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P D What? An Introduction to PDAs (personal digital assistants), Palm Pilots, and other handheld computers Megan Fox Web & Electronic Resources Librarian fox@simmons.edu JumpStart May 22, 2002 What are PDAs and handheld computers? What are the advantages of a PDA?

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P D What?An Introduction to PDAs (personal digital assistants), Palm Pilots, and other handheld computers

Megan Fox

Web & Electronic Resources Librarian

fox@simmons.edu

JumpStart May 22, 2002

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What are PDAs and handheld computers?

  • What are the advantages of a PDA?
  • What are PDAs most commonly used for?
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What are PDAs and handheld computers?

PDA: Personal Digital AssistantA small computer that literally fits in the palm of your hand. More limited than a desktop computer, but useful for calendars, address books, and increasingly, other applications

Handheld Computer:term sometimes used interchangeably with PDA, palmtop, or pocket computer; may imply a device in between a laptop and PDA; more memory, more features

The Palm m505

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Beam

Using the infrared port, can share information with other users, called beaming – no wires, no direct connections

Convenient for sharing business cards or calendar events, trading applications, and more.

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Sync

Synchronization of your data from the PDA to your desktop. Compares data entered on the PDA and on the desktop and makes one new, complete record of data in both places.

Most often sync through a cradle, which connects through a cable to your desktop computer. Also through a modem (dialup), an Ethernet connection, an IR port

Hot Sync Button

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http://www.margi.com/

PDA into a projector

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Common PDAs

Palm Pilot: IIIc, V, VII, m100, m130, m515

Handspring Visor: Pro, Edge, Prism

Compaq iPAQ: H3760, H3870, H3850

HP Jornada

Sony Clio

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Key Differences in Devices:

Physical Characteristics

    • size/weight (1.4 oz to 1 lb)
    • grayscale/color (up to 64K colors)
  • Power
    • Memory (2 MB to 64 MB)
    • Battery Life (AA or rechargeable)
  • Cost ($99-$700)

Peripherals (modem, memory, expansions cards, etc)

  • Operating System/Application Availability
    • Palm OS (considered easier; currently more applications)
    • Pocket PC (version of Windows; includes watered-down Office)
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Comparisons and Recommendations

  • Excellent synopsis from University of Iowa’s pilot project: http://www.its.uiowa.edu/cs/sp/pda/pda-comparisons.doc
  • http://palmtops.about.com/library/content/aatp112201.htm
    • Handheld computers
    • Palm OS Handheld computers
    • PocketPC Handheld computers
  • http://computers.cnet.com/hardware/0-1087.html?tag=dir
    • Mix and match any list and get comparisons
  • http://www.microsoft.com/mobile/pocketpc/hardware/compare_devices.asp
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What are the advantages of a PDA?

  • Mobility (On-the-go, 24/7 access)
  •   Simplicity (Ease of use and understanding)
  •   Functionality (Perform an assortment of activities)
  •   Organization (Keeps schedules, tasks, e-mails, documents and other forms of information consolidated and coordinated)
  •   Low Cost (Extremely cost-effective relative to other forms of computer technology)

http://www.dmacc.org/west/handheld.htm

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What are PDAs most commonly used for?

Calendar/Date Book

Address Book/Phone Book

Memos/Notes

To do/Lists

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Memos/ To Do Lists

Desktop (Palm)

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Traditional Documents: Word, Excel, Powerpoint

  • InstallBuddy from BlueNomad.com (converts files to PDA readable format)
  • Documents To Go (word processing and spreadsheet editing, presentation viewing)
  • Pocket PC or Windows CE devices have mini-Office applications
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Other Fee or Free Applications

  • Software warehouses:
    • Handango
    • Tucows
  • For example:
    • Brain Forest (project mapper/manager)
    • Due Yesterday – academic scheduler
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PDA does not equal Wireless!

Dialup modem/ISP

Same as for a regular computer – about $10-20/mo

Wireless modem/ISP

About $60/mo

Infrared to Network

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Tribeam

http://www.tribeam.com

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Web Content on a PDA

Offline: Web Clipping

  • Coola (find content on desktop Web & “clip” it for later reading on Palm)
  • Avantgo (pre-selected channels of content, e.g. NYT, dumped on sync)

Streaming/Browsing

  • Live, using a browser such as Internet Explorer or My Palm
  • Web Sites: Palm Friendly (WAP, WML)
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What “PDA-friendly” content looks like on the desktop

http://web.simmons.edu/~schwartz/pda

http://www.simmons.edu/libraries/pdaindex.html

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Locating Web Content for the PDA

  • Search Engines
    • Google
    • All the Mobile Web
    • Mopilot
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Providing Content for a PDA:

Many Content Conversion/Service

Providers, for example:

NearSpace (http://www.nearspace.com/) and Town Compass (http://www.towncompass.com/) manage event lists, directories, and other handheld application; used by many academic institutions.

pocketpc basics
PocketPC Basics

It’s Windows!

Opening Screen

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Primary Uses of PDAs in Academia

Personal Productivity

address books, calendars, email, calculators, simple word processors (to do lists, memos), spreadsheets

Informational Content

news and events, hours of service, directory information, how-to and instruction guides (including PDA help, location of syncing stations), portable e-books, dictionaries, and similar reference tools, library content

Instructional Content

provisions of syllabi and assignments; students take notes while in class and record notes, laboratory data, observations, etc. “in the field”; faculty and students share documents from a networked folder

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PDA Projects in Academia

Hear more tomorrow

10-11 in L-102

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Future

  • Compatibility
  • Convergence
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Pros: Easy navigation; Palm or Pocket PC look and feel; lots of storage; beamable.

Cons: No desktop synchronization; requires PDA for upload; bulky.

Company: Fossil Phone: 1.800.449.3056

Price: $145

Fossil Wrist PDA

http://www.techtv.com/products/consumerelectronics/story/0,23008,3362300,00.html

presentation and links available at http web simmons edu fox pda html
Presentation and links available at:http://web.simmons.edu/~fox/PDA.html

Megan Fox

Web & Electronic Resources Librarian

fox@simmons.edu

Jump Start, May 22, 2002