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Back to the 20th century

Well, that didn't last long. The Palm is back to not working again today - which is to say the screen doesn't respond to tapping or stroking, so it's pretty much useless. As with the Deskpro, there's really nothing I can do about it until September or maybe October when the next semester starts and my student loans pay out again. At that point, O loyal readers, what should I do? Turn my back on all this newfangled PDA technology completely? Buy another cheapass Zire? Pick up a refurbed Tungsten E or E2 from the Palm outlet store? Or wait for next year when my Cingular contract is up so I can bundle phone and PDA together in a Treo? Vote and discuss among yourselves in the comments - I know several of you still use DayTimers or similar daily planner systems while others of you are right on the bleeding edge, so it ought to be interesting to see what everyone has to say.

Poll #759784 Palms, paper, or Treo?

What should I do now that my Zire is dying?

Get a Day-Timer!
Pick up another Zire.
Wait and get a Tungsten.
Wait until next year and get a Treo.
Get a life that doesn't require you to use that crap.



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Jul. 1st, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
When I posted all excited about the new Sony e-book reader that should be out soon (and that I hope to buy as soon as I can afford it). Several people advised me to get a PDA instead. On surveying the state of miniature computer, I reached the conclusion that at this point any PDA that does not include a phone is an evolutionary dead end. (I also decided that the e-book reader was better for me than the PDA, as a PDA would mean paying several hundred dollars more to get extra features I don't need as well as inferior features for what I actually want to use the thing for.)
Jul. 1st, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
...a PDA would mean paying several hundred dollars more to get extra features I don't need as well as inferior features for what I actually want to use the thing for.

I guess that would depend on where you bought the PDA. If I'm going to buy a Palm Tungsten, it'll be through their factory outlet online where I can get a refurbed E2 model for ~$150.
Jul. 1st, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
That certainly makes a difference in the price. (Of course, in my case it wouldn't make any difference as far as the feature mix, but that's neither here nor there.)

Personally, I use a Moleskine diary/planner for scheduling. (I got the daily version this year, but am thinking of going back to weekly for next.) I keep addresses in the mini-address book that's included with it. I keep e-mail addresses on my computer, phone numbers in my phone, and other data in a small Moleskine notebook. It's sort of a disjointed system, but it works for me.
Jul. 1st, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry I missed participating in your poll. Everyone at work laughs at my daytimer, but it won't ever crap out on my like your Zire did. Also if I lose it I'm lost but only $25 bucks inthe hole. I'd tough it out and go with the old stand by.
Jul. 2nd, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
Poll's still open - I didn't set any close date for it.

Yeah, I have to admit that one of the things pulling me back to the DayTimer is that it doesn't run low on juice or suffer from interface failures.
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