Protect your PDA!
The guy in the suit can just slip a Palm into his suit jacket pocket. YOU need to protect yours from the bumps, dings, dust and mud of the battlefield. Here are two simple and inexpensive ways to do it. They won't waterproof it, and they won't keep your Palm alive during squad patrols or deep insertions or helo casting.
|Notebooks for Palms are expensive, starting
at about $30. This is how to use the Visor's plastic cover to
anchor it into just about any notebook.
I started with a small, well used cammo colored zippered binder that
used to be a Day Timer, and immediately jazzed it up with a spiffy MI
Corps Embroidered Patch. I pulled out the High Quality Day Timer
Brand 3-ring binder and replaced it with a Salvation Army 3-ring binder
from which I had torn out the 3 rings. You don't want to cram a
lot of stuff around your Palm, and small notebooks like this get really
tight inside when you also have a 3-ring circus of paper. Since
the main purpose of the binder is rigidity, and since I use a Mead
spiral notebook for notes, death to rings! If you want to
also carry a number of papers, get a larger 8.5 X 11 inch zippered
binder by Five Star (Walmart, $9.95). Whatever you use, however,
should have a zipper!
The next step is to carefully cut parallel slots into the fabric or fake-leather lining. Each cut should be 2 3/4 inches long, and the distance between the cuts is 4 3/8 inches. You will be slipping your Visor's plastic cover through these slots, so they need to be large enough to allow this, but not so large that they let the Visor flop around. Once the cuts are made, slip the cover through and position it as shown. If the fabric lining starts to unravel over time, you may need to touch it up with finger nail polish.
|This is the Fellowes PDA
Bumper, which costs $25 at Walmart or Staples, or $35 online.
It is a neat alternative to the Notebook Mount, and lets will keep the Gizmo handy for immediate use. Fellowes makes them for both Visors and Palms, and I STRONGLY recommend getting the right one for your model. The Bumper is made out of rubber, with a plastic cover that folds out of the way on a hinge designed to let it fit snugly on the back. There is a place on the side to clip your stylus, and a hole on the side for the IR port. The Visor model is scored on the top and back so that you can easily remove a chunk of rubber to make room for a Springboard Cartridge... and is likewise scored on the bottom so that you can remove a different rubber chunk to permit attachment of a Hot Sync cable.
The only modification I'd recommend is the addition of a lanyard. Take a 46-inch piece of 550 parachute cord, remove the inner core so that it can lay flat, and melt the ends to keep it from unraveling. Ensure you leave a small melted nylon bead on each end to keep the lanyard from pulling out of the Bumper. On the bottom inside of the Bumper you will see a plastic clip. If you are a Nomenclature Freak, you can call it the Clip, Lanyard Retaining. Push one end of the Lanyard IN the bottom right hole, and take it OUT the bottom left hole. Take the other end and push it IN the bottom left hole, and OUT the bottom right hole. Take up the slack so that those melted nylon beads are just outside their respective bumper holes, and replace the Lanyard Retaining Clip.
Pen Stylus Combo
Spare Stylus Collection