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Personal Digital Assistants

These electronic organizers can be the small-business owner's little helper.

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This story appears in the November 1996 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Alexander Graham Bell had his Watson, Johnny Carson had Ed McMahon, and now even a fledgling entrepreneur can afford an assistant--named Newton or OmniGo. For less than $1,200, a new generation of lightweight, portable devices, commonly known as personal digital assistants (PDAs), are making life a lot less complicated for the technologically savvy businessperson.

PDAs allow you to take the office wherever you go, squashing down many of the organizational, practical and communications functions of a laptop computer into a package that can usually fit in one hand. Although most PDAs may look like a child's toy or a portable video game, they are very serious, powerful tools.

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