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Saturday, September 28, 2002
 
WEBSITE NEWS: A couple of things, we have had a number of emails from people in Europe and a number of users from the US who use the Nokia Communicator, who ask whether we would include them on the website. Now I am not one to exclude them and will always be more than happy to include news items in relation to the Symbian platform handhelds. When we do it will feature 9210 NEWS at the beginning of every piece, all other news and feature peices will be as normal, related to Windows CE Handheld computers.

SURVEY: Late with the survey this week, for the one reason that I have been working late all week, so not managed to put something together, until now. So what I want to know this week is as follows, and it's slighly off track, to a degree:

1) What was the first PDA that you have ever owned?

2) Do you still have it?

3) If you have more than one PDA, to you ever aternate?

4) What makes your Windows CE handheld so special?

Please email me your survey results through to the normal Handheld Addict central email address at sammualjames_mcloughlin@hotmail.com. Can I have all survey pieces by next Friday, for publication on Sunday please.
- Ian Park

FORTHCOMING: Josh Symonds is a broker in New York, he's based in midtown and owns a 720. He is kindly putting together a weekly diary of how and why he uses a 720. He is sending me the first of the pieces through the week. I am looking forward to receiving them and will post accordingly.
- Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: There have been various changes to Laridian's Pocket Bible software. PocketBible® consists of the PocketBible program and any number of Bibles and reference books. All are sold separately. The PocketBible Demo contains the entire King James Version New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs, and is free. There's no need to choose a Bible to go with the demo (in fact, the demo won't work with any of the full Bibles or reference books - it only works with its included Bible).Click here for more details.
- Andrew Wolstenholme

IN THE COMMUNITY: Henri Spagnolo has added over 20 software titles to his 700 series software website, meanwhile Mettavants handheld software pages has also uploaded a number of related programs to his website. Whilst if you have not been to Chris Papadopoulos's website then he has some superb wallpaper images for you to use. Go check out his website.
- Sammual (webmaster)

USER THOUGHT: I made my J20 to work of my car cigarette lighter. It does not need any transformer to reduce or alter the 12v car battery current, as long as you make sure that the positive is the middle pin of the cig lighter and the positive is the middle connection of the Jornada plug, you can have the J20 work and charge while you driving. HP does not make car adaptors because wants you to buy their expensive batteries.
- John Papazoglou


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

Tuesday, September 24, 2002
 
TUTORIAL: Today I am going to post a tip. It's really useful to those who love to keep notes. Well... many of you know of HPC Notes software. What most of you probably don't know is how to use it to it's maximum in co-operation with a PC.
Let's suppose that you have 3 note Categories.
A) Internet links
B) General Notes
C) Business Notes

I'll focus to the A category.
You can Copy & Paste a web address from your Desktop PC to your J720 HPC Notes with ease. How to do it? Simply, into Outlook create 3 NOTE Categories with the same names as the above A,B,C and go into the Activesync HPC Notes settings. In Map folders use Rename 3 times in order to assign A to A, B to B, C to C. That's it. Now you can sync your notes between the J and PC.
You can paste a note in Outlook and get it instantly transfered to the appropriate note database of the J720. No typing on your J is necessary (i had problem saving that BIG web links). Problem Solved :)
- Chris Papadopoulos (PaCh)

USER THOUGHT: I recently responded to the survey about Jornada cases and was quite pleased my response was published. I note you’ve also picked my response to the Internet survey and thanks again for that. You might like to post some of the detail below for those thinking about an Otterbox… Anyway, after the cases survey, I went looking for Otterboxes. This was far more difficult than I anticipated but I persevered. As a friend also needed one I finally got two of these from a camping and outdoor goods store, but had to track this down through the Australian distributor. Collected two boxes and the fit for the Jornada was perfect. Specific model is the Otterbox 3000. Gave one Otterbox to my friend and headed home. Once home I placed my Jornada in my new Otterbox only to discover the box was too small!!! Mine had thicker foam inside and I couldn’t close the lid without practically crushing the Jornada. Yes, foolish me, I’d only tried one Otterbox for size when in the store. Email below is correspondence to the Otterbox people and their reply, but essentially…’Unfortunately the density of the foam tends to vary from piece to piece.’ (Must say I didn’t expect a response and yet theirs was prompt and helpful.) I’d suggest you try one on for size before you buy and how you do this over the Internet (reputable supplier I suppose) I’m not sure. When you’ve actually seen the different foams there is quite a significant difference in thickness. Happy ending for me as the store (Boots Outdoor Goods, Blacktown, Australia) was quite happy to do a swap and I’ve got what I need too. Only had it for a day and yes they are waterproof and I feel much more comfortable with my Jornada in one of these rather than holding it by itself. I can also just toss it in the car when heading out, rather than worrying about it bouncing around.

Dear Michael,
The technology holders page hasn't been updated in quite a while, so I apologize for the wrong size being quoted. As I am not familiar with your camera, I would ask you to visit www.otterbox.com/sizes.html for detailed specifications on the interiors of the Otter Boxes.

As for your Jornada, you want a tight fit but do not want to put to much pressure on the PC. If it is to tight, you might check with the store where you purchased the box and see if they have another with the thinner foam. Unfortunately the density of the foam tends to vary from piece to piece.

Best regards,

Greg Ward

- Michael Blair


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Sunday, September 22, 2002
 
SURVEY RESULTS: All that I can say is that this weeks was the most responded to, survey that we have ever seen on the site. Many thanks with over 270 replies, it took both myself and Sammual a great deal of time to go through them yesterday. In conclusiuon, 97%, would never swap your Handheld for anyother PDA, which is good to see. If you had to own a second PDA, 63% of you said, a Pocket PC of some sort would be your second choice, whilsy 28% wanted a Palm handheld. The rest of you were undecided or want a handheld variation. Again many thanks for your replies. I'll post this weeks survey, tmrw. In the meantime Sammual and I have picked out 12 surveys that 'caught our eye', or are from our regular survey respondents.
- Ian Park

SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
1) Would you ever swap your Handheld for a Pocket PC or Palm? (please give a reason)

definitely NOT!!

2) If you could own a second PDA what would it be?

High end PPC, including wireless connectivity (802.11b+ capabilities) with CF & SD capabilities for storage. This could be a Toshiba e740 (PPC 2002) or Compaq 39xx (PPC 2002) OS. I have also thought about obtaining a PalmOS 3.5 or higher--then I beat myself and remember that is only for potential customers (lol).

Thanks for the great website and insightful reviews and articles. Sincerely, John Gammon
- John Gammon

SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
1) Would you ever swap your Handheld for a Pocket PC or Palm? (please give a reason)
Not soon - My boss is buying the latest greatest ppc's for everybody, myself and a coworker have had Jornada 720's since they came out in Sept 2000. We both said "Hell NO!!. (Prior to that I've had a "overclocked" HP100 then a 200LX since 1995.) A keyboard is darn useful and the screen size is ideal.

2) If you could own a second PDA what would it be?
I've got/own in the family
2 HP200LX's
1 Palm VX
1 Handspring Visor Edge
1 Rex 300

I'd like an updated Rex which worked with the HP 720. The Rex stores all important phone numbers, times, alarms, appointments. I boast of it's "pen input capabilities". What I do is carry several business card blanks in it along with my regular business cards. I can then take critical notes on these, put them into my laptop, then sync with Rex.

Keep up your great site.
- George Newbury

SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
1) Would you ever swap your Handheld for a Pocket PC or Palm?

I own both a Pocket PC and a Palm and neither is a viable substitute for my Handheld PC. Their screens are too small to be useful for word processing, financial spreadsheets or many of the other things I use my Handheld PC for on a daily basis. So my answer would be a definite No! - on the swapping issue.

2) If you could own a second PDA what would it be?

If I had to give up my MobilePro 790 Handheld PC, I would probably buy a HP Jornada 728. If I couldn't buy a Handheld PC (at all) , I would probably use a Laptop and not a PDA (Pocket PC or Palm).
- John Ottini

SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
Never go back to a Pocket PC (I am coming from there and I got there from the Palm). My second device will be a phone (not a PDA with phone capability but a phone with Wince capability). This one will stay at my belt with the PIM and basic add on (specialized calculators, simple databases and games).
- Sergio Biguzzi

SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
I have swapped a Jornada 720 for a Jornada 568 Pocket PC, and did so for the following reasons:

1. Reflective TFT display - I live in California, and frequently used my J720 outdoors. It was impossible to view the display in our bright, sunny skies. The J568 solved this problem very well.

2. Flashable ROM - many of the programs I wanted to run - newer version of WMP, etc. - were contained in Micro$oft ROM updates. The J720 isn't flash upgradeable.

3. VPN client - PocketPC 2002 supported a VPN connection between itself and Win2K servers. The J720 did not have this capability, and prevented me from connecting to my corporate email server.

4. Battery life - the J720 got 6-7 hours continuous use, whereas I got 11-12 hours with the J568.

5. Weight/form factor - the J720 was considerably bulkier than the J568.

Now, as to why I "reverted" to the Jornada 728:

1. Display - visibility is marginally better than the J720, but still a long way from the 568. So, this wasn't a reason. But, screen real estate was. I tried Nyditot's application to increase the resolution of the J568 from 320x240 to 640x480. My vision is 20/20, and I nearly went blind trying to look at Excel files on the 568. There's no substitute for the nice, wide screen of the J728; if only it were truly VGA or higher, as well as a reflective TFT display.

2. Flashable ROM - many of the programs offered by Micro$oft have since became available - albeit, in 3rd party form - in versions better than the M$ product. WMP replacements are a good example.

3. VPN client - this appears enabled on the J728, whereas it was "grayed out" on the J720. As far as I can determine, the J728 version has the same functionality as the J568's.

4. Battery life - I'm routinely getting 8-9 hours on the J728 (with a WiFi card and 512MB CF card), vs 11 on the 568. It's not perfect, but if I enable all of HP's "low power settings" I could probably get the stated 11-12 hours, though I doubt if I'd be able to see my screen.

5. Weight/form factor - the J568 isn't as svelte as it appears to be. Add on a CF card modem, external keyboard and the cover, and the weight of the J568 moves a lot closer to the J728.

If I could own a second PDA, what would it be?

This is easy: the next Jornada/Palmtop PC. It will include - not speculation, hard fact, based on M$ and HP news releases - some of the following:

a. Microsoft .Net architecture for the O/S - among other things, this support IPv6, has native viewers for Adobe Acrobat files, will enable applications to be written in a variety of languages and run under the .Net architecture (should be a boon to VB developers).

b. No more PocketPC 200x and Handheld PC 200x differentiation - there may be some dispute as to all of the technical details of this, but the .Net architecture "should" eliminate the need for separate interfaces for PPC2K and HPC2K. It is a misconception that each runs different "operating systems". In fact, what's different is the presentation layer, i.e., the GUI. The .Net architecture should eliminate this dichotomy by enabling the presentation layer to be managed as part of the overall O/S architecture, rather than as a separate, add-on piece.

c. Native support for X-scale processors - the current O/S supports the StrongArm processor family but fails to take advantage of its power saving capabilities. The .Net architecture will substantially improve this, and will take advantage of X-scale's ability to drop the CPU's consumption from 2.9 volts to less the 1.0 volt (CPU core). The result should be substantially improved battery life.

d. Wireless capability - I'm hard-pressed to believe that HP won't engineer a product comparable to the Nokia 92xx Communicator, albeit with WiFi, GPRS and Bluetooth. The J928 is a forerunner of what we're apt to see, but in a clamshell form factor.

e. Expandability - USB and built in Ethernet (rather than built-in RJ-11) seem logical. At the least, the serial port will go. I also presume that support for SD cards will be included.

f. Screen display - reflective TFT and support for MMX, recently announced by Intel for X-scale processors. The reflective TFT should add hours to battery life for users like myself who work outside.

g. Form factor - reflective TFT displays are thinner than the DSTN design used by HP on the 728, and smaller peripherals - SD cards, Lithium Polymer batteries - are available to enable the 728 to be made slimmer and perhaps not quite as wide. The size of the Psion 5, or preferably, the original HP Palmtop PC, would be just fine.

The good news is that, we should see something close to the above between March and June 2003. I wrote, in an earlier email to this site, that M$ has released O/S updates ~ every 18 months or so. HP has also introduced new versions of the Jornada/Palmtop PC to coincide with this, and then followed the original version with an update 18 months later. Consider:

Jornada 620LX, followed by the Jornada 660LX 18 months later. It was followed by the:
Jornada 680, with a follow-on version, the Jornada 690, 18 months later. It was followed by the:
Jornada 720, with a follow-on version, the Jornada 728, 18 months later. It will be followed by...

Note that in each instance, the upgrade had two characteristics: doubling of the original internal RAM, and a new paint job. If I didn't know better, I'd swear we were discussing cars. In any event, the precedent is there for another, newer version between Mar-Oct'2003, with odds on that HP will introduce the next Palmtop PC next June, when the next crops of iPaqs (or whatever they'll be called) will appear. So, that's my ideal PDA, and the second/next one I'll buy.
- Bernie Torbik

SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
1) Would you ever swap your Handheld for a Pocket PC or Palm? (please give a reason)

No.

Input was slow and inconvenient without a keyboard. I did lots of word processing & data input on HPC. Jornada 720 has built-in CF and Type II slots, without the need to add "jackets" in PPC. File management on the SD or MMC card inserted into the palm was inconvenient.

2) If you could own a second PDA what would it
be?

Psion 7 series or Netbook. Unfortunately, Psion has withdrawn from Hong Kong.
- Andrew M.H. Siu

SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
1) Would you ever swap your Handheld for a Pocket PC or Palm? (please give a reason)

No. Pocket PC sucks! No keyboard. Small display. Stupid machine, really! Try using it with MS Excel and you'll find your machine on its way to the waste bin.

2) If you could own a second PDA what would it be?

A full featured PC squeezed down to the size of a handheld. The one that is of the size of Psion Revo and keyboard of Psion 5Mx with the screen of the J728 . With the system specs of Tiqit 83, or OQO

With the features of PCG C1MSX

The one that you need not synchronize with your pc anymore, because your handheld IS your pc itself!

The one that you simply place to the cradle on your desk accessing it wirelessly using wireless mouse, wireless keyboard and if possible, wireless screen!

So, you wouldn't need any cpu at all in your office, because your handheld IS your cpu itself. Tiqit 83 or OQO are really stupid. How could they tailor a machine with so beautiful a feature into a PPC!? Psion's success is in the reputation of their keyboard and size. Their failure is mainly the screen and being low tech. Why not make a handheld with Psion's Revo body with a heart of Tiqit 83 or OQO fashioned up with PCG C1MSX features! With the available technology these are all possible. And, for sure, stupid Pocket PCs will never have a place in this world!
- roni

SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
About his weeks survey: 1) Would you ever swap your Handheld for a Pocket PC or Palm? (please give a reason)
I haved owned two Palms and then a Casio PocketPC. Recently I have bought a Jornada 710, because I needed a keyboard and larger screen. Both are missing in the PPC. So would I go back? Yes if Microsoft abandones the Handheld platform, but before that, no way.

2) If you could own a second PDA what would it be?
I think a color Palm, because you can easily exchange data between a Palm and the Jornada with infrared. And I already own a Casio PPC, so there's no need for another WinCE platform...

Hope you can do something with it. I really enjoy your site, keep on the good work.
- Harmen Smith

SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
1) No I would never switch to a Palm or Pocket PC. I'm a journalist and I need a keyboard on my portable device.

2) If I could own a second PDA it would probably be the 728 (I have a 720). I may consider a PocketPC for its portability, but it would be more of an (expensive) toy than anything.
- Doug Alexander


SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
1) Would you ever swap your Handheld for a Pocket PC or Palm? (please give a reason)
I don't think so. The only reason I would want to swap my 720 for a Pocket PC would be so that whenever my kids ask me what my biggest regret in life is, I would not have to think very hard to come up with it.

2) If you could own a second PDA what would it be?

I think I would like to own a Pocket PC, but I don't know why. With my 720 the only use I'd have for a Pocket PC would be as a paperweight.
- Chase

SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
1) Would you ever swap your Handheld for a Pocket PC or Palm? (please give a reason)

A Palm? Never. After using a non Microsoft machine (Psion 5a) and experiencing all the problems of synching it with my PC I would not want to go throuigh all that aggro again. Even printing of the Psion was a problem. A Pocket PC - only if the handheld medium died on us through lack of support. I have tried a Compaq I-Paq, it was awful and my 728 is miles better than it could ever be. Of course if HP killed off the Jornada series then I would be forced to the Pocket PC choice and would simply try to kae it as much like my 728 as I could, including a fold up keyboard attachment!

2) If you could own a second PDA what would it be?

I am tempted to say another 728 or better still an updated version of it with updated software. However if that was not possible then I think I would go for one of the pocket pc's that is a phone camera (kettle personal teleportation device and TV and DVD player!)
- Robert M. Abbey


SURVEY USER THOUGHT:
1) Would you ever swap your Handheld for a Pocket PC or Palm? (please give a reason)
definitely NOT!!

2) If you could own a second PDA what would it be?

High end PPC, including wireless connectivity (802.11b+ capabilities) with CF & SD capabilities for storage. This could be a Toshiba e740 (PPC 2002) or Compaq 39xx (PPC 2002) OS. I have also thought about obtaining a PalmOS 3.5 or higher--then I beat myself and remember that is only for potential customers (lol).

Thanks for the great website and insightful reviews and articles.
- John Gammon


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Saturday, September 21, 2002
 
NEWS: PockeTTY Lite™ turns your PocketPC, H/PC Pro, or H/PC 2000 into a portable terminal emulator. PockeTTY Lite offers the same great terminal emulation as PockeTTY, but without SSH1 and SSH2 support. For those who just want a telnet and serial terminal, PockeTTY Lite is the ideal solution! PockeTTY Lite is $15.00 shareware. The unregistered version will allow you to use all of its features, but will only allow you to connect for 5 minutes at a time. Once you register PockeTTY Lite this restriction is lifted. Once you've grown to love PockeTTY Lite (as we know you will), and you find you need secure connectivity over the Internet, you can add SSH support by upgrading to PockeTTY for a one-time fee of $25.00. Click here for more details.
- David Mahoney

SOFTWARE: I hear a lot of good things about Pocket Finance. It's been around for some time, and lets you keep track of all your money transactions, finances etc. With Pocket Finance you can quickly and accurately capture all your monetary transactions on the fly. Then, back at your desk upload into either Microsoft Money or Intuit Quicken. Good features too including:
Supports multiple accounts
Supports split transactions
Handles deposits and withdrawals
Add an optional description, category and subcategory to each transaction.
One tap addition of a new entry
Large/small font display
Customize column display (remembers setting)
Import/Export data from Microsoft Money or Quicken
Extensive On-Line help
Distributed and supported by AnyWerx LLC.
Check out Metavants or Henri Spagnolo's software pages for download and more information.
- Sammual (webmaster)

RESOURCE: I just want to inform, especially new users outthere, of the Jornada 720 Yahoo Group. I'm going to post it within the links column over on the left hand side of the page. But the Yahoo Group allows you the opportunity to ask questions, share whats on your mind etc, and is distributed within an email to subscribers. Click here for more information.
- Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: I would just like to let you know about a new program for HPC 2000s and in particular the Jornada 720/728.

Name: Mini Crosswords (HPC 2000)
Author: Tracker Software/Puzzle Express
Home Page: http://www.puzzlexpress.com
Author Email: support@puzzlexpress.com

Program Info: http://www.puzzlexpress.com/Software/mini_hpc.htm
Program Download: http://www.puzzlexpress.com/ExeFiles/mini_trial_hpc.exe
Program Screenshot: http://www.puzzlexpress.com/images/mini_hpc.jpg

Brief Description: Solve quick and easy crosswords on your HPC.

Long Description:Solve quick and easy crosswords on your HPC 2000. Game features include: Open and save puzzles; clear letter, word and puzzle; check letter, word and puzzle; solve letter, word and puzzle; and choice of color combinations. Mini Crosswords also includes a complete help file as well a setup and uninstall programs. Mini Crosswords comes with 100 puzzles. For Jornada 720/728 and NEC MobilePro 790.
- Barbara Schulak


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Friday, September 20, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: (NEW) Pocket PC Magazine 2003 Ultimate Buyers Guide Just received my subscription copy of the 2003 Ultimate Buyer's Guide and I give it a "two thumbs up" rating. Although, it is 'Pocket PC - centric', there is just enough H/PC content to satisfy most of us die hard H/PC users! The article 'Your Quick Guide to Mobile Computing' is a fantastic starting point for all new and intermediate Windows CE users. A section on the Pro's and Con's of all Windows Powered Devices includes the Jornada 728, MobilePro 790/880 and the Intermac. The issue is full of info on 3rd Party software, hardware and accessories reviews, plus it even contains an article listing Handheld Software and Developer's. Check it out when it hits your local newsstand or bookstore, I think you will find it entertaining and informative.
- John Ottini

USER THOUGHT: I have just received my new Jornada 728 and I have only one word for it and that is WOW! With a capital 'W'. It has everything that I need, its a marvel that you can reply, send and receive email from wherever you are. It's a little marvel. I have been following this website for over a year, and I have seen reports that Pocket Internet Explorer is not the best, well I must be in luck because I have not experienced any such problems, however I will say that the explorer does not allow me to access my Internet Bank, but I have an Bank that listens and I believe that they are on to the job. I would just like to say that I have no plans to swap my HPC for a Pocket PC, and hope that it lasts for some time to come.
- Sam Levin


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Wednesday, September 18, 2002
 
THOUGHT: Hi guys sorry not had a chance to update the site so far since Monday. I have lots of user stories to add. You guys have been busy sending in your user thoughts and opinions, I'm going to add them to the site this week. In the meantime we have never seen such a response like this before from Ian's survey at the beginning of the week. To date we have received in total 127 replies, so thank you and keep them coming into me. Last day for the surveys will be Saturday please, which will allow Ian the time to update his figures. Look out for your user stories this week, stay tuned folks.
-Sammual (webmaster)


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Monday, September 16, 2002
 
SURVEY: In this weeks survey 73% of you said that you use your handheld to obtain your email, whilst a lot of you commented (in fact 47% of you) said that internet browsing was too slow on a handheld) Conclusions from this weeks survey show that most of you are happy to use a Handheld to obtain email. In fact many of you say that it's an ideal solution, however internet browsing really is not the best experience on any handhelds and a number of you are not just talking about the Jornmada series of handhelds, so you would rather save browsing until you managed to get to a PC. I must admit that I agree with you there. Thanks for your replies. Below is Michael Blair's detailed answer. This weeks survey is a tricky one. Here are the questions:

1) Would you ever swap your Handheld for a Pocket PC or Palm? (please give a reason)

2) If you could own a second PDA what would it be?

Email me your answers please by no later than Saturday, to give me a day or so to calculate your answers.
- Ian Park

SURVEY ANSWER: Do you use and depend on the email facility on your HPC?

Yes, cannot live without it for a number of reasons. I can respond to emails remotely at my convenience (eg without having to be at a desktop) and also use email to get documents etc into my Jornada where synchronisation isn't possible.

Do you depend and use your HPC to browse the internet?

Absolutely. Private browsing at work is best done (albeit slowly) on my Jornada connected to a landline in the office. Far more convenient though is the ability to surf the net anywhere anytime using infrared connectivity via a mobile call or even better through GPRS. This also applies to the email question above. Live soccer matches on the net are especially good value. In some ways this is a bit of a geek factor, but it's amusing to see 'non-geeks' blown away by the ability to surf the net and download emails wherever you happen to be (eg on the ferry on Sydney harbour)! Recently met up with a mate from Canberra in Sydney. He needed to find an internet café so he could transfer money between bank accounts. Sat in a beer garden in York Street Sydney and did this for him from the Jornada via an Infrared GPRS connection. He's now got the right phone and is working on getting a Jornada! For true international travellers this must be outrageously convenient. Having said that I know of Jornada users who don't even synch their emails, let alone send and receive via their Jornada nor would they dream of surfing the net. Yet they get considerable usage for other reasons...which demonstrates the Jornada's versatility.

If you can answer no to any of the above questions please could you give an
explanation.

Sorry, I tried but couldn't answer NO! Mind you, my friends (see above) who could answer no, use their Jornada to get away from it all and still have the ability to work (and perhaps play) without the impost of being contactable and on line! You can synch your favourite web pages (Avantgo/Mazingo) download a book or three (MobiPocket/Laridian) and load up your favourite MP3's and sit on the beach working on that all important document that needs to be done next in the next day or two, without going near (the distractions of) email nor internet!
- Michael Blair


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Sunday, September 15, 2002
 
NEWS: Active Sync has been updated to 3.6, althought the official website is showing 3.5. According to Pocket PC Thoughts changes include:

• Improved remote synchronization experience
• Configure server synchronization settings from your PC
• ActiveSync pass-through connection
• Improved USB support
• More robust synchronization with Outlook
• Configure synchronization settings prior to first synchronization, including custom synchronization settings

The download URL is:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/activesync/Install/3.6/W98NT42KMeXP/EN-US/msasync.exe
- Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: Following this post: http://www.voy.com/24979/3197.htmlon the Handheld Addict Forum, I have had an exchange of emails with people of Twiddlebit. In the first reply, they answer that they have no interest because the HPC has no future. Then I write again and I have talk about my site and the number of visitor per days and also about the 728 which has just comes out, explaining that for me they will certainly have registered users, because no program like this exist for HPC.

Here is the second reply from Twiddlebit:

"We are taking another look at support for HPC. If we get sufficient requests to justify the development costs then we will provide a version..."

Actually they sell the PocketPC version at $29.95. So people interested in a good project-planer software, please send an email at: info@twiddlebit.com because if nobody ask, they won't release the HPC2000 version. But then if the version is issued, people have to register (but $29.95 (if they keep the price for the HPC) for a good software is not a big problem).
- Henri Spagnolo


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Saturday, September 14, 2002
 
WEBSITE NEWS: The Handheld community is a precious one. In order to support the two main software listing sites in the community, Mettavants software listings site and Henri Spagnolo's 700 series software site, when we list software reviews, or report new software products then we will link to both these sites, in order for you to go and view the details and download accordingly. This ensures that we all support the great, great efforts that have gone into both of these sites.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: There have been various updates to Ritemail. Ritemail, allows you to 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. Visit either Henri Spagnolo's software site or Mettavants HPC software site for details and download links.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: Version 1.6 has been released. Microsoft Portrait enables two-way full-color video conferencing on your Handheld PC. Microsoft Portrait is a research prototype for mobile video communication. 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. Read more.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

SOFTWARE: It will be exciting to see where they will take Textmaker. We have been talking about this as a replacement for Pocket Word, however developers Softmaker will be expanding their Office suite. Many people have said that it's rather expensive, however I disagree, you seem to get an awful lot for your money. Many of the editing features that are missing from Pocket Word are built in. If your a serious Handheld user, and you are frustrated with the Word application on your Handheld, then Textmaker is must have, and is an essential program for all Handheld users. Click here for more information.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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Friday, September 13, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: It's great to see that so many other users used to be Psion users. I'm in the same boat. I have been a Psion user for three years before migrating to the Jornada 710 and then over to the Jornada 720. After using the 720 myself personally I have now gone for the 728 which is wonderful by the way. In the meantime, although limited on software all my needs are met. However I agree that us Handheld user should be better supported. It's not a major problem but it is a little unfair to see those within the Pocket PC community with far more extensive software than handheld users. What is the most frustrating element is the case when originally these software developers started off developing software for HPC's and them moved over to the Pocket PC. Not every developer did this, but it is quite frustrating when this happens. I'm happy with my 728, I like the screen clarity, the design, the new colors. In all it's a fab machine.
Posted by Ray Gillespie

NEWS: Today I have made a special page for people browsing from their PDA from my 700 series website. The actual site is not optimized for browsing from a PDA because of the size of the layout which is not scrollable and also the frames, so PDAs users can browse now following the link at bottom of the main page, or using directly this link:
http://mypage.bluewin.ch/YetAnotherHomePage/j7xx/j7xxpda.html
Posted by Henri Spagnolo



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Tuesday, September 10, 2002
 
A TOKEN OF RESPECT: There will be no updates to the site on September 11th, as a mark of respect to all those who lost their lives or were in some way affected by the tragic events of September 11th.


My thoughts will certainly be with you all in the United States Of America, and those from other countries affected.
- Sammual (webmaster)

USER THOUGHT: With Opera out of the picture maybe we could try to contact Access to get their Netfront
software for the H/PC http://www.infosync.no/news/2002/n/2252.html I'm not sure if there are any significant differences between PocketPC and H/PC except for hardware and screensize things like Outlook connections might make it more than just a recompile, but I hope not...
Posted by Patrik Carlsson

NEWS: Since i've been doing nonthing today I created 17 more wallpapers to be uploaded to my website :

URL: www.geocities.com/awechris/jorn720section/jorn720section.htm

I hope that you are going to like it and help me build that collection up. Greetings to all from Greece ;)
Posted by Chris Papadopoulos

EDITORS NOTE: I would like to apologise to Chris, I have just noticed that I had not added his site to our links page. It will be, if it's not already, added to our links. Go take a look at Chris's 720 pages. It is worth the look. - Sammual (webmaster)


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Monday, September 09, 2002
 
SURVEY: Sorry I am a little late with this weeks survey, it took me a while to go through the many emails that you sent me. So many thanks. As these questions were rather open ended, I have concluded the answers to be the following. Great results this week. I was rather suprised that so many of you own a second PDA. I am going to work on that for a future survey, but for this week, here are the results:

Why did you purchase your Handheld? / What was your objective?
62% - To be able to have something that was a little better than a PDA such as a Pocket PC or a Palm. It would also need to have a keyboard allowing me to data input.
14% - Send emails and have the ability to add depth to them by using a keyboard
24% - To be able to write up a variety of documents on the move.

Did it meet your expectations?
Yes - 87%
No - 13%

Do you own more than one PDA?
Yes - 94%
No - 6%

Next week's survey and we will be ontime with it, will ask the following questions:

Do you use and depend on the email facility on your HPC?

Do you depend and use your HPC to browse the internet?

If you can answer no to any of the above questions please could you give an explanation.

Results will be published next Monday, so answers in by email before this Saturday please.
Posted by Ian Park


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Sunday, September 08, 2002
 
NEWS: Henri Spagnolo's 700 series software website now has a 'wallpaper' section allowing you to download a wide variety of wallpaper to your handheld.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: Owners of Handheld PCs running the Windows CE operating system expect their mobile device to be able to open, work on, and save Microsoft Word documents, with content and formatting still intact. Pocket Word, after all, is marketed by Microsoft as the mobile companion to Microsoft Word. This is, however, not the way it works. Pocket Word, the word processor pre-installed on all Handheld PCs and Pocket PCs, may be suitable for light note-taking, but definitely not for sophisticated word processing: 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.

Pocket Word's document conversion capabilities are equally disappointing. As soon as you open a Microsoft Word .DOC file on your mobile device, all formatting that Pocket Word cannot process is stripped and thrown away. Not much more than basic formatting like bold, italic and underline survives. Now there is a better solution: TextMaker for Handheld PCs, shipping right now for US$69.95 (EUR 79.95), and TextMaker for Pocket PCs, slated for public beta testing on September 30, 2002. TextMaker is the first and only complete word processor for Windows CE. 16 language spell-checker and hyphenation? 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. TextMaker is the most comprehensive word processor ever developed for Windows CE. Imagine that: Desktop-class word processing for mobile devices. TextMaker for Handheld PCs is available right now from SoftMaker's web site at http://www.softmaker.de/anywhere for US$69.95. This price also includes a free license to TextMaker for Windows, SoftMaker's Windows-based word processor that offers seamless document exchange with its Handheld PC-based companion.

TextMaker is the first finished component of SoftMaker Office anywhere, a mobile office suite for Windows, Windows CE, and Linux which also comprises a Microsoft Excel-compatible spreadsheet, a 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 LAN or Internet. The components of SoftMaker Office anywhere will be released step-by-step in 2002 and 2003.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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Saturday, September 07, 2002
 
RESOURCE: Those that are involved in Linux, in any way, whether you use it, or develop software applications for it. Should take a look at this Linux / Jornada 720 page. The aim of the page is to document the current status of linux on the HP Jornada 720 hpc.
Posted by Andrew Wolstenholme


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Friday, September 06, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: After being a Pocket PC user for so long I tired of the need to add an additional keyboard simply when I wanted to type a memo orr a word document so I looked for something that would give me a little more power in the way of helping me write on a portable computer. I found it with a Jornada 720. I have fell in love with it. It offers me the power to be able to use my time wherever I am and allows me the power not to rely on my office PC. At last a portable computer that's not only common sense, byt makes sense.
Posted by Miles Lawson

ONE USER’S HUMOUROUS THOUGHTS: Whenever I fly, I usually carry my trusted MobilePro H/PC with me, but on a recent flight from Orlando, FL. to Buffalo, NY (about a 2 ½ hour flight), I decided to use my recently acquired (second hand) Pocket PC instead. Inquiring minds want to know - Is it really the great productivity machine that Microsoft claims it is? Well - I think not! I started out with the best of intentions but quickly discovered that all of the productive software (such as Pocket Word, Excel and even MS Reader) are extremely limited, frustrating and not conducive to working on a small screen. Sure, I could have done most of the work on my desktop PC and sync’d the data to my Pocket PC, but even adding a few sentences or paragraphs in Pocket Word is a
slow and tedious process. Updating my Investment Portfolio in Pocket Excel was a long and “scrolling” experience, but not quite as cramping an experience as reading a book on MS Reader. By the time I landed in Buffalo, my left thumb was so cramped (from using the scroll dial) that it was stuck in the ‘thumbs up’ position, which came in quite handy for hitchhiking purposes and also for giving the Pilot’s the OK! - GOOD FLIGHT salute. Sure – I exaggerate, but it’s far from being funny! I’m not a speed-reader, by no means, but the screen is so small, that all I seemed to do was constantly scroll to the next page.

On a positive note, the clear type technology is excellent and could be put too a much more productive use on any Handheld PC (not Pocket PC) – Are you listening Microsoft? It took me about 45 minutes into the flight to realize what my Pocket PC is really good for – namely, GAMES. Yes, Solitaire, Chess, Scrabble, Tetris, Slots etc, etc…. the list was endless – my head was spinning with delight. Hmmm! - What are the chances that I could get Pocket PC users to admit that this is what they really do with their hi-tech toy? Alas, the answer to my question sat one seat next to me on the flight. As the young man tapped and gyrated to his $ 85 (US) GameBoy machine, I realized that no one in their right mind would ever admit to the fact that they spent $400 to play cool computer games on a hi-tech Pocket PC. Want productivity (and fun)? - Get yourself a Jornada 720/728 or a MobilePro 780/790. Want fun and games? - Get a GameBoy and save yourself $300. Who knows, maybe you can set aside the money you saved and get yourself one of those really cool (keyboard, larger screen) Handheld PC’s that all of your friends are raving about. :)

By the way (in our politically correct environment) – shouldn’t it be a requirement that free ‘Vision Charts’ be included in all Pocket PC’s boxes, so that users can test their eyesight on a daily basis. Ahh! – humour …… it truly is the best medicine!
Posted by John Ottini
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Thursday, September 05, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: I use my Jornada 720 for a number of good reasons and one of them is to ensure the smooth running of our marketing department. The marketing department consists of three campaigns that we have going on at the moment. We program and plan all the campaigns and I can upload them onto my Jornada 720 and keep it in the diary. In addition I can send all my emails from the Jornada to the rest of my marketing staff through email sent anywhere from my Jornada 720. In the meantime I will not try and use the internet facility because it’s soooo slow, so I revert to using my PC ISP rather than using an infra-red connection as it is pointless waiting that such a long time for a page to download onto your system.
Posted by Lee Stence

USER THOUGHT: As a 720 user myself I have to admit that this site is an excellent resource, however I wonder whether HPC users have given any thought to what will happen to the HPC market in the future. Will it continue in it’s present form, with HP being one of just a small number of handheld’s to be produced? What will the future handheld PC consists of? What direction are we going? The Pocket PC is fine but it’s pointless to me if I cannot use wherever I am without the aid of a keyboard. I mean what’s the point? I personally believe that HPC’s will make a comeback, especially if and when Microsoft intends to update its operating system. I look forward to the date, and think that it’s not a case of, if it happens but when it will happen.
Posted by Raymond Kimble

COMMUNITY WEBSITE NEWS: Clinton Fitch has put together a number of good reviews on the Simply HPC website, whilst Henri Spagnolo's site has added a number of HPC software programs to their website. Look out for changes on Mettavants 700 series software site.


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Wednesday, September 04, 2002
 
RESOURCE: Good to see SimplyHPC is updated with a review of SoftMaker's Text Maker. Click here to read it.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

WEBSITE NEWS: Ian is running late with his survey this week and intends to get round to it on Friday. He's a busy man, but has mapped out surveys for the next two months. We look forward to them Ian.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

USER THOUGHT: After using my 720 for two years I have decided to go for the 728. I know that there are not major changes but I like the look of the handheld. I have saved up for the last three months, and I will be going to Staples tommorow to pick it up. I'm looking forward to it, although I had promised myself that the 720 was really fine and the 728 was not worth it. Obviously my curiosity got the better of me. So here goes. I will let you know my thoughts as soon as I open the box and have a play.
Posted by Jane Renton

WEBSITE NEWS: Lloyd Harmer will be adding his thoughts on using your HPC wirelessly. Expect to read Lloyd's editorial earlier next week.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)


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Tuesday, September 03, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: I was a Psion user for a good number of years, and then I moved to the Jornada 720. I have never looked back. I enjoy using the handheld and it has proved to be the most valuable asset to my organization. My 720 allows me to stay on top of contact and my diary. I have over 400 contacts in my Jornada diary and as a Stockbroker OI really do need to keep my fingers on all contacts. My Jornada 720 keeps me on top of all my contacts.
Posted by Dane Bershaw

COMMUNITY WEBSITE CHANGES: Look out for website updates from Mettavants 700 series webpage and Henri Spagnolo's Jornada 700 software pages. Both of these sites offer the best in software listings.
Posted by Sammual (webmaster)

USER THOUGHT: I have used a Jornada 720 for a good number of months, and I must say that I love it, althought I have been suprised. I was told that there was a real lack of software, however I have seemed to find everything that I need. In the meantime, I predict that we will see a revival in the handheld PC. Lets face it before the Pocket PC everyone was clearly using a Handheld, and then like the dinosaurs they sort of became extinct. What happened?
Posted by Jeff Layton


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