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I just bought a brand new HP Ipaq and it runs so much better than my older Palm Vx. It has a 512mb SD card, a wireless 802.11b sd wireless card, a GPS reciever and all the other bells and whistles.

This thing does everything I need. It does my email, calender, contacts, excel, word, internet explorer. It even has a connector that connects it too my cell phone or house phone via a modem for getting my email. The thing is just really cool.

It has a built in MP3 player, picture viewer, etc.

Don't know how I did without this thing. I bought it on ebay as a package deal and all of it performs as advertised from the seller. Not refurbished or used. Brand new items that are packaged together and sold for a low price.
 

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dont own one.. never thought i needed one... but i do not travel like you.. between laptops, cell phones, pagers, pcs, PDA's, XM satelite radio its a wonder we all got along 10-15 years ago..

The PDA would be nice for remote e-mail but i think they are a little too small to use like a pc..

My brother has one and loves it.. but as far as i can tell, he mostly plays games and looks at porn on his...


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I've had a Dell Axim for a little over a year now. I have a 256MB CF card that I load up with MP3s and a wireless CF card I use to surf the net at home. I have a ton of information at my fingertips including my contacts and my Quicken data from the last 3 years. I also like the Microsoft reader program for catching up on my reading during boring meetings. :monkey:
 

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I also use mine with reader and Adobe Acrobat. I am currently reading the Da Vinci Code. Kinda interesting book so far.

The Axim was one of my finalist. I went with the Ipaq as the battery life did get rave reviews (lasts regularly for 6-8 hrs without charging (3 hrs when playing MP3's) Makes the down time go by a little quicker.

I have done the meeting thing too. I was in a meeting last week, bored out of my mind and I was playing games the whole time.

How did we ever get along without this stuff.
 

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I've had a dell axim for about two years. The only thing I didn't like about it was the screen protectors,,,,,they don't work very well. Love being able to play mp3's, read books & play games at the airport or on a flight. Email works great too. Still on the same main battery, but had to replace the backup battery once.
A word of advice? Don't put your life on any of them. Always backup.
 

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I have a Handspring Visor...had it for about a year now...don't know what I would do without it. Keep all my phone numbers and tractor and equipment specifications on it...plus my schedule...LOVE IT:D
 

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I have a Sharp EL-5500II calculator/computer that I bought in the fall of 84 to use in college electronics class. Still works, has a massive 4K memory:D and programs in basic. Also have the thermal printer for it that doubles as an interface to store data on cassette tapes. Anybody remember doing that? What a pain trying to find the progam or data you wanted using the tape counter as reference. I wonder if the warranty is still good. :lmao:

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Originally posted by memmurphy
I have a Sharp EL-5500II calculator/computer that I bought in the fall of 84 to use in college electronics class. Still works, has a massive 4K memory:D and programs in basic. Also have the thermal printer for it that doubles as an interface to store data on cassette tapes. Anybody remember doing that? What a pain trying to find the progam or data you wanted using the tape counter as reference. I wonder if the warranty is still good. :lmao:

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Heck yeah! 4K was huge. My VIC-20 was wonderful and my TRS-80 had 4K memory with 8.5" floppy" and cassette tape drive.
Remember the CSAVE and CLOAD commands? Remember it taking 30+ minutes to load and the whole time, "SCREECH, SCREECH, SCREEEEEEEECH" ---- funny as all heck now --- when you tell people you actually connected (and still own) at 300baud ---- with a computer with less CPU power and memory than a Tomigotcha (sp?) ---- Simply amazing. Learned assembly, GW-Basic, CPM and so much more back then.

PDAs --- had a couple Palms, Handspring Visors and Compaq Ipaq with fingerprint scanner now. I don't really have the patience to deal with em... Takes so #$%#% long to get info on em unless you want to dock them and I dont have time for that ---- I rather write it down in my dayminder notepad...then I can't "accidently" lose my whole life on it and have it vanish ----- gotta love that "feature" ---- plus I have had a few NEC Pocket PCs ----too much hassle and they dont do enough for me to justify.....
I do use my Blackberry though. :-D

Guess I am too hard to please. ;-)

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I also had a Sharp EL-5500II with the printer/interfase. I sold it and bought a TI-74 Basicalc with 8k of ram and a cassette interphase and an aux. 8k to boot. That was a very handy tool back before I used CAD and every number on every drawing had to be calculated. I still use it for those occasions out on the shop floor.
 

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I've had my handspring for a few years now. I call it my plastic pocket brain. I mostly use it to look up phone #'s of computer uber-gurus when I get in trouble at work. Sometimes it's not what you know, but who you know, and the PDA really helps there.

I also have many little used procedures at work, and it's so handy to have those procedures in there when the heat is on and the uber-guru is tired of me calling and starts screening my calls! :eek:
 

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Never really went for the PDA's. I do use a crackberry and I like it alot. I think I can get more out of that than a standard PDA.
 

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I can't live without mine!!

It is with me at all times.

I remember having a TI 994A "PC". Man I used to have fun with that. I still have it with all the games and I plug it in occasionally to see if it still works. I play some games, but it gets boring after all of 10 minutes.
 

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I guess were kind of spoiled. The old computers and TV games we spent hours with in years past now do not bring much excitement. It is a good reminder of how quickly technology can change our daily lives, for better or worse.:truth:

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on my second right now,

Its a HP Ipaq 5500. Big kahuna with onboard 128mb ram and 400mhz processor. Bluetooth and 801.11b built in. Added a CF sleeve and 1gb microdrive and I am set.

Pretty much use it as a contact manager on road trips and playing games on long flights.

My next one will be a integrated phone/pda so I dont have to carry 2 devices.

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Originally posted by memmurphy
I have a Sharp EL-5500II calculator/computer that I bought in the fall of 84 to use in college electronics class. Still works, has a massive 4K memory:D and programs in basic. Also have the thermal printer for it that doubles as an interface to store data on cassette tapes. Anybody remember doing that? What a pain trying to find the progam or data you wanted using the tape counter as reference. I wonder if the warranty is still good. :lmao:

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While we're on Memory Lane here, what I remember is the TI unit the office bought me in 1978. Had 4 K step programmable memory and you could store the programs on magnetic cards about the length of a cigarette, only 1/2 wide and flat. Had a detachable cradle/printer.

I loved that thing! I remember programming some integrations to use in sizing a spray cooling condenser, which ran iterations until it was stable. Each design run took about 10 days, which was why I had the cradle, since then the batteries didn't run out while it was doing the run. Before you laugh, it was a quantum leap ahead of where I had been. Remember this was 5 years after the first calculator that had more than add, subtract, multiply, and divide, the HP-50 in 1973 which cost about $800.

The other side of this was that to calculate it by hand would have taken about a year, and with this we were able to refine the design and make sure it worked. The real alternative was probably to guess and refine the design and rebuild the unit based on how well it worked or didn't. And of course I could do other work while the calculator did the runs. Probably saved us $50,000. Not bad for a $700 expense.

Totally aside from that, it was the first time our Environment Department (equivalent to your EPA) had seen anybody use theory and calculate on pollution control equipment design. Impressed the Sh#$ out of them. For years after we could do no wrong. Probably saved us millions. You, know, it may have been the best $700 I was ever involved in spending!

Years later, I did the same thing on Symphony, the precursor to Excel running on an Apple IIC with 64K, and it would finish the runs in about 2 hours. So who needed anything more than that??? Right, Bill?

I threw it out about the same time I got the 386. Printer had died, card drive motor had gone.........How the mighty had fallen!
 
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