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Friday, October 31, 2003
HARDWARE: New HPC Webbook announced from Coxion announced:

Key Features include:

Bright 7" touch screen with 800 x 480 resolution

1 sec. startup

8 sec. connection to internet, with build-in GPRS.

6 hour battery life

Windows Media Player (MP3, MPEG, etc.)

Microsoft CE.Net, with MS mobile office

VGA connector for External monitor or projector

One CF card slot

10/100 RJ-45, Ethernet port

Prices -
Price outside EU:
815,60 EUR (VAT 0%)

Price in EU:
995,00 EUR (VAT 22%)

Description according to their website:

WebBook™ is the ultimate mobile computer, it's the first of a kindmobile computer with build-in GPRS modem, running on Microsoft CE.Net operating system.

WebBook™ is the combination of great features that are common with other popular product formats. It's got PDA's instant usability with 1 second startup, touches and continuous battery life of 6 hour. (2 hour with GPRS connection on), while it also have best features of small and light laptops, like QWERTY keyboard and bright, high resolution 800 x 480 screen. To top of all that it has build-in Class 8, dual-band GPRS/GSM modem, that allows you to send and receive SMS and connect to internet, email or your office network, anywhere, anytime in more than 120 countries, where there is GPRS 900/1800 Mhz network available. (Europe, Africa and Asia).
More details - http://coxion.com/tuotteet/webbook.html#

Thursday, October 30, 2003
WEBSITE: News has been updated including the ceasing of the METTAVANT's site on the JOSE ANTONIO ROMEROHPC PRO SH3 website.


SOFTWARE: Remember one of the best software applications for your HPC, Tweaks 2k2. "Tweaks2K2 is the ultimate easy to use software for hacking your HPC Registry, the biggest collection of hacks with 31 different registry tricks and 2 screens with important information about your pda. With tricks that nobody has seen before in any other tweaks application for HandHeld PC." If anyone asked me what would be an essential piece of software for your HPC, guess what guys this would certainly be at the top or very near the top ;-) Details, pricings and downloads. Oh by the way it is also award winning.

WEBSITE: Updates on Henri Spagnolo's site today includes -
Games - Arcade - Quake for HPC's added
Graphic - Miscellaneous - GAPI for HPC's updated
Leisure - Ebook - PocketBible updated
Read Clinton Fitch "Conduits Pocket Slides 1.7.2" review
Details as ever at - http://mypage.bluewin.ch/YetAnotherHomePage/j7xx/j7xx.html
- Henri Spagnolo

Wednesday, October 29, 2003
WEBSITE: Well its sad news in the HPC community as the Mettavants website finally says goodbye and bows out of the HPC community:

"Almost 2 years of work, research, tests. But a new trade, a new city, a PocketPC, I do not have any more time to update this site. Thank you with all for your congratulations , goodbye"
More details: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/mettavant/pdalogiciels.htm
We will miss this site but keep it in the listings for the time being

THOUGHT: One of those days today where I just depended on my 720 for a mass of things that I needed doing. Including chasing through to find an editor that I have not spoken to for a good four or five years and I had their details in my Jornada 720. Anyway as I say it was there so it was a big phew......

WEBSITE: Updates on Henrio Spagnolo's 700 series website today include:
Games - Arcade - Quake for HPC's added
Graphic - Miscellaneous - GAPI for HPC's updated
Leisure - Ebook - PocketBible updated
Read Clinton Fitch "Conduits Pocket Slides 1.7.2" review
- Henri Spagnolo

WEBSITE The tide is turning... WM2003 licensing has been relaxed. Read the full article on HPC Factor's website

WEBSITE Information on Tascal Pocket Explorer 2.20 has been posted on the Spanish HPC site. More details at:

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

WEBSITE: Take a look at the new site as we mentioned earlier this weekend. Zona Handheld PC is a great looking site. It is in Spanish but there is lots of details and news etc. A well served site and well put together. There are a number of new links that I need to add top the site this weekend and this is one of them.

WEBSITE: The next review to be posted on Clinton Fitch.com is Conduits Pocket Slides 1.7.2 and it has now gone live. Details and to read the review visit Clinton Fitch.com. The review went live today

WEBSITE: Information on LEO´S FLIGHT SIMULATOR , which I must admit is an excellent game for the HPC, and something which I enjoy playing. You can find out more details on JOSE ANTONIO ROMEROHPC PRO SH3's HPC Website

WEBSITE: Updates on Henri Spagnolo's 700 Series website today include:
1098 wallpapers at Handheld Underground
Enjoy720 Web Site becomes todopocketpc zona handheld PC
Read the "Review" of "j7xxpoker" in spanish at zona handhelp PC
Details at: http://mypage.bluewin.ch/YetAnotherHomePage/j7xx/j7xx.html
- Henri Spagnolo

WEBSITE: 3Com 3C589x PCMCIA Network Adapter MIPS Drivers for CE 2.0, Time and A - Z of decorating; just ask Tari are all recent updates on HPC Factor

Monday, October 27, 2003
WEBSITE: Updates on Henri Spagnolo's 700 series website today includes,
27/10 Comms - Email - imov Enterprise Edition updated
Office - Speadsheet - Home Improvement Math updated
More details as ever: http://mypage.bluewin.ch/YetAnotherHomePage/j7xx/j7xx.html
- Henri Spagnolo

WEBSITE: Handheld Underground - http://www.PocketRocketFX.com/HPCs - the place to download entertainment for your HPC, has now broken 1 000 wallpapers! There are 1098 currently online totalling 475 megs! Whole new categories have been added to an improved navigation system. Just some of the new desktop images
available for download include:

- Babylon 5, Crusade, Legend of the Rangers
- Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions
- Star Trek: Voyager, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine
- Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Invisible Man
- Lord of the Ring: Return of the King
- Adventure Sports: Biking, Mountaineering, River
- Nature: Flowers, Landscapes and World Geography
- Art: Fantasy, Fine, Modern, Abstract

Additionally, 25 megs of new movie trailers have been added to the video download section. New content includes the two latest Lord of the Rings: Return of the King trailers and all six Matrix Revolutions trailers, including the final theatrical release trailer.

October 30, 2003 marks the 65th anniversary of the "War of the Worlds" broadcast by the legendary Orson Welles and his Mercury Players. To celebrate that event, Handheld Underground has posted two versoins of the broadcast along with a PDF of the original story which was written by H.G. Wells.

Be sure to check the articles section for the latest book recommendations and software reviews, including recently added guest reviewer John Ottini's thoughts on DejaVu Software's Same Game.

Background: Handheld Underground is a production of Mobile Media Interactive which also produces PocketRocketFX.com - the Pocket PC Entertainment site.

Sunday, October 26, 2003

RESOURCE: If you want to know the url for the Psion Netbook Pro which now runs Windows CE.NET then here it is:
We shall be adding the link to our links section to the right of the page for your future reference.
- Lindsey Dyson

HARDWARE: Nokia is expected to take the wraps off its new Communicator at two 'Mobility' events next month. The new device will be the first 'instantiation' of the Hildon project and a showcase for its new Series 90 PDA platform.

Hildon has morphed much since it began life at Psion as a user interface project. Like the defunct Series 5 and Revo PDAs, the new Communicator will feature pen and keyboard input for the first time in the series, which Nokia launched with the 9000 back in 1996. More details at The Register.co.uk
- Lindsey Dyson, Associate Writer

SOFTWARE: Here is an exciting Chess game that we spotted and liked. PalmChess is an exciting chess program for your Handheld device. Every player, from beginner to expert, will find PalmChess both entertaining and challenging. PalmChess is based on a world-renowned chess engine and is jam-packed with features and eye-popping graphics.

Go head to head with the computer or match wits with a friend.  Or just sit back and watch the computer play itself. Got into trouble? No problem. Tap a button and instantly switch sides with your opponent! If you need a little help you can ask PalmChess to give you a hint, or simply tell it to make a move for you. And if you're feeling really devious, go into Set Up mode and add a few more pieces to your side! PalmChess is the only program for Windows CE to support portable game notation (PGN). PGN is a standard file format for writing chess games, which means you can save games in PalmChess and then open them in your favorite desktop chess program. PalmChess can also read PGN files. There are literally thousands of games available on the internet that you can download and view in PalmChess! More details

SOFTWARE: SQversion 4.10 display's memory status and battery status. Also the software displays:
Program memory
Data memory
A battery residual quantity
A date
A timer
Close button
More details from Mono Q
- Ian Park

Saturday, October 25, 2003
RESOURCE: I mentioned this site not so long ago but if you are looking for some great wallpaper images for your HPC then this is the site to download them from. Handheld Underground. They have so many wallpapers from a variety of various subjects that you cannot help but download the great images. More details and to view the selection.


WEBSITE: Look out for new Handheld website, "Zona HandheldPC" (coming soon). More details

WEBSITE: JOSE ANTONIO ROMEROHPC PRO SH3 is a great Spanish HPC site. It has almost daily updates. Very good and well constructed. More details

WEBSITE: Updates on Henri Spagnolo's 700 Series website today include:

25/10 Miscellaneous - Storage - Flash Format updated
Read Clinton Fitch "ListPro 3.0" review

- Henri Spagnolo

SOFTWARE: Winners Named for Pocket PC Magazine Best Software Awards and amongst the winners is PocketBible® by Laridian. PocketBible® consists of the PocketBible program and any number of Bibles and reference books. All are sold separately. Choose the version of PocketBible that is appropriate to your device (Windows CE 2.x, Pocket PC, or HPC 2000), then choose some Bibles and books to go with it. 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). More details
- Andrew Wolstenholme

THOUGHT: Well we tend to be seeing more and more devices with keyboards or thumbpads which makes me think that there is a need for a PDA with an alternative to handwriting input and this is what we are getting. It seems to me that we are getting closer to someone producing a device that runs Windows Mobile and has a clamshell design. I am sure that it is only a matter of time to be honest!
- Ray Wrigglesworth

WEBSITE: HPC Factor and Clinton Fitch review Ilium Software's ListPro 3.0 Professional. More details

Friday, October 24, 2003
WEBSITE: We have a new review on Clinton Fitch.com. Ilium Software's ListPro 3.0 Professional has been reviewed. For the full review take a read on Clinton Fitch.com.

WEBSITE: I have a good link for Handheld Addict readers
It's all about the Sigmarion III, a win ce.net 4.1 system. And it's in english!
- Mike

HARDWARE: Maybe this is interesting for the HPC community. Presented at CTIA & Pocket PC Summit this beautiful device from our well-known software developer from the “old days” bSquare. I would say almost but at least we’re talking…
Look here: http://www.todopocketpc.com/imagenes/imag_noticias/ctia23j.jpg
Here: http://www.bsquare.com/products/powerhandheld.asp
And here: http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=176464&sid=69acf0f71f2d2c22c5f5f71e3d702f80
- Paul Berghege


SOFTWARE: Philip Thornton wrote in earlier this week with what he considers to be one of his favourite games. "Pocket BlockOut is a program for WindowsCE/PocketPC designed for enjoining of playing mind games on your pocket computer. Pocket BlockOut is a combinatoric board mind game where you toss identical color blocks into pairs. Such pairs will disappear, so your goal is to exterminate all blocks from the field."More details. (Screenshot from a Pocket PC)

WEBSITE: MSR Portrait Public Server and Pocket DOS Update - 1.08.0 are amongst the many updates on HPC Factor.

WEBSITE: Henri Spagnolo's site has the following updates today: Miscellaneous - Dos - PocketDos updated. More details.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003
WEBSITE: Updates on Henri's site today include:
Graphic - Viewer - EzViewer added
Miscellaneous - Finance - FIS-WinCE Suite updated
Miscellaneous - Finance - Pocket Genesis updated
More details

SOFTWARE: Received this email earlier today:

"German software manufacturer SoftMaker is conducting an online poll to find out which operating systems its word processor TextMaker and office suite should be ported to. TextMaker is already available on five different platforms - Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Pocket PCs, and Handheld PCs - and the other office suite components will also be available on multiple operating systems.

Looking beyond its current offerings, SoftMaker now asks if there is interest in versions of TextMaker, PlanMaker, and SoftMaker Office for a wide variety of platforms, including Palm OS, Zaurus, Sony Ericsson P800, and several UNIX-like operating systems. Go to http://www.softmaker.de/tmpoll_en.htm to cast your vote

TextMaker looks and operates like Microsoft Word, does authentic conversions of Microsoft Word files back and forth, and costs just a fraction of a Microsoft Word license. PlanMaker is a Microsoft Excel compatible spreadsheet with advanced features for financial and scientific calculations. The upcoming end-user oriented database DataMaker is modeled after Microsoft Access, but offers much better ease-of-use."


Tuesday, October 21, 2003
SOFTWARE: I just the the new game Warfare Inc running on my HP728. This game just came out and it's a Startcraft clone just about. I installed in and had to put aygshell.dll and gx.dll in the directory and it runs. I'm not sure which gx.dll it is since I have about 3 different ones floating around for HPC but I believe it is the one form wincesoft which is here: http://www.wincesoft.de/html/gapi_for_hpc_s.html

The link for the demo of the game is : http://www.handmark.com/warfare/

Try it out it's great. I am going to purchase the full version now.
- RoadKillDave

SOFTWARE: Quake for Handheld PC's is now available for (depends on GAPI for HPC’s):

-HP Jornada 710, 720, 728, european and US models (HPC2000)
-Sigmarion III (Windows CE .NET 4.1)
-NEXiO S151 (Windows CE 3.0)
-NEXiO S155 (Windows CE .NET 4.1)
-NEXiO S160 (Windows CE .NET 4.1)
-Siemens SIMpad (WinCE 3.0, HPC2000, WinCE4.0 and WinCE 4.1)
-T- SinusPad (Windows CE 3.0)
-H&W skeye.pad (WinCE 3.0, HPC2000, WinCE4.0/4.1/4.2)
-Samwell Webpad (Windows CE .NET 4.1)
-EzPad (Windows CE .NET 4.1)
-WebDT 370
-Sumo ST370

More details at www.WinCESoft.de
Thanks to Thomas for the 'heads up' on this one.

WEBSITE: Updates today on Henri Spagnolo's site include: Comms - Synchronization - ActiveSync updated. More details here.

Monday, October 20, 2003
NEWS: Samsung have just posted their update for the .NET messenger, it is a exe to drag into the WinCE / windows folder and overwite the previous.
I believe this update will work with any.NET device.
BTW check my website for a large collection of desktop images for Nexio 800x480 pix and HalfVGA 640x240pix

Half VGA for HP and MobilePro -  http://www.bophoto.com/WinCE/HHPC-Desktops.html
800x480 for Nexio  http://www.bophoto.com/nexio/desktop-images.html
- Bo Lorentzen

WEBSITE: Here is a software review at Clinton Fitch.com by guest reviewer John Ottini. The review is of Micro Cheng's My Tools 1.36 (John Ottini). More details.

WEBSITE: According to HPC Factor "Samsung have posted an updated version of the Windows CE .net 4.1 MSN Messenger executive." More details.

WEBSITE: Updates on Henri Spagnolo's 700 series website today include:
20/10 Graphic - Drawing - Mobile Atelier 2 updated
More details

Sunday, October 19, 2003
EAST COAST TOUR WITH A 728: Tyldsley has just started a tour of the East Coast taking his 728 as a diary and blog. He will be sending me some of his enteries as the week goes on.

WEBSITE: Latest updates on Henri Spagnolo's site include: Graphic - Miscellaneous - CECam updated, Leisure - Ebook - iSilo updated.

WELCOME BACK: Well I have just returned from France for my birthday (which is today). Took my 720 with me as well. I am back so normal site updates will commence.

Thursday, October 16, 2003
WEBSITE: Henri Spagnolo has updated his website with the following updates:
Data - Pim - Pocket Plan updated
Leisure - Travel - Métro updated
New link (Handheld PC) added to the "Related Links" page
More details

WEBSITE: "We've been checking the status of messenger throughout the day,and the Messenger security upgrades now seem to be in effect. Handheld PC clients seem to be down, as do the original Microsoft written Pocket PC clients." More details on HPC Factor

Wednesday, October 15, 2003
SOFTWARE: Jason Webster sent this email letting us know of this software "Sichuan Majong is a popular traditional board game. The aim of the game is remove all the blocks, two-by-two, before the time runs out. To remove blocks, you must select two identical blocks which are valid (see rules), then these two blocks will disappear. Unlike other similar games, this game now supports Handheld PC. Enjoy this game, and relax in style while on the road!" More details on the Mobem website.


Hatman has always been one of my favourite HPC games. Its a clone obviously of Pacman. More details at Hatman website
- Trish Rayner

WEBSITE: Henri Spagnolo is on vacation at the moment so there may be a pause in updates on his site.

WEBSITE: "Today is the day. October 15th 2003. Microsoft announced the pending service lockdown nearly 2 months ago. Since then we've seen Yahoo rapidly follow Microsoft lead and lock down their own network." More details at HPC Factor

Tuesday, October 14, 2003
WEBSITE: Want to see what reviews Clinton Fitch is working on next? Well his website will give you a run down of proposed reviews, remember these could change at any time and its been a little while since his last review so I am sure he is working on his next. However remember like us all, we all have day jobs ; )

WEBSITE: HPC Factor website seems to be down when I checked it last. I am sure Chris is already onto it so I would guess that you should check it later to see if its back up and running again.

Monday, October 13, 2003
WEBSITE: If you missed it earlier this month then ClintonFitch.com posted a review of Omega One's Dominoes. Excellent review as ever. More details.

WEBSITE: The SETI@Home group, #58786 has been around since the year 2000. It originally started out as a group to run my own computers in, eventually becoming a group for people I know to compare SETI@Home statistics in. In 2002 it became the ce320 SETI group, and later that year, due to the number of users joining from TT-Forums.co.uk. The Group became a Co-Group run between the Handheld PC community and the Transport Tycoon community.

In March 2003 ce320's resources move onto a new project in the Handheld PC community, becoming the Official HPC:Factor : TT-Forums SETI@Home group. The much respected HPC community resource Handheld Addict responded to the call in 2003 and has joined as the groups third collaborative member. In the latest step in the groups evolution, the Handheld PC community cornerstone and site of our very own Reviews Editor Clinton Fitch joined to make a fourth group member. More details.

WEBSITE: Imov will prevail and Solpack Deluxe are the latest additions to the HPC Factor website.

USER THOUGHT: The HPC is not dead. I have had my Jornada 720 for three years and its going strong and has never crashed or ket me down. It travels everywhere and still looks new, no wear. It is used all the time but I would not part with it because goodness knows how I would get organized without it.
- Jezbo

USER THOUGHT: I think that the future of PDA's will be clamshell devices. We have not seen the end of the 700 series HPC. It was just today that HP introduced a new Pocket PC with a keyboard all built in. We will without a doubt see a new HPC before too long running Windows Mobile.
- Lee Stevens

Sunday, October 12, 2003
RESOURCE: Microsoft® ActiveSync® 3.7.1 is the latest synchronization software for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones. ActiveSync 3.7.1 contains fixes making synchronization more trouble free than ever before and includes all the significant improvements brought to you in ActiveSync 3.5, 3.6, and 3.7: it is easy to install and use while offering the best levels of reliability. If you had not already installed ActiveSync 3.5, ActiveSync 3.7.1 will also bring you up to date with compatibility to Microsoft Office XP and Windows XP.
Microsoft ActiveSync 3.7.1 addresses the top USB connectivity issues resulting in significant increase in connectivity reliability. Specifically, ActiveSync 3.7.1:

Enhances USB driver to improve connection stability and avoid crashes
Improves detection of cradled devices
Addresses issue with ActiveSync falling into guest mode repeatedly
Addresses issue where desktop fails to detect cradled device
Addresses issue where device and desktop report different connection states and sync does not start
Improves the reliability of large file transfers
Enhances Desktop Connection Wizard UI to make connection setup easier
Improves stability to reduce application level crashes
More details - Microsoft

Saturday, October 11, 2003
WEBSITE: Updates on Henri Spagnolo's 700 Series Website include:
No updates for few days (I am taking some holidays), Comms - Remote - CEHTTP updated, Games - Arcade - LodeRunner updated
- Henri Spagnolo

SURVEY: I thought I would post some of the comments to Ian's survey this week. (See further down the site) on whether there is a future for PC clamshell handhelds. Personally I think yes there is. Here are a number of comments that we have received so far:

"I'm ever the optimist. There will always be a area of the PDA market where the functionality offered by a 'in your palm' device just wont cut it. Microsoft will eventually realise this. They've not pulled the plug completely on HPC2000 as OEM's can still get hold of it, so deep down in the thought Microsoft process this must be evocative of that little voice inside the company telling them that the consumer isn't a flock of sheep. Besides... once Palm release a Clamshell device... do you really think Microsoft will sit back blissful in their Pocket PC hallucination."
- Chris HPC Factor

"I vote for yes. Yes, I think the H/PC will come back into play. As a matter of fact I forsee that in the coming months a major Pocket PC or Palm brand will announce a new (normal size, i.e. psion size) Palmtop. It's the next logical step after all those experimental designs with integrated keyboards. The popularity of the keyboard add-ons for existing pocket pc and palm models also indicates that the consumer wants more. The current hardware (processor speed, screen technology, wireless communication) has grown beyond the usability dimensions of a pocket tablet. To make use of the state of the art technology a keyboard is necessary. The only question to be answered is what the size the ideal h/pc must be. Personal, I would like that size to be the size of a Palm or a Pocket PC. Something with a foldable keyboard. Something like the Psion S5. I think that the h/pc was too early introduced. The hardware possiblities were at that time to limited and could indeed only be fruitfully exploited by the Palm and Pocket pc devices. The time has arrived for a new generation very powerfull h/pc's. We just have to wait for the major brands to overcom the blow they got in the h/pc days. So, my answer would be in short: "yes""
- Paul Berghege

Want to respond to Ian's survey? Do you think there is a future for the HPC clamshell HPC? Well drop me an email at
sammymcloughlin@mac.com, and let me know what you think. So far I did a 'very rough' count up. Ian and I will be looking at the final figures next week and it looks like 72% of you say there is a future. I agree.

WEBSITE: Received the following email from Chris from HPC Factor, unfort I only got chance to open it today but I thought I would post it:

"Seeing Microsoft programs are being locked out by MSN, I think at this state I can safely predict that in 6 days time the community will have no platform access to MSN or Yahoo. What may be more worrying is that my contact wasn't especially optimistic that they would be releasing an updated version of the prototype application. I would like to get this around as much as possible. The Palm-Size / Pocket PC community hasn't picked up on it yet, and this is a good item for us to cover.

I've yet to hear conclusive information from Ruksun or mov Soft. With regards to these two, I would think Messenger Force will die completely, and would expect Imov to stop for a couple of months, but due to the nature of how it logs in to the messenger network, it will probably life to fight another day... eventually."

Chris is spot on with his opinions. As always visit his site at HPC Factor

Friday, October 10, 2003
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WEBSITE: Updates on Henri Spagnolo's 700 series website today include:
Graphic - Drawing - UltraG updated
Multimedia - Sound - GSPlayer updated
Multimedia - Sound - GSPlayer for MIDI updated
Multimedia - Sound - Mid-Play updated
Multimedia - Sound - MkMPL updated
Read "Portrait will be locked out of the Messenger" on HPC:Factor
More details: http://mypage.bluewin.ch/YetAnotherHomePage/j7xx/j7xx.html


Consider giving Handheld Addict a donation: It is my birthday next week (hint hint on Sunday) and we do not normally ask for donations but if you would like to remind the time out into the Handheld website why not consider provoding a free donation to the site to help us keep it going. We also give half of the money to a charity so we are always on the look out for donations. To send a donation use Palypal and click on the above button graphic, its very easy and we will appreciate it greatly and will thank you in advance.

I think the service that Chris offers on HPC Factor in relation to the following is brilliant. Read on.... "HPC Factor offeres recognises that many Handheld PC users rely on legacy operating systems such as Windows 95 to synchronise with their Handheld PC. For the benefit of the Handheld PC community we provide a downloads of Microsoft Internet Explorer to users legally to users. HPC Factor is a registered distributer of Microsoft Internet Explorer and as such is able to distribute via our web site Microsofts browser technology to users. Please be aware that the versions on offer here are not the latest available from the Microsoft web site. These downloads offer owners of legacy operating systems the chance to upgrade their computer to support the highest level of browser technology possible." Lets thank Chris for offering us HPC users such a valuable resource and you can get the downloads from the HPC Factor website.

Thursday, October 09, 2003
USER THOUGHT: I liked this posting from Paul on the forum:
" Oh man I'm addicted. Was in love with my Jornada 720, but couldn't resist a new Palm model. Put the Jornada in its docking station for a couple of months and went with a shiny new Palm. It was nice, life was good. I made my appointments with it, entered some tasks, made some tiny notes.

But then suddenly life was not so good. I got bussy again. And there I stood with my little pencil and my little screen. So I took my Jornada out of it's docking station. Pressed it's on button. And wow! Room to move. Room to get some things done. And yes, life is good again.

I don't intend to start a discussion about the h/pc and p/pc. Just wanted to let you know that after all those years I'm still happy with my Jornada.

Oh yes, if someone living in the Netherlands is interested in a Palm Tungsten with lots of nice accessoires, let me know. (Yeah I know there a better ways to advertise such a nice product...)"


WEBSITE: This from HPC Factor "With the MSN Messenger lockout on the 15th is but days away. Keman Yu from Microsoft Research Asia, one of the development team for the popular Microsoft Portrait Instant Messaging and conferencing applications for HPC2000 has sent us some information." More details at the HPC Factor site.

SURVEY: Despite the email address link not working properly last night we still have received 68 emails over the last 18 hours since we posted Ian's survey yesterday. His survey asked: Do you think that we will see a new phase of handheld clamshells such as the Psion? Or do you feel the day of the clamshell HPC is over? You can email us at sammymcloughlin@mac.com. It is very much mixed reaction at the moment.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003
SURVEY: As I have not conducted a survey for a little while and as an avid user of a Jornada 728 I thought I would throw this question out to you today:

Recently new clamshell handheld computers have come onto the market. With this in mind do you think that we will see a new phase of handheld clamshells such as the Psion? Or do you feel the day of the clamshell HPC is over?

If you think we will see further clamshell HPC's then answer Yes in your email
If you think not then answer No in your email

Send your replies to us by email at sammymcloughlin@mac.com. If I can have your replies please by next Tuesday and I will post. Will you also please put in the subject line: Survey, so we know what your email is about. Thanks !
- Ian Park

USER THOUGHT: I have been using my Jornada 720 for three years and have no intention of giving it up. It has been my pride and joy and will continue to be as useful as it has been. I would like to see a HPC in the future with built in WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities but it would need to be something on the same lines as the 720 or 728 rather than a Clie UX50, as I feel that this would certainly not be practical.
- Ray Tyler

WEBSITE: Updates on Henri Spagnolo's 700 Series website include:
Comms - Remote - Snappixx added
Data - Data - MindMap updated
Leisure - Ebook - iSilo updated
Leisure - Ebook - µBook updated
Leisure - Genealogy - Pocket Genealogist updated
Some broken links corrected

Tuesday, October 07, 2003
USER THOUGHT: Does any body else use Pocket MindMap? Brilliant prog IMHO, I've been using the Beta for about 6 months now to help organise thoughts on the 720. You can display as a visual map or a list. You can nest topics and have sub-maps to make best use of the screen size. You can export lists to Word to use as headings when planning a report, hyperlink to other maps or external Word files, designate topics as tasks and export to the 'Outlook Tasks'... the list goes on! Get it here: http://www.pocketmindmap.com/Docs/PMM_EN/Support/BetaProgram/Pocket%20Mindmap/Handheld%20PC%202000/
[N.B. It's currently a free BETA so beware, but the only bug I've found is setting a 'marker' in 'list' display mode will freeze the prog - get the same effect from 'map' display]

I'm absolutely nothing to do with the company, by the way!
- Phil

WEBSITE: There have been a couple of additions to Mettavants HPC Software site recently including: Quack Setting (keyboard remapper ) and Abalone (board game). More details

WEBSITE: HPC Factor has been updated with a number of updates today including: ClintonFitch.com H/PC User of the Month Competition, Newsgroup Information, Messenger Lockout Reprise and NEC MobilePro 900 - Best Price. More details at the HPC Factor website.

Monday, October 06, 2003
WEBSITE: Henri Spagnolo's 700 series website has been updated with:
Comms - Email - HS-Messenger updated
Programming - ActiveX - SRego CE Toolpack ActiveX updated

WEBSITE: HPC Factor has had a few cosmetic change and as ever has the same quality editorial content as ever especially on a technical nature. In the meantime Chris has updated the site with a review of VNC 3.3.2 / 3.3.7 for Windows CE. More details

Sunday, October 05, 2003
SOFTWARE: The next version of Virual CE will be released in the near future. Larry from Bitbank and I were chatting and he is still putting the final finishing touches together and it will be released in the near future. We will let you know prior to the release.

WEBSITE: Psion Teklogix is to ship a new Netbook Pro portable computer later this month, designed for a broader range of environments than previous models. Priced from about £950, the device uses Intel's XScale processor and Microsoft's Windows CE operating system. It has an 'instant-on' function so that busy users will not need to wait for it to boot up.

The system falls somewhere between a PDA and a full laptop PC in size and capability, boasting a full-sized keyboard and 8.5in SVGA touch-screen display. Read the full story on Infomaticsonline

PSION HPC: Pocket PC Thoughts has mentioned the new Windows CE Netbook from Psion. It has received mixed reaction from readers according to the forum. You can read what Pocket PC Thoughts say here.

Saturday, October 04, 2003
WEBSITE: Henri Spagnolo's 700 series software website has been updated with: Multimedia - Movies - PocketMVP updated and Utilities - Miscellaneous - WR-Tools ResInfo updated. More details can be found here.

PETITION: It may be of your interest to know that there is a “In favour of a Symbian os Option for the new psion netbook pro” petition going on at http://www.petitiononline.com/nbookpro/petition.html. The spirit of the petition, once again, it is *not* against PT's decision of releasing a Psion netBook pro with Windows CE.net (which the Psion User Community do absolutely respect in full), but it is just in favour of developing a *second* OS option, that is a Symbian OS one.

WEBSITE: Enjoy 720 will soon become a new name called Handheld Zone. Visit the site for more details.

Friday, October 03, 2003
WEBSITE: If your a Psion user then a great site which as far as I can see is now longer updated is Revoworld. It was always an excellent site with up to date content. Pity it is not updated as much.
- Lindsey Dyson

WEBSITE: "Quiet evening in a British pub, open fire and a fierce domino's game raging at a table" HPC Factor reports the latest on John Ottini's recent review of Omega One's Dominoes. More details

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Psion Teklogix, (LSE: PON), a global provider of solutions for mobile computing and wireless data collection, today unveiled the NETBOOK PRO, a unique task-oriented mobile computing device aimed at the rapidly growing mobile CRM market, including sales force automation, field service management and field inspection/data collection. This new mobile computing device bridges the gap between the small and large form factors, such as the PDA and laptop, eliminating the difficult trade-offs that enterprises have been forced to make in the past.

The NETBOOK PRO is a unique, high-performance clamshell mobile computer that offers exceptional ergonomics, unparalleled flexibility and ease of integration in a single device. The new hand-held computer combines the virtues of the PDA-size, battery life, low support costs, weight, as well as touch screen and instant-on capabilities, with the benefits of a laptop-large screen size, expansion and connectivity flexibility and a full keyboard.

"Businesses continue to look for ways to mobilise their workforces," said Norbert Dawalibi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Psion Teklogix. "There is a gap in the market for a product that meets the needs of mobile CRM workforces. Presently, field workers have to make do with consumer-oriented PDAs or bulky, expensive laptops. The task-oriented design and feature set of the NETBOOK PRO meet the demands of mobile workforces today and well into the future. The launch of the NETBOOK PRO signals Psion Teklogix' commitment to continue to drive-and strengthen our position in-the burgeoning mobile computing market."

With NETBOOK PRO's striking, full-colour SVGA screen, web pages and other business applications can be viewed in the same format as a notebook or desktop PC. With its instant-on capability and a full keyboard that is large enough for comfortable touch-typing, extensive amounts of data can be entered quickly and with greater ease than touch-screen-only PDA devices. The combination of its size-about half that of a typical laptop-and its light weight makes the NETBOOK PRO ideal for mobile computing applications.

Additionally, the NETBOOK PRO offers unparalleled connectivity and expansion capabilities for a small form factor device. Flexible expansion means that the NETBOOK PRO can be tailored to the unique needs of each customer. Its range of expandability options and superior memory size offer significant advantages over small form factor devices such as PDAs.

Operating on the latest Windows CE.NET platform and Intel XScale PXA 255 processor, the NETBOOK PRO is well-suited for sales force automation, field service management and field inspection/data collection tasks, among others. Ease of application integration, comprehensive application development tools and a growing set of connected capabilities make Windows CE.NET an ideal choice for next-generation mobile computing products such as the NETBOOK PRO. Further, the Windows CE.NET operating system was the logical choice for the NETBOOK PRO, as it addresses the growing popularity of this operating system within the enterprise as well as allowing seamless, reliable integration into back-office systems. Windows CE.NET supports advanced networking and security protocols that make it an excellent match for distributed computing applications. Other industry standards such as 802.11b, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS and CDMA/1xRTT can be easily integrated into the NETBOOK PRO to address a wide variety of enterprise mobile computing needs, both today and in the future.

META Group predicts that by 2005, between 35%-45% of sales and support professionals will be using connected mobile devices. The NETBOOK PRO is addressing this trend in the CRM arena as a unique product that, unlike a PDA or laptop, has been specifically engineered for this market.

"With the introduction of the NETBOOK PRO, Psion Teklogix has again proven its skill in delivering market-leading mobile computing solutions," said Alistair Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of Psion PLC, Psion Teklogix' parent company. "The NETBOOK PRO capitalises on a set of clearly-defined needs in the mobile CRM market that few, if any, existing devices address."

The NETBOOK PRO enables businesses to increase productivity and efficiency, as well as provide higher levels of customer service by giving their mobile workforces the power and capability to do work efficiently and effectively, anytime, anywhere.

VistaCare, a leading provider of hospice services in the United States, required a mobile solution for their RN Case Managers. With hospice programs in 40 communities across 14 states, VistaCare's staff are responsible for the care of over 5,000 patients every day. "When considering the various PDA and laptop computer options available, the Psion Teklogix NETBOOK PRO stands out as an ideal device for our needs," said Gary Bennett, CIO VistaCare. "A mobile solution using the NETBOOK PRO can provide the timely access to important patient information that is critical to maintaining high standards for patient care."

The NETBOOK PRO will be available in North America and Europe at the end of October, 2003 from Psion Teklogix' sales offices, distributors and value-added resellers.


Extracted from the Psion website:
Smarter working on the move

Improve Productivity and Customer Satisfaction Through Mobile CRM

Unparalleled Flexibility - Unparalleled connectivity and expansion capabilities mean the NETBOOK PRO can be tailored to the unique needs of each customer. Data transfer and peripheral connectivity is achieved via the USB Master, RS-232 and IrDA ports. Expansion and/or connectivity is delivered via the Compact Flash, SDIO and PCMCIA Card Slots.

Ease of Integration - Based on industry-standard Windows CE.NET and Intel XScale architecture, the NETBOOK PRO ensures seamless application development and integration into enterprise back-office systems. The advanced networking and security protocol support of Windows CE.NET make it the ideal operating system choice for mobile computing devices. Application development is simple through SDK tools and popular development environments such as Visual Studio.net and JEM-CE JAVA virtual machine.

Exceptional Ergonomics - About half the size of a typical laptop, the NETBOOK PRO is both portable and lightweight yet delivers a full keyboard and a large, daylight-readable TFT SVGA 800 x 600 colour touch display. Additional features such as instant on and long battery life combine to deliver a computing device that is ideal for mobile enterprise applications.

Your mobile workforce needs a task-oriented computing device that is portable, yet powerful enough to run advanced mobile CRM applications. NETBOOK PRO combines the virtues of a larger laptop device, such as a large screen, full keyboard and multiple communications ports, with the virtues of smaller PDA-type devices, such as portability, instant on, long battery life and a touch screen. With the power to carry out work-related tasks anywhere NETBOOK PRO enables advanced mobile CRM applications across your enterprise workforce.
More details from Psion


Psion Teklogix has dropped the familiar EPOC operating system in favour of Windows CE.NET 4.2 for an updated version of our old mobile computing favourite, the Netbook, once also known as the Psion Series 7. The new release, the Netbook Pro, is at least a significant hardware upgrade. In place of the original 190MHz Intel StrongARM SA-1100 processor, there's a spanking new 400MHz Intel PXA255. The memory's been upped from 32MB to 128MB, too, though its internal expansion capability has been lost.

The Netbook's 7.7in 640 x 480 passive matrix display has been replaced with an 800 x 600 TFT model. The sound has been updated from a 12-bit system to the AC'97 codec, backed at long last with microphone and speaker sockets.

Psion has installed PC Card, CompactFlash and SD IO slots, and added a mini USB port to the original Netbook's infra-red and serial interfaces. The various card-slots allow users to installed fixed Ethernet, 802.11, Bluetooth and GSM/GPRS connectivity. More details at the Register

WALLPAPER: HPC Factor has some great wallpapers that I was looking through this morning. There is actually a good collection of wallpapers availoable to download for your HPC. Very good designs and images. More details here.

WEBSITE: 02/10 UpdatesEditors - Text - TinyEditor updated, Read Omega One's Dominoes review (John Ottini) at Clinton Fitch, Have a look to "Mobile Internet Favourites for HPC's" (HPC:Factor) More details

Wednesday, October 01, 2003
SOFTWARE: I developed a new version of TinyEditor. This are the new functions:
Version 0.7 / 01.10.2003
Added the history/help file
Added search function
Added replace function
Added correct save if you don't use fileextension
Added encrypt save and open files (for own eyes only)
Added number of textsigns
corrected "Zuletzt verwendete Dateien" for the english interface
corrected fileinformation for the english interface
More details fobe.de/720
- Marco Rey y Sander

WEBSITE: John Ottini's review of Omega One's Dominoes is now online at clintonfitch.com. Another excellent review.

WEBSITE: Starting October 1st is the Clinton Fitch.com User of the month contest.  Visitors to the site can enter for a great set of software applications from j7xx and Ilium Software. OH, and yes, a new review WILL be done by Wednesday of next week! ;-) More details on Clinton Fitch.com
- Clinton Fitch

WEBSITE: Updates on Henri Spagnolo's site today include; Henri's HPC program reminder for programs - j7xxmenu,
j7xxkeys, j7xxutil, j7xxpoker, j7xxmultispell and Graphic - Miscellaneous - CECam updated. More details

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