Palm DevicesGCRC Breakfast Workshop Series August 3, 2001 Paul Harris Director, GCRC Informatics
Why buy a PDA when I already use a paper or computer calendar 1) It is possible to synchronize your calendar with Outlook, Notes and other calendar software (Notes may require a fee-based software installation). Palm desktop software is also nice and synchronizes automatically. 2) Portability - Unlike your desktop calendar system, you can take your PDA to meetings. This eliminates the “I don’t know if I can meet with you next Thursday scenario”. 3) There are many free or inexpensive programs you can download and use to maximize utilization of your PDA.
Which one should I buy? This depends upon what sort of user you wish to become. With new models entering the market at a fast pace, your best bet is to consult an electronic guide: www.zdnet.com www.handango.com Largest market share currently belongs to: Palm (Advantage - OS may be upgraded) Handspring (Advantage - Expansion slot)
Screen Area Grafiti Area Calculator Applications Text # Find Menu Scroll Buttons On/OffHold for Backlight Calendar, Phone, To-Do, Memo Buttons Hardware Tour BackStylus BatteriesReset Hole Side IR Port
You can always click here for an onscreen keyboard. Graffiti Relatively short learning curve.
Calendar, Phone, To-Do, Memo Buttons Common Applications
Software Favorites Cheap • *MedCalc - medical calculator (http://medcalc.med-ia.net) • *Strip – encrypted pword storage (http://www.zetetic.net) • *BigClock – clock/alarm/time (http://www.gacel.de/) • *ThinkDB – database (http://www.thinkingbytes.com) • *TinySheet3 ($20) – spreadsheet (http://www.iambic.com) • *SuperMemo ($16) (http://www.mapletop.com) • Epocrates – current meds db (http://www.epocrates.com) • AvantGo –channel downloads (http://www.avantgo.com) Expensive • PDR ($100 - $150), Harrison’s Handbook ($100), Washington Manual of Therapeutics ($100)
Reference Websites www.palm.comwww.handspring.com General Palm Info Competing Palm Info www.handango.comwww.palmgear.com Info/Software Site Info/Software Site www.zdnet.comwww.epocrates.com Info/Software Site Meds. Database www.avantgo.comwww.tucows.com Information Upload Site Great Software Site www.freewarepalm.com Software Site