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Cool Tools: A Pocket Full Of Windows Page 3

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Nov 30, 2000


Deb Shinder

I am not a patient person when it comes to satisfying a hardware craving. After much serious thought and consideration, lots of comparison research, and the decisive flip of a coin, I decided on the Casio. I have no regrets.

The Cassiopeia E-115

Getting used to this new, scaled-down version of Windows took a little doing. But the ability to go mobile with a mini version of Outlook is, alone, worth the price. It's great to be able to download my Inbox to the Poki and read it when I'm on the go. I can reply to email messages and when I rest the little guy in its cradle again, he'll automatically connect to my desktop PC and send my responses.

If I have reminders set for appointments in my Outlook calendar, they're synchronized with the Casio and even though I have it stuffed into my briefcase side pocket and turned off, when the reminder time comes around it will turn itself on, sound an audible alarm (if set to do so) and pop up the reminder. Now I have no excuse for forgetting anything, ever.

I can download Word documents or Excel spreadsheets to the pocket device and review them, or even change them or create new documents, on a plane, at the park, or anywhere else with my Pocket PC. Admittedly, I won't be doing the 90+ words per minute that I can attain on a full size MS Natural Keyboard, but the characters I jot with the stylus are recognized surprisingly well, and even the tiny on-screen keyboard is workable for smaller documents.

I especially like the e-book Reader; my only complaint is that there aren't nearly enough books available yet in that format. The ClearType technology makes it easy to read from the screen, and instead of propping a big, heavy Tom Clancy novel up on my chest when I read in bed, I can hold the Poki in one hand and even "turn pages" with only the flick of a finger (or thumb).

Getting the small computer to "talk" to its big brother on my desktop was pretty simple. The Pocket PC's cradle connects to the PC's serial port (there are USB models now, too), you install the ActiveSynch software on the big PC, and the two are exchanging information in no time. Moving files between the two is no more difficult than copying data to another system over the network.

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