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Palm device can help you be better organized

Trying to get organized? No? Then you don’t need to read this column. Go read the comics or something. (Just kidding!) Now seriously, the Palmtop computer movement has been going on for quite some time now. In fact, for more than five years, these little palm computers have been revolutionizing the way America operates in the office. That’s right, less paper and less time lost forgetting appointments, and such. Also, I think you get a little more satisfaction checking something off on a Palm Pilot or a PocketPC to-do list. And, it’s useful if you want to check your e-mail in the morning and read it on the ride to work, school, etc. Unless you have a wireless internet palm, you won’t be able to check or send e-mail without syncing it to your computer.

But for those of you who are getting a PDA for school, then be careful. You’re going to be taking some risks. Some schools have banned them because they were “disruptive.” I’m not disagreeing with that, nor am I agreeing with it. But I think that the benefits of PDA devices far exceed the problems. And besides, if you are playing games in class, maybe you need to take more initiative, or your teacher needs to learn how to keep you interested in the material. After all, that’s the job of a teacher.

However, getting a relatively inexpensive PDA may not allow you to do everything you can possibly do, but it fulfills the job as a school PDA. I know you want to be able to check your e-mail while sitting at your desk, but that’s not something that would exactly help you in school. I’m not going to promise that you’ll get better grades, because you’re graded on how much you learn and how many tests you pass, not on how organized you are.



But being organized sure helps. So ask yourself: “Do I really need one? And do I have 100+ bucks to spend on one?” The next question is: “Palm or PocketPC?” There are tons of brands of the PDA itself, but the first thing you want to figure out is what operating system you want. Doing lots of work with Microsoft Word, taking notes, doing Excel spreadsheets? Want an operating system that is almost exactly like windows? Do you hate it when your computer crashes? Do you have a little more than $200 dollars to spend? If you answered yes to any of those questions and you answered yes to the money question, a PocketPC is probably the perfect kind of PDA. Why? Well, it’s running a great Pocket OS made by Microsoft called PocketPC. It’s very stable, and it functions a little with desktop computers that are running Windows, especially if you use Microsoft Office.

However, if you’re not really a Microsoft fan, you don’t mind if your PDA crashes once in a long while, you want the Original PDA OS, and you have less than $200 dollars to spend on a PDA, Palm is your better choice.




I hope this clears up some questions you may have about a Palm device. If you have any questions, you can e-mail me.

Mark Kewman is a sophomore at Bitney Springs Charter High School (www.bschs.net) and can be reached via e-mail at


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