WELCOME TO HANDHELD ADDICT Welcome to Handheld Addict, we are the busiest HPC news site on the web with 5 million visitors having paid us a visit since 27th December 1999. We are a site for HPC enthusiasts run by HPC enthusiasts. Email me with questions, comments, views, opinions or editorials at: sammymcloughlin@mac.com. Remember to support the other HPC sites listed in our links section, so sit back, grab a coffee, sit back and stay a while!

TECHNICAL QUESTIONS: If you have a technical question to be posted on the site, remember we will need to post your email address allowing visitors to respond. We will replace the "@" symbol within your address with the term "at" to reduce the risk of spam.


WWW Handheld Addict

Wednesday, October 30, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
New content for Simply HPC, Wallpapers and updates to Chris's 720 site, Yahoo 720 Group, Henri Spagnolo's wallpapers, NewtonKey and use an Apple Keyboard on your Jornada 720, Additions to Mettavants website, HPC Notes Professional Edition.


Look out for added content to Simply HPC's website, including as I mentioned a review of Ruksuns messenger for HPC's. Click here to visit.

I noticed that Chris's 720 site has been updated. I especially like Chris's 700 series wallpapers, detailed and colorful, well worth downloading. Click here to visit his site.

Many people may not be aware that there is a Yahoo Group dedicated to the Jornada 720, now I am sure that it also covers the Jornada 728. You can sign up to the group by visiting the site here.

Whilst we are talking of wallpapers check out Henri Spagnolo's website which has some excellent 700 series wallpapers for downloading. Click here to visit.

I received an email from Lee Walton from Kent, UK, telling me that this hardware soloution works well for him. NewtonKey is an application that allows you to use your Apple Newton serial keyboard with your J720 via the serial port. Now I'm not sure if anyone else with a J728 or another handheld has been able to use it, but Lee states that it seems to work for him. Click here for download and details of NewtonKey.

Mettavants website has added eight new applications to their software database including: Screen Capture Utility, Pocket DivX (v O.8f for non-US Jornada), BijiWriter (handwriting), SolPack Deluxe (card game), Pocket Mindmap (heuristic launcher). Click here for details.

We are happy to announce that a new major release of HPC Notes Professional Edition for Microsoft Windows powered Pocket PCs, Handheld PCs, and Palm OS powered mobile devices is now available! The new version of HPC Notes has passed the
compatibility tests and is now certified with the "Designed for Microsoft Windows for Pocket PC" logo.

"I love when a program is full featured and doesn't require you to have several similar programs to do the job right. If you are a note taker, this is THE program to have. If you are not a note taker try this program and you may become one." - said Matthew Miller in his recent review of HPC Notes published on Pocket PC Life web site. The complete review can be found at
http://www.pocketpclife.co.uk/featureddetails.asp?article=194.

We are also proud to announce that HPC Notes Professional Edition and CalliGrapher won Pocket PC Magazine's 2002 Best Application Award in Notes and Handwriting/Input categories respectively.

Download, upgrade, and purchasing information

List price for HPC Notes Professional Edition is $49.95 and an upgrade from any previous version
is $34.95. HPC Notes can be purchased on-line from PhatWare's website at http://www.phatware.com/store1.html.
All customers who purchased HPC Notes between March 25, 2002 and October 21, 2002 are eligible for a free upgrade. Please read the upgrade policy at http://www.phatware.com/support/upgradeinfo.html#pro.

A free 30-day trial version of HPC Notes Professional Edition can be downloaded from PhatWare's web site at http://www.phatware.com/dl.html.


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, October 29, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
User Thought, Messenger review, Cautious when you purchase a second hand HPC


USER THOUGHT: I see on newsgroups of rumours and stories of the Jornada range of handhelds being discontinued and then there are stories that new machines will be developed in the spring of next year. Is there any truth to these stories? I'm personally not sure however needless to say, I know that I will treasue my 728 for some time to come. It's an excellent machine and I really do enjoy using it. It has a bundle of features that I use daily and I love the pocket word function as it allows me to keep on top of letter writing, buy email of course and my coursework here at University. Allowing me to type up my notes, on my J728 is a great utility and helps me to save on time. I am fiully used to the screen althouggh brighter than the J720 it can be still difficult to see in bright light. As I said I will treasure my J728, it does everything that I want it to do, and at this stage I have no intention of purchasing a further handheld, I am happy with my J728.
- Simon Huss

When we we're talking yesterday about Ruksun Instant Messenger, Clinton from Simply HPC, emailed me to let me know that there is a review of the messenger on the Simply HPC website.

We have been talking a lot recently about purchasing HPC's from ebay, not that there is anything wrong with this, however I have received one or two emails from people who say, just be a little cautious at times and ensure what you pay for is what you get and that you receive all extra's in the box, such as the Manual and connection cables etc.
- 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.

Monday, October 28, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
Pocket DivX reviewed on Simply HPC, Calc 98, HPC Dialer, MSN Messenger on your HPC


Clinton Fitch has reviewed Pocket DivX on the Simply HPC website. Click here to visit Simply HPC

Calc98 is a freeware program. It's a calculator at heart but its more than just that. The calculator includes functions for statistics, use of different number bases (binary, octal, hexadecimal and base-n), metric units conversions and physical properties and constants. It has financial functions including investment, loan and mortgage calculations. It also calculates time functions and has a stopwatch feature and RPN (Reverse Polish Notation). Check out Mettavants or Henri Spagnolo’s 700 series software websites for download and details.

HPC Dialer is released as freewareand is an excellent program, I've heard many people with HPC's praise this program. integrates with your Contact list, so that you can load the home, business, and mobile numbers of your contacts with a tap of the button! Click here for free download and information.

One of the top questions asked to this site is if there is a MSN Messengeravailable for HPC's. Well there is, and it's developed by the guys ar Ruksun. Ruksun's Messenger Force is suite of applications built to enable Instant Messaging on mobile and wireless devices. Messenger Force aims to be device, platform, carrier and protocol agnostic. I have run it on my handheld in the past and it worked fine. Check out Mettavants or Henri Spagnolo’s 700 series software websites for download and details.


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

Sunday, October 27, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
ce320.com is back up and running, Thoughts on Wireless Networking, Use your handheld to watch the Sky At Night, Chris De Herrera, access to America Online e-mail via Pocket Outlook


Chris Tilley's site ce320.com is back up and running and can be viewed here. He has screenshots of the graphical overview of CE 4.1 .net.
- Sammual (webmaster)

I thought I'd tell my war story about setting up my wireless network in an effort to aid others. I have a cable modem and a D-Link DI-711 WAP [wireless access point] and router. In my desktop I have a 3-com isa nic that I've had for years. The nic worked with the cable modem so I didn't see any problems for the WAP setup. I'm using a US Robotics Wireless Access PC Card (which I flashed with the latest bios) and the USR Beta Jornada 720 Driver. I hooked up the DI-711 per the D-Link instructions (straight forward), except when you hook up the network cables to the WAP the LED's on the WAP should light indicating a good connection. The WAP has a LAN port and a WAN port. The WAN port gets the cable from the cable modem and the LAN port gets the cable from the nic. I could not get the LAN led to light indicating a good connection between the nic and the WAP. Contacting D-Link they said I had a faulty WAP LAN port and I could return it in their RMA swap program. They send you a replacement and you return your defective unit within 15 days. I rec'd the replacement, hook it up, and same problem - no LAN LED and unable to access the WAP setup program. On the phone with D-Link again. They walked me thru some basic issues - Are your cables plugged in? After exhausting all possibilities the D-Link tech said - "Have you tried a Network Crossover Cable from the nic to the WAP LAN port? This is the only thing I can think of that might work." I didn't know there was such a thing as a network crossover cable. Well off to the local computer supply store for a Network Crossover Cable. And would you believe it - hook it up and it works!!!! I was able to access the WAP setup program and flash it with the latest bios. The jornada seemed to work OK at first use. It was a little flaky and would take some time to load the web pages. The next day it wouldn't connect and load web pages at all, although the signal strength was great. I figured out that the WAP is constantly hit by hackers and creates a intruder log. These attacks fill up the log and slow down the WAP. Going into the setup program you can reset the WAP to clear the log and memory. Afterwards, the jornada flys and web pages load almost immediately. Well, I hope I wasn't too verbose and that I may help someone in a similar situation. I wrote this on the jornada and sent it to you across the wireless network ;-)
- Dave G


Bisque software have a great program for those night sky watchers that enable you to track starts and planets and in fact anything to do with the sky at night. It's very detailed and the graphics are suberb. For the quality don't expext this to be a bargain, but it is worth it's money and well worth it. It should run on all handhelds. It will display the sky as it appears from your location for any date (4,713 B.C. through A.D. 10,000) at any time for any location on Earth. Check out Mettavants or Henri Spagnolo’s 700 series software websites for download and details.
- Andrew Wolstenholme

Chris De Herrera is a well respected member of the Pocket PC and HPC community and for some time he has had a great website that lists many questions that many in the HPC community have. This is a detailed site with lots of good information. Click here to visit.
- Sammual (webmaster)


Here is a free program that I know your going to love. It allows you access to America Online e-mail via Pocket Outlook on your handheld. It's called @Mail. It's been out for a little while. @Mail says the website is extremely simple to configure compared to Internet connectivity. Just fill in your AOL screen name, password, and the local AOL access number using the browse-by-area-code feature, and you're online. Check out Mettavants or Henri Spagnolo’s 700 series software websites for download and details.
- 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.


Saturday, October 26, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
Sentry 2020 enterprise tool, Running Linux on a J720, Expansys reduces the price of 720's, ebay listings and prices for both the J720 & J728, vote to get iSilo ported to j700 series


Sentry 2020 is a enterprise security tool utilizing transparent encryption to protect important information stored on your handheld. Seamlessly encrypts documents while they are being accessed by Pocket Word, Pocket Excel and other applications. You have every reason to be concerned about who has the access to the business data on your computer, and very much like having a vault on your hard drive, Sentry 2020 provides extremely strong security so no one but you can access your confidential information. Check out Mettavants or Henri Spagnolo’s 700 series software websites for download and details.
- Andrew Wolstenholme

Every now and again we find pages, or someone emails in, information on running the Linux system on a Handheld. This page describes booting linux via hpcboot (netbsd loader) on HP Jornada 720. Click here for more details.
- Sammual (webmaster)

Expansys, the online PDA store has reduced the price of it's Jornada 720's dramatically and now has limited stock available. Click here for full details.
- Andrew Wolstenholme

Yesterday I was talking to you about purchasing second hand HPC's from ebay. Well here are listings for both J720 & J728:
Click here for ebay listings for the Jornada 720
Click here for ebay listings for the Jornada 728
- Sammual (webmaster)

For all people that would like to see "iSilo" ported to the J700 series, take the survey at:
http://www.isilo.com/Survey/PlatformSurvey.mv
check the "Microsoft Windows CE Handheld PC (i.e., HP Jornada 728)" button and click submit.
More people vote, more chance we have to see it on our 7xx machines. iSilo is a highly versatile document reader available for Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds, and Windows computers. You can find thousands of ready-made documents downloadable immediately for reading with iSilo or you can create your own documents from HTML content using iSiloX.

http://www.isilo.com/index.htm
- Henri Spagnolo


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

Friday, October 25, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
Editorial, HPC Notes Professional 4.0 Beta is coming out of beta, Simply Mobile Applications Development (S|MAD) from the guys at Simply HPC coming in the New Year.


EDITORIAL: Now seems to be a good time to purchase a J720 at the moment. here is an example. I was taking a look at ebay the other day and there was a small number of users selling on their J720's for around $300-$350, which is a fair price to pay. Many will offer additional accesories, so look out for the bargains, and where possible if the handheld is being sold in your loaclity, why not go and take a look before you purchase. Yes, many ebay sellers will be honest but it's always piece of mind to yourself if you go and take a look before you make any inital investment. Today has been a kind of strange day, or I should say Thursday was, as I will no doubt post this on Friday. Here in Manchester we vare experiencing a series of earth tremors, nothing substantial especially compared to those around the world, but for here in the UK, they are significant. here's an example, since Monday, we've had over 19 tremors. before this week, I had never experienced a tremor, so it was a kind of strange feeling when I felt the first tremor earlier this week. Anyway, something had actually triggered my PC to lose it's network connection in my office, meaning that I was unable to use either the internet or obtain my email, and with this in mind i had to use my J720 to work on two deadlines that I had to send to editors on behalf of my clients and this had to be done by 3:30pm. It's times when I have my 720 that I am thankful for the times that I put together my deadlineson my J720, the keyboard is great and enables me to write up documents in great length. It's also good that i am able to send the document via email to the relevant editor. I don't use the internet explorer instead I save any browsing to my main PC, but as long as I have email on the go, then I'm certainly happy that I can continue with my deadlines. Furthermore this editorial is being typed up on my Jornada 720. I am fully used to the mobile keyboard. it could be better, but when you can punch so much power and useful applications into something a little larger than a spectacle case then I am in no position to moan. many people email me to ask will I ever move platforms or handheld and try out a Pocket PC or investigate tablet form PC's, the answer is, well I have tried out the Pocket PC, and although impressive, it was not for me. It did not suit my needs. Personally I have not tried a Tablet PC, and at the present time I have no intentionm. However what I would like to say is that I feel that trends will come back on themsleves, for example, Palmtop handhelds were all the rage, three or four years ago. I always fancied the Philips Velo at one stage being, what I believe, was the first handheld to have a built in modem. However after a while the Palmtop handhelds seem to die a sudden death as the Palm sized handhelds appeared. Well I think things will change, we shall and I hope see a return to palmtop handhelds such as the J700 sries handhelds or NEC handhelds. I think that people will begin to realise that portable computing is the way forward, being productive and in communication with the office by using a mobile office will certainly play a big part of our lives in the future. I am sure that its not a case of 'if' but rather a case of 'when'. As I end this editorial, I feel what must be the fifth earth tremor today in Manchester. What advice to they give? Stay under your desk? Well I will and I'll be taking my J720 thank you very much.
- Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: If its not already too late it may be your last chance to try HPC Notes Professional 4.0 Beta. HPC Notes Professional Edition is scheduled to be released any day now. This is your last chance to download and try HPC Notes Professional Edition beta. For more information and to join the beta program, visit:
http://www.phatware.com/hpcnotes/beta.
- Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: Look our for exciting new product developments coming from the guys at Simply HPC in the form of Simply Mobile Applications Development (S|MAD). S|MAD has completed development of 4 applications, and final preparations are being made to bring both S|MAD online for the new year. Click here for more details.
- 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.

Thursday, October 24, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
Visual CE, New Reviews on Simply HPC, 1001 applications to Henri's 700 series website, New additions to Mettavants HPC website, Doom.

SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced at the Pocket PC Summit Version 7 of Visual CE®, the award-winning database and forms development toolset designed specifically for building customized databases on Windows CE handheld computers. The new release expands the range of functions built into the software and enhances the ease-of-use features that enable both business professionals and developers to easily create database applications without programming. Visual CE Version 7 features a more flexible array of development tools, including full support for GPS devices, complete picture control, multi-device synchronization, and support for a wide range of numeric, string, and date functions.

With Visual CE Version 7, complete control of images is only a click away now that pictures can be integrated into any Visual CE database. This means business professionals can carry portable electronic showrooms into the field. Antique dealers or real estate professionals, for instance, can quickly create portable databases that integrate various views of a property with details regarding its condition and value. Visual CE also helps business teams stay closely aligned by allowing multiple handhelds to be synchronized to the same desktop table; this makes it easy to keep the latest product catalog or maintenance data in the hands of the field force. Click here for more details.
- John D. Ottini

Take a look at some new software reviews on the Simply HPC website. Click here for more details.
- Sammual (webmaster)

1001 applications have now been added to Henri Spagnolo's 700 series website. Check them out here. Whilst a further five applications have been added to Mettavants HPC software website this week. Click here for details.
- Sammual (webmaster)

A port of Doom is avalable to run on a selection of HPC's based on Bruce Lewis's source port. It has been tested on a J680, and a J720. Some people report that it runs fine on a J728, it should now also work on NEC Mobile Pro 770. Click here for more details.
- Andrew Wolstenholme


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, October 23, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
PocketShot, Updates to CanTris, the Tetris clone, Funky Spheres the screen saver, Text Maker, 30 day free trial, The bare bones of a Jornada 720.

If you are not sure what PocketShot is then its an application that captures and prints out full-color snapshots of the Pocket PC or Windows CE display. Screen shots can be saved as BMP image files and printed to a wide variety of infrared and serial printers. A wide range of printers are supported by PocketShot. It's priced at $14.95. Click here for more details.

Meanwhile Tetris clone, CanTris has been updated to ron out one or two bugs. CanTris is a simple Tetris clone. It has all the usual single player goodies, as well as a support for 2-players through IR and TCP/IP. This is a freeware game and more details can be found here.

Those wanting to make their screen funky should take a look at this groovy piece of software. They crete an image of funky sphere's on your handheld sceen. Funky Spheres is our premiere screen saver for Windows CE. 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! It is priced at $9.95. Check out Mettavants or Henri Spagnolo’s 700 series software websites for download and details.

Those that are not aware but TextMaker is a great alternative to the built in word processor. It has many additional features and is certainly my first choice when writing documents on my handheld. This in mind, if you wish to try out TextMaker then there is now a 30 day trial. To get the download and get more information then click here.

Henri Spagnolo has sent me in this link of pictures showing the bare bones of a Jornada 720, not for the light hearted. As they say do not try it at home. Click here to see the pictures.


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, October 22, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
Solpack Deluxe, Windows CE.net 4.1 Handheld PC Edition, Henri Spagnolo



Solpack Deluxe contains 30 card solitaire games. Features include easy to read cards, redeals, unlimited shuffles, stats, and complete help file.Games included are Aces Square, Auld Lang Syne, Baccarat, Black Hole, BLock Ten, Captive Queens, Carpet, Clock, Doublets, Eagle Wing, Easier Auld Lang Syne, Egyptian Pyramid, Five Piles, Fourteen Out, Free Cell, Golf, King's Audience, Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo 13, Pairs, Pyramid, Pyramid Golf, Sir Tommy, Suits, Thirteens, Triangle, Twenty-One, Vanishing Cross and Vertical. Runs on Jornada 720/728 and NEC MobilePro 790. More details here.

Bernie Torbick has sent this link of an image portraying Windows CE.net 4.1 Handheld PC Edition. I'm impressed with the look. Click here to view.

11 applications added to the Henri Spagnolo's 700 series software website. Click here for more information.


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


Monday, October 21, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: A handheld is a handheld or that’s what it seems to be most of the case, but its how you use your handheld I think that counts. For example today I am sat facing the English Channel on a crisp Autumn October afternoon typing this up on my Jornada 720. I decided that this weekend I wanted to get away from everything from deadlines through to telephone calls and yet here I find myself typing away on the keyboard of my 720. So why did I take my 720? The main reason being thats its a great thinkpad in every form of the word.I can jot idea’s down from my mind into word format. All my idea’s are simply typed into a Pocket word document ready for future use. Secondly I can also note and jot idea’s down for any website editorials such as this. It’s amazing where thoughts come into play and how they come into play. You can be anywhere and an idea comes into play, if you don’t have your 720 with you at the time then the next best thing is paper and a pen, however if you do have your handheld with you, then you can develop the idea, even email the idea to a fellow colleague. So wherever I am I always try and take my handheld. Its amazing the places where I have got my handheld out, and jotted down an idea. Running the website I hear many peoples ways on how they use their handheld and the most common link between all these people is the very fact that these people note their initial idea’s on their handheld, whether they are written or simply typed into a word document. It’s much more practical than the traditional pen and paper theory. Back it up to a computer and you have the idea fore life, write it on a scrap of paper and you run the risk of losing this vital information, and its not just ideas. It took me a while to input names and addresses straight away into my PDA when I first purchased a Psion all those years ago, and even now I do sometimes forget but most of the time anyone that i meet, goes straight into my address book and their details are uploaded to Outlook on my main PC and are then kept for the future as a contact. It’s these little details that mean that my 720 is my most important business asset that I posses. As I may have said in the past it does not matter one little bit what handheld you have, whether its a 720 or a 728, the way you use it matters. Make the handheld work for you. If you get to the position that you leave the house and forget to take your handheld with you and do not bother to go back and pick it up, then ask yourself if your using it to its best advantage.However if you do realise that you must return to pick it up, then I reckon your using it for all its worth, and simply cannot live without it, this being the case your using it to your best advantage.
- Sammual (webmaster)

USER THOUGHT: I have owned a number of handhelds in the past and I have to admit that the Jornada 720 is simply the best handheld that I have used.The first handheld that I used was an old Psion 3a and I had this for years, in fact I had this for over 3 years, afterwards I made the swap for the Psion Series 5mx which I still own today. it was then that I noticed the Jornada 720 and had always wanted to try out a windows ce platform and with this I went out and purchased the Jornada 720. It simply is the best handheld and despite the limitations of what it can and cannot do, the little handheld is the best and I am ever so pleased with my6 initial investment.
- Lee Standton


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

Thursday, October 17, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
Time 4 You, PDA Concepts Leather Case, PDA Screen Protectors, Expansys range of screen protectors, Birthday Boy.


Time4you lets you record how you spend your time. It lets you not only register your time and categorize it, but, also view the statistics of the time spent under different categories.


Check out Mettavants or Henri Spagnolo’s 700 series software websites for download and details.
- Sammual (webmaster)


I noticed on the PDA Concepts website this beautiful leather case for Windows CE handhelds. The Satellite case is incredibly compact at only 10.75" in length, 6.25" in width, and 2.5" in thickness and is well padded to prevent shock. The Satellite weighs only 24.5 ounces (1.53 lbs). Despite the Satellite's compact size, it can accommodate larger handheld devices. Click here for more information and details.
- Andrew Wolstenholme

PDA Screen Protectors.com has a screen protector for Jornada 720 handhelds which I am sure will also protect the screens of 728's. Features of the screen protectors include:
Optically Clear / No 'Haziness' or 'Washed-out' Appearance
Super-Tough / Scratch-Resistant / Very Long Lasting
Smooth / Won't Interfere with Stylus Operation
No Messy Adhesives / No Bubbles
Sized for PDA Make and Model
Quick and Easy to Install
Quantity Discounts
Affordable
Click here for more information.
- Sammual (webmaster)


Meanwhile Expansys also have a great screen protector for the Jornada 720 screen. These top quality screen protectors are non sticky yet fix firmly and are designed to protect the screen of your device from wear and tear caused by your stylus. Click here for more information.
- Sammual (webmaster)

I'm away on holiday this weekend so look out for updates again, Monday onwards. I'm off for a few days on the South Coast of England to relax for my birthday, which is Saturday. See you on the other side of the weekend on Monday.
- 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.


Monday, October 14, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
Updates to Simply HPC, Spacetrecker game, Addicted to Bubblets, and an alternative to Pocket Internet Explorer.


Simply HPC Website. Look out for some new content added to the Simply HPC website. Click here to view it.


Spacetrecker is a space stragedy game with a sort of Star Trek feel. This is a space exploration game. In a galaxy with 4 quadrants,
200 sectors and lots of ships planets and bases for you to discover. Check out Mettavants or Henri Spagnolo’s 700 series software websites for download and details.

There is a game that I have been totally addicted to whatever handheld have used in the past and the 720 is no exception. The game is bubblets, its a game where you have to eliminate bubbles of the same color, they must be in some way associated with each other, in other words they must be touching. One example is a game on the same lines called Bubblets, which is addicting, and you can be playing this one for hours. Its fairly priced at $15. Check out Mettavants or Henri Spagnolo’s 700 series software websites for download and details.

I have been informed that a Japanese browser "ftxBrowser" which was available only in Japanese, has been translated in english. This browser has lots of advantages, compared with built-in PIE, with respect to resource-occupation or funtionalities. Have a look at my website under "What's new" or under "Software --> Comms --> Remote"
- Henri Spagnolo


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


Sunday, October 13, 2002
 
ROUND UP:
Pocket Plan, Puzzle Express, Henri Spagnolo's 700 series website, Spectrum Games


Pocket Plan is a Microsoft Project compatible project planning application for the Pocket PC and Handheld PC. Pocket Plan fulfils a similar role to PC based project planning software such as Microsoft Project. The unique feature with Plan is that you can keep your project plans in your pocket and update them wherever you are! No longer are you tied to your PC - take your project plans with you in your pocket and update them on the move. Priced at $29.95, visit Handango for download details.

Puzzle Express has made available quick and easy 9 x 9 crosswords for your handheld. Can be played on Jornada 720, Jornada 728, NEC MobilePro 790. Cost is $15. Check out Mettavants or Henri Spagnolo’s 700 series software websites for download and details.

Updates to Henri Spagnolo's 700 series website this week include ftxBrowser, ClockSync, Brick Driver, OCTV, PC4in1-ADP/U. Check out his site for full details.

It took me some time to get into Spectrum Games, until I started playing Scrabble using a Spectrum Emulator and this just got me addicted. For those that were not aware there is an excellent Spectrum emulator for Handheld computers. It can run well over 6000 games, so will obviously keep you busy for some time. The emulator from Palmtop Software is wel written, and as far as I am aware is free of charge. Check out Mettavants or Henri Spagnolo’s 700 series software websites for download and details. In the meantime check out The World of Spectrum for listing of Spectrum games.
- 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.


Saturday, October 12, 2002
 
ARCHIVES ALMOST THERE: We are beginning to get the archives up and running again, follow the link at the bottom of the page or click here.
- Sammual (webmaster)

SURVEY: Ian is away on vacation this week, so I am going to set this weeks survey and its an easy one for once, all we need to know this week, is for you guys to give an example where and when your Handheld got you out of trouble.It can be trivial or it can be something more serious. Email me and let me know and I will post on the site throughout next week.
- Sammual (webmaster)

EDITORIAL: I know I'm late - I've been travelling - but I wanted to send this in anyway because I found it very interesting. In looking back I realized that PDA's haven't really come that far in the last five years or so. They have faster processors and colour screens, but functionality hasn't made any great leaps. Especially with CE. My old unit was a Sharp 5300 and the ability to link all kinds of data - documents, information , spreadsheets - to a contact was absolutely fabulous. And the ability of the unit to pull contact data out of the address book and place it into a letter template was fantastic. Now we have "more sophisticated" machines that can't link to anything with software that won't speak to each other despite the fact they are produced by the same company. Anyway, below is my survey response. Again, sorry I'm late but I thought would submit it anyway.

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

My first PDA was a Sharp IQ8300M. It was a fantastic PDA and had a slot on the top part of the clamshell that allowed you to insert special programmed cards for things like additional memory or a spreadsheet function. The unit was great. Sharp's own operating system was much more useable than others and CE was not yet available. Unfortunately I dropped the unit one day and it stopped working - taking all my data with it. I swore I would never buy such a device again unless I could back up the information. My next device was the Sharp 5300. WOW what a great machine. Again, Sharp's own operating system was better than even CE since you could "link" names, documents and other information and switch back and forth between each by pressing the "link" icon. Also, in the "document" function, you could press a button to make a letter, tell it who you are sending it to (by selecting from your address book) and it would fill in the name address and typical closing line AND your signature. CE is so unconnected it's not funny. Here we are with a word processor and an address database and they can't talk to each other. The Sharp spreadsheet on the 5300 worked even better than excel does today. You could connect sheets easily by simply pressing the "3D" button, drag cells etc. Microsoft's CE version of excel is very weak - it looks good but has no substance. Most of my spreadsheets in Excel include macros and these - of course - are not transferable to the CE version. All in all, the Sharp 5300 was a fantastic machine. Its only real drawback was I could not communicate with my PC, but it had a great built-in fax system that I used extensively.

2) Do you still have it?

Yes I still have it but you can't effectively use two systems, so it sits on my shelf. I just wish Microsoft could figure out a way to make their software intercommunicate - so you could draw from the address book or from excel as required. However I'm sure its not on their radar screen. Hopefully Sharp's new unit will have some of these capabilities. I noticed they are not using CE. It's a gutsy move and may mean the unit has a short life span, but it may also mean more robust software if they are not limited to CE.

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

No, alternating is a pain in the neck. The reason I bought my 720 is because everything is in one place. I love my 720 but confess to a secret dream of such a machine with the additional capabilities of my old Sharp 5300.
- John Scharrer


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, October 09, 2002
 
SURVEY: This weeks survey took us down memory lanes, in fact the question that I asked you was what your first PDA was that you purchased. 375 of you replied - many thanks.Good answers amazingly 48% were Psion owners the rest of you were divided but 23% of you had owned a HP of some sort which showes that you have been happy with the company. Amazingly 87% of you own a second PDA. 39% of you own a Pocket PC whilst 41% of you own a Palm, the rest of you own Psions and other handhelds. Below are a number of surveys that caught my eye. New survey will be announced later this week. Got a good one for next week.
- Ian Park

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

The Psion (can't remember the name) with 2 lines, and morer or less like the game boy, with a plastic cover. I remember the "data" pack of 16K imposible to erase.
I loved this psion!!!

2) Do you still have it?

It is @ my mum home, in my old bedroom

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

I have just one J720
- Emmanuel Tourniaire

SURVEY RESULTS:
1) First PDA

An HP95. Neat. DOS 3.3, Lotus 1-2-3, address book, terminal emulator,
etc in ROM. I added a PCMCIA SRAM card because the internal RAM kept
forgetting after a while...

2) If some barsteward hadn't nicked it, I would still have it.

3) Yes. My current PDAs are Psion 3c, Ipaq 38xx, and J720. Antique Psion
is great for basic functionality with built-in software, nice kbd,
superb battery life, but limited integration with world of Windoze
(PsiSync is good). Mostly now abandoned. Ipaq is absolute rubbish
(bought on employee purchase before I left at start of this year) - a
great fashion accessory, looks good in 3day reviews, but in reality,
zero battery life despite miniscule display, no keyboard, everything
worthwhile needs an expensive expansion pack, etc. iPAQ does have
good-looking choice of software vs Psion and J720 though (pocket
streets, TomTom CityMaps, Acrobat Reader, etc). My J720 was acquired
late last year. I'm just beginning to take it seriously (the Tosh 2GB
drive helps :-). It has *everything* in one unit not much bigger than a
bare iPAQ - a nearly usable keyboard, no need for expansion packs
(CompactFlash, PCMCIA, and modem all INCLUDED). Try adding them to the
cost of the iPAQ. The 720 doesn't have some of the iPAQ software, which
is a shame. Hopefully HP and its customers will soon realise that iPAQs
are very trendy but not much more, and that the J72x are actually a good
alternative, *IF* Billco can be made to keep the OS in step with
PocketPC 2002.
- John Wallace


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

Monday, October 07, 2002
 
SPECIAL OFFER: The kind offer for keyboard skins is now over. Thanks to those that sent in emails. We were oversubscribed, my inbox was full this morning, in fact 313 of you emailed in overnight. Many thanks to the guys at Image 911 for donating them to us.
- Sammual (webmaster)



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

Sunday, October 06, 2002
 
SPECIAL OFFER:


The guys at Image 911 are offering us a small number of free keyboard protectors on a first come, first served basis to those that send me their contact details through to me by email. If you would like one of these protectors for your HP Jornada and NEC MobilePRO Keyboard's then EMAIL ME HERE. When emailing please state which handheld you own and your address details. Please also remember to pay their website a visit to read more on their great keyboard skins by clicking here.
- Sammual (webmaster)

RESOURCE: Those that want to take a snapshot look at how our site was just over a year ago, or what we were talking about 12 months ago, or just simply want to take an archive look at the site then take a look at the 'archive machine', which is a site that takes 'snapshots' of websites over a frequent basis. Click here to see what we were discussing over 12 months ago. Sadly click on many of the 720 / HPC links that are no longer being updated.
- 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.


Saturday, October 05, 2002
 
NEWS: Over the next few days we will be offering Protection Skins free of charge to those that own a Jornada 720 or Jornada 728, thanks to the guys at Image 911. Watch out for more details over the next day or so. (Limited supply only, on a 'first come first served' basis.)
- Sammual (webmaster)

HARDWARE NEWS: It looks like Sharp are working on a new handheld. Its a clamshell design with keyboard. The name of the handheld is a Zaurus and it's a Linux-based handheld. From pictures that I have seen on two websites the screen is very clear, its a full VGA 640x480 pixels. The new model will be made available in Japan by the end of this year. Although not too sure when it will be made available worldwide. Bit it maybe worth keeping an eye on this one. You can see pictures and read more on the Infosync website.
- Sammual (webmaster)

NEWS: Henri Spagnolo's 700 series website has added a tutorial on how to set up your handheld to nPOP. Click here for more details.
- Sammual (webmaster)

RESOURCE: To improve web surfing on J720 is no more necessary to wait for an H/PC version of Opera or Netfront. At www.nsicom.com is avaliable CrEme, a third party software that brings the ability of internet explorer 4.1 to run java applets more and more foreward than ChaiVM. With this plugins you can play online games (even listening sound), experiment remote control of desktop PC by internet connection (using programs like VNC or Remotely Anywhere) and run all other java applications. You can downlaod from the site a 30 days trial of the program. But the kit is not complete. Ask the support team to send you also the regsvrce.exe file that is required to register the plugin.
- rgisondi


RESOURCE: Check out Nuts 'n Bolts cases for the 700 Jornada series handhelds. This individually hand made PDA case is a triple layer insulated and reinforced shell covered in genuine natural leather. Click here for more details.
- Ian Park

RESOURCE: Looking to purchase a cheap Jornada 720? Then check out Ebay, there are one or two Jornada offers, including one I spotted for $350 whch bidding ends within the next 24 hours, so if you want to pop in a bid I gather you may have to be quick. Click here for details on this bid. Here is another for $370.00 with accesories, with just over a day left. For a search of all things related to the Jornada 720 on ebay then click here for a up to date listing. Whilst 728 listings can be found here.
- 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.


Thursday, October 03, 2002
 
USER THOUGHT: I was wondering if we could help in bringing a ported version of the HP Equation solver to the J720. This is the one area that needs to be addressed on the J720 series of machines. Having the solver would make my transition from the HP200LX to the J720 complete. I have emailed all the providers of "Solver" software I'm aware of, and none are planning on supporting our machines. These include Surerange Analysis LTD, Infinity Softworks, Momentum Engineering Software and others.
- Joe Carmer

EDITORIAL: I check in with the postings every few days or so - in between work and... well, work, and found this past Saturday's posting piqued my interest, as it was just this event that caused us to go about making a series of protective devices for our trusty arsenal of handheld PCs. Although, in-house, we liken them to "keyboard condoms"... these handy weather-proof skins have saved-the-day literally hundreds of times since we first introduced them back in March. We have heard from folks all across the globe who have accidentally spilled everything from a hot cup of early morning coffee - to a glazed jam-filled donut - to a container of yogurt - to a late evening's night cap. Spills weren't the only thing we came to the rescue for, as we were also informed of sudden cloud bursts to the blowing sands of the North African Desert... and how our Keyboard Skins kept the expensive devices working - without any delays. For the cost, our Keyboard Skins are truly "affordable accident insurance"... and, much like our advertising slogan says, "With the Keyboard Skin... we've got you covered!" Click here for more details.


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, October 01, 2002
 
EDITORIAL: Sorry for lack of updates this week. I have had a mad busy week with 'one thing or another' but we are almost fine. In addition in a spate of stupidness I dropped my 720 on Sunday night however there was little damage which made me think,m that despite the fact that we have protection for our handhelds, you can never be too careful. It's true, and the 720 drop made me think about it. So my advice is to treat your handheld as if it was one of your own. You can never be too careful, and this is certainly something that I was talking to some of my writers about earlier today and we have decided to write up some pieces on misfortunate happenings to our handhelds and how we have overcome them. Maybe there will be some advice for all to read.
- Sammual (webmaster)

USER THOUGHT: There are rumours that tablet pc's will dominate the future of compact pc's. Maybe it would be a good idea to pulse the hpc users of their opinion. In my opinion, the threat is on the laptop market and not with the hpc users.
- roni

NEWS: I recently requested on behalf of Johnson & Johnson that Twiddlebit port their Pocket Plan software to the HPC2000 platform. Please see their response below.

This is just to let you know that we have started work on porting Pocket Plan to the HPC 2000 platform. This includes the HP Jornada 700 series HPC
devices (710, 720, 728). We will let you know when we have a version available, which should be within a few weeks time.

- Bernie Torbik


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.

GET IN CONTACT! Send a contribution, news, user thought, views or a press release to: sammymcloughlin@mac.com or Instant Message me at the addresses below:

iChat (and iSight) - sammymcloughlin@mac.com | AIM - sammymcloughlin
MSN Messenger - sammualjames_mcloughlin
Yahoo Messenger - sammualjames_mcloughlin
ICQ: 99366330
(Feel free to add me to your buddy list)

Note: If you send me a technical question it will be posted on the site for users to respond (meaning your email address will be displayed) so be aware when sending questions, as we take no responsibility for spam which may be sent to you. We will replace the "@" symbol in your email with the term "at" in order to limit the chances of you being sent spam

Staff Writers: SammualJames McLoughlin (SJMC): Joint Founder & Editor | Andrew Wolstenholme: Joint Founder | Lindsey Dyson : Deputy Editor | Jason Southern: Associate Writer | Mike Rohde : Design Dude

Powered by Blogger

Donate to Handheld Addict!
Donate $1 to keep Handheld Addict going strong!

THE HANDHELD ADDICT FORUM: Visit the excellent Handheld Addict Forum for the best in Getting your questions asked and answered, Tips and Tricks and Hints for your Handheld HPC device - THE HANDHELD ADDICT FORUM










Zona Handheld
Image 911 Keyboard Skins
Enjoy 720
Handheld Underground
Yahoo Handheld Group
Pocket X
Yahoo Spanish HPC Group (translated into English)
Coxion Webbook HPC
Mettavants HPC Software site
Raul Luckys Nexio site
fobe.de/720
Jose Antonio's HPC software site
Raul Luckys 720 site
NEC HPC website
Yahoo Group Mobile Pro website
Samsung HPC site
Mobilemag: Review of the Samsung Nexio
Yahoo Group Nexio
REVIEW: Windows for Devices reviews the Nexio S160
Mike's Sigmarion III Enthusiast information page
SNI Nexio S160 website
DUH 720 Hacking
Bo's Wallpapers for HPC devices
oozp.org
Jornada Passion
Jason Dunns HPC archive pages
Shades 720
Chris's HPC wallpaper software site
Bo's HPC Wallpaper site
Sion's 720 pages
Marc's homepage
Expansys
Pocket PC Magazine
Foxpop
600 Spot
Linux on a Philips Velo 1
Pocket PC Thoughts

handheld

Brando

PalmTop User Magazine

Handheld Addict Archives
06/01/2001 - 07/01/2001
07/01/2001 - 08/01/2001
08/01/2001 - 09/01/2001
09/01/2001 - 10/01/2001
10/01/2001 - 11/01/2001
11/01/2001 - 12/01/2001
12/01/2001 - 01/01/2002
01/01/2002 - 02/01/2002
02/01/2002 - 03/01/2002
03/01/2002 - 04/01/2002
04/01/2002 - 05/01/2002
05/01/2002 - 06/01/2002
06/01/2002 - 07/01/2002
07/01/2002 - 08/01/2002
08/01/2002 - 09/01/2002
09/01/2002 - 10/01/2002
10/01/2002 - 11/01/2002
11/01/2002 - 12/01/2002
12/01/2002 - 01/01/2003
01/01/2003 - 02/01/2003
02/01/2003 - 03/01/2003
03/01/2003 - 04/01/2003
04/01/2003 - 05/01/2003
09/01/2003 - 10/01/2003
10/01/2003 - 11/01/2003
11/01/2003 - 12/01/2003
12/01/2003 - 01/01/2004
01/01/2004 - 02/01/2004
02/01/2004 - 03/01/2004
03/01/2004 - 04/01/2004
04/01/2004 - 05/01/2004
05/01/2004 - 06/01/2004
06/01/2004 - 07/01/2004
07/01/2004 - 08/01/2004
08/01/2004 - 09/01/2004
09/01/2004 - 10/01/2004
10/01/2004 - 11/01/2004
11/01/2004 - 12/01/2004
12/01/2004 - 01/01/2005
01/01/2005 - 02/01/2005
02/01/2005 - 03/01/2005
03/01/2005 - 04/01/2005
04/01/2005 - 05/01/2005
05/01/2005 - 06/01/2005
06/01/2005 - 07/01/2005
07/01/2005 - 08/01/2005
10/01/2005 - 11/01/2005