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Thursday, March 31, 2005
I just wanted to offer a reminder to all that you should never forget the power of old technologyI just wanted to offer a reminder to all that you should never forget the power of old technology

I just wanted to offer a reminder to all that you should never forget the power of old technology.  As a full-time student and Pastor I’ve been using a mobilepro 780 with a couple of cf cards for the past almost 4 years and I don’t think you can beat the sheer portability or reliability of these machines.  In all that time I’ve only had ONE crash that required a hard reset, as opposed to my destop which I have to reformat and reinstall windows every 6-8 months usually.  Notes in class and sermon writing on textmaker are pleasurable and easy.  PocketBible gives me the resources I need, and games abound for relaxing.  Can’t beat the screen size for reading ebooks either.  Kudos to NEC on making one great tough product.  Did I mention they are cheap on ebay nowadays too? J  Check them out, it’s worth the time.  Unless you are hoping to do serious web browsing, the mobilepro 780 is still one of the best devices IMHO that you can buy, especially for the money.- Geoff deJong

Yesterday I bought an MS-DOS guide.Yesterday I bought an MS-DOS guide.
"This reminded me the good days of dos systems and how much you can done without multitasking and without
powerful machines. Now, since the software availability for our handheld pcs is less day by day could to be a good choice to purchase a copy of "poket Dos". A dos emulator on your pocket discovers infinite
possibilities for your little hpc, thousand and thousand applications are still available on the net
and many of theese are freeware. With the new support for 386/486 processors you can expand the compatibility even to the newer applications and maybee hope to run a good dos game too ;)"
- Maurizo

Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Gotive H41: Ruggedised WinCE HandheldGotive H41: Ruggedised WinCE Handheld

Having been away for a few days skiing I am now back faced with a wonderful deluge of your emails which I will go through tomorrow in the meantime I spotted this over at Pocket PC THoughts today. "[T]here's something inherently appealing about ruggedised gadgets nonetheless. Maybe it's the bright colours, or the rubbery exteriors, or maybe it's just the promise that you can bash them about with no recriminations. Whatever it is, we're feeling enthusiastic about Gotive's H41 ruggedised PDA. As well as the GSM/GPRS data and voice capabilities, the H41 comes with a GPS function, Bar Code Reader and MMC and CF card slots. It's weather and drop resistant and the connectors are described as "unbreakable" which is surely asking for trouble. It runs on the WinCE NET OS and includes all the usual PIM software. It's pricey though - £990 excluding VAT from Smartdevices."" More details.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Win a PDA of your choiceWin a PDA of your choice

Good morning, I am pleased to be able to offer a contest this morning. In association with our sister site Palm Addict, Handheld Addict would like to give you the chance to win a PDA device of your choice, this can be a new HPC or any preferred device. All you need to do is send a contribution into the Handheld Addict site and we will draw a winner at random. Email your contributions to sammymcloughlin@mac.com. I will draw a winner at the end of next month. Please put HPC contest in your subject line so my email inbox picks up on your mail.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Clamshell UX50Clamshell UX50

Thanks to Sez for his email "First of all hats off for a great website. Your site has opened my eyes to so many new things. Anyway I have just purchased a UX50 and love it. I love the clamshell design. I have always been a fan of clamshell devices since I first owned a Psion Series 5. I used a Windows CE, The Jornada 720 for three years but wanted something with wifi and I was able to get this with the UX50. So thanks again for a great site and allowing me the opportunity to share my thoughts."
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Thursday, March 17, 2005
do it yourselfdo it yourself
This from Rich today "Just finished putting together a "do it yourself" file on how to take apart a Mobilepro 900/900C." You can see it here: http://hpcnec.com/900assembly.htm"
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Palm OS? Windows Mobile? Why not Linux!Palm OS? Windows Mobile? Why not Linux!

This over at MobileRead this morning "Tired of the endless discussions whether Palm OS or Windows Mobile is the preferred handheld OS? Perhaps you should consider buying a Linux-powered Sharp Zaurus handheld instead. Unfortunately, the default Qtopia desktop environment and the alternate OpenZaurus environment both lack the ability to run some specialized programs. The obvious solution is to install the X Windowing System on the Zaurus. The distribution Pocket Workstation is based on Debian Linux and can run in a chroot environment on a storage card, using the vendor's preinstalled native Linux system for most hardware access."
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Handheld Attitude updatesHandheld Attitude updates
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude
Comms - Remote - IrDa Remote Control II
Leisure - Ebook - iSilo updated
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Planon WebRacerPlanon WebRacer

I spotted this over at Engadget this morning. "One usually thinks of the accessories to a device as being smaller complements to the main show, but the Planon WebRacer dedicated web surfing device is intended as the big sibling for your cellphone. It’s billed as a “mini laptop” that basically adds a larger screen and QWERTY keyboard to your phone du jour. It hooks into your mobile via Bluetooth to glom onto its GPRS connection and get online action for the VGA 640 x 480 pixel color display."
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Latest update...

Latest update...

We've found time to add a BUNCH of NEW Keyboard Skin designs to our offerings! Many are popular Laptop models (check out our Keyboard Skins section in our OnLine Catalog). Seems that a number of our HP Jornada 720, NEC MobilePRO (790 and 900) and PSION NetBook military users have been boasting to their Panasonic ToughBook peers that our Keyboard Skins offer better protection from the local weather and atmospheric conditions of the Iraqi, Saudi and Afghani countryside. While not one of our customers had a problem with sandy grit getting under their keys - it seems that the ToughBook has been getting a serious beating! Must be, because we've been filled a NUMBER of LARGE orders to help protect the keyboards of those mega-dollar babies! What started as one or two orders - here and there, soon grew beyond our expectations! Now, not only are we getting regular orders of between 1,000 and 2,500 - just for the ToughBook, but also quite a few for Skins to protect a number of "civilian" style notebook computers... like Toshiba Satellites, IBM ThinkPads and Dell Latitudes, to name but a few.

We've recently noticed that large orders of Keyboard Skins for handheld PCs have really picked up in the private sector... in BULK - for insurance companies, medical partnerships, teaching hospitals, pharmaceutical sales, home inspection, industrial design and universities. Even various Department of Homeland Security agencies that bought huge lots of inexpensive laptops are looking to extend their life - by protecting them with our Keyboard Skins!

Keep in mind, our Keyboard Skins not only keep things like water, coffee, tea, soda, beer and the blowing grit and sands of the Iraqi desert OUT from behind the keyboards, but our protective keyboard covers also keep the occasional loose keys IN place and prevent them from getting lost!

Remember, when you protect your expensive investment with our Keyboard Skins - like affordable "accident insurance"... you'll be "covered" when spills occur! Hope all's well with you!
- Sandy

Friday, March 11, 2005
New Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000New Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000

Engadget are showing the new Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000. "Looks like Sharp is going to tantalize us yet again with another PDA offering that we may never get our hands on in the States (at least not directly). The SL-C1000 looks to have similar specs to its cousin, the SL-C3000 but, rather notably, sans hard drive (which we can only hope will cut the price tag on this significantly, though no word on the dollar sign factor yet). It should have about 8 hours of battery life and 52MB user-area RAM."
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

ActivesyncActivesync 3.8

I just read this over on Pocket PC Thoughts that Activesync 3.8 is now Available in 23 Languages. "Microsoft recently updated Activesync to version 3.8 and they have now released it in a few (!) other languages. These include: Worldwide English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish." More details.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

OK, I have found a Google thread which talks about Minimo which is a Windows CE portal of Mozilla. You can read the newsgroup thread here which contains further details. You can also download it and test it. Let's hear what you have to say. Download a sneak preview of the program here
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Tuesday, March 08, 2005
GMail on a HPCGmail on a HPC

Has anyone tried GMail on a HPC yet? I am going to get a 728 at the end of the week but wanted your advice.
- Dennis Moore

Handheld Attitude updatesHandheld Attitude updates
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude
Comms - Remote - IrDa Remote Control II updated
Multimedia - Sound - GSPlayer updated
Programming - Languages - NS Basic/CE
Utilities - Miscellaneous - WR-Tools
ResInfo updated
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

HPC reviewHPC review

Hi Sammy, Just letting you know I have posted a review of 3 HPCs from UsedHandhelds.com. Thought HA readers would be interested. Read more. Keep the flame alive Sammy! ;)
- Darren Humphries

iSiloiSilo 4.25

Look out for an update of iSilo 4.25, read more.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Friday, March 04, 2005
HPC friendly radioHPC friendly radio

Thanks for the heads up J Kear who sent me the link to this great radio station guide especially for our UK readers which is basically a PDA friendly optomised website for live streaming UK radio stations which is so cool in my opinion. Also will work with other PDA's such as the Pocket PC and Palm. Point your HPC browser to radiofeeds.co.uk/pda and listen away.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Thursday, March 03, 2005
HAHandheld Attitude updates
Here is Henri's updates for today on Handheld Attitude
Editors - Text - TextMaker updated
The "links" page updated with a new forum
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Clio NXTClio NXT
Hi Sammy, I have just posted an editorial questioning whether or not there really is a Clio NXT. More details. I would love to hear what Handheld Addict readers think!
- Darren Humphries

it's trueit's true

Rich from HPC Net has posted the end of line notice to the NEC900. Quite sad really. Thanks Rich for letting me know. More details.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

NS BASIC Corporation Announces Programming Contest!NS BASIC Corporation Announces Programming Contest!
NS BASIC Corporation is pleased to announce our 3rd NS Basic/CE Programming Contest. We're expecting some cool stuff this time, taking advantage of new devices. In the past contests we have seen great improvement of entries in quality, performance and sophistication. Here is the result of the last contest:
This time, we have three categories: Business/Enterprise, Games and Open. All registered NS Basic/CE users are welcome to participate in the contest.

The prizes are $100 USD in each category. You may enter more than one program, but a program can only be entered in one category. Judging will be by NS Basic's experts. All judging is arbitrary and final. We will be looking at quality, performance, ease of use, sophistication and overall coolness.

All programs must be written in NSBasic/CE, or be ActiveX controls for NS Basic/CE. Entries may be commercial, shareware or freeware. Please indicate with your entry whether we can share your program or screenshots with the public. We reserve the right to reorganize categories based on number of contestants.

Send your questions and entries to contest@nsbasic.com.

The deadline is March 31, 2005 at 12 midnite EST.

The categories are

* Business/Enterprise: Applications for business, government, education or the military.

* Games: Fun applications for the Windows CE.

* Open: Anything else, including ActiveX controls.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday, March 02, 2005
More on Clamshell phonesMore on Clamshell phones

Thanks to Eric Mann for following some PDA news that we posted last week and that is Brighthand are reporting that phone carriers are confirming some details on clamshell Pocket PC phone.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

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