up, I think he is saving them, to make more work for me. Where is your sorrow people? Never mind no sympathy for this Irish man. Anyway it's a lovely hot Summers day here in the UK and probably will be the only hot Summers day this year. Ahy well. Keep those stories coming ;-)

Sammual is both the webmaster and editor of the 720 & HPC User Club

Wednesday, May 15, 2002
 
WEBSITE: Rex drivers for your 720 - Sammual (webmaster)
Here is some information and download for Rex Drivers for your 720. As the page is in German (I think!) I have ran it through the Google translator. Click here to view the information and obtain driver.

Sammual is both the webmaster and editor of the 720 & HPC User Club

 
EDITORIAL: dNote, another way to jot down notes and idea's - Andrew Wolstenholme
DNote allows you to jot down notes in a graphical, pure text and bullets. It also supports infra red and password protection is built in. The unregistered program has some functional limitations (no ActiveSync, no encryption) but does have no time limit. You have to buy a serial number to make it fully functional. In addition it's good to see international version (english, german, spanish, french, italian, dutch). For further information and to obtain the download, visit the dNote website.

Andrew Wolstenholme is senior contributer for the 720 & HPC User Club


 
WEBSITE: Are handheld computers becoming extinct? - Ian Park
Nope thats not me asking but the Infosync website. Editor, Jørgen Sundgot takes a look at whether the handheld computer has 'seen it's day'

"My guess is these devices are being killed off because they cost too much - not too far from the same amount of money a cheap laptop costs, whilst being immensely underpowered when compared (not to mention the lousy software selection when compared with that of ubiquitous standard x86 Windows platform). I know there are a lot of people out there that just like me think it's truly sad that Handheld PCs have almost vanished from the face of the earth, but unless manufacturers get started with some innovation, I think we can kiss them goodbye completely for at least a two-three years or so more until someone can come along and pitch it as something entirely new."

You can read the full article here at the Infosync website

Ian Park is a contributor to the 720 & HPC website

Tuesday, May 14, 2002
 
SITE NEWS: Archives of the site are on the way - Sammual (webmaster) After the amount of emails that I receive from people who would love to real older postings, I have a breakthrough. We are looking at ways of bringing archived pages of the site to you. One of the ways is by using an archive search engine. Although we have been running this site since the early months of 2001. We can only archive as far back as the Summer of last year....and even then it's a little patchy but it is a start. Here are some links to our older postings which I will place in the reference column to the left hand column of the site this week for your reference.

Postings starting from June of last year can be read by clicking here

Sammual is both the webmaster and editor of the 720 & HPC User Club

 
EDITORIAL: What Windows CE.Net really is all about - Ian Park
This is an excellent read within the Pen Computing magazine that takes a look at what Windows.Net is all about and what it all means.

"CE.Net was announced on January 7, 2002, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. CE .Net is Windows CE version 4.0, the successor to Windows CE 3.0. Why didn't Microsoft simply name it "CE 4.0"? Because Microsoft marketing wants to make it perfectly clear that everything Microsoft does in 2002 is related in some way to their grand strategy, .Net."

Read the full article here.

Ian Park is a contributor to the 720 & HPC website

Monday, May 13, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Out of date but happy with my 720 - Kerrie Jordan Last week I purchased a 720, took it home, switched it on and started using it. A friend of mine recommended your site. However we I read your news pieces I was disappointed to find out that my 720 will be outdated in a matter of months. Do not misunderstand me it's not this website I am cheesed of about its the lack of information from my local computer store. However my fellow 720 users have put my mind to rest within the forum and comments on the web page. I am looking forward to my new working relationship with my 720. It is great to join such a thriving community, and since purchasing my 720, I have not been able to put it down.

 
RUMOUR: A newer handheld maybe in the works - Terry Lance Like Bernie (see previous posting) I have a source at HP who I have been speaking to about the possibility of a new Jornada model. Yes according to my source there is talk about a new model. Obviously there will be a name change, but the release will be (estimated) May 2003. According to the rumours I have heard, and remember this is speculation, the new model will be slightly thinner and not as heavy as the 720 or 728. Each new model will ship with a leather case this will be 'in the box', although the source of the case is not known yet. Battery life will also be extended, however at this stage, there is little talk of any new software development internally and it certainly will not be an upgrade to Pocket PC 2002, like some people will have hoped. So my friends it looks like we will see more handhelds rolling of the production line next year.

 
NEWS:Official news on the mereger of Compaq and HP - Sammual (webmaster) Here we go with some information from HP on the merger of Compaq and HP, and what it means for HP products such as the Jornada:

"Decision: The Compaq iPAQ™ Pocket PC, re-named the HP iPAQ Pocket PC, will be our smart handheld platform. The best of the current HP Jornada technology will be engineered into the platform. Jornada products will be phased out of the market in 2002. HP will continue to innovate in wireless, mobility and voice technology. HP also will offer the iPAQ Blackberry device for end-to-end wireless e-mail solutions, under the HP brand. "

So what does it mean? Well I think that has been answered in previous posts, but it really does fill in with much information. Anyway at least HP are trying to end the speculation. To read the full press release click here.

Sammual is both the webmaster and editor of the 720 & HPC User Club


Saturday, May 11, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: Way to go - Jeff Thumston I myself are pleased that the Jornada line of 7xx's will be continuing. It has treated me well over the last two years and I couldn't see a time without it. I thought that I would need to go out and purchase a second model just in case of an 'emergency'. Anyway thank goodness that both HP and Compaq realize that this is an excellent computer and I hope that we receive better support in the future. I would like to thank them for remembering us handheld users.

 
EDITORIAL the journey just got that be more exciting - Sammual (webmaster) It's really good to see that the range of Jornada computers will now not be discontinued. In Thursday I was confused, will the 728 be a pipe dream or will it be reality? There were questions, users were disapointed then on Wednesday night, UK time, the emails started rolling in from eagle eyed readers who had spotted the newsclippins on American websites. It was a great pleasure and suprise to read your emails on Thursday telling me that the 720 would live on but under a new branding. I revealed to you this week that I had not received so many emails before but the flood of mail that was in my inbox on Thursday was amazing, - many thanks! So what happens now? Well I know that many Pocket PC developers are beginning to go to the drawing board to start work on HPC products, that I know because I have received emails from three developers in the last 24 hours wanting my opinion on their idea's, especially in regards to would it work for handheld users, and again they are going to be looking for beta testers, so I will let you know when, and what the products will be in due course, however at this stage I am not allowed to reveal names and product lines, needless to say, I am sure you guys are going to be thrilled at what these guys are working on. There are two top selling Pocket PC products that look to be ported....there I have teased you enough! In a debate with Andrew Wolstenholme yesterday we were talking about why handheld computers were ditched so quickly in favour of Pocket PC's, and why the support for such computers also vanished. We came to no such conclusion, however us handheld users, thats you and me, are the last remaining segment of such a community that three or four years ago was so enthusiastic about handheld computing. There were at the time and I remember so clearly at least eleven or twelve handheld websites dedicated to Palmtops such as the 720, the Philips Velo etc etc.....



the Philips Velo

By the way for nostalgic reasons there is a good website deicated to the Philips Velo with a good Q&A database which can be found here. This site is such an example of the dedication that was at the time. So in six or seven years time will a future webmaster be reporting on the diminsh of the handheld computer and be mentioning this site as a website which was intended for the 'then' handheld community? Well I hope not because I hope to be able to keep this website going for many years to come. However one thing is for certain this month has been quite a rollorcoaster of a ride in respect of the Jornada 7** series of handheld computers. At times we have not known whether we have been coming or going, but one thing is for certian I thing we come out on top.

Sammual is both the webmaster and editor of the 720 & HPC User Club


Thursday, May 09, 2002
 
NEWS: Pre-order your Jornada 728 now - Sammual (webmaster)



Thanks to Samin for letting me know that Expansys, the online PDA store in Manchester is taking pre-orders of the new Jornada 728. Check their website out for more details.

Sammual is both the webmaster and editor of the 720 & HPC User Club

 
NEWS: Possible upgrade model will be introduced after the 728 under the H-Paq branding - Bernie Torbik A usually reliable HP source I interface with said the 728 is an "interim" product intended to give the 720 a "facelift". He likened it to the same thing HP did with the HP620, when it created the HP660 (a 32MB version of the 620). They also did the same thing with the 680, and created the 690 (also a 32MB version of the 680). Neither version involved any software changes, and were done within the 18-month product cycle that has typified every HP Windows CE handheld since the 300LX.

The H-Paq 7xx will feature some or all of the following when it's announced in Apr'03:

- X-scale processor, possibly TI's implementation for wireless capabilities
- in-built ethernet support (modem may be done away with)
- LiPoly battery
- slightly smaller form factor, due to the LiPoly battery
- TFT reflective screen
- Flash ROM
- Smart Media support
- in-built wireless capabilities, either WiFi or GPRS
- improved speaker

It will also include an implementation of WindowsCE 4.0 (vice the CE3.0 kernel used in Handheld PC2000). Some of the notable upgrades will include:

- Internet Explorer upgraded to 5.5 functionality
- e-Book Reader, probably Microsoft's
- VPN support
- .Net support
- Voice to text support, similar to that in XP
- Upgraded Windows Media Player, Outlook

If I get any more tidbits, I'll pass them on.



 
GOOD NEWS: The Jornada 720 series lives on - Sammual (webmaster) Thanks to all those that emailed me. You all have sharp eyes. The best news of the day I would say!!!!It has been announced that the Jornada 720 range of handheld computers will live on. According to CNET.com' news site:

"HP will continue to sell the Jornada 720, which resembles a mini-notebook. However, the gadget will eventually become an HP iPaq branded device. "

OK guys well this is good news. Let's hope the Jornada continues, it's obvious from the news clipping that it's to be rebranded. Maybe under the new alliance we will see improved support for us users and maybe more in the lines of 'ongoing development'. Once again many thanks to those that emailed me.

Sammual is both the webmaster and editor of the 720 & HPC User Club

Wednesday, May 08, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: Sorry for the rant but I had to let off steam somewhere - John Scharrer I can’t believe what I have been through for the past two years with my 720. It’s a great machine but HP clearly was not supporting it from the beginning. I searched for – and found – these guys at the”720 & HPC user club” and “Simply 720” (now Simply HPC) who saved my life by opening doors and possibilities that I would have never found otherwise. It took a long time and we have come a long way. Developers are now making versions of their software for the 720 - unheard of just a few months ago. After all this and now HP is planning to pull the plug on us. It can’t fully express my frustration with and disgust for HP at this moment. I can tell you I will never buy an HP product again - ever. I simply won’t go through the crap I went through with my Jornada again. Any of us would be foolish to trust HP again after this. You must know that any software developer that had any plans to develop a 720 version will certainly shelve those plans now. We have been set adrift by Hewlett Packard and most of us have made significant investments of both time and money into these machines. I hope you are as outraged as I am.

Sorry for the rant but I had to let off steam somewhere.

 
NEWS:PalmAddict is up and running - Sammual (webmaster)



What's this I hear you say? A Palm? Well yes. A while ago we had several features on the site and featured emails from handheld users who also use a Palm computer. Mist originated from users that could not decide which computer to use so they decided on both a handheld and a Palm. Well at the time we said that we would consider putting together a seperate 'sister' site for those users, and so we have. The site is called 'PalmAddict', once again I am the webmaster and editor of the site. We have a number of Palm users who will be are are writers for the site. Two of them also own a Jornada 720. Most of my time will be spent on this site for handheld users, but Andrew Wolstenholme, our senior contributer will also be keeping his hand in on our sister site. The site is pretty much on the same lines as this. It has a forum, news, and features etc, and is very much user driven again on parell to this site. You can find our new sister site 'PalmAddict' here and for your reference it's URL is: http://everythingpalm.blogspot.com/

 
FEATURE:One step forward, two steps back - Sammual (webmaster)



I normally leave Ian or Andrew to put together the features but I thought that this was down to me, in light of HP's announcement of the end of the Jornada line, and it is not just the handheld range that is going, I believe the Pocket PC line is on it's way out too. Did we expect this? Well if the truth be known then probably yes we did, but it is still a shock and leaves the door open for one more pressing question. A lot of people have asked me whether the death of Jornada will include the new 728? Well to be honest I am not too sure, I certainly hope not. What we have at the moment is a situation where nobody knows. Not even HP in the UK knows, and thats a real shame. However would HP go to all the trouble of posting an announcement on their website about the new model, or reveal it at a trade show? John Jordon, sent me an email, he felt that it was one step forward and two steps back. I agree totally. In the time that we have been running this website I have never received so many emails as yesterday, and it is taking me some time to get round to emailing them. So what is the future for handheld computers. Well we certainly have asked that question on a good number of occasions and at least 80% of the emails that I have received asked me what I thought would happen to the industry. The truth is I am not sure. All I will say is that as ever this site continues. I am sure that we will see the 728, or at least I hope we will. There is a great deal of scope outhere. I still and I have said this numerous times wondered why the likes of the big names would want to discontinue a handheld computer such as the Jornada 720 with it's keyboard. Yes, I understand that the Pocket PC is a great machine, but there are power users like myself that need the ability of a keyboard. The advantage of the Jornada 720 was that it was smaller than a conventional laptop, powerful and a great PIM.It's just a shame the Compaq/HP merger has dissolved such a great product. By the way if you have any comments on the matter I would love to hear from you and may post your remarks on the website. My email address is: sam_mcloughlin@ml1.net Yesterday most of the emails I received were born of frustration. And as John said, just as we win one battle we win another. Dixon Harris from Alabama, is going out to purchase a second 720, in case his primary handheld let's him down. "I will use one for a spare". Dixon explained. Maybe he has the right idea. Anyway the HP website still shows the 728, we can hope that it is still coming onto the market. I will watch their website over the forthcoming weeks to see what news they bring. Let us all keep our fingers crossed. Send me your thoughts please via email.

Sammual is both the webmaster and editor of the 720 & HPC User Club

Tuesday, May 07, 2002
 
NEWS: HP to axe the Jornada Handhelds, according to USA Today - Sammual (webmaster)
According to USA Today, HP is to axe the Jornada.All this because of the merger with Compaq. According to the article that you can read here, H-P needs to move quickly and decisively for its $18.7 billion deal to work. Among the product lines that have or will be axed: HP's handheld model, Jornada (thats us guys.......); its Vectra business PC; and its Windows-based servers. What more can I say. Until we get an official announcement I suppose............

Sammual is both the editor & webmaster of the 720 & HPC User Club

Monday, May 06, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: Making the handheld community stronger - Sammual (webmaster) Today is very much like a community day. There are lots of excellent handheld websites outthere, some of which you can find in the links list to the left of the page. All of whom are very good. Some have not been updated for a while and that's a shame but readers have to realise that web developers have jobs to do, (and a personal life ;-) ). I am lucky that I have a team of 720 devotees who contribute to the site daily and I wish to thank them for all their hard efforts, and I am sure you guys do too. Remember that this is a community. The recent news of HP's latest handheld is fantastic, it's the surge in the community that we have been longing to see for suchg a while. However I am not abandoning my 720 so fast. I will probably still use when the 728 is introduced this Summer, and like many of you that have sent me emails, the 720 is one of the best loved handheld Palmtops outthere. When I set up this site a long time ago as it seems, the aim was really to create a site where other users could comment on the reasons why they use a 720. There were hardly any websites dedicated to the Handheld 720, in fact Raul Lucky's website was the only one at the time. However since that time we have a growing number of sites, and my opinion on the future is when the 728 is introduced there will be more sites. Some will come and go, swallowed up by the world of 'www' & '.coms', but others will stay. Hopefully developers will recognise the Handheld following and introduce new software and hardware for us to enjoy. However one thing is for sure. We will not be going anywhere, this site will be staying. You guys have built it the success that it is, and it should be you that is congratulated. However support the WHOLE handheld community. Take a look at the other 720 handheld websites. That is why today we have concentrated at looking a small number of great handheld websites outthere. They are excellent. For example Bill and the guys at Simply HPC, now that's an excellent website. Remember supporting the handheld community makes us stronger, look whats happened, we now have ourselves a new HP 728 handheld. ....................who says the Handheld Windows CE computer is dead? I certainly do not.

Sammual is both the editor & webmaster of the 720 & HPC User Club


 
EDITORIAL: SimplyHPC site will bring its Jornada 720 portal online shortly - Sammual (webmaster)



Bill and the guys at Simply HPC, have promised that their 720 portal will come on line shortly. The pages will specifically formatted for the Jornada 720. The illustration example picture above looks nice enough. Look out for the 720 pages over the forthcoming weeks.

Sammual is both the editor & webmaster of the 720 & HPC User Club


 
NEWS: 600 Spot - Sammual (webmaster) Those that are fans of the HP 600 take a look at the 600 spot, although it has not been updated for a while, it still has some excellent features and tips that are well worth the look. The 600 spot site can be found here.

Sammual is both the editor & webmaster of the 720 & HPC User Club


 
NEWS: French Jornada 720 Yahoo Group 'Club Jornada Passion' - Andrew Wolstenholme



French users may wish to know that there is an excellent Jornada 720 Yahoo Group in French, which seems to look fairly busy. It can be found here. The site is run by the excellent french Jornada 720 site 'Jornada Passion'.

Andrew Wolstenholme is senior contributer for the 720 & HPC User Club


 
FOR SALE: 720 or 710 for sale? Greg Krynenis has emailed to say that he is looking to purchase a second hand Jornada 710 or 720. If you can help Greg then drop him a line at: dominion@myrealbox.com. See what you can do to help.

Sammual is both the editor & webmaster of the 720 & HPC User Club

Sunday, May 05, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: Porting Pocket PC software over to your handheld - Sammual (webmaster) I see the amount of software that is available for Pocket PC's and wonder if a developer outthere has the ability to be able to create a piece of software that would run Pocket PC applications on a 720 or other handheld. Well guess what? Nope I am not going to tease you and say that the magical software is about to be released but I wonder who many developers have thought this one through? Can you imagine if they were to create something on these lines, how much money they would make? Can you name any handheld user that wouldn't go and purchase the software? I would certainly volunteer myself to evaluate it. But imagine the amount of software you could run on your 720. Yes, there is excellent software available for the Pocket PC and it would be very useful if it was transported across to the handheld community. One piece of software could save a lot of money and time for a lot of applicatioin devlopers. I'm sure everyone would be in a winning situation. So come on, there must be a developer somewhere willing to give it a go. I'm sure he would make a lot of handheld users including myself very happy.

Sammual is both the editor & webmaster of the 720 & HPC User Club

 
EDITORIAL: PTab spreadsheet v.2.1 - Andrew Wolstenholme Looking for a fully functional spreadsheet application with all the works such as graphs, charts etc etc? Well PTab maybe the answer. It allows you the ability to create key features of common desktop spreadsheets. You can easily create spreadsheets on your pocket organizer or use connectivity with existing Excel files on your desktop computer.



Here are some of the key features:

Export/Import Microsoft Excel (.xls) files (using desktop filters during synchronization)
Load/Save Microsoft Excel (.xls) files directly (only for Pocket PC and HPC Pro versions)
Load/Save Microsoft Pocket Excel (.pxl) files directly
Import CSV (Comma Separated Values)
256 sheets x 16384 rows x 256 columns
Numeric, Text, Date/Time, Boolean values
127 built-in scientific, statistical, financial, date/time, logical, database and text functions
Multiple Undo/Redo
File: New, Open, Save, Save as, Recent Files
Cut, Copy, Paste, Paste Special, Clear (All, Content, Formats), Fill (Right, Down, Series) cells, Insert/Delete Rows/Columns
Set row height and column width, hide/unhide rows and columns, autofit row heights and column widths.
Insert function, Quick sum, Pointing
Format: Number format (General, Financial, Percentages, date/time, user defined), Alignment (General, Left, Center, Right, Center across selection, Top, Center, Bottom, Wrap Text), Font, Size, Color, Background Color, Bold, Italic, Underline, Borders (Left, Right, Top, Bottom, Outline), Protection (Locked, Hidden)
Zoom (25% - 200%) and full screen mode
Freeze Titles (row and column freezing)
Formula bar or in place editing
Show/hide: Column and row titles, Gridlines, Zero values
Sheets: New, Rename, Delete
Sort (Ascending, Descending, up to 3 keys), Go to cell, Find/Replace
Simple charts (Bar, Line, Pie, XY)
Names (define and insert)
Protection (Protect/Unprotect Sheet, Protect/Unprotect Workbook)
Custom lists (e.g. Monday, Thursday, Wednesday...)
Auto filter
Automating Tasks - user defined tasks (simple macros)
Print support - portrait/landscape, margins, headers and footers, adjust to x% normal size, fit to 1 page, print gridlines, page order, print titles, print area
Insert picture, sound or hyperlink (cell reference or Web page) in a cell
Password protection

Pricewise this will cost you $40.00, but I personally feel that if you need all the features then this will be worth the money and it is very professional with good help features, especially on their website. For the full rundown on details, pricing and screenshots check out z4 software's website.

Andrew Wolstenholme is senior contributer for the 720 & HPC User Club


 
EDITORIAL: Gigabar for your handheld - Ian Park Although this has been mentioned before on this website. The famous Pocket PC application, Gigabar version 1.58 is available for handheld computers such as the 720. Yes, however there is a few rough edges, but apart from that it does work reasonably well and the developers are looking at ways to improve it, within the next release which will hopefully be 1.60. For those not knowing what Gigabar is, here is an image running on the Pocket PC platform.



Gigabar is simply very useful. It allows you to switch tasks, browse files, launch programs, the usual stuff. It's all in there, and a whole lot more! Two things are cool about the GigaBar. First, it's free! Second, it's not proprietary. Any developer can add to its functionality. Get more information on Gigabar from here.

Ian Park is a contributer to the 720 & HPC User Club


Saturday, May 04, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: Zip Zip - Theresa Digson This goes down on my list as an essential handheld / 720 piece of software. The ability to zip up those files and email them on, or download those vital zips, memory management or call it what you will, this is a brilliant piece of software. HandyZip has all the features you expect, it is available for the handheld computer and best of all there is an evaluation version to try. Increase the overall storage capacity of your handheld device and memory cards; save on connection times by sending compressed attachments with your e-mail; view ZIP archives downloaded from the web, newsgroups, or attached to incoming e-mail. Speed up synchronization with your Desktop PC; stay focused on your information thanks to the original AutoUpdate feature. To get more information or for the download, visit the HandyZip website.

Theresa Digson is a contributer to the 720 & HPC User Club


 
EDITORIAL: Running your 720 from a Personal Computer.....how cool is that? - Patrick McLoughlin How fantastic is this software, the ability to run use 720 from a PC. How can that be done? Well it can be dne. The software has been around for a while and is brought to us by http://www.bitbanksoftware.com/ce/index.htm#VCE.



Here is a list of features. Please note that there is a Pro version with extra features as you can see below.

Standard Version Features:

1-18 frames per second capture speed (depending on device and communication conduit)
Support for direct IRDA, Serial, USB, ethernet or ActiveSync communications
Minimal impact on target device CPU while capturing
Auto-discovery of the target device on a LAN
Works across the internet
Capture screen shots to a BMP file or the clipboard
Supports 2 + 4-bit monochrome and 8 + 16-bit color displays
Scale image 1-3X

Pro Version adds the following features:

Multiple instances of VCE can run on the same PC allowing multiple devices to be controlled simultaneously
Custom 'skinnable' window - sample skins for iPAQ, Casio EM500 & Jornada 5xx included
One-click capture of screen shots to BMP files with auto-naming
Capture session to a standard AVI file for distribution
Capture session keys/clicks for later playback
Toggle toolbar display
Toggle 'always-on-top' window feature

At the very most if you were to purchase the Pro version it would cost you $29.99, I think thats brilliant. Considering all the features to this. You get a free trial evaluation of the software. This I believe is an essential piece of software, smooth running, nt buggy in the least and easy to run. Check BitBank Software's website for the download, details and more information.
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EDITORIAL: Good simple clean imaged MP3 player - Ian Park This is what I like to see developers creating clean, sharp and good quality software. Madfront is an excellent MP3 player, with lots of good features. MadFront is a simple front-end for MadPlayer. It provides a simple playlist editor. MadPlayer is started as a seperate process. When a track must be stopped, an event is signalled which MadPlayer checks before every file read. MadPlayer then exits. The playlist is stored as unicode text and only contains the paths of the track files. Madplay can also be used as a stand-alone command-line mp3 player. It uses fixed-point math so it fast enough to run on a device without FPU


Simple and clean looking, but good quality at the same time

As far as I can tell this is free software and can be downloaded from the Madfront website.

Ian Park is a contributer to the 720 & HPC User Club


 
NEWS:CanTris has been updated - Ian Park


CanTris an excellent and free version of Tetris for your handheld has been updated. So why did the developer create CanTris?

Every electric device becomes usable if you can play Tetris with it. I couldn't find any decent Tetris for my HP Jornada 720 so I had to program one myself. This is the result. You can distribute it freely as long as you don't charge any money from it. Enjoy! Programmers, support FreeWare! Don't ask money for your software!

As I mentioned the game is simple, free and addictive and can be downloaded from Mikko Kankainen's website.

Ian Park is a contributer to the 720 & HPC User Club


Thursday, May 02, 2002
 
NEWS: New version of Doom - Sammual (webmaster) Simon Williams has released a new version of Doom. It can be downloaded from his website. Simon has also updated his website and looks to be one to possibly follow in the future.

Sammual is both the webmaster and editor of the 720 & HPC User Club

 
EDITORIAL: Here is a good link - Andrew Wolstenholme


There have been some excellent updates to the 720 and HPC software listings on the http://perso.wanadoo.fr/mettavant/pdalogiciels.htm website. There are good updates and software listings and I urge you to go and take a look at this website and bookmark it.


 
EDITORIAL: Not looking back - Andrew Wolstenholme As many of us are busy trying to use up the vital memory on our handheld computers. I know I am guilty of trying to find new software that helps my productivity. But I have to stand back and think to myself, all of this new software searching, is it preventing me from being productive as what I could be? Well sometimes I think to myself what life would be like without my 720. The answer, I would be totaly unorganised. It's the truth, I always was before I got my hands on a handheld computer. Before my handheld I used a Philips Nino, this was fine but I needed something with a keyboard. After exhanging my Nino with a Geofox running the same operating system as a Psion EPOC handheld, this was fine until the screen came off it's hinges making the handheld useless. After reverting to a Palm IIIx which I admit I enjoyed using, athough again the lack of keyboard held the potential back. I heard of HP's range of Palmtoip computers. The 720 took my fancy. Since then it has offered me not only the opportunity to organise my life but to increase productivity. I can thankfully say that I have never looked back.

Andrew Wolstenholme is senior contributer for the 720 & HPC User Club

Wednesday, May 01, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: Why I will not be upgrading - Sion Charles I see that many people talk about going out and purchasing the new Jornada model. However I am happy to keep my 720. I do not see reason for me personally to upgrade. Like many other people I use my Jornada 720 to keep in contact by email with friends, whilst I also like to submit editorials and articles to magazines and publications that take my fancy. Many of you may wonder what I do for a job? I actually work from home as a freeance journalist. When I send out an invoice to a pubication for my work I normally put this together in word on my 720. I rely enourmastly on my 720, not just work-wise but to ensure that I get the best out of my time and this is done by using Pocket Outlook. I keep track of dates, schedules, upcopming editorials, birthdays and those all important to-do's. I consider myself to be totaly lost without the 720 and consider it to be such a vital part of my freelance job. I also have a Toshiba laptop which I have used to type up editorial content but recently I have used to type up editorial content but recently I have found myself using the 720 to type up my text work. It's great to have the opportunity to do this wherever and whenever I like. Why would I consider upgrading to a new handheld? Unfortuntley I cannot think of a reason, everything that I want is stored on my 720. Everything I need is here. For me it is the case of if it's not broken don't fix it. There are areas that could be improved, yes I agree. However I have not come across a handheld computer that has been perfect. I hear many peole commenting on the Psion range of handhelds, however, personaly I have never used these machines so I really cannot comment. However I will say that I am pleased with my 720, it's an excellent companion, never lets me down and is something I trust. We work to the most diverse of deadlines, which often see me working to quite late at night. However the battery life in my 720, is both reliable and just about adauate. For those pondering whether they should invest in purchasing a handheld I strongly recommend you to do so. You will find it hard to beat and for me I have never looked back. Laptops may be powerful but they do not offer me the lightweight speed and convenience of my 720.

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