Addonics Technologies SCHD SA-U2 User's Guide

Addonics Technologies SCHD SA-U2 User's Guide
An Independent Publication for Users of HP Palmtop Computers
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Publisher's Message .................. 1
Letters to the Editor . .................. ~
New Third Party
Products and Services . ................ ~
HP Palmtop User Groups . ... . .......... L
User to User ......................... ~
Hal's candid opinion of Windows CE; the future of the
HP Palmtop Paper; Thaddeus Computing to sell upgraded
8-Mg double-speed 200LXs; plus three classic games.
Fixingmspeeding Up
Database, NoteTaker and
WorldTime Files
Through the Looking Glass:
Fixing &Speeding Up Database Files ... 11
What to do when you get "Record Not Found" or
"Cannot Open File" error messages with any of the palmtop's built-in database applications (ApptBook, Database,
PhoneBook, NoteTaker and WorldTime).
User Profile:
Administrator's HP Palmtop Helps Him
Organize a 65-Workstation Network . .... 16
This user shows that the HP Palmtop has its own value,
even on the site of a large network of workstations. Using
pcANYWHERE on the palmtop while traveling, he checks
dBASE files on the Network. The palmtop also comes in
handy for Bible study and genealogy research.
Making The Transition To The New
HP 300/320LX Palmtop PC ............. 20
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Transferring data from his HP 1OOLX to a newly purchased HP 320LX Palmtop PC wasn't effortless for this new
Windows CE user, but what he learned can help others out.
Web-enable Your 1-2-3 Data . ......... . 26
Use Lotus 1-2-3's ability to print to a file to create
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Quick Tips . ......................... 33
Advertiser's Index ................... 36
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Publisher's Message
The HP Palmtop Paper
've seen history repeat itself twice, and it
is a real shame for everyone involved.
In the mid 1980s HP Corvallis engineers created the HP Portable and
Portable Plus. These laptops were years
ahead of their time. They had Lotus 1-2-3,
a time manager, a word processor, and a
terminal program built into ROM. At the
time, laptop computing was far from the
norm - working on an HP Portable at the
airport could create quite a stir. HP
Portable users loved the machine, and
with the help of our publication, The
Portable Paper, they created a whole aftermarket of useful knowledge, software and
hardware add-ons.
To the utter amazement of dedicated
HP Portable users, HP did not seem to
market their wonder. Word of mouth
advertising was responsible for most sales.
Then inexplicably HP, rather than make
Hal Goldstein
several (relatively inexpensive) PC compatibility changes, started from scratch
and created something called the Portable Vedra CS. The Portable Vedra had potential,
but missed the mark and was not the machine the original HP Portable was. It took
years for HP to regroup and get back into the PC laptop market with the OmniBook.
Sound familiar? HP introduced the HP 95LX and then the HP 100LX and 200LX at a
time when Palmtop computing was not the norm. Visionary users took advantage of
their pocket PC in a variety of ingenious and practical ways. As chronicled in The HP
Palmtop Paper, a whole aftermarket of knowledge, software, and hardware emerged to
support this tiny wonder. Once again to everyone's amazement HP has seemed to put
few resources in marketing and upgrading the 200LX platform. Instead, like the
Portable Vedra CS before it, HP started from scratch and created the HP OmniGo 100
organizer. Now in an attempt to be mainstream (similar to the HP OmniBook laptop),
HP has created the HP 320LX Palmtop running Windows CE.
Unfortunately, for many users the HP 320LX is not nearly the machine the HP
200LX is. Yet HP 200LX sales have plummeted, thanks to a severe shortage of units in
retail stores over the summer, plus the introduction of the HP 320LX. As you will read
in my User to User column, the effect of few new users has been difficult on The HP
Palmtop Paper and our advertisers.
Despite this drop in sales, we still seem to be in the golden age of HP 200LX computing. As you will see in my User to User column, 8 Megabyte upgraded palmtops are
now available. As you will see in Quick Tips, great new palmtop software continues to
appear. It is now finally even possible to connect a keyboard to the palmtop, something
I've wanted for years, and which we will review next issue.
Our challenge is how to continue The HP Palmtop Paper, given fewer new subscribers. First off, please renew. That will help greatly. In any case, we will be able to
continue with even a much smaller subscription base in the same way we managed to
continue The Portable Paper. What we will do is make pre-owned palmtops and other
palmtop products available to our subscriber base. By doing so we can continue to help
keep the palmtop community vibrant. We look forward to fulfilling your palmtop
needs for years to come.
Volume six / Issue five
September/October 1997
Executive EditorlPublisher
Hal Goldstein
Publications Director
Richard Hall
Managing Editor
Ralpfi C. Turner
Associate Editor
Carol de Giere
Technical Editor
Tom Gibson
Department Editors
Ed Keefe
Wayne Kneeskern
Carl Merkle
Contributing Writers
Robert Steckbeck
James A. Robertson
Brian 1'eitzman
Margaret Martin
Tiffany Lisk
David Brooks
Sharon Lloyd
Executive Advisor
Rita Goldstein
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Addonics Pocket Parallel
Port CD-ROM drive,
which weighs 15 oz. and
is the size of two stacked
CD jewel cases, works
with the TransPC card on
I now can carry m y
Oxford English Dictionary
(version 1.0 for DOS) , the
complete Gutenberg library
CD-ROM, and many other
databases of history and literature that run with
DiscPassage (the old Bureau
of Electronic Publishing
DOS CDs) and Folio for
Setup only requires enabling the TransPC port, then
manually loading the
Addonics drivers by running pcd.bat, which calls
drivload .com to load
pcd.sys (all on the software
Connecting a
CD·ROM drive
I enjoyed Tom Boyles' article
in the July / August Palmtop
Paper (page 15) on connecting a Zip drive and an IDE
hard drive to the HP. I am a
real fan of the Transdigital
parallel port PCMCIA card,
and have been running a
Zip drive from my HP since
the TransPC card came out
last year.
I have recently been successful with another device
which should be added to
the list of new toys Tom
hinted at in his article. The
floppy that comes with the
It also loads mscdex.exe,
which I got from a DOS-5
laptop with a CD-ROM
drive (it should be supplied,
Addonics, if you're listening).
The only glitch is that I
find that I have to load and
then drop out of Slstem
Manager after loading the
TransPC drivers (and before
running pcd.bat) to keep the
machine from hanging.
The Addonics Pocket
Parallel Port CD-ROM is a
lOX drive (searches are
indeed fast, but the HP can't
keep up with this!) that runs
about $300. (It doubles as a
music CD player on AC, or
with four AA batteries.)
Unfortunately, the computer-interfaced CD-ROM
drive only works with AC
(the adapter is a couple of
ounces; very small). It
would be nice to find a
power pack to make thi s
totally portable.
Jeffrey F. Friedman
jeff®friedman .com
[The Parallel PocketCD is
available from Addonics
Technologies, 48434 Milmont
Drive , Fremont, CA 94538
USA ; Phone: 510-438-6530;
Fax: 510-353-2020; E-mail :
[email protected]; Internet: .
Why Windows CE
will sell
Windows CE has the potential clout to generate the
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This section lists new products
of interest to users of the HP
palmtop pes . New Products
includes descriptions of hardware, software, books, videos,
training and service offerings.
Prices listed in this section are
suggested retail. You may be
able to get the products for less
if you shop around.
HP Palmtop Paper Staff
Chameleon Cases
Several of Chameleon's leather cases hold HP 95 / 100/200LX Palmtops . Their
model SlO1 Premier Leather
Wallet holds credit cards
and memory cards. Their
Junior model S102 is a
zipped case. The Deluxe
model S103 is a zipped case
with detachable hand strap
and extra storage space for
batteries or a pen.
Premier: .... . ..... $39.99 US.
Junior: ... .........$49.99 US.
Deluxe: .... ..... ..$59.99 US.
Contact: Chameleon Distribution Ltd,
United Kingdom; Phone: 44-171-6305736; Fax: 44-171-834-3473; E-mail:
[email protected]
Screen Cleaning
"Brain Wash" is a two-step
cleaning system
removes dust and debris
from screens and provides
an anti-static coating .
Disposable. Also available
from Conceptkitchen is a
reusable "Karma Cloth,"
which cleans a screen with a
gentle material that buffs
out minor scratches.
Brain Wash .. . . ... ..... $14.95
Karma Cloth ... ... ...... $9.95
Contact: Conceptkitchen; Phone: 415252-3333; Fax: 415-252-3323; E-mail:
[email protected]; Website:
POCKETWatch Provides
Portable Network Access
POCKETWatch, from Precision Guesswork, combines
an HP 200LX Palmtop, a
Silicom PCMCIA Ethernet
adapter, and LANWatch.
This allows users to look at
a network anywhere they
can plug into a 10BaseT
port. It doesn't require an
external power source and
its power usage is limited,
thus facilitating portable
network viewing. If a network problem proves to be
too complex to solve on site,
POCKETWatch can be used
to save trace files of information, and upload them to
a desktop PC for future
Contact: Precision Guesswork; Phone:
508-887-6570, Fax: 508-887-6552. Email: [email protected];
PDexpress Portable
WirelesslWireline Docking
Packet Data Express (PDexpress™) is a soon-to-bereleased wireless modem /
docking station specifically
designed for the HP 100/ 200
LX Palmtops.
The HP Palmtop connects to the PDexpress docking station through the serial port leaving the PC Cards
slot free for additional memory or flash card applications. PDexpress lets users
send Faxes, send and receive
e-mail, access the Internet,
connect to numerous on-line
services, and more.
PDexpress is equipped
with advanced battery management electronics allowing the user 50+ hours of
continuous operation on a
single 2-3 hour charge.
The unit is configured
with a radio modem that
supports either ARDIS
(DataTac) or RAM Mobile
Data (Mobitex) and a 14.4
kbsp V. 32bis wireline
Rockwell modem (for use
when out of range of a wireless network, or at any time.
PDexpress has a standard RS-232 DB-9 (9-pin)
serial port that can be used
to connect the unit to a
printer or a PC without having to use a null modem.
PDexpress, which is
about an inch wider and
deeper than the palmtop
(actual measurements are
7.9 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches) ,
weighs 1.6 pounds without
the palmtop
The unit comes with an
automobile adapter and a
120V AC adapter, which can
be used to charge the battery and at the same time
power the unit and th e
dard NMEA 0183 protocol
over a serial line.
LXGPS has the following features:
- moving map display using
user-supplied maps in
- navigation to user defined
waypoints, including
graphical bearing indicator, distance to waypoint
and estimated time
- satellite tracking and signal strength display.
- route logging and playback.
LXGPS is a DOS program
written using the Palmtop
Application Library (PAL),
giving it the standard HP
LX application look and feel.
LXGPS has been tested
with the Delorme Tripmate
and the Garmin GPS II.
This first release is a
beta release, since it has not
been extensively tested by
anyone other than th e
report s,
enhancement requests and
other suggestions would be
appreciated by the author,
who will e-mail a MIMEencoded ZIP file containing
the program (150K) to anyone interested.
Price: .. ..... ... . .. ........ $895.
Contact: E-Com International, Phone:
800-671-9970 or 503-671-9900; Fax:
[email protected]
Type: Freeware
Available at Website:
Contact: Greg Renda ; E-mail :
[email protected]
LXGPS interfaces your HP
100/200LX Palmtop to a
GPS (global po s itioning
satellite) receiver that communicates using the stan-
University Cybershops' Free
Book Database maintains a
Webpage database containing (at last count) over 351
electronic text versions of
popular books.
Among the authors
represented: Lewis Carroll,
Virginia Woolf, Samuel
Clemens, Herman Melville,
and Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle. Reference works are
also available at the site.
Contact: Owen Samuelson, 500
Brookside Dr., Macon, GA 31210 USA;
E-mail: [email protected]
Available at Website: www.
The Palmtop Periodic
Table .
This new chemistry reference tool was written specifically for the HP palmtop
using the Palmtop Application Library (PAL).
The program displays
the periodic table and some
selected data for each element. The PAL functions
give the program the look
and feel of the built-in LX
The program uses the
arrow keys to move a cursor
from element to element .
The (F2) key displays a data
card for the selected element
which contains primary data
such as symbol, atomi c
number, atomic weight,
boiling and melting points,
The (F3) key displays
secondary data such as natural state, family, discoverer
and date discovered, etc. In
all, there are 19 pieces of
data for each element.
The (F6) and (F7) keys
bring up menus which can
be used to highlight the natural states, or families, of the
elements on the table,
The program has a
search function (F4) key
which can be used to search
the table for an element by
name, atomic number or
The (Fl) key is help,
and the MENU key brings
up the standard menu bar,
as with other palmtop programs.
Type: Freeware
Available at Website:
New Version 1.82A
for VDE Editor
VDE.ZIP text editor for the
palmtop includes in its
upgrade a new file mode for
MEMO "formatted " file, as
well as an icon and instructions for installing to launch
from AppMgr.
Type: Shareware
Available: HP Hand Library 7 or contact: Eric Meyer, 3045 4th St., Boulder,
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Correct Instructions for
HP Palmtop Mailing List
Those interested in participating in an HP
Palmtop users group should contact the following individuals. Send us contact information formatted as below nyou wish to be added as a
contact for a users group in your area. Some of
the individuals listed offer Palmtop advice but
may not be organizing an official users group.
E-mail: [email protected]
HP Palmtop Worldwide User Group News ..
Send material about User Group activities to
Conrad Cox; E-mail: 76164.467; Websfte: www.ccnet.coml-cdcox
SWEDEN .. Kent lIIemann; Telephone/Fax: 06·
611 48 85; E-mail: [email protected]; or [email protected];
Also Thomas H., Tel : 46 (70) 5308970 or
Phone/Fax: 46 (8) 7733740; E-mail:
Thomas.Hull_n (This is a 200LX
ARGENTINA .. Buenos Aires: Miguel Angel
Misseri; E-mail: [email protected]
.com. Cordoba: Paul Nani; Tel: 54-51 -715649;
E-mail: [email protected]
AUSTRALIA .. Dr. Bany Collins; c/o Forensic
Science Center; Tel: 08-8226-7700; E-mail:
[email protected]
AUSTRIA .. Ulrich Hoesch; Hoesch
BRAZIL .. Marcos L. Pedroza; Tel: 55 64 211
6162; E-mail:: [email protected]
DENMARK- Jesper E. Siig; Tel: 45 49 15 60
42; Fax: 45 49 16 10 01 ; E-mail:
[email protected];
Web :
EGYPT- Mohamed Farag Ahmed; Tel: 20-2344-9680; Fax: 20-2-344-9680; E-mail:
[email protected]
FRANCE - Olivier Della Valle; Tel: (1) 43 53 95
67; E-mail: [email protected]
GERMANY .. Eckart Prinz; Phone/Fax: +49
6151 376065.
GERMANY / LUXEMBOURG .. Gilles Kohl; Email: [email protected] com; Tel: +49
721 69 36 55 (after 6 p.m. Central European
GREECE .. Athens: Stavros D. Zacharakos;
Tel: (+301) 8050041; Mobile Tel: (+3) 093 254
717 24hrs. ; Fax: (+301) 8050041...Galatsl:
John Tatsiramos, c/o TAFARM, Tel: (01)
29.17.401 ; Fax: (01) 29.28.174.
SINGAPORE .. Chaikin Koon; 334-B King
George's Avenue, SINGAPORE 208571; Email: [email protected]
SPAIN .. Barcelona: Julio Lazaro Crespo;
Email: [email protected]
SWITZERLAND .. Alexander Gutfeldt;
Landoltstrasse 28, CH-3OO7, Beme, SWITZERLAND; E-mail: [email protected]
.com; or [email protected]
TURKEY - Ahmet G. Ozisik; Tel: (212)227 5200; Email: [email protected] or HPTur1<ey; Tel: (212) 224
59 25; Fax: (212) 2245939
UKRAINE .. Linetskvy V. Oleg; Tel: (051) 36
7351367313; Fax: (051) 24 4125.
UNITED KINGDOM .. Isleworth, Middlesex:
Michael A. Brown, MBA Group, Tel: 0181 847
3777; Fax: 0181 568 2402. Farnborough ,
Hampshire : David Hodges; E-mail:
[email protected]
AZ-Phoenlx and Tuscon.. Cory L. Curtis;
Tel: 602-930-9661; Fax 602-930-8554; E-mail:
[email protected]
palmtops @
CA-Los Angeles.. David Shier; Tel: 80S371-9391; Fax: 805-371-9391 ; E-mail:
[email protected];Websfte:
CA-5an Diego .. Don Williams; Tel: 619-4526267 or 619-546-8166; E-mail: [email protected]
CA-San Francisco .. Conrad Cox; E-mail
[email protected]
In the July / August issue
(page 3) we inadvertently
gave the wrong instruction
for subscribing to the HP
Palmtop Mailing List.
To subscribe, send an email message to:
HOLLAND/BELGIUM .. Mister G. Dongs; Tel:
+31 75 6 704205; E-mail: 74064.173 @
HONG KONG .. Rm 8, 20/F, Blk B, Wah Kai
Ind Center, 221 Texaco Rd., Tsuen Wan, Hong
Kong; Tel: 2409 0969; Fax: 2407 0782; E-mail:
[email protected]
MA-Boston - Bryan Krauthamer. Tel: 617374-9600 x 197 (work); Fax: 617-374-9620;
CompuServe 10: [70444,41J.
[email protected]
HUNGARY .. Zollan Matok, ORbitRADE
Hungary Ltd.; E-mail: [email protected] .
abahu;Tel: 36 22 327 687; Fax: 36 22 327 784.
ME-Orono .. University Palmtop User's
Group; E-mail: palmtop; Website:
INDONESIA .. Chris Wibisono: E-mail:
[email protected]
MN-Mlnneapolls - Beth Silverwater; Tel: 612541 -5631 ; Fax : 612-541 -5636; E-mail:
In the body of the message
the following single line
should appear:
Dirk H. Eversbert, c/o P.T. Austindo Mftratama,
Mr. Elman Suna~io, JI. Gunung Sahari 2I6E,
Jakarta 10610, INDONESIA.
ITALY .. Mr. Andrea Valdre; Tel: 39-687295.205 ;
E-mail: [email protected]; Also Salvatore
Fiorenzo; Tel: 39·933-8120; Fax: 39·665-7295
After sending this message,
you'll receive an e-mail
reply explaining how to use
the list.
(Instead of instructing
you to type "SUB HPLX-L"
in the body of the message,
we mistakenly said to type
If you have questions
about the mailing list, contact the listserve administrator, Al Kind, at [email protected]
JAPAN .. Georg O. P. Eschert; Tel: 040 12
06980; Fax : 0249 21 4050. (Languages:
German, English and Japanese)
KOREA .. Song, Taejin, M.D.; Tel: 82-11 -3174288; E-mail: [email protected]
MEXICO .. Francisco Bricio; Tel: (3) 684 1317;
E-mail: 74174 [email protected] ;
Guadalajara: Juan Pablo De la Monja; Tel:
(523) 601-0358 (office); Fax: (523) 601 -0865; Email: [email protected]
NEW ZEALAND .. Jonathan H S Cheng; Office
Tel: (025) 343-570; E-Mail: [email protected]
Tel: 507 4410442; Fax: 507-441-0473; E-mail:
PHILIPPINES .. Carlos: Caliwara; Tel: (632)
8906229 to 36, exlensions 120 & 121 ; Fax:
(632) 9285635;E-mail: [email protected]
PORTUGAL - PPTUG; TeVFax: 351 -1-2597216;
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User to User
Hal's candid opinion of Windows CE; the future of THE HP PALMTOP
PAPER; Thaddeus Computing to sell upgraded 8 Mg double-speed
200LXs; plus three classic games.
By Hal Goldstein
really want to like the new
Windows CE platform and the
new HP 320LX Palmtop Pc.
Frankly, the future of our company, Thaddeus Computing, largely
depends on the success of our new
Handheld PC Magazine which focuses exclusively on Windows CEbased Handheld PC's such as the
I am convinced the platform
(and our new magazine) will be
successful. Microsoft, by working
with HP, Philips, Casio, Compaq,
LG Electronics, Hitachi, and NEC
to create Windows CE-based
Handheld PC's has selected powerful teammates. Factor in hundreds
of third-party companies developing for the platform. That is a lot of
engineering and marketing muscle
working to make Windows CE
handhelds successful. Microsoft is
famous for keeping at projects until
it gets them "right". Examples l
such as Word, Excel, Internet
Explorer, and even Windows itself
demonstrate how Microsoft ends
up dominating a market and doing
a pretty good job on the product
itself. In other words, for those of
us not yet satisfied with Windows
CE handhelds, eventually we will
probably switch, if for no other reason that almost all the new and
useful applications and hardware
developed for Handhelds will be
developed for Windows CE
machines. Whether that takes one
year, or five, is the question.
Still, every time I think I want
to switch, or at least try to run the
HP 320LX in parallel with the HP
200LX, I stop. Just check out James
Robertson's article on his experience switching from the HP 200LX
to the HP 320LX to understand
why. I don't have the patience of
the author, and besides, I've got
lots of Notetaker files, Database
files, HP Solver equations, and 1-2-3
spreadsheets with macros that
won't translate directly.
Stand-alone Palmtop vs
"PC Companion"
The thing I really don't like about
the HP 320LX is its dependency on
a PC - one that must run
Windows 95 or Windows NT . I
can't use my 200LX flash card to
directly transfer Lotus files or
Comma Delimited Files created
from 200LX NoteTaker and
Database files directly to HP 320LX
Pocket Excel. I have to first send
the files to Excel on a Pc. Similarly,
I can't directly transfer my 200LX
Phone or Appointment files. I have
to first copy the files to the PC and
run the translation program there.
I am used to just sticking my
200LX Palmtop'S flash card into my
PC or notebook's flash card slot
when wanting to transfer data. Not
with the HP 320LX. The only
200LX files on a flash card readable
on a 320LX are MEMO and other
ASCII files, importable in Pocket
Right now everyone at
Thaddeus Computing uses a
200LX. To give everyone a
Windows CE machine would
require upgrading all desktop PC
hardware and software to run
Windows 95. In addition, one really has to give up a PC serial port,
since transferring data between an
HP IC Palmtop and a PC using a
PC Card is not well supported.
Even now I am not a big fan of
Windows and I am not a big fan of
serial connections . The reason is
simple. Their costs in terms of time
and money have far outweighed
the benefits. The Windows user
interface and serial transfer are
supposed to "just work." The gory
details are hidden from the user.
When all works, great. The problem is that when things don't work,
trouble-shooting often is difficult
and time-consuming.
Windows CE works pretty well for
the first version. However, in truth
I don't want a handheld "PC
Companion." I want a stand-alone,
self-sufficient PC in my pocket that
can interface with other PCs as
needed. That said, it seems I (and
many others) will be using an HP
200LX for some time. In this context, I want to discuss the future of
The HP Palmtop Paper with you.
NEWS: User To User
The Future of
The HP Palmtop Paper
During the past six years many of
you have shared your knowledge
in the form of tips, profiles,
reviews, and as freeware, shareware and commercial products. In
fact most of the material these past
years have come from you, the
reader. Even if you haven't contributed, you have been very loyal
in terms of your comments, renewals, and patronizing our advertisers. Therefore, I want to be as
open with you as possible in discussing the future of this publication.
Many of you have e-mailed me
that the last issue contained less
advertisements and less pages.
This reflected an abysmal summer
both for our advertisers and ourselves. HP grossly underestimated
the demand for HP 200LXs as the
HP 320LX was introduced. The
result: those users wanting to purchase HP 200LXs couldn't find
them, and even the most knowledgeable dealers thought the HP
200LX was being discontinued. To
put it mildly, new subscriptions
and even renewals dropped dramatically.
If you have done business with
our advertisers, you know most
have knowledge, a genuine interest, and appreciation for the HP
200LX. Many of these businesses
depend on HP 200LX sales for a
significant portion of their business. Even those like ourselves
who will support Windows CE
handhelds are caught in a tricky
position. Sales of the HP 200LX
have decreased dramatically (at
least in Summer 1997) while we all
must incur significant startup costs
preparing for the new Windows
CE market.
The good news is that now
that HP 200LXs are back in the
dealer channel, sales have increased as reflected by new Palmtop
Paper subscribers. However, even
with the HP 200LX available, we
expect new subscriber and Palmtop
Do you have a Palmtop you no longer use?
Weill buy it .•. even if itls broken!
Thaddeus Computing (that's us) can always use extra palmtops for various projects. If you want to
mail in your Palmtop equipment and manuals to us, here is what we will pay.
Palmtop in good working order and good shape:·
HP 95LX (with manuals): $ 55
HP 100LX (with manuals): $75
HP 200LX (with manuals): $100
Broken Palmtop·
Broken 95LX (with manuals): $25
Broken 100LX (with manuals): $35
Broken 200LX (with manuals): $35
* Without manuals: HP 95LX subtract $5; HP 1OOLX or 200LX subtract $10.
We'll adjust the price if equipment works but has some significant damage.
HP Connectivity Pack with cable and manual:
HP100 or 200LX: $15; HP95LX: $5
Uncompressed Flash and SRAM cards:
$5.00 per megabyte (e.g., 40 Meg=$240)
Modem cards, cables, software, chargers, other items: we'll look things over, but we may not be able
to offer much. We'll adjust price as appropriate if accessories come without manuals, or if other
items are missing.
Send equipment to: HP Palmtop Used Equipment, Thaddeus Computing, 110 N. Court,
Fairfield, IA 52556, USA. Include a note mentioning this offer with your phone and fax number. If you
need to talk with us, you may call, 515-472-6330. You will receive reimbursement within three weeks
after we receive the equipment.
When you send in your palmtop, if you mention you saw this box you'll receive
a free one-year subscription (or renewal) to Handheld PC Magazine.
Offer good through December 31, 1997
Paper renewals to stabilize at much
lower levels than we have been
used to in the past. In the meantime the paper costs have almost
tripled since we began publishing
The HP Palmtop Paper six years ago.
In other words, the bad news
is that even assuming that subscriber, renewal, and advertiser
rates stabilize at current levels, we
would lose money each issue we
At the same time, new possibilities for HP Palmtop use continue. New hardware, new software,
new imaginative uses of the palmtop keep surfacing and will continue to surface as long as there is a
market and user enthusiasm. Just
glance through this issue as evidence. I feel that six years of HP
Palmtop Paper issues have played a
central role in the palmtop'S success and in expanding palmtop
possibilities. If The HP Palmtop
Paper dies, many HP Palmtop innovations, much user enthusiasm,
and new HP Palmtop sales will die
with it.
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Personally, as an avid HP
200LX user I don't want to see that
happen. The HP Palmtop Paper
helps me, like thousands of other
readers, be more productive and
effective. Glance through this issue
and you will see plenty of new and
useful ways of taking advantage of
the HP Palmtop.
So what's the solution? From
your side you can help us by
renewing early, getting other users
to subscribe, and supporting our
advertisers. From our side, in order
to justify the expense of The HP
Palmtop Paper we plan to offer
additional Palmtop products and
A new Palmtop Business
for Thaddeus Computing
Some of our loyal, long-term 10year customers will remember a
similar situation. In 1985 we began
Thaddeus Computing (then called
"Personalized Software") supporting the Hewlett-Packard 110
Portable and later the HP Portable
Plus. These portable computers,
like the HP Palmtop, were years
ahead of their time, and were created by some of the same HP
Corvallis engineers that created the
HP Palmtop. Unfortunately, HP
was unable to market these
machines - at the time the laptop
market was like the palmtop market is now. The public had yet to
appreciate the benefits of portable
Consequently a select group of
loyal users loved their machine~
and supported The Portable Paper
for six years - the last two years of
which, HP Portables were no
longer sold by HP. With a relatively small subscriber base (about
2,000) we had 20 employees servicing HP Portable users as well as
users of the orphaned HP 150
Touchscreen desktop. We did this
primarily by buying and selling
used HP equipment, adding
unique value such as speed
upgrades. As other companies
were unable to survive selling HP
Portable and HP150 products, we
purchased their inventory and
rights to their software. That meant
even after we stopped publishing
The Portable Paper, we were the central location to support HP
Portable and HP 150 users.
We feel we can continue to
serve HP Palmtop users with The
HP Palmtop Paper if we resurrect
that side of our business. Starting
August 1, we began an aggressive
campaign to purchase used
Palmtops which we will test, clean,
tighten hinges and otherwise refurbish for resale. In addition, thanks
to the work of HP Palmtop hardware expert Mack Baggette, we
will not only be selling used palmtops, but our centerpiece product
will be a refurbished, upgraded 8
Megabyte double speed HP 200LX
that we will warranty for up to two
years! In addition, we will upgrade
existing machines and offer both
extended warranties and a relatively inexpensive repair service.
If there is interest, we may also
offer a 200LX to 320LX file transfer
service. That will save users the
time and hassle of converting files
when moving to the HP 320LX.
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User To User (cont.)
Users send us a disk, flash card, or
an HP Palmtop, and we will return
a disk and simple instructions for
transferring files to a Windows CE
machine from a Windows 95 or NT
Making the plan work business-wise will be a little tricky. We
will have to engage in two marketing efforts - one for buying palmtops and another for selling them.
At least for a while, unless we can
make a large buy, we won't have
much control as to how much
inventory of Palmtops we can
build up. Furthermore, for this
activity to be profitable enough to
make it worth the effort (given the
many expenses, the dollar amount
involved, and relatively low volume) we will need to buy Palmtop
equipment at 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of
resale. We hope that customers
understand this when they see that
we might offer $100 for a 200LX
that we advertise at $285.
In order for everyone to feel
that they are treated fairly, we will
need to add value on both the buying and selling end. For example,
when we buy a used Palmtop we
will include, free, a $35 Handheld
PC Magazine subscription and
offer our HP 95LX/l00LX/200LX
to HP 320LX file transfer service at
half price. On the other end, when
we sell a refurbished or upgraded
Palmtop, we will offer our HP
Palmtop Paper CD Infobase as well as
other products and services at
greatly reduced prices.
We hope you will view our
entering the used Palmtop arena as
an opportunity to get your spouse,
children or colleagues Palmtops at
reduced prices. Alternatively, you
can take advantage of our rates to
purchase a backup palmtop or an 8
megabyte double speed machine.
You, The HP Palmtop Paper
reader, know the value of HP
Palmtops more than anyone. We
will really appreciate your patronage in this new enterprise and your
recommending our company to
colleagues as a reputable, knowledgeable source of inexpensive HP
Palmtop equipment. In return, we
should be able to continue publishing The HP Palmtop Paper at least to
the millennium.
Three Classic Games
I recently discovered three classic
games of logic that run nicely on
the HP Palmtop. Battleship
(SEAHUNT.EXE . ) comes with
sound effects and taunts you as
you try to guess the location of the
com pu ter' s ba ttleshi ps before the
computer guesses yours (see
Screen 1). But don't trust the computer! On the "average" level the
computer seems to play fair and
you can win. (For example, I won
one round when I bunched all my
ships together. The computer calls
you a "wimp" for playing at that
level). However, at the most
advanced level the computer has
either an incredible algorithm that
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Screen 2: The Mastermind game of logic.
Mastermind (MasterHP . )
was written for the Palmtop and is
a simple, straightforward implementation of MasterMind™ (see
Screen 2). It is a game of pure logical deduction. The computer
selects at random from a group of
five "colors." Your job is to determine which color is in each position in as few "guesses" as possible. After each guess, the computer
tells you how many correct colors
and how many in correct position.
Finally, built-in to the HP
200LX and HP 95LX and available
for the HP lOOLX is "Hearts and
Bones" (HBUS.ZIP) • . Windows
users might be familiar with a similar game, "Minesweeper." Another game of logic, the idea is to
deduce where the mines are on a
matrix of squares. MinelOO • (see
Screen 3) is different enough from
Hearts & Bones (there is a timer,
for instance) that H&B fans might
want to give it a try.
Where there's a
To use
Screen 3: Mine100.
mentioned in this article
SEAHNT.ZIP • - This version of the
classic game of "Battleship" runs nicely
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MMINDHP.ZIP • - Written for the
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Through the Looking Glass: Fixing
and Speeding Up Database Files
What to do when you get "Record Not Found" or "Cannot Open File"
error messages with any of the palmtop's built-in database applications
(ApptBook, Database, PhoneBook, NoteTaker and WorldTime).
By Ed Keefe
t's been said before, but it bears
repeating: the database applications make the HP 100j200LX
unique among all its competition.
Not only does the palmtop's database engine let you keep track of
phone numbers, notes, appointments, and To Do items, it also provides information on the times and
phone prefixes in 450 cities. It even
lets you create custom, recordkeeping applications to suit your
particular needs or interests.
One of the greatest strengths of
the palmtop's database engine is
that each application can hold an
excessively large number of entries.
Some users have reported that they
keep thousands of phone numbers
in their palmtop. Others have created custom databases with 1,500
records or more. The database fil~
sizes are often in the neighborhood
of 1 Megabyte.
How can the palmtop work
with database files that exceed the
working memory of the computer?
It does so by using a "trick." The
database engine creates an index of
all the records in a database and
attaches this index to the information file. It's like writing a reference
manual and attaching an index to
it. When you start a database application, the engine extracts the
index from the database file and
puts the index alone in working
memory. This index serves as the
raw material for the list view that
appears on the screen. When you
highlight one of the records in the
list and press (Enter), the engine
reaches out to the RAM disk and
copies that record into working
memory so you can view it or
modify it.
When you add, modify, or
delete a record, several things happen in the background: the record
is stored on disk (or deleted from
the disk). Then the index is updated and the database file is resized
to make it as small as possible.
Some people compare this resizing
to defragmenting a hard-disk or
packing a database file. "Packing"
is a term that is familiar to dBASE
users. On the palmtop, this resizing
or packing happens on-the-fly as
you work with a database. It
ensures that your information is
up-to-the-minute and safe. The
drawback is that, if you have a
large database, resizing and reindexing can take a long time.
When you close a database
application, the index is reattached
to the information file and the program shuts down gracefully.
Everything has been designed to
work flawlessly and reliably, but,
on rare occasions, things can go
wrong. For instance, a portion of
your PC card might go bad for
some inexplicable reason, thereby
messing up several records in a
database file. Your palmtop might
decide to lock up while it's trying
to resize or close a file. You won't
know that something went wrong
until the next time you try to load
the database file. Then you'll get an
error message telling you that a
record can't be found, or, worse
yet, the database can't be loaded.
Don't panic. This has happened to palmtop users before.
A long time contributor to Hewlett-Packard Handheld
support publications, Ed Keefe is an author, editor, programmer, computer sci~nce instructor, and part-time consultant in the computer industry. Ed's articles appear in
The HP Palmtop Paper. He is also the editor of the book PC
In Your Pocket: Information When You Need It. Ed can be
reached at: [email protected]
HOW TO USE: Fixing your database files
Fortunately, it seems to happen
most often to programmers. It's
indeed fortunate for us, since
they've taken the time to create
some very useful techniques and
tools that will help us fix broken
database files.
The most secure cure:
use an up-to-date backup
The best way to cure a broken database is to throw it away. Delete it
from the disk and start over with a
recent backup of the database file.
However, before you delete
the damaged file, do the following.
Terminate all applications and exit
System Manager (use More Menu
Application Terminate All OK).
Switch to the drive that holds your
database files and type in the DOS
command CHKDSK and press
Enter. If you get a message that
tells you that your disk has errors,
use the CHKDSK IF command to
"fix" the problem. Better yet, if you
have a program such as Norton's
Disk Doctor, try using that to
repair the files. When you're confident that your RAM disk is in
working order, reload System
Manager and try opening the database again.
If you still get an error message, then it's time to fetch the
backup file. Begin by renaming the
backup file to something like
ZZZ.xDB (where the "x" would be
an "A", "G", "N", "P", or "W",
depending on the type of database
file: ApptBook .ADB file; Database
.GDB file; NoteTaker .NDB file;
Phone Book
WorldTime .WDB file). Load this
"ZZZ" file into the application program.
Why rename the file and load
it? Well, if you backup your palmtop frequently, you may have inadvertently backed-up an already
broken file. If that's the case, it
doesn't make sense to overwrite
one broken file with another one. If
the back-up file is good, close the
application and use Filer to delete
the broken file and rename the
ZZZ.xDB file. You'll have to reenter any records that were added
or changed since the last backup.
How current your backup file is
will determine the amount of work
Less sure (but useful)
file recovery techniques
If your backup files are unusable,
there are still some things you can
do to recover as much information
as possible.
Merge the file
If you're able to start an application
but the database file causes a
"Record Not Found" error message
to appear on the screen, press the
(Enter) key and choose the (Menu)
file New ... command. This will create a new database with the same
layout as the errant one. Then use
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and try to bring the broken file into
the new one. This simple technique
may not work every time, but it's a
good thing to try.
ABDIO either in the HPHAND
forum on CompuServe, or on The
HP Palmtop Paper's 97 CD InfoBase.
Sort and Copy
The "Cannot Open File" error message will appear if you've inadvertently moved your database file to
another drive or directory or
swapped one PC card for another
one. In this case the message means
that the program Cannot Find the
File. Use the Eile Open command
to get to the dialog box and use the
drive and directory pick-lists to
locate and open the file. However,
if you still get the error message
"Cannot Open File" then you've
encountered a worst case scenario.
Your file is so corrupted that the
database application doesn't recognize it. Again: don't panic. There
are still a couple of remedies that
will let you recover some or all of
the information in your file.
The "Record Not Found" message
usually means that there's a glitch
in the index of the database.
Sometimes you can cure this by
using the (Menu) View Sort command that's available in every
database application except the
Appointment Book. If the database
file contains subsets, activate each
subset and perform the (Menu)
View Sort command. When you've
finished sorting all the subsets, use
the (Menu) Eile .copy ... command
to save the file under a new name.
Quit and restart the application,
and try re-Ioading the new database file. If you can load it without
any error messages, you've lucked
If your Appointment Book file
is corrupt, you won't be able to use
the "sort-and-save" remedy, since
the Appointment Book doesn't
have a sort operation. Instead,
here's a remedy suggested by: Bill
Ferreira (CompuServe: 76520,3702).
Bill writes: "Create a new
Appointment Book (say XX.ADB)
and merge your bad Appointment
Book file into the empty one. Find
long repeating entries and delete
them one at a time, saving and
reopening the new XX version of
your appointment book."
Hopefully this suggestion wi,ll
put the Appointment Book file
back in working order. If it does
not, and your Appointment Book
file is less than 30K bytes, you
might be able to use the ABDDUMP . utility program. ABDDUMP will take your broken file
and attempt to create a humanly
readable text file. If it can do this,
then the companion program ABDLOAD . will let you rebuild your
Appointment Book file. Both ABDDUMP and ABDLOAD can be
found in the archive file called
Cannot Open File
A touch of garlic
GARLIC . is a utility program that
tries to reconstruct any damaged
database file on the palmtop. It
works by scanning a corrupt database for anything it can recognize
as a valid record. It then outputs
this, along with reconstructed
tables and links, to a new file for
you to examine and edit. GARLIC
is one of the last things you should
tryon a broken database file. If it
works, consider yourself fortunate.
The instructions that come with
GARLIC give several options you
can try with this utility program.
GARLIC.ZIP is available in the
HPHAND forum of CompuServe
and The HP Palmtop Paper's 97 CD
If all else fails ... call on a PAL
If all the above fails, there's one last
technique to try. Get a copy of
PalEdit • , a fine text editor for the
HP palmtop. PalEd it will let you
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HOW TO USE: Fixing your database files
open any file for editing. There are
apparently no restrictions on the
size of the file . Of course, once you
bring the database file into PalEd it,
you'll be faced with the daunting
task of going through the document and deleting all the non-text
characters. What you'll be left with
is the raw data of the database file,
minus any records that were totally
corrupted. The next part of the
operation involves creating a new
database and using the Copy and
Paste keys to copy the data from
PalEdit to the database. By the time
you finish this task you'll ha v e
vowed, once again, to make fre quent backups. One learning experience, like this, is enough to last a
mentioned in this article
ABDDUMP • - Utility program that salvages corrupted database files. Freeware.
Available on The HP Palmtop Paper's 1997
CD Info8ase.
ABDLOAD • - Utility program that helps
you rebuild a corrupted Appointment book
file . Freeware. Available on The HP
Palmtop Paper's 1997 CD Info8ase.
DBV • - Database viewing program for
GDB/PDB database files . Freeware .
Available on The HP Palmtop Paper's 1997
CD Info8ase.
FASTDB • - A TSR (Terminate and
State Resident) program that speeds up
100/200LX Database applications (Phone,
Appointment book, etc.) Freeware .
Available on The HP Palmtop Paper's 1997
CD Info8ase.
GARLlC.ZIP • - Utility program that tries
to reconstruct any damaged database file
on the palmtop. Freeware. Available on The
HP Palmtop Paper's 1997 CD Info8ase.
PalEdit . - Text editor for the palmtop.
Freeware. Available on The HP Palmtop
Paper's 1997 CD Info8ase.
How I Speed Up My Phone Book
By Hal Goldstein
y 200LX Phone book file is 200K in size. Even using the FASTDB • program on my
double speed palmtop, searching and loading can take a long time. Here are several
suggestions for faster access.
First, create Subsets which will help you get at needed data quickly. For example, I
have Subsets called "HP", "Company", and "Fairfield". HP consists of HP employees, in each
record of which I have placed "HP" in the category field. "Company" consists of all Phone
records, but sorted by company. (When defining such a Subset, just leave all fields blank.
This Subset allows me to easily search for contacts within a specific company.)
For my home town of Fairfield, I look for a "472" or "469", the two Fairfield, Iowa
exchanges, in the phone and business field. (I usuplly don't bother putting "Fairfield" in the
city field when I originally enter the data. I can easily screen out the few extra records with
"472" or "469" in them pulled up with this method.)
The first time you access a Subset it can take a long time. However, the database
apparently creates an index, because subsequent accesses of the Subset occur very quickly.
I have brought down my load and search time to virtually zero using Harry Konstas's
DBV • database viewing program. DBV quickly loads and searches a Phone or other database file. It requires less than 150K, so it can run as an application from Application Manager
(More). (I use Software Carousel). The downside is that you cannot use both the PhoneBook
and DBV at the same time. The solution is to back up every night and use DBV on the backup
I have further refined the solution. I use a macro to back up the PhoneBook file. The
macro first opens each Subset in my PhoneBook, closes Phone Book, and from Filer backs up
the file. The reason for opening each Subset is that DBV requires a Subset to be opened
before it can take advantage of quickly accessing the Subset.
An ounce of prevention
Fred Kaufman, one of the volunteer expe r ts in the HPHAND
forum on CompuServe offers the
final bit of advice: "My habit for
many years has been to close each
database application when I'm finished with it, rather than keeping it
perpetually open. I don't think I
have ever (knock on wood) had a
corrupted data file . It is a bit slower to reopen, but it works for me.
So I look something up, add a new
item ... whatever. .. and then I close
[(MENU) Quit] the application."
Speeding up the
Appointment Book
Palmtop users sometimes complain
that one particular database application, the Appointment Book, is
notoriously slow. It takes an inordinately long time to add an item
to the Appointment calendar or
ToDo list. Other users report that
moving forward or backward in
the calendar seems to take forever.
First, realize that slowness is a
relative term . Nowadays, we've
become accustomed to the speed of
desktop or laptop machines that
use 32-bit filing systems and have
CPUs and disk drives that are 10 to
25 times faster than anything on
the palmtop.
Ha v ing said that , here are
some suggestions on how to speed
up the Appointment Book application.
- If you keep your Appointment
Book database file on a PC card
that uses Stacker to compress the
files, consider eliminating Stacker
or else move the appointment file
to the C: drive for faster processing.
- If you use a PC card to hold
your database files and you notice
that saving or closing a database
takes a long time, it may be a sign
that the PC card needs to be "wear
leveled." Heavily used sectors on
PC cards eventually wear out. One
symptom of this is that it takes
more time to save data. The PC
cards from San disk and HP come
with a utility program called
WEAR that will flag the worn out
segments of the PC card as unusable and move your data to a part
of the card that still has a lot of life
in it. You only need to run the program once or twice a year. Several
users have reported a noticeable
increase in speed when they save
or close a database file after wearleveling their PC card.
- Delete or extract all out-of-date
Appointments and ToDo items
from the database. That is, use the
(MENU) Eile Remove "Before"
command, with the "Save
Removed Items" option checked.
You can save the removed items in
a file with the name AUG97.ADB
(or whatever) and then merge this
with a larger archive file called
APPT97.ADB. This will let you
trim down the size of the current
Appointment Book file while keeping a record of all your past accomplishments. If you notice that the
File Merge operation introduces
database errors in the merged file,
you can always use the File Print
command to send the database to
an ASCII text file. Then you can
use the DOS command COPY
APPT97.TXT +AUG97.TXT BIGFILE.TXT and then COpy BIGFILE.TXT APPT97.TXT, and finally, delete AUG97.TXT. You can use
MEMO or PalEd it to search
through the text file for information that you might want to use
during an annual appraisal review.
- Reserve the Appointment Book
for upcoming appointments only.
Some users have created elaborate
database files to handle ToDo
- ToDo items that are "Carried
Forward" ToDo's and repeating
Appointments tend to slow down
the Appointment Book. Try not to
use them.
- If you prefer using Repeating
Appointments, try not to modify or
delete individual instances of a
repeating appointment. This will
let the Appointment Book start up
more quickly and it will reduce the
chances of introducing errors that
may corrupt your database.
- If all these strategies fail to get
you the speed you want, consider
popping for a double speed crystal
upgrade. This will make your
palmtop anywhere from 150% to
200% faster. Be aware that HP considers this upgrade a violation of
the standard warranty. If your
palmtop requires service by HP,
count on losing the expensive
Speeding up ALL the databases
Many users have tried using a program called FASTDB .TSR • to
speed up the performance of all
their database applications. The
TSR extension to the file name indicates that this program is a terminate and stay resident program
peculiar to the HP palmtop. Once
installed in the HP 100 / 200LX it
modifies the operation of all the
database applications.
Ordinarily, when you add,
delete or modify an item in a database file and press the FlO (OK)
key, the database engine modifies
the file, updates the index to the
file and then "packs" the file so
that it is up-to-date and accurate.
Packing can take a long time,
depending on the size of the file.
FASTDB.TSR postpones the packing process until you actually close
the file. So if you have a lot of
editing to do, you might save some
time, but you'll have to wait a long
time for the database file to close
and get updated.
If, on the other hand, you have
a large database file that contains
data that is typically read-only,
there is a down-side to using
FASTDB.TSR. Each time you open
and close the file, the size of the file
will grow by several thousand bytes.
If you're not aware of this, you
might suddenly experience an
"insufficient disk space" error.
Stan Dobrowski, one of the
volunteer experts in the HPHAND
Forum on CompuServe, discovered
how to eliminate this side-effect.
He suggests editing two records in
the database ( two seems to be the
magic number) and then closing
the file . This forces the FASTDB.TSR program to update and
pack the file. Other users suggest
creating a System Macro that will
add two dummy records to a database and immediately delete them
just before closing the application.
This has the same effect as Stan's
Even with Stan's work-around,
some users have reported that they
have experienced corrupt database
files once they started using FASTDB .TSR . So the best advice for
using this program is to ensure that
your database files are accurate
and then back them up.
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This user shows that the HP Palmtop has its own value, even on the site
of a large network of workstations. Using pcANYWHERE on the palmtop while traveling, he checks dBASE files on the Network. The palmtop
also comes in handy for Bible study and genealogy research.
By Robert Steckbeck
lthough I don't think of
myself as a "computer weenie," I do carry my 2Mb 200LX
palmtop almost everywhere I go in
my "RipOff" belt holster, which I
purchased through EduCALC.
When I say everywhere, I mean
everywhere. I even wear it to
HP palmtop helps run
65-workstation network
I serve as network administrator
for a 100-user Novell 3.12 Local
Area Network in my position as
the Coordinator of Cardiology
Information Services at the Penn
State Cardiovascular Center of the
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The
Network includes about 65 workstations and 15 shared printers.
Since many of my workstations have Internet Protocol OP)
addresses for access to the Internet
and our hospital's mainframe, I
need to keep track of which IP
address is being used by which
An IP address is used by the
system similar to the way a house's
street address is used by the Postal
Service to locate a building. So, it's
important that I not assign any
given IP address to more than one
computer, or one of the users won't
be able to access our system, as the
address which his/her computer is
claiming will already be in use.
I keep a listing of these in a
text file using MEMO on the palmtop. This allows me to know at any
given time which IP address is in
use, and where. I can search for
any user's name or any IP address
using MEMO's "Search" function.
Additionally, by periodically
uploading this ASCII file to my
desktop computer, I can import it
into a Microsoft Word document
which serves as the Supervisor's
Manual for my network. I devote a
chapter in the manual to the IP
addresses on my network, and I
regularly update this chapter from
my palmtop.
As noted above, my network
includes 15 networked printers,
mostly HP LaserJet Ills and IVs. I
keep a separate MEMO file listing
the locations of these printers and
their network names. This allows
me to quickly find them when I set
up a new workstation or otherwise
need to change the printer to which
any node directs its printing. I prefer to direct printed output to a network printer from the AUTOEXEC.BAT file, using a DOS command which specifies the printer's
name, so having this information
on the palmtop is of great use to
me. Again, I upload this MEMO
file to my desktop system to use in
my network manual.
Remote access to dBASE IV files
Since I carry my palmtop with me
everywhere, on several occasions I
have used pcANYWHERE, Version
4.5, and a Megahertz 14.4 X-Jack
modem, Model XJl144, to remotely
dial into my desktop computer in
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began working with computers about 12 years ago on a hobby basis, but
moved five years ago to the position of Coordinator of Cardiology
Information Services at the Penn State Cardiovascular Center of the Milton
S. Hershey Medical Center. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer
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Screen 1: The palmtop's cursor is sitting on record 239,950 of a dBase IV table which
contains 242,324 records, as noted in the status bar at the bottom of the screen.
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Screen 2: The author's palmtop is controlling his Netware
file server while running pcANYWHERE.
my office and connect to my network. (pcANYWHERE is a DOS
application that lets you remotely
access and control your office computer from anywhere in the world.)
This allowed me to correct several
problems while I was on vacation
in Ocean City, Maryland, as well as
perform routine "check ins" with
my network. pcANYWHERE uses
about 670KB of disk space.
I store pcANYWHERE on the
C: drive, leaving the slot available
for the Megahertz modem (which I
use interchangeably in my Toshiba
notebook computer). With this configuration, I'm able to remotely
access our dBase IV database applications. This has allowed me not
only to open databases as large as
225,000 records and re-index them,
but also navigate the menu-driven
dBASE program we use to run the
Cardiovascular Center (Screen 1).
This makes it possible for us to
schedule appointments with each
other without playing "phone tag."
Since several of us also use a 100 or
200LX to keep our appointments,
we are in the process of purchasing
the necessary software to link our
palmtops with OnTime via our
desktop computers. This will allow
us to download the Appointment
Book on our palmtops into our
individual calendars in OnTime.
We have serial cables attached to
our desktop computers, in addition
to HP's Connectivity Pack software, to perform routine backups
of the data on our palmtops.
Incidentally, I strongly advise
anyone to frequently back up their
palmtop. The first time I used my
PC Card modem I drained my batteries, including the backup battery, to the point that I lost EVERYTHING. Fortunately I had just
done a full backup two days earlier, so was able to restore my system with minimal loss. However, it
was a real lesson in the importance
of doing regular backups.
In-flight typing
The actual work (such as reindexing a database) is carried out
on my desktop computer rather
than the palmtop, since the
pcANYWHERE software is allowing me to use the palmtop's keyboard to control the desktop computer. I'm also able to run several
Novell Netware utilities, such as
RCONSOLE (see Screen 2.), which
allows me to control my 64Mb,
3.5Gb Compaq file server, and
PCONSOLE, which allows me to
control the networked printers.
Keeping up with network-based
on-line scheduling
All administrative personnel in our
department use OnTime scheduling software stored on our Local
Area Network, so that our business
calendars are available to our
department heads and colleagues.
Over the years I've seen several
articles extolling the virtues of the
palmtop as a word processor, as
well as discussing the difficulties of
using the tiny keyboard.
However, in spite of its small
size, I've typed a four-page document on an airplane while returning from a business trip to
Minnesota to observe several hospitals. I needed to submit to our
department head a summary of our
findings, and the palmtop was
with me on the plane. So, I lowered
my tray, took out my palmtop, and
began typing with my index fingers. About 45 minutes later my
report was complete, and needed
only to be downloaded to my desktop unit and imported into
Microsoft Word. With about five
minutes of formatting I was able to
print the report and submit it to my
boss within an hour of returning to
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Screen 3. The author uses QuickVerse to access the King James version of the Bible.
Transferring data between
Windows 95 and the palmtop
I attached my palmtop to my
Toshiba laptop computer via the
serial port and ran the Connectivity
Pack software to download several
Mb of data to the Palmtop.
However, my Toshiba's operating
system is Windows '95, and even
though I was running the software
on the palmtop from the MS-DOS
prompt via the Program Manager,
during file transfer Windows
brought up its screen saver.
Although I didn't initially realize it, several key files on the palmtop were garbled, including one of
the directory names. So, the program I was loading initially wouldn't run. I re-transferred all of the
files after rebooting in DOS-only
mode. Following that problem I've
found it best to restart Windows
'95 in MS-DOS mode when transferring files to the palmtop, rather
than just "shelling out" to DOS
from the Program Manager.
Tagging favorite
Bible passages
Earlier I mentioned that my
Palmtop is useful to me in church.
This may sound extreme, but I
often refer to it when my wife and I
attend Sunday school to check my
personal calendar against. plan~ed
class activities, as well as fmd BIble
passages stored on my 4Mb
MagicRAM Flash Card.
Since obtaining the card, I've
downloaded QuickVerse Version
2.13 from Parsons Technology onto
it. (See Screen 3.) The program,
with only the King James Version,
the Bible Index and the files I've
found needed to run it, takes about
3Mb of disk space and runs quite
I'm even able to place "bookmarks" in various verses, allowing
me to quickly hotkey from one
book to another. On a desktop
computer, bookmarks are placed in
QuickVerse using the [Shift] key
and the regular number keys located above the top row of letter keys
(not the separate numeric keys).
Since the palmtop doesn't have
these keys and the numeric keypad
doesn't work with QuickVerse, I
discovered that bookmarks may be
placed using the [Shift] key in as~o­
ciation with those characters whIch
are normally represented on a
"regular" computer with the shifted value of the number keys.
For example, the shifted value
of the [2] key on a desktop unit is
the "@" character. To place a bookmark on the palmtop I use the
[Shift] key with the "@" key, which
is the Appointment Manager's hot
key. For those who might plan on
using Quick Verse on your palmtops, you need to remember the
shifted values of the number keys
on a regular keyboard for placing
I've begun using only my
palmtop in church rather than my
regular King James Bible. The
printing is a bit smaller than my
regular printed Bible, but moving
to any chapter and verse is a snap.
I can even search for specific words
or phrases, although a long list of
matches can take a bit longer than
one would want, since the program
is running on an 80186 processor.
Turning off the sounds that
indicate an error is a good idea,
using the palmtop's system setup.
This helps avoid having any
embarrassing computer· sounds
occurring during the service.
Our pastor is very enthusiastic
about using his desktop computer
with various Bible software packages, so he has no problem with
my using my palmtop in church.
Being familiar with QuickVerse allows me to use it with a
minimum of manipulation, so my
hand movements with the palmtop
are about the same as if I were
using my printed Bible.
Collecting family history data
As the historian for our family I've
used Brother's Keeper . for several years to maintain our family history records. Although I'm currently using the Windows version on
my Toshiba notebook, I've recently
downloaded several of the program files from my older D?S
Version 5.2 and all of the data fIles
to my palmtop (see Screen 4.).
Although I have only a small
portion of the program on the
palmtop, I have everything I need
to add new people to my files and
modify their listings, including the
note files. Now, when I'm paging
through church baptismal and
death records in the local County
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any listing for a "Steckbeck" I can
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already in our files. Being able to
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The built-in applications of the
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I've heard it said that "the best
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New HP 300/320LX Palmtop PC
Transferring data from his HP lOOLX to a newly purchased HP 320LX
Palmtop PC wasn't effortless for this new Windows CE user, but what
he learned can help others out.
By James A. Robertson
s soon as I saw the description
of Hewlett-Packard's new
Windows CE palmtops, I knew I
would have one. After using my
2Mb 100LX for the last four years I
have corne to rely on it for most of
the tasks I used to carry one of
those ubiquitous planner notebooks for.
So when I read after COMDEX
96 that HP would soon introduce a
Windows CE palmtop, I hoped maybe expected would be more
like it - that it would do the kinds
of things for handhelds that
Windows 95 did to improve DOS
and Windows 3.l.
Now that I've been through
the transition process, I have to
confess to being mildly disappointed by the amount of effort it has
taken, and by the missing features
in the Windows CE software that I
enjoyed in the 100LX. The jury is
still out on whether the 300/320LX
platform will be as good as the
100/200LX has been.
This article will describe the
process I went through to set up
my new 320LX and to import files
from my 100LX. I'll mention the
strengths and weaknesses I have
been able to observe in the new
platform during my first week of
use. I will also describe how I
solved various problems I encountered. My solutions may not be the
best, but they worked for me. I will
not repeat the 300/320LX hardware and software specifications
that you can read in the articles
that have appeared in The HP
Palmtop Paper, (see pages 16-21 of
the March/ April 1997 issue).
How I Acquired my Unit
Initial shipments of the 300LX and
320LX (along with accessories and
card memory) were hard to find as
of the first week in June. Early
units are likely to be snapped up
quickly, so if a similar situation
arises in the future, I suggest to
keep in daily contact with one or
more dealers until they can sell you
a unit.
I called HP's pre-sales number
(800-443-1254) to obtain the names
of local dealers that were supposed
to have them. As soon as I had the
names, I went shopping. Three out
of four local stores did not have
any in stock, but I finally struck
gold at a nearby discount office
supply store.
I spotted the 320LX immediately among the several Handheld
PCs at the store. HP's CE screen is
noticeably larger, compared to the
other units that will be displayed
alongside the HP in many stores.
After playing with the demo
machine for a few minutes, I asked
for one in the box but was told the
one on display was the only one in
stock. The sticker price of $699 was
the best I could do. I could have
saved $46 by waiting for the mail
order dealer to receive a supply,
but after six months of buildup of
anticipation I couldn't wait any
longer. The clerk told me that the
store had received two 320LX
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machines that morning. One sold
when the store opened; I bought
mine at noon.
Back at my office, the first task
was to check the package contents.
When you open the box there are
two manuals, a large setup instruction sheet (useful for explaining the
battery insertion order and reset
procedure), an add-on product catalog, warranty, licenses for H/PC
Explorer and the other software,
and two CD-ROMs containing the
software for the desktop (or laptop)
partner machine you must have to
connect with the 320LX. Inside the
inner box the 320LX was enclosed
in cardboard on one side. The other
side of the box held the docking
cradle, with serial connection cable
attached, HP's neat folding-prong
AC adapter, two AA alkaline batteries and the backup battery.
Use care during setup
I followed the instruction sheet to
insert the ba tteries and reset the
new palmtop [Actually, resetting is
unnecessary; the palmtop powers on
automatically. EDITOR]. I turned it
on by pressing the [spacebar] and
hurriedly began following the
setup and personalization instructions, using the stylus. The result of
this process demonstrated the
importance of following the onscreen setup instructions precisely.
Pay special attention to stylus
calibration. If you do not calibrate
the stylus accurately (as I unknowingly did the first time through),
the commands and menus will not
work correctly when you use the
stylus. For example, pressing on
one menu item may execute the
adjoining menu choice. I could see
the problem immediately when I
attempted to cruise around the
menu bars in the built-in programs.
Because of the difficulty this miscalibration caused in restarting the
calibration program in the Control
Panel, I finally had to remove the
batteries (including the backup battery), reset the machine and go
through setup and calibration from
the beginning. [Pressing (CTRL)+
(ALT)+(=) allows you to recalibrate.
It's not necessary to remove the batteries and reset. EDITOR]. Everything
worked as it should after my second attempt.
I unpacked the docking station
and plugged in the 320LX. The
palmtop's plug on the AC adapter
is noticeably smaller than the
lOO/200LX's, and the serial connector has a flat, rectangular shape
with an arrow on top for proper
orientation. The serial connector
may be removed from the docking
station by turning the unit over
and pinching the plastic clip that
holds the cable in the docking station. The cable rests under the clip
and removes easily. It's unfortunate that HP changed the design of
the power and serial connectors; it
means that none of the accessories
for the lOO/200LX which use these
connections will work with the
The first accessories I obtain
will be an extra AC adapter and
serial connection cable for my travel kit. Nearly as important will be a
CompactFlash card, which will
allow me to leave the PCMCIA slot
free for a modem. (The HP 320LX
unit has two card slots: a PCMCIA
slot, as well as a Com pactFlash
card slot.)
Importing usable
lOO/200LX files
One of the first things I wanted to
know was whether the Windows
CE machine would read files
directly from the Sundisk 5Mb
PCMCIA card on which I have
stored programs and all reference
files I have maintained on my
lOOLX for the last four years. (The
predecessors of Sandisk cards were
Sundisk cards). I turned the 320LX
off with the [fn] + [spacebar] keys,
inserted the card and turned the
CE machine back on. I searched
everywhere on the Windows desktop and My Handheld PC menus,
but the palmtop gave no sign of
recognition of the card.
I called HP's Technical
Support folks. It seems that the
300/320LX is known to recognize
only the Sandisk PCMCIA cards
and CompactFlash cards that are
listed in the README file on HP's
CD-ROM which comes with the
unit. Other ATA flash cards using
3.3v should work, but cards requiring 5v are not recommended by
Another revelation came out of
this experiment: All file translation/ conversion of lOO/200LX files
must be performed on your desktop machine (not in the palmtop),
using HP's PIM conversion software and the H/PC Explorer synchronization option that must be
installed on the desktop PC from
the CD-ROM. If you've been using
HP's Connectivity Pack to back up
your palmtop on your desktop PC,
you already have the files, but it's
unfortunate that you can't simply
interchange files by moving a
PCMCIA card from a lOO/200LX to
the 300/320LX.
Phone to Contact conversion
Converting my phone/contact list
was the most important task to me;
I have almost a thousand names
and phone numbers of clients,
friends and professional associates.
The first step in this process is
installing the special H/PC software on the CD-ROMs that accompany the 300/320LX. When the
Microsoft CD setup program starts,
it shows three software installation
options (which must be installed in
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the order displayed): (1) install
Microsoft exchange updates (not
required if you already have
installed this update from
Microsoft's Internet download site,
or if you have Microsoft Outlook,
released with Office 97); (2) install
Microsoft Schedule+ 7.0a (not
required if you have Microsoft
Outlook); and (3) install H/PC
Explorer, which is the heart of the
desktop interface with your new
HP palmtop. Next, load the HP
CD. Although there are many free
trial software offers on the CD, the
only one you need immediately is
the translation program in the
directory named \HP\PIM. Setup
for these programs is easy if you
follow the menus.
When you start the HP PIM
translation program, it asks you to
locate your 100/200LX Phonebook
(.PDB) or Appointment book
(.ADB) files. After loading the
Phonebook file, you will be shown
a fieldname conversion table. You
have the opportunity to remap the
new field names at this time, but
you can't add fields, rename fields
or modify the database structure
like you could in Phonebook. Note
that the only PIM conversions are
the Phonebook and Appointment
Book files. There is no conversion
utility for database files.
Synchronizing PC
and palmtop files
I discovered another problem after
conversion: H/PC picks Outlook as
the PC's interface with the palmtop
if you have Outlook on your Pc.
However, the HP PIM conversion
program only converts Phonebook
files into Schedule+ contact files.
You may then need to import your
contact list into Outlook from
Exchange/ Schedule+ before you
can synchronize the PC and palmtop files. The first conversion/ synchronization I performed joined the
name and business phone fields
into the Contacts name field,
instead of placing them in the cor-
rect Contacts database fields. This
problem resulted from my attempt
to rename the fields being mapped.
Everything converted recognizably
after a second conversion of my
Phone Book. However, synchronization with the palmtop was
another matter.
When you have connected the
desktop PC to your palmtop with
the serial cable, turn on the
300/320LX and start H/PC
Explorer on the Pc. The program
immediately begins establishing a
connection between the PC and
palmtop. H/PC Explorer shows its
progress establishing a connection
on its status bar. The palmtop
screen displays a corresponding
message. If you have an open, correctly configured serial port, connecting the two machines will be
My suggestion: turn off
automatic synchronization
You have the choice when you configure H/PC Explorer to perform
between files on the PC and the HP
palmtop. I recommend turning off
automatic synchronization in
H/PC Explorer's Tools menu.
Automatic synchronization is safer,
but it takes time and may inconvenience you while you wait for it to
finish. Just remember to synchronize before you disconnect the
palmtop or before you close H/PC
Explorer on the desktop.
When I finally attempted to
synchronize the files, the process
appeared to be working smoothly
for awhile. Eventually, however, I
received an error message that the
desktop was not receiving a reply
from the palmtop. Both machines
indicated that they were successfully connected, so I had no other
tools with which to test the direct
serial connection. Unfortunately, if
the number of synchronized contacts does not increase after this
message, I found (using the
Troubleshooting guide in the Help
files) that the only way to eliminate
the sycnchronization error was to
disconnect the two machines, reset
(reboot) the palmtop, reboot the
desktop and reconnect the
machines. A few more contacts can
then be synchronized until it times
out again and the rebooting
process must be repeated.
After over a dozen attempts
and reboots, including a 3-1/2
hour phone call to HP Tech
Support, I finally achieved a "synchronized state" between the desktop and palmtop files . However,
the palmtop file is not alphabetized
and I have not yet been able to
clean it up so that it is entirely useable. Frankly, conversion of this file
has been a nightmare and has
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Troubleshooting instructions precisely before you bother calling HP.
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problem (as of early June).
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Moving 1 00/200 LX
NoteTaker and
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on the HP 320LX
By Hal Goldstein
1OOLX and 200LX NoteTaker
and Database files can be
accessed on the HP 320LX in either
Pocket Word and Pocket Excel. In fact,
like Lotus 1-2-3, Pocket Excel can be
used as a tabular database.
The trick in either case is to make
use of F5 (Smart Clip) in NoteTaker
and DataBase. Smart Clip is a powerful, easy-to-use formatter that lets you
output data in any format you want. If
you decide to export to Excel, then you
need to create a Smart Clip that produces a Comma Delimited or Tabular
file which Excel (on a Windows 95
machine) can read.
So for example, in NoteTaker you
might create a smart clip that reads:
"Category", "Title" ,"Note" using the F2
(Field) key within Smart Clip. (You may,
however, have difficulty importing into
Excel long comments in the Notes field
the way you want them.) Once you
have defined the Smart Clip, from the
main Notetaker or Database menu use
the (Menu) File frint command to create the file to be imported into Excel.
Similarily, Pocket Word will read
the output from any Database or
NoteTaker file (using Smart Clip and ,
(Menu) File frint) . If you wish to create
a 320LX Pocket Word document from
your 100/200LX NoteTaker or Database
file, you will have to decide how you
want your data displayed, and in what
order. The end result will be a long
Pocket Word file with one Databasel
NoteTaker record following another.
The good news about the Pocket
Excel and Pocket Word solutions is that
both allow access of HP 100/200LX
data. The bad news is that the access
is clumsy, and creating new data for the
databases is even clumsier.
Difficulty recognizing
MEMO and Lotus files
Before experimenting with other
file conversions, I made a copy of
all my 100/200LX files in a new
directory for 320LX files on my Pc.
I did not want to risk losing the
desktop backup copy of my
100/200LX files. Then I tried to
move groups of the copied
100/200LX application files to
H/pe Explorer and synchronize
them, to see what file types the
300/320LX software would recognize without further effort.
This was another disappointment. Neither Pocket Word nor
Pocket Excel recognize the
100/200LX Lotus 1-2-3 files with
the .WKI extension. H/pe
Explorer thinks .WKI is a Pocket
Word file type.
However, Pocket Word recognizes .TXT files without difficulty,
and in order to get the program to
recognize 100/200LX MEMO files
with the .DOe extension, just
change the display of files from
"Pocket Word Documents" to "All
To solve these conversion
problems I opened my Office 97
desktop copies of Word and Excel
and imported each 100/200LX file
with a DOe or .TXT extension into
Word, then used the menu command "Save As ... " to save the files
in standard Word format. Then I
imported the 100/ 200LX Lotus 1-23 files with .WKI extensions into
Excel and saved them as Excel files.
I then deleted the old 100/200LX
versions of the files from my 320LX
file directories.
When I moved the newly
saved files onto the H/pe Explorer
desktop (using the copy and paste
commands), each file automatically
converted effortlessly into Pocket
Word or Pocket Excel format. After
conversion, I was able to open and
review my files on the 320LX,
using Pocket Word and Pocket
Excel. Many of the text files will
require reformatting, but I will do
this as I use them over the coming
Note that conversion to or
from Pocket Word and Pocket
Excel format occur automatically as
you move or copy files from the
desktop to the palmtop and back.
This file conversion process is separa te from the sychroniza tion
process used to compare desktop
and palmtop copies of your
appointments, contact and task ("to
do") databases.
HP technical support
Several setup and configuration
problems caused me to call HP
Technical Support during the first
days after I bought my 320LX. My
longest wait was about 30 minutes,
when I started out as caller 15 in
the queue. They are trying to be as
helpful as possible, but the 300
series units are so new that they
don't have solutions for every
problem. The technical support
representatives I spoke to had only
recently received their own 300
series units, so they couldn't possibly have had too much experience
with potential problems. I plan to
report the resolution of all problems to HP so they can add to their
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The missing database engine
I have a sizable number of
100/200LX database, notepad and
HP Calc equation files (.GDB ,
.NDB and .EQN) that cannot be
converted into usable format for
the 300/320LX. (However, see sidebar for conversion of Database
files.) The new machine has database files for appointments, tasks
and contacts, but these functions
are entirely different from the
100/200LX databases . I made
extensive use of the database functions on the 100/200LX. They are
great for a wide variety of uses.
At this point in my discovery
of the 320LX's capabilities, I feel
that HP or Microsoft made a grave
error in omitting the database from
the 300/320LX. I know other
100/200LX users who will not
switch to the Windows CE platform because of this omission.
Third-party developers are going
to have a field day with this, but
how much of the precious 2 or 4Mb
of RAM will be sacrificed? Perhaps
HP and other Windows CE
machine OEMs will put pressure
on Microsoft to add a "Pocket
Access" program for future ROM
updates. HP then could include
database converters for the desktop
version of Microsoft Access that
will make the files usable in Pocket
Access on the 300/320LX.
I have investigated third-party
solutions for the database problem,
but the program described as most
closely matching my needs has
been withdrawn for reworking .
The others do not appear to meet
my needs.
The .EQN files are used in
many HP Calc applications for the
older palmtops, but these applications are missing on the new
model. For example, I'm a pilot, so
I have an E6B flight calculator program for HP Calc in the 100/200LX
that makes extensive use of .EQN
files . I have not seen comparable
functionality in the 300/ 320LX calculator. Its menus do not include
the ability to store or call up saved
functions or equations.
Don't look for a DOS prompt
on the 300/320LX desktop .
Windows CE does not have the
ability to open a DOS window or
run DOS programs. This is one of
the Windows 95 functions missing
from Windows CE o If you made
extensive use of DOS programs on
your 100/200LX, you will have to
wait until third-party developers
introduce Windows CE versions of
their DOS program to perform the
same work on a 300/320LX.
Initial impressions
As I use the 320LX I am impressed
by many of its features . I used
Pocket Word to prepare the draft of
this article. Although I could not
touch-type at 80 wpm (like I can on
my PC), I made steady, acceptable
progress with a "modified hover"
typing technique in which I basically use three fingers of each
hand. The keyboard is still small,
but it's a great improvement over
the 100 /200LX.
I'm wildly excited to finally
Ihave a useful handheld computer
with a backlit screen. It works!
Everything on screen is visible in
the dark, but you may need to go
slow until you learn where the
curser and alternative function
keys are located. I wish HP had
included backlighting on the
100/200LX! External screen lights
have been the only solution until
now. Warning : extensive use of
backlighting will quickly drain a
new set of AA batteries. Keep a
spare set on hand at all times!
Hasn't abandoned
lOOLX's database
At this point I have not abandoned
my 100LX, and I don't think I will
until HP and Microsoft solve the
missing database problem in
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the 300/320LX's built-in software,
so I was aware of the missing database engine. But until I was
reviewing my files during the
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on which I keep my pilot's logbook
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addition, I can now exchange files
easily between Word and Excel on
my PC and Pocket Word and
Pocket Excel on the 320LX - by
inserting a serial plug, starting
H/PC Explorer and simply copying or moving files back and forth.
It can't get much simpler .
Interchange between my PC and
the 100LX was certainly possible,
but hardly as easy and convenient
as it is with the 320LX.
I have purchased a 33.6 PCM-'
CIA card fax/modem (one of the
ones that's on HP's list of tested
devices). Although HP advised me
that this model was withdrawn
from the list the last week in May,
my initial test of its operation was
successful. I was able to dial into a
remote site and establish a working
connection. I'm looking forward to
trying out the 320LX's communications, Internet and e-mail capabilities . Warning : Don't leave a
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unless you are using the AC
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I have ordered a 15Mb compact flash card for file storage. So
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of usable files from the 100LX, but I
expect the 320LX's 4Mb to need
cleaning soon because of my past
palmtop work and filing habits. In
the past I have always tried to keep
all working copies of files on the
card rather than clutter up precious
What I recommend
Overall, I expect my palmtop
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I still need the 100LX for work
involving the database programs.
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Web-enable Your 1-2·3 Data
Use Lotus 1-2-3's ability to print to a file to create dynamic
World Wide Web page templates
By Carl Merkle
he growth of intranets and
their powerful potential to
enhance the way people work and
communicate adds a whole new
dimension of value to the version
of Lotus 1-2-3 on the palmtop that
didn't exist before the popularization of the Internet/intranets.
This article explains why, and
gives you some ideas how you can
use the ultra-portable, low-cost PC
that is with you or your employees
anytime, anywhere to create and
update useful Web pages to facilitate communication, to deploy corporate knowledge and to efficiently
execute methodologies on a private
Web Page Background
Web pages are documents on the
Internet and intranets (which are
private networks based on Internet
standards). Web pages are just simple plain-text files like the ASCII
files produced by MEMO or the
note sections of PHONE, DATABASE and NOTET AKER on the
When viewed with a Web
browser, the most popular of
which is Netscape Navigator, those
plain text documents can appear to
be richly formatted - sometimes
taking on the fancy graphical
appearance of a high gloss magazine advertisement.
Since browsers are fun and
easy to use, by putting a Web face
on corporate data many of the
paper reports currently used in
business today can be replaced
with an electronic version in its
place. The electronic report can be
viewed by any authorized person
from anywhere in the world. The
high costs of distributing and storing paper-based information can
then be eliminated.
On the palmtop, a freeware
graphical Web page browser
known as HV • is available which
was created by author Dr. Andreas
Garzotto. HV stands for the first
characters of the words "HTML
Viewer." If you don't have this
browser, I highly recommend it.
And of course the price is right it's free!
An introduction to HTML
Web pages are called HTML files
or HTML documents. HTML
stands for HyperText Markup
Language. HTML files contain
nothing but letters, numbers, punctuation marks and other plain
printable characters.
What distinguishes HTML from
any other plain-text file is the presence of markup codes called tags.
These tags tell the Web browser
that you are using how to display
the formatting and layout of the
document on your computer, specify hyperlinks to areas in the document or to other documents on
your intranet, and how to do many
other things. Of course, different
Web browsers render the same
document in different ways color, font types, font size, and so
The really nice thing about
Web pages is that any currently
popular or previously popular
computer can see them. That
makes a single Web page universally viewable by a widely distributed group of people which can
even be international in scope, each
using different types of computers
and different browsers.
Also, large documents can
have links to other parts of the document or links to other documents
on different computers within the
intranet, making it fast and easy to
Carl Merkle is the Director of Corporate Projects for Shier
Systems & Software, Inc. and is responsible for managing delivery of ultra-mobile computing and communications business
solutions to corporate accounts. A CPA by background, previously he was a senior manager with Ernst & Young, LLP. Carl
lives in Irvine, California witfi. his wife and three children, where
the use of handheld PCs is woven into the fabric of their daily
activities. He can be reached bye-mail at: [email protected] or by
voice-mail at 714-559-1142.
view the linked sections with a
Web browser. Web browsers take
little or no training to use. Thus
people who are new to computers
can instantly benefit from viewing
documents with them.
Create a simple Web page
HTML markup codes are surrounded by special markers to set
them off from the text displayed by
the browser. These symbols are the
right and left angle brackets shown
as follows: "<" and ">".
HTML markup codes are usually included in pairs, one to mark
the start of a browser instruction,
and one to mark the end of a
browser instruction. The end of a
browser instruction starts with the
following two characters: "</".
There are only four tags necessary to create a Web page. They
are: l.<HTML>, 2. <HEAD>, 3.
<TITLE>, and 4. <BODY>. Thus
the following document, produced
by your favorite word-processor
that produces plain ASCII text, is a
legal HTML document that can be
displayed in a Web browser.
- - begin example - - - - - <HTML>
information you see displayed as a
Web page is contained in the
<BODY> of the document. (In this
circumstance the only information
that will be displayed by your Web
brows er is "My First HTML
If you've been following along,
use MEMO and just save the text
above, as plain ASCII text, to a file
called FIRST.HTM and then try to
view it with your favorite Web
browser like HV. Be sure to include
the .htm extension, since this identifies it as HTML.
HTML tags are important,
not spaces or carriage returns
Web browsers running on different
computers pretty much decide for
themselves how to wrap lines of
text. The end-of-line characters or
leading spaces you may have put
into an HTML document will likely
be ignored. This means you must
specifically mark paragraphs, or
cause line breaks. Thus the document you created above would be
displayed in a Web browser the
same as the following:
Title< /TITLE>< /HEAD><BODY>My
First HTML Docume nt. </ BODY >
<TITLE> First Doc Title </TITLE>
</ HEAD>
As you can see, HTML is pretty
basic and is simple enough for the
average person to learn the basics.
My First HTML Document.
</ BODY>
Why use 1-2-3 to
</ HTML>
- - end example - - - - - -
The <HTML> tag defines this as an
HTML document. The <HEAD>
identifies this as the beginning of
the document and includes document information, such as the title
of the document enclosed in the
<TITLE> tag. (In this circumstance,
the title is "First Doc Title".) The
create Web pages?
After you've created a few HTML
documents, updating certain fragments of them (especially the lists
and tables) can get pretty monotonous. Word processors are useful
for text entry, but they tend to be
more static with information that is
in them.
Spreadsheets, by contrast, are
more dynamic. Just think about
what a spreadsheet is useful for . It
is great for crunching numbers,
working with tables, and updating
information in formula driven templates that would otherwise take a
long time to work through manually. They also manipulate string
(text) data very well with 1-2-3's
string formulas, which can be a big
time saving tool over MEMO.
Macros can also be used to speed
the process of data entry, to save
files with unique names, or even to
import information from other
HTML documents.
Why take data from a spreadsheet and re-enter that data in a
word-processor, when you can do
it directly from 1-2-3? A spreadsheet is useful for directly creating
Web pages that benefit from the
template paradigm. This includes
fairly repetitive activities such as
daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly reports used by all commercial enterprises.
Of course, if you have a
Windows 95 machine and the most
recent Microsoft, Corel or Lotus
software, you can use those tools to
easily create HTML documents.
However, many people don't have
those tools or are not always near
those tools when they want to do
something. Instead, they can easily
roll their own tools with 1-2-3 on
the palmtop and do this anytime,
Creating text files from 1-2-3
In the November/December 1996
issue I demonstrated how easy it is
to copy-and-paste information
from a 1-2-3 spreadsheet into
MEMO . Using that same technique, it would be easy to copy a
small amount of tabular data from
1-2-3 to an HTML document in
MEMO. Using the tag <PRE>, tabular data copied-and-pasted from a
1-2-3 worksheet is displayed in its
original format on a Web browser.
Otherwise, extra spaces will be
ignored or otherwise displayed
The copy-and-paste technique
works fine if the amount of tabular
data is limited. The copied data
goes into the palmtop's clipboard,
HOW TO USE: Web enable your 1-2-3 data
3 Title June Report
Month_end June 30, 1996
<HTML><HEAD><TITLE>June Report
ABC Project
Financial Statements
Month Ended June 30,1996
$ 300,000
Work in Progress
Accounts Receivable
Total Assets
$ 6,300,000
20 </PRE></BODY></HTML>
Box 1: Creating an HTML file in Lotus 1-2-3.
which cannot handle large chunks
of data. So what do you do if you
have a larger report?
Easy - you print the report to
a file. Printing to a file, instead of to
a printer, creates a plain-text document like those used by Web
browsers. Since you can print to a
file, you might as well put all the
HTML tags in the print range and
create an HTML file.
Steps to print to a file
Let's walk through a simple example. The spreadsheet in Box 1 has
two ranges, an input range and
output range. The input range
allows data to be entered in cells B3
and E3, which in turn flow through
to the output range below. Cell A7
has the following formula:
3. Cell A12 has the following formula: +/1 Month Ended &E3.
Notice that entries in the input
range flow through to the output
range. The output range is located
in cells A7 through H20. To print to
a file, press (MENU) Print File. Set
the file name as 96JUN.HTM, set
the range as cells A7 through H20.
Set Options Margins None. Press
Other Unformatted. Press Quit Go.
This creates an HTML file
which can then be seen by HV, or
you can view it with MEMO or the
FILER view option.
Of course, you could get much
more complicated than this simple
example. The purpose is just to
give you an idea of a few of the
This is where the growth is
Expect to see intranets continue to
grow at an exponential rate
between now and the year 2000.
This powerful new medium has
completely taken the software and
hardware industry by storm.
Virtually all the major hardware
and software vendors have seen
the handwriting on the wall and
are racing to Web-enable their
major products. My research,
including visits in November 1996
to the Fall COMDEX in Las Vegas
and in March 1997 to the Spring
Internet World in Los Angeles,
convinced me that the Internet and
intranets and widespread use of
browser technologies as an information and knowledge transfer
medium are clearly a major longterm trend.
However, intra nets are a trend
still in the early stages, and most of
the people who will use them in
the future still either don't know
about them, or don't know how
simple and useful it is for the aver~ge person to create their own Web
pages for sharing and disseminating information to others.
Applications to solve business
issues are just beginning to surface,
and success stories are just beginning to come to light. Expect many
more stories over the next year or
It doesn't take much imagination to see that combining the
power of a low-cost, ultra-portable
network-centric palmtop PC with
the broadcast and storage power of
an intranet opens the door to applications that could never have been
dreamed possible before.
The computing and template
power of 1-2-3 to create and update
Web pages enhances the number of
things that can be done by the
average person with a little bit of
spreadsheet and computer knowledge.
I'd like to know your views
about combining intranets with
palmtops and 1-2-3. Send me an email letting me know if you disagree with me or if you also see the
value of this combination.
mentioned in this article
HV. Utility: a Hypertext viewer for the
World Wide Web's HTML format. Available
on last month's ON DISK and HPHand,
Library 11 on CompuServe.
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LETTERS: continued from P.2
kinds of numbers in sales to cause the
changes we users want and speak
about to become reality (improved features, etc.). I for one am enjoying the
I have owned and used the HP95LX,
HPI00LX, OB300, Newton 120, Sharp
Zaurus, Casio A-ll, and now an HP
320LX Palmtop Pc. None of the
machines prior to the WindowsCE
devices. allowed me to leave my laptop
home on trips. None of them. This feature, along with the ability to connect
to all my information on my Win95
machines, makes the HP 320LX the
most fully used of all I've tried.
This is probably because my usage
requirements fit EXACTLY what
Windows CE is intended to address:
the Windows95 or NT user that needs
compatibility and connectivity with
his/her information on the desktop.
And this it does better than anything
else I've tried.
I can take an extended business trip
and leave my laptop at the office.
Completely. I wouldn't trade that for
anything else.
Everybody has different needs, and a
lot of HP 200LX users need a complete,
stand-alone device that's very mobile.
It does this very well indeed. Those
users should keep using their 200LXs,
and I understand HP will continue to
sell them for this segment of the market.
There is no perfect device that fits
everybody. "One size fits all" does not
apply to the computer handheld market.
I have had a keen interest in the
handheld market for a long time. My
first "handheld"? An Apple lIc with a
$1,000 black and white LCD screen that
allowed the lIc to be "portable." (As
long as you had a 1,000-foot extension
cord for the power.)
James Kendrick
[email protected]
to them) is going to stop producing
them when demand falls.
It has taken me two years to half
exploit the capabilities of my 200LX,
and I do not anticipate replacing it (or
them .. .! have three) for five years or so,
by which time I shall have exhausted
its possibilities. I totally depend on it,
which is why I have a spare for backups.
The Windows CE machine is
impressive, and obviously is the thing
of the future, and I hope HP will sell
many times as many as their
95 / 100/ 200 sales. But what about me?
About us, the DOS/200 users? About
our sluggish, elderly machines?
If HP produced an upgraded 200LX
with the better screen, we would have
no decision to make. I would only need
to decide whether to buy my second
one at the same time as the first, or in a
month or so.
It seems absurd that I have to buy a
go-faster crystal and fit it myself, when
I would have preferred to buy from
On excavating inside my 200LX, I
find it has less bits in it than an HP41
calculator. Surely it wouldn't be hard
to redesign the board.
If HP markets a 200LX with a bigger screen and with more memory (and
with the 320LX processor) I will buy
one, and so, I suspect, will at least half
of the existing 200LX owners - and
this will be in addition to HP's CE
sales. The ability to run Windows
would be a bonus, but isn't essential.
If HP forces me to buy a CE
machine in a few years' time, they
must remember it won't necessarily be
an HP one that I buy. With an upgraded 200LX they have got me.
And - a parting shot - why do
they ignore the UK market? No advertising. No press comments. Often, HP
is not even mentioned in palmtop articles.
Jeff Cragg
United Kingdom
[HP will continue to sell the HP 200LX
and, as per my User to User column, we
will continue to support HP palmtops.Hal Goldstein]
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This is a letter more in sorrow than in
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its customers rather than for listening
• •• B ASIC TIPS •••
(All tips are by HP Palmtop Paper
Managing Editor Ralph C. Turner,
unless otherwise noted. You can contact Ralph at ralph_ [email protected])
Speed search
If you're like most palmtop users, your
C:\_DAT directory is filled with so many
files that, when in FILER, it's difficult to
quickly locate and highlight a particular
Although you can use the
ArrowKeys, as well as the PageUp and
PageDown keys, to scroll through the
files, there's an easier way : speed
Just start typing a file's name.
FILER will jump to the file even before
you've finished typing its name.
You can also use speed search
while FILER is "working." For instance,
if you've highlighted the C:\_DAT directory and pressed (ENTER), you can
start typing the name of a file even
before FILER displays the first screenful
of files.
Date stamp phone records
My Phone Book has a tendency to
become clogged with so many records
that it gets unwieldy. But cleaning out a
1,000-record database can be a chore
in itself. Not only can you forget who
some of the contacts are, there's no
way of knowing how old a record is.
Unless, that is, you have some sort of
In order for my system to work, I've
set the date format to "97-08-22." To do
this, open Setup by pressing
(CTRL)+(FILER), then (MENU) Qptions
l2atefTime. Then set the "Date Format"
to "YY-MM-DD" and press (F10) (OK).
Whenever I create a new
PhoneBook record, I enter the date into
the Note field . To do this, press (F3)
(Note), (Fn)+(Date), then (F10) (OK) .
[Actually, I have a macro that presses
(F2) (Add New Item), then goes to the
Note field and presses (Fn)+(Date).]
Here ' s how I determine what
records to purge. First I press (MENU)
~iew .sort. When the "sort" window
appears, I select the "Note" field (and
toggle "Ascending") as the "1 st sort
field." Then I press (F10) (OK), and all
the records get arranged by date of creation, from oldest record down to
newest record.
I can now easily recognize the oldest records (those that may be candidates for purging.)
Hal Goldstein
Publisher, The HP Palmtop Paper
[email protected]
"Cannot open file"
If, when you try to open either the
PhoneBook, ApptBook, Database, or
NoteTaker applications, you're presented with an "Error - Cannot open file"
message, it means that the program
can't find the last file you had open in
that program. (See Screen 1.)
These four programs automatically
open whatever file was last loaded into
them. The error message indicates that
the file has been deleted, renamed, corrupted, or moved.
So what do you do? If the file has
been deleted, you may still be able to
recover it. Go into FILER, press
(MENU) file .undelete. If you or your
palmtop haven't performed any save
operations since the file was deleted,
you'll probably be successful in undeleting it.
If the file can't be found because it's
been renamed, change its name to the
original name by going into FILER and
pressing (MENU) file Rename.
If you suspect the file's been corrupted, retrieve a backup of the file (and
read Ed Keefe's "Through The Looking
Glass: Fixing Database Files" in this
If the file has been moved, use
FILER to return the file to its earlier
Cannot. open file
Screen 1. If an application can't find the last
file it read, you may get this error message.
location: highlight the file, then press
(F3) (Move) [or, alternatively, press (F2)
(Copy) ] to put the file in the path where
it was before you moved it.
Finally, if none of the above remedies work, press (ESC) to get rid of the
error message, then press (MENU) file
New to start fresh with a new file. Or,
alternatively, press (MENU) file Qpen
to use another file.
Accommodating multiple
How do you handle the fact that many
people nowadays have more than one
address? For example, Mr. Smith may
live in a Manhattan apartment during
the week, reside on the weekends at his
Connecticut house, and spend his vacations at his Colorado condominium.
Although the standard PhoneBook
structure has two address fields
("Address1" and "Address2") it has only
one set of fields for "City," "State" and
"Zip." There's no easy way to enter in
more than one of Smith's complete
Two different methods for accommodating multiple Phone Book addresses have been discussed by Ron Vieceli
([email protected]) and
Avi Meshar (100607 [email protected]) on CompuServe.
The first method involves creating a
new Phone Book database that has
room for multiple addresses. Since any
database record (including a
Phone Book record) can have up to four
pages of fields, a database can be created that has more than enough room
for multiple address fields, as well as for
additional miscellaneous fields. (See
Screen 2 and Screen 3.)
To create a PhoneBook database
with a new structure, first go to FILER
and make a copy of your existing
PhoneBook file (PHONE.PDB). Use a
different name for the new file, such as
PHONE2 .PDB. Open the Database
application, then press (Menu) file
Qpen and load the PHONE2.PDB file.
(The file formats are the same for the
Database and the Phone Book applications; only the file extensions are different.) Now press (Menu) file Modify
Database. In order to bring up a second
(or th ird or fourth) page that you can
one little piece of paper you filed somewhere or other.
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for Smith's Connecticut and Colorado addresses.
(Fn)+(OownArrow). Add and edit fields
to suit your personal needs. Then exit
Database and load the PHONE2.POB
file into PhoneBook. After opening a
record in the new PhoneBook file, you
can move from one page to the next by
pressing (Fn)+(OownArrow).
There is, however, a disadvantage
in using a PhoneBook with a structure
such as this: the connectivity pack software assumes that your palmtop record
structure is the standard, default one. If
you alter the record structure, the backup process can't work.
The second method of dealing with
a person with multiple addresses
involves continuing to use the default
PhoneBook's standard, one-page structure, but spreading a person's addresses over more than one record. For
example, after adding Mr. Smith's
Manhattan address into a record, you
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Screen 4. Spreading a person's addresses
over more than one record .
would press (F2) (Add). When the second, blank record appears, you would
type in his Connecticut address. His
Colorado address would go into a third
record. (See Screen 4.)
(There's an alternative, possibly
easier, method: after creating Mr.
Smith's first (Manhattan) record, you
could press (Fn)+(COPY), then press
(Fn)+(PASTE) twice. This will create
three identical "Mr. Smith-Manhattan"
records, and you can now go into two of
them and alter them with the
Connecticut and Colorado information.)
The "multiple-record method"
allows "one-key" viewing of a person's
different addresses: pressing (F7) goes
to the next address, whereas pressing
(F6) goes to the previous address.
Topical or A·Z Filing
When organizing paper at home or
work, filing by category often makes the
most sense. You may keep a financial
file box separate from your travel literature files, for example.
However, there are advantages to
storing almost everything in an A-Z
sequence. You don't have to check in
multiple file drawers when seeking that
Many users new to the palmtop follow
the strategy of keeping several separate
NoteTaker files, such as "WORK.NOB,"
"HOME .NOB," "FUN. NOB," etc. This
makes retrieval more time consuming
than may be necessary, because whenever you need a different file, you must
follow these steps: (Menu), File, Open,
and then find the file. On the other
hand, if all information is in one A-Z
sequence, it can be retrieved simply by
opening NoteTaker.
Electronic filing has an advantage
over paper storage-retrieval options
are multiplied. By adding words such as
"work" or "home" or "fun" to the category
field in a NoteTaker record, you can
retrieve records by these distinct labels.
You can also use (F4) (Find) to locate
what you need.
While paper files can be fat and
crowd each other out, electronic records
fit next to each other without fuss. So
it's O.k. to have your "tires" record (tire
sizes and ages for your car or kids'
bicycles) next to "time management"
notes from a seminar. Your "movies to
watch" can be adjacent to your record
listing "motivational ideas" from company sales meetings.
For fastest retrieval of categories,
press the (F6) (Subset) key. Define a
new subset by tabbing to the category
field and selecting a Category, then
save the new subset with the same
name as the category. Do this for each
category you use. Then every time you
want to see only your "business" or only
your "personal" notes, you simply press
(F6) (Subset), select the appropriate
subset, press (F10) (OK), and
NoteTaker displays the relevant records
If you have already created separate NoteTaker files, there is a simple
method for merging them, one at a time,
into one main, alphabetically-arranged
file. Press (Menu), Eile, Merge, and
then select the name of another
NoteTaker file . By pressing (ENTER)
(OK), the palmtop will merge the files.
NoteTaker can be accessed at any
time by pressing the (Ctrl)+(Memo) keycombination . Stored information has
never been easier to reach.
Carol de Giere
Associate Editor, The HP Palmtop Paper
caroL [email protected]
~~~ QUICK TIPS ~~~
New programs
from the S.U.P.E.R
Internet site
One of the best Internet sites
out there today for the HP
palmtop is S .U.P.E.R .
(Simply Unbeatable Palmtop
Essentials Repository) .
The page is hosted by
Mitchell Hamm and the other
members of the S.U.P.E.A.
team: Toshiki Sasabe
(Japan), Jorgen Wallgren
(Singapore), Peter Watkins
(Washington D.C., USA),
and Rattipat Aramwatanapong (Thailand) who is
known as "Fong."
Just as the name says,
this page is SUPER for palmtop users. Different pages
on the site allow you to view
different groups of software.
The place I go first is the new
additions page (at http://
This is where I see what
new programs have come to
the site within the last 10-14
days. There is also a page
where you can view the top
20 downloads; this page
gives me an idea of what
programs are being used the
And then there is the
site's main page, which as of
today contained over 200
pieces of software that work
on, or with , the HP palmtops.
Some of the software
available on the site
PALRUN • (12 K) Version
1.01 by Harry Konstas. PALRUN is a freeware application that allows PAL applications to be run on any IBM
compatible computer.
Usually, a PAL applica-
Ded.... er Sir.
Screen 1. LXMAP displaying a map of Berlin, in German. Maps of other cities are in English (or other languages). You can choose which area of the full-sized map you want enlarged for display.
tion is a program that is
designed to run only on the
HP100/200LX series of
palmtops. The reason that
PAL applications won't run
directly on regular desktop
computers is that HP palmtops use a special graphics
mode which is not available
on other computers. PALRUN operates easily; simply
type PALRUN followed by
the name of your PAL application.
LXMAP • (21 K) Version 2.0
by Stefan Peichl. LXMAP is a
copyrighted freeware city
map viewer that uses LXPIC
as its display engine (Screen
1) . After scanning a map,
you load it into LXMAP. The
program will show you where
on the map the street is
located. Very fast and helpful. The number of cities for
which maps are available is
increasing all the time at
Newton Keyboard Driver .
(22 K) Version 0.4 by K .
Adachi. Newton Keyboard
Driver is a copyrighted freeware TSR that will allow you
to use an Apple Newton keyboard (PIN X0035LUA) with
the 100/200LX (see Screen
2.). One of the things that
has been on a lot of wish
lists is the ability to use a fullsized keyboard on the HP
Screen 2. Here is a picture of the HP 200LX
connected to the Newton keyboard.
Palmtop, and this seems to
answer that prayer. This project requires fabrication of a
custom cable to connect the
Newton keyboard to the serial port of the Palmtop. The
documentation file contains
instructions on how to make
the custom cable, along with
the hardware that is needed.
TYME • (50 K) Version 1.0
by Dennis Bell. TYME is a
shareware billing management system for use by professional consultants who
track their time in small increments spread over many
clients or cases.
Version 1.5a by Robert
Alexander. TAPEMAKER is
a unique shareware program
that helps you choose songs
to record on a cassette tape.
Many other tape programs are little more than
glorified typewriters: you type
in the song titles and the program prints out a piece of
paper with song titles on it.
TapeMaker's approach
is that if you're going to do all
that typing, you should get
some extra benefit from it.
TapeMaker lets you know
how many songs can fit on
the cassette, finds the best
order to record them in (so
that you have the minimum
amount of blank tape left)
and acts as a database for
your album collection.
Finger Paint . (137 K)
Version 4.00 by Poisson
Technology. Finger Paint is a
very nice shareware "paintbrush" application for the
palmtop. The program also
allows you to load other
graphics files, such as
scanned images (Screen 3).
Thesaur Plus . (224 K)
Version 2 .2 by Derrick
Burgess (see Screen 4) .
Thesaur Plus is a shareware
TSR thesaurus with over
10,000 main words and
50,000 synonyms . This
pop-up thesaurus can be
very handy when you are
writing and can ' t seem to
remember the right word.
Easy Project . (167 K)
Version 4 .02 by Parcell
Software. Easy Project is a
shareware DOS-based project manager that runs on the
HP 100/200LX. The program
provides assistance to anyone who manages projects.
Easy Project encourages
the manager to define a project into a series of phases
and tasks. It facilitates the
planning, scheduling and
tracking of all types of projects.
The manager plans the
activities or tasks in a
top/down outline fashion .
The "Gantt chart" (a project
management tool) displays
the project graphically by
using time bars which span
the time period of each task.
The extensive reporting module helps document the status of the project.
Lotus 1-2-3 Commands . (5
K) Version 1.0 by Stuart Pollack.
This is a handy text reference of
Lotus 1-2-3 commands written
by an expert. It adds additional
information to the online help in
Lotus. This is a nice addition to all
of us Lotus 1-2-3 users who want
to get the most out of our spreadsheets. Freeware.
Screen 3. Finger Paint, running on the palmtop, displaying a scanned graphics file.
You Need to Register
SynonYM Up
SynonYM Down
PgUp Word Up
PdDn Word Down
Find a word
A Add a SynonYM
D Delete SynonYM
INS Add a New Word
B Back Track
(or Esc) Quit
Screen 4: With Thesaur Plus on your palmtop, writing may be easier.
LXPic . (32 K) Version 4.2
by Stefan Peichl. LXPic is
copyrighted freeware and is
the fastest GIF/ICN/PCX
100/200 LXs. LXPic is celebrating its one-year anniversary. It needs only 11 K of
disk space and 64K of RAM
to decode and view any size
The program includes a
small converter for Casio
QV-10 CAM files . Version
4.2 has been modified to
work with the new LXMAP
city viewer (see previous
page) . This is an absolutely
essential piece of software to
add to your road warrior
This is just a small sampling of the wealth of programs available on the
S.U.P.E.R. site, and it is only
through the unending perseverance of the S.U.P.E .R.
members that this site is
what it is: one of the most
valuable resources for HP
Palmtop users.
Tom Gibson, Technical Editor
The HP Palmtop Paper
[email protected]
File Names
Many users today have a
Windows 95 or Windows NT
desktop computer. The operating systems on these computers allow us to use long
(and thus more descriptive)
file names, such as
However, such long file
names can't be used on the
HP Palmtops, which still live
in the good old DOS days of
the "8.3" file naming convention (Le., eight characters for
the name, plus a three-character extension).
If you were to take a file
that was named ADDRESSBOOK.PDB from your desktop and try to transfer it onto
you palmtop, the palmtop's
DOS would re-do the file
name to match its naming
convention, leaving you with
a filename on your palmtop
surprisingly, the PhoneBook
on the palmtop would not
recognize this filename as a
valid file.
To make life easier on
yourself, look at the name of
all the files on your PC
before you transfer them to
your palmtop.
Tom Gibson, Technical Ed/lor
The HP Palmtop Paper
tom_gibson @thaddeus,com
Storing your Palmtop
I know this may seem hard to
believe, but you may want to
store your HP 100/200LX for
short periods of time when it
will not be in use.
To do this, after backing
up your data, replace all of
the batteries, (AA and coin
backup battery), turn the
palmtop on, and then terminate System Manager by
pressing (& .. .) More (Menu)
Applications Ierminate All.
By doing this, the
appointments you have set,
especially repeating appointments, won't wake the palmtop up and wear down the
This is simpler and easier than going into each and
three batteries so they don't
corrode in the unit.
mentioned in
this article
All the following
programs available on
HP Palmtop Pap.r
EASY PROJECT . - This DOS-based
project manager works on the palmtop.
FINGER PAINT . - Paintbrush program designed for the palmtop.
Lotus 1·2·3 Commands . - This utility
adds more information to the online help
in 1-2-3. Freeware.
LXPic • - This graphics viewer program handles GIF, ICN, PCX, JPG and
BMP files. Freeware.
LXMAP . - Map vieweing program for
the palmtop. Freeware.
Newton Keyboard Driver . - Allows
you to hook up Apple's Newton keyboard to your palmtop. Freeware.
[email protected]
Battery type for
stored palmtop
If you're going to store your
palmtop (see above), what
type of main batteries should
you use? Gilles Kohl
[TeamHP] ([email protected] .com) provides the
following advice.
If the charge in your
main batteries drops below a
certain level, the machine will
refuse to turn on until you
replace them. Meanwhile,
the backup battery will kick in
to preserve your C: drive. But
the backup battery can't provide power indefinitely.
If you're going to leave
your palmtop unattended for
a few months, don't use
rechargeable batteries.
Rechargeable loose their
charge pretty fast. Instead ,
install alkalines, or better still,
PALRUN • - Application that allows
you to run PAL applications on an IBM
compatible computer. Freeware.
TAPEMAKER . - Program that helps
you choose what songs to record on
cassette tapes. Shareware.
TYME • - This billing management
system allows you to track your time.
Thesaur Plus . - Theasaurus program that runs on the palmtop as a TSR.
every appointment and disabling the alarm setting.
Additionally, you don't
run the risk of forgetting to
turn the appointments back
Of course, when revived,
the LX and ApptBook will
report lots of unacknowl edged appointments, but that
is a mere nuisance for a few
If you need to store your
palmtop for a long period of
time, back up your files to a
flash card, then remove all
Remembering those
"special characters"
Have you ever wanted to
insert into a MEMO document (or into a Note) one of
the palmtop's "special characters," but you couldn't
sequence to press?
Frank Louwers (72361
.2161 @compuserve .com)
has a tip that solves this
problem. But first, some
If you look up "special
characters" in your User's
Guide, you'll be directed to
the "850 Multilingual" character set table. This table contains a list of all the characters available from within the
palmtop's built-in applications, along with a 3-digit
number for each character.
For example, the table
HP Product Index
HP Products contact information: Authorized HP computer dealers worldwide (Le. the same
place you can purchase an HP LaserJet). To locate an authorized dealer in the USA, call 800443-1254. You can also purchase the 95LX & 100/200LX and its accessories from: EduCALC
at 800-677-7001, Fax: 714-582-1445; Your One-Stop Palmtop Shop at 800-709-9494 or 608752-1537, Fax: 608-752-9548; Notebook Supply Warehouse at 800-566-6832 or 714-7538810, Fax: 714-753-8812; PDA Direct at 800-279-4732 ext 130; Shier Systems at 805-3719391, Fax: 805-371-9454.
HP 300LX (F1220A)-$499 (est.)
HP 320LX (F1221A)-$699 (est.)
HP 200LX 4 MB (HP F1216A)-$599
(versions available include: US English, UK English, German, Spanish, French, Portugese, Japanese and
HP 200LX 2MB (HP Fl061A) - $499
HP 1000CX 2 MB Palmtop PC (HP F1222A) - $449
(versions available include: US English, UK English, German, Spanish, and French)
HP OmniGo 700LX - $NA (Combination HP 200LX, fax software and Nokia GSM cellular
1.8 Mb Flash Disk (HP Fl024A, with Stacker) - $199
6 Mb Flash Disk (HP F1215C, with Stacker).- $425
10 Mb Flash Disk (HP Fl013C, with Stacker) - $600
20 Mb Flash Disk (HP Fl014C, with Stacker) - $999
AC/DC Adapter (HP Fl0llA)-$39.95
USA/Canada (Opt. ABA); Europe (Opt. ABB); Australia (Opt. ABG); South Africa (Opt. ABQ);
Untled Kingdom (Opt. ABU),
PC Connectivity Cable (HP Fl015A) - $24.95
MAC Connectivity Cable (HP Fl016A) - $24.95
100/200LX Connectivity Pack - $119.95
U.S. (HP Fl021B); Intemational (HP Fl021C)
Connect/Adapter Kit - $24.95
(HP Fl023A) 4 adapters for connecting the 100/200LX to modems, printers, and PCs.
Palmtop Maintenance Kit (replacement parts) (F1216-60998) (US only) - $20
Service Agreements (2-year extension) - $85. For U.S. HP Palmtop users. Units must be
under warranty to extend.
Contact: HP, Corvallis Service Center, USA; Phone: 503-757-2002. NOTE' Pdces listed are
suggested retailpdce, Dealerpdces may vaty.
shows that the letter "e" with
an umlaut over it is associated with the number 137. To
insert this character into a
MEMO document, hold down
the (AL T) key and the
(MENU) key simultaneously,
then type 137 When you let
up the keys, the "umlaut-e"
character will appear (see
Screen 5).
Few of us carry our
User's Guide around with us,
however, which leads to
Frank's tip. He made a small
MEMO file containing a list of
those special characters that
he uses, along with the characters' 3-digit numbers. You
can make your own MEMO
file containing a list of those
special characters that you
want to use.
Frank also pasted the
contents of his file into an
ApptBook ToDo. The ToDo
item has its "Carry Forward"
field checked (so it will be
available every day), and its
"Priority" field set to a high
number (so it will be at the
Screen 5: There's an easy way to
remember how to access this, and
other, special characters.
bottom of a day's list of ToDo
If he is typing a docu ment in MEMO, he can keep
the ApptBook open to the
ToDo list, and switch back
and forth whenever he can't
remember a key sequence.
Alternatively, if he's composing a note in NoteTaker,
Database or ApptBook, he
can keep his MEMO file open
and switch back and forth
between those two applications. It's easier and quicker
to switch between two applications that it is between two
different MEMO files.
(Please note: The HP Palmtop Paper does
not and cannot provide techntcal support.)
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How to Submit an Article
The richness of The HP Palmtop Paper
comes from the contributions of Palmtop
PC users. We and your fellow ·users welcome your submissions. (We do not offer
payment for articles, your reward is knowIng that you've helped others.)
1f you have a good idea and want to "go
for it," send it in via CompuServe e-mail
[75300,2443], Internet: [email protected], or send disk or nard copy to Hal
Goldstein or Ralph C. Turner at the above
address. Alternatively you can send an
outline of your idea. We will try to guide
)Tou as to when and whether we woufd use
the article and contact you if we need clarification or have any suggestions - please
include your phone number. We may
want to use an article but for a variety of
reasons you may not see it for many
months. Please understand that we cannot
promise to run any particular article at any
particular time.
If you can, especially if you write a
Palmtop Profile, send us a photo of yourself - black and white is preferred, but
color is acceptable.
Software on The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK, CompuServe, or the Web
Text file: More online help for 1·2·3.
Application: project manager.
Application: Paintbrush program for the palmtop.
Game: Hearts and Bones for the 100LX.
Utility: Interfaces between palmtop and GPS receiver
Application; Version 4.2 of this graphics viewer.
Application: map viewing program.
Game: A palmtop game which tests logic skills.
Game: Like Hears and Bones but with added features
Driver: allows use of Apple's Newton keyboard
Application: Runs PAL applications on a PC.
Application: Periodic table.
Game; Battleship.
Application: For selecting songs; creating databases.
Application; Billing management system.
Application: Thesaurus that runs as a TSR.
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Software mentioned and included in The HP Palmtop Paper July/August ON DISK
HV.ZIP, utility: Palmtop hypertext Web page viewer, freeware, p. 28
Software mentioned and included in The 1997 HP Palmtop Paper CD InfoBase
ABDDUMP, utility, freeware, p. 13; ABDLOAD, utility, freeware, p. 13, DBV, Application, freeware, p. 14, FASTDB,
TSR application, freeware, p. 14, 15; GARLIC, utility, freeware, p. 13, PE, application, freeware, p. 13
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