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Wednesday, July 31, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: My 720 is one of the greatest items that I have ever purchased. I thought that I'd share that with yourself and your website readers. My 720 is a powerful handheld that helps me to run my business from home. I run a catalogue business and do this from home. My 720 keeps record of all my contacts, address details etc. I am able to input details about each contact, progress made and also details on products they pu8rchase on a regular basis. My 720 keeps a copy of letters that I send to clients and invoice templates. I know delivery dates and keep on top of the thanks to adding them into my 720 diary. I also know distribution dates, in other words the dates that I distribute my products because my 720 informs me of my weekly cycle of distribution, two weeks in advance. I would never consider moving over to the Pocket PC, it's just not powerful enough. I also would not consider working without a keyboard. I would not swap my 720 for anything else, it's too much of a powerhorse, and I appreciate it every day that I use it.
Posted by Helen Daniels

THOUGHT: We are going to post a new survey next week. Thanks to all those that responded to this weeks survey, I will be posting the results later this week, once I have gone through all your emails. In total I received 83 emails, all of you filled your emails in perfectly, I think I will also post some of your comments on the site. In the meantime I am looking at cases for your Handheld, I want to see which case you think is the best for your 720 and 728. We always seem to get emails from people asking which is the best handheld case. We will post the results next week, but in the meantime, have a think about it and any idea's then please whizz me an email, Again, I'll mention it later this week, to jog your memories.
Posted by Ian Park

NEWS: There are updated postings to the SimplyHPC website for you guys to check out.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

SOFTWARE: Looking for a replacement calculator? Take a look at KSE Abacus XT for Windows CE. It has extensive technical and scientific functions. It's also avail;able in German and English with a trial evaluation.
Posted by Mark Wright

THOUGHT: Do you feel that we have been left by the side, when it comes to OS updates and developments. Obviously we still have HP looking after us with the 728, and thats great. However its time that we saw a sensible upgrade to the operating system. The number one email that Sammual receives from readers of this website, is the question of whether, the Pocket PC OS will ever be released for handheld users. I really do not think that it would work. There is a software developer outthere who is working on a way to allow Pocket PC applications to work on a handheld such as the 720 / 728, however he is running a little late with development and he does keep us appraised with developments. If it works out then this will be a promising piece of software but until that time, it's hard to say when beta testers will be nneded, although you can deff say beta testers will be required. I have to say that it would be an exciting time if Pocket PC applications could run on a handheld computer. Productivity could be boosted and then the door would be open for so many applications that would work on your 720 computer. However there must be something that keeps us handheld users sticking with our Jornada's. It must be down to the fact that are handheld computers are such a rich asset to ourselves, and certainly in my case something that I rely on daily.
Posted by Andrew Wolstenholme

NEWS: Many Psion users will be aware of Palmtop magazine, many of you will have probably subscribed like I always had. If your a Palm user you may be aware of Palmuser, the sister magazine to Palmtop magazine. Well both magazine's have changed and the new publication is called Palmtop User magazine. It covers the following platforms, Psion and Symbian OS, Palm OS and Pocket PC. Whether their will be support for us handheld users, I am not too sure but I thought I would certainly update users, especially as many of you have come from a Psion background. Just one of those things that we like to tell you about!
Posted by David Mahoney


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Tuesday, July 30, 2002
 
NEWS: A new version of Windows CE .Net has been released now at version 4.1, the new operating system adds support for IPv6, the latest version of the Internet protocol and built-in support for speech recognition. Reports around the net state that internet browsing is up to 15 percent faster and Windows Media Player performance has improved by 20 percent. Here is an extract from the Microsoft press release declaring the new Windows CE.Net update.



"Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the latest update to Windows® CE .NET, version 4.1, a robust, real-time embedded operating system for building the next generation of mobile and small-footprint devices. The update enhances Windows CE .NET with new features such as IPv6, the latest networking technology; Speech API (SAPI) 5.0; support for viewing popular file formats including Microsoft® Word, PowerPoint®, Excel and Adobe Acrobat; and performance improvements to Web browsing, remote display protocol (RDP) and Windows Media (TM) Technologies. Hitachi Ltd., NEC Infrontia Corp., Samsung Information Systems America and ViewSonic Corp., as well as many other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), are developing devices based on the update to Windows CE .NET as part of the Joint Development Program. Microsoft also highlighted its collaboration with Lancaster University in Lancaster, England, which has resulted in Lancaster's use of Windows CE .NET source code in its curriculum and development of the new IPv6 implementation released today.

"Windows CE .NET continues to be the platform of choice for building 'smart,' connected mobile devices that require rich applications and services. This update underscores our commitment to quickly deliver the latest technologies to our Windows Embedded customers," said Todd Warren, general manager of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft. "We're excited to see strong momentum in the embedded marketplace with rapid adoption by top OEM customers of Windows CE .NET, with many customers cutting their development time in half. Moreover, our collaboration with Lancaster University is a great example of growing interest in Windows Embedded platforms within the academic community."

The strong momentum of Windows CE .NET is demonstrated by the more than 125,000 downloads of the Emulation Edition and shared source code. In delivering this update, Microsoft is responding to customer demand to have specific functionality made available before the next major release of the Windows CE platform. New operating system, toolset and performance enhancements delivered today include the following:

Operating System Enhancements

Support for IPv6. OEMs can support this standards-based Internet protocol in Windows CE .NET-based devices. IPv6 increases the address space from 32 bits to 128 bits, providing a virtually unlimited number of networks and systems. IPv6 also supports quality of service parameters for real-time audio and video streaming.
File viewers. Users can view popular document types including Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Adobe Acrobat, as well as formats such as GIF, BMP and JPG.
Speech API. Windows CE .NET includes the Microsoft Speech API, which application developers can use to create speech-enabled applications. SAPI 5.0 also makes it easier for independent software vendors to offer speech engines that can work with many speech-enabled applications without having to rewrite the engine code to support each one. Similarly, application vendors gain the flexibility to link their software to any compatible engine.
Updated .NET Compact Framework beta. The .NET Compact Framework is the smart device development platform for the Microsoft .NET initiative. The .NET Compact Framework brings the world of managed code and XML Web services to smart devices and is part of Microsoft's goal of providing customers with great experiences -- any time, any place and on any device.
Platform Builder Tool Set Enhancements

Improved device emulator. Updated technology supports emulation of inbound connections, enabling testing of devices such as set-top boxes and residential gateways.
Additional shared source code. Source code for new components, including the Windows CE Test Kit technology, is now available. Windows CE Test Kit is a component developers can use to automate the testing and troubleshooting of devices. The source code for the Windows CE Test Kit is being released in response to developer demand.
Improved source code browsing. Source code browsing allows the integrated development environment to display the location of the source code supporting a feature, as well as the code itself. This makes it easier to understand which source code sections contribute to a particular operating system feature, thus speeding up the customization of targeted devices.
Performance Improvements

Web browsing. The performance of Microsoft Internet Explorer in Windows CE .NET devices has been improved by 15 percent since Windows CE .NET was launched in January 2002 and by 60 percent over the performance of Internet Explorer in Windows CE 3.0.
Remote display protocol. The performance of thin clients built using RDP has been improved by 20 percent since Windows CE .NET launched.
Windows Media. The performance of Windows Media video playback has been improved by 20 percent since Windows CE .NET launched."

The full press release can be read here on the Microsoft website.
Posted by Andrew Wolstenholme

THOUGHT: For regulars to our forum, you will know that the forum is bustling with questions and answers. Goodness knows how many Questions, Answers and Replies are there, but has anyone noticed the forum posting for ringtones for a Siemens mobile phone? How on Earth, did that posting get so large. Why is it within our Forum? I'm not sure, but it goes to show the wide spectrum of topics discussed by you 720 and 728 users ;-)
Posted by David Mahoney

SOFTWARE: Software Bisque has a great product called 'The Sky' it looks great on a 720, it's exactly what it says, it maps the night sky and allows you to track the sky thanks to your handheld.



Just look at the screen shot above, it's a fantastic piece of software. Anyway something that made me chuckle on the Bisque website was this sentance, "The $49.00 TheSky Pocket Edition software does not include the Pocket PC computer. Pocket PCs are sold separately." Obviously they have recived an email from someone asking whether it included a Pocket PC Handheld. Anyway I think this is an excellent piece of software and I think observing and learning about the night sky is something we should all get involved with. It's priced at $49 which is a little expensive, but I personally think it's worth every cent. Check out the developers website.
Posted by David Mahoney

NEWS: A new website launched today, Spade Components which sells Jornada 720 handhelds and accesories. British based, but will deal with worldwide orders. The site is ongoing so there will be further enhancements and modifications.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

THOUGHT: I keep looking over at the Pocket PC Thoughts website and nearly everyday there seems to be posts of new Pocket PC's. Hey guys what ever happened to the handheld Palmtop? Lets see a revival? More handheld computers means more software for us 720 and 728 users, and obviously all the other handheld computers in exsistance. Give it a thought guys.
Posted by Mark Wright


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Monday, July 29, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: Firstly hello and welcome. I am pleased to be reporting on all things handheld and, as the website says, with added focus to the 720 and 728. Obviously all my posts are edited by both Sammual and Andrew, so I shall not say anything bad ;-) Needless to say I pay tribute to both of them for keeping the site alive and providing us with a daily excellent resource. Right enough of the creeping and back to handheld business. I wanted to tell you why I'm a Handheld Addict. I have owned nearly every Psion handheld produced, even from the early organizer days. Wow, thats been a ride and a half. I have used the Jornada 680, 720 and now I am onto the 728. Why so many handheld computers I hear you say? Well like many of you I am a gadget freak. I look for reasons to use my 728 and previously the 720. I must admit I do use it for anything and everything, but the point is,my handheld computer helps me get through the day. It helps to organize me. I'm a computer software developer, not for the handheld computer but for both PC and Apple Mac's. I have been tempted to program, for our trusty handheld's but if the truth be known, I am far too busy using them to organize and arrange my day job. I like the 728 because of it's nice clean, brighter screen. In reading Ian's survey yesterday, I happen to agree that the screen is much better on the 728 than on the 720. It seems clearer and crisper, and I know from talking to Sammual this morning, that many people have emailed Ian, the answers to the survey questions from yesterday and agree with my opinion. Sorry Sammy and Ian if I have given to much information on the survey, blame it on first post nerves. Anyway, I am going to be discussing and talking about the 728 in a little more detail over the coming weeks. In fact if you have any strong views and opinions on the 728, drop me an email, via Sammy, and we will discuss it, here on the front page of the website. In the meantime, it's good to speak to you all, and it's good to have my own column on the site. I have asked Sammy since March if I may contribute and now it's good to be here.
Posted by Mark Wright

THOUGHT: Sammual told us to get our fingers out and start writing, introducing ourselves to you would not hurt, so here I am, one of the two writers who recently joined the site. I'd like to thank you for all the information that you guys send into the site and add to the forum. I sit sown and observe what you all say, and try and pick up on many of the tips and tricks, that you guys have up your sleeves. Your a clever lot. I'm going to be one of those people that has their rants and raves about the handheld community especially as I am theowner of a 720. However I was talking online to someone, online at the weekend. They gave me the URL to a Warez site dealing with programs for handhelds such as the 720 and the 728. Now, I could go on record, and gives names and the website address, here on line, but I will not (mainly because Sammual would boot me off the editorial board). But it angered me. Why did it anger me? Well, people like you and I pay a lot of money for the software that we download for our handheld. It costs a small fortune. We all know that. Many of these developers spend a great deal of their time, money and resources putting together the software. They need to make some sort of come back on it, because the ratio of Pocket PC users to Handheld users is I believe 1 in 76, thats a stat, that I heard somewhere, not sure if it's true but I will quote it in this example. So with this in mind. People who use Warez sites are not just spoiling it for the developer but they are spoiling it for users like us, whom have paid a sum to download and use the software. It made me a little mad and thinking about, I thought that I would blow off steam in my first editorial. So for those that use the Warez sites. Think about both us the user, and the developer in hand. It's hard enough to get developers to develop the software in the first place, let alone ruin it for everyone else. Anyway can I jump off my Soapbox yet?
Posted by David Mahoney

NEWS: There is light at the end of the tunnel for Simply HPC fans, Bill the webmaster informs us all that the site will soon be updated with news and reviews. Way to go, Bill. We look forward to your updates.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

WEBSITE NEWS: Thanks to those that replied to Ian's survey from yesterday. We have had the best response yet to our surveys. In fact when I checked my inbox, shortly after 8:05am this morning, we had just over 36 completed surveys, with more being emailed to me throughout the day. Thanks everyone, keep sending them in. Check yesterday's posting by Ian (below) for the questions and survey information. Ian is pleased.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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.

Sunday, July 28, 2002
 
SITE NEWS: I have changed the format of the posts a little in fact many keen spotters will have noticed that I have been experimenting with the posts for the last three or four weeks. Anyway the posts will start with whatever each post is, for example, NEWS, means something substantial to talk about, WEBSITE, means a website has caught our eye, THOUGHT, will be our in-house writers thoughts, USER THOUGHT, belongs to you, the user's thoughts.OFF TRACK, is exactly that. You get the picture and there will be more titles that you will see as time goes by. Also the name of whoever is writing the post will be displayed at the end of each post. It makes everything read neater and creates a cleaner interface. In addition, from now on, all new posts will be at the top of the days postings, so to save you scrolling down the page. Next week we have two new writers joing the regulars, I will let them introduce themselves towards the end of this weekend or next weekend at the latest. They are already working on some new topics and projects for the site; so there is something to look forward to. Our new writers will be, David Mahoney and Mark Wright and I hope you make them feel welcome. So who writes for the site then? Will here are the resident writers to the site:

Sammual James-McLoughlin
Webmaster and Editor

Andrew Wolstenholme
Deputy Editor

Ian Park
Special Projects and software postings

David Mahoney
Writer

Mark Wright
Writer

So thats the team of full time writers. They are a good bunch, so please make our new guys welcome. Look out for their first postings next weekend. Oh one last point, they both use Jornada 720's and Mark also has a 728.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


WEBSITE: Can any of you remeber the Philips Velo? Well it was the handheld that I always wanted at the time, and even now it still is a sexy handheld. It wasa the first handheld, I believe that has a built in modem. Well anyway Jason Dunn webmaster of the excellent Pocket PC Thoughts, used to have his own websited dedicated to the Philip's Velo, and I was reading through the site earlier today. It makes for a good read. Check it out.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: Expansys says its around four days until the next stock of Jornada 728's arrive, these will be priced at £680.33 whilst the Jornada 720 is selling at £560.00. Expansys were also selling off refurbished 720's, they have now been discontinued. Meanwhile Expansys do have a limited stock of Socket's Bluetooth card at £119.85.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

SOFTWARE: Many people have emailed me to ask about this piece of software. I remember when this software came out it caused quite a steer. Mainly for the pricing. However I have known lots of users who have stuck by this one.



It's called Pocket TV, and it's a full-featured MPEG Movie Player, and a good one at that. The price is, $49.95, it works fine on the 720, and I cannot see any reason why it wouldn't work on a 728. If you have an H/PC running WinCE 2.11, PocketTV is FREE for personal use. The are trailers and alsorts to download from the internet, however check out the developers website for trailers, and trial download.
Posted by Ian Park

SURVEY: In the meantime, I am putting together a survey on whether you are happy with your 728. If you would like to take part in the survey then email me here and when you do so, please provide the answers to the following questions. As with all the surveys I put together for the site, I cannot answer each email personally.
1) Are you happy with the purchase of your Jornada 728?
2) Is it your opinion that the 728 is better than the 720?
3) In a short paragraph can you explain why you chose a 728?
4) Would you say the screen on the 728 is clearer or brighter than the 720?
I will publish the results to the survey next week.
Posted by Ian Park


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, July 27, 2002
 
NEWS: Dell going to produce a handheld - Sammual (webmaster)
Not sure what context this will take but Dell are to join forces with Taiwan's Compal for the device, which will likely go on sale in the fall and use a variant of Microsoft's Windows CE operating system. The device, or subsequent devices, may include the option of acting as a cell phone as well as a handheld. Now I do not know what concept this will take whether it will be in a Palmtop format such as a 720 or 728 or whether it will be in the form of a Pocket PC style handheld. You can read the full story on C/Net News.com.

USER THOUGHT: My thoughts on the 728, and handing my 720 down to my daughter - Cecil Keenan
Hi, I just wanted to tell you about my Jornada 728, what I use it for and why I purchased one in the first place. Originally I had a Psion Series 3, then a Psion Series 5mx, then after I Psion stopped producing what I thought at the time, the best handheld computer on the market, along came HP with the 680, I had to have one, and so I went out and bought one, next I moved up to the 720. It was a friend's who hardly used it and sold it to me for $100, good bargain eh. I used the 720, to help's me run a call centre. I have to manage three teams of 8 - 9 employeee's within each team. I use a schedule plan within an excel spreadsheet to keep on top of hours, attainment, attendance, target calls, number of actual calls, etc. I recently upgraded to a 728, for two reasons, firstly I was lucky and able to addord the purchase and secondly I want to get many years out of my handheld and my daughter was also after a handheld, and this gave me the opportunity (or I should say excuse) to purchase a 728. What more can I say....but I love the 728. There is little difference in my opinion between the 720 and the 728, however needless to say, I had the opportunity and went for it. I love using the 728 in my daily job, and in my free time as a poetry writer. If you get the opportunity go for the 728. If not, do not worry, the 720 would have lasted me many years and the operating platform is the same. Enjoy your handheld and ensure you use it to your best advantage.


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, July 26, 2002
 
NEWS: Palm still has number one handheld position, but at a reduction - Andrew Wolstenholme
I wanted to report on what seems to be the current state of Handheld computers worldwide, and from recent reports by Analysts, IDC, there seems to be a reduction in the number of handheld computers sold It looks like Palm holds the top spot again for handheld computers, but once again, it's grip seems to be being reduced by Pocket PC's. According to analysts, IDC, Palm's frowth compared to Q1 of this year was reduced by over 33%. Handspring saw steep declines especially after focusing itself on the Treo range of handheld computers. However it must be pointed out that the entire worldwide market of handheld computers, declined by 16.5 percent from the first quarter. Take a look at the full story from on the CNET News.com website.

EDITORIAL: Handheld websites enjoying the Summer - Sammual (webmaster)
I was going to post today on what the other handheld websites are up to. However to be honest, maybe it's the Summer, but everything seems to be a little on the quiet side. I'm sure Simply HPC, which has always been a great site for Handheld users will be updated soon. We know that Mettavant's J720 Software website will not be updated this week, due to webmaster holiday commitments. When there are significant changes to our community of websites then I'll let you know.

USER THOUGHT: Compact flash cards and hard drives - Craig Warhurst
Have just seen a post about using IBM microdrives and problems with cards being renamed. Firstly, regarding the cards being renamed, I think the answer here is to only remove cards when you are on mains power. Whenever I soft reset on battery power it seems to mix up my 2 storage cards but if I soft reset on mains power this doesn't happen. I believe this is deliberate behaviour rather than a bug (I think it's something to do with the option not to use PC cards to preserve battery power). As for drives, I use a PC card hard drive, a Toshiba 2GB. This has the bonus that you can use it in a laptop as well and transfer data easily. The 720 recognises it immediately without the need for drivers. The only thing to note is that you should format it with FAT, not NTFS, though they come formatted with FAT as standard.

WEBSITE: Software tracking on your 720 / 728 - ComSpec
For those interested in satellite tracking on your h/pc... follow this link and give Andy's software a try! http://www.qsl.net/zl3ad/tracksat.htm He originally wrote the software for PocketPC's, but graciously offered to provide an h/pc build for it. Have fun!!

USER THOUGHT: Nethack on 720 / 728 - Jon Fowler
I have managed to get nethack to work on my jornada ( as a result I will get no peace, loose my job and get cramps from small keyboard overuse ).
I recall a post on this forum about it a while ago.Having purchased pocketdos for the jornada, I then downloaded nethack for dos. I needed to go back to nethack version 3.0j :-( in order to get a 186 executable. But it does work.You need to load the ansi.sys driver. Good Luck Nethack addicts

USER THOUGHT: - Just to let you know that the new version of Calligrapher, recently highlighted on the site, is immeasurably better than previous versions, and is now quick and easy to use without having to worry about whether one's handwriting was fashioned in a Swiss finishing school. The shortcuts available through 'Pen Commander' are especially useful in improving productive use of the 720. Well done Phatware.
Posted by Nick Martin


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Thursday, July 25, 2002
 
NEWS: ZDNews - Sammual (webmaster)
Just before I go to the games opening, today, this is something I missed yesterday. ZD News are reporting that:

Hewlett-Packard has promised to provide at least three years of technical support to its Jornada handheld users worldwide, despite dropping the product line after merging with Compaq Computer. All Jornada handhelds will be phased out by year end--with the exception of the Jornada 720, which resembles a mini-notebook, and the Jornada 928, which features telephony capabilities.

Read the full article here, on the ZDNews website.


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Wednesday, July 24, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Sticking with the 720 - Sammual (webmaster)
I have been putting together some editorial work on the Commomnwealth Games that are taking place in Manchester and have been using my Jornada 720 to get all the copy text ready on many of the news pieces that I have written up about it this week. It's a big event in Manchester, having the games staged here, and today I was at the new Commonwealth Games stadium with my 720 in tow, typing up press deadlines and sending them off by email, again by using my Nokia mobile phone and my 720. Many people keep asking me whether I am going to go for the 728. At this stage I will be honest the answer is no, because I'm happy with my 720, and I cannot justify purchasing one. I have had a 728 to play with, basically to see what I thought of it, and to see if I enjoyed using it. I will say yes, I did enjoy it and I was sad to give it back, but I am happy with my 720. It's like a friend and comes with me everywhere. So if your a 720 user and you feel a little left out because of the 728, do not worry, there are many other users who are happy with their 720, and are happy to stay with it.



One last point, as I mentioned we have the games here at the moment and tmrw is the opening event, I will be there and because I am going to be busy, I will not have time to update the site, so normal service will resume on Friday and Saturday. In the meantime good luck to all the Commonwealth Sports teams, I look forward to the games.

USER QUESTION: Got an answer? Email Ernesto Fantoni
First of all congratulation for your beautiful website, which I visit very often, since I bought a used, but very good HP Jornada 690. I've a question you can certainly answer to. I'm unable to get an infrared connection between my J 690 and a new Ericsson T 68i cell phone. I called Ericsson and they said the phone recognizes a generic IrDa modem, but my Jornada has only a raw IrDa port which does not work. A collegue of mine has a J 720 and works perfectly with my T 68i. Can I install a generic IrDa modem driver on my 690? Where can I find it? Do you have any other suggestion?

USER THOUGHT: 1 Gig Microdrive - Frank Fleming & John Scharrer
The 1gig IBM microdrive is definitely compatible with a Jornada 720, I use it myself and it is fantastic. I have already stored more than 400mg of documents, MP3s, photos and videos (pocket TV). There’s only one catch with the microdrive. I use the Jornada digital camera too and I have to remove the microdrive to use it. This has a drawback since I also installed a 256 mg flashcard to store photos (since I must remove my microdrive to use the camera). The Jornada calls the microdrive “storage 1” until I remove it. It then refers to the flashcard as “storage 1”. Once I return my microdrive to the unit, it refers to the microdrive as “storage 2” – meaning any shortcuts and or “recent files” pointing to items located on the microdrive can't find them. They are still there but now you must manually locate each file and or executable for it to run. This may sound like a minor problem but it is a real pain in the neck. Having said that, I don’t know what I would do without my microdrive (I never have to worry about storage and I can store many programs on the microdrive and they run just fine from there – not all of them, but most) and as I am in real estate I can't tell you how valuable my digital camera has been.


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Monday, July 22, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: Getting over USB problems - Nick Martin
Like others, I struggled for a year to get my J720 to connect reliably to my desktop using the USB connection. I tried the newer version of ActivSynch, deleting programs in case of a conflict, re-booting - no joy. Finally one of the HP support people mentioned that there had been an error in the factory in Singapore, which meant that some of the USB boards installed in J720s were actually the ones destined for J690s. He was able to identify whether my model was one of those affected by getting me to look in the registry of USB devices on my desktop. Having ascertained that my model was indeed one of the faulty batch, they organised pick up, fix and delivery back in just over a week. I was impressed by the service. Now my connection works effortlessly, with not one glitch since the fix.


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.

Sunday, July 21, 2002
 
THOUGHT: User Questions - Sammual (webmaster)
I often receive a good number of user questions from 720 & 728 users. I do not get the time to answer them all but if you can help them out with an answer, then please send them a email. If you have a question that you want answering, firstly may I suggest that you post on our forum. If you have no luck there, ( I should imagine someone will be able to help you out), then whizz me an email and I will post here on the front page. In the meantime, see if you can help these guys out.

USER QUESTION: Got an answer? Email Frank
Simple question - does the Jornada have a PCMCIA Type2 slot and if so is the
1GB IBM Microdrive compatible?

USER QUESTION: Got an answer? Email Richard
Recently purchased a 728 and while the tiny keyboard is usable would really like to find one of those foldup full sized keyboards. Is there any full sized keyboard the 728?

USER QUESTION: Got an answer? Email Jonathan
Sammual, I'm not sure if you can help or if you know someone who can. I'm a fairly new to the j720, but I though I was reasonably computer sauve til I tried to get my J720 to work with a Linksys 10/100 pcimcia ethernet card.Long and short...

- Downloaded and installed new driver from Linksys
- Didn't work.
- There were a whole bunch of other drivers Listed
in the network connections control panel and
the only I thought they might be conflicting with
the linksys driver.
- Only way I found to delete these extra drivers was
to do so through the registry
- Other drivers deleted and the card still isn't working
- Stupid me didn't make a backup copy of my registry. Am I in a big pile of dog poo? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

USER QUESTION: Got an answer? Email William
Hi there Sammual.First of all: sorry bothering your busy life :-) I couldn't think of anyone better than you to answer my question.The question is: I live in Spain and an spanish keyboard is highly necessary for me (too much translating from english to spanish). I have not been able to find any information on an spanish version of a Jornada 720 or 728 (distributors here deny any knowledge and are not willing to moving their asses, and e-mailing hp for 3 weeks had no answer yet). Do you know if it already exists? An answer like YES it does exist/NO it does not, (or a part #) would be a starting point in order to fight back lazy distributors here :-)
Thank you very much in advance. PS: I'm the happy owner of 620lx (WITH an spanish keyboard) with no enough room for all my stuff: need some more power and 728 looks better than great for me...

NEWS: Run wmv or asf multimedia files on your 720 / 728 - Sammual (webmaster)
A Korean user has found a way to play wmv and asf files on your 720 / 728. Check out Wook's website to get more information and to see some screenshots (Not sure if it's legal or not, but it makes for a good read).



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Saturday, July 20, 2002
 
NEWS: We reached visitor number 1.5 million - Sammual (webmaster)
The 1.5 million visitor checked into our site at 01:08am this morning, that's in GMT, so thats I think just after 8pm ET. Ray Lockie was the winner, he said 1am GMT. Well done, Ray. Anyway our visitor was from the western side of the USA, the person was running Windows 98, spent on average 6 minutes on the site. and checked back in at 2:47am GMT. Thanks for all of you who emailed me, in total there were 36 emails in my inbox from you guys, so many thanks.

NEWS: Chat with the Windows CE development team - Andrew Wolstenholme
Thats right guys, we have the opportunity to chat with the guys in the know. Join the Windows CE development team in an online chat regarding Windows CE .NET, the operating system that is powering the next generation of 32-bit, small-footprint and mobile devices. This chat will cover the tools and technologies used to develop devices using the Windows CE .NET operating system.

July 24, 2002
12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Pacific time
3:00 – 4:00 P.M. Eastern time
19:00 – 20:00 GMT


The chatroom is located here.Further info on the chat and other forthcoming chats is available from the here at the Microsoft website.


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Friday, July 19, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Whats on the site today - Sammual (webmaster)
I was going to talk about whats new on the other handheld websites today, but it seems to be a quiet week with not many updates this wek, so I'll discuss what updates my fellow webmaster have been upto next week. In the meantime those of you new to this website and indeed new to the forum pages, may not be aware of Henri Spagnolo. His advice on the forum pages is just excellent and indeed I have learnt a thing or two from him. Thanks to Henri for all his assistance. So I have taken from the forum an excellent tutorial on how to create your own wallpaper design for your handheld. Whilst we are talking wallpaper design a new site comes along with some great wallpaper designs thanks to Jay. For more information on these topics, read the posts below.

NEWS: New 720 & 728 Wallpaper site online - Sammual (webmaster)
Received an email from Jay, to tell me he has set up a site for those of you who love your 'wallpapers' then Jay has some good one's for you to download. We will add Jay's website to our links page. Here is the link.

EDITORIAL: Getting images to become wallpaper images on your 720 & 728 handheld - Henri Spagnolo

First you need a pictures/painting program. You can use the ones which are provided with Windows and that are located in the "Accessories" group under Start --> Programs (Imaging, Paint) or a freeware/shareware.

Secondly you need your original picture (a one you have scanned or grabbed from the web or a CD) or create a new one by yourself (I mean to paint it).

If you paint it, go to attribute image option to size it to 640x240 before painting, then create what you want and save it in .BMP format. You can also copy and paste a grabbed picture inside this rectangle.

With a picture program, you open the image (.JPG, .TIFF, or another picture format) and you use the image size function and change it to 640x240 (but the constrain proportion may not allow to have this excat size, it may be necessary to disable it, but this may result in a lost of quality). I suggest you instead to crop (cut) the picture to 640x240 and to save it.

If you want to display a picture for example as wallpaper, simply size it to 640x240 pixel and save it in .BMP format, copy it on your machine in the "\windows" folder with ActiveSync.
Then run the "control panel" and select "display" and in the "image" box select the one you have just copied.

If you prefer to have a small image with patterns for example, do the same (except for the size of the image, the size is not important in this case) an simply check the "tile image on background".

THOUGHT: We are about to welcome visitor number 1.5 million tonight - Sammual (webmaster)
Good news, We will have welcomed 1.5 million visitors by tonight. So who will be the closest to guess the time the 1.5 million visitor will visit the site? I'll give you some indication, based on the stats my web people tell me it will happen between 8pm - 10pm Eastern Time tonight. Which means between 1pm - 3pm GMT, I'm sure I will be asleep by then. Send me an email with what time you think the 1.5 million visitor will reach the site. There are no prizes it's just for fun. I'll mention the time and the winner tmrw.


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Thursday, July 18, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Where has the annoying advert gone? - Sammual (webmaster)
Good news the advert, has gone. You may have already noticed but it should make the site a nicer one on the eye ;-)

NEWS: Mettavant's J720 Software website is taking holidays - Sammual (webmaster)
Those that are big fans of the Mettavant's J720 Software website should take note that will be no updates until 12th August due to holidays. Webmasters need their time off ;-)

NEWS: Another Doom update - Sammual (webmaster)
Yes, thats right, another Doom update. Gamefreak is one of those developers that listens to the concerns of users and updtes his program upon their bug reports and requests.
Updates 0.91:
-Fixed gamma correction.
-Warns when battery is low.
-Checks for available memory.
-Better IWAD detection.
-Added -fixvid command-line parameter for troubleshooting purposes. (ARM only)
-Overlay automap. ZDoom style ;-)
If you are having problems with HPC Doom, use the -fixvid command-line parameter. This will use a pre-defined series of settings that should work on all Jornada 710/720/728.

Download from http://home.freeuk.com/gamefreaks/pql/


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Wednesday, July 17, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Battling through yesterday armed with my 720 - Sammual (webmaster)
Had such a busy day yesterday that I really did not get the time to post what I wanted yesterday. Regular users will know that we try and post on a daily basis. Well time got the better of us yesterday. Anyway I will tell you what I was doing yesterday, sitting in the sunshine, typing away on some press deadlines. Because it was sunny and warm in the UK, I think we cxan safetly say that was our summer. Anyway, yesterday I had to file nine press deadlines in a matter of five hours, all consisting of, on average 800 words. Which did not provide me with much time for each deadline. Obviously I did not want to carry my Fujitsu Siemens laptop with me, so I used my 720. Which was great, I did get my deadlines in on time thanks to the assistance of my 720.


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SOFTWARE: Pocket Slide Show - Ian Park
Thanks to this piece of software the you can view Powerpoint presentations directly on your handheld. Here is a list of features taken from the CNetX website:
Easy PowerPoint file conversion via ActiveSync.
Slide rendering and scaling optimized for Pocket PC display.
ClearType rendering of presentation notes for improved readability.
Adjust font size according to your preference.
Full screen presentation mode.
Supports all standard PowerPoint transition effects.
Direct output to external video cards (such as the Colorgraphic Voyager VGA),
Support for external VGA, S-Video and NTSC/PAL Composite output (external video card required).
Zoomable/scrollable slide preview.
Thumbnail view to browse slides and change their order.
Editing of transition effects and slide timings.
Undo/redo of slide sorting and animation editing.
Merge slides from different presentations.
Copy presentation notes to other documents.
Single handed slide browsing, using Pocket PC jog dial.
Integrated file explorer to open files from entire storage.
Context sensitive help.
Full install/uninstall support.
Small footprint.

Obviously we choose software titles that catch our eye and this one certainly does. It has some excellent features and we think it's good value for money at $19.95. With a full evaluation available.


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Monday, July 15, 2002
 
NEWS: More on keyboard skins - Sammual (webmaster)
Yesterday I was talking about the keyboard skinns from Image 911, well prices have changed since I last checked and the price is lower than what I stipulated yesterday. For example to fit Jornada's 680, 690 and 720, as well as the new 728 series then the price is US$14.95. Now thats good. Take a look at the photograph below:



Many handhelds covered for the same price of $14.95. Check out Image 911's website for ordering details.


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Sunday, July 14, 2002
 
NEWS: 720 & 728 cases - Sammual (webmaster)
The Pouch says that it cases fit both the Jornada 720 and 728. The H/PC cases are made of rugged, water-resistant Neoprene - with a pocket on the back, also secured with velcro, for program cards and batteries. A sturdy spear-in clasp on a belt loop locks the case onto a belt. A shoulder strap option is available on the left. The outside dimensions of HP Jornada 728 are 7.4 by 3.7 by 1.3 inches, the exact inside dimensions of the carrying case made expressly for it by The Pouch, using tough, cushiony Neoprene. Factory-direct price: $19.95 in black - and in a variety of handsome colors for just $2.00 more. These cases look well made and I know of a number of people who recomend them. The cases will also fit the NEC MobilPro 790. See the picture below that shows what the case looks like.



Check out The Pouch website for prices and availability.


THOUGHT: Protect your handheld keys - Sammual (webmaster)
I'm presuming that the great keyboard covers from image911 should fit the new Jornada 728 keyboard, no problem. If you unaware of what they are and do, well simply, it's a clear cover that fit's neatly over the keyboard to protect your 720/728 against spills etc. Well worth spending the small amount of money to protect your handheld. Only $24.95, plus $2.50 shipping. Especially as it probably would cost you more to get it repaired. Sandy from image911 will be writing a piece for the us soon, so take a look out. By the way, it also fits NEC MobilePRO Keyboard Skin (style #MP7) fits all models: 770, 780 and the new 790 series! In the meantime contact details to get your keyboard skin, use the contact details below:

Call Toll Free: 1-888-432-7393
400 Main Street Orwell, Vermont 05760 USA
Direct Line: (802) 948-2290 24-hour FAX: (802) 948-2015
e-mail: sales@image911.com - or - image911@aol.com

SOFTWARE: Chess - Ian Park
I like the look of this Chess game. Simple, easy to play, (providing you know how to play Chess).


PocketChess v1.0 for Windows CE Handheld PC is a high quality, well featured Chess playing program for your Windows CE Handheld PC! It operates on Windows Handheld PC Pro models as well. Also available for Palm-sized PC here.

Play against the computer or a friend.
Choose from 8 levels of skill.
Many other features including a simple and intuitive user interface, save & load games, opening move libary, board setup, full screen mode, copy moves to clipboard, undo, hint, reverse board, switch sides, start as black, sound effects, and others!
Runs on Handheld PC Pro devices and includes support for StrongArm cpus. The software is just a snip at $15 and can be downloaded from here.


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Saturday, July 13, 2002
 
THOUGHTS: Some things on my mind - Sammual (webmaster)
I have had a mad busy week and I have been to catch up on my thoughts for the site. Firstly I wanted to say thanks to Paul and Ashley who looked after both myself and Andrew Wolstenholme, at the PCEXPO in New York, 2 weeks ago. They are both invited to have a meal with us when I am in New York next, which those that know me will know that it will be soon. Next on my agenda was the fact that so many of you have been writing in, talking about your 728, and what you think of them. Jason Longton, from Germany, says that he has just received his 728 and he's excited. Even though it's not a great upgrade from the 720, he feels "it's enough to justify going out and spending money on the new Jornada". Lance Racey from the UK, feels that HP should have offered some sort of upgrade policy, maybe like a discount. Lance, I personally have not seen anything on those lines, but I maybe wrong, so if anyone knows of such an offer, please email me and I will post on the site, but Lance I am sure if there was such an offer I bet I would have posted it here on the site.

Now for some strange reason since I changed the name slightly of the website I have received a small number of emails asking whether we were going to focus on Pocket PC's as part of the package. Well here, below are the guidelines of ther site but in summary I have one thing to say, NO, the site will remain as it always have been driven by Handheld computers with most of the focus on the Jornada 720 & 728. So whatever the focus has been in the past will remain to be the focus in the future. Obviously if you have a handheld computer that is not a 720 or 728 then this website is just as much for you. It's just that most handheld users have a 720 or a 728. What we will not be covering the Pocket PC world, not that it's not a good platform, it's just that we are somply for Handheld computers. If you want the best sites on the Pocket PC platform then visit Pocket PC Thoughts, or Pocket PC Passion, if you have a Palm then visit our sister site, PalmAddict. Again, I thought I would mention this because I have received several emails and if you notice in the forum, there are one or two Pocket PC questions coming through, not that we do not welcome you guys, but I think you may get a better responce by asking within one on of the sites I have just mentioned.

I would also like to say that you may have noticed that I am adding more news to the site and I really would love to say thank you to all of you who have posted news pieces to me. Did you know, (and it's time for the boring facts) that I receive between 25 - 40 email's per day, not just about news but general assistance requests. I try to respond to them all, and where possible forward them to the other guys here who write for the site. However I do love your email, but if you have a problem that you need help on, please could you post it within the forum pages. You guys who read and reply to the website have so much knowledge. I learn things there everyday, and believe me when I tell you. I get so many emails thanking you guys for all the support you give especially from the regulars such as Chris Papadopoulos and Henri Spagnolo, they are just two, there are so many of you. It's great and you are all stars.

Right my last point of the day and I am sorry to bore you is that I know I keep promising to remove that advert from the top of the page, you know the annoying one, but I just have not had the time, so I am going to try and do it next week. It takes a few days for Blogger to remove it, so just watch that space. Finally thanks for all those that have donated to our kitty to buy myself and the writers a beer. You guys know we update this site in our free time and we appreciate those that have donated a few pounds to say thank you. If you enjoy the site and wish to say thank you, you can click here to donate to our beer money, we also give a percentage to a charity as well. Right that's it for today, no news for today just my handheld thoughts.


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WEBSITE NEWS: Good news guys, the advert should be gone anyday now - Sammual (webmaster)
Good news, I have just instructed the Blogger guys to remove the advert from the top of the page and it will no doubt take them a bit of time to do it, but the advert is going.


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Thursday, July 11, 2002
 
NEWS: Softmaker will introduce other elements of their Office suite - Sammual (webmaster)
The guys at Softmaker sent me their full release on TextMaker. I know that we have discussed it on a regular basis over the last month or so, however I certainly make no apologies for doing so. So here is the full press release discussing the latest beta version of TextMaker.

"Nuernberg, Germany -- July 10, 2002 -- German software developer SoftMaker announced today a new public beta version of TextMaker for
Windows CE, its new full-featured word processor for Windows CE. Geared towards all Handheld PCs (HPC, HPC Pro, HPC 2000), this
program is the most comprehensive word processor ever developed for Windows CE. Spell-checking? Graphics? Footnotes? No problem. Tables?
Sophisticated character and paragraph formatting? Drop caps, text frames, master pages, integrated glossary? At your fingertips. The Windows CE version has almost all of the features of the desktop version of TextMaker. In fact, the feature set compares
favorably with Microsoft Word for Windows, not the limited feature set of Pocket Word.

Lossless roundtrip conversion of Word .doc files is one of the main aims of the developers. The current beta already includes
import of Microsoft Word .doc files, and export to Rich Text Format, Pocket Word, ASCII, Unicode, and HTML. Beta version 3a of TextMaker for Handheld PCs is available as a free download at www.softmaker.de/anywhere

The shipping date for the release version of TextMaker for Handheld PCs has been set for August 2002. Pricing is expected to be in
the US$70 range. SoftMaker also announced today that it will port TextMaker to Pocket PCs. After receiving numerous customer requests, SoftMaker
decided to start the porting effort. A beta version of TextMaker for Pocket PCs is expected in the coming weeks.

TextMaker is the first component of SoftMaker Office anywhere, a mobile office suite for Windows, Windows CE, and Linux which will
comprise a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor, a Microsoft Excel-compatible spreadsheet, an end-user database package, and
a PIM/groupware combo. SoftMaker Office anywhere will be available in "regular" desktop and mobile editions, but also as
an ASP or client/server edition running over the Internet. The components of SoftMaker Office anywhere will be released
step-by-step in 2002 and 2003."


Out of all the press releases I receive, I do not normally publish them in all their full copy, however I thought I would for this one. Take note it looks like they will receive other elements of their office suite such as an excel compatible spreadsheet. Sounds like an office package to look forward to.


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NEWS: Compact Flash Radio for your Handheld - Sammual (webmaster)



Not sure if this will work on our Handheld Computers but if anyone knows if it does then please feel free to email me and I will let everyone know. Read on.......

"With the intense increasing of entertainment demand of modern people, PDA has already made themselves ready for trend equipped with strong entertainment while it enters into market and we could find PDA products not only develop its attractive fashion appearance like the colorful, metal-skin cover or the convertible shell, but also equipped with entertainment function like built-in game software, internet or multi-play and so on. All of them seem to break out the defined ¡uportable secretary¡v tied on PDA, and turn to emphasize on walk-entertainment and personalized features. And the desire of entertainment urge PDA research movement going towards fast, and also because of this, after trying combining walk-office with PDA, Prolink starts making more efforts towards walk-entertainment PDA
Prolink Microsystems Corp. had announced its PK 201 (VGA4PDA) Type II PCMCIA Card and PK203 Type I CF Card both as a presentation kit for Pocket PC and Handheld PC devices which makes mobile business users travel lighter. Now Prolink moreover produces and pushes up FM201 Type I CF Card as a radio card for PDA. Just need to plug FM201 CF card into your PDA slot, PDA will not only be a portable palm-size notebook which reminds your daily schedule and also it will be a entertainment tool to ease your job stress. PDA owners can enjoy walk-entertainment easily without bringing another radio machine just need a slight card saving your pack space.

FM201 Type I CF card also has perfect compatibility like PK series products with Pocket PC and handheld PC based on Microsoft's Windows CE platform via CF slot. You can display radio function on any Win CE platform like Compaq iPAQ 31xx¡B36xx¡B37xx¡B38xx series¡BHP Jornada 56x series¡BCASIO Cassiopeia E-200¡BUR There @ migo-600Cand so on. FM201 equipped with Type I CF card but it both supports Type I & II CF card or if you are a PCMCIA port user, just buy a CF convertible card and still lightly enjoy radio entertainment. If you desire to upgrade your PDA peripherals, please notice Prolink¡¦s related N&C products."


It says it should work on a Handheld PC, however there is no eveidence. Again, there is no suggestion of availability and pricing. Take a look at the Prolink website. This would be pretty cool if it can be used on a 720 or 728 (or other handheld) however we will wait and see what happens.


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Wednesday, July 10, 2002
 
UPDATE: Tom Tom software - Ian Park
Just to let you know, that when I was talking about the Tom Tom software yesterday. Some of their software may not run on the 720 / 728 Jornada's, although they may run on other handhelds such as Cassiopeia A-20, HP 620LX, HP Jornada, Clio Vadem,
Sharp Mobilon, Compaq C, LG Phenom, NEC MobilePro, just check before you proceed with any downloads. However for 720 & 728 users (like myself) the Sinclair Spectrum Emulator will run fine.



You an run over 6000 games such as, Tetris, Pac Man, Lemmings, Elite, Star Glider, Donkey Kong, Chess, Lemans Racing, Jet Set Willy, Manic Miner, Sabre Wulf, Boulderdash, Jet Pac etc. Go to the Tom Tom website for more info and downloads.


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NEWS: CalliGrapher Version 6.4 - Andrew Wolstenholme
CalliGrapher adds natural handwriting recognition capability to your mobile device for all handwriting styles - cursive, PRINT or MIXed. CalliGrapher supports English (included), French, German, and Spanish (sold separately) languages. CalliGrapher’s key elements include an enhanced handwriting recognition engine, spell checker with customizable user dictionary, PenCommander, on-screen popup keyboard, letter shape selector, advanced note taking and screen draw mode, multilingual support, Quick Correct window, and many other features. For more information about CalliGrapher, visit http://www.paragraph.com/calligrapher.html.

New in Version 6.4

1. Internet Recognition Mode – this mode is specifically designed to enter Internet and Email addresses. While in this mode, CalliGrapher does not output any spaces and the recognition engine is adjusted to better recognize such words as ftp, http, www, etc.

2. New PenCommands

3. New option that allows disabling the spell checker in the CalliGrapher’s keyboard.

4. New option that allows a menu to appear when taping on Screen Orientation and Recognition Mode icons.

5. CalliGrapher’s keyboard now automatically detects the standard Password box and does not show any suggestions when entering passwords.

6. CalliGrapher now fully supports Microsoft Terminal Client application Pocket PC 2002.

7. Overall performance of CalliGrapher has been significantly improved: CalliGrapher now starts 2 times faster than before and the ink flow is much
smoother while writing.

8. CalliGrapher 6.4 has passed the required compatibility tests and is now certified with “Designed for Microsoft Windows for Pocket PC” logo.

Download, upgrade, and purchasing information. This is a free upgrade to all registered users of CalliGrapher 6.X and we highly recommend
upgrading. For upgrade information, please review the upgrade policy at http://www.paragraph.com/upgrade.html.

A free 30-day trial version of CalliGrapher 6.4 can be downloaded from our web site at:
http://www.phatware.com/dl.html.


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Tuesday, July 09, 2002
 
NEWS ROUNDUP: We regularly take a look at news, opinion and developments that affect HPC users.
Today Ian Park, gives us today's insight into news and views in the HPC world.

Beta 3a of TextMaker, the word processor has now been released. We have covered this software many times. See further down the page for more information. You can download it and get further information from here.


Tom Tom Software has a greal number of software titles. They have a real good reputation especially over here in the UK. Titles cover a English-French Dictionary, Route Planner Millennium and a Sinclair Spectrum Emulator 1.1. Check out their website for more details, prices and downloads.

Backgammon is a great game, no matter what age you can learn to play, however those that play will know it can take a great amount of skill and luck to win. KSE Backgammon is a great game for your handheld. KSE have a great version of the game for £19.90. Download it from KSE Software where you will also find a trail of the game for you to download to make sure that your happy with it.


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Monday, July 08, 2002
 
NEWS ROUNDUP: We regularly take a look at news, opinion and developments that affect HPC users.
Sammual (webmaster) gives us today's insight into news and views in the HPC world.

Need to organize lists and keep on top of them? Whether they are shopping lists, lists that cover project details then this maybe the software that you need. Customize it, flag items when you need to, give alarms when needed. It's simple and easy to grapple with. Organize and use your information just how you want to. ListPro makes it really easy. And complete file compatibility so you can use your lists on your PDA and your desk.Version 3.0 has recently been released. There is a free month evaluation and the full price for ListPro is $29.95. Get the download from here.

Essential software for all 720 and 728 users is HandyZip. HandyZip 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. A free evaluation copy. Registering the program costs you $19.95.

SmallTweak is a great program that allws you to tweak your the registry in your 720 & 728. It's actually quite safe to use. If you have ever tweaked the registry on your Handheld before, then you will know that it can potentially create problems especially if you take a chance and are not too sure what your doing. However this program allows you to make changes and then if you make a simple mistake you can revert back to how it was before you made the changes quite safetly. Smalltweak is free and can be downloaded from here.

WEBSITE: Thanks for your user stories - Sammual (webmaster)
I have a number of user stories to add which I have not managed to upload yet. Thanks to all of you for sending me your views and opinions whilst I was away. I will do my best to post over the next few days. If you cannot see your posting, go not worry give me a day or so and it will be up there, I am sure before the end of the week.


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Sunday, July 07, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Buying a beer - Sammual (webmaster)





Last month Andrew Wolstenholme, our senior writer, donated $84, donated by you guys, readers of this website to the 'Red Cross' charity in the US. I would like to take this moment to thank you all for the donations. In the end we gave 75% of the funds donated to charity, although we originally stated that half would be donated. With this in mind, I would like to say thank you to my writers. Obviously my writers on this site, receive no payment, Andrew, Ian and the guys love writing about everything handheld, whether it's a Jornada 720 or 728, through to Ian's detailed surveys on whether us users feel that there should be more software for HPC users. You get the score.

So I like to ask you whether you felt the site was worthy of any small donations something enough to allow my writers to go out and buy a beer ;-) Remember we're never going to charge for subscriptions on content. However remember that the site makes no money and these guys do put a great deal of time into the site, which by the way we love writing about all thing's 720 & 728 (and other handhelds thrown in). To make a donation click the PayPal graphic above or click here. Once again, many thanks for your donations.

WEBSITE: Slight change in site name - Sammual (webmaster)
Just to keep up with things I have changed the name of the site slightly, just to introduce those with the new Jornada 728 line of handhelds. Remember we do focus on all handhelds as ever, and we do focus heavily on the 720 and the 728 range of Jornada handhelds (and where and when appropriate other handhelds).

NEWS ROUNDUP: We regularly take a look at news, opinion and developments that affect HPC users.
Andrew Wolstenholme gives us today's insight into news and views in the HPC world.



PalmChess version 2.0 is a great Palm game for your Handheld. PalmChess is the most exciting chess program for Windows CE. Every player, from beginner to expert, will find PalmChess both entertaining and challenging. PalmChess is based on a world-renowned chess engine and is jam-packed with features and eye-popping graphics. It allows you to play against the computer. It costs $29.95. but there is a free demo available.

My Sport Training is a great program that allows you the ability to keep on top of you fitness regime. It allows you to plan and keep receord of your stats and workouts. Very well recommended.

Lots of people are always looking for a Wap Browser for their 720 or 728. Ezos have a great browser that can be downloaded here. EzWAP places Mobile Internet information and services in the palm of your hand. Devices such as Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs which run EzWAP micro-browser, offer easy and secure access to relevant Internet/Intranet information over wireless networks thanks to our integrated support for WML 1.2.1, cHTML and XHTML basic standards. Simply install EzWAP on your device, connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP), and then you can browse Mobile Internet sites as easily as you currently browse HTML sites using a standard web browser.

Bluetooth, is an excellent way to connect wirelessly.


Socket have an excellent Bluetooth kit that can be used with the following phones:
Ericsson, R520, T39, T68
Motorola 270C
Nokia 6210 w/ Bluetooth battery LRW-1, 6310, 6310i
NTT Docomo PALDIO 633S
Sony C413S

PocketOrganizer2000 from OK Software, is up to version 2.6.0.Ex-Psion users especially like this application. This program was created as a more intuitive alternative to PocketOutlook. Where it is possible, it looks like a classic diary or bussinescard. A new category are LINKS (Events - Contacts), where you can associate any event with any contact(s) and this links afterwards view or edit. Other practical thing is a NOTEBOOK for quick notes creating (it supports Rich formatting, you can modify the style of fonts, color etc.), or LISTS. PocketOrganizer works also in HIDDEN MODE, when only a little icon in the systemtray remains. When you tap on this icon, a popup menu appears and you can open today view, contacts, notebook or make the whole program visible.

USER THOUGHT: Educational value - Johnny Kay
I'm happy with my 728 purchase. In fact I have passed my wife my old 720. She is going through your website looking at what software to download. It has also opened up the internet and email to her for the first time. You see my Jornada 720 was not just an organizing tool it's also of educational value.


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Saturday, July 06, 2002
 
NEWS ROUNDUP: We regularly take a look at news, opinion and developments that affect HPC users.

Raul Lucky's Jornada 720 website has recently been updated. Go check the updates.

Unfortunately it looks like Sean and Mel's Handheld website has been dis-continued. Shame it had the potential to be a great website.

HP are to cut jobs in the UK, due to the merger of both HP and Compaq according to the New York Times.

ScreenSnap 4.0 allows users to capture screen shots of applications running on the Handheld PC, Handheld PC 2000, and Palm-size PC.



Recent updates to the excellent Mettavant's J720 Software listings site. Well recommended and certainly a reference.

Addictive game SameGame where you remove patterned squares from a game board. Only squares adjoining squares of the same pattern can be removed. The more adjoining squares removed at the same time, the more points you score. The goal is to remove all of the squares.

KSE Truefax allows you whatever handheld you have a Jornada 720 or 728 to be able to fax and receive faxes. Very good software and essential for the true mobile worker.

Ken Jackson, lives in New York and is considering setting up a HPC User Group for those in the Tri-State area, although everyone is welcome. Ken will post further details on this site shortly. He is also giving consideration for other North East coast cities.

MSN Messenger: One of the most popular emails that we get is whether MSN Messenger is availble for Handheld users. MSN Messenger is available for HPC users, in the form of MSN Messenger Force from Ruksun.

Expansys, the UK PDA online store now have Jornada 728's in stock, not many, but they do have a limited number in. Pricewise they retail at: £680.33

MORE NEWS ADDED WITHIN THE LAST FEW HOURS....

WEBSITE NEWS: Archive problems again - Sammual (webmaster)
I have noticed that the archive section seems not to be working AGAIN! It's very frustrating when that happens. We are looking at ways to get around this, and as soon as we have a solution, I will come back to you.

NEWS: Beta 3 of TextMaker for Windows CE - joparp



Requirements: Handheld PC (HPC, HPC Pro or HPC 2000) equipped with MIPS, SH3, SH4, or StrongARM CPU. Expires on: August 31, 2002 (Either a new beta or the retail version will be released before this beta expires). Changes in Beta 3: Microsoft Word (.doc) import (currently on StrongArm CPUs only), Pocket Word (.pwd) export, HTML export, e-mail function, further performance improvements, several bug fixes. The downloaded file is about 12.0 MB.


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Vic writes: I need help getting my 720 to surf the web using the Sierra Air Card 510 with SprintPCS. The card is connecting to the Sprint Network but when I try to surf the net I always get an error. Do you have any insight on the matter?
victorrichardson@hotmail.com

Steve Rohrman writes: I am a long time fan of the HP Jornada and earlier family. I started with an HP LX360 and have progressed from there going through the pocket pc and back, always, to the Jornada. I now have a Jornada 720 which is configured to pick up mail off our corporate email server as well as dial in capability to our Citrix Metaframe server. My problem is AOL. Along with all of my company programs I would like to pick up mail off my AOL account. I have installed AOL as per the instructions on you page and that is all well and good. The program launches properly and all is good until I try to connect. On the initial attempt it takes about 10 minutes for the AOL dialer to find the internal modem. When I try to log on the program reports no modem found. Just for grins I tried a USR PCMCIA modem and AOL could not find it at all. It is apparent that this is an AOL related problem as my other dial up programs find and access the modem with no problems. Very strange. I am wondering if this is not an issue with something in the registry. Any thoughts???
steve.rohrman@mackaycomm.com


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Friday, July 05, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Late Independence Day greetings - Sammual (webmaster)


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First of all and I may be a day late, Happy Independence Holiday for all our American visitors. I have been in New York and Washington this week. Although I'm Irish and live in the UK, I consider New York to be like a second home. It's my favorite city and I visit it regularly, (every two months or so) to see what's going on and to catch up on my shopping. So thanks to America for treating me so well for the last week and once again, have a happy and peaceful holiday. In the meantime it's good to be back on the website. I have tons of email to go thought, so apologies if I have not responded to yours yet. Lots of views and news pieces to post over the next few days.

One last point, I have noticed on the forum, that there are a number of requests for "cracked" software or requests for "registration codes". Please do not post these requests. Many developers spend a lot of money, and time developing HPC software. In addition a lot of people spend money in purchasing the software, I and my team of writers agree it is simply unfair. so from today, any forum posting requesting registration codes will be deleted. Many thanks for your co-operation.


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NEWS: HPC Doom updates - Sammual (webmaster)



Doom fans will be pleased to note that Gamefreeks have updated their version of HPC Doom. Changes include:
-Now supports all IWADS including Ultimate Doom and doom2.
-Solved keyboard focus issues.
-Storage Card support.
-Strafing.
-Load PWADS (Custom levels) with command line.
-Faster and more stable.
-Fullscreen (640x240) graphics.
-Full PC appearance and functionality.
-Tidied up interface.


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NEWS: Love calculator - Ian Park



Worth a quick mention. Type in both full names of two people and The Love Calculator will calculate the possibility of a successful relationship between them. This program uses the original love calculator algorithm developed by Thijs Kinkhorst and Matthijs Sypkens Smit, so you can be sure that it works :) It's free! Enjoy!


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THOUGHT: Initial thoughts on the 728 - Andrew Wolstenholme
I'm actually using the Jornada 728 and have been for a good two weeks. I will be giving you my thoughts on the machine over the next few weeks. Needless to say, I am loving it. Design wise it's much nicer than the 720, and I don't know whether it's just me but the screen seems to be slightly brighter and clearer than the 720, however I am going to investigate this. However when I put the 720 together with my 728, the screen on the 728 is slightly crisper and brighter. Look out for my thoughts and opinions.


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EDITORIAL: HP say handheld computers will remain on their list - Sammual (webmaster)
Well last weeks TECH EXPO in New York was great and fun. HP had a great stand with the 728. In fact at many times throughout the Thursday that I was there there seemed to be more people crowding this little fella than any other HP product. The top question that I seemed to hear asked was what are the differences between the 720 and it's new counterpart. SimplyHPC has a good little review of the 728 which you can read online at the moment. In addition the HP guys tell me handheld computer is not going to be discontinued, so there are no worries there. In fact there will be further handheld releases in the future (they could not reveal dates), although it is unlikely the Jornada name will remain. Remember this is what the guys from HP told me at the EXPO in New York last week, however they cannot go into any more details, needless to say that this was good news for handheld users.


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