[quote]Originally posted by Matsu:
<strong>But the battery life of those PDA's way back in 2000 wasn't too good, especially not when compared to palm. PocketPC is getting better though, and as Palms add more features/power/brighter screens they're getting hungrier, so the battery life of the two platforms is getting closer.</strong><hr></blockquote>
The advances in battery technology over the last couple of years had made so much difference to this area. Just looking around at these handhelds, and especially new cell phones, things are so much better! The standby and talk time on most new cells is phenomenal compared to my old Nokia.
[quote]Originally posted by Escher:
<strong>I've been re-considering that option as well, while I send in my iBook to have the backlight problem fixed. Have you seen PalmInfocenter's review of the Palm Ultra-thin Keyboard? BTW, I highly recommend PalmInfocenter as the best source of Palm-related news.</strong><hr></blockquote>
It was a mention of that keyboard that made me consider this as an option. I think it's something I'll have to try out in a store before I go ahead, though. While I've been researching this whole thing, the three sites I've found most useful are <a href="http://www.palminfocenter.com
" target="_blank">PalmInfoCenter</a>, <a href="http://www.infosync.no
" target="_blank">infoSync</a>, and <a href="http://www.gizmodo.com
[quote]<strong>I guess that's where Microsoft's .NET and Apple's .Mac are supposed to lead us ultimately. For me personally, this is going to be especially important with e-mail. Right now I carry my iBook and dowload all of my POP e-mail. Without my iBook, I don't have my e-mail. I really should start taking advantage of IMAP and leave at least my recent mail on the server. That is especially true now that I have paid up for my .Mac membership and could conceivably use .Mac webmail to check on my other e-mail accounts. I guess it's a matter of sitting down for a day and configuring everything for easy use.</strong><hr></blockquote>
At the moment, this approach is making a lot of sense to me. I'm not entirely sure I trust Apple or Microsoft to keep my data for me. Backups, for sure, but I'm not happy about live data. I think I'm a bit of a control freak in this respect. I also have a plan for a little sideline business that a little box acting as a data center would be perfect for.
[quote]<strong>Also, my brother-in-law leads a team of wireless analysts for one of the major research firms. He's visiting down here next weekend and will bring some new toys. Maybe he'll have some good suggestions, even though his research and knowledge centers on network infrastructure rather than handheld hardware.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Exciting! Please report back.
[quote]<strong>Size-wise, I still favor my 700 cu in Pee Wee (with a Waterfield iBook sleeve) over the larger Sweet Pea (1000 cu in) and new El Centro (1300 cu in). Being able to fit our gear in the tiny Pork Chop may be a pipe dream. (For us guys, it's also too much like a girly purse. ) Of course, I'll be waiting to get a microchip implant in my earlobe even longer.</strong><hr></blockquote>
The Pee Wee is still my favorite, but I'm glad that Timbuk2 is so Mac-friendly. And I don't think the Porkchop is particularly girly, is it? I guess it depends on the color.
It's just the right size for a paperback, a notebook and pencil, a cell phone, a purse, car keys, and I could easily fit a Palm or iPaq in there, too.
[Edit: Or maybe it is
" target="_blank">a bit girly</a>. Man purse. Ahahaha. Funny.]
[ 10-31-2002: Message edited by: Belle ]</p>