Treo as a Notebook Alternative

PC World has an article about using the Treo as a Notebook Alternative. They are using a PalmOS-based Treo 650, and basically trying to do the things they’d normally do with a notebook: “sending and receiving e-mail, with and without attachments; writing and editing Microsoft Office documents; and browsing Web sites.”

This is part 1 – part 2 will be posted next week.

Review of Cingular 8125 (HTC Wizard)

If you are looking at getting a mobile phone capable of running some of the genealogy software that’s available for handhelds, you might want to read this review ( of the Cingular 8125 aka HTC Wizard (available from T-Mobile under a different name I believe). It’s a Windows Mobile 5.0 device, and Northern Hills Software indicates that Pocket Genealogist will run on it.

One of the nice features and one of the reasons it will handle genealogy software made for Windows Mobile/PocketPC devices – it has a stylus. More importantly, it has a slide-out keyboard, which even though it’s small, beats using a stylus for inputing or searching for names.

Mozilla releases new version of Minimo

Minimo, the open source web browser from The Mozilla Group, is now available in a Windows Mobile 5.0 version, and it’s “optimized to provide a small footprint and a good web browsing experience on small screens”. jkOnTheRun didn’t have a good initial experience with it on a Palm Treo 700w, saying that it had “instability issues and very slow performance. To be fair the low available memory on the Treo 700w may be the culprit”. That’s not to say it’s not worth a shot on other Windows Mobile 5.0 devices. Many of us are always looking for the next best browser, especially now that more mobile devices are supporting wireless internet access, and more and more places are providing the access.

Pocket Genealogist 3.00A55

Northern Hills Software has a released a new public beta of the 3.0.x series of Pocket Genealogist, version 3.00A54. Pocket Genealogist is a PocketPC/Windows Mobile based genealogy application, and this series is part of the 3.0 public beta series.