"More and more, people are on the move. This has become readily
apparent with the increased use of cellular phones and pagers.
However, being able to keep in touch with people is only part of
the solution. People need a way to keep track of information, such
as names, phone numbers, appointments. There are planners designed
for just tasks, but who wants to enter the information into a book
as well as their computer? The emerging solutions to this problem
are hand-held electronic devices, commonly referred to as PDAs;
their goals vary along with their size and cost. From the credit
card sized REX to hand-held devices running PalmOS and Windows
"While the features and functionality vary from one device to
another, they all work towards the same basic goal: to keep your
information with you at all times. To date, there is no single PDA
that has been able to dominate the market, and there doesn't appear
to be a change in that on the horizon, as newer devices are
continuously being built, offering more features in smaller
"With so many options, which one is right for you? That depends
on what you need and want from your PDA. In today's case, we want
to make sure that it is capable of talking to our Linux machine.
The two most likely choices would be a device running either PalmOS
or Windows CE. While performing backups and basic tasks with a
Windows CE machine is possible with Linux, it does not enjoy the
same software development for such tools as Palm devices do. As a
result, unless there is some aspect that you require of a Windows
CE machine, a Palm may be your preferred choice."
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