As the title suggests, this book provides a dated but comprehensive insight into Palm handheld technology.
If you have recently purchased a Palm handheld computer, or would like to put the one you own to better use, take a look at How to Do Everything with Your Palm Handheld. As the title suggests, this book provides a dated but comprehensive insight into Palm handheld technology. Co-authored by Dave Johnson and Rick Broida, both have over ten years of computing and technology writing experience and are the editors of Handheld Computing Magazine. Not surprisingly, both confess to being avid Palm-using technology journalists.
The authors state We wrote this book so you could sit down and read it through like a novel, but its unlikely you will be sitting down reading this book from cover to cover. Fortunately, the book is well structured, so its easy to hone in on subjects that are of immediate interest.
There is a brief but interesting history of the Palm, information on setting your Palm up with your PC and a walk through your first HotSync. All the essential information, such as using the date book, address book and To Do list is covered in detail. A couple of chapters follow on communications to give you the know-how on using email, instant messaging, Web browsing and faxing.
The latter half of the book is aimed at enhancing your total Palm experience.
Theres information on handy utility programs such as Hackmaster, using your Palm as your mobile office, building E-book libraries and using creative software to paint and compose. Of course, being an American text, there are references to US-based Web sites that are not relevant for Australia but, on the flip side, there are probably a number of sites you never knew existed dedicated to the Palm. Also, theres discussion of some licensed Palm products, such as the Handspring Visor, which are not available in Australia at the present time.
For ease of reference, each chapter commences with a summary list. Where relevant, Tips and Notes are inserted and there is good use of screen shots as visual aides. The conversational writing style and offbeat humour of the authors, serves to make an essentially heavy-looking tome enjoyable, educational and light reading.
This Review appeared in the December, 2000 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine