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Saturday, August 31, 2002
 
NEWS: I have developed a software program for HPC2000. It is called MAMA (Medline Abstracts Mini Archiever). MAMA is a utility to help in rapidly organizing Medline Abstracts whether just downloaded or exported from Reference Manager or EndNote to view them offline anywhere and anytime. MAMA is a shareware that works in Demo mode unless purchased. It's price is 49.95$. It can be downloaded from Handago, and Pocketgear and Pocket PC City.
Posted by Abed Baloush

WEBSITE NEWS: I have had terrible problems posting over the last 48 or so, but I think we are fine now. There are a couple of user stories I have not got round to posting. I'll try to do this over the next 48 hours or so.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

USER THOUGHT: I use my 720 for work . I an only infrequently a "mobile" user, but this device comes in handy on a few occasions. I have an office with a nice desktop PC,so the bulk of my work gets done there. We are in the opening stages of a casino and share printers and office space with other departments. This means that the workstations are prone to being occupied or occasionally crashed and in need of a little IT TLC. With the Jornada, my files are always available (and sensitive documents are even more secure), as is the printer. Network down? Workstations all busy? No prob. I use the IrDA port to connect to my workstation when it's free, which is nice. The workstation's IrDA port is on the end of a USB cable, and is located out of the way, yet covers most of the desktop. I set the 720 down anywhere facing me and I am connected. Note that this only saves the step of plugging it into the docking station or the hard line, but desk space is at a premium, and there is none of that. (My workstation is not always free because I let other employees who didn't even get an office or workstation use it, and with the Jornada I don't even have to kick them off when I need to get online. Now I'm a nice guy and an excellent team member too. Ha!) Occasionally I need to go onto the floor and take information off the machines. The stock 720 Excel software allows me to enter the data directly into the spreadsheet instead of onto paper which has to be entered into the spreadsheet later anyway. Some of our most useful diagnostic software still runs on Dos. If it works with PocketDos (haven't tried yet), I will be able to field test parts, as opposed to bringing them off the floor and into the office. On the rare occasion that I go mobile, I can keep up on my chores, answer email, and do all the wonderful things a mobile computer should do. I have yet to fully exploit the capabilities of this device, but it gets better all the time. I am downloading some fax software now and browsing for other helpful software.
Posted by Jason Czito

NEWS: I came accross a very fast and neat MP3 player. The link is http://midori01.tripod.co.jp/index2.htm and the program name is GSPlayer - for MPEG audio. The direct download link is : http://midori01.tripod.co.jp/data/gsp113.lzh Use WinRar to extract. I would like to add that the GSPlayer and all other programs of GreenSoftware (GS) are OPEN SOURCE. The bad thing is that the menus are in Japanese (Japan guys seem to develop really great programs for the HPC platform). Please send an email to the developer "y_nagamidori@mail.goo.ne.jp" in order to compile an english version of his programs :)
Posted by Chris Papadopoulos

WEBSITE ROUNDUP: As you know we try and keep you up to date with whats going on in the HPC community. The following have been added to Henri's 700 series software website:Programming - Courses - ADOCE on Windows CE Devices added, Programming - Miscellaneous - MobileSentinel added, Programming - Miscellaneous - Nuance - Open-sourced added, Multimedia - Movies - Pocket TV Browser added, Miscellaneous - Health - MAMA added, Comms - Synchronisation - MagicSync - added,Multimedia - Sound - GSPlayer updated, whilst Mettavants 700 series software website has also been updated with new software listings for; GSPlayer (mp3 player), MAMA (medical information), Remote Commander (PC remote control), RDIAL (Dial-up tool), HPC Vault Deluxe (restore utility), STG Viewer (restore utility), DisplayOff. Ensure that you visit these sites to give them your support. These guys spend a great deal of their time putting together these excellent websites.
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.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: I have a somewhat backward compliment on the usefulness of the J720. I purchased a Jornada 680, and felt that it should never have beeen marketed because it was so poorly engineered. I felt that the way I was treated by HP approached gang rape. No apologies, no refund, no credit for upgrading to a better HP. I swore an oath that I would never give them one more dime of my money. Nevertheless, I purchased a 720, and continue to use it. My disgust for the company has not diminished, but the simple fact is that there is nothing else out there that can do the job for me. I will be happy to leave HP behind when something else comes along, but for now I have no choice.
- Greg Bramblett

NEWS: HPC Notes Professional Edition 4.0 Beta 3 is now available. HPC Notes 4.0 Professional Edition Beta 3 for Microsoft Windows has been released and is now available for download. The new version supports Microsoft Windows powered Desktop, Portable, Handheld and Pocket PCs and Palm OS powered mobile devices. For detailed information about this beta program and to download the software, visit PhatWare's web site at http://www.phatware.com/hpcnotes/beta.
- Andrew Wolstenholme

NEWS: I just wanted to let you know that we at Sonic Mobility Inc may discontinue the HP720 client with the next release of SonicAdmin. Unfortunately, despite seeing some positive interest, absolutely no one has bought the product. We sell lots of Pocket PC and RIM, but no HP720. We will probably mothball it and only sell the Version 2.5 product to HP720 customers (if any appear) for now. If there is more appeal then we may change our minds.
- Derek Ball


USER THOUGHT: A biased defence of the Handheld PC platform. I’ve noticed some reoccurring themes emerging from the Pocket PC cheer leader camp! It would seem that the reason(s) we should chose a Pocket PC over the Handheld PC are three fold. First, the Pocket PC OS and built in software is more robust than the Handheld version. Second, Handhelds are too expensive ($800-$1,000 US), while the Pocket PC is more affordable. Why not just buy a laptop? And lastly, software availability – there is so much more Pocket PC stuff available!

Let me address these in the order in which they were introduced.

First, anyone who says the OS and built in software on the Pocket PC is more robust than the Handheld version, has probably never used Windows CE 3.0 (Handheld PC 200) or even CE 2.11 (HPC Pro). The Handheld PC runs rings around the Pocket PC, not only is the built in software better, but the OS is easier to use and provides more functionality. It would take a lot of 3rd party software added to a Pocket PC to make the race even remotely close.

Second, nobody I know has ever paid the manufacturers suggest price for their H/PC, so why bother using it in a cost argument. I’ve owned several H/PC’s and I’ve never paid more than $500 US. Even if I had paid a higher price, it never came close to the ridiculous price of purchasing a new laptop in my area. The advantages of a Handheld over a laptop have already been explored and explained many times, so I won’t repeat them again. Yes, Pocket PC’s have a lower startup cost, but the 3rd party add-on’s needed to attain the functionality of a Handheld, make the price issue a wash!

Last and most annoying, repeat after me – ‘software quantity does not equal software quality’ I’ve browsed through the mounds of Pocket PC software available at retail stores and Internet websites and frankly you have to sort through a load of crap to find the few gems out there. After all, how much stuff can you jam onto your Today screen before it becomes a useless clutter? How many versions of Yatzee or Tetris is overkill? Don’t get me wrong, I think every developer has the right to create what they think is a better version of Reversi, but it illustrates my point about quantity verses quality. Think about it, most of the really useful software was available for the H/PC, and then was ported to a Pocket PC version. Quick - name some useful software created for the Pocket PC that isn’t already available (in some form) in an H/PC version? Pocket PC’s are in the spot light (right now), so the developer’s are cranking out Pocket PC software, but the quality software is available for both platforms.

Pocket PC or Handheld PC? Only you can decide what is best suited for your personal needs.Don’t let all of the Pocket PC hype cloud your rational decision!

NOTE: In case you were wondering, I do own a Pocket PC…. it’s a great little PIM
- John Ottini


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Tuesday, August 27, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: I agree with Sammy's opinion yesterday, we have seen the HPC community change but there is one thing that keeps it going and thats you the HPC user. No matter what machine you use, whether its a Jornada 700 series or whatever, it's down to you what you have done. I have only seen the Apple Newton community show anything on the samelines. Raise a glass please, to many years of the HPC community.
Posted by Giles Laine

NEWS: Updates posted to Henri's 700 series HPC software page. Click here for more information.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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Monday, August 26, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: We have seen the handheld community change over the years. At first when Microsoft came up with the idea of Windows CE, handheld computers were the main focus, then the Palm sized handheld began to dominate. One by one, the large companies abandoned the HPC, and we were left with just a handful, the Jornada range being amongst those that are left. So where do we stand now? Well thanks to HP, they have kept the HPC brand alive by introducing the 728, earlier this spring. ill any other hardware developer jump on the band wagon? Not sure on that one, needless to say there is one element that brings all HPC users together and thats, you, the community. Without ther community coming today, we would not have the resources that many HPC users rely on. It doesn't matter whether you own a 720 or a 728, or any other Handheld, you bring the community together. Take out forum for example. Every day, you guys post news and features, and answer questions. The forum is read by so many people, I receive emails daily, detailing the help and the assistance that they have received either from this, the front page of the site or from the forum. That makes me, real happy. I am glad that I set this site up to help you guys especially as we will be approaching our 2nd birthday soon. In the meantime, I know of software developments that are both exciting and will keep HPC users happy. In fact one of the projects that is already in beta test, will open the door for many new programs to be used on your HPC. So if your new to the HPC community, then may I extend a warm welcome, however if your an exsisting user, may I say thanks for continuing to visit the site, your experience, user thoughts and news postings really contribute to the whole community.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


NEWS: I am pleased to announce that Henri Spagnolo, our resident forum expert has set up a 7** series software website, that is, well all I can say is excellent. The website is based essentially on HP Jornada Series 700 computers. This includes 710, 720 and 728 models. More than 850 products are referenced. There is also an excellent FAQ, in fact the most comprehensive FAQ that I have seen relating to the 7** series. The site has a great design. In the meantime, I will keep you up to date with site developments and updates. However in the meantime, this is an excellent website and is well recommended. Click here to vist the site.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

SITE NEWS: We have updated the links in the left hand page. We've added a number of HPC related sites.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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Sunday, August 25, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: I normally flip through many of the other websites within the HPC community to see whats new. Unfortunatly there is not that much thats new. Mettavants 720 / 728 software pages have been updated this wee. Simply HPC, although a little quiet at the moment does have some good editorials and features, and Raul Lucky promises new updates to his excellent pages soon. Please visit these other websites to give them your support. They contain excellent information.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

SURVEY: Sorry guys I'm a little late with the survey this week. Call it work deadlines, anyway can I have your answer to the following please......

Why did you purchase your Handheld? / What was your objective?

Did it meet your expectations?

Do you own more than one PDA?

Obviously because I'm late this week, I'll publish the survey on Thursday. Email me with your answers.
Posted by Ian Park


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Saturday, August 24, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: Thanks but no thanks, I'm sticking with my Jornada 720. I purchased mine three weeks before the release of the 728 and I have no plans to go out and purchase the newest model. In the meantime, I would like to say, that I am very happy with my purchase. The screen is great, the built in software is fantastic and my laptop is being replaced by my 720. Yes, like many people that have commented on this site, browsing the internet is slow, but the abiluty to retrieve email from wherever you are makes up for it.
Posted by Rik Gregory

NEWS: More software for your HPC including RDIAL (Dial-up tool), HPC Vault Deluxe (restore utility), STG Viewer (restore utility), DisplayOff. For full details check out Mettavants HPC software page.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

RESOURCE: One of the top questions that we get asked here at the website is, are there facilities to read the bible on your 720 / 728 / HPC? We answer 'yes, of course'. One of the bibles that you can extract and read is by Laridian's Pocket Bible. PocketBible gives you powerful access to Bibles and Bible reference books to enhance your reading, studying and enjoyment of the Scriptures.There is a good number of features, and you can get more information here.
Posted by Andrew Wolstenholme


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Thursday, August 22, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: When the website launched the debate of whether we HPC users pay too much for software I thought 'good question!' The quick answer: YES! While it's difficult to say just how much is too much, I tend to think of my Jornada 720 as not only a productivity tool, but admitedly a toy. It's part tool, part hobby. I paid about $1000 for the 720, a couple hundred dollars for peripherals including extra batteries, case, connectors, camera, memory, CF to PCMCIA adapters, styluses, etc. The end result is that tangible items alone have brought the cost of the Jornada 720 up to that of an inexpensive laptop. Close to $2000! Now, if I simply use built in software and utilities that Microsoft and HP provide, the 720 would be quite useful. No doubt about that. Add to that all the freeware you can find and you have an amazing tool in a small package. Not bad for close to $2000. Unfortunately, to provide the same level of usability that I get on my PC or spare laptop (where I use previously purchased software or utilities that are free such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, etc.) I must now purchase similar software that is relatively expensive. For example, it's well known that PocketTV is $50 for H/PC users while being free for PocketPC users. Why? Who knows, but the fact of the matter is that there are several similar utilities for PocketPC, Windows, Linux, Macintosh, etc. and they are all free. So PocketTV is not worth the expense when you factor in the passive screen and lack of sufficient acceleration on a Jornada 720. There is Ansyr Primer for PDF files. Great! Unfortunately, it's also $50 for a utility that's free for most other platforms/OS. PDF documents are thankfully not an all out requirement for business especially when you have other formats that work.

There are a number of other utilities out there that I have tried and used and bought. The end result is that I have had to add another few hundred dollars of software purchases for what amounts to a sort of novelty device (some have claimed 40+ WPM when typing on a J720, but I seriously doubt that's possible) when a more usable item would be a small laptop with all my previously bought software and freebies from the Internet (putting aside the argument about there really being only one purchased license for each item of software you ever buy, but I sure as hell am not buying two copies of every piece of software so I can have it on my PC at home and my laptop on the road!) There are some GAMES out there that are great, but they generally cost $5-$15 which is more like it. Every play Slay? Bubblets? Great games for reasonable prices. Not to mention novelty utilities that are within reason. They usually make the Jornada more of a technology demonstrator rather than a full featured "Swiss Army Knife" though.

I would rather see the old shareware paradigm insofar as PDA software is concerned. Programmers creating software more as a hobby than a business (what I see out there mostly is similar to this rather than full featured software like MS Office) and offer it for much less than what some of it is at currently. I have bought a few programs that are indespensible such as Sentry2020, Calligrapher, TheSky Pocket Edition, and a couple others. Other than that, anything for a PDA that's more than about $25 is just overkill when my laptop offers much more functionality for a lot less money.

Yeah, we pay too much for H/PC software.
Posted by Bob Abouey

NEWS: PDA Street have tidied up their online forum pages. There are individual forums for HPC users.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

NEWSBYTE: John Ottini informs me that the Nov issue of Pocket PC Magazine contains an article on CAB files, although geared towards the novice CE user! It should make a good read.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

SOFTWARE: Recent software or updates recently introduced for us HPC users include; ABC Puzzle (tetris+sokoban+blocks+...), PTable (periodic table of elements), MobileSentinel (copy protection), JZ Paint (drawing), TourMate (translation), CatchMe (three-card trick), site of HUM MP3 Player is back, RiteMail (handwritten emails). All these programs can be downloaded from Mettavants excellent HPC software website.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

NEWSBYTE: Thanks to USA Today for making this a good devate to read. I liked this article, not really totaly concerning HPC's such as the 720 & 728, however it opens the debate on whether the rules of using a PDA on an aircraft should be changed.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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Tuesday, August 20, 2002
 
SURVEY: So then we asked you guys if you thought that HPC software was too expensive, or overpriced. Wow, 78% of you say that software for HPC's are far too expensive, and what a wide range of comments you guys made. For example, Jessica Knowles from Canada said: "I had no idea that before owning a Jornada 720, software would be that expensive. Newbies should do their homework prior to purchase". John Ryland from the UK said, "I don't care how much the software is, the 728 is worth every penny". While Paul Berrisford from New Jersey says, "I do not waste money on third party software, as it's far too costly". Thanks to those that sent in their survey's, in total, 189 of you replied so many thanks. I will post this weeks survey tmrw, replies back again by Sunday, for publication on Monday. I'm getting real quick going through your results. I have posted Arnie Simpson's completed survey. Arnie is from Canada and always provides us with great answers, thanks Arnie.
Posted by Ian Park

SURVEY: Do I pay too much for software for the 720? Should they be less expensive? The price for Handheld 2000 software varies widely. You can get some real gems for low cost (e.g. SpreadCE for about $20US), and sometimes you have to pay quite a bit more. I use my 728 for business purposes and consider it a strategic competitive tool, so the cost does not bother me much as long as there is value in the software package. However, the value isn't always there - for example: I would gladly pay $80US for a good PDF reader, but the Ansyr Primer package is too slow and cumbersome to be of much use except on small files. I did buy it, but hardly ever use it. Too bad there is nothing else available. The price of the upcoming Textmaker (Softmaker) package is fairly high at $70US, but it is well worth the price if it works quickly and reliably. Of course, if you don't have a serious need to use its features, then the price will seem high. If you compare it to MS Office prices, it is fairly low. I bought a tactical analysis tool recently for $150US. Unfortunately, you couldn't try it before buying it. It was a waste of time, so I got a refund. If the package had lived up to its claims, it would have been worth the money for me. I think most utilities are priced about right at around $10-25US. I think it all depends on what you do with your handheld. The more value you get from the software, the more you should be willing to pay. Of course, "value" can only be measured by the real user - no one else can tell you how much something should be worth to you.

Keep up the good work on the surveys - very interesting.
Posted by Arnie Simpson

TUTORIAL: Don't know if this is of any help, but here it goes: Here's a trick I use to customize the 11 HotKeys, 4 HardIcons (right margin of the screen) and the 3 external Key/Buttons. You must use a Registry Editor that can import and export the registry to a file. (I use Tascal RegEdit) Simply export the [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys] tree to a text file. Edit it with the PocketWord, save it as a TEXT file, and if no error was made, you simply import it again with the Registry Editor. This is a small extract of my MyHotKeys.reg:

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell]
"Pro"="1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\60C4]
@="\\Storage Card\\Program Files\\TascalRegEdit.exe"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\60C7]
@="\\Storage Card\\Program Files\\Trio PhoneManager\\cephone.exe"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\60C8]
@="\\windows\\inkwrite.exe"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\60C9]
@="\\Windows\\cmd.exe"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\60CA]
@="\\Windows\\calc.exe"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\60CB]
@="\\Windows\\OmniSolve.exe"

Some other examples:

This one will record while pressing the VoiceRecord HotKey

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\40C3]
@="\\windows\\voicstub.exe"

...and SHIFT+VoiceRecord HotKey to call the standard app

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\40cf]
@="\\Windows\\voiceapp.exe"


I use the HardIcon2 for initiate the Synchro connection

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\40CD]
@="\\Windows\\repllog.exe"

...and SHIFT+HardIcon2 to call the backup util

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\44CD]
@="\\Windows\\backup.exe"


SHIFT+PocketWord HotKey calls WordCount while in PocketWord:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\44CB]
@="\\windows\\pwcount.exe"


My customized External Keys with
standard, +CTRL and +SHIFT combinations:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\40D1]
@="\\Windows\\Next.lnk"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\40D2]
@="\\Windows\\Previous.lnk"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\40D3]
@="\\Windows\\PlayPause.lnk"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\44D1]
@="\\Windows\\ToggleRepeat.lnk"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\44D2]
@="\\Windows\\ToggleShuffle.lnk"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\44D3]
@="\\Windows\\Stop.lnk"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\48D1]
@="\\Windows\\VolumeUp.lnk"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\48D2]
@="\\Windows\\VolumeDown.lnk"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys\48D3]
@="\\Windows\\ToggleMute.lnk"

This opens the Excel file where I keep all these HotKey configurations. I work on a sheet with a easy key mapping and use the other sheet that automatically keeps an image in proper registry format. Then I simply COPY+PASTE to a .reg file and import it to the registry with a Tascal RegEdit.
Posted by Marco Correia


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Sunday, August 18, 2002
 
SOFTWARE: Snap It is a wonderful program that allows you to take screenshots on your Handheld Computer. It takes quality color and grayscale screen shots.



SnapIt is very easy to use: you decide which key combination on your Handheld PC takes a screen shot, and where the screen images are kept. This is well priced at $9.95 and a demo is available. Click here for more information.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

THIS WEEKS SURVEY: Just a reminder about the survey for this week. Do HPC users such as myself who uses a Jornada 720, pay too much for software and programs? Should they be less expensive? If you have any views and opinions on the matter then please feel free to provide an answer to the question and email me with your opinion. Email me via Sammual's email address. We will put the results up for this tmrw. Thanks for those that have replied, we have received around 135 emails so far.
Posted by Ian Park

SOFTWARE:The Pocket DivX Player is a FREE Open Source multifunction video and audio player that can play DivX, OpenDivX, MPEG-4, MPEG-1 videos and MP3 audio. The latest version 0.8 offers so many new features to list. Check out the Project Mayo website for more information for this great free download.
Posted by Andrew Wolstenholme


WEBSITE: Several new handheld software titles added to Mettavants excellent HPC Software site, which has been updated this week. For those new to the HPC community, the this is the best software directory on the net.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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Saturday, August 17, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Got back from London, and when I was on the plane, compiled one or two articles which I'll post on the site this week, so take a look out for them. In the meantime, I recently started a hobby that allowed me to generate some income for myself, nothing too serious, I do not believe these make money from home incomes etc. Well I think I may be eating my words as I'm doing ok with it. You can read my experiences here.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

USER THOUGHT: It's good to see a growing numbers of developers producing software for the 720 and 728 handhjeld. For the last two years I have felt frustrated that developers were not producing us with quality software. At the end of the day what has been their incentive? They lose money at the end of the day. I have sent emails to many Pocket PC developers asking them to expand on their software often only to receive rather negative responses. Now I feel the tide is turning, I believe through my own stats that we now have seena 28% increase or thereabouts on HPC software since this time last year. Please please please, support those developers and email the one's that have yet to develop HPC software developers. We will not win the battle alone.
Posted by Dermot Jackson


NEWS: RiteMail, has been out for just a short amount of time. Exchange handwritten emails between wireless handheld computers, desktops, laptops, Webpads and electronic whiteboards. riteMail works with any Java-enabled Web browser and displays handwritten letters, drawings and charts in the body of Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape Mail, Eudora, and other email messages. This is very handy for those that prefer to handwrite emails.
Posted by Andrew Wolstenholme

NEWS: FileManCE2 is very small and fast file manager, it uses dynamic linked libraries (DLL) so main exe file can be very small (cca 70 kB only).



Features include:
Copy
Move
Delete
Rename
Creating Folders
Creating Shortcuts
Find (screenshot)
Folder history (like IE)
Hot Paths
Communication via serial port
Download is free and can be downloaded from here.
Posted by Ian Park


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Thursday, August 15, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Not only did Ian post the piece on his new survey earlier today. It must be only five or six hours ago, we have received 17 completed surveys by email. Many thanks for the quick response. If your not sure what this weeks survey is about then read through today's postings.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

USER THOUGHT: I just flipped through the first issue of the newly released Palmtop User magazine and I am sad to report that the Windows CE Handheld platform was totally ignored. I fully expected that the publishers would focus heavily on the Palm OS and Psion platforms since this is a combining of two former publications namely PalmTop – (Psion) & Palmuser – (Palm OS). I also thought that perhaps with the NEW inclusion of Pocket PC material there might also be a word or two about the CE Handheld platform (Jornada, MobilePro/Packard Bell) – wrong! We just can’t get any respect!

Thank heavens for Handheld Addict.

Posted by: John Ottini
John Ottini is a regular writer for the Pocket PC Magazine, and has recently written a regular article titled 'Ten Ways to Extend the Life of Your Handheld or Pocket PC'.

USER THOUGHT: I'm from Denver and wanted to give you a number of thoughts, on my Jornada 728. Firstly it's a great machine, looks good, great keyboard. Secondly the screen is clearer than my previous Jornada 720, and clarification is much better. There is no improvement on the size of the handheld, but all in all, the 728 in my opinion is much better than the 720. However If you have a 720, and are not in the position to move to the 728, do not worry too much. What you get in the 728, you also get in the 720, however as I mentioned earlier the 720 has some great features but the 728 has moved this great handheld on.
Posted by Jackson Grieves

USER THOUGHT: There is always argument that the HP 720 and 728, have a lack of software but I do not believe that it's all true. Yes, I admit that platforms such as Palm and the Pocket PC environment offer a more diverse choice, but the quality of the gear available for HPC's is excellent. We should not moan about the lack of software but be promoting and asking developers to taks into account the views of HPC users. In the meantime, we should be going out and purchasing software and using them, letting developers know that there is a market and it does exsist. After all HPC users have to pay more money when it comes to software. So go and download the software, purchase it, take a look at software sites such as Mettavants Jornada 720 and 728 software site. Try out the evaluations, anfd then go and support the developers by going out and purchasing the software. At the end of the day, by not supporting developers how are we supposed to expect them to develop software for us? I leave the case in your hands.
Posted by David Mahoney

THIS WEEKS SURVEY: This weeks survey is a simple one, and sort of follows on from what David, was saying above. Do HPC users such as myself who uses a Jornada 720, pay too much for software and programs? Should they be less expensive? If you have any views and opinions on the matter then please feel free to provide an answer to the question and email me with your opinion. Email me via Sammual's email address. We will put the results up for this forthcoming Monday.
Posted by Ian Park

WEBSITE NEWS: I'm going to be in London, tmrw, so there will be no updates until Saturday. I love getting my 720 out on the British Airways flight from Manchester to London Heathrow and getting a good 30 minutes use, whilst my laptop travellers do not get the same privilidge. The beauty of handheld computers. See you Saturday...
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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Tuesday, August 13, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: John Gammon posted an interesting article on this subject. I posted a broadly similar one on the forum, but coming to a different conclusion, to which I have had but a single response. I appreciated the response even though it was not altogether helpful, as it doesn't solve my problem. The heart of the J720 has to be synchronisation with the desktop. And I've had a series of problems with synchronisation, especially with emails to the extent that its unreliability has forced me to the opposition - a laptop! I don't want to do this, but I've previously posted problems and have had very little if any response. I'm surprised that HP tells me that the problems I face are systemic and not related to my specific machine. So why am I the only one experiencing these problems? Or am I the only one trying to synchronise 40-50 emails per day, many with attachments? Your ideas would be appreciated.
Posted by Bob Zuur

NEWS: In an ideal world, you could create a Microsoft Word document on your desktop computer, put it on your Windows CE device, edit and format it on the road, and then send it back to the office as a .DOC file, with content and all formatting still intact. This is what owners of Handheld PCs and Pocket PCs running the Windows CE operating system expect from their mobile computers. Unfortunately, this is not how it works right now. Pocket Word, the word processor shipping with all Handheld PCs and Pocket PCs, is perhaps the biggest disappointment for mobile users: No headers or footers. No tables. No outliner. No on-the-fly spell-checking. Severely limited text formatting. No paragraph styles. Image support? Barely existent. What about document conversion then? As soon as you move a .DOC file to your mobile device, all features that Pocket Word cannot process are stripped and thrown away. Basically, just the body text in bold, italic, and underline survives, but not much else. Now there is an alternative: TextMaker, available in a Handheld PC edition and a Pocket PC edition, is the first and only complete word processor for Windows CE. Multi-language spell-checker? Graphics? Footnotes? No problem. Tables? Sophisticated character and paragraph formatting? Glossary? At your fingertips. Lossless conversion of Microsoft Word .DOC files? Right on your CE device. The mobile version of TextMaker has practically all of the features that the desktop version of TextMaker offers! TextMaker is the most comprehensive word processor ever developed for Windows CE. Imagine that: Desktop-class word processing for mobile devices. HANDHELD PC owners can now try out TextMaker for free: The release candidate (the final version before product release) has been made available as a free download at www.softmaker.de/anywhere The retail version of TextMaker for Handheld PCs will start shipping on August 30, 2002. It will be bundled with the desktop word processor TextMaker for Windows which works on any Windows 32 bit operating system. Introductory pricing has been set at US$69.95 in the Americas and EUR 79.95 in Europe.
Posted by Softmaker


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Monday, August 12, 2002
 
SURVEY RESULTS: There was no clear winner in this weeks survey of HPC cases. However there were a number that came close to the top. Firstly the Otterbox 3000 was a popular choice.



Priced at $19.95 this looks a good case to protect your 720 and 728.

Whilst the alternative is, The Pouch, a lot of you again recommended this one, a good size wallet to say the least, 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.



$19.95 in Black.
$21.95 in colors for any Pouch.

When we look at the survey results, out of all those that responded to me and in fact thats 147 of you, (many thanks!!), 80% of you used something to protect your 720 / 728. 31% of you had a 728, the rest of you had a 720. 81% agree that the cases are resonably priced, the rest of you feel they are overpriced. Finally quality and better protection are the key reasoning behind why you chose your specific handheld case. Thank you again, to all those that responded. I have posted three random selected surveys and posted them below. I will update you tmrw on this weeks survey, we will post next Sunday. Because of the amount of replies I received for this week's survey, it took me an extra day.
Posted by Ian Park

USER THOUGHTS / SURVEY RESULTS
1) Do you use a case to protect your Handheld computer?

Yes

2) Do you feel that they are overpriced or are they priced fairly?

Generally the bespoke designs are overpriced that's why I always look for an alternative

3) Which handheld case do you use?

I actually use a standard size, zip round Folofax case

4) What is the reason for this?

a) Price of specially made cases is high
b) Availability of specially made cases is not good in the UK, I would like to examine the item before I buy
c) Some of the more 'rugged' cases (eg Otter) look as though they were designed by Landrover in 1958
c) The Filoxax solution provides space for my J720, some notepaper, pen & any Filofax style inserts I use + usually one or more pockets for receipts, cards etc
d) An HPC sitting on a table in a fancy looking case is more attractive to the potential thief that the average looking Filofax
Posted by Dave Beveridge

USER THOUGHTS / SURVEY RESULTS
1) Do you use a case to protect your Handheld computer?

yes

2) Do you feel that they are overpriced or are they priced fairly?

mostly overpriced

3) Which handheld case do you use?

otterbox 3000

4) What is the reason for this?

it was recommended hard case in several HPC sites. i managed to find
one in a finnish scuba diving shop. otterbox protects well against
moisture.
Posted by Jussi Ruuskanen

USER THOUGHTS / SURVEY RESULTS
1) Do you use a case to protect your Handheld computer?
Yes. Spent ages looking for a folio case that would hold the Jornada and a writing pad and bits and pieces, but couldn’t find anything that allowed me to use the Jornada in the case.

2) Do you feel that they are overpriced or are they priced fairly?
In the main they are overpriced.

3) Which handheld case do you use?
I actually had been tossing my 720 into a briefcase. After a few days of hearing it bashing around inside my bag, I decided to do something about it. As above I couldn’t locate what I really wanted but opted for a Fila Sport and City Bag.

It’s a back pack, essentially designed to hold a laptop, files and the usual assortment of extras (adaptors, disks, cards etc). It has two main compartments with a couple of pockets along the front. One of these is about right for my Palm Vx, another is perfect for the mobile phone and most important of all there is a pouch that could have been designed for the 720. These are all separate and have their own zips.
The bag has a flap that folds across the top of all these pouches and also comes with a fold away rain cover in it’s own pocket!

One drawback is, I don’t always need the bag, sometimes I just want the 720.

4) What is the reason for this?
Couldn’t find what I really wanted and opted this as it holds the 720 safely and securely while on the move.
Posted by Michael Blair


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Sunday, August 11, 2002
 
THOUGHT: No matter what handheld you use, whether it's a 720 or 728 or no matter what, most people agree Internet Explorer is slooooow. So wouldn't it be good if the alternative browser 'Opera' could be adopted to the 720. Well why not send them mail to say so. I was chatting to some regular site visitors over the weekend, and we all agree that the Opera browser would be ideal, especially for it's speed. Send Opera an email, and lets see what if anything we can do.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: PocketTV the mpeg player for your handheld, has been updated, there has been fixes for a small number of bugs.


Check out the Pocket TV website for further details.
Posted by Andrew Wolstenholme

SOFTWARE: Stock Manager for WindowsCE is an easy to use program for you to keep track and manage your stocks, options or mutual funds.
Posted by Ian Park

NEWS: Chris Papadopoulos a regular on our forum, has a good Jornada 720 website, that explains what the handheld computer is all about. It's well worth a visit and we will add it to our links page.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: Claude Mettavants back from his holidays so expect regular updates to his excellent 720 & 728 software website pages. Good to have you back Claude.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

SURVEY: Ian will be revealing how the survey went on handheld cases for your 720 / 728, tmrw. So if you we're expecting it today, then he will be commenting tmrw.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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Saturday, August 10, 2002
 
MONTHLY NOTICE TO SAY THANK YOU TO THOSE THAT HAVE DONATED TO THE SITE: Thanks to all those who have enjoyed the site and have donated in order for my writers to buy themselves a drink. As ever we also give a proportion of what you donate to the site to a charity. Donations received over the last month have been donated to the Blue Cross charity, and I believe we are donating $54.00. So many thanks and there is enough in the kitty for us to buy that drink. So if you enjoy the site, and wish to say thanks to my writers then click here or click on the Paypal button to the left of the page and make a donation. We give a proportion to charity and the rest is divided up by our full time contributers as a token for their efforts, who give their time to write for the site. Once again, thanks for those who donated in the last month, and if you enjoy the site and wish to make a donation then we thank you in advance.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

USER THOUGHT: Small laptop or HPC?
This discussion brings back memories of the Libretto series from Toshiba, "one of the first ultra-notebook PCs). At the time I argued the lightweight, compact size, and full PC functionality. Although it had no network card built-in, not built-in modem, it did have an IR port, external floppy drive (through the parallel port), a serial port, and a ps/2 port for keyboard or mouse. It had the internal sound card and speaker, and a stereo headphone jack. All in all, not a bad machine. Then the VP I "convinced" to buy it took it on a trip.

He had Excel open with some production sheet he was using at the time. He was making notes for his project reviews in Word, and polished a Power Point presentation all on the plane to his conference with our customer. Now I can do all of that for a fraction of the price ($2290 was the cost of the Libretto) and still accomplish my goals.

Graphing Excel charts can be found in a third party pkg, as is creating or editing PPT presentations. Each of these third party apps cost less than just one of the packages of the MS suite (which is not in the cost of the machine).

Networking can be done a variety of ways. Not only do we have NE-2000 compatible drivers loaded in ROM, but there is wireless networking, and don't forget that the IR port is a communications port which could be setup to talk with a IR NIC receiver.

Which leads into the VGA-out card. This card will allow you to display to a monitor, projector, or whatever, the image that is on our unit for many to see. While this convenience exists, I have not heard many who use it, but it is there.

The best part, IMHO, is the storage capacity of the machine. It is not limited to the slot available for the SIMM/DIMM memory stick, rather it is confined to the mind of the user (and equally confining is the pocket book of the user!). I can go with additional storage in the CF slot and go as high as 512Mb, and still be able to access the files with the VGA-out, a wireless, or wired network card in the PCMCIA slot, or a PCMCIA SCSI adapter (take your pick). Or still, I could use a mass storage card (i.e. IBM Microdrive with a PCMCIA adapter [since it is a type II CF format]) in connection with a wireless type I CF NIC.

The possibilities are endless (as is the void in my mind). The programming environments (i.e. PocketC, scripting langs, etc.), applications, utilities will operate off of any of the memory/storage areas--as will the most important reason for having a J7xx machine--G A M E S !. I have more requests for games for the xPC machines than for any other application/program. It is the perfect opponent, in that it will play and not scream and yell when one takes forever to make a move. If you want to change your answer, then do so--it will sometimes let you (U N D O). Along with the games, the second most important genre are reading books and readers (for this topic, I will avoid my rants about the fight between formats). The multiplicity of books available and the formats these books are in, and the readers that by needs are necessary, is astounding.

And all of this can be done for under the $$$ it takes to get into the sub-notebook/ultra-notebook PC, even today.

Just a few memories and opinions that are still relevant. This machine is not for everyone. There are many who will not be able to use it. Usually, it is a result of the resistance to adapt. Many find themselves with the attitude, "...but it doesn't have...." The question that should be asked is often overlooked (or under thought): "How hard would it be to do this? OR can I find a program that will let me view the results of this? or is this something that I need to create?" Be honest with yourself, someone else has probably thought the same thing at one time (remember DOS?), and created it for others to use, also (yes, I advocate Open Source to the community).
Posted by John Gammon

SOFTWARE: This looks like it should make a great game with cool graphics its called Galactic Realms. Here is a description. Galactic Realms is a real-time strategy game set in space. Start building your colony by mining the asteroids and raising enough funds to create additional structures. Build a fleet of warships, and send them into battle in real time! Strategy will play an important role, as you will soon find any aggressive action will be met with strong opposition, and it won’t be long before the rebels turn your base into a flaming ruin! There is a free demo and to purchase it's priced $15. Runs on HPC Pro model handhelds. Click here for more information.
Posted by David Mahoney

SOFTWARE: Giving up smoking? Then your 720 / 728 can help with this program My Last Cigarette. Features include: 1. Running total of amount saved. 2. Projected Cravings, Lung health and Carbon Monoxide levels. 3. The increase in life expectancy you can expect. 4. A daily smoking fact to keep you motivated. 5. The number of cigarettes that you HAVEN'T SMOKED. 6. The time that you have been a NON-SMOKER. The software is produced from Mastersoft for $19.95 with a trial.
Posted by Andrew Wolstenholme

SOFTWARE: Take a look at this funky screen saver for your handheld. How cool? Funcky sphere's as it's called. It lets you add seven different kinds of spheres, each of which warps your screen in a different way. You can also choose the size and speed for each sphere which allows you to customize this screen saver as much or as little as you like! There is a trial and it can be downloaded for $9.95. Click here for more information.
Posted by Ian Park



SOFTWARE: Slay is a strategy game set in medival times. Quite addictive and worth the $20 from Sean O'Connor.
Posted by Jake Desborough


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Friday, August 09, 2002
 
QUICKIE: Twiddlebit mailed me that they will investigate for PocketPlan how easy it will be to support HPC.
Posted by Peter Gerritsen

NEWS: Microsoft Research has released version 1.5 of Microsoft Portrait. Version 1.5 was released on August 8. Microsoft Portrait supports .NET Messenger Service, Session Initiation Protocol and Internet Locator Service on PCs, Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs. Microsoft Portrait is a research prototype for mobile video conferencing. It supports .NET Messenger Service, Session Initiation Protocol 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. Click here for more information.
Posted by Ian Park

USER ASSISTANCE: If you can help please email Lee Sharpiro
I recently bought a Jornada 720, and a Sierra 510 wireless modem card, compatible with Sprint PCS. I can't decipher the instructions in the Jornada manual nor the booklet that came with the modem. I have no idea what to do. Apparently I'm supposed to download "Watcher" by installing the CD that came with the modem on my PC and somehow transferring it to the Jornada. No problem with the first part, but I don't even know how to transfer the Watcher program from the PC to the Jornada. I'm totally confused! I already have a Sprint account for my cell phone and as soon as I have this figured-out, I'll call them to add the Jornada. As you can tell, I'm a real novice!
Posted by Lee Sharpiro


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Thursday, August 08, 2002
 

USER THOUGHT: This is just by way of a hopefully useful tip to other Jornada 720 users. It isn't about software for the Jornada - but is about a piece of software that has given me something I'm desperate for. I use my Jornada for just about everything. I use a Nokia Phone Card for e-mail and web, and use a Toshiba 5 gig drive where I keep all my reference material for places I'm visitng. I also keep MP3 music and download books and news etc. One thing I wanted to do as I get very bored with CNN and BBC World whilst away is to pre-record radio programes and take them with particularly from BBC Radio 4. I found a wonderful little programme called Replay Radio. It's like TiVo for web radio. So for example you can schedule to record regular radio 4 programmes and it'll dial up, record the programme at whatever compression you specify and save automatically to MP3. It cost around £20 ($30) and I think it's exactly what I'm looking for. The sound quality isn't CD but it's only talk programmes I'm interested in and I can dump programmes directly onto the Toshiba 5 gig drive and take that with me on trips. Compression gives an hour of programmes for around 7mb. Thought others might find the idea interesting.
Posted by questsat

SOFTWARE: HPC Notes Standard Edition is an award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows Powered Handheld PCs. It's an essential piece of software that I would certainly say that it should be a an essential piece of software that all handheld users should have on their 720 & 728.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

SOFTWARE: Ex-Psion users should note that Pocket Organizer. It was as a more intuitive alternative to PocketOutlook. Where it is possible, it looks like a classic diary. As a ex-Psion user myself I was pleased with the transition and was very pleased when I found this, as the appearance is very much like Psion's old diary book.
Posted by David Mahoney


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Wednesday, August 07, 2002
 
SOFTWARE: Virtual CE, made by Bitbank software is now up to version 2.2.



The Pro version can now control any number of CE devices simultaneously, Virtual CE allows you to be able to control your Handheld from your PC. It's a great idea and one of the top selling programs for Handheld devices. Features include:
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
Paste text from the PC clipboard to the CE device
A 30-day demo of the standard version is available, and can be downloaded from here.
Posted by David Mahoney



RESOURCE: If your not aware of Mazingo, or have jumped ship from the Pocket PC platform then Mazingo is like Avant Go and allows you to download channels to your handheld such as web based newspaper channels, magazine channels etc. Keep up to date with the BBC or CNN News. Mazingo will work on any generic Windows CE device as long as it has the following, a Web browser (Internet Explorer) Active Sync running on the PC, or a Storage Card Reader attached to the PC. Check out the Mazingo website for download.

Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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Tuesday, August 06, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Wow, amazing keep those surveys rolling in by email, thanks for all the emails so far
Posted by Ian Park

USER THOUGHT: I want to say that I have been using a 720 for some time, I'm not going to upgrade to a 728, as I do not think that it is worth it. Don't get me wrong, it looks a brilliant handheld, I just simply cannot justify the high price for something that my 720 can carry out without a problem.I will say that my 720 is a brilliant handheld, I'm not going to call it a PDA, as it's more than a Personal Digital Assistant to me, in fact it helps run my business, keeps me and my wife up to date with reminders, and helps me star spot at night. What more could I want. Until the day that it's hinges break and the the clamshell falls to pieces then thats the day I will invest in a new handheld, as they say, 'why replace something thats not broken'.
Posted by Francis Harris

USER ASSISTANCE: Received this email from someone who is a Pocket PC user, and obviously they are looking to jump ship to the world of HPC, and they need justified reasons as to do it. If you can help Juha Nurminen then please send him an email.

"I'm an iPaq user looking for a new tool/toy. I have come to a very difficult situation where I have to decide which machine to buy next. Fujitsu Siemens has tempted me to get a flashy new Pocket Loox but on the other hand I have been very interested in HPC2000-platform and Jornada 728 is the king of that hill.

Looking things from money view, I could get Jornada 728 or Pocket Loox (with 2nd battery and foldable keyboard) for about the same amount of euros here in Finland.

My main uses for a PDA are scheduling and mobile internet (web, email, Instant Messages). So the PIM software should be good (using Pocket Informant on PPC2002). MP3/WMA/ASF-capabilities are also high in my list.....

What I need is people to tell me some HPC2000 greatest advantages.

Could you post those replys of your survey about Jornada 728 first looks in your site or message board. Also I would like to hear your personal view about switching from PPC2002 to HPC2000."

Posted by Sammual (webmaster)



NEWS: Doom by gamefreaks has been updated. It's a lot smoother and has proven to work on handhelds J680, and aJ710 & J720. I cannot see any problems with it working on a 728, and it should now work on NEC Mobile Pro 770.
Posted by David Mahoney


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Monday, August 05, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Thanks to all those that are responding to our case survey that we published yesterday, we already have back 38 replies within the last 24 hours, many thanks. If your not sure what I mean check out yesterdays postings. I will post replies later this weekend on Sunday. I am just working out the basis for the next week's survey and I am considering putting it down to whether how many of you use your handheld for mobile access such as email and internet. I'll consider the questions later this week.
Posted by Ian Park

THOUGHT: Speaking of Ian's survey I am testing out a number of cases, that I will be discussing on the site, hopefully over the forthcoming week. I will say at this stage that the quality of the cases that I am reviewing have been excellent. I look forward to reporting my findings. In the meantime thanks to those people that have submitted their cases for review. If you wish for your case to be reviewed please email me.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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Sunday, August 04, 2002
 
WEBSITE: Spadecomponents site has been updated. SpadeComponents.com is a uk based company established to buy, sell and repair pda's and handheld pc's.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

SURVEY RESULTS: As promised, here are the results to the handheld survey we posted this time last week. Firstly many thanks to the 127 of you who responded this week. Here are the results.
1) Are you happy with the purchase of your Jornada 728?

Yes: 87%
No: 13%

2) Is it your opinion that the 728 is better than the 720?

Yes: 71%
The same: 10%
No: 19%

3) In a short paragraph can you explain why you chose a 728?

Most people believe it was a natural upgrade because their previous handheld 720 / psion was showing signs of wear.

4) Would you say the screen on the 728 is clearer or brighter than the 720?

It is clearer: 79%
No, there is no or little difference: 21%

The results were not that suprising. I was a little suprised that 13% of you were not happy with your 728, purchase. Most people wanted that 'bit more' from the 728, many of them had taken their 728 back for a refund. Again many of them stated that they would return to using your 720. Once again thanks for those that entered last's weeks survey, now on to this weeks survey............
I would like you to consider cases for your 720 / 728 or whatever handheld computer you use, the questions I woould like you to answer are as follows:

1) Do you use a case to protect your Handheld computer?

2) Do you feel that they are overpriced or are they priced fairly?

3) Which handheld case do you use?

4) What is the reason for this?

Please email me your answers and we will report the findings to the survey next weekend, so you have a week to think about your answers. In the meantime we received a good number of detailed surveys back this week, and I have uploaded one of the responces from Arnie Simpson below.
Posted by Ian Park

SURVEY / USER THOUGHT: Here are my answers to your survey questions.......

1. I am happy with my 728 purchase. My Windows Media Player Hot Key (to the right of the screen, at the bottom) doesn't work, but everything else is
just great.

2. I think it is better than the 720.

3. My 720 was almost 2 years old and was showing wear. I've already had the screen and keyboard replaced, the audio didn't work and the keyboard was a little soft, so it was time for an upgrade. I use my machine daily for for many business and personal things so having a reliable machine is very important. The 728 battery is better and the extra 32M of memory is more useful than one might think.

4. the screen is definately better. I can read it outside, whereas on the 720 it was unreadable outside. The 728 screen improves the mobility of the
the device thereby making more useful.
Posted by Arnie Simpson


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Saturday, August 03, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: I purchased a 710 last week (half price, jungle.com), and didn't want to spend a large proportion of the purchase price on a fancy case. Instead, I found a minidisc case in Woolworths (UK) for £1.99, & cut out the plastic mini disc wallets. It's actually a very sturdy case, with a good strong zip, and fits with a gap of about 1/4" all round. It also looks less stealable than a fancy leather case. "Good enough" really is good enough.
Posted by Andy Newton

THOUGHT: I have noticed that many of us use Yahoo messneger, myself included.Somedays it will work real fine, and some days not all. It can be a real pain, however despite sending an email to Yahoo technical there has been no response and I know from reading the forum that many of you are in the same boat. I have also heard from various people that there can be problems with the Pocket PC version, needless to say the Palm version seems to run without problem. MSN messeger by Ruksun, works perfectly and if any of you have never use it before, its an excellent replacement. Here is the link. In the meantime I am going to send Yahoo a further email and hope that I receive a response. It can be rude for the larger guys, not to respond to users. Anyway we shall see what happens and I will keep you posted.
Posted by David Mahoney

THOUGHT: Received this great email from Gareth Teasdale from New Hampshire, it made me laugh and I thought I would post it. See if any of you can relate to it, I certainly could.

"You love your 728 when it comes with you everywhere and I mean everywhere, and I'm including the bathrom, you take it with you on vacation, wherever it may be. You take it to work and spend more time on it than on your office PC. You spend three hours of your day, just glancing at it. You log every single appontment or fact of life into it, including, what time you should wake up and what time you need to go to bed. It logs what time your to water the garden and what time you need to walk the dog. You love your 728 when you smell the buttons and it smells of that brand new computer smell that you cannot describe. You know you love your 728, but are you just a geek? Or are there more of us?"
Posted by David Mahoney


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Friday, August 02, 2002
 
NEWSBYTE: John Ottini who you may have seen post some excellent opinion pieces on this site and a regular contributer to Pocket PC Magazine, has reviewed TextMaker for Windows CE made by developers, SoftMaker Software GmH for Pocket PC Magazine. As ever Jon's review is informative and detailed, and provides a great insight into this excellent Word replacement. Ensure you give his review a read. John also provides us today with an opinion piece (see below) on what he feels is the best Handheld Computer.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

WEBSITE: What would your dream PDA look like? Well this is a good debate which you can listen to on ZD NET Anchor Desk Radio station. Check in to the ZDNET website and tune in. The piece gives ponder for thought on the matter.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: Well it looks like the Dell handheld that was under discussion earlier in the week will run the Pocket PC operating system, so it looks like it will also take the Pocket PC hardware format. Sorry guys, it looks like it will be on sale in November and retail for US$299 (£178). You can read about it on ZDNet UK's website.
Posted by David Mahoney

WEBSITE NEWS: Look out for Ian's survey results, providing he sends me by email his data results and editorial today, whilst I'm in London, I will post all tmrw. I'm looking forward to seeing the results and seeing what Ian has to say. Ian is also going to post some of your emails on the subject, so again these will be posted over the weekend.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

USER THOUGHT: Is Twiddlebit planning a PocketPlan version for HPC2000 devices? I send you a reply from Twiddlebit company (see below). I think there is enough demand for a HPC2000 version since CSI Project is not available anymore. Maybe we can give it some attention on the website. Email here to give your support.

"At present we only intend to support PocketPC devices. We may review if there is strong demand. At present we only intend to support PocketPC devices. We may review if there is strong demand."
Posted by Peter Gerritsen

USER THOUGHT: I have owned a Velo 1, a Compaq 2015c, a Uniden PalmPC, and 3 MobilePro’s ( 770, 780 & 790) and in my humble opinion the Nec MobilePro 790 is the best handheld on the market today. How can I make that claim, after all, I’ve never owned a Jornada or any HP handheld computer nor a Psion? Isn’t this kind of like the local restaurant claiming to have the ‘World’s Largest Salad Bar’ or the ‘World Best Steaks’ – it’s all pretty subjective. There in lies my point?
Posted by John Ottini. John writes on a regular basis for Pocket PC Magazine

USER THOUGHT: I recently bought a Sierra Aircard model 555, to use with my HP 720. I use Verizon's Express Network, which claims a theoretical rate of 144 kbps It works well, though never seems to equal the speed of net surfing that I have when using the regular modem, certainly never 144kbps. I love being able to get info from the web wherever I am. I also use it with an earpiece to make phone calls while it is plugged into my Jornada. It does seem to drain the battery, but Ive always got a backup. Just thought you would like to know about my experience.
Posted by Gregory Bramblett

USER THOUGHT: I just received my 728, and am also very pleased with it. The only reason I continue to carry my notebook on business trips is my need to access our corporate email server with a SecureID token. Other than that, I could easily dispense with the notebook in favor of the 728.
Posted by Bernie Torbik


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Thursday, August 01, 2002
 
SOFTWARE: CanTris is a Tetris style game for Handheld computers such as a 720 or 728. I nlove tetris games but I also love tetris games that keep a log of your hi - scores, and thios one does. It's a basic version but it still provides addictive fun. Check out the CanTris website for the download. The best thing about this game is that it's freeware.
Posted by Andrew Wolstenholme

SOFTWARE: One of my favourite pastimes is playing cards, and it's great to play games on your 720. Thieves and Kings offer a selection of card games for handheld computers. They are of excellent quality and with free evaluations then they are good value. Check out the Thieves and Kings website for availability and pricing.
Posted by Mark Wright

WEBSITE: Both the Simply HPC and the Spade Components website have received updates.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

THOUGHT: If anyone who is reading this and is considering using a Jornada 728, and you are using a Jornada 720, and you want to know whether the upgrade is worth it, then we will be posting a number of users over the next week who discuss whether they feel (in their own opinion) whether the upgrade was worth it. Me personally I feel that it was, and I enjoy using the 728. I feel the screen quality is much better than the original Jornada line of handhelds. I sthink HP, could have worked a little on the size of the Palmtop, but I would have hated for them to change or take away some of the essential elements of the Palmtop. In my opinion, the 728 is the best handheld on the market today, and from reading some of the emails that Sammual has forwarded on to me I think that many of you also agree with me. To start with I have posted two user opinion pieces below, which show two contrasts in user opinion on the 728, there will be more to follow.
Posted by Mark Wright

USER THOUGHT: I am a big fan of the 728 and love it to bits. It's fast and I love the design, it's a great color, it maybe still a little on the bulky side, but it works perfectly to suit my needs. My 728 is the first handheld that I have used running Windows CE, previously I have owbed three handhelds from Psion. Nothing compares to my 728. I look forward to many happy years ahead with it.
Posted by Jane Hill

USER THOUGHT: I went to PC Connection here in Denver, picked up the 728 took it home and started using it. I was highly not amused. There is little difference in the quality of the machine compared to the Jornada 720. Althought there maybe a number of behind the scenes changes, it only seems to be the color that has significant changes. Personally I could see no difference in screen clarity. In the end I received a refund and contine to use my 720, which I must say I am very happy with.
Posted by Ian Cashew


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