I agree with what several others have suggested: an iPod Touch with the
Synthesis calendar client would be a nice choice.
It's a great combination, a nice device that does a lot, and the user can
grow into. If they eventually want email sync, it's there. If they want
to browse the Internet, there's a nice browser available. If they want
some interesting application "there's an app for that" (sorry, NOT an
Apple fan boy, but couldn't resist). And it even plays music.
As for saying that changing devices isn't an optimal choice, I'd simply
remind you that Palm OS (Garnet) is dead.
On Fri, 5 Feb 2010, Cummings, Brian wrote:
> works with most versions of windows up to but not including 7 (windows 7
> testing has not been completed. 64-bit OS not working on USB but fine on
> Bluetooth), and OSX up to but not including Snow leopard. There are
> third-party applications as well.
> Changing devices would be like asking a mac user to try a PC instead.
> It's not the optimal choice.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Technology Discussion at UVM [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Andrew Hendrickson
> Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 2:31 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: PDA to sync with Oracle Calendar
> Well yes, however remember that the Palm device depends on Palm desktop
> for synchronization between Oracle and the Palm, and backup, etc.
> Palm Desktop is incompatible with the most recent versions of MacOS and
> Windows, I believe. So, you may be able to replace the device
> indefinitely with ebay hardware, but the software is going to be
> unusable in the near future.
> The future of calendar sync appears to be syncML so the trick would be
> to find a device that supports syncml without a cell phone data plan.
> The ipod touch with Synthesis's calendaring app is probably the best
> compromise solution available at this point.
> On Feb 5, 2010, at 2:07 PM, Tim Raymond wrote:
>> If the user is happy with the one he has but it is just wearing out,
> check out ebay. There are lots of palm pilots for sale there, some new,
> some used, some very cheap.
>> Avery Bacon wrote:
>>> The main aversion to a smartphone is paying for a data plan he has no
> intention of using. He currently has a Palm Pilot which does everything
> he needs but it seems to be reaching the end of its life.
>>> -Avery Bacon
>>> College of Nursing and Health Sciences
>>> IT Support Coordinator
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>> Quoting "Cummings, Brian" <[log in to unmask]>:
>>>> This person is not going to need his contacts, and I assume doesn't
>>>> The biggest problem with this is that oracle only works with certain
>>>> machines. Does he have a specific aversion to smartphones?
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Technology Discussion at UVM [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>>>> Behalf Of Avery Bacon
>>>> Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 1:12 PM
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Subject: PDA to sync with Oracle Calendar
>>>> Hi All,
>>>> I have a user who is considering purchasing a new PDA device and
>>>> not want to invest in a smartphone. The PDA would need to
>>>> with Oracle calendar, preferably so that updates can be made using
>>>> either the PDA or a computer. He does not need the PDA for
>>>> contacts, or email.
>>>> Is there a specific device/software you can recommend for this use?
>>>> -Avery Bacon
>>>> College of Nursing and Health Sciences
>>>> IT Support Coordinator
>>>> [log in to unmask]
>> Tim Raymond
>> CEMS CIO
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