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MAR I APR 1993
THE
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Publisher's Message ......................... 3
Letters to the Editor ........................... 4
HP News ............................................ 6
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HP offers free Palmtop support to
Users;
Ask Thaddeus! discontinues service April 5.
New Products and Services ............ 7
File Transfer Between
the 95LX and a PC or MAC ............ 12
Almost everyone using an HP 95LX needs
to backup or download files. This article
compares different approaches.
EMBARC Messaaina Service ......... 20
If you 're on the roadandneed to receive f·mail,
take a look at Motorola's fMBARC service.
QuickView: Personal Finance
Software on the 95LX ...................... 23
QuickView 2.0 lets you import and work
with Quicken files on the 95LX.
Freyja2: a Powerful, Free
System-Compliant Editor ............... 25
This powerful, free editor that comes with
source code and gives programmers an
excellent example of how fo write system
compliant programs.
Profile: The HP 95LX - A
Must for Serious Studentsl ............... 27
A look at a college student's rather
thorough use of the 95LX. Lots of good tips.
User to User:
PHONE Enhancing Products ........... 31
Check out these PHONE databases,
conversion utilities, and programs that
extend the usefulness of Phone Book.
Bond Calculations
Using the 95LX ................................. 35
Find out how easy it is to use HP CALC or
Lotus 1-2-3 to do bond calculations.
Looking Glass: User Keys
Make Built-In Applications
Work Together ................................. 37
Making the Connection:
Palmtop to Desktop File
Transfer Software
Page 12
Learn how to develop user defined keys to
coordinate the activities of two or more built-in
applications. Break through the 10-key barrier.
Using Memory Cards ...................... 41
How should you use them? What should
you store on them? What do you need to
watch out for?
Keeping the HP 95LX Clean ........... 45
Protect your investment and files with some
simple, and adventurous advice.
Use pcANYWHERE to Control
Your Desktop PC from Your 95LX ... 46
Access and run your desktop PC with
pcANYWHERE, SuperKey, and the HP 95LX.
ADVANCED TOPIC
Tips on Programming SystemCompliant J\pplicaflons ................. 50
Craig Finseth 's Anatomv of an Application
is jam-packed with tips on programming
system-compliant applications.
BASIC TIPS ........................................ 53
QUICK TIPS ....................................... 54
INDEX ............................................... 56
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In addition, a menu-driven user interface gives
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Publisher of
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SPECIAL
LEnER FROM
HAL GOLDSTEIN
PUBLISHER OF THE
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Computing INC.
HP PALMTOP PAPER
Dear Subscriber,
We know many of you want to receive The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK So, at a
special price, until June 30th, you can collect all the disk sets we've produced from
1991 through 1993.
The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK is more than its name implies. Yes, it contains all
the text from The HP Palmtop Paper in an easily topic-searchable format. And yes, it
contains in-depth information from our advertisers to help you more informed buying
decisions, but ...
...it also contains all the best freeware and shareware available for the HP 95LX as
we discover it.
Here is just a sample of the great software subscribers to The HP Palmtop Paper ON
DISK have received with each issue.
95BUDDY - 1992 Product of the Year
SPEL95 - Spell Checker for the 95LX
OUTLINE PLUS - Outliner and text editor
FINISH - Completes words you type
UMA - Useful Macros
MULTIDAY - Week-at-a-glance
GAMES - Chess, Space Invaders, Tetris,
Othello, Mastermind, Worm, Checkers,
Go-Moku, Klondike, Adventure, Sokoban,
Poker and many more.
YOU'LL NEVER
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to take advantage of
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offer expires 6/30/93.
VDE - Compact, powerful text editor
VDE-LX - Makes VDE work like WordPerfect
COMMO - Robust communications program
DIET - File compression utility
UNO - Useful Notes, database
ATO - Automates CompuServe activities
GRAPHI - Graphics program
PHONE - Databases; TV guide, New and
Old Testament quotes, special character set,
area codes, 1-2-3 me and many more.
PLUS. .. Solver equations, Lotus Spreadsheets, latitudes and longitudes, translation
utilities, a travel organizer, language compilers, screen printing utilities ...
...and much, much more!
The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK is a goldmine of useful software for the HP 95LX,
and can help you turn your palmtop into a more powerful and productive machine.
The HP Palmtop Paper gives you the information you need to get the most out of your
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Sincerely,
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Publisher
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Publisher's Message
The HP Palmtop Paper
At this time the number of HP Palmtop computers occupy a minuscule part
of the personal computer market place.
We HP 95LX users view our HP Palmtop as one of the world's best kept
secrets. We see the future of computing
in our palm. Having all that computing
power always available is too useful
for it not to catch on in a big way.
In the meantime the HP 95LX has
attracted a network of users and vendors of extraordinary quality. FortuHal Goldstein
nately for us, many of these users have
taken the time to contribute to this
publication. Our contributors this issue include a lawyer with
a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, an award-winning programmer for Symantec, leaders of America On Line's new Palmtop
SIG forum, an engineering manager, an experienced computer
science professor, and two consultants specializing in the HP
95LX. In this issue these fellow users describe a new MEMO
alternative, wireless computing, and alternatives for transferring your 95LX files. Other users will tell you how to update
your Quicken (personal finance) information on your 95LX,
how to protect your files on the different memory card
alternatives, and how to run your desktop computer via
modem from the HP 95LX.
Also, in this issue a student explains how he uses his HP
Palmtop, I describe over twenty data bases and other tools to
enhance the built-in PHONE application, and Ed Keefe gives
you an advanced lesson on User Defined function keys
(macros). In addition, you'll find a rich collection of tips, letters,
and even an article on how to keep your HP 95LX clean.
Enjoy.
Finally, as you will see, HP no longer charges for its U.S.
support. It is free for the cost of the call. Given this change in
HP policy, we have eliminated our Ask Thaddeus support
helpline. Robert Roney, director of Ask Thaddeus, has agreed
to join Richard Hall and myself in our editorial staff. Given
Robert's technical and interpersonal skills, Robert will help The
HP Palmtop Paper live up its mission of making HP Palmtops
more useful and enjoyable.
Volume two / Number two
March / April 1993
Executive EditorlPublisher
Hal Goldstein
Managing Editor
Richard Hall
Technical Editor
Robert Roney
Department Editors
Ed Keefe
Mark Scardina
Contributing Writers
Ralph Butler
Cindy Ericson
J.D. Flemming, Jr.
Douglas D. Giloert
Tony McNamara
Rick Shaddock
Jeffrey C. Zorn
AdvertisinlliMarketing
Brian 'feitzman
Peder Sweeney
Margaret Martin
Circulation
Sharon Dilmore
Cindy Ericson
Rene LaReau
Diane Wimett
Executive Advisor
Rita Goldstein
The HP Palmtop Paper (ISSN
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to provide accurate and useful
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POSTMASTER: Please send
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MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 3
LETTERS
America Online's Palmtop
SIG Opens!
America Online's (AOL)
Palmtop Special Interest
Group finally opened on
Tuesday, January 28, 1993.
As of mid-March the Palmtop SIG had over 700 messages and 80 files in its own
software library.
AOL started as a MacIntosh and Apple II online service, but has expanded into
a truly well rounded service
with Mac, DOS, and now
Windows interfaces. We
would appreciate your help
and support in continuing to
build the Palmtop SIG's file
and message base. This new
AOL forum will help answer
questions and promote your
shareware programs and
products. This, of course, is
in addition to the fine support offered by CompuServe
from Ted Dickens and TeamHP on the HP HAND forum.
The Palmtop SIG on AOL
provides HP users who do
not subscribe to CompuServe
(CIS) with another source of
support and shareware. A
number of CIS "regulars"
have also dropped in on the
Palmtop SIC and have uploaded their programs. The
user interface is different
than CIS, more graphical like
CIM. One of the great areas
on AOL is a classified section for advertising that is
free to the AOL member.
There are other interesting
areas that are free of any
charges besides online time.
The rates for AOL are
very reasonable, and new
members are given five
hours online time plus the
first month's base charge of
$7.95 FREE. After the first
month the rates are $7.95 for
the first two hours of usage
and then $0.10 per minute.
There are no additional surcharges for the use of the
service between the hours of
6:00 PM and 6:00 AM EST.
Presently the maximum
baud rate is 2400, but 9600
baud should be available
shortly. A book published by
Ventana Press called "The
Official America Online Tour
Guide" is available in most
bookstores, and comes with
TEN free hours of online
time. It lists for $34.95, and
is available in Mac and DOS
versions now, with a Windows version to be released
very soon.
We are asking that you
please help by uploading
your files and programs to
AOL, which will in turn give
better exposure to your
shareware, freeware, equipment, and products. We of
course encourage you to try
AOL, even if only for the
FREE introductory period.
To get your FREE startup
kit, please CIS E-Mail Jeff
Zorn at 71165,1650 or Craig
de Fasselle at 76500,1440,
include your name, address,
and whether you need a
DOS, Windows, or MAC set
of disks and disk size. Upon
your notification we will
send your disks promptly!
Should you choose not to
try AOL, we would appreciate your E-Mailing programs
and files to either of us and
so we may upload them to
the Palmtop Library. Please
include a brief description
(noting any special requirements) of the program so we
can post an exciting preview
of the file. If the program is
too large to E-Mail feel free
to "snail-mail" a copy to us
(contact us for the mailing
address) .
The Keyword once you
sign on is PALMTOP, which
takes you directly to the SIG
message boards and file
libraries. Even if you do not
have any files to upload, we
would love to have you visit,
and look forward to your
valuable input and participation. America Online, 8619
Westwood Center Dr., Vien-
na, VA 22182-9806, or phone
800-827-6364.
Jeff Zorn
CompuServe ID: [71165 ,1650J
or AOL: PDA Jeff)
Craig de Fasselle
CompuServe ID: [76500,1440J
or AOL: PDA Craig)
Looking for a DOS Database
I recently upgraded my HP
95LX to 1MB to be able to
run some DOS database programs. I am looking for a
programmable database with
import and export capabilities, and it would be a bonus
if it were relational.
4-You Software has just
introduced a program called
Info Manager, which looks
as though it might do the
job. What other options do I
have?
David W. Harper
Valley View, OH, USA
[You have many choices for
databases on the 9SLX. To
begin with take a look at
STOP! Before you buy another set of batteries ...
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hassle-free use of rechargeables on your 95LX.. "
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- Palmtop paper, August 7992
With NEW Features!
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4 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
2880 Zanker Road, Suite 103
San Jose, California 95134 U.S.A.
(408) 428·9722 , FAX (408) 428·9721
(Dealers & Distributors welcome)
PHONE databases, page 31 this
issue. Also take a look at Lotus
123, a built-in data base that is
many times overlooked (see
page 53, Jan/Feb 93, Basic
Tips). Also look at @Base, a
Lotus add-in database (see
Quick Tips, page 50 of the
Sept/Oct issue). We've heard
good things about Info Manager, but have not yet tested it.
Other database products for
the 95LX include the following:
- We have had reports of people using dBase III on a RAM
card - Pocket Sales Force offers
client tracking with customizable data base features (see page
8 of the MaylJune 92 issue) Useful Notes ii is a free-form
notes-based program (see page
10 of the July/Aug 92 issue) fastNotes is a system-compliant
version of Useful Notes from
ACE Technologies (see ad, page
39) - QA Palm is a screen
generator for the 95LX, letting
you collect data on the 95LX
and later download it to a PC
for analysis and manipulation
with a dBASE-compatible program (see ad, page 30); - InfoSelect, a free-form database, (see
page 35 of the Jan/Feb 93 issue); EFMS ii, Everyone's File
Management System, a flat-file
database (see page 46 of the
Sep/ Oct 92 issue); and KJV,
Keep In View, a free-form database & outliner (see page 48 of
the Sep/ Oct 92 issue of The
HP Palmtop Paper). We intend
a more thorough comparison in
upcoming issues.
[The use of ":" in the L( :)
function is a holdover from the
HP 19IIb. I suppose HP left
that in Solver to make it backward compatible with the calculator. I was surprised when ":"
worked. I like it better than ","
since commas are hard to keep
track of, but either one will
work - Ed.]
95LX Survives Fall
Well, it finally happened.
After having my 95LX close
to two years, I finally
dropped it on the floor. I
was carrying it on top of
some books, and it slipped
off and fell 3 1/2 feet onto
my tile over concrete floor. I
was very upset and nervous
as I picked it up, and when
I opened the case I couldn't
believe what happened to it
- nothing! It worked perfectly.
This was a real drop to
the floor, it made a loud
noise and even bounced
once.
So this gives me another
reason to feel I made the
right choice by choosing an
HP. Not only is it an innovative product, but it will actually last for a while (I still
HP bugs
HP should give a serious
warning to all German
speaking users of a 95LX:
1. Disconnecting the PC from
the 95LX in DOS Connect
needs a "DC95 -E" command
rather than a "CD95 -U". Reference: Connectivity Pack
Manual #FlOOl-90003, alright
on page 5-11, but wrong on
that single sheet called
"Kurzuebersicht" .
2. To exchange a RAM-Card
battery: SWITCH YOUR HP95LX ON!! not OFF!! Reference: Main User Manual
use my HP 110 Portable
computer from time to time).
I wanted to thank the HP
hardware design engineers
for the extra effort they put
in to protect my investment.
Larry Lefkowitz
Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA
Must Have MultiMacro
Manager
I noticed that Ed Keefe has
an ad in the latest Palmtop
Paper for his Multi-Macro
manager. I had the distinct
pleasure of being one of the
beta testers for this program.
Run to the post office and
send Ed a check for this program!
It works beautifully and
allows you to keep and swap
different Char macro files on
your 95LX. You can forget
about not keeping a macro
[Continued on page 52.]
Control your TV VCR Stereo with the 95LX
Introducing
TM
myREMOTE version2.0
User programmable
Macro commands
Multiple files for
different remotes
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Up to 100
commands
myREMOTE v 2.13
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access to your
Remote's
functions
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Ed Keefe's article on SIGMA
in the Jan/Feb issue of the
PTP is quite helpful in further understanding of LO
function. I note that sometimes you use (:) as a delimiter and then sometimes a (,).
I tried out your examples
with the : and they seemed
to work okay. But is there
something significant about
using one (:) or the other (,)?
Mick Luce
Portland, OR, USA
#FlOOO-90007 page A-5
Hermann Schmitt
Winnweiler, GERMANY
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Channel Down
Volume Up
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Quick View
Mute Sound
Sleep Timer
On/ Off
@ALT-C
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New Features!
• Now you can control your 95LX with IR remotes great for presentations, demos and fun .
• SWITCHable! with built-in applications
• New improved algorithms supports more remotes
• Allows time delayed operations with built-in
macro commands.
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myREMOTE version 2.0 (C1065) ................... ..... ........ $39
2880 Zanker Road, Suite 103
Son Jose, California 95134 U.S.A
For mo re information Call:
(800) 825-9977
ACE Technologies, Inc.
(Dealers & Distributors welcome)
MARCH I APRIL 1993 THE HP P ALMTOP PAPER
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HP Offers Free
Palmtop Support to
U.S. Users
Beginning April 5, 1993, Hewlett-Packard will offer free
technical support to U.S. users of the HP 95LX. Call 503-7572004, 5 am to 5 pm Pacific Time. Ask Thaddeus Discontinued
By HP Technical Support
Hewlett-Packard Company is
proud to announce that beginning AprilS, 1993, technical support in the U.S. for its palmtop line of personal computers will
be free. All you have to pay is the
phone charge from your location to
our support facility. So when you
can't find the information you need
in the user's manuals or reference
materials, you can get technical help
for free, 5:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific
Time, week days by calling 503-7572004. Hewlett-Packard will continue
to offer limited automated support
services 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week on its toll-free line at 800-4431254.
If you have previously purchased
a support contract and it is still in
effect, Hewlett-Packard offers the
following choices about how to continue your support contract.
A letter along with a Refund
Request form will be sent to all support contract customers in the April
time-frame. To receive a pro-rated
refund the form must be completed
and returned to Hewlett-Packard. If
no refund is requested, no action is
necessary. Toll-free access ends on
the support contract expiration date.
Customers should retain their
PINs (Personal Identification Number). These will continue to be used
to access the Technical Support Department. New customers calling the
Support Department will continue to
be assigned a PIN.
1. If you prefer, Hewlett-Packard
Due to the generous offer of HewlettPackard to give free technical support
to users of its palmtop computers,
Thaddeus Computing is discontinuing the Ask Thaddeus Helpline Service on AprilS, 1993.
I want to express my gratitude
and thanks to those subscribers who
have used this service. It has been a
great pleasure to work with you
directly and learn about your problems and successes with the 95LX. I
have especially enjoyed the successes
when we've been able to avert some
catastrophe or enhanced the usability
of the 95LX. I must also thank you
for the suggestions and the feed-back
that you have given. I know that this
experience will help enrich The HP
will continue to provide toll-free
access for you through the end of
your contract term (however, contracts will not be renewed).
2. If you choose to discontinue your
support contract, upon acceptance
Hewlett-Packard will return a prorated amount of your payment to
you at your request. The pro-rated
amount will be based on the days of
support remaining on your contract
from the date HP receives your request for refund. You will continue
to have toll-free access on your support contract until Hewlett-Packard
processes your request. Processing of
requests can take up to 10 weeks.
6
Ask Thaddeus! Helpline Service
Discontinued April 5
By Robert Roney
Director of Ask Thaddeus.
THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
Palmtop Paper and make it even more
useful to you in the future.
We will discontinue the Ask
Thaddeus phone numbers on AprilS,
1993, when Hewlett-Packard begins
their free service. After that, I will be
moving over to the editorial staff
with Hal Goldstein and Richard Hall
to work on the technical side of The
HP Palmtop Paper.
Although it's no longer practical
to keep a technical support person on
staff, you will still be able to reach
me at 515-472-6330 or (fax) 515-4721879. We will continue with the same
policy of charging $2.00/minute for
phone consultation time.
HP Announces
Publishing Agreements
Hewlett-Packard Company announced that it has reached agreements with Random House Electronic
Publishing and PTR Prentice Hall to
publish books on HP technologies
and products. Random House is expected to announce titles on HP's
palmtops, printers and home/office
computer usage.
Back Issues of
The HP Palmtop Paper
While supplies last, you may purchase sets of
back issues of The HP Palmtop Paper or The
HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK. Use the enclosed
order card or contact Thaddeus Computing Inc,
Phone: 800-373-6114 or 515-472-6330
Fax: 515-472-1879.
NEW THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS
New Products Designed to
Work with the HP 95LX
In the first eight issues we listed over 300 hardware and software products, and other
95LX-related services already available from third-party manufacturers and developers. We will continue to list 95LX hardware, software, books, videos, training, and
services as we discover them. Vendors of 95LX-related products should send us
information.
By Richard Hall and Hal Goldstein
Hardware
[ Binders I Cases
I
HP Palmtop Paper
Binders
Binders to protect your issues
of The HP Palmtop Paper.
Finished in deep blue
Leathertex and designed to
hold a complete year of issues.
[See Advertising, page 52.}
Availability ............. . . Now
Pricing . . . . . . . . . . . . .. £14 1$19
CONTACT: SupplyLine, Unit A, 75
South Western Road, Twickenham,
TWl lLG, UK; Phone +44-81-7440022; Fax: +44-81-744-0045; CompuServe: [100064, 1525].
Protective Case
and Organizer
The TimeBoss Executive
Leather Case combines a basic executive organizer with a
slim and attractive protective
leather case for the 95LX. It's
easy to use the Palmtop in
the case and easy to take it
out. Made of top-grain leather it includes a monthly /
yearly calendar, note pad,
pencil, pockets for computer
cards, credit cards, etc.
[See Advertising, page 9.}
Availability ............. . . Now
Pricing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. $89.95
CONTACT: Connection Pointinc. , 101
S. Main St., Janesville, WI 53545;
Phone: 608 757 0673; Fax: 608 755
1744.
connect directly to the HP
95LX without a cable by
using the HP Cradle.
Memory Cards
and Card Drives
SCSI PCMCIA Card
Drive for Macintosh
MCDISK-1 is an external
desktop PCMCIA drive with
a built-in power supply and a
1MB/5 SCSI-compatible interface that supports the complete SCSI command set and
SCSI address select. MCDISK-1 accepts all types of
Static RAM, Flash EPROM
and One Time PROM's (OTP)
memory cards with capacity
up to 64MB. It comes with
two SCSI connectors and can
be easily installed in any
UNIX, VME, Macintosh or
PC system equipped with an
SCSI adapter. Software drivers are available for most of
these systems.
Availability ... . .. ... ... .. . Now
Requires ...... . .. SCSI Interface
Pricing ... . . . . . . . . . . . . $675.00
CONTACT: Gespac, Inc. , 50 W. Hoover Ave., Mesa, AZ 85210; Phone: 602
962-5559; Fax: 602 962-5750.
Modems
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Vidar Battery
Powered Pocket
Modem
Vidar-SMS MP2400 is a portable pocket modem that runs
at 2400 bps. It uses on a standard 9-volt battery and comes with Auto-Sleep and Auto-Wake Up features. It can
Availability .......... April, 1993
Pricing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. $249.00
CONTACT: Vidar-SMS Co., Ltd., Attn:
Peter Lu / API Division, No. 159, Sec.
3, Tam-king Rd., Tamsui, Taipei Taiwan, 251 R.D.C.; Phone: 886-2-6224300, 886-2-623-2750; Fax: 886-2622-0138, 886-2-623-4156.
FAXman
Automated HP 95LX fax software for the World port Palmtop and 2400plus fax modems. Features include creation of custom fax cover
sheets and integral fax number directory.
Availability ... .. .... ... ... Now
Medium .... ....... . Floppy disk
Runs under SysMgr .. .. . .... Yes
Pricing ...... ..... .. , £49 1$49
CONTACT: SupplyLine, Unit A, 75
South Western Road, Twickenham,
TWl lLG, UK; Phone +44-81-7440022; Fax: +44-81-744-0045; CompuServe: [100064,1525].
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Specialized
I
Palm Lock: Software
Protection for
Developers
Palm Lock is a device that
software developers can market with their programs to
protect the program from
unauthorized copying. The
Palm Lock devices are designed to interface with the
95LX's serial ports. They are
available for either the standard wired port or IR (infrared) port. It also comes with
a software library of functions on disk to allow programmers more flexible interfacing to the Palm Lock.
Availability ... ........ May, 1993
Pricing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. $CALL
CONTACT: RhonSoft Development,
180 Glennview Dr., Canfield, OH
44406, USA; Phone: 216-533-0185;
Fax: call.
Easy Data Acquisition
and Process Control
Monitor and control temperature, pressure, flow, humidity, with these analog-digital
and digital-analog converters
for your 95LX. Easy Data has
multi-channel high resolution
input and output. Its battery
operated, compact and rugged and allows you to import
data directly into Lotus 1-2-3
or ASCII files.
Availability ............... Now
Pricing . . .. ... .. varies with unit
CONTACT: Systronix, Inc., 754 East
Roosevelt Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT
84105, USA; Phone 801-487-7412;
Fax: 801-487-3130; BBS: 801-4872778.
Software
[ 1-2-3 Add-Ins
I
ASCERTain
ASCERTain calculates the
uncertainty level in a calculation in your spreadsheet
MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 7
NEW THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS
based on the uncertainty in
all the values used to calculate it. ASCERTain automatically prompts you to input an
uncertainty percentage for
each value the formula depends on, and then quantifies
the confidence boundaries of
the formula.
Use ASCERTain in budgets, financial planning, engineering calculations. It lets
you take the unpredictable
into account by factoring into
your spreadsheets your real
life experiences. In Sensitivity
mode, ASCERTain calculates
how a unit change in its argument will affect a formula.
[See Advertising, page 17.}
Availability ..... . . .. ...... Now
Medium .......... . . Floppy disk
Runs under SysMgr .. ..... .. Yes
Pricing ... .. ... . .... ...... $95
CONTACT: Septima International
Corporation, 382 Chicopee Row, Groton, MA 01450, USA; Phone: 508-4482761; Fax: 508-448-5246.
[ Connectivity
I
PC DataExchange
DataExchange transfers files
between the HP 95LX and a
Pc. Run PC DateExchange in
Windows or DOS operating
systems. Standard file maintenance features (create and
remove directory, change
drive, etc.) are built in. DateExchange requires the following minimum systems: PC
AT with VGA adapter and
DOS 3.0 or higher, a 3.5"
floppy drive, hard disk, and
mouse; an HP 95LX with at
least 15K free on either the
internal RAM disk (C drive)
or an external RAM card (A
drive). Package includes software, manual, and cable.
Macintosh connectivity
software is also available.
Availability ............ .. . Now
Medium .... . ... . 3.5" floppy disk
Runs under SysMgr . ........ Yes
Pricing ...... . . . . . . . . .. $69.95
CONTACT: Sparcom Corporation, 897
NW Grant Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330,
USA; Phone 800-827-8416 or 503757-8416; Fax: 503-753-7821; CompuServe 10: [75320,2440].
Financial
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Amortization
This DOS application may be
run on the HP 95LX or other
PC-compatible computer. It is
a 'what-if application which
allows you to calculate an
amortization from any three
of the four necessary components. It displays and prints
out a formal amortization
schedule and a Time Value of
Money (TVM) table from the
interest rate and compounding frequency.
Availability ........ . ...... Now
Medium .. .......... Floppy Disk
Runs under SysMgr . .. ...... No
Pricing ......... .. .. .... . . $29
(non-US add $7.50 for shipping)
CONTACT: Genus Software Corp.,
1625 Richards Street, Salt Lake City,
Utah 84115, USA
CHEQIN
A configurable time ledger
for projects that tracks check
in and check out times and
helps prepare billing statements. Can handle up to
eight projects (clients).
Availability ... ......... . .. Now
Medium ...... . . . ... Floppy Disk
Runs under SysMgr .... . .. . . Yes
Pricing .. ... .. . .... .. . .. . . $55
CONTACT: IXTRA Software, GmbH,
Bretonischer Ring 18, 8011 Grasbrunn, GERMANY; Phone: +49 (89)
456-0340; Fax: +49 (89) 460-5764.
QuickView 2.0 Iii
This checkbook register and
investment management program lets you view and
search all of your Quicken
records on your 95LX and
create Lotus .WK1 files from
your Quicken data. Version 2
lets you add, change, and
RECEIVE WIRELESS ELECTRONIC MESSAGES & FILES
ON YOUR HP 95LX
FROM MOST E-MAIL SYSTEMS
Stay one call ahead of your competitors with
EMBARC
(Electronic Mail Broadcast To A Roaming Computer),
an advanced messaging service from Motorola. Computer users on most
public and private e-mail systems can send spreadsheets, database
updates and other important information to computers in the field at a
fracti{)n of the cost of a long distance telephone call. Messages and files
are transmitted in native mode to a hub, where they are translated and
passed off seamlessly to EMBARC. Your message is sent over radio
waves to a small receiver that attaches easily to the HP 95LX using a
snap-in cradle. Sales reps and management receive last minute updates;
service personnel can be dispatched to job sites immediately.
And you're one call ahead of the competition.
To learn more about EMBARC and how to send wireless electronic messages
from your e-mail system, ca11800·333·6200 or fax this form to 800·388·4147.
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NEW THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS
delete records and export all
new or changed information
back to Quicken. QuickView
includes many features found
in Quicken (QUIKVU.EXE on
HPHAND, Lib 7). It can also
export files to Managing Your
Money, by MECA Software,
Inc., phone: 206-256-5000.
Availability .. .. . . . . ....... Now
Medium ............ Floppy disk
Runs under SysMgr ......... No
Pricing ..... . .... . . . .. . .. $30
CONTACT: John C. Haskel, Jr. , 7102
Three Chopt Road, Richmond, VA
23226-3615, USA; CompuServe 10:
[70750, 1243}.
l__G_a_m_e_s_..1
l Programming I
5595
Library that allows experienced programmers using
QuickBASIC to draw points,
lines, rectangles, and text in
graphics mode. Comes with
information on linking and
compiling.
Availability .. .. . . ... ...... Now
Medium ........... . Floppy disk
(specify 5.25" or 3.5" disks)
Runs under SysMgr ......... No
Pricing . .. ................ $50
(plus $5 shipping and handling; non
US orders $10 shipping and handling)
CONTACT: Snappy Software, P.O.
Box 731, Lexington, KY 40586, USA;
Phone: 606-269-0496.
Worm!
This expanded version of a
classic arcade game has ten
different skill levels, forty
playing screens, and allows
the saving and restoring of
games. This non-system compliant game occupies about
40K of disk space.
Availability ... . ... . ....... Now
Medium .. .. ... ..... Floppy disk
(specify 5.25" or 3.5" disks)
Runs under SysMgr . ... .. . . . No
Pricing .................. . $20
(plus $5 shipping and handling; nonUS orders $10 shipping and handling)
CONTACT: Snappy Software, P.o.
Box 731, Lexington, KY 40586, USA;
Phone: 606-269-0496.
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Specialized
I
Sunlight
This 1-2-3 template calculates
accurate times for
s unrise, sunset,
twilight, daylengths, and the
sun's essential angular positions, for
any location, during
anyone year. Particular regard is paid
to sunlight conditions in the arctic/ antarctic regions.
The template
was developed from
HP's Long-Term
Almanac of the Sun,
with other information added to make
Pam Topp toppled Tom Pott 's
it a planning tool
palmed palmtop top_
for travelers of
various professions.
Two versions are included: One for the 95LX and
(Lotus template)
one for laptop/ desktop PCs.
Pricing .. ... . .... . . ....... $80
Availability . . ............ . Now
Medium .. . . . .. . ... . Floppy disk
Runs under SysMgr ... ...... Yes
CONTACT: GEOOATA, P.o. Box 101,
N-1360, Nesbru, NORWAY; Fax: +47
66846243.
Finally, a HP 95 LX Palmtop PC carrying case
and executive organizer all in one.
WW3
Arcade game written specifically for the HP 95LX. Has
three different skill levels.
Occupies 30K disk space.
Availability . . . . ..... . .... . Now
Medium ... .. ... ... . Floppy disk
(specify 5.25" or 3.5" disks)
Runs under SysMgr . . ...... . No
Pricing ... .. .. . .... .. .. .. . $20
(plus $5 shipping and handling; non
US orders $10 shipping and handling)
CONTACT: Snappy Software, P.o.
Box 731, Lexington, KY 40586, USA;
Phone: 606-269-0496.
Order 24 hours a day:
FAX: 608·755·1744
Phone: 608·757·0673
Distributor and retailer
inquiries welcome.
After a tremendous success in Europe, TimeBoss, the portable office in
your pocket, is now available in the U.S. This contemporary, top-grain
leather organizer combines both a sturdy protective case for your palmtop
HP 95 LX computer, with all the extras you need in an executi ve
organizer: monthly/yearly calendar, note pad, pencil, plus pockets for
additional computer cards, money and credit cards.
Power has never been so exclusive and portable.
Connection Point, Inc.lTimeBoss
MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 9
NEW THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS
Wireless
Communications
Discover RadioMail
Introductory Plan
This plan provides new subscribers to the RadioMail
electronic messaging service a
flat rate of $89 per month
through 9/30/93 for unlimited messaging. The service
provides necessary software
for the 95LX. Also needed is
the Ericcson GT Mobidem
Portable Wireless Modem.
Ericcson GE has recently
discounted Mobidem (see
page 45, Mar/Apr 92 for
more on the Mobidem). Ericcson also offers the Viking
Express package, which indudes RadioMail software,
the Mobidem, an HP 95LX,
and a leather carrying case.
Availability .......... .... . Now
Pricing
RadioMail monthly rate .. . $89
Mobidem . . . . . . . . . . . . . $775
Viking Express .. . .... . $995
CONTACT: RadioMail Corporation,
P.G. Box 1206, Menlo Park, CA
94026-1206, USA; Phone: 415-3285615; Fax: 415-322-1753.
Publications
and Services
Field Guide to
Computing
In the new book, A Guide to
Field Computing by Dana
Blankenhorn, gives the HP
95LX extensive coverage.
It focuses on the many applications of portable computers. A disk comes with the
book, which includes among
other programs ICOMMO}'
acCIS, and MESSAGE (also
available on Compuserve and
the PTP OnDisk).
Availability ..... . ........ NOW
Pricing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $29.95
CONTACT: New Riders Publishing,
11711 N. College Ave., Suite 140,
Carmel, IN 46032; Phone: 3175732500 Sales: 800 428-5331.
issue for more on MacLinkPlus). [See Advertising, page inside
Upgrades,
Updates,
Corrections
back cover.]
CONTACT: Data Viz, 55 Corporate
Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611; Phone:
203268-0030; Fax: 203 268-4345.
ACT! on Palm Modem
ACT! for the 95LX, the popular contact management program, is now available preloaded on the New Media
PalmModem PC card.
Phone Book Fi!e
Repair a Service
Announced as a software
program on page 7 of the
Jan / Feb 93 issue, this service
requires that you send in
your 95LX to recover corrupted Phone Book or Appointment Book files. May be of
use when you see the "File
II a error" or the "RAM Disk
Corrupt" messages and you
did not have an adequate
back up. Do not reinitialize
or write any data to the disk
until the files have been recovered. Send your 95LX (or
memory card) to the contact
below. They'll send it back
within two working days of
receipt.
Availability ............... Now
Pricing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. $339.00
CONTACT: New Media Corp., 15375
Barranca, B-101 Irvine, CA 92718,
USA; Phone: 714453-0100; Fax: 714453-0114.
MacLinkPlus/HP 95LX
Competitive Upgrade
Users of Sparcom Corporations's DataExchange
program can now purchase
the MacLinkPlus / HP 95LX
software from Data Viz for
$49.00 (suggested retail price
is $129.00). Offer ends May
31, 1993 (see page 14, this
Availability .. . .... . . .. .... Now
Pricing
Phone Book files . .... . . . $95
Appointment Book files ... $95
Both ................ $145
Handling Charge if
no files are recovered .... $25
SEND TO: File Recovery Services,
665 N.E. Conifer Blvd. , Corvallis, OR
97330, USA; Phone: 503-757-0044.
Shareware Mentioned
in Third Party Products
On the HP Palmtop Paper
ON DISK
'CIS "SHR
QUIKVU.EXE - MIA 93
'CIS - Also available in the HP
Handhelds forum of CompuServe.
"SHR - SHAREWARE is software
distributed free of charge for evaluation purposes only. If you decide to
use it, you must pay the author the
shareware fee. This goes for any
shareware found on The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK or CompuServe.
Get more out of
your HP 9SIXbygetting
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10 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH I APRIL 1993
WIRELESS
NETWORKING
B Y
MOTOROLA
•
•
Roam the nation with your HP 95LX
, ,
and stay in the loop
With the EMBARC wireless
network, your HP 95LX is
your lifeline to current information whenever and wherever
you travel.
In over 200 cities in the u.s.
and Canada, you're connected-to
E-mail from the office and news and
weather briefs from USA TODAY Optional services
such as key market and financial developments, and
HeadsUp TN targeted industry news briefs from Individual Inc. are also
available. Applications aren't limited to short-form messages: EMBARC
transmits full-text messages, and even accommodates 8-bit binary files.
All you need is EMBARC's compact, powerful NewsStream receiver.
It comes with a simple software package and convenient mounting cradle,
all for only $458. Install it in minutes and you're ready to go-without
wires, faxes or phones. Equip your whole team to receive memos, documents and files for pennies per recipient. You'll find EMBARC so cost
effective you'll communicate more.
Try it for 30 days; if you're not satisfied, return the receiver and software
for a full refund of the purchase price. Sign up right
now by phoning 1.800.EMBARC4, Ext. 950.
Give your team the home-field advantage ...
even when they're on the road.
® , Motorola and NewsStream are registered trademarks of Motorola, Inc, All other product and company names
are the property of their respective owners,
~ 1993 Motorola, Inc,
Transferring Files
Between the 95LX
and a PC or Mac
Almost everyone using a 95LX needs to
backup important files or download files
from another computer. File transfer is
a crucial function, and this article
compares different approaches.
By Tony McNamara
The HP 95LX lets you take your
work wherever you go. It's great to
be able to take notes, look up phone
numbers, make calculations, and
create or access important spreadsheets at a moments notice. It's also
vital for most users to be able to
easily transfer files back and forth
between the 95LX and a desktop
computer.
One solution is to install a PCMCIA card drive in your desktop and
transfer data via memory card. Once
the drive is installed, this is the simplest way to go. You use your RAM
card like it's a floppy disk and transfer files back and forth between machines. There are a number of card
drives available for PCs, and one that
we know of for a Macintosh (see
page 12, this issue).
One problem with this approach
is that if you're on the road and want
to transfer files to or from another PC
that doesn't happen to have a card
drive, you're out of luck! Also, the
card drive approach is the most expensive ($300-$500 plus the cost of a
card).
File Transfer Software
NOW AYAILABLII'
SUNDISI('" Software Upgrade
for CD3568 Card Drive.
Use SUNDISK SDPL5-XX flash
cards in your CD3568 Card Drive.
UPGRADE is only $20.00
(includes postage and handling)
Send check or money order to:
Steele Creek Technologies
14035 Appling Lane
Charlotte, N.C. 28278
704/588-1780
A less expensive solution is to use a
file transfer program and serial cable.
A variety of programs and connectivity packages are available, allowing you to connect to PCs or Macs. If
you're on the road, you can take the
software and serial cable with you
and connect to almost anyone's computer. Best of all, the price is right
($55-$200, serial cable and software).
This approach has two problems
associated with it. The first is the
95LX's non-standard serial port. This
very basic three-wire port does not
support a standard serial port's DTS
and DTR signals. This handicaps
performance with transfer programs
like Lap Link and FastLynx, which
can support seven-wire serial cables.
The other difficulty associated
with the serial transfer approach is
getting the transfer software on to the
95LX in the first place. It's a bit of a
Catch-22 - you need file transfer software to transfer files to the 95LX, but
the first file you have to transfer over
is the file transfer software!
The HP Connectivity Pack uses
the FILER program already installed
on the 95LX. The other software can
be transferred to the 95LX using the
built-in COMM application and any
common communications program
(i.e. Crosstalk or ProComm) on the
Pc. Simply connect the two systems
using the appropriate cable, select the
same communications parameters on
both sides, and initiate an X-Modem
or Kermit transfer of the desired files.
There's one other minor problem
associated with the 95LX's power
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SUNDISK ™ SUN DISK Corporation
I\ .CD3568EduCALC
Card Drives are available from I
1-800-677-7001
Tony is a programmer for Symantec, Peter Norton Computing. He received
degree in physics from UCLA and is the author of the award-winning Keypress
shareware program. His CompuServe ID is [72477,2504].
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II!m~~pm~a~lifjgtWJ.~~~~~
Learn HP 95LX tips, techniques, and
short-cuts in I-day hands-on seminars
HP 95LX - Power Productivity Class
System Manager, SetUp, Filer, DOS,
Appt, Phone, Memo, Lotus, HP Calc,
Connectivity Pack, Backup & Safety,
Shareware: 95Buddy, Switch, VDE, etc.
Other topics as requested:
Lotus 1-2-3 for the Palmtop
Functions, database, graphics, macros
ACT! for the HP 95LX
Contact, calls, meetings, things-to-do
Custom Consulting & Solutions
Help with your specific objectives
Products will be available to try out:
SkyTel, EMBARC, Drive95, RAM Cards...
HP 95LX Seminars:
(9am - 5pm)
5295 Plan for Individuals: (couples $285 each)
May 4 - Los Angeles, CA
May 6 - Chicago, II..
May II - Boston, MA
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA
May 25 - New York, NY
Jun I - Atlanta, GA
Jun 3 - Tampa, FL
Jun 15 - Dallas, TX
Jun 17 - San Francisco, CA
Jun 22 - Seattle, WA
Call us if you have at least 3 people at $295 each,
2 at $395 each, or 1 at $349 in the DC or LA area
HP5950 Plan for Groups: (5 - 10 persons)
Ex: $100 + 5300 + $950 = 51350 / group of 10
(not applicable to the 95LX). The generic packages still tend to be faster
than the 95LX-specific packs, even in
the three-wire mode.
The advantage of the 95LXspecific programs is that they are designed to take into account the screen
size of the 95LX and the data-compatibility of the built-in applications.
Most 95LX-specific programs also
provide a 95LX-compatible cable,
which you must purchase separately
for the other programs.
Finally, most but not all file transfer programs let either of the two
connected computers control the
transfer process (one or the other, not
both at the same time). Because a
larger keyboard and screen are easier
to use, most people would use the
desktop computer as the controller
(also call the "host" or "local" computer). I tested these programs using the
desktop computer as the controlling
computer in all cases.
[ The Macintosh Programs
I
Both programs reviewed, MacLink Plus
and Data Exchange, are written specifically for file transfer between the
Macintosh and the 95LX. Both come
with a special 95LX-to-Mac interface
cable and both allow you to use
either of the Macintosh's serial port
(the printer or the modem port).
Neither of these programs displays
any information on the 95LX screen
while running, and neither allows
you to control the connection from
the 95LX side.
Interestingly, both were also
somewhat incompatible with ACE's
DoubleCard (Stacker) software: MacLink would usually connect, but
would also usually abort on very
long files, while Data Exchange
would always connect, but would
take a very long time to do the transfer. Without the DoubleCard compression software, both packages
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management system. The 95LX's
serial port may be shut down to save
power. If you find your file transfer
software is not working, you might
try running the serctl Iw command
from the DOS prompt to turn the
serial port back on. You can also use
95Buddy to turn on the serial port.
Generic and 9SLX-Specific File
Transfer Solutions
The packages in this review fall into
two general categories: generic filetransfer software and software aimed
at the HP 95LX in particular. LapLink
is the best known example of the former, while the HP Connectivity Pack
is the primary example of the latter.
These two categories take different approaches. The generic filetransfer packages usually support
more than the three-wire mode the
95LX is limited to. Greater transfer
speed is available with seven-wire
serial and nine-wire parallel transfer
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were reasonably stable.
Both programs were tested on an
Apple Macintosh Hcx.
MacLinkPlus, by DataViz
The MacLink Plus documentation is
very well-paced and very clear. It
walks the user through the process of
copying the necessary files to the
95LX using the COMM program.
Once installed, the top speed of
MacLink Plus when connecting to a
95LX is rated at 19,200 baud. This is
the slowest rated connect speed of
the packages reviewed, although it
did not turn out the slowest real
performance.
.
Mac Link Plus includes a WIde
variety of file translation options. The
default is to transfer and translate a
file in one operation, but you can
also select a straight binary transfer
(file is transferred with no translation
taking place). The file translations
convert data to and from common
Macintosh spreadsheet formats. For
example, MackLink Plus lets you
translate between Lotus, MS-Works
Spreadsheet, or Excel worksheets.
The 95LX's PHONE and APPT files
can be translated to Dynodex, Address Book Plus, the spreadsheet files
listed above, and SYLK files (generic
database format that can be imported
into programs such as FoxBase).
The file translation options convert MEMO files into files useable by
most common Mac word processors.
They also translate between Dynodex
and the Phone Book files. The 95LX's
Phone Book and Appointment files
can also be translated to spreadsheet
or database formats.
There were a few minor problems.
First of all, when transferring files
from the HP 95LX to the Macintosh,
I noticed that the status bar on the
Mac is inoperative and the block
count doesn't tell you how many
total blocks are to be sent. This
means that there's no way to determine how far along the transfer is.
All the 95LX screen tells you that it is
connected.
Secondly, MacLink (and Data
Exchange) are both incompatible with
ACE's DoubleCard. There seems to
be no way to access the B: drive on
the 95LX with MacLink Plus. This is
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a big issue for users of Stacker, the
compression program used on the
DoubleCard. The un-Stac'd (or preStac) files on the card reside on the B
drive. At the time of the review,
Data Viz had not released a fix, but
was working with ACE and promised a fix in a future release.
MacLink Plus can also be used to
transfer files between a PC and
MAC. However, the cable included
with this version only connects a
MAC to a 95LX. Data Viz markets
another package for PC-to-MAC
transfer.
Overall, MacLink provides functionality and adequate speed, on par
with the HP Connectivity Pack for
the Pc. File transfer tested significantly faster than Data Exchange. It
works fine with standard configurations and no Stacker. MacLink is a
good bet, especially for those ~ho
need to do a lot of data converSIOns
from the 95LX's built-in applications.
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Data Exchange, by Sparcom
Like MacLink Plus, Data Exchange is
designed to port data between the
Macintosh and the HP 95LX. It also
has some file conversion capabilities.
Unfortunately, it also suffered the
Stacker (ACE DoubleCard) compatibility problem.
. .
Data Exchange's documentatIon IS
the best of the group. While neither
comprehensive nor visually stunning,
it is so well organized that the index
is superfluous. At any given point, it
tells you where in the process you
are, what's next, and why.
Data Exchange installs to the
95LX's C drive, regardless of where
you wish to put it. If you ~ave .insll:fficient space on the C dnve, It wIll
put what fits there and not warn you
that the installation is incomplete.
Another Data Exchange problem
is that it doesn't warn you when the
connection has been dropped (no
error message or indication that the
transfer was interrupted). If only a
portion of a file has been transferred,
it is saved as if everything had succeeded.
As mentioned, Data Exchange is
callable from a hotkey (the main
program is an EXM file). This means
you can run Data Exchange while
system-compliant programs such as
MEMO and 1-2-3 remain open.
Data Exchange lets you easily
connect to the 95LX's A and C drives
directly. You can change to the B
drive (or other drives), but the process is awkward.
Data Exchange does some basic
file conversions, but doesn't support
the variety that MacLink Plus does. It
is slow to begin with, and even slower when it interacts with Stacker (see
timings table). However, the Stackerrelated transfers were more reliable
than with Mac Link Plus. Lastly,
Data Exchange is easy to use and install.
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MENU key).
The HP Connectivity Pack was
tested at the "Direct" option, its fastest selectable speed. At 57,600 baud,
its rated transfer speed was about
one-half that of the other PC programs.
One nice thing about the Connectivity Pack is that either computer
can control the other. However, I
suspect most users will use the desktop as the controller because of its
bigger display and keyboard.
Another nice thing is that the HP
Connectivity Pack provides PC versions of all the 95LX built-in software
(except Lotus and COMM). The applications appear on the PC as they
do on the 95LX. This unfortunately
includes the limiting 40-col x 16-line
display. Both FILER and MEMO
would be nicer with a full-screen
display.
One annoying characteristic of the
Connectivity Pack software is that the
program pauses a few seconds every
time you switch back and forth be-
tween the remote and local views.
No other tested program insisted on
such a delay.
DOS CONNECT DRIVE SERVER
The HP Connectivity Pack also comes
with DOS Connect, a utility that
allows you to access the 95LXs drives
directly from the Pc. The main program file, DCS95.EXE, is not compressible and takes up another 38.9K
on the 95LX. However, file transfer
using this utility is much quicker
than APP95.
DOS Connect requires that the
CONFIG.SYS file on the desktop be
modified with an appropriate LASTDRIVE command (documented in the
manual on page 6-1). FastLynx comes
with a similar drive server.
Overall, The HP Connectivity
Pack provides a functional, easy to
use method of transferring files to
and from a Pc. It is a bit slow, and I
find the functionality of the PC versions of the built-in software to be
limited.
These programs are much more diverse than the Macintosh programs.
However, none of them had the ACE
DoubleCard / Stacker compatibility
problems that both Macintosh programs did, and only the HP Connectivity Pack, IntelliLink, and Data
Exchange for Windows was written
with the HP 95LX in mind. The HP
Connectivity Pack and Data Exchange come with a 95LX compatible
cable. The other packages required
that you purchase one separately (see
the order information at the end of
the article).
The HP Connectivity Pack
One of the nicest things about this
package is that you don't have to
copy software over to the 95LX since
it's already built-in on the 95LX's
ROM, taking up no additional disk
space. The software you install on
your PC mimics the 95LX software.
To transfer files, you connect the
serial cable between the 95LX and
PC, start APP95 on the PC, start
FILER on both the 95LX and the PC,
and transfer files. The commands are
almost identical. (You have to press
IALTI-~ on the PC to access the
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REVIEWS: File Transfer Software
Data Exchange for DOS
and Windows
Sparcom now offers a PC version of
its Data Exchange file transfer software. Unfortunately, we didn't receive a copy in time to test it. According to Sparcom the PC version
can be run from DOS or Windows.
(For more see page 8, this issue.)
FastLynx, by Rupp
FastLynx is a dedicated file-transfer
program. It and LapLink generally
trade the position of fastest comm
program with each new release. On
the 95LX, the two came in at identical
speeds. I believe this is because new
transfer speed improvements are now
mostly related to file compression.
The new releases of LapLink and
FastLynx feature faster speeds on
386/486 systems because they compress data before sending it, like a
V.32bis modem. These faster transfer
speeds don't happen on the 95LX,
because it has a slower CPU speed
and can't keep up.
All speeds I reported in the chart
(page 19) were honest 95LX speeds.
Both FastLynx and Lap Link Pro
would show faster speeds between
faster computers, and between computers that could support cables with
more wires.
FastLynx uses function keys for
most of its operations. The alphanumeric keys are used to jump to
files in the display panel. FastLynx is
intuitive in Split-Screen mode and
has two other extremely powerful
modes of operation called Command
and Form.
FastLynx also sports a pair of
utility programs analogous to the HP
Connectivity Pack's DC95/DCS95,
but slightly faster, especially when a
disk cache is installed.
FastLynx can be Dieted (compressed using DIET Ii) after it has
been fully configured. It does not
allow the configuration to be saved
after Dieting, but does retain the last
saved configuration.
FastLynx is extremely fast, very
easy to use, and packed with power.
The only disadvantage is that unless
you are using PCMCIA cards, it may
take too much storage space.
The Norton Commander 3.0
The Norton Commander is a PC file
manager that has a file transfer feature, which displays a split screen for
local and remote drives. The file
transfer feature, though a bit slow, is
flawlessly integrated into the popular
file manager. All of the file manage~ent and transfer capabilities, plus
SImple text editing and attribute
setting, is provided by the NCMAIN
.EXE program.
For flat-out speed, Commander is
behind FastLynx and LapLink. However, it beats them in breadth of features.
IntelliLinkIXLT
IntelliLink/XLT is an "Add-in Product for the HP Connectivity Pack,"
adding translation support for additional file types beyond those supported by the Connectivity Pack. For
example, it can convert APPT,
PHONE, and TODO lists to Calendar
Creator Plus, dBase, Paradox, Sidekick, and WordPerfect Office. It also
provides data reconciliation (automatically eliminating duplicates and
keeping the most current record).
However, it does NOT replace the
connectivity portion of the Connectivity Pack, and won't increase the file
transfer speeds.
IntelliLink/XLT requires that the
HP Connectivity Pack be installed in
the same directory as itself.
IntelliLinklWindows
IntelliLink/Windows runs under
Windows, doesn't require the Connectivity Pack (but does need the
cable), and provides the translation
utilities of IntelliLilnk/XLT. (As we
went to the printer, we received a new
version that is supposed to be considerably faster.)
. IntelliLink/Window is set up to
Install to the C drive only, and overwrites the current APNAME.LST (the
file that contains System-Manager
EXM file information). A savvy user
may be able to install it to another
drive. In any event, be sure and back
up your current APNAME.LST file
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Also, IntelliLink/Windows requires the SHARE program that
comes with MS-DOS be loaded, even
on systems with DOS 5.0 that otherwise would not require SHARE.
Unfortunately, most transmission
or program errors terminate IntelliLink operation with a very brief
warning, or no warning at all! The
constant restarting of the program
gets frustrating fast. I also had difficulty canceling file transfers. The
Windows cancel button doesn't seem
to work. The only way I found to
cancel a file transfer that is already in
progress is to shut down IntelliLink
on the 95LX side.
Transferring and translating 95LX
data files (.TXT, .PBK, etc.) to the PC
is automatic - once you've configured IntelliLink. From IntelliLink's
Window's screen, point at your default data files and tell IntelliLink
how you want them to be translated.
From then on, every time you want
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to import or export a file, you can
just check off the applications you
want transferred and click "Import"
or "Export."
This process works like a charm,
except in several instances that require repetitive operations.
IntelliLink, once properly configured, clearly provides the easiest and
most comprehensive method for
moving HP 95LX data in and out of
normal PC applications. The slow
speed becomes a non-issue when
dealing with the relatively tiny files
that will be created by the built-in
applications, and the ease-of-use
(once configured) is paramount for
busy executives.
LapLink III
LapLink III uses a Lotus-like menu at
the bottom of the screen for all commands. You can either highlight the
command and press [ENTER I, or type
the first letter of the command and
press [ENTER I.
Lap Link III and LapLink Pro have
a "batch" option which lets you create, save, and repeat transfer processes. It is similar to the Forms feature of FastLynx.
Like FastLynx, you have to configure LapLink before Dieting it
(compressed using DIET Ii ). Unlike
FastLynx, if you save the configuration after Dieting, the program file
will be corrupted and will crash the
system on future loads.
Lap Link III is as quick as FastLynx and LapLink Pro, but not as
easy to use as these or as the Norton
Commander. It does have the advantage of being the smallest of these
faster programs.
LapLink Pro
LapLink Pro is the latest version of
LapLink, replacing LapLink III. As is
common with newer version of a
software product, it's much larger
than the older version.
Packed into that additional size
(225K) is a very nice user interface,
great mouse and modem support, onthe-fly compression capabilities, and
better integrated drive trees. However, these additional features don't
mean that much on a limited system
like the 95LX.
LapLink Pro is the fastest program of the group, by a tiny margin.
This feature-rich program may be
great for systems with copious data
storage, but already compressed at
225K, it's a bit large for the 95LX.
ZIP, by Eric Myer
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page 16 of the Mar / Apr 92 issue and
on The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK.
ZIP is designed to be tiny and
LapLink by Traveling Software
As we went to press we received
word that Travelling Software had
just released LapLink V and will no
longer be selling III and Pro. We
haven't tested V, but have included
reviews of the other two versions
because they are still in wide circulation. Travelling Software wrote both
versions of LapLink, as well as the
DC95 portion of the HP Connectivity
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faster than the Connectivity Pack.
Both LapLinks have a features and
speed similar to FastLynx. LapLink
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REVIEWS: File Transfer Software
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Create System Manager compliant loaders for your favorite DOS progral11S, or
shell to DOS with a hot-key using the UTIL EXM loader. The easy-to-use
patching tools let you sct the Alt-Arrow and Cursor-Tracking functions for the
loaded program. Thc packagc includes a comprchcnsive Uscr's Guide and many
source l'ode examples.
UTlL includes a Forth compiler, 8086 assembler, decompiler and disasscmbler, to
turn your 95LX into a portable software developmcnt systcm. Create compact,
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fast. It succeeds at both of these, but
is not as easy to use as some of the
other programs. ZIP is primarily a
command-line driven program, although it does provide a menu-mode
of sorts. It does not provide splitscreens, or even a full-screen interface. The Command-line mode allows
you to run a series of commands
from a batch file.
ZIP's Server mode, combined with
its Send and Fetch commands, allows
the user to control the program from
one side or the other. However, it
does not provide point-and-shoot
capability - the user must input the
file names (and the directory name, if
necessary) for file operations.
Because ZIP lacks file listing and
point-and-shoot capability, it's not in
the same league as the other programs. However, for those very short
of disk space or money, it does provide the same basic function for a lot
less.
Order Information
MacLinkPlus - $129
Macintosh to 95LX file transfer software.
CONTACT: Data Viz Inc., 55 Corporate
Dr., Trumbull, CT 06611, USA; Phone 800733·0030 or 203-268-0300; Fax: 203-2684345.
Data Exchange (Mac) - $89.95
PC Data Exchange - $69.95
File transfer software.
Station95 with
MAC Data Exchange - $199.95
Docking with connectivity software.
Station95 with
PC Data Exchange - $129.95
Docking with connectivity software. Data exchange software also comes with the
SmartDoc ComStation and SmartDoc PrintStation.
CONTACT: Sparcom Corporation, 897
NW Grant Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330, USA;
Phone 800-827-8416 or 503-757-8416; Fax:
503-753-7821; CompuServe 10: [75320,
2440j.
HP Connectivity Pack - $100
File transfer software! serial cable from HP.
CONTACT: HP Dealers or third-party
vendors such as EduCALC (see ad, page
24 this issue).
FastLynx - $169.99
A fast DOS file transfer software.
CONTACT: Rupp Technologies, 3228
Elndian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018,
USA; Phone: 800-844-7775 or 602-2249922; Fax: 602-224-0898.
Recommendations
Norton Commander 3.0 - $149
I think FastLynx has the best combination of speed, power, and size. If
you need a Windows product, you'll
have to consider IntelliLink and Data
Exchange for Windows. If you need
something smaller, you can't beat the
size of the Connectivity Pack, but
you do give up speed. With ZIP, you
get back the speed but give up easeof-use.
File manager with file transfer feature.
CONTACT: Symantec Corp., 1452
Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, USA;
Phone: 800-441-7234 or 408-253-9600;
Fax: 408-255-3344.
Shareware/Freeware
Mentioned in This Article
On the HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK
'CIS
DIET 1.44 - M!A 93 issue
On the 1992 Subscribers Disk
'CIS
ZIP.COM
'CIS - Also available in the HP Handhelds forum of
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IntelliLinkIXLT - $99.95
Utility providing additional translation support for 95LX applications.
IntelliLinklWindows - $69.95
File transfer program that runs under Windows. Comes with IntelliLinkIXL1's translation utility.
CONTACT: IntelliLink, Inc., 98 Spit
Brook Road, Suite 12, Nashua, NH 03062,
USA; Phone: 603-888-0666; Fax: 603-8889817.
LapLink V - $169.95
LapLink Pro - $169.95
File transfer software.
CONTACT: Traveling Software, 18702
North Creek Parkway, Bothell, WA 98011,
USA; Phone: 800-343-8080 or 206-4838088; Fax: 206-485-6786.
NOTE: Price listed is suggested retail price,
not including shipping and handling. You
may be able to purchase the product for
less from a software retailer.
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File Transfer Comparison Chart
HP 95LX Side
Raw Size (bytes)
Stac'd Size (bytes)
Dieted Size (bytes)
, - file cannot be reconfigured after compression.
MacLink
(MAC)
DataExch
(MAC)
LapLink III
LapLink Pro
FastLynx
FastLynx
Servers
Norton
Commander
ZIP
Conn Pack
Con Pack
DC/DCS95
IntelliLink
MLP95LX.EXE
DATAX.EXM
LL3.EXE
LLPRO.EXE
FX.EXE
FXSVR.EXE
NCMAIN.EXE
ZIP.COM
In ROM
DCS95.EXE
JI.EXM
34.9K
14.1K
93.4K
225.4K
111.3K
44.6K
139.5K
11.2K
0
38.9K
115K
23K
9K
62K
225K
93K
37K
93K
8.6K
0
N/A
77K
19.8K
N/A
50.5K'
N/A
75.7K'
30.8K
81.1K
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
File Transfer Test Results (from 95LX to PC or MAC, results reported in minutes: seconds)
The spot checks I did indicated that the speeds were the same which ever direction the transfer took place. However, the direction and configuration of the desktop pc does makes a difference in the case of the server software
(DCS95 and FXSVR.EXE).
155K compressed file (DIET)
363K uncompressed file
Special Test Results
Unable to transfer
29:45
0:17
0:15
0:17
0:17
0:48
0:19
1:39
0:20
7:00
4:30
Unable to
transfer
0:42
0:42
0:42
0:48
1:59
0:54
4:00
0:48
16:09
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155KB Comp:
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Has a 95LX Cable?
YES
YES
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
YES
YES
NO
Top Rated Transfer Speed:
(Baud rate)
19.2K
38.4K
115K
115K
115K
115K
115K
115K
56K
115K
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95LX-Specific?
YES
YES
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
YES
YES
YES
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YES
YES
NO
NO
NO
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NO
YES
YES
N/A
YES
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NO
NO
YES
YES
YES
NO
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NO
NO
NO
YES
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N/A
N/A
YES
YES
YES
N/A
YES
NO
NO
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NO
NO
NO
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
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YES
YES
NO
YES
NO
NO
YES
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file (N/A means DIET could not compress the file); - File Transfer Test Results: These tests were done on a 155KB compressed file and a 363KB compressible file. (The large sizes were chosen to maximize
the differences between programs.); ••• SPECIAL TESTS: These were done for the Macintosh products, which were incompatible with the popular ACE DoubleCard (Stacker) software, and were done on
a 95LX without the DoubleCard software installed.
FEATURES - - 95LX Cable: Whether the product comes with a 95LX-compatible cable. The two LapLinks and FastLynx come with serial and parallel cables, but would need an adapter to work with the 95LX;
- Top Rated Speed: Fastest possible transfer speed (bits per second) under ideal conditions. May differ considerably from their actual transfer speeds on the 95LX; - 95LX Specific: Was the program written
for the 95LX? Do the instructions explain how to use the product on a 95LX in particular? - 95LX Screen: Does the program have a 40x16 screen on the 95LX? - Both screens informative: Some of the
programs freeze the 95LX screen when connected, while the Lap Link and FastLynx programs show exactly what is happening on both systems. (The Norton Commander rates a "semi" because it gives you
technical information on the slave side, such as blocks transmitted, rather than the file names most of the other programs display.) - Full screen display on desktop: (The Mac products were not included
in this because the Mac interface would not be consistent with dOing this.) - Can run from the 95LX side: Can the transfer be controlled from the 95LX? - Mouse Support: Does the program support the
use of a mouse on the desktop side?
EMBARC Messaging
Services
If you're on the road and need to
receive E-mail, including text
messages or binary computer files,
take a clos.e look at Motorola's
EMBARC service.
By Rick Shaddock
A wireless receiver makes the 95LX
truly portable. You no longer have to
connect up to a modem to receive
important messages; time-sensitive
information can be sent to you quickly, wherever you are! On page 20 of
the Nov IDec 92 issue we discussed
the SkyTel SkyStream Service and the
SkyStream Receiver. This article focuses on Motorola's EMBARC (Electronic Messaging Broadcast to A
Roaming Computer). Both services
provide an economical way to receive
messages on the 95LX while traveling. Both services use similar pagers
connected to the 95LX via the HP
Mobile Accessory Cradle (Mobile
Datalink Cradle).
SkyTel and EMBARC serve different niches - SkyTel focuses on shorter transmissions (up to 250 characters) for immediate delivery to
groups of up to 40 individuals.
EMBARC provides less immediate
delivery (15 minutes minimum) of
longer messages (up to 30,000 bytes)
to unlimited sized groups. EMBARC
handles either text or binary files,
and sends daily broadcasts of news,
sports, and weather. With SkyTel, the
receiver pays on a per message plan;
with EMBARC the sender pays for
the transmission.
Both services provide wireless
reception of messages. A SkyTel
subscriber sends messages using a
modem or touch tone phone. An
EMBARC subscriber sends messages
via a modem or e-mail system.
EMBARC Subscription Package
Lets You Receive Messages on
Your HP 95LX
The EMBARC subscription package
includes a Motorola NewsStream
receiver, HP's Mobile Accessory
cradle, ROM card with EMBARC
software, manual, and cable. The
basic EMBARC subscription costs $15
per month and provides an e-mail
account, unlimited receipt of messages, and twice-a-day updates of USA
TODAY news and weather. Other
topics such as health, technology, and
real estate news may be added to the
basic service for about $8 per month
each.
The Motorola NewsStream receiver is powered by its own AA battery
and has 32K of memory. Every morning, the green light flashes on the
NewsStream receiver, indicating that
the latest news is ready to be downloaded. I pop in the N ewsStream
receiver and 95LX into the Mobile
Accessory cradle, slip the EMBARC
ROM card into the 95LX's A drive,
20 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH I APRIL 1993
and press the ICTRLI-[!1] hotkey to get
the EMBARC Main Menu screen:
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Ne"., Mail Mes!1ages
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and then [!1] to see a listing of the
messages I just received.
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USA TODAY update
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USA TODAY Update
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03 : 24 PM 01/01/93 USATODAY
USA TODAY Weather
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divided up, so I get the USA TODAY
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rick uses his 95LX a1ld EMBARC to keep in contact with his
office while teachi1lg HP 95LX classes and consulting
nationwide with Computer Instructors Company. Rick IS
buildi1lg a 1letwork of 95LX experts in major cIties for 95LXconsultm~ and tutoring. You can reach RIck at 800-507-9898
or 202-8Z9-4444. His CompuServe 10 is [70642,647J. His
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update in three or more files. I press
ICTRLI-~ to recombine them, which
takes a couple of minutes. Finally,
press 1!!1 again to view the formatted
messages and news.
EMBARC transmits news of all
types throughout the day to well
over 200 cities. EMBARC has an
exclusive agreement with USA TODAY for wireless delivery of news.
Some sample news screens follow:
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Inforrna t ion Network
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FOOD CONVOYS INTO KURDISH AREAS OF IRAQ
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THE NATIONAL BUREAU
News Screen
EMBARC Comm
01/01/93
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Page 6
MAIL MESSAGE
DOW JONES OPENS ON UPSWING :
The 001,0, .Jones average of ]0 industriales
opens at 3 333 . 26 Tuesday af t er closing up
7 . 02 Monday . The New York Stock Exchange
composit e opens at 2 41 . 01 , down 0 . 22 .
IN NBA ACTION ; New Jersey 104 Chicago 92 ;
Orlando 110 MihJaukee 94 ; \vashington 97
Stock Market Reports , Sports
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ATLANTA : Cloudy ; 53 , 4 7 . wednesday : Warm,
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Each message is automatically saved
in the Mail Box, as part of the file
MBX00001.MSG.
Sending Messages
EMBARC provides General Electric's
BusinessTalk (BT) System 2000 software to desktop PC users. BT allows
the user to fill "Out Box" messages to
send on either the wireline e-mail
network for regular PCs, or the wireless e-mail network for the HP 95LX.
You can also check your e-mail "In
Box" for messages your NewsStream
did not receive.
EMBARC provides the necessary
communications software for the
95LX on a ROM memory card. The
card must be inserted into the memory card slot to upload messages from
the NewsStream to the 95LX.
EMBARC connects with other email services and private systems
through a standard X.400 gateway.
Messages are routed by satellite to
the appropriate station(s) and transmitted on the EMBARC nationwide
radio frequency (931.9125 MHz) to
reach NewsStream receivers in most
metro areas.
Usage fees are billed on a monthly basis and vary depending on:
• Message length: 300, 1500, 3000,
or 30000 characters
• Number of addresses (an individual or groups): unlimited
• Number of geographical/area
codes: 1-5, or Nationwide
• Priority: 15 min, 60 min, 3 hour,
Overnight
For example, a 1200-word price update sent to a group of 100 sales reps
nationwide, within 3 hours would
cost $6.02 -- 6 cents per recipient! It is
best to compose messages off line,
then use your 20 minutes per month
(basic plan) for sending operations.
Things I Would Change
I have a few things on my EMBARC
wish list. I wish the APNAME.LST
file on the EMBARC ROM card was
changeable so I could assign a hotkey
of my choosing. I also wish EMBARC
did not use ICTRLI-I!:!), which the
Lotus Paste function also uses. When
you press IClrll-1!:!) to paste in 1-2-3,
you sometimes get "Initializing modem. Please wait." I wish paging
through the EMBARC messages wasn't so awkward. You have to press
22 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH I APRIL 1993
~ (Prev) or I!:!) (Next) and you
can't use the arrow keys to scroll up
or down to view split paragraphs at
once. This is very annoying when
you are trying to read a paragraph
longer than the screen. I prefer to use
MEMO to view the MBXOOOOl.MSG
file (or FILER's Viewing function if
the document is too large for MEMO
to open).
The EMBARC software is easy to
install, but a bit large at 192,497
bytes. I wish I could install the EMBARC software on the C drive and
have the A drive available for data
files. I was able to put a few of the
files necessary to read the news on
the C drive, but I still run out of
room on my C drive until I delete the
E-mail files.
Finally, I wish EMBARC could
automatically update APPT, PHONE,
or 1-2-3 files. As it is, you can save
the message as a file by pressing 1!!1
and entering a filename and extension (.TXT for MEMO, .WK1 for
Lotus, etc.).
Conclusion
The EMBARC system is covering
more and more cities and countries
every week. The variety of its special
information services is also growing.
Motorola provides excellent, courteous technical support, a one year
limited warranty, and six factory
authorized repair centers. EMBARC
is an excellent wireless communication choice, especially if you need to
send lengthy messages or files, or if
you need one of its special information services.
Order Information
EMBARC Basic Package - $458
Includes the Motorola NewsStream receiver,
the HP Mobile Accessory Cradle, EMBARC
software on ROM card, manual, and cable.
EMBARC subscription - $151 month
Provides an E-mail account, unlimited receipt of messages, twice-daily updates of
USA TODAY news and weather. Other
topics available to basic service for approximately $8/month per item.
CONTACT: EMBARCIMotoro/a, 1500
N. W. 22nd Street, Boynton Beach, FL
33426, USA; Phone: 800-EMBARC4 or
407-364-2000; Fax: 407-364-3683.
Use Quicken Records on the
95LX - with QuickView!
QuickView 2.0 lets you import Quicken registers to
the 95LX and view, modify, or add and delete records
from the file. It also lets you export the file back to
Quicken on your desktop.
By Jeffrey C. Zorn
I always hated balancing my check
book, until I discovered Quicken.
This software program for desktop
PC's made it easy to keep track of
my personal finances. Quicken is not
available for the 95LX, but fortunately, a product named QuickView is.
QuickView 2.0 lets you work with
Quicken records on your 95LX. It
also lets you create Lotus .WKI files
from your Quicken data. With QuickView, you can enter and view personal financial data on the 95LX as it
happens. You can then export it back
to your desktop and bring the full
power of Quicken to bear on the
information.
QuickView
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QuickView Features
QuickView is one of the most useful
programs available for the 95LX. You
can use it to track everything from
business expenses to investment accounts. The demo version of QuickView ii lets the user experience most
of the functions of QuickView for a
limited time frame (after June 30,
1993 the demo won't let you enter
data). The registered version does not
have this limitation. In addition to
the demo features, the registered
version lets the user do the following:
1. Export information from the 95LX
back to Quicken at any time. I do
it monthly and am able to balance
my check book in minutes.
2. Print reports directly from the
95LX or desktop.
3. Open new QuickView files from
the 95LX from QuickView.
Many of QuickView's features enhance its portability. For expense
reporting you can create a new account in QuickView and enter expense information as it occurs. When
you get back to your home base, just
print out the QuickView report and
attach it to your expense report. You
can also create a .WKI spreadsheet
file from QuickView data, and manipulate the data to a format that will
best suit your needs.
QuickView lets you enter checks
that need to be printed from Quicken. Just put a "P" in the check number field of QuickView. Then export
the file to Quicken, enter the check
numbers and print the checks.
If you have a large check register
in Quicken (from years past) you
may want to shorten it before importing it into Quick View on the 95LX.
Create a new Quicken (.QIF) file by
accessing Quicken's File option, then
File Operations and Copy. Type in a
date range, say from January 1, 1993
to present, and a filename. Then
press OK. A new, smaller file will be
created with the filename you specified. This new file will be much
smaller when converted to a QuickView (.QKV) file. I have a copy of
QuickView on my desktop to make
this very simple (it also runs on the
desktop, and other DOS Palmtops).
QuickView will also allow the
user to search their entries to locate
items that match specific characters
that you specify. Other useful features that make QuickView user
friendly are a memorization feature
for entries and a manual and automatic category search feature for
faster entry of new information.
Is QuickView a StandAlone Product?
You could use QuickView as a standalone product. You can open files,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Zorn, lives in Farmington Hills, MI with his wife Jan
and two 14 year old sons David and Aaron. Jeff sells visual
presentation products and labeling systems for a Grand
Rapids based company. Jeff uses his 95LX for appointments,
letters (with a BJ10e), call reports and of course CompuServe
[71165,1650] or via America on Line [PDA Jeffl, where he is
co-forum leader of the new Palmtop SIG on AOL.
MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 23
REVIEW: Quick View
enter checks, deposits, credit card
charges, cash outlays, investments,
etc. You can track current balances
and net worth. You can even print
out an 80-column-wide report of all
your transactions that are new or
changed. However, the real value of
the program lies in its ability to capture all sorts of information on the
fly, and then transfer it to your desktop PC and a more potent financial
program like Quicken.
Conclusion
QuickView will run on the HP 95LX,
Sharp PC-3000, Poqet, and Zeos PPC
and clones (thanks to Marty Mankins
for testing on the other machines for
me). QuickView may also run with
some of the other checkbook/ financial programs as well as Quicken, but
the testing is not yet complete. (The
documentation says you can export
files to Managing Your Money, by
MECA Software; phone: 203-2565000.)
QuickView's author, John Haskell,
tells me he is committed to this program and will be making constant
changes, including adding a reconciliation aid feature (this aid is now in
the version available for download)
on the 95LX. John, is also looking
into making QuickView Switchable.
Future program updates will include
these features and more. All updates
will be available to registered users
at no charge through versions 2.x,
and will be downloadable from
CompuServe in the HPHAND forum,
as well as the Palmtop Forum and on
America On Line in the Palmtop SIC
(Keyword Palmtop).
John says he is always open to
suggestions and would love to hear
from you via CompuServe at [70750,
1243]. For those of you on AOL or
other services, he is also available on
Internet.
This program gets my vote for
program of the year. It's easy to use,
the set up is simple, and novice and
advanced 95LX users alike can be up
and running in minutes.
Order Information
Quicken - $69.95
Popular personal finance program for PC's.
CONTACT: Intuit, 155 Linfield Drive,
Menlo Park, CA 94026 USA: Phone: 800624-8742 or 415-322-0573; Fax: 415-3221013.
NOTE: Price listed is suggested retail price.
You may be able to purchase the product
for less from a software retailer.
Shareware/F reeware
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On the HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK
QUIKVU.EXE - MIA 93
Demo version, also available in the HP
Handhelds forum of CompuServe.
REGISTERED VERSION: Members of
CompuServe and AOL can register for $25
and the registration file will be E-Mailed to
you. Regisfration also available on CIS via
SWREG and the ID # is 644. Not on CIS or
AOL, send $30 and specify disk size and
how you want your name to appear on the
registration screen. Send to: John C. Haskelf, Jr., 7102 Three Chopt Rd., Richmond,
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Freyja2: A Powerful, Free SystemCompliant Editor for the HP 95LX
Comes with source code included - gives programmers an
excellent example of how to write System-Manager
compliant programs.
By Ed Keefe
Freyja iii is a text editor for the HP
9SLX. Freyja is an acronym that
stands for, "Freyja Reduces Emacs,
Yet Joins All." This recursive definition needs explaining.
Emacs
Emacs is a text editor that has been
around for decades and is available
for almost any computer. The word
"Emacs" is derived from the words
"Editor" and "macros" (i.e. editor with
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Not only is Emacs a great editor,
but its freeware version comes with
complete source code, usually C. If
you don't like the way Emacs behaves, you're free to change it to suit
yourself. All you need is a solid,
working knowledge of the C programming language and a good
compiler. The word "All" in the
above definition refers to the various
versions of Emacs - all 60 of them.
Some of the more widely known,
freeware versions of Emacs go by the
names of AE, VINE, DEmacs, Edwin,
Edmacs, Elle, Epoch, Freemacs, Jove,
MicroEmacs, and, of course, Freyja.
There are even commercial versions of Emacs. The commercial
packages usually incorporate pulldown menus, multi-colored text and
pop-up help screens. You may recognize some of these "brand names":
Epsilon, Mince, Sage, Perfect Writer,
FinalWordII, Sprint and Brief. (The
last two are now distributed by Borland International. Some Borland
watchers predict that Brief will soon
become the built-in editor for Borland
C++ and Pascal.)
more precisely, he has written "a"
book on Emacs. (The Craft of Text
Editing: Emacs for the Modern World,
Craig A. Finseth, Springer-Verlag,
220pp, 10 chap., 5 append. ISBN:
0-387-97616-7, 3-540-97616-7, $39.95).
Craig had a version of Freyja
available for the HP 95LX almost a
year ago (see July/Aug 92 issue,
page 26). We even considered giving
Freyja the place of honor on the 1992
Subscribers Disk, but decided not to
because it was not that easy for nonEmacs users to use. (Besides, it
would have been the only program
on the disk. The Free Software Foundation, to which Craig subscribes,
mandates that all software should be
distributed with its source code. Even
though FREYJA.EXE is less than 40K
bytes, its source code and documentation take up about 560K of disk
space!)
We're glad we held off. The latest
version, Freyja2, is now a true, System-Manager compliant program: one
that can task switch with the built-in
applications including 1-2-3, without
the need for any "loader" program.
More on Freyja
Here is a partial list of Freyja2 features:
Freyja2 Features
Freyja is the work of Craig Finseth.
Craig "wrote the book" on Emacs, or,
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Ed Keefe is an author, programmer, computer science instructor, and long-time
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the FastAid Company, 314 S.w. Logan, Ankeny, IA 50021 . Ed's CompuServe
ID# is [75300,3667].
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Just connect one end of the Paralink 3
adapter to your printer's 36-pin female
parallel port, and the other to the 95LX via
the serial cable from the Connectivity Pack.
Paralink 3 is banery powered and works
with most parallel printers. It's light, small,
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getting and saving. It even allows
split screen viewing of two files.
• Like all Emacs programs, Freyja
excels in the use of macros. As a
matter of fact, when you choose an
option from the built-in menu, you
are, actually, executing a pre-defined
macro. User defined macros can be
created on the fly. There does not
seem to be an easy way to save and
recall alternative macro sets.
• Finally, there is a built in help
screen which shows the function key
maps for the standard, control and
shift-keys all in inverse video all on
the same screen. You can have more
help provided you have disk space
for the .DOC files included.
• Besides being System-Manager
Compliant, Freyja can use either the
95LX's built-in character sets, or tiny
fonts technology.
You can edit text on a screen that
ranges from the usual 40 x 16 up to
one that shows an 80 x 25 screen.
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Emacs style of editor. If you're familiar with Emacs, you'll feel comfortable using Freyja. If you're unfamiliar
with Emacs, there is an extensive
menu system that will let you get
started using this editor.
For programmers who are trying
to figure out how to write SystemManager compliant programs, in C,
the source code for Freyja is almost
required reading.
In short, Freyja 2.0 is a monumental feat of programming by a master
of Emacs. It works, but still has a few
rough edges. Best of all, it's freeware!
U~t"~y: R9~tSrr::h lind I:lIttOlr:: A)C;JII! L.... ' IHlhi Prnt Calc
Freyja2 Displaying Tiny Fonts
• Freyja works hand-in-glove with
the 95Buddy program.
• Freyja uses the number format
and calendar format that is specified
in the 95LX's SET UP program.
• Unlike it's IBM version, Freyja for
the 95LX does not contain a built-in
calculator. It does have a perpetual
calendar however.
• Freyja's MENU key shows a
menu which is somewhat like the
menu in MEMO. However, the range
of options almost rivals those of
Lotus 1-2-3.
• Freyja has all of the usual editing
commands such as cutting and pasting, searching and replacing, file
If Freyja is loaded first, all other
applications, including 1-2-3 will task
switch with it. However, if 1-2-3 is
loaded first, trying to start Freyja will
merely get you an "insufficient memory" message on the screen.
The help command is not explained in the documentation. Further, the documentation assumes
some familiarity with Emacs and the
notion of "key-binding" (i.e. creating
macros and assigning them to function keys) More extensive help on the
95LX is possible. However, you need
about 120K bytes of disk space to
load all the help files. You also need
to put a command setfreyjadir=c:\_dat
in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file, and
then reboot.
I tried using the clipboard feature
of Freyja to move text between a
built in application and Freyja. Sometimes this would work and other
times it wouldn't. Craig Finseth
thought I had loaded the wrong
resource file, but I did not have time
to check this out (SYSMGRRES is
correct).
One of the menu options lets you
access the DOS command line.
Summary/Conclusion
Freyja, version 2.0, is a true SystemManager compliant editor for the HP
95LX. It is based on the popular,
26 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
Commercial Products Mentioned
Epsilon - $250
Programmer's Editor
CONTACT: Lugaru Software Ltd., 5843
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Phone: 412-421-5911; Fax: 412-421-6371.
CompuWare
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CONTACT: CompuWare, 31440 North
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48334, USA; Phone: 800-535-8707 or 313737-7700.
NOTE: Price listed is suggested retail price.
You may be able to purchase the product
for less from a software retailer.
Shareware/F reeware
Mentioned in This Article
On the HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK
'CIS 'Free
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forum·I)Sfif!{!!PgfU..'I'lfwARE is software distributed
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decide to use it, you must pay the author the shareware fee. This goes for any shareware found on The
HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK or CompuServe. ORDER FREYJA DIRECT: You send either
blank diskettes and SASE or US $3.00 per disk to:
Craig Finseth, 1343 Lafond, St. Paul, MN 55104,
USA. Disk Requirements: Freyja only (two low
density 5.25" or one low density 3.5'). Memutil only
(one 5.25" or 3.5" disk).
The HP 95LX:
A Must for Serious
Students!
This profile documents a col/ege
business student's rather thorough
use of the 9SLX. A lot of good tips
are included.
By Douglas D. Gilbert
I am a full-time undergraduate student at the University
of Pittsburgh majoring in
Business. The instructor of my
first business finance course highly
recommended that we buy a good financial calculator. As I checked out
the range of financial calculators on
the market, $20 Sharps to the $100+
HP19B Financial Analyst, I noticed
the HP 95LX. It seemed a bit pricey
for a student, but I was curious so I
put both the HP19B and the 95LX on
my student charge account and took
them home to do a detailed comparison of features.
GRAPHICS
IN BASIC1
SS95.Lffi is the only graphics library
with sound support designed for BASIC
programmers that allows you to:
• draw lines, boxes & fllis
• print text in graphics mode
• set and reset individual pixels at
assembly speed.
SS9S.LlB
$50.00 + $5.00 S&H
Snappv Software
P.O. Box 731
lexington, KY 40586
606-269-0496
Although the 95LX calculator
function was missing some 19B's
financial functions, I found that the
power and flexibility of Solver more
than made up for it. Now all I had to
do was reconcile in my mind the
price difference.
I went back to the store to check
out the Casio BOSS, Sharp Wizard,
and the rest of the pocket organizers.
I added up the price of all the accessory cards needed to make one of
these machines match the features of
the 95LX. With a Lotus 1-2-3 and
communications card, extra memory,
and other add-ins, the best alternative palmtop cost about $1,000. So for
about $400 less, I bought the 95LX
and got all these features, and more.
I returned the 19B and spent the
weekend reading the manual and
learning the 95LX.
More Bang for the Buck
As it turns out, I'm using the 95LX
more than I ever expected. I use the
appointment book with WEEKABK
Ii to schedule all my classes and
assignments. I use HP CALC with
Solver and Lotus 1-2-3 for math,
finance, statistics, and management
science classes. I use MEMO for
quick notes, VDE Ii for editing large
Solver (.EQN) files, and PHONE for
a number of database applications. I
use DC95 and DCS95 from the HP
Connectivity Kit to transfer files to
and from my Desktop Pc. I use
Menu95 to run DOS programs like
VDE and LINDO/PC (a linear equation solver). While I study or work
on my desktop PC, CLOCKEXMIi
turns my 95LX into a large digital
clock. I've even used USounds Ii to
gracefully bow out of phone conversations and get back to the books.
Solver Helps Me with
Introduction to Finance
I started experimenting with Solver
immediately. I entered all of the
equations from my introduction to
finance textbook into the Solver catalog. The more I used Solver and
TVM (Time Value of Money) the
better I understood the financial
equations, and HP CALC.
As the course progressed, Solver
became invaluable. I finally got to the
point where the financial equations
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Douglas Gilbert graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of
Pittsburgh with a B.S. in business. He is currently a first-year graduate
business student at Carnegie Mellon's Graduate School of Industrial
Administration concentrating in finance.
MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 27
HOW TO USE - Profile: Student
were too long and complex to enter
into Solver, so I started experimenting with the powerful Solver/1-2-3
combination - what a great time
saver! As I tried the problems at the
end of each chapter, I invariably
found situations where the equations
I entered didn't work as expected. I
ended up spending lots of time debugging and expanding the scope of
some of the equations. Without the
95LX, I would have probably spent
less time studying these equations,
but my understanding of them would
have been less. The big payoff came
at test time. My level of understanding coupled with the efficiency of the
95LX let me finish the test quickly,
and spend the extra time reviewing
my results for accuracy.
My library of Solver equations
and .WK1 files include all of the
TVM equations, including perpetuities and uniform annual series (STUDENT.ZIP Ii ). In addition I have
equations relating to stock and bond
valuation, portfolio analysis, investment analysis, margin trading, capital
structure and budgeting, cash flow
and break-even analysis, ratio analysis, inflation factors, depreciation,
inventory analysis, Markov equations, waiting line equations, arithmetic and geometriC series, matrix operations, and linear regression analysis.
Exporting Excel Spreadsheets
to the Lotus .WK1 Format
Connecting the 95LX to my desktop
was easy enough with the HP Connectivity Kit software (DC95 / DCS95) or the ZIP Iii communications
software. However, creating and
modifying Solver equations and 1-2-3
spreadsheets on my desktop PC was
a little tricker.
I am more comfortable with
Microsoft Excel than I am with Lotus,
so I create my spreadsheets in Excel
and save them in the Lotus .WK1
format (in Excel, press File, Save As,
and select WK1 as the File Type.) The
only problem with the Excel-to-WK1
conversion is that some of Excel's
functions are beyond the current
repertoire of Lotus. I sometimes have
to take a laborious, roundabout ap-
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that I can export to 1-2-3.
Using Alternate Characters
for CALC Variables and Editing
.EON Files on My Desktop PC
I like to use shortcut names for my
solver variables. The maximum
length of a variable name is 15 characters. Although this is usually sufficient, I like as much information in
the name as possible, since I may not
use the equation for a semester or so.
For example, I use the letters A, E,
and I to represent the Actual, Expected, and Initial values of a stock.
(These letters are created on the 95LX by
pressing IALTI-142, IALTI-21, and IALTI225. (A full list of the HP 95LX Character Set is on page E-2 of the HP 95LX
User's Guide.)
called numbers. For friends in my
karate club, I put Ikarate at the end of
the address field and use the Only
function (press ~) when I want to
call everyone for a club event. I create temporary databases when doing
library research. I keep track of publications, titles, dates, author, and brief
content notes. I use these temporary
databases to help me efficiently
search for a publication. I'll review
the entries, delete those that don't
have the information I want, and
save the rest for bibliographies or
future reference.
Edit card
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Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 3,
no.2, feb/filar 1993 .
Deser i bes downs i z i n9 st rat eg i es of
fortune S0e cOMPanies.
etc.
IBM, Sears,
PHONE Databases
Keep Me Organized
I keep a list of my most frequently
28 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
Temporary Library Research Database
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SPREADING.
loan applications. I list a short description of the task, followed by a
due date as shown below.
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THE SUNLIGH
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A planning tool for travelers, sailors, pilots,
explorers, geologists, wild-life observers,
reporters, photographers and rescue teams.
Use the 1 2 3 template SUNLIGHT to give
you accurate times of dawn, sunrise, true
noon, sunset, and dusk, for any place on
Earth. In addition: Sun 's azimuth at rise and
set, its altitude at noon, and length of days.
OutpU1: table and graphs covering full year,
either past, present or future: 1933 - 2033.
For arctic regions, seasons of midnight sun
and of non-rising sun are symbol-marked.
Inputs needed: year, time zone, latitude and
longitude of location. Also optional inputs.
HP 95L.X holds time zones for 250 + 8 cities.
Available now, on 3.5' disk, including two
versions: (1) for HP 95L.X, file size: 110 K8;
(2) for any PC running Lotus 1 23, ReJ. 2.4.
Instructions and example for both versions.
Price: $80.00 incl. handling and shipment.
To order SUNLIGHT, or enquire, contact:
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APPT To-do List Entry
In this example, Invest Mgt Final 8/5 is
a first priority item, and has an attached note reading, Covers chapters 914 + handouts. I take the information
right off the course syllabus and
enter each item one week prior to the
due date. I then copy the information
to the Daily Schedule section of
APPT, coincident with the actual due
date. As additional homework is assigned, I add the information to the
P.O. Box 101
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Fax: +4766 846243
Payment by check or money order, please.
I have other PHONE databases, including the following:
• Important phone numbers that I
may need to access (bookstore, student accounts, instructors, fellow
students, etc.).
• Potential employer information /
future opportunity contacts.
• Textbook information, including
title, author, class, course number,
instructor, and where to find if the
book is out of stock.
• Vocabulary database, that I add to
while reading, researching, or listening to a lecture.
Appointment Book a Life Saver
APPT helps me juggle a heavy schedule. APPT tracks and reminds me of
study time, karate workouts, homework assignment due dates, and
between-term projects. I use the to-do
list to prioritize homework and make
sure that I meet deadlines for student
list and schedule.
I add groceries and other needed
supplies to the to-do list one item at
a time, with a priority of 9. That way,
I don't forget anything and the items
are out of the way of more important
tasks. A list of between-term projects
accumulates over the term in the 3rd
- 8th priority positions. These items
include things I have to fix, books I
want to read, movies I want to see,
friends I want to visit, etc.
I use the Yearly Repeat feature to
track friends' and family birthdays
and anniversaries. Weekly Repeat
helps me with my karate, since I
workout on different campuses and
at different times throughout the
week. I press IMENU I Settings Timeline
Appts-Only Quit so that all of my
appointments are visible on a single
screen. I set my alarms for a couple
of hours prior to a pending appointment, to give me some warning in
case I've forgotten about it. Lastly, I
use WEEKABK Iii with APPT for
week-at-a-glance planning.
Fast HP 95LX Outliner and Text Processor
Introducing
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Supports up to 8M Bytes
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Upto 32K per
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NOTES
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* New Cookie Recipe
* Secret InAredients
+ TO DO Patent pplication
* Art
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: Focus on the Family/ Parenting
: Christianity Today/ Missions
: Sho~ping List
+ MEDICAL NOTES/ MEMOS
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• Supports up to 8MB Outlines and can be used for
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• Auto date and time stamping for PIM functions
• Built-in File Manager with extended filenames
• Exports in Legal and Roman outline structures
• Requires less than 200KB of RAM and is fully
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MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 29
HOW TO USE - Profile: Student
03/17/93 3: 10
Daily
pm
APPT Daily Screen
Appointments Only Displayed
I wish APPT could magically add
time to my term breaks. Fortunately
its ability to prioritize and make sure
important tasks don't fall through the
cracks saves me plenty of real time
and headaches.
MEMO and VOE for Note Taking
I mentioned earlier that I use VDEii
to edit Solver's .EQN files. VDE is a
full-featured word processor, suitable
for most applications. I would like to
see a System-Manager compliant
version made available. (Editor's Note:
fast WRITE, a Switchable version ofVDE
is now available from ACE Technologies,
see page 51 this issue.) I still use
MEMO for taking short notes. I use
VDE for taking longer notes, and for
creating lengthy outlines to be expanded later into a paper.
I have created a few MEMO files
that I refer to often. One of them is
ASCII. TXT II, a complete listing of
the 95LX character set along with the
ALT-key combinations needed to
create the character. ASCII.TXT also
includes separate listings for the
special characters I use in Solver
along with the description of what
they mean. I also have a MEMO file
called SPCLTRNG.TXT Ii that I use
as a packing checklist. I consult this
when packing for my karate special
training trips around the country.
Experiences in Graduate School
The preceding portion of this article
was written while I was an undergraduate at the University of Pitt~­
burgh. I have since entered CarnegIe
Mellon's Graduate School of Industrial Administration. I found better
ways to track assignments over each
of GSIA's seven-week mini-semesters.
I now use PHONE to track assignments and my schedule. I
dropped WEEKABK because I needed to see a detailed week at a glance.
The Todo list no longer tracks homework, tests, or any other academic
events. It is reserved for reminders
about things like tuition bills, changing batteries, and the things I try to
cram into the short break between
semesters. The Appointment Book is
reserved for group meetings, interview times, and birthdays. PHONE
takes care of the rest.
In HOMEWORKPBK, I use the
Name field for the date, day and
class. I also use one record to separate and number the weeks remaining in the semester. Since PHONE
sorts the Name field information, as
new tasks are added they are automatically sorted by date due.
The Number field is used for the
assignment detail (i.e. "Midterm" or
"Case 3 due"). The Address field
contains the details of the assignment
(i.e. "test covers chapters 1-16"). As
the weeks progress, I delete each task
as it is completed. This approach
usually gives me two full weeks of
detailed schedule information on one
screen.
Conclusion: The 95LX
is a Must for Serious Students
The 95LX goes with me everywhere
and has helped maintain order in my
hectic life. I do spend some time
studying and programming business
functions into Solver and 1-2-3, but
the 95LX has freed up time elsewhere
with its scheduling functions.
Stress levels during math-intensive tests have been reduced considerably. After all of these years doing
arithmetic grunt work, I'm glad to
see a machine that reduces the work
to a combination of study, understanding, and simple data entry. At
last I don't have to keep proving to
the world that I know how to add
and multiply.
My desk is now free of the hundreds of little post-it notes that I used
to shuffle and lose in the process of
trying to keep on top of things. I now
have quick access to phone numbers
anywhere I am. The 95LX unloads
some of the clutter in my head, and
makes more room there for effective
study.
30 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
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The 95LX should be considered as
one of the necessities of student life.
You pay your tuition and buy your
books, 95LX, etc. Familiarity with
financial calculators and powerful
business tools like Lotus 1-2-3 is
already expected of students in many
professional programs. Student life is
a time where your total focus is
learning. You might as well spend
some of your time learning to use the
HP 95LX, one of the most useful
business tools I've ever seen.
HHH
Shareware/F reeware
Mentioned in This Article
On the HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK
VDE162.ZIP - Fall 1991
WEEKABK3.ZIP - Nov/Dec 92
STUDENT.ZIP - Mar/Apr 93
ASCII,TXT - in STUDENT.ZIP
SPCLTRNG.TXT - in STUDENT.ZIP
'CIS"SHR
'CIS
On the 1992 Subscribers Disk
'CIS
'CIS
'CIS
'CIS
CLOCK.EXM
USOUNDS.COM
ZIP.COM
WEEKABK
'CIS - Also available in the HP Handhelds forum of
CompuServe.
"SHR - SHAREWARE is software distributed free
of charge for evaluation purposes only. If you decide
to use it, you must pay the author the shareware fee.
This goes for any shareware found on The HP
Palmtop Paper ON DISK or CompuServe.
.. ,.
Phone Enhancing Products
Check out these PHONE databases, conversion utilities, and programs that extend
the usefulness of Phone Book.
PHONE
By Hal Goldstein
One of the most robust applications
built into the 95LX is PHONE. Sure,
it helps you keep track of names, addresses, and phone numbers. But as
past issues of The HP Palmtop Paper
have documented, it's potential is far
greater than that!
Over the last year we've discovered that many creative people have
exploited and expanded the usefulness of PHONE with what I'll call
"Phone-enhancing" software. These
Phone enhancers can be divided into
three categories: data bases, conversion utilities, and PHONE extenders.
Databases are simply PHONE
files with different kinds of information. The PHONE databases that
people have created range from Old
Testament verses and references, to
airport longitudes and latitudes, to
an HP Calc Solve help file.
Conversion utilities let you exchange PHONE file data between the
HP 95LX and software on other organizers and computers.
PHONE extenders are programs
that add to the capability and functionality of the PHONE program.
Fortunately, much of this software
is available at no or little cost. The
rest of the software is commercial,
but still relatively inexpensive for the
value received. Most of the free and
shareware PHONE enhancers are
available in the CompuServe HPHAND forum and on this issue of
The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK
(Mar / Apr 93, available as a single
issue or part of an ON DISK subscription).
If you have PHONE data bases or
other PHONE enhancers you wish to
share, send them to me in care of The
HP Palmtop Paper, or upload them to
CompuServe.
PHONE Enhancing Products
Most of these files are found on The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK, or in the HP Hand forum of
CompuServe. A few commercial products are also mentioned. Below each product description
is a line indicating where the software can be found. For example, • CIS, ON DISK (J/F 93) indicates
that the program is available on CompuServe's HP Hand forum and the Jan / Feb 93 issue of The
HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK (ON DISK issues can be obtained individually, or subscription from
Thaddeus Computing, Phone: 800-373-6114 or 515-472-6330; Fax: 515-472-1879), COMMERCIAL,
indicating a commercially available program, will be followed by contact information or a page
reference for more information,
PHONE
Database Files
These ,PBK files are
examples of unique
and interesting Phone
Book databases, They
are listed by product
name, filename, filesize, and brief description,
Help for 1-2-3
123HLP,ZIP
Bytes: 9,166
A PHONE file
(123HELP,PBK) that
contains 1-2-3 @functions and 1-2-3 macro
commands with definitions for each in the
address field .
• CIS, ON DISK (MIA 93)
Airport
Abbreviations Code,
Longitudes/Latitudes
AIRPOKPBK
Bytes: 6,629
Use this file and
Solver equation on
page 30-18 of HP
95LX User's Guide, to
determine the distance between locations,
• CIS, ON DISK (MIA 93)
Area Codes
AREACO,PBK
Bytes: 2560
Telephone area codes
for North America,
American Territories,
Canada, and Mexico ,
HP SUPPORT LINK
4/ 30/ 92,
• CIS, ON DISK (MIA 93)
• CIS, ON DISK (MIA 93)
CompuServe (USA)
Phone Numbers
1992 Cubs Schedule
in Phone Book and
Lotus Format
CIS,PBK
Bytes: 31,197
CompuServe network phone numbers
in 95LX ,PBK format.
These files contain the
list of CompuServe
numbers current to
7/1/92, It is sorted by
state, then city, and
can be searched using
the Phone Book ONLY function, Each
record shows state,
city, number and
baud rates , Data
source is "GO
PHONES,"
CUBS,ZIP
Bytes: 8576
CUBS,PBK is a
list of all CUB games
including date, time,
home / away, and
opponent. With the
ONLY command you
can display just home
games, just Giants
games, just games in
June, etc, Unfortunately, this is the 1992
schedule, but is still
an excellent model for
creating diSciplined
useful database files
using PHONE,
• CIS, ON DISK (MIA 93)
• CIS, ON DISK (M/J 92)
Dictionary of
95LXlComputer Terms
International Dialing
Codes in PBK Format
COMPDICT.PBK
Bytes: 22,633
A database dictionary of computer
terms from subscriber
Ahmet G, Ozisik.
DIALCO,PBK
Bytes: 5,248
An international
dialing code listing
with city codes for
major cities, Similar to
the _l.PBK phone
book that comes with
the HP 95LX.
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Useful List of HP
Telephone Numbers
CONTAC.HP
Bytes: 3,295
Phone numbers
for HP pre-sales and
post-sales product
support. Downloaded
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International
Direct Dialing
IDD,PBK
Bytes: 14,976
IDD . PBK is a
95LX Phone Book
with many Country
and City telephone
codes,
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New Testament
Bible Verses
NEWTES,PBK
Bytes: 38,12
This Phone Book
file allows 95LX users
to select New Testament Bible verses by
topic or reference, It
contains selected
verses from various
translations,
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List of CompuServe
Nodes
NODES,PBK
Bytes: 20,021
List of all the
CompuServe 3-letter
NODE abbreviations,
If you use the "UST"
command to show
what other users are
on-line, this file will
tell you where each
user is connected to
the CompuServe network.
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Old Testament Bible
Verses
OLDTES,PBK
Bytes: 19,456
This file contains
Selected Old Testament Bible verses in
MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER
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REVIEWS: Phone Enhancing Products
the phonebook format. Individuals can
select verses by reference or by key words
or topics. Uses various translations.
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SupplyLine Electronic
Catalog of HP 95LX
Products
SLINE.ZIP
Bytes: 8,398
Updated edition
of U.K. Palmtop Paper distributor SupplyLine product guide
for the HP 95LX as of
January, 1993.
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Solver Help File for
the HP 95LX
SLVHLP.ZIP
Bytes: 7,665
SLVR_HLP.PBK is
a Phone Book file
adapted for use with
the 95LX CALC program. It provides
pop-up help for all
the known Solver
commands, along
with help for some of
the le ss er known
functions. SL VR
HLP.PBK is an update
of the version available on the PIP Subscribers Disk, and is
one of the bonus programs on the MultiMacro Manager disk.
Upload by Ed Keefe.
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Full Special Character
Set for the 95LX
SYMBOL.PBK
Bytes: 1,644
A full special
character set for the
95LX, in .PBK format
for easy reference.
From code page 850
and Appendix E of
the HP 95LX User's
Guide.
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Longitude and
Latitude in the USA
USA.PBK
Bytes: 8,108
Use this file and
the Solver equation on
page 30-18 of the HP
95LX User's Guide to
determine the distance between two
locations.
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Other Database
Files in TXT
(MEMO) Format
than the CIS reference
card you get from the
CIS Tour.
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TV Guide Text File
GUIDE.TXT
Bytes: 4,596
A text file of
prime-time TV shows
to impress your couch
potato friends. Courtesy of Dave Goodman.
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Conversion
Utilities
CompuServe
Command References
CISHLP.ZIP
Bytes: 5,369
This file has a
listing of CompuServe
commands, their abbreviations, and the
prompts where each
is valid. It is formatted to display well in
MEMO. It is not complete, but it has more
Data Exchange for
Mac: Connectivity
Pack with Phone
Book Translation
Macintosh-to95LX connectivity
package with Phone
Book-to-Mac file
translation utilities.
• COMMERC IAL, see page
14 th is issue .
Data Exchange for
Windows: Connectivity
Pack with Phone Book
Translation
PC with Windows-to-95LX connectivity package with
Phone Book-to-Windows files translation
utilities.
•
COMMERCIAL. see page
8 this issue.
MacLink Plus:
Connectivity Pack
with Phone Book
Translation
Macintosh-to95LX connectivity
package with Phone
Book-to-Mac file
translation utilities.
•
COMMERCIAL. see page
14 this issue.
HP Connectivity
Pack
This PC file transfer program comes
with a merge utility
that lets you combine
two .PBK or .ABK
files. It also comes
with a translate utility
that you convert
Phone Book or Appointment Book files
to the formats of
Lotus Metro, Borland
Sidekick, Central
Point PC Tools Desktop, or Conventional
Data Format.
•
COMMERCIAL. see page
15 1his issue .
IntelliLinklXLT;
IntelliLink for
Windows
IntelliLink/ XLT adds
additional translation
support to the 95LX's
Connectivity Pack .
IntelliLink for Windows is a file transfer
program that provides
the translation utilities
of IntelliLink/ XL T.
•
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16 this issue.
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9520RG 1.10:
95LX-to-Lotus
Organizer Conversion
9520RG.ZIP
Bytes: 14,075
This utility converts 95LX appointment and phone book
files to an ASCII format that is suitable
for direct import into
Lotus Organizer for
Windows. This new
release converts the
Todo list as well as
appointments and
phone records. The
names in phone records are now optionally parsed into title,
first name and last
name.
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HP 95LX Phone
Book File Format
FORMAT.PBK
Bytes: 2,503
The specifications
of 95LX Phone Book
files.
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95LX-to-Macintosh
Conversion
HP95MA
Bytes: 84,992
This is a freeware
prerelease version of a
program for converting HP 95LX Phone
Books to a Macintosh
Database compatible
TEXT file. Field
names from the 95LX
become RecNbr
Name, Number, Adr1:
Adr2, Adr3, Adr4,
Adr5, Adr6, Adr7 &
Adr8 where each line
of the address field of
the 95LX becomes a
separate field. The
Mac file may be imported into another
Mac Addres s Boo k
application or used as
a Mail Merge file.
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Power Up Address
Book Plus-ta-Phone
Book Conversion:
AB2HP 1.1:
AB2HP.ARC
Bytes: 32,523
Utility to convert
address files from
Power Up Software's
Address Book Plus to
the format used by
the 95LX Phone Book.
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Phone Book-to-Psion
Orgainzer Conversion
HPZLZ.LZH
Bytes: 4,992
Utility to convert
95LX Phone Book files
to the format used by
the Psion Organizer
pocket computers .
Non-Psion owners
should note that the
Psion file format is
tab delimited text
with records that
t e rminate with
CR / LF! Written in
Turbo Pascal, source
code included, released to the public
domain.
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Psion-to-Phone Book
Translation Utility with
Source Code
PHONE9.LZH
Bytes: 7,168
A quick and dirty
Turbo Pascal utility
that will take a Psion
Organizer database
file uploaded to a PC
and create a properly
formatted .PBK file
for the 95LX. Use at
your own risk, et cetera. The 95LX phone
book file format is
documented in the
program source code.
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95LX Conversion
Utility in Hypercard
Stack
MACPBKSIT
Bytes: 52,736
A Macintosh
Hypercard V2.x Stack
to convert Phone
Book files between the
95LX, Atari Portfolio,
and user selectable
delimiter database file
formats. Self unstuffing StuffIt archive.
Strip EOF Markers
from Text Files
STRIP.EXE
Bytes: 6,400
Small utility to
strip EOF markers
from DOS text files.
Useful for those having trouble converting
Phone Book files using the 95LX Connectivity Pack translation
routines.
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To SideKick: Phone
Book-to-Side-Kick
Translation
TOSKZIP
Bytes: 8,352
"To SideKick" is a
utility to convert a
95LX .PBK file into a
SideKick phone book.
Written in standard C
with source code included.
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THOR 2.0 Converts
ABK and PBK Files
to ASCII Format
THORZIP
Bytes: 26,299
Thor, by Craig
Finseth, has two programs . THORABK
.EXE converts .ABK
files to ASCII files.
THORPBKEXE converts .PBK files to
ASCII and back; useful for merging two
PHONE file s. In
FREYJA2.ZIP
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95LX Phone Book-toWindows Card File
Conversion
CRDPBKZIP
Bytes: 16,070
Programs and
documentation to convert HP 95LX .PBK
files to and from
Windows cardfil e
(.CRD) format. The
index line of the cardfile card becomes the
name, the first line of
the card the phone
number, and the rest
of the card the address. Long card file
fields are truncated.
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34 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
Phone Book
Extenders
95Buddy:
Adds Functions to
95LX Phone Book
95BUDDY.ZIP
Bytes: 74,676
Adds dozens of
feature s and key stroke shortcuts to
PHONE, and other
95LX applications .
Features includ e :
Open PHONE from
FILER; go directly to
the File Open menu;
link a MEMO file to a
card; change default
directories; paste to
the phone card editor;
10 preset file "hotkeys " to the file
open / sa ve menus;
quick date / time
stamp in Memo ,
Phon e, or Appt;
chang e title s of
Phone's name, number , and address
fields; find & replace
function added to
search; delete to end
or start of line, delete
entire line added; add
labels to User Defined
keys. (See Jul / Aug
92, pg 6; Nov/ Dec
92, pg 18 for more on
95Buddy.)
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Calendar Supplement
for the HP 95LX
Utility that provides a simple-to-use
menu interface for
selecting, removing,
and merging Phone
Book and Appointment Book entries.
This supplement
to Appt's calendar
lists holidays and
important dates
worldwide; lunar,
solar, and time zone
days; national holidays for over 150
countries; religious
holidays for 6 major
religions; zodiac days
and more. Includes
system utilities for
battery life, file pro-
tection, and more.
(See page 46 of the
Sep/Oct 92 issue for
more on Calendar
Supplement.)
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Phone: 412-422-413~; Fax;
412-422-4135.
Dialtone 1.1:
95LX Tone Dialer
DIALTO.ZIP
Bytes: 35,652
A minor revision
of the 95LX Touchtone dialer. Now supports '*' & '#' in dial
strings, displays the
PBK "Name" fi e ld
while dialing, and
sports a slimmer OOS
EXE version. General
Description: DialTone
allows you to dial the
pho ne numbers in
your Phone Book(s)
by directly playing
DTMF tones into the
microphone end of a
telephone handset.
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PhoneBook
File Repair Service
This service requires that you send
in your 95LX to recover corrupted Phone
Book or Appointment
Book files (see announcement, page 10
for more information).
PBKMRG: Phone Book
PBK Merge Utility
PBKMRG.ZIP
Bytes: 10,328
Utility to merge
.PBK files . Allows
merging many files
with a single command and outputing
only names and numbers (not addresses) to
the merged file. DOS
application, Diets
down to under 10K
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Suggestion for Those
with Large PBK Files
PBKTIP.TXT
Bytes: 3,442
A text file that describes a solution to
the problems of running out of file space
with PHONE. Create
several .PBK files and
use a batch file to
switch from one to
the other as needed.
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View PBK Files on
the 95LX or PC
PHONE2.ZIP
Bytes: 13,758
This is a "beta" release of a phone utility that lets you view
.PBK phone files from
OOS on your 95LX or
Pc. It will also dial a
selected item using
your modem.
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PRT95: Print Address
Books I Labels from
Phone Book
PRT95.ZIP
Bytes: 25,897
PRT95 provides
the ability to convert
or print the 95LX PhoneBook. It can convert
the Phone Book to a
Universal format ,
comma delimited
ASCII file, or can
print it in several
formats : Rolode x
cards, Day timer, labels, double sided
folding address book,
or Day Runner format. If names are
entered as "Smith, David", they will be
inverted for labels.
Also, an honorific will
be placed in front of
the name.
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Swap Phone Book
Files on the 95LX
SWAP.PBK
Bytes: 4,083
The technique of
using multiple files is
mentioned in the
Users Guide; this file
describes the steps to
use to make the technique work.
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Using CALC, 1-2:-3.to value bonds.
.
What's It Worth?
Bond Calculations Using
the HP 95LX
The 95LX has taken criticism as a
business calculator because it does not have
a built-in bond price and yield function. However, it is relatively
easy to use HP CALC or Lotus 1-2-3 for such calculations.
By Ralph Butler
Consider the following problem: A
firm has a bond with an annual coupon rate of 8%, face value of $1000,
annual yield to maturity of 10%, and
makes semi-annual payments. What
is the current selling price of the
bond?
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Editor, The HP Palmtop Paper
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It's an easy problem to solve with
a number of HP calculators, including the HP 12C, 17BII, and the 19BII.
You can also solve this problem using the 9SLX's HP CALC "Time Value of Money" (TVM) function or the
Lotus 123 _CFLOW.WK1 spreadsheet
included with the HP 9SLX.
graphic.
--Tiffle Value of Money - case 1 - Humber of per i ods. • • • • • • H
=
Annua 1 i nt erest • • • • • • • •• I :'::VR =
Present v a 1ue • • • • • • • • • •• PV
=
a.aa
a.aa
a.aa
P aYPlent s per year... ... . P /YR =
Beg i n/End lTIode...... . ... B/E =
12
END
~~~~~~\jaiue:::::::::::: ~OT ~
a.aa
H,:,l
Determining the Selling Price of
a Bond using HP CALC
The selling price of a bond in this
example is simply the present value
(PV) of all expected future yields of
the bond. Since bonds usually make
periodic interest payments through
the life of the bond and make a lump
sum payment equal to the face value
of the bond at maturity, this problem
can be stated as:
Selling Price = PV of interest payments + PV of maturity value.
On the HP 9SLX, press IHP CALC I
IMENU I TVM to get to the TVM screen.
Next, enter the problem data as indicated in the next column below the
a.00
0.00
Hrl'r-t
I :'J,
E E
F, F
tl
1". I F
F'
FrlT
F'
HP CALC's TVM Screen
Number of periods ... . .. .... . . . . ... . .. N =20
(10 years of semiannual payments)
Annual interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 1%VR =10
(Current VTM % not face value "/0)
Present value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PV =0
(HP CALC will solve for this value)
Payment ....... . .... . .. .. . . . .. . .. PMT = 40
(Face value of bond x face value %)
Future value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FV =0
(Not used in this calculation)
Payments per year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. PIYR =2
(Semiannual payments)
Begin/End mode ....... ... . . . .... . . . B/E =END
(Payments made at end of period)
Press I!!l to calculate PV, and you
get -498.49 (rounded) or $498.49. This
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ralph Butler is an engineering manager at Groupe Bull Large Systems
Engineering in Phoenix AZ. He IS currently a graduate student in the M.B.A.
program at Arizona State Universitv where he uses his HP 95LX extensively in
the 1inance and accounting classes. Contact: Ralph Butler, Groupe Bull, p.o. Box
80do, MSC71 , Phoenix, AZ 85066-8000; Phone: 602-862-4158; E-mail:
r.butler@az05.bull.com
MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 35
HOW TO USE: Bonds
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Enter the problem data as follows.
At t=O (cell B44), enter 0 and press
I< Down Arrow > I. Then at t=l (cell B45),
press IALT I- G 40 I ENTER 1 20 I ENTER 1 to
copy the $40 interest payment for 20
periods. Next, add 1000 to the t=20
(cell B64) payment to represent the
maturity value (t=20 now equals
1040).
To calculate the present value
press IALTI - N, and after a couple of
seconds, NPV = 489.18617681 appears. We didn't get the right answer
because the default interest value is
10% and we need to use the semi-
annual period interest rate which is
5%. Press 5 IENTERI and the correct
answer appears (NPV = 875.37789657) (rounded to 875.38) .
I find it a lot easier to use the
_CFLOW.WK1 spreadsheet to solve
this type of bond problem.
You Try It!
Now, consider the same bond except
that the current selling price is $1055.
What is the annual yield to maturity?
This is left as an exercise for the
reader or perhaps the subject of a
future article.
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is the PV of the interest payments
half of the solution.
For the PV of the maturity value
enter the following values:
Number of periods .. . .. .. ..... .. . . .. . .. N:o 20
(10 years of semiannual payments)
Annual interest ..... . ... . ..... . .. . .. I%YR:o 10
(Current YTM % not face value 'Yo)
Present value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PV:o 0
(HPCALC will solve for this value)
Payment . .... ....... .... ... .... . . .. PMT :0 0
(No periodic payments made)
Future value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. FV:o 1000
(Face value of bond)
Payments per year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. PIYR:o 2
(Semiannual payments)
Begin/End mode ... . .. . . . ..... ... .. . B/E :o END
(Payments made at end of period)
Press f!!I to calculate PV, -376.89
(rounded) or $376.89. This is the PV
of maturity value half of the solution.
Therefore, the current selling price
of the bond is the sum of the two
present value calculations = $498.49 +
$376.89 = $875.38 (rounded).
Determining the Selling Price Using
Lotus _CFLOW.WK1 Spreadsheet
This bond problem can be solved in
a single step using the _CFLOW.WK1
spreadsheet included with the HP
95LX. Press ~ IMENU 1 File Retrieve,
highlight C:,-CFLOW.WK1 and press
IENTERI. Next, press IALTI-E Yes I ENTER 1
to erase the data in the worksheet.
OCO"
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1/ V le,\
Lde
EDITORS'
CHOICE
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The DERIVE® program
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User Keys Make Built·ln
Applications Work Together
Oevelop user defined keys to coordinate the activities of two or
more built-in applications, and to pause and prompt you for input.
Learn how you can break through the ten-key barrier!
By Ed Keefe
Modern medicine has discovered
three certain causes of headaches:
drinking too much of certain beverages; listening to rap music; and
having to enter too many keystrokes
on a tiny computer keyboard. Fortunately, the HP 95LX offers a way to
avoid the last headache User Keys.
User Keys, also known as system
macros, are powerful tools to help
you customize your 95LX. A good
introduction to User Keys was given
in Hal Goldstein's article,"User Defined Function Keys: An Advanced
Lesson for Beginners" (page 41 of the
Marchi April 1992 issue). The HP
95LX User's Guide also describes them
in a section called "Creating and
Using User Keys" (see pages 21-14 to
21-20).
This article assumes that you're
familiar with the basics of creating
and using User Keys. Let's see some
of the wizardry User Keys can perform .
Using HP CALC and MEMO to
Pick a Winner
Using your 95LX to pick a Lotto
number makes about as much sense
as anything. You'll still lose, but
you'll have fun doing it. This example shows how to develop a User
Key that will coordinate the activities
of HP CALC and MEMO.
The winning number in many
Lotto games is a series of five numbers, each between 1 and 36. We'll
develop a system that randomly
selects a series of five numbers and
displays them on your screen, prefaced by "Your lotto numbers are ..."
[Editor's Note: The contents of all
User Keys and Solver equation can be
found in UFK.TXT Ii.J
Entering the HP Calc Equation
On your HP 95LX press "'IH=P""CA'""LC""!
IMENU! S to enter CALC's Solver.
Highlight a blank field and press ~
to go to the Solver Editor. Key in the
following equation. (Note that the
last line uses slightly different numbers.)
l otto- IP(MOD(RAN# *lOO , 35)+1)+
lE2 * (IP(MOD(RAN# *lOO , 35)+1))+
lE4 * (IP(MOD(RAN# *lOO , 35)+1))+
lE6 * (IP(MOD(RAN# *lOO , 35)+1))+
lE8 * (IP(MOD(RAN# *lOO , 25)+lO))
[Note that the five lines are almost
identical. It is faster to type this formula
into MEMO and then transfer it to the
Solver Editor. After you enter the first
line of the formula in MEMO, you can
use Marle (F9) and Copy (F2) to put a
copy of it on the four subsequent lines.
Then modify the copies so the formula is
correct. Finally, use Marle (F9) and Copy
(F2) to copy the whole formula . Then go
to HP CALC's Solver function , move the
cursor to an empty line, and press
CTRq-~ to Paste the formula into
Solver Hal.]
This equation uses the RAN#
1
function to generate a random number, the integer part of which is kept
in the range 1... 36 through the use of
the MODulo function. Each of the
five lines multiplies a random number by an even power of 10 (i.e. 1E2
means 102). All five lines are added
together and assigned to "lotto."
When you've finished typing the
equation, press I!!) (CALC) to show
the Solve Calc screen. Press ~ (lotto) twice to make sure the equation is
working. (The number will always be
1 billion or larger. Don't worry that it
doesn't look like a lotto number yet.)
If it does not work, go back and
make sure you entered the equation
correctly. Next, press IMENU! File Save
to save the file. Supply a file name if
needed. Finally, press MENU! Quit to
exit HP CALC.
1
Creating the User Key
Now, press ISETUP! Char and highlight an empty field to enter your
User Key. Press ~ (Macro) to enter
the User Key editor. If your keys are
all assigned, you can copy a couple
of them to MEMO to free up some
room. Highlight the key you want to
copy and press ~ to enter the edit
screen. Then Mark and Copy the
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MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 37
HOW TO USE: User Defined Keys
contents of the key. Press IMEMOIi!!)
to paste the contents of the key to
MEMO for safe keeping. Then go
back to Set Up and delete the contents of the key. Later you can copy
it from MEMO and paste it back to
the User Key contents field.
Once you're in the User Key editor, type the word Lotto in the Comment field and press IENTERI . Type the
following macro in the Contents
field .
(You can speed up your typing by
using the [F6] key. For example, instead
of typing {ENTER}, press ~ and then
IENTERI . However, with 95Buddy running, pressing ~ I MENU I produces
{FlO}, not {MENU}. There may be some
additional mappings that Buddy does.
Switch Buddy off (ICTRLI 0 0 if you're
going to use ~ to enter user key codes.
Also, if HP CALC is set to Options
Format All, the period (.) between the
two {F7) characters on line five below
should be removed.)
Since it's often difficult to see
spaces in a printed listing, I've used
the tilde (-) in place of spaces. Wherever you see a -, press I<Spacebar > I.
Lastly, type in the User Key as
running text. Don't press IENTER I for a
carriage return at the end of each
line.
{CALC} {MENU}s
{F7} lotto {ENTER} {ESC}{F9}
{F2} {F2} {Ctrl-F2} {MENU}q
{MEMO} {ENTER} {F4} {HOME}
{F7} . {F7}{F9}{END}{F3}
{LEFT} {LEFT} {LEFT} {BACKSP}
{LEFT} {LEFT} {LEFT} {BACKSP}
{LEFT} {LEFT} {LEFT} {BACKSP}
{HOME}Your-lotto-numbers-are{RIGHT} {RIGHT}-{RIGHT} {RIGHT}{RIGHT} {RIGHT}-{RIGHT} {RIGHT}{RIGHT} {RIGHT} {ENTER} {ENTER}
The first three lines of the User Key
open the HP CALC program and
choose the Solver option. The last
saved file is opened automatically.
The program finds the word "lotto",
and solves the equation for the lotto
number. It then copies this number to
the clipboard and quits CALC altogether.
The next five lines open MEMO,
jump to the end of the file and paste
in the number from the clipboard. It
then finds the decimal point in the
number and marks and cuts everything from that point to the end of
the line. Finally, it moves to the left,
deleting commas as it goes.
The final four lines type out the
phrase "Your lotto numbers are"
before the number, and then inserts
the appropriate spaces in the number.
European Readers: this macro
assumes that CALC uses a period as
a decimal point and commas as thousands separators. You' ll need to
switch to US formatting by pressing
ISET UP I International Punctuation and
select (.,,). (This is option A on US
Palmtops. It may be something else
on other versions of the 95LX.)
Using the Lotto Macro
Once the macro is keyed in, press
I!!£) to save the User Key and press
IESq to return to the Set Up Menu.
Press ICHARI and the newly defined
function key and watch what happens.
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Suppose you wanted to produce a
list of ALL the files on either the C
drive or the A drive and view the list
using FILER. You could exit to the
DOS prompt to create the list with
the following DOS command:
CHKDSK <drive> : IV > C: \FLIST . LST
Memo
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..
03/20/93 11: 23 am
Col: 1
Ins line: 4
"-,,-,,-,,
"'=="
Your lotto numbers are 16 04 20 18 11-.
Lotto number screen
If all goes well, you'll see the CALC
program spring into action and your
lotto numbers will appear in MEMO.
If you want another set of numbers,
just press ICHARI F-key again. If it
does not work, go back and make
sure you entered the User Key correctly. [Editor's Note: If you win the
lottery using this method, please send
half your winnings to Ed Keefe, care of
Richard Hall, care of Hal Goldstein.]
A User Key to Pause for Input
Here's an example of how to implement a "pause for input" feature.
We'll do this by using two User Keys
in tandem.
38 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
(where <drive> is either A or C).
This command runs the CHKDSK
program in Verbose mode and uses
the DOS redirection symbol (» to
send the output to the file, C: \FLIST.LST.
Here's a way to do this without
having to go to the DOS prompt.
Create these User Keys
On your 95LX, open SET UP and
press Char. Make sure you have
space for at least two new User Keys.
(In this example I'll use F2 and F3.
You can use any two User Key fields
you wish.)
Now enter the new User Key.
Start by highlighting the desired User
Key and pressing IENTERI . In the comment field, put the word Input and
press IENTERI. Key the following macro into the contents field . (Remember,
tildes (-) indicate blank spaces.)
{MEMO} {Ctrl-END}If Memo is not empty ,
save any text : qui t
and start
over . {ENTER}On the line below , enter
A or C ; then{ENTER}press ENTER and
CHAR F3{ENTER}
If need be, change "F3" in the last line
of this User Key so that it matches
the name of your second User Key.
When you've finished, press ~ to
save the macro.
This macro opens MEMO and
goes to the last line of the file. It
posts a reminder to save any work
and start over. It then puts a prompt
on the screen and waits for you to
press the letter A or C for whichever
drive you want to list.
Now go to the second macro field
and key in this macro. (Remember,
tildes (-) indicate blank spaces.)
{UP}{F9}{F3}{MENU}qn{MEMO}ECHO
OFF{ENTER}CHKDSK- {F4} : -/V->-C : \f1ist
. 1st {ENTER} {MENU}fs{BACKSP} {BACKSP}
{BACKSP} {BACKSP} {BACKSP} {BACKSP}
f . bat{ENTER} {MENU}q{FILER} {F5}
c : \ f . bat{ENTER} {ESC}{F4}{F3}y{F5}
c : \ f1ist . 1st{ENTER}
Press ~ to save this User Key and
then press IESC I to return to the SET
UP menu screen.
This User Key Marks and Cuts
the letter A or C and saves it in the
clipboard. It then quits MEMO and
restarts it with a blank screen. It
writes a simple batch file, pastes the
drive letter into the second line of the
batch file, and saves the batch file as
C:\ F.BAT. The User Key then quits
MEMO and uses FILER to goto C: \
F.BAT. It runs this batch file and then
deletes it. Finally the User Key displays the file C:\FLIST.LST, created
by the batch file.
Running the User Keys
All applications but FILER must be
closed for these User Keys to work
properly. Press ICHARI ~ (or whatever F-key you've chosen) to start the
first User Key. Then key in A or C
and press IENTER I ICHAR I ~ (again,
whatever F-key you've chosen). The
screen will flash and, eventually,
you'll see the words "Press any key
to continue ... " Press any key and the
screen will flash and display the file
listing. You can edit the file in
MEMO or delete it with FILER.
Some Limitations
File listing screen
(If you attempt to use these keys
with one of the built-in applications
open, the process will stop in the
middle. You'll then have to press
I ESC I, close down all the built-in applications except FILER, delete
F.BAT, and try it again.)
Once you see how this works, I'm
sure that you'll be able to come up
with macros to run other MS-DOS
applications. The technique is especially well suited for those applications that require command line
arguments, such as DEBUG, DIET,
ZIP. COM, etc.
User Keys are powerful tools that
you can use to customize your HP
95LX. However, System Macros do
have their shortcomings.
For instance, there is no "debugging mode" with User Keys. Since
each User Key can have up to 255
keystrokes, the chances of getting one
keystroke wrong is pretty high.
As a substitute for a "debugging
mode," I suggest the following technique for building complicated User
Keys. Instead of building one, large,
User Key, build parts of it in separate, CHAR-Function keys. When
each part is working just right, use
the clipboard to copy and paste each
part into the main User Key.
Overcoming the Ten-Key Barrier
As most of us already know, only ten
macros can be active on the 95LX at
any given time. This feature was
probably incorporated into the 95LX
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because it only has ten function keys.
Here's a way to get around that limitation.
User Keys are kept in the SETUP.ENV file in the C:\_DAT directory. If you want more than ten User
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SETUP.ENV files. Here's one way to
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First, use FILER to copy your
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The SETUP. OLD file will save all
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To reinstall your original macros,
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Using Memory Cards
How do you use them? What files should
you store on them? What do you need to
watch out for? What's the difference between SRAM and Flash ROM cards?
By Mark Scardina
Last issue (page 10) we took a look at
expanding the storage of your HP
95LX with the addition of a RAM
memory card. This issue, I would
like to focus on its use, including
specific strategies and concerns.
General Points on RAM Cards
There are some general points that
pertain to a RAM card, regardless of
the kind you are using.
1. Store your data files on a RAM
card! Due to the design of the HP
95LX, it's easy to lose C drive data.
This is especially true if you use programs other than the built-in applications.
The beginning of your C drive is
actually at the end of your system
memory. There is no physical barrier
preventing a program from writing
data into this region. The flexibility
that allows you to change the ratio of
RAM disk to System RAM also
makes it vulnerable to corruption by
an errant program or battery failure.
By purchasing a RAM card you can
reduce the size of your C drive as
well as store irreplaceable files out of
harm's way. In fact, on my system,
data resides on RAM cards and programs on the C drive. This allows me
to easily replace C drive files should
they become corrupted.
2. Put all of your start up files,
CONFIG.5YS, AUTOEXEC.BAT, etc.,
on your RAM card(s). Should you
make an error in one of these files
that prevents your 95LX from properly booting up, you can simply remove the card, press ICTRq-1 ALT '-I DEq
and have a working 95LX again.
Many PC users are familiar with
creating bootable disks for their Pc.
The format Is command on a PC turns
a floppy or hard disk into a bootable
"system disk" with some hidden files
and a copy of COMMAND. COM on
it. You don't have to try and turn the
RAM card into a "system disk" to
boot from it. You don't need any
hidden files or COMMAND. COM
(it's launched from ROM). If you
have your AUTOEXEC.BAT and
CONFIG.SYS files on the card, in the
card slot, whenever you press ICTRqIALT'-IDEq, you'll boot from the RAM
card.
(SRAM) are by far the most popular
cards available for the 95LX. Their
only limitation is that their data is
preserved through the use of a lithium backup battery that keeps the
microchips in the card "alive." These
batteries generally last for a year and
are cheap enough, costing about $3.
There are a few things you should
be aware of when using SRAM cards
with the HP 95LX.
3. RAM cards provide easy data
exchange and backup capabilities. A
PC Card drive is a device that connects to your desktop PC and lets it
read RAM cards like it would read a
floppy disk. It is far quicker and
easier to slip the RAM card our of
your 95LX and into a PC Card drive
than it is to connect your 95LX up to
your PC and run file transfer software. (See pages 12-19 for a look at
popular file transfer software.)
WARNING: If you plan on purchasing a notebook PC that comes
with a PCMCIA card slot, beware!
You may not be able to read a 95LXformatted memory card in it. Take a
95LX-formatted RAM card with you
and test it out on the notebook you're
looking at. If it doesn't work, make
sure a device driver IS A VAILABLE
that will allow the notebook's card
drive to read a 95LX-formatted card.
Many of the popular notebooks don't
have these device drivers available.
Change the Backup Battery
Every Ten Months
SRAM Cards
Static Random Access Memory cards
Power is supplied to the card by the
95LX only when the 95LX is on. If
the card is removed or your 95LX is
off, the card's memory is preserved
by its internal battery. Even though a
card battery may last a year, change
the battery more often!
The 95LX was designed before the
current series of RAM cards. The
Palmtop cannot respond to the intermediate low battery signal that the
newer SRAM cards deliver when
getting low on battery power. Instead
it can only respond to the final low
battery signal sent by the card. This
is a point at which your SRAM card
may lose its data. It is my recommendation that the SRAM cards backup
battery be changed ten months after
it was installed, regardless of its condition. Set an APPT alarm reminder.
What to Do If You Get
a Low Card Battery Warning
The first thing to do is to try and
keep the HP 95LX on. Immediately
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Scardina is a computer consultant based in San Francisco, specializing
in palmtop-based applications. He can be reached on CompuServe at {76711,732] for commercial projects.
MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 41
HOW TO USE: Memory Cards
connect it to the AC Adaptor or turn
off its timeout function using programs such as TIMEOUT ii,
SWITCH!, or 95BUDDY ii. Many
SRAM cards will then let you replace
the card's backup battery while it is
still in your 95LX. A little slide lock
or screw holds the retaining ring for
the battery. By releasing the ring the
battery can be removed. PLEASE
note whether the old battery's plus
side is up or down and insert the
new battery the same way. Also,
remember to re-Iock the retaining
ring to prevent removing it while
trying to unplug the card.
Maximize a SRAM Card's File
Storage Capability
When SRAM cards are formatted,
they are divided up into storage
units called "sectors" and "clusters."
Each sector on a SRAM card has 512
bytes. Each cluster has one sector.
Any file takes up a minimum of
one cluster, or 512 bytes. A small
batch file of a few lines may require
less than 50 bytes of storage space.
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However, it must occupy at least on
cluster, or 512 bytes on your SRAM
card. A 520-byte text file can't quite
fit into one cluster, so it must occupy
two clusters, or 1,024 bytes.
This fact means that it is very
wasteful to store many small files on
your RAM card. If you use MEMO to
keep scraps of information and save
each to a separate file, you're wasting
precious space. You should check out
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Unfortunately, the DIR command
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storage, not the space actually used
(i.e. it reports the small batch file as
taking up 50 bytes, not the 512 bytes
it's really occupying). DIR also reports the "bytes free," the remaining
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on the 95LX.)
The DoubleCard can compress
your C drive, if you wish. I am opposed to doing this for several reasons. First, once you have created
this compressed "G" drive you may
not change your System RAM/Drive
partition without destroying the
drive. Next, you cannot put an APNAME.LST on this drive. Also, since
the G drive is really one big file, if it
gets corrupted you will probably lose
all of the files instead of individual
ones. Finally, you can achieve most
of the space-saving benefits by first
compressing .COM and .EXE files
with DIET ii or PKLITE ii, and then
storing them on the C drive. If they
corrupt, or you lose them you can
easily replace them. Besides, they
don't compress very well with Stacker. Storing compressed .EXE and
.COM files on your C drive leaves
more room on your card for your
highly compressible data files.
The final feature incorporated into
DoubleCard is built-in reset protection for your C drive. Every time a
hard reboot is performed (by pressing ICTRLI-I <Shift > I-I£!:!) four bytes in
your C drive get corrupted, if you
are using a 512K 95LX or a 1MB
Palmtop with system RAM set to less
than 512K. As long as the DoubleCard software is in memory those
four bytes will not get corrupted.
Sundisk Flash ROM Cards
At the time this article was written,
the only Flash Technology entry that
may be used on the 95LX is from
Sundisk (see ad, page 10 this issue).
This card has the advantage of not
needing a battery to retain its data,
however it does require its software
driver be in memory in order to read
it. The result of this is that you must
have its driver either on C: drive or
on a SRAM card when you reboot
your 95LX. Sundisk is planning to
include a ROM card to be used when
rebooting, after which you can insert
the Flash card.
The Sundisk card is available with
or without Stacker compression software. As delivered, the card is formatted with large, 4K clusters. This
has no impact on disk space if you
are using Stacker, but it has a big
impact if you are not. (See the discussion of cluster size above.) Sundisk
may make available a utility that can
format the Sundisk card with the
smaller, 512 byte clusters.
If you decide to use Stacker on
the Sundisk card, I recommend altering the way that Sundisk sets things
up. As installed by its installation
program, the STACKER.COM file is
stored on your C drive. This is not
preferred because the file is large,
and the corruption of the C drive
would make it difficult to access the
compressed files on the card. A better
strategy is to have STACKER.COM
reside on the card. This can be done
by following these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Back up all files on the card.
Put STACPALM.EXE on your C drive.
Reformat the card with the SFORMAT utility.
Copy the STACKER.COM file to the card.
Stac the card by entering STACPALM A:
Reboot your 9SLX.
Delete STACPALM.EXE and STACKER.COM from
the C drive.
If you have Diet 1.44 ii or later you
can compress (diet -9) the STACKER
.COM file for greater space savings.
Another issue concerns the use of
the Sundisk cards regards the AA
batteries used in your 95LX. The Sundisk card requires a higher current
than SRAM cards to write to it. The
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device driver, SDPDRV.5YS, does
include a battery check routine to
make sure there is enough left in the
batteries before the write is started.
Versions 1.1 and 1.2 of SDPDRV.5YS
put the card into a write-protect
mode when the battery was low,
causing the card to be corrupted
under certain circumstances. Version
1.3 and above turn the 95LX off.
Unfortunately, 1.3 and above are only
setup for alkaline battery use. The
best solution that works on all versions and battery types is to use
BATTman from ACE Technologies. It
will safely turn off your 95LX under
all conditions that I have tested.
Finally, it is very possible that the
current HP 95LX Sundisk cards will
not work with future palmtops.
Memory Card Drives
Card drives are floppy-drive-like
devices that attach to your PC and let
your read a RAM card like it was a
floppy disk. They come in internal
(mounted in a floppy drive slot) and
external (connect to the desktop via a
cable).
The Databook Thincard Drive is
an example of an internal floppy
drive. It offers great flexibility in the
range of cards that it supports. It's
attached to the PC bus, so it's very
fast. The only problem I found with
it was that if a card was in the drive
when I turned on my PC, it sometimes corrupted the card. Otherwise,
it was a dream to use and makes
backing up your card a simple procedure.
Lander
(G2001) .. ...
$19
ACE Technologies, Inc.
Both Databook and Adtron offer
external card drives that connect to
the PC's parallel port. I did not receive the Adtron in time for this
review, but the DataBook drive is
very well implemented. It comes
with two DB25 parallel connectors
and an AC adapter. This allows you
to use one port for both your card
drive and printer. While its performance is definitely slower than that
of the internal drive, it's a lot faster
than using anybodys' file transfer
software (for more on file transfer
software, see page 12 this issue).
Also, if you are at all squeamish
about opening up your PC, the external drive is a snap to install.
Both types of drives require a
device driver installed in the PC's
CONFIG.SYS file in order to read
cards. Make sure the one you select
will support the type of cards you
want to use. Currently, Databook's
software will support both SRAM
and the Sundisk cards.
RAM Cards More Attractive
As Prices Fall
With prices falling monthly this form
of storage will gain in popularity.
This will cause further price drops.
The RAM card in any of its flavors is
the best place to keep your data files.
It is impervious to vibration and
shock, and offers significant speed
advantages over mechanical drives.
The ability to have 20MB of storage
in the equivalent of a credit card
offers tremendous productivity po-
44 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
tential. The different card technologies require different strategies to
optimize their use and enhance their
reliability.
Order Information
BATIman - $49
DoubleCard - Varies, call
DoubleCard Software - $149
SWITCH! 2.0 - $69
fastNOTES - $69
CONTACT: ACE Technologies, Inc.,
2880 lanker Road, Suite 103, San Jose,
CA 95134, USA; Phone: 800-825-9977 or
408-428-9722; Fax: 408-428-9721.
Solid State External Drive - $295
Solid State Internal Drive - $395
CONTACT: Adtron Corp. , 3050 South
Country Club Drive, Suite 24, Mesa, Al
85210, USA; Phone: 602-926-9324; Fax:
602-926-9359.
ThinCard External Drive - $299
ThinCard Internal Drive - $489
CONTACT: Databook Inc., 10 Alder
Bush, Rochester, NY 14624, USA; Phone:
716-889-4204; Fax & Modem: 716-8892593.
Keep-In-View - $69.95
CONTACT: Lucid Corp., 101 W. Renner Rd., Suite 450, Richardson, TX 75082,
USA; Phone: 800-92LUCID or 214-9948100; Fax: 214-994-8103.
Sundisk Flash Cards - $199-999
CONTACT: Sundisk Corporation, 3270
Jay Street, Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA;
Phone: 408-562-0500; Fax: 408-980-8607.
NOTE: Price listed is suggested retail price,
not including shipping and handling. You
may be able to purchase the product for
less from a software retailer.
Shareware/F reeware
Mentioned in This Article
On the HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK
'CIS "SHR 95BUDDY - NID 92 issue
'CIS "SHR
'CIS
'CIS
'CIS "SHR
NOTES95 - MIA 93 issue
DIET 1.44 - MIA 93 issue
TIMEOUT - MIA 92 issue
PKLlTE - J/F 92 issue
'CIS - Also available in the HP Handhelds forum of
CompuServe.
"SHR - SHAREWARE is software distributed free
of charge for evaluation purposes only. If you decide
to use it, you must pay the author the shareware fee.
This goes for any shareware found on The HP
Palmtop Paper ON DISK or CompuServe.
The HP 95LX,
How to Keep it Clean!
Protect your investment, your files, and the
appearance of your 95LX. Here are some
simple, and adventurous ways to keep
your 95LX clean!
[This article is a compilation of tips
collected for the HP Hand forum of
CompuServe. Thanks to everyone who
knowingly or unknowingly contributed
to this article - Rich.]
By Cindy Ericson
Most HP 95LX users are more concerned with learning how to use their
Palmtop than keeping it clean. But
dust and dirt have always been a
bane to computers. Although the
95LX seems indestructible, why take
chances?
Q-Tips, Alcohol, and More
It doesn't take a lot of time or ingenuity to keep your 95LX clean. It's as
simple as grabbing a Q-Tip and a
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bottle of isopropyl alcohol. A few
Q-Tips (or small camel-hair paint
brushes) dipped in alcohol removes
most grime from the keyboard. Of
course be careful not to let the alcohol drip below the keyboard overlay.
This can easily be prevented by rolling the top of the swab over a tissue.
You can also hold the 95LX upside
down when cleaning and allow the
alcohol to evaporate.
Some 95LX users like Armor All,
a spray-on "protectant" that cleans
and coats surfaces with film that
"protects against ozone, oxygen, and
ultraviolet rays." It's alright to spray
Armor All directly on to the outside
of the case. Use Q-tips or a clean
cloth to apply it to the area around
the keys and screen. Allow Armor
All to harden for two hours on the
95LX case and then wipe off any
excess.
Another cleaner and polish for the
95LX is Snap, a product available
through EduCALC. According to an
EduCALC representative, Snap is the
only product recommended by HP to
clean computer surfaces. Snap also
cleans glass used in photographic
processes and repels dust from the
surface it is used on. According to
the product's label, it "minimizes
glass and plastic maintenance by
cleaning faster while imparting a
satin smooth water repellent anti-static finish to treated surfaces."
You'll want to brush loose dust
and dirt off the 95LX before applying
a cleaning solution or protectant. You
might use the camel-hair brush mentioned earlier. You could also use a
camel-hair lens brush, normally used
for cleaning camera lenses. The
brush, which is available in most
camera shops, comes in a twist-up
container resembling a lipstick canister. The compact lens brush stores
easily, and is protected from wear
and tear when not in use.
A couple of resourceful users
swept Post-It notes and Tack Rags
across their 95LX display to keep the
screen free of dirt and grime. Post-Its
are available almost everywhere.
Tack Rags are available at hardware
and paint stores in the painting supplies section.
Finally, some users recommend
one of the small vacuums available
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cindy has her B.A. in English from Iowa Wesleyan College.
She has worked as a staff writer for the local newspaper and
currently works in the circulation department at Thaddeus
Computing. She is also a free-lance writer.
MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 45
HOW TO: Keep it Clean
for cleaning dust from tight places.
(Radio Shack has a battery-powered
one for $9.95, part # 612504.) They
are good to run over the keyboard to
remove small dry particles of dust,
lint, sugar, coffee grounds, etc.
Control Your Desktop from
Your 95LX with pcANYWHERE
Dangerous Launderings
(Note: Although some users claim to
have successfully rinsed the 95LX in
water, we did not test this and DO NOT
recommend this procedure!!)
Computers don't like water, coffee,
or any liquid for that matter. It's not
a good idea to take your 95LX out in
pouring rain, nor is it good to pour
your favorite beverage on a Palmtop.
Unfortunately, these things happen!
It's very interesting, and a bit
ironic, that an industry standard
method for cleaning circuit boards is
to wash them off. One CompuServe
member described a three-step process: Rinse the board with warm
water copiously; rinse it again with
deionized water; finish the procedure
by rinsing it one last time with Freon
TF to dry it. Of course, the AC adapter must be disconnected and all batteries must be removed before the
cleaning takes place.
Another 95LX user spilled a drink
on his 95LX. He said he removed the
batteries from his palmtop, disassembled the case, and then ran warm
water through the entire computer.
He then carefully dried it with a hair
drier. He said most of his data was
backed up so he didn't lose much
from the system. (Editor's Note: We
once corrupted a ROM chip in another
computer by blowing dust out of the
computer with a bottle of compressed air.
We don't recommend using a device that
forcefully blows air across a computer
circuit board.)
All of these cleaning tips were
discovered by 95LX users. There are
undoubtedly many more ways keep it
clean. You probably have all the
equipment you need in your medicine
cabinet or desk drawer. Add a little
imagination and - happy cleaning!
Use your HP 95LX, a modem, pcANYWHERE
and SuperKey to access and run your desktop
PC wherever you are.
By J.D. Fleming, Jr.
pcANYWHERE 4.5 is remote access
software that makes it possible for
you to run a PC-compatible "host"
computer from an HP 95LX or another "remote" computer. For example,
while traveling you could connect a
modem to your 95LX and access your
office desktop computer. You would
be able to remotely control the office
PC to run programs on the desktop,
or transfer files back and forth between the desktop and the 95LX.
The host computer (your desktop
PC) runs the main pcANYWHERE
program. The package comes with
A WREMOTE, a communications
script designed for the remote computer. Unfortunately, AWREMOTE
does not work on the 95LX. I used
the 95LX's COMM program with
VT100 terminal emulation.
Setting Up the Host Computer
Only one change is necessary in the
host configuration (using pcANYWHERE 4.5). Go to the host menu,
select View/Modify List of Callers, and
46 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
select the caller designation to be
used. Then go into the Caller Information screen and use the same default settings except for the Terminal
Type setting. Change that one to Ask
Caller, which lets you select the terminal emulation you desire. If you
intend to use only the VT100 emulation offered by the HP 95LX
COMM program, set the Terminal
Type to VT100/200 instead of Ask Caller.
The Ask Caller setting and other
terminal settings such as VT1 00/200
are entirely different from the AWREMOTE default setting. Since the
non-standard serial port of the 95LX
won't allow it to run AWREMOTE, it
can't be used with the 4.03 LAN version of PC Anywhere, the last one I
tested, because that version doesn't
allow selection of a non-AW remote.
However, the freestanding version of
PCAnywhere can be used on a terminal in a LAN to access the network
through that terminal. That is the
way I use pcANYWHERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J.
D. Fleming, Jr., is a partner in Sutherland, A~bill &
Brennan, a law firm with offices in Atlanta, Washmgton,
and New York. His major practi~e ~r~as include. prod.uct
liability, chemical, engineering, sClentifi~ and ta~ lItigatIOn.
He received a B.Ch.E. degree trom GeorgIa Tech m 1~55 an~
a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering ir: 1959. He re~elved hls
law degree from Emory Universlty m 1967. J. D. IS a fellow
of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the
American Inst,itute of Chemists, anq a reglstered profeSSIOnal
engineer. J.D. s CompuServe ID# IS [76376,2022].
Getting it to Work on the 95LX
Using pcANYWHERE
pcANYWHERE must be running the
host (PC) computer back in your
office before you can make the remote connection. When the remote
calls in, the host asks the caller to
press IENTERI. When this is done, a list
of terminal types appears and the
user selects the one to be used. The
only emulation I have tried is VT100
/ 200, since the 95LX and portables I
use provide VT100 emulation with
the built-in communications software.
My most frequent use of pcANYWHERE is to connect with my office
E-mail system, which runs WordPerfect Office. I use the following key
assignments with SuperKey on the
host to provide the functions required for E-mail. (The /\ symbol indicates pressing and holding down ICTRLIJ
Making the Connection
The VT emulations have a significant
disadvantage in that they do not
transmit the F-keys, which are required for many of the programs the
caller will want to use on the host.
For example, if you're running WordPerfect remotely on the host, you
can't use any of WordPerfect's Function Key commands.
In order to get around this, I load
the SuperKey macro program with
pcANYWHERE on the host. I assign
F-keys to control characters, so that
sending the control character from
the remote causes execution of the
assigned F-key on the host. I assume
any macro program will do as well,
and it may well be that other terminal emulations will avoid this difficulty, but I have not tried any besides the VT emulations.
The 95LX COMM configuration
used to connect the 95LX with the
pcANYWHERE host is 8 Char, 1 Stop,
Parity None, Emulate VT100. You also
need the phone number of the pcANYWHERE host in the dial number
field. When the configuration has
been set in COMM, press IMENU I
Connect, and the 95LX calls the host.
When the connection has been made,
wait patiently because the connection
takes several seconds to get going.
With Ask Caller, the host will request
the user to press I ENTER I as the first
step. If the Terminal Type is set to a
specific type, the first step is for the
host to ask for the password, which
is set in the Caller Information screen
on the host during its setup.
List Files
Backspace
Delete
Retrieve
Save
Undelete
Name search
Page down
AL (F5)
Bksp
AD
AF (ShftFl0)
AK (FlO)
AU (Fl)
Ap (F2)
A() (PGDN)
Help
Options
Esc
Quit
Transmit
Go back
Page up
CursLeft
AB (F3)
AC (ShftFS)
AE (ESC)
AQ (F7)
AT (F9)
AG (ShftF3)
AN (PGUP)
AA (CRSLFT)
CursRight
CursDown
AS (CRSRT) Cursor up
AZ (CRSDWN)
AW(CRSUP)
The batch file, which goes into Email after the pcANYWHERE connection is completed, loads this SuperKey file automatically. Many TSR
programs will interfere with pcANYWHERE if they are loaded before the
pcANYWHERE host-to-remote connection is made. If they are loaded
after the connection is made, they are
much more likely to run successfully.
SuperKey is an example.
Communications programs normally transmit the cursor control
keys properly. However, the 95LX
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HOW TO USE: pcANYWHERE
has a non-standard 16-line-by-40column screen and uses the cursor
keys to move to off-screen portions
of the display. The VT100 emulation
in COMM does not transmit a keycode when the cursor keys are
pressed. I tried disabling the cursor
tracking on the 95LX and still had no
luck using the 95LX cursor keys to
control the host.
To get around this, I use SuperKey to define control-key combinations to activate cursor movement on
the host. The key combinations I've
chosen are reminiscent of WordStar's
cursor control keys; IIW (I Ctrll-W) on
the 95LX causes a cursor up on the
host, IIA a cursor left, liS a cursor
right, and liZ a cursor down.
Transferring Files
I transfer files using XMODEM on
the 95LX, and the AWSEND program
that comes with pc ANYWHERE on
the host. I connect the host and remote, and activate XMODEM from
the 95LX: Press ICOMMIIMENUI Transfer
XMODEM Receive file.ext (or whatever the filename is.) Then, from the
95LX I remotely go to the C: \ prompt
of the host (desktop) computer and
type the following: awsend file.ext from
host to remote. When I press ENTERI,
the host computer begins sending
FILE. EXT to the remote Palmtop. I
could reverse the process by telling
XMODEM to Send the file instead of
receiving it and by typing awsend
file.exe from remote to host on the host.
Since XMODEM works well, I have
not tried Kermit or ZMODEM. (For
more on using XMODEM on the 95LX,
see page 31-14 of the HP 95LX User's
Guide.)
Another minor point: The 95LX
screen does not clear before overwriting during communications. This
leaves characters from the previous
screen still present unless the new
line is long enough to overwrite
those characters. I have found this
only to be a nuisance.
[Editors Note: The 95LX does not
display CGA, EGA, or VGA graphics.
If the screen display of the program
running on the host requires these
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may not display properly on the
95LX's monochrome screen. Finally,
you may also encounter some word
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I Don't Have to Lug a Laptop
Around Anymore!
The need for a key translator and the
limitations imposed by the 95LX's
40x16 display may lead many to
reject this approach. However, my
goal was to avoid having to lug
along a laptop and charger on every
trip. I have found the 95LX, a small
modem and a serial cable to be a vast
improvement. This has allowed me to
connect up with and control my office desktop computer on trips across
the U.S. I have also used this arrangement with reasonable success
when traveling abroad.
48 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
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SuperKey - $99.95Keyboard macro program. (Other macro
program ma~ be suitable.)
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USA; Phone: 800-331-0877 or 408-4388400; Fax: 408-439-9119.
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Hacker Gives Tips for Programming
System-Compliant Applications
Craig Finseth's Anatomy of an Application is a 32-page . TXT
file jam-packed with information on programming systemcompliant applications for the 95LX.
By Ed Keefe
The Hacker Ethic
If you enjoy reading about the early
days of electronic computing, let me
recommend Stephen Levy's book
called The Hackers, (published by Dell
paperback). It's an easy and enjoyable book to read.
The Hackers chronicles the exploits
of a group of MIT students during
the 1960's and '70' s. The students
were best known for breaking into
the school's Artificial Intelligence lab
just so they could get their hands on
the sole minicomputer.
Over the course of several months
these students taught themselves
how to program the machine just by
"poking around" and seeing what
would happen. Their work resulted
in one of the first text editors, a prim-
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flight simulator.
One of the tenets of these "hackers" was that their programs, and
everything they learned while writing the programs, should be given
away freely.
The last of the MIT "midnight
hackers", Richard Stallman, believed
so strongly in this "free exchange of
information" that he formed an organization called the Free Software
Foundation (FSF).
One of the first projects of the FSF
was to write a clone of the popular,
but expensive, UNIX operating system and give it away. Emacs, a very
popular text editor, is another FSF
program (see page 25, this issue for
more on Freyja, an Emacs editor).
Anatomy of Some Free Software
for the HP 95LX
Craig Finseth, the author of MEMUTIL and FREYJA, obviously subscribes to the tenets of the Free Software Foundation. Not only has he
placed both of these fine programs in
the public domain, but he has also
provided all the source code for both
programs.
What makes this unique is that
both programs are System-Manager
Compliant. They run on the 95LX
and can task switch with any of the
built-in applications.
Both programs are written in C
and contain a gold-mine of information for developers of programs for
the HP 95LX.
Beyond the comments in the code,
Craig has provided extensive documentation for the MEMUTIL program. The documentation is
contained in a file called ANATOMY.TXT ij which comes on the distribution disk for MEMUTIL ij and
FREYJA ij.
The full title of the documentation
file is "Anatomy of an Application:
What HP Doesn't Tell You About
Developing System Manager Compliant Applications for the HP 95LX."
The printed document takes 32
single-spaced pages and is jampacked with interesting discoveries.
For example, Craig has discovered
that the System Manager video display routines are fairly fast. One
should use them before trying to
write directly to the video memory.
Craig explains such things as why
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MILEAGE LOG
Track your car mileage and other transportation expenses for reimbursement
or for your income tax return. This is the
application that HP forgot!
• Runs under System Manager
• Remembers 100 previous routes
to save you keystrokes.
• Shows running total of miles and
expenses.
• Automatic creation of new data file
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• Prints the mileage/expense log to a
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there is a 64K limit placed on all data
files and why there can only be eight
active system-compliant programs at
anyone time. He also goes into great
detail about how to handle keyboard
input.
There are sections on how to put
a message on the screen and wait for
user input, how to construct a menu
that looks like those in the built-in
applications, and how to use the file
picker routines.
Craig also discusses how to use
the clipboard to transfer data between your system-compliant application and the built-in applications.
Finally, he spends a good amount of
time explaining the nature of "fixups"
and a major bug in the 95LX. He provides several pages of work-arounds
for this flaw.
Craig has included many code
snippets to illustrate his ideas and,
for this reason, the article IS not for
beginners. You have to be fairly conversant with C programming and
familiar with the System Manager
routines for event-driven programming. Otherwise this article will
leave you scratching your head and
wondering where you are.
DOD
Who is the Article For?
The "Anatomy of an Application"
document is one of the best examples
of program documentation that I've
ever seen. It will be most appreciated
by registered Independent System
Developers for the HP 95LX.
If you've ever tried your hand at
writing a system-compliant program,
or if you're thinking seriously of
writing one, I'd urge you to get your
own copy of this priceless document.
When you do, print it out, along with
the source code for MEMUTIL and
FREYJA. Read it all and store it with
your copy of the ISV Manual. You'll
have more than enough programming tips, traps and techniques to
become a full-fledged programmer of
System-Manager compliant applications.
To Craig Finseth, I extend a very
great thank you, on behalf of myself
and 95LX programmers everywhere.
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On the HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK
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MEMUTIL.EXM - in FREYJA.ZIP
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[Letters continued from page 5.1
available because you don't
have room for it. The program
lets you keep up to 20 sets of
the ten macros and swap them
at the touch of a few keys. It is
not System-Manager compliant
but Ed provides a loader to
pop up over everything but
123.
Ronald Vieceli
Carbondale, IL, USA
Cold Kills 95LX Batteries
I thought I would report to
you and your readers what
leaving the 95LX out in the
cold will do. Last weekend I
went skiing and inadvertently
left my 95LX in the glove compartment of my car for three
days. At night the temperature
was in the teens and during
the day it rose to the thirties.
When I returned home and
turned it on, I got a faint
screen, warnings of low main
batteries and low backup battery, and that the C: drive was
erased. Interestingly enough,
the low power caused by the
cold adversely affecting the
battery power erased the RAM
memory, but the A drive on
my battery powered Ace
Double Card was unaffected.
All of the files on the RAM
card were untouched.
I immediately plugged into
the AC adapter and once powered up, the batteries came
back to almost normal. I re-
placed the main batteries, and
the backup came back to 2.78
volts, although it was measuring 3.0 prior to its ski trip. The
RAM card battery registered
4.82, exactly where it has been
since I first installed it. Fortunately, I backup daily and was
able to reinstall everything
quickly.
The lessons to be learned is
that the HP 95LX is sensitive
to the cold and we should
backup often.
Michael Allgood
Lafayett, CA, USA
Well Men,
Welcome to the 90's
[Lithium batteries generally
perform very well in the cold,
that is why we use them in fla shlights for winter camping trips.
They are usually unaffected by
the cold. This explains why the
RAM card survived so well.
Since you probably lost the main
AA's, the HP backup lithium was
probably doing a lot of work and
could not keep the memory going
for that long - Fred Knufman.l
I have been communicating
with The Baltic and International Maritime Council
(BIMCO) in Denmark, who
have introduced some very
good Shipping software, and
they are willing to look at the
possibilities of introducing the
software on RAM cards.
I am interested in finding
any HP Palmtop Paper readers
who are in the Shipping Industry and who would be
interested in the BIMCO software. Also, it would be interesting to exchange information
on how best to adapt the 95LX
to our industries requirements.
(Incidentally, I am sending
this fax to you through the
New Media PalmFax Modem
and the 95LX.)
Capt. J. Misra
Gulf Azov Shipping Co. Ltd.
Dubai (U.A.E)
Correction on Instant Recall
Your latest issue of Palmtop
Paper (Jan/Feb 93, page 6)
mentions that Instant Recall
2.0 has full import/export
capabilities for the 95LX. Unfortunately it has only limited
export, but no import capability. I even called the IR people
and they confirmed this.
Yga l Giramberk
Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
I've noticed your contributors
and correspondents tend to be
mostly male, but your description of a wallet carrying
case that is "Made of premium
men's wallet leather" is going
too far (Sept. / Oct. 92, page 44).
"Made of premium wallet leather" would have been sufficient.
Maureen Brock
Hewlett Packard
Davis, CA, USA
Maritime Shipping Software
for the 95LX
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Lexmark is marketing The
IBM Portable Printer, which
appears to be a version of the
Citizen PN48 printer I reviewed on page 7 of the Sep /
Oct 92 issue of The HP Palmtop
Paper. It appears to be the
identical printer, except its
case is black. I find that the
black case looks better with
the HP 95LX, makes it visually
easier to properly align paper
in the printer. It is a parallel
printer, and requires a serialto-parallel adapter to work
with the HP 95LX. For more
information in the U.S. call
800-358-5835 or in Canada call
800-663-7662.( No international
contact information available.)
Robert Newins
Richmond, VA
DDD
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52 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
· ···BASIC TIPS···
~Appt
CREATING AND DELETING
A REPEATING APPOINTMENT
It is easy to set a repeating appointment on you
95LX. From the Daily Calendar view, press I MENU I
View. Then select the kind of repeating appointment you want to set (Weekly-Repeat, MonthlyRepeat, or Yearly-Repeat). Finally press I!!) to
insert a new appointment, key in the appointment
information and press I!1£) to insert the repeating
appointment. (For more information, see pages 179 to 17-14 in the HP 95LX User's Guide.)
Deleting a repeating appointment is still pretty
easy. Press IMENU I View, select the type of
repeating appointment you want to delete, and
press I ENTER I. Cursor down to the appointment
you want to delete and press ~ to cut the
appointment out.
Robert Roney
Rich Hall
The HP Palmtop Paper
(E Battery
PUT THE BACKUP BAITERY
IN RIGHT SIDE UP
The backup battery protects your data if the main
batteries die, and when you change main batteries.
However, you have to put it in the right way! The
backup battery is located on the right side of your
95LX, behind a removable cover.
There is a top/bottom +/- side to the 3-volt CR2032
coin cell backup battery (available at Radio Shack
or other electronics stores). You need to place the
battery plus (+) side down in the plastic tray. The
HP 95LX User's Guide, page A-4, also says to turn
the unit off before replacing the backup battery.
Fred Kaufman
CompuServe 10: [72560,36J
_Filer
DISPLAYING FILE CONTENTS IN FILER
You can display the contents of any file by going
into FILER, moving the cursor to that file and
pressing I ENTER I. The file appears on the screen,
where you're able to cursor up and down to read it,
but not able to make changes in the file.
A text file that was created with MEMO will
appear the way you see it in MEMO. PHONE,
APPT, 1-2-3 and other specially formatted files will
display a lot of funny faces and strange looking
control characters that the programs use to identify
types and lengths of fields, and records. Some files,
such as .EXE, .COM, .EXM and .ENV files will
display nothing but funny faces and unusual characters.
Robert Roney
The HP Palmtop Paper
II Phone
HOW TO SPLIT A PHONE FILE
The largest Phone Book file you can have is 47K.
Depending on how much information you have on
each entry, this translates to about 400-600 names.
To increase capacity, some users keep two .PBK
files, one for A-M and another for N-Z names. If
you want to do this you'll need to split your existing
Phone Book.
Make two copies of your original PBK file by
going to FILER, highlighting the PBK file, pressing
~ (Copy), giving the file a new name, and
pressing I ENTER I (do this two times). Now you've
got three identical Phone Book files (say,
PHONE.PBK, PHONE1.PBK and PHONE2.PBK).
Now open PHONE2.PBK within the PHONE
application by pressing I MENU I File Open, selecting the file and pressing I ENTER I. Then use ~
(Cut) to delete half of the entries out (Le. A-M) and
save it. Next, open PHONE1.PBK and delete the
other half of the entries (Le. N-Z).
You should now have 3 files PHONE.PBK your original complete phone book, PHONE1.PBK
- your A-M's, and PHONE2.PBK - your N-Z's.
Stanley Dobrowski
CompuServe 10: [71031,2162J
Iii Set Up
SEITING A PASSWORD ON THE 95XL
You can password protect your 95LX so no one but
you can turn it on. Exit all your built-in applications,
go to FILER and press IMENU I System. At the
DOS prompt type password and you will be
prompted to enter and verify your password. Now
if you want to password protect your 95LX, turn it
off by pressing I ALTI-I OFF I. The next time you try
to press ION I, the 95LX will prompt you for the
password. If you don't enter the password, the
95LX will not come on. If you forget the password,
you are out of luck! You will have to remove the
batteries and lose your data.
Rich Hall
Editor, The HP Palmtop Paper
[If you've forgotten your password and it isn't
locked yet, you can find out what your password is
with a shareware program called STATUS (see
"Goodies I", pg 45, M/J 92 issue) - Rich.J
DON'T ACCIDENTALLY REFORMAT
YOUR RAM CARD!
In SET UP, the Format command is located in
between the Owner and Quit commands. This
command formats any RAM card in your card drive,
and formatting completely erases any data on the
RAM card. Be careful when you Quit SET UP, or
when you change Owner information. It's relatively
easy to accidentally move the cursor from Owner or
Quit to Format.
If you do move the cursor to Format and
press I ENTER I, you're asked to "Insert new card for
drive A: and press ENTER when ready ... " If you do
not want to reformat your RAM card, DO NOT
PRESS I ENTER I!!!
If you don't have a RAM card in the 95LX, it
doesn't matter what you do. Press I ENTER I, the
95LX will respond "Not ready, Format terminated,
Press any key to continue ... "
If you have a card in drive A, remove it and
press I ENTER I, or press ICTRq-C to abort the
format.
Robert Roney
The HP Palmtop Paper
BACK UP YOUR FILES OFF THE 95LX
If the backup battery is low, pulling out the main
batteries without connecting to an AC adapter will
destroy your memory and you'll lose everything,
even if you saved it on other occasions!
You may get a warning like, "damaged files
on the C: drive, do you wish to initialize, Y or N ?".
When you answer "N", the 95LX responds with the
same message again. You are about to lose ALL
the files on the C drive. The HP 95LX is very
reliable, but it is still a computer and computers
lose power and lose data. How do you avoid losing
95LX files? BACK UP YOUR FILES!
1.
2.
3.
4.
Copy them to a RAM card.
Copy them to a desktop computer's hard
drive using the HP Connectivity Pack, MacLink plus 95LX, Kermit, Zip, or any other
communication program.
Copy them to a floppy disk in your desk1op's
floppy drive or in an external disk drive like
the Sparcom95.
Make a print out of the file.
Backing up your files is the only protection you
have against losing files on any computer, including
the 95LX.
MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 53
......... QUICK TIPS .........
1111-2-3
LINKING LOTUS
WORKSHEETS
The 1-2-3 file linking feature lets
you use the values from cells in
saved (source) worksheets in the
current (target) worksheet in memory. This means 1-2-3 copies the
value or solution of the formula in
the source worksheet to the target
worksheet, not the formula itself.
Here's how to link to spreadsheets:
1. Move the cursor to the desired
cell in the target worksheet.
2. Type a plus (+), followed by the
file name enclosed in double
brackets, followed by the cell
reference. For example:
+«A:\SS\DVDGET»B2
The file reference is the location
and name of the file. You need
to enter the complete path of the
file if it is not in 1-2-3's default
directory. The cell reference is
either the address of the source
cell or its range name.
You may not include a linking formula in another formula of the target worksheet. Instead, you must
place the linking formula in another
of the target worksheet's cells, and
then reference that cell in the other
target worksheet formula.
Lotus 1-2-3 links only one cell of
the source worksheet per target
worksheet reference. Even if you
specify a range in the linking formula (Le. «file reference»A 1.. B2),
Lotus uses A1 as the source cell.
For more information on creating
a link, and the restrictions involved,
see pages 2-45 to 2-48 of HP 95LX
User's Guide.
Ahmet G. Ozisik
Istanbul, TURKEY
II Third Party
ASK SAM RUNS ON THE 95LX
Ask Sam, a personal information
manager, runs on the 95LX without
problems. If you want to save memory your C drive, first run the configuration program to set the display
to monochrome and to set the directories. Then run PKLite Ii or
Diet Ii to compress AS.EXE.
.
Tom Bergemann
CompuServe ID: [100034,3643]
ZIP DOESN'T WORK ON MAC
WITH SOFTPC(AT)
ZIP.COM Ii (the file transfer program used in the Palmtop Paper
Subscribers Disk) will not work on
the Mac under SoftPC(AT)! It expects to have some very reliable
hardware timing that is not possible
to emulate with the Mac software. I
tried this very early on in various
different configurations, but have
concluded that it was a lost cause.
, Perhaps it can be made to work
with the newer, high-speed Macs
(Quadra 950), but I did not test it.
David J. Marsh
CompuServe 10: [70750,3146J
~Appt
SETTING BIRTHDAY REMINDERS
I enter birthdays as repeating appointments starting on the person's
birth date and running out 100
years. By making them at 7 a.m.,
the appointments always show up
at the top of the list. It's grim, but
when someone dies, I update the
ending date for the appointment.
Ted Dickens (HP Forum Sysop)
CompuServe 10: [76701,272J
put two asterisks around the
name, "Name" that way I know it
is a birthday or an anniversary.
Jeff Zorn
CompuServe 10: [71165,1650
MOST RECENT APPOINTMENT
ALARMS PROCESSED
If you have multiple Appointment
Book files, only the most recently
opened .ABK file will be processed
for alarms.
Ted Dickens (HP Forum Sysop)
CompuServe 10: [76701,272J
SET APPOINTMENT FOR A DATE
EVERY 2 WEEKS - VERSION 1:
REPEATING APPOINTMENTS
I have an appointment every other
Wednesday. To have the 95LX
remind me of this appointment, I
created five repeating appointments, each one for a different
week (1st-5th). To do this, press
lMEN~ View Monthly-Repeat
Position I!!) , and then insert the
appointment.
• Each of these five appointments
54 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
has the same title, preceded by the
week number (1 Appt, 2Appt, etc.).
• The week number will change for
each appointment (1 st-5th).
• The Weekday is Wednesday.
• Start/End time vary.
• Start/End date vary (see below).
I vary the Start/End date, depending on how the Wednesdays fall.
For Example, the first two months
in 1993 have four Wednesday's
each. March has five Wednesdays.
If I start my bi-weekly meetings on
Jan 6, the sequence of meetings is
as follows: 1st and 3rd Wednesday
in January; 1st and 3rd Wednesday
in February; 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday in March.
Remember that I created five
repeating appointments. I enable
the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday
repeating appointments by setting
their start dates to 01 /01 /1993 and
their end dates to 04/01 /1993. For
those first three months, the repeating appointments will appear on the
1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday of the
month. The 5th Wednesday appointment in January and February
is ignored because those months
don't have a 5th Wednesday.
The final Wednesday meeting in
the above sequence is on the 5th
Wednesday of March. The next
Wednesday meeting will be on the
2nd Wednesday of April, and subsequent Wednesday meetings will
fall on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays through June 1993. So I set
the 2nd and 4th Wednesday repeating appointments start dates to 04/
01 /1993 and their end dates to
07/01 /93. The 2nd and 4th Wednesday repeating appointments will
show up in those months.
Depending on the current month
and on how future months work out,
I either have the repeating appointments for weeks 1, 3, and 5 enabled or those for weeks 2 and 4.
July through September are on
the 1st, 3rd, 5th Wednesday schedule, so I reset the Start/End dates
on those repeating appointments
sometime in April. I set todo items
on future dates remind me to reset
the Start/End dates. The thing to remember is that the 2nd/4th, 1st,
3rd, 5th pattern switches whenever
you have a month with five Wednesdays.
The single digit suffix is there so
that I can tell which entry is causing
a problem if I see an appointment
pop up in the wrong week. How's
that for a kludge?
Jeffrey Mattox
CompuServe ID: [71044,2356]
SET APPOINTMENT FOR A DATE
EVERY 2 WEEKS - VERSION 2:
USER DEFINED KEY
The following User Defined Key
automatically copies the appointment you have highlighted in Daily
view to the same day, same time
two weeks later.
{F2}{ESC}{DOWN}{DOWN}
{ENTER}{F4}
You'll then have to press IENTER I
and make sure the start and end
times are correct. If you know that
the start/end times are always going to be the same (say, 8:00 am to
9:00 am) you can add that information to the end of the User Key (add
{ENTER}{ENTER}{ENTER}8a
{ENTER)9a{ENTER}{F10) to the
above user key, after {F4}).
Ronald Vieceli
CompuServe ID: [73310,3663]
SET APPOINTMENT FOR A DATE
EVERY 2 WEEKS - VERSION3:
WORDPERFECT'S CALENDAR
PROGRAM
My favorite PIM is Wordperfect's
calendar program CL.EXE. It lets
you program just about any bizarre
combination of requirements for a
repeating appointment such as: the
last tuesday of every month after
March 1993, but not June or July
and before December. I've tried it
and it works great.
CL.EXE works just fine on the
HP 95LX. It does help to have the
1MB model and have more than
200K for user RAM (after SYSMGR). The only problem is that it
has an 80x25 display, so you need
to use the Shift and Alt-Shift Arrow
keys to move around. The program
is pretty good, if you are using
version 3.0 or above. It takes up
about 150K (or less) disk space.
It's part of the Office package,
which is around $89.
Mark Crocker
CompuServe 10: [72550,3322J
Marty Mankins
CompuServe 10: [75300, 1770J
=
Connectivity
MAKING APP95
SMALL & PORTABLE
I have discovered that the minimum
files needed to use the HP Connectivity Pack's APP95 to move files
back and forth between the 95LX
and another PC are as follows:
APNAMEUS.LST 52
APP95.EXE
44,330
SETUP.ENV
5,842
FILER.ENV
16
JFRESUS.RI
4,264
MQBTAUS.RI 2,146
MFILER.EXM 55,271
MTASKO.EXM 11,271
Total:
123,192
I edited APNAMEUS.LST to maintain only the two EXM's listed here.
App95 restores the SETUP.ENV file
even if you erase it, so you could
eliminate that one to reduce further
the number of files you put on the
disk. By carrying a disk with these
files and a 95LX serial cable, you
can connect to another PC to backup and transfer files when you're
away from home.
Fred Kaufman
CompuServe 10: [72560,36J
If you want to access APP95's
setup, you'll also need MSETUPM
.EXM and MSETUPUS.RI. A program like ZIP ii is much smaller
than solution above, but you need
to have ZIP on the 95LX before you
can use it. If ZIP gets corrupted or
erased on the 95LX, you have to
reinstall it.
FILER is in ROM and won't get
corrupted. The APP95 on disk approach is even more important to
me now that I have a Sundisk card.
Sundisk requires a driver on the 95LX's C:\ drive. If the driver gets
corrupted or erased, I keep a copy
of it on my APP95 disk and reinstall
it on my 95LX.
Thomas Rundel
CompuServe 10: [100023,2477J
"008
HOW TO GET BACK TO SYSTEM
MANAGER WHEN STUCK IN DOS
When you load software onto your
95LX, many programs, such as
Switch, ACT, or the PTP Subscribers Disk, add or modify your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. If that file gets further changed, or deleted and you
press ICTRLI-I ALT I-I DELI to re-
boot, you may end up in DOS without any way to access the regular
built-in applications.
You must return to the System
Manager in order to use the built-in
applications. To do so from the C:\
prompt, type $sysmgr and press
I ENTER I. This starts System Manager and allows you to use the
built-in applications.
You should then call your
AUTOEXEC.BAT file into MEMO
and make sure that it has $sysmgr as the last line of the file. You
may have to create a new AUTOEXEC. BAT file if your original file
has been deleted.
Larry Tachna
CompuServe 10: [76520, 1630J
HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST
WITH PHONE AND 95BUDDY
I went through my Phone Book and
tagged everybody who was to get
either a card or gift. Then I exported it to another phone book using
the IMENU I File Extract command.
I used BUDDY to change the
PHONE data field labels to Name,
Address, and Gift, and used that as
a shopping list. I then exported the
names and addresses to print labels for the cards and packages.
Everybody got their cards and gifts.
You can used the same system to
send thank you notes, or for any
mailing.
I'm going to tag names for all the
people who sent me cards and use
that as a basis for next year's
gift/card list.
George Roukas
CompuServe 10: [76044,723J
XCOPY ON THE 95LX
For those who would like to run
XCOPY on the 95LX, see XCOPY.95 ii in library 7 on the CompuServe HPHand Forum. This file lets
you patch XCOPY to make it work
on the 95LX.
Bob Berardino
CompuServe 10: 76711, 1025J
REFORMAT DISK TO
INCREASE OR DECREASE
ROOT DIRECTORY FILE LIMIT
You can normally only put 64 files
and/or directories in the root directory (C:\). DOS divides any disk up
into "sectors" and, by default, allocates 4 sectors for filename storage
in the root directory. You can reformat the disk to increase or decrease the number of sectors available for filename storage using the
FORMAT command with a /r
switch.
For example, the command
format c: Ir:5 would increase the
number of sectors to 5, allowing
you to store 80 files on the root
directory. Conversely, format c:
/r:2 would let you store only 32 files
on the root directory. The advantage of reducing the number of
sectors is that it gives you a little
more actual storage space for files,
and indeed I was able to set my
RAM disk space to 511 K instead of
510K.
This may not apply to a doublecard or stacked drives.
Larry Tachna
CompuServe ID: [76520,1630]
DMisc.
KEYS WEARING OUT
Quite a number of users have discovered that the labels rub off the
95LX keys, especially the most
often used keys like ENTER and
the arrow keys.
Apparently there was quite a
debate at HP over whether the keys
should be "shot through" (i.e. the
paint is infused into the plastic) or
applied to the surface. Since there
are many different language versions of the 95LX, the latter method
was chosen.
When mine went back for an
upgrade last April with a totally
blank ENTER key, it created quite a
stir. They did give me a new keyboard, but the key is almost gone
again after 7 months.
Mark Scardina
CompuServe W: [76711,732J
[A solution I have recently tried
is to carefully apply a couple of thin
coats of clear nail polish to the top
of the more frequently used keys. It
goes on easy enough and drys
quickly. The nail polish is thick
enough not to run down into the
cracks, but you could hold the 95LX
upside down when you apply it just
to be safe. It makes those keys
shinier and sometimes the reflected
light off the key makes the label
harder to see. Mark Scardina tells
me he's tried this approach on
other things and thinks it looks
tacky. However, it does seem to
protect the key top and I doubt that
the label will wear off - Rich.J
palmtops newsgroup on the Internet for 95LX talk.
Victor D Roberts
CompuServe ID: [70413,1423]
SAVE/BACKUP USER KEY
I have created this quick little
savelbackup User Key that works in
PHONE, APPT, or MEMO (provided
the data files are found in C:\_DAT
and you have a _DAT subdirectory
on your A drive where the backups
will be saved.). The commands are
as follows:
{MENU}fs{HOME} {DEL}a
{ENTER}y{MENU}fs{HOME}
{DEL}c{ENTER}y
You would have to modify this User
Key if the data files were located in
directories with different names.
Charles Gagnebin
Boston, MA, USA
mlSet Up
HOW TO DISPLAY OWNER
INFORMATION ON THE
TOPCARD
Go into SET UP and press Owner
to enter owner information into your
95LX. This information is displayed
if the Picture-File is C:\_DAT\TOPCARD.PCX. Other PCX files in
other directories will display, but will
not allow the owner information to
be shown. You could develop your
own PCX file with blank areas for
the owner information to display.
However, you will have to put it in
the C:\_DA T\ subdirectory and
rename it TOPCARD.PCX if you
want the owner information to display.
Frank Nagle
CompuServe W: [71140, 1253J
Shareware/Freeware
Mentioned
On the HP Palmtop
Paper ON DISK
' CIS"SHA
'CIS
'CIS Free
On the 1992 Subscribers
Disk
'CIS
WHERE TO FIND 95LX
INFORMATION ON INTERNET
If you are looking for online HP
95LX information, beside CompuServe, you can try the comp.sys.
PKLite - J/F 92
Diet - Fall 1991
XCOPY.95 - MIA 93
ZIP.COM
'CIS - Also available in the HP Handhelds forum of CompuServe.
" SHR - SHAREWARE is software
distributed free of charge for evalu·
ation purposes only.
MARCH / APRIL 1993 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER 55
HOW TO CONTACT US
There are a number of ways to get in
touch with The HP Palmtop Paper
staff. You can write; mail us a disk
with your comments; send CompuServe mail; fax; or call. Our address is:
Thaddeus Computing, Inc.
The HP Palmtop Paper
PO Box 869 or 57 E, Broadway
Fairfield, IA 52556, U.S.A.
Fax #:515-472-1879
Phone: 515·472-6330
or 800·373·6114
CompuServe 10:
Hal Goldstein, [75300,2443]
To advertise in The HP Palmtop Paper, contact Brian Teitzman or Margaret Martin.
To subscribe, change address, or
clear up any problem with your
subscription, contact our subscription department (Director Sharon
Dilmore).
Technical Support
HP Technical Support - HP offers
these options:
• FREE TECHNICAL SUPPORTis offered to all 95LX users and is
available by calling (503) 757-2004.
• FREE AUTOMATED SUPPORTis offered 24 hours a day by calling
(800) 443-1254 .
• COMPUSERVE GO HPHAND
FORUM - Call 800-848-8199 or 614457-0802: For FREE membership
state #231.
How to submit an article
The richness of The HP Palmtop
Paper comes from the contributions
of 95LX 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.)
If you have a good idea and
want to "go for it," send it in via
CompuServe EMail [75300,2443] or
send disk or hard copy to Hal
Goldstein or Rich Hall at the above
address. Alternatively you can send
an outline of your idea. We will try
to guide you as to when and
whether we would use the article
and contact you if we need clarification or have any suggestions. 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 article.
If you can, especially if you
write a Palmtop Profile, send us a
black and white photo of yourself.
Products Advertised in The HP Palmtop Paper
Page number
Company
DoubleCard RAM Memory Cards) .'
Switch) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
BATTman Battery Monitoring Software) ..
ACE
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fastCOMM) ......
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95LX, Lotus, ACT! Training Classes)
Leather Case) ................. .. . . . . . . . .. ... • . ....
ACT! Contact Management Software)
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Environmental Case) ............
Computer Instructors
Connection Point
Contact Software
CSS
Databook
DataViz
EduCALC
EI Dorado
EMBARC/Motorola
Essex Marketing Services
FastAid
File Recovery Systems
Genus Software
Geodata
GlobalLink
Greenwich Instruments
IntelliLink
Interloop
Kodak
Lighthouse
Memory Card Associates
Mirical Corp
Nav95
Neutek
New Media
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UTIL - Forth Programming) ..
Multi·Macro Manager) . . . . . .
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Mileage Log) ..........
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QA Palm custom database builder)
ASCERTain 1·2·3 Add·in)
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On·Site·lnfo
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Q/A Systems
Septimia
Snappy Software
Softwarehouse
Steele Creek
Systronix
Sundisk
Supplyline
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Software on The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK (March/April1993)
Product
Function
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DIET144.EXE
FREYJA2.ZIP
Application: New version of file compression utility
Application: System'compliant Emacs text editor
Package also includes the fOllowin~files: ANATOMY.TXT;
THORABK.EXE; THORPBK.EXE; EMUTIL.EXM; EMACS. DOC
Application: Database
Templates: Solver e~uations and .wK1 files useful to
students of finance. Iso includes files: ASCII.TXT,
SPCLTANG.ZIP and VOCAB.PBK
Built-in: Phone Book extenders, includes:
PBKMRG.ZIP, PBKTIP.TXT, PHONE2.lIP, PRT95.ZIP, SWAP.PBK.
Bui~-in: Phone Book database files, includes:
123HLP.PBK, AIRPOR.PBK, AREACO.PBK, CIS.PBK, CISHLP.ZIP,
COMPDICT.PBK, CONTAC.HP, GUIDETXT, IDD.PBK, NEWTES.PBK,
NODES.PBK, OLDTES.PBK, SLiNEZIP, SLVHLP.ZIP, SYMBOL.PBK,
USA.PBK.
Built·in: Phone Book conversion utilities, includes:
9520RG.ZIP, AB2HP.ARC, CRDPBK.lIP FORMAT.PBK, HP2l2.l2H,
HP95MA, PHONE9.l2H, STRIP.EXE, THOR.lIP, TOSK.ZIP.
AP~lication: Checkbook register and investment management
Uti ity: User Ke'e and Solver equations from User Keys article
Utility: Patch X OPY to work on the 95LX
Utility: decompresses .ZI P files
Text: Descriptions of files in all HP forums of CompuServe
Text: in·depth descriptions, products advertised thiS issue
Text: The HP palmto~ Paper, Mar/Apr 1993
Text: cover letter for P Palmtop Paper ON DISK
Free
Free
NOTES95.ZIP
STUDENT.ZIP
PHONE_EXT.ZIP
PHONE_DB.ZIP
PHONE_UT.ZIP
QUIKVU.EXE
UFK.TXT
XCOPY.95
UNZIP.EXE
HPALL.ZIP
ADVERT.ZIP
PTPS.ZIP
README ZIP
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Software mentioned and included in other issues of The HP
Palmtop Paper On Disk or the 1992 Subscribers Disk.
95BUDDY.ZIP
CLOCK.EXM
CUBS.PBK
DIALCO.PBK
DIALTO.lIP
DIET.EXE
MACPBK.SIT
PKL103.ZIP
REEXE
TIMEOUT. COM
UN013.. ZIP
USOUNDS.COM
VDE
WEEKABK
ZIP.COM
56 THE HP PALMTOP PAPER MARCH / APRIL 1993
Nov/Dec 92) New version of a popular utility
92 Subscribers Disk) Large diglla clock diSPI~
May/June 92~ Chicago Cubs schedule in .PB & .wK1
Jan/Feb 93) .S. area codes and countruodes .PBK file
May/Jun 92) Touchtone dialer for the 95
92 Subscribers Disk) File compression utility
Mar/Apr) H~percard stack to convert PHONE to Mac files
Jan/Feb 92 Compression program for .COM and .EXE
92 Subscribers DISk~ File viewer and text search
92 Subscribers Disk Adjust auto timeout
May/June 92) Free- orm database program
92 Subscribers DiW, 10 sound effects on 95LX
Fall 92 ON DISK) ord Processing pN'JBram
92 Subscribers DiSkl ~newer version
92 on disk)
92 Subscribers Disk ile transfer program
Shareware
Free
Free
Free
Shareware
Free
Free
Sharware
Free
Free
Shareware
Free
Shareware
Free
Free
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MacLinkP/us/ HP 95LXTM converts HP 95LX's native
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f i les to and from over 25 popular Macintosh
applications such as AddressBook Plus, Dynodex,
Ex cel, Lotus, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Word,
MacWrite, WordPerfect, etc. It also supports a number
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Connect the two computers with the included serial
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and translation
And much more •••
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Appointment Book equivalent Macintosh file templates
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"The real beauty of using DoubleCard is that it is
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- Palmtop Paper
Introducing DoubleFlash
Lifetime Warranty
DoubleFlash combines the successful
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Demonstrating our confidence in this
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DoubleCard's Lifetime Warranty policy
to all DoubleFlash products. As with all
ACE memory cards, your memory
investment is protected for life.
What is Flash Memory?
The same 'plug-n-play" capability of
DoubleCard has been brought to
DoubleFlash. A ROM card is provided
to allow you to install the DoubleF/ash
software in a matter of seconds.
How do I use DoubleFlash?
Flash Memory is a non-volatile solid
state storage technology that does
not require batteries to retain its
contents. DoubleFlash functions
much like your PC's hard disk drive
except there are no moving parts.
Why still offer DoubleCard?
All ACE's DoubleCards are manufactured with ultra-low power SRAM
technology. When compared to
Flash, SRAM's has faster write cycies
and requires less power from your HP
95LX.
your HP 95LX. DoubieRAM uses the
same data compression driver as
DoubleCard and therefore requires no
additional memory.
Additional software inciudes Password ,
CardCopy, Unmount and a collection
of HP 95LX shareware programs.
DoubleFlash and DoubleCard
DoubleCard 1M
DoubleCard 2M
DoubleCard 4M
DoubleCard 8M
DoubleFlash 10M
DoubleFlash 20M
(up to 1MB) .... ........ A2001
(up to 2MB) .... ...... .. A2002
(up to 4MB) .... .... .... A2004
(up to 8MB) .... ........ A2008
(up to 10MB) ........ .. A301O
(up to 20MB) ........ .. A3020
SA TTman built-in
DoubleFlash comes with built-in
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DoubleFlash and DoubleCard inciude
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