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2008-09-02 21:07:26.755955+00 by Dan Lyke 11 comments

Hey, is anyone out there currently using and happy with a PDA? My Palm Vx is gathering dust somewhere, but I'm starting to want something that'll do ToDo and Calendaring. I'm currently leaning towards an actual paper notebook, but if anyone's got an electronic suggestion I'm listening.

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-02 21:52:51.666891+00 by: ebradway

I've been using paper or Google for quite a while but now that work might involve evaluating geo-stuff on cell phones, I'll probably end up with either an iPhone or an HTC Dream (android).

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-02 22:07:54.993602+00 by: Diane Reese

I am very happy with my Treo (I'm on my 3rd generation now). I'm waiting somewhat impatiently for the PalmOS version of the Treo 850 / Pro (if it should ever appear).

But paper works well too. I just love the form factor and integration of having everything in one device.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-02 22:08:27.48688+00 by: mvandewettering

Moleskin books are awesome, and if you don't need to execute programs, a good substitute for many of the tasks that a PDA normally achieves. Other than that, I keep my contacts (about 300 of them) on my iPhone.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-02 22:36:35.13996+00 by: topspin

I use a modded Verizon XV6800 and I really enjoy it, but it's overkill if you just wanna do ToDo and Calendaring.

I don't wanna carry more than one device, so converging the phone and pda makes the most sense for me.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-02 23:01:50.422906+00 by: ebradway

Oh yeah - I think Larry pointed to PocketMod awhile back. Needs to be brought up again!

And I've begun using Moleskine as well. Really swank - but it doesn't integrate well with much else and it sorely lacks a search function.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 01:05:24.423389+00 by: Larry Burton

PocketMod was very handy. DayTimers and the like are much more robust but not much cheaper than a PDA. I'm using my BlackBerry these days.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 02:17:25.293658+00 by: John Anderson

blackberry syncs to gcal for calendaring. work calendar is lotus blotes; i sync that stuff manually to gcal. (wouldn't use blotes at all, but other people schedule meetings based on availability seen there.)

hiveminder for longer-term task tracking stuff. it is the Master List Of Stuff What Needs Done, for work, home, and places inbetween.

pocket moleskine to list "stuff i want to accomplish today", using a fresh page each day. when sitting at desk, lives face open with pen on top on side of writing hand, to provide immediate data capture.

#Comment Re: blackberry and iPhones made: 2008-09-03 11:41:29.995464+00 by: ghasty

I've been teathered for years with a blackberry to my office and really rely on it heavily for calendar, task and contacts...Actually going today to pick up an iPhone for my wife's bday to help her move from her paper-ways.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 17:02:49.220275+00 by: Nancy

As perhaps the least techy person tuning in here (?) I am ok with my Palm T|X which Mike got me for Christmas last year or the year before. But I still miss my little Palm Z100 and talk about switching back sometime. I think it's in a drawer somewhere. It was plenty techy for me, especially since I never could get audio to work well on my T|X - hit the screen and you lose your place and have to start over at the beginning of the file. No fun. But I live by my to-do and calendar. And make a lot of use of memos and other stuff too. Including some spanish freeware that is teaching me some spanish words - cooking terms, body parts - both printable and non - words for drugs and cussing. Oh, and sex acts. Awesome!

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 17:24:20.190011+00 by: Mark A. Hershberger

I bought a Palm, but earlier this year they ditched Java support, so I gave it to my wife (who loves it). I got myself a crackberry with GPS and, I've gotta say, the thing is wonderful for road trips.

(plus, it does live up to it's name -- "crackberry")

Since I have installed Zimbra and Funambol will sync contacts/calendar/todo with that, I'm going to be testing that. (It works great so far against my.funambol.com.) But Funambol integration would be there with almost any wireless PDA.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 18:18:32.207909+00 by: meuon [edit history]

The Hipster PDA is a fun practical look at low tech PDA.