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Palm Devices GCRC Breakfast Workshop Series August 3, 2001 Paul Harris Director, GCRC Informatics Why buy a PDA when I already use a paper or computer calendar

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palm devices gcrc breakfast workshop series

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
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
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)

hardware tour
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

software favorites
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
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

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