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Pocket Pals

Get personal with a PDA

This story appears in the November 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Personal Digital Assistants: a big name for some small devices. You can call them whatever you want--palm PCs, handheld devices, Bob or Sally. We'll call them PDAs. They've come a long way since the original Newton, baby. Whether you're first on the list for a model with all the bells and whistles or just looking to keep track of your contacts while away from your desk, these miniwonders can really take care of business.

Just a few years ago, your PDA choices involved either an Apple Newton or a Rolodex, but the features and price options have since exploded. Microsoft has busily propagated its Windows operating system to include Windows CE for handhelds, kind of a super-low-cal Windows 95. Most handhelds come loaded with this, the main advantage being easy synching with your Windows desktop OS. 3Com's Palm Computing is the spoiler in Windowsville: Its Palm OS is compatible with both PCs and Macs.

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