Monday, March 04, 2002

Handheld Headaches/Handheld Headlines

Hello! The last 2 weeks I have been busily downloading numerous
software products to the 29 handheld devices (Visor Prisms and Pros)
in our project. The purpose of the project is to have specialty pdas (i.e.
a visor for pediatrics, a visor for surgery, etc.) with content specific to
that specialty. It has taken a great deal of time to load the various
software packages/e-books to the various devices. Some of the pdas
have 5-6 e-books on them.

I was most recently involved in an e-book project,
Academic Libraries Take An E-Look at E-books
, evaluated by Tom Peters, CIC, which utilized the
RCA REB 1100 in one college classroom, and the Franklin ebookman in another. The nasty device war
with e-book reading devices seemed to be leading to the use of common pda platforms for e-book
readers in the Palm OS and Windows CE.

From this experience in loading various e-books/software products, there is now a definite reading
software going on. There are e-books using the isilo reader, the Handheldmed reader, the
Franklin reader software, and the Palm OS e-book reader. On any one device, there could
be up to 4-5 reading software programs needed to read the e-books downloaded on the device.
Where will this end? Will there always be a war of some kind be it either device, or reading
software? Handstory looks to solve some of this,
but certainly doesn't seem to provide the answer for everything. I think this will be confusing
for users, not to mention the nightmares of not only having to register and keep up the
software product/e-book itself, but all of the reader software packages too.

Anyone else experiencing these problems, let me know. It would be interesting
to discuss solutions, if there are any, or possibilites for this handheld headache.

Handspring available in Europe

"CNET"

On Handhelds



Mobile PDAs to lead the wireless way

"Sydney Morning Herald"

On Handhelds



Palm Intros Color Handhelds

"allNetDevices"

On Handhelds



New BlackBerry Adds Telephony

"allNetDevices"

On Handhelds



Handspring Starts European Treo Sales

"allNetDevices"

On Handhelds



LAPD eyes PDAs to monitor racial profiling

"CNN"

On Handhelds



LAPD eyes PDAs to monitor racial profiling

"CNN"

On Handhelds



Palm Deals Two New Color Handhelds

"Business Week"

On Handhelds



Handspring Treo goes on sale in Europe

"ZDNet"

On Handhelds



RIM, Palm raise handheld stakes

"CNET"

On Handhelds



HandStory Suite 2.0 Released

On Palm Gear H.Q.



Palm's Michael Mace to testify in Microsoft hearings

On PDA Buzz



Palm officially launches m130, m515

On Palm Gear H.Q.



New CASL Programming Book Available

On Palm Gear H.Q.



Palm officially announces m130 and m515, discontinues m505

On PDA Buzz



16MB Memory Upgrades for the m500/m505

On Palm Gear H.Q.



m505 -> mSeries Group

On Palm Gear H.Q.




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