It took me a few days longer than I expected, but I bid on, won, and paid for a replacement Palm IIIxe PDA from eBay just yesterday. For now, I’m still stuck with writing on a clipboard until it comes in.
During my exploration on eBay for the replacement PDA, the thought crossed my mind that maybe I should get a Palm Treo or Blackberry. Is it worth that kind of upsetting of the apple cart to go with a different device?
After all, the Palm IIIxe was great for the job I assigned to it, the gathering of data out in the field and keeping other data available to me out in the field. I tracked my spending with the MyCheckbook program, and tracked my gasoline usage using JMileage. Granted, I had to laboriously copy and paste Web articles into MakeDocJr for porting into the device, a job made obsolete by the Blackberry’s Web and email capabilities. What keeps me from jumping over to the Treo and Blackberry is twofold, the initial cash outlay and the possible loss of MyCheckbook and JMileage. I would need to know if Treo and Blackberry can do those things before I consider changing. I will need to do some research into what apps are available for them.
And the IIIxe had enough memory to hold a copy of the King James Version Holy Bible. That’ll be another tough thing to part with. But then again with Web capabilities I can surf to Bible Gateway. That problem is solved.