In April 2000 I received my first handheld computer, the
It has 8 Megs of memory and a colour screen. At first I used
it and my paper organizer for scheduling and phone numbers.
But eventually I began to enter all new appointments and phone
numbers into my PDA. Initially I used the keyboard exclusively
for entering this data but now I use Graffiti for most of
the entries. I recently stopped carrying my paper organizer
with me when I realized I hadn't changed the monthly organizer
in it since June.
As a research coordinator I carry a lot of printed material
with me as I move between two work sites and visit various
departments within the two sites. Each day I was carrying
research-specific documents, participant-specific documents,
printed data collection tools, reference books, my calculator
and my organizer at the minimum. Colleagues would tell me
I was working toward a shoulder injury because of the weight
of my bag.
Now my Palm IIIc has replaced many of these items. On my palm I
have a drug reference, a drug calculation program, a calculator,
relevant lab values with normal ranges plus our Arterial Blood Gas
Decoder and the O2 Tank calculator, along with my daily organizer
and my phone book. I often set the alarm to remind me of an appointment
when I get bogged down in paper work.
I also have a couple of games, which I play when I am sitting around
waiting or riding the bus. The bonus of the colour screen is that
I can carry pictures on my PDA. And I do! I carry a beautiful picture
of my granddaughters and a picture of my grey cat on my Palm IIIc.
When I pass it around the ooohhs are initially for the PDA and then
for the girls. People are really impressed with the quality of the
pictures and the slide show on the Palm IIIc. In addition, it fits
in my pocket and in my hand. The screen is easy to read. There are
hundreds of programs available for download to the PDA. Some are
shareware and many are free. I download from my PC to the Palm IIIc
using the problem-free cradle to HotSync. So I can tailor the content
of my PDA to suit my needs and my whims! And I can change my mind
the next time I HotSync!
I have yet to "push it to its limits", but so far it has been fun
and it is very easy to work with. There are lots of new programs
available for download, and the list is growing.