Stuff for your Palm, Visor, and perhaps Pocket PC
Why the fuss about PDAs?
Fair question! After all there are dozens of techno goodies out there for you to spend your money on. And although Palm gizmos are cheaper than before, that is relative. A Palm device will still set you back $100 to $600 depending on the model. So here is why I am a Palm fan... and why I think you should be as well!
First, you are an Intelligence Professional. You may be deadly with your M16A2 and a master of unarmed combat, but your mission is to produce intelligence to focus the lethality of of the Infantry and all those Infantry-support combat arms (Armor, Aviation, Field Artillery, etc).
Second, computers are revolutionizing the Intelligence profession the way the brass cartridge revolutionized the Infantry. So you must master computers; specifically, those computer applications that amplify the part of your brain that produces intelligence.
Third, the Army has developed some great automation analytical tools for your use. But they are crew-served automation weapons built to industrial-age specifications by contractors who have little or no experience in intelligence production. You can't write applications for them, you can't easily carry them around, and they are not your personal intelligence weapon the way that your M16 is your personal weapon.
A Palm Device is one that runs the Palm Operating System (OS). They are small, affordable, powerful, have a long battery life (if you stick to non-color screens), easily sync with a PC, and have a huge base of user-developed applications. They are ideal information platforms. They can be your personal information weapon.
In an Army full of siege catapults, you can finally have a Longbow!
Picking a Palm Device
OS vs Pocket PC
ZDNet Buyers Guide | ZDNet Power Search | CNet Top 5 | Consumer Reports
Visor Deluxe | Palm IIIXe | Palm m100
The Visor Deluxe in MI Blue! Visors have 8MB of memory to hold lots of software, a plastic screen cover, and an expansion slot that accepts Springboard Modules... and there are GPS modules, digital camera modules, cell phone modules, MP3 players, memory expansion modules, etc. As of 20 September 2001 you can buy one from www.tigerdirect.com for $119!
Palm Software Sites
CNET | ZDNet | Handspring | Palm Inc | Memoware (Documents!) | Palm Gear | Handango | Palm BLVD | Visor Village
|DDH||HandDBase Relational Database, and database applications|
|FedForms||Map symbols, command and control, travel vouchers, etc|
|Fire Pad||Graphic image viewer and publisher|
|Handmark||Mobile Checklist, Mobile Database, games, etc|
|iSilo||Great reader and Web-to-Palm converter!|
|Peanut Press||Reader and library|
|ThinkingBytes||ThinkDB Relational Database|
|TomeRaider||Reader and library|
|Warrior Solutions||Platoon management software|
S2 Company Palm Stuff