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Pocket Pals

Get personal with a PDA

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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 waysince the original Newton, baby. Whether you're first on thelist for a model with all the bells and whistles or just looking tokeep track of your contacts while away from your desk, theseminiwonders can really take care of business.

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

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