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Dolcejn

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those little things that...you can type with?
« on: March 11, 2005, 12:25:04 PM »
No, I don't exactly mean laptops :)

I'm extremely computer...illiterate.  I've seen people attach keyboards to palm pilots to type with, but they have to squint at the screen.  But I love those little things...they are smaller than the smallest laptop, but not palm pilot small, and I think all they can do is word processing (hopefully microsoft word), but I have no idea what they're called...help?  Or was I dreaming again?

Edit: I ask because if I'm going to be taking notes in class all the time, this little thing might be a smarter thing to bring than my laptop.
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Re: those little things that...you can type with?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2005, 01:10:25 PM »
i think you're talking about handhelds or pocket pc's.

dell has the axim
hp makes the ipaq

those aren't the only ones, but you get the idea.  most actually run a version of windows now.  they're basically like miniature laptops, supporting wireless networking, music, video, software, etc.
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Re: those little things that...you can type with?
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2005, 01:14:36 PM »
Wow, those are fantastic.  Thank you!

Actually, I've realized what an idiot I'm being.  My current laptop weighs 3 pounds.  The last thing I need is another tiny gadget to pretend like I know how to use.
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Re: those little things that...you can type with?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2005, 01:20:18 PM »
lol that's true, unless those devices can run microsoft word?

i'm not sure, but if they could (and you're willing to take notes on one), you could actually just transfer the notes to your laptop later for storage.  just a thought.

i, personally, couldn't handle taking notes on one though ;)
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Re: those little things that...you can type with?
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2005, 01:34:34 PM »
I have a Palm Pilot, and there's a program called Documents To Go that allows me to start, save, and modify Word and Excel documents on my Palm. When I sync my Palm with the computer, the documents are updated. It's pretty slick, and I use it primarily to track expenses for work. However, like onepoint, I can't imagine taking class notes on it. It'll be a laptop for me!
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Re: those little things that...you can type with?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2005, 01:48:01 PM »
Yeah, laptop it is. 

Do they have plugs in most classrooms for every desk??? 
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Re: those little things that...you can type with?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2005, 02:08:49 PM »
considering all the "make sure you get an upgraded and/or 2nd battery!" posts i've read, i'm guessing not all schools have outlets for each seat.

i'm not 100% though.
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Re: those little things that...you can type with?
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2005, 02:16:45 PM »
thanks onepoint :) off to the dell website...
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Re: those little things that...you can type with?
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2005, 02:21:00 PM »
I have a Dell axim with Microsoft Word, and Excel.  It really is like using a laptop, at least application wise.  However, the screen is so small that it is difficult to take in what you are typing.  I am pretty old fashioned, so I like monitors and paper.  Another problem with my PDA is the lack of an integrated QWERTY keyboard (QWERTY means the letters are arranged as they would be on a regular keyboard.)  The ones with the integrated keys are awsome!  You can type faster than you ever imagined with your thumbs.

All in all though, I would not reccomend these for note taking.  Primarilly because the screens put so much strain on your eyes.  I was in an email frenzy with mine for about a 1/2 hour and when I looked up it felt like my eyes were about to pop out of my head.
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Re: those little things that...you can type with?
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2005, 02:22:43 PM »