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Thursday, October 28, 2004
WEBSITE: Handheld Attitude Update
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude:
Miscellaneous - Finance - FIS WinCE Suite updated
Miscellaneous - Finance - pFXCalc updated
Miscellaneous - Finance - Portfolio Manager updated
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

SAMMY'S THOUGHT: Thought for the day from Sandy
Received this email from Sandy today "Sammy, As I've written to you before, not only are the majority of our guys at work using Jornada 720s (and a few 690s, I might add)... but my son is getting quite a number of his fellow college-bound Senior classmen and women to stow away their laptops and pocket their PALMS - for our trusty clamshell handhelds! 
In fact, Nick's made quite a little business for himself - buying ("Thank you, eBay...!") and re-selling the HP Jornada devices.  In addition to the added accessories and "Gadda Haves" - as 128 & 256 MB SanDisk Compact Flash cards, extra coin back-up batteries, and Otter Boxes (#3000) in a variety of colours - he's been selling the units with our Keyboard Skins! 
You have NO idea just how much these kids are slobs (Sorry folks, but you KNOW it's true...)!  Just take one of their desktop keyboards and turn it upside down and shake...!  From spilt beer and soda, to toast crumbs, to pocket change, to... well, you understand.  When he first began selling the handhelds, the Keyboard Skins were an immediate add-on.  Some even placed orders for the rest of their keyboarded devices! 
We hear weekly - that his little sideline add-on has "saved the day" when the sweat from a cold beer bottle, or foam from a late night latte dribbled onto the keyboard - and simply got wiped away - rather than severely damaging these precious (and expensive) handheld PC! 
What's more, with all the concern with folks catching the flu, these days... our Keyboard Skins help to prevent not only spreading the germs and viri - but also keep repeated exposure at bay.  Contaminating sneezes and cough-spray can be cleaned off - with a simple anti-microbial towelette.  No need to worry about all those infectious "koodies" from slipping behind the keys!  I knew he'd been selling a few of the devices - complete with Skins - every day... I just didn't know it was a really big deal, until today, when he asked if he could get a good price on a bulk order.  Hmmm.  Seems the entrepreneurial spirit IS passed along in the genes!  Maybe I'll ask him if he needs a partner... Stay Safe" and thats from Sandy at Image 911 Keyboard Skin
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Albert makes a good point. "Reading your editorial about getting a protecting case for your J720 I thougt that at least it proved Murphy's law wrong for once. I have the original HP-case for my J720 which I, and many with me, consider quite bulky, with the extra flap, and gets even bigger if you keep PCMCIA cards in it. When I'm in the right shops, I allways find myself looking at pencil cases and wallets and stuf, to find some alternative, but have been unsuccessful sofar. I was wondering what the reasonably priced, and possibly creative, solutions other Handheld users came up with."
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

SAMMY'S THOUGHT: Ebooks what are your favorites?
What do you know about ebooks? Do you have a favorite ebook that you like to read on your HPC? If so then drop me a line and we may well preview some of your favorite ebooks.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
SAMMY'S THOUGHT: Another 'almost' disaster story
We talked a lot about protecting your HPC investment and Sean Denver emailed me to say that the best money he has ever spent was getting his 720 a case. a week after Sean got himself a hard case he accidentally dropped his HPC on the floor as he was getting out of his car. now luckily Sean's device was protected but only just as he had only bought his case the week previous.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

WEBSITE: Handheld Attitude Update
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude:
Clock - AlarMe updated and some broken links fixed
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

SAMMY'S THOUGHT: Get some game play in
I have been away on holiday this weekend and i have a great deal of catching up to do especially with regards to your emails. it was my birthday last week and hence thats why i have been away on holiday. My Jornada 720 came with me as always, and even when i was away on holiday i had a number of things that i needed to do. My 720 came in handy as always proves to be indispensable. when i am away on holiday i tend to play more games and i am really into Checkers at the moment and Pac Man clones are also a firm favorite. so i think it is good to find recreational time with HPC and i urge that if like me you use your device mostly for business then find some time to play the odd game.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
SAMMY'S THOUGHT: 720 at the airport
Not so long ago we were talking about taking your HPC through the airport. Simon Reed emailed me and we got discussing how Simon has been stopped twice taking his 720 through customs. This being the case Simon now packs his 720 in his suitcase rather than his hand luggage and recommends others to do so. "Sammy I think it's a reflection of the world we live in today."
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
It's my birthday today so normal Handheld Addict service will resume tomorrow. I'm off for one or two drinks now
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Monday, October 18, 2004
WEBSITE: Handheld Attitude Update
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude:
Tombo updated
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

SAMMY'S THOUGHT: Another review of the OQO
Look out for an excellent review of the OQO over at Handtops.com. "The OQO in person is a sight to behold. You can imagine the dimensions, look at all the press photos you want or even make a cardboard cutout. However, nothing will really prepare you for the real size and feeling. When you first hold it, the weight is slightly more than you would imagine such a small device to be, but it's only a passing notice as you turn the unit on for the first time. Watching the bootup and Windows XP startup is very exciting, it's like a desktop or laptop but in micro scale, yet still fully legible. You really get an appreciation for the scope of work that must have gone into creating a fully working PC with keyboard in such a tiny package. "

Although it's a very good review it has done very little to change my perspective on the device although I would like to play around with it just to test it. However at this time I don't think I would purchase.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Sunday, October 17, 2004
SAMMY'S THOUGHT: The new Zauras
So now the Zauras SL-C300 has been released it looks quite good, obviously it's running Linux. The new model is based on a 416MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor backed by 64MB of SDRAM and 16MB of Flash ROM. Crucially, the unit also features a 4GB hard drive - the first PDA to do so according to resources. Now it looks nice albeit somewhat chunky. The screen looks very nice too.

Engadget has a good blurb on the new device and we will be looking at in detail this week.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

untitledSAMMY'S THOUGHT: Bookeen Cybook running Windows CEOver at Gizmodo this morning there is a blurb on the The Bookeen Cybook which costs quite an expensive $700 which when you compare to a Palm device which also offers the ability to read ebooks comes in quite costly. The device runs Windows CE.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Friday, October 15, 2004
WEBSITE: Handheld Attitude Update
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude:
wodeon, Sysinfo Retriever and Sentry CE all updated
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

SAMMY'S THOUGHT: More thoughts on the OCQ
So the Register is reporting on the OQO and I have to say that my thoughts have not changed. Desmond Wilson emailed me overnight and agreed with my thoughts "Sammy I have to agree, the OQO already looks dated and way overpriced" Yes I fully agree Desmond. But will it sell? I am not sure it's difficult to say. There has been much hype for months. It's production date has been delayed and in a way it's generated it's own PR in a way.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Thursday, October 14, 2004
WEBSITE: Handheld Attitude Update
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude:
Métro updated and gsICQ updated
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Will I try the OQO
The OQO that we have been speaking about today is available for £1,424.95 and is available for pre-release at Expansys.com. You will also be able to retrieve the US price too when your there. Do I fancy the OQO? No I do not think so as I alreadcy think it looks dated and that the 720 is more modern.

What I do like is the initial concept although its more tablet than clamshell and I cannot see mysellf using my thumbs to type on this thing. However I am sure it will sell well but I will not be rushing out to purchase it but I am not going to knock it until I have tried it.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

SAMMY'S THOUGHT: The first reviews on the OQO
It looks like the OQO is failing ignite. According to this review on PC World today "Who wouldn't want a full-featured PC the size of a PDA? That's the promise of OQO's long-anticipated Model 01 Ultra Personal Computer, a 14-ounce handheld device that runs a full version of Microsoft's Windows XP. Unfortunately, poor design decisions and sluggish performance make the Model 01 a better concept than an actual product.

I tested a preproduction version of the $1999 unit with Windows XP Pro (the XP Home version sells for $1899). At launch the 4.9-inch-wide by 3.4-inch-tall unit comes in just one configuration: 256MB of RAM, a 20-GB hard drive, integrated 802.11b Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a 5-inch (measured diagonally) touch-sensitive display with 800-by-480-pixel resolution."

I think the writer of the article Tom Mainelli tried to like the device but just could not. Shame really however time will tell as other people get their hands on it.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Tuesday, October 12, 2004
SAMMY'S THOUGHT: If you use Microsoft products, read this
Everyone that uses Microsoft products whether using Mac or Windows should read this important article on ZD Net today [Tuesday].

"Microsoft on Tuesday published 10 software security advisories, warning Windows users and corporate administrators of 22 new flaws that affect the company's products. The advisories, and patches published with the bulletins, range from an "important" flaw affecting only Microsoft Windows NT Server to a collection of eight security holes, including three rated "critical," that leave Internet Explorer open to attack. Microsoft's highest severity rating for software flaws is its "critical" ranking, while "important" is considered slightly less severe. One flaw, in Microsoft Excel, even affects Apple Computer's Mac OS X. "
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

untitledUSER THOUGHT: No need to jump ship
I agree with previous readers that there is no reasonn to use any other operating system. I have been an avid Windows CE user since day one. I would never consider jumping ship to Symbiam or Palm OS, why? I have everything I want in Windows CE. Whether it's Windows CE or Windows Mobile we have two very good operating systems. I use a J720 and a HP 4350. Thank you for your thriving site Sammy!
- Ryan Moore

Monday, October 11, 2004
SAMMY'S THOUGHT: The new Zaurus
According to the PDA website Brighthand a new Zaurus PDA clamshell device is to be introduced later this month. It's problematic that it will have built in WiFi and will be Linux operated. "Unfortunately, details on this model are extremely sketchy, aside from the fact it will apparently be the first clamshell Zaurus with a D-pad. The model number isn't even known. Nevertheless, hopes are running high that this model will be the first clamshell model to offer both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Late last year, Sharp introduced a dual-wireless model, but this uses a traditional tablet design." More details over at Brighthand.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

untitledSAMMY'S EDITORIAL: Soccer for HPC
Some software news now sent in from Marco - i plugged some hours evolution in the SoccerManagerCE. A few mistakes
are in this case eliminated, to be able be translated a little more texts into the English one and to be able to be put on a help.htm that describes so quite exactly as own teams (Denotation) with own team logos. Therefore, who would like to use the correct team denotation and association logos with pleasure, should read through very exactly the help.htm. This software lives from feedback, stimulation, suggestions and references of the users, and YOU are that ! Therefore: bring me the feedback !

here are the link for Arm and MIPS:
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

WEBSITE: Handheld Attitude Update
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude:
SoccerManagerCE updated and MindMap updated
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

USER THOUGHT: I would not swap my 720
Sammy I respect what you do and Handheld Addict is a great website which I call home. I have been using my J720 for three years. It's the best PDA I have used and one I will not give up easily. I am tempted by a Pocket PC but the keyboard is what keeps me using my 720.
- Simon Wilson

Jeff Hawkins is one of the people who spearheaded the PDA world and now he has a new book. He was responsible more in the Palm community but he has respect all across the PDA community. "It's time to forget everything you've ever learned about computer intelligence. Why? Because this new book by Jeff Hawkins-the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smartphone, and other handheld devices-is about to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself. With his powerful new theory of how the human brain works, Jeff Hawkins not only explains why today's computers fail to achieve real intelligence, he begins to chart a path for us to finally build a truly intelligent machine. Check out why leading scientists are calling Jeff's book "the most important book in neuroscience, psychology, and artificial intelligence in a generation."

I am looking forward to this book when I get my hands on it, and respect people like Jeff Hawkins and David Potter who spearheaded the Psion movement.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Sunday, October 10, 2004
WEBSITE: Handheld Attitude Update
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude:
gsICQ updated
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

untitledSAMMY'S THOUGHT: The OnePad

I read about OnePad over at Engadget this morning. It looks quite a nice device in a tablet form. OnePad is a Windows CE device with a 7-inch LCD screen and 802.11a/b/g WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. I am glad that they are including WiFi because I rely on it everyday having WiFi at home and in the office. It's a nice device however I cannot see that I would use it personally but you never know.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Thursday, October 07, 2004

WEBSITE: Handheld Attitude Update
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude:
Sysneitf Search
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)


Have you seen the CYBOOK book reader which runs Windows CE?

The Cybook has been designed to provide the best e-reading experience. Thanks to its bright and contrasted page size display and its sleek design, the Cybook is the ideal companion to discover the pleasure of digital reading.

Connect your Cybook to your computer with your USB cable and you are ready to download e-books, images and more. With its built-in 56K modem, visit your favorite web sites, read and answer your e-mails while on vacation, and download digital content directly on your Cybook.

The PCMCIA expansion slot lets you add anything from memory to Ethernet or Wi-Fi cards. Expand the pleasure. Pump up your memory to several GB with the latest CompactFlash cards. Store all the e-books, music and photos you want. And because the Cybook runs the Windows CE operating system, numerous other software, cards and features are to come.
More details
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

SAMMY'S THOUGHT: Netbook Thought
Geekzone recently put together a great Windows CE review in the form of the Psion Netbook. I have a Psion Netbook and its a beauty. The design is what you have come to expect from Psion and I think its a real beauty of a machine. It also houses the best keyboard in my opinion....very user friendly. I also like the large screen. However do not think this is a device for those after a portable pocket device because iit is by far not that at all. However it is at the end of the day a fully workable Windows CE machine capable of a lot with a great design.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday, October 06, 2004
SAMMY'S THOUGHT: More thoughts on the Philips Velo
The Philips Velo was one of my favourite HPC devices some years ago. It looked sexy, and it had a modem built in. I doscovered some time ago this excellent review of the Velo on the Gadgeteer website giving it some very respective remarks on what I classed as my dream Windows CE device. Today I still think the design is a good one and I would love to see the Velo brought up to date.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

SAMMY'S THOUGHT: Anyone remember the Psion Siena?
Joe Thornton emailed into HA about an old Psion device called the Siena. It was a cut down version of the Psion Series 3, with a somewhat smaller screen but with the same style keyboard. Joe I had a Psion Sienna and agree it was a nice design. You would not have been able to check email or the internet, well not without a struggle but it was a nice clamshell device and small enough to cram into your pocket. It was one of the first devices that made me fall in love with clamshell HPC's.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Tuesday, October 05, 2004
WEBSITE: Handheld Attitude Update
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude:
Editors - Text - Pocket Notepad updated
Leisure - Ebook - iSilo updated
Utilities - Files - GSFinder+ updated
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

SAMMY'S THOUGHT: Music on your HPC
How many of you listen to music on your device? I do have a number of mp3 tunes that I play on my 720. I do not think the sound quality is that bad and it makes for a great portable player. Anyone elser listen to tunes on their device? email me - sammymcloughlin@mac.com
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

SAMMY'S EDITORIAL: GooRoo Rugboard device
i4u has an review of the GooRoo Rugboard which will run Windows. It looks a nice device. It's not clamshell but is certainly portable. I have heard that there may be a clamshell version in the future although nothing is promised.

The device is portable as I just said and looks good. Whether its useful without a keyboard I am not sure. I do not think I could ever use a Tablet PC because of the lack of features. That reminds me we will take a look at whether a tablet PC could be a good replacement foir a clamshell device once we get the new look of the site up and running.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Monday, October 04, 2004
SAMMY'S THOUGHT: Using my 720 to write notes
How is this for fun. I attended the press launch of the latest Palm device the Tungsten T5. I needed to make notes and used a combination of a Tungsten C and my Jornada 720 for writing those long noted and editorals that I needed to write. Sure came in very handy . I think I was the only one that was using such a device.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

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