Be sure to check out Microsoft's latest freebie. They're giving away
copies of the Pocket
PC Starter Pak for Dummies. You get a 96-page book, plus a CD with a
lot of software (some trial versions) from bSquare, Developer One, Ilium
Software, Microsoft, Oopdreams, Siscosoft, and Ziosoft. The offer is good
until April 30 or while supplies last, so check it out soon. International
readers note that this offer is only available in the U.S. and Canada.
Diane Dumas had a great idea: hold a nightly chat at her site, Diane's
Pocket PC PDA Page. She got it set up quickly using available chat
software, announced it in the Pocket PC newsgroup, and suddenly a new
community was born--with many of the well-known experts showing up from
places as diverse as the UK, Hong Kong, Germany, and California.
generating some buzz with their Treasure Hunt Giveaway, which they're
billing as the "largest Windows CE giveaway ever." They're
offering over $10,000 in hardware and software accessories spread among 36
winners. The hardware and software bundles that constitute the grand prize
include a late-model iPaq while the first prize bundles include a Casio EM
The new Pocket PC
Life site (unrelated to the former site by that name) offers daily
news and a range of tips, FAQs, reviews, articles, and more. And it's all
designed to be viewable on your Pocket PC screen as well as your desktop
computer, either directly or via AvantGo, says webmaster James Borden.
I get the impression that eBooks are one of the more popular
applications on the Pocket PC. Of course, reading from a small screen may
never be as friendly as the printed page, but it's so incredibly
convenient to have a small library with you for all those times when
you're stuck waiting or are commuting. Right now I'm using these bits of
time to read the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
I've been surprised by how popular games are on the Pocket PC. Isn't
this, after all, a personal information manager? Yet on Pocket PC
magazine's web site and on others, the most popular downloads seem to be
the games. By far.
Mike Wagstaff, founder of
is typical. He bought his iPaq primarily as a device for storing
information, not playing games. But then found that he really enjoyed the
In a recent
column we covered eBooks, mainly web sites that offer collections of
public domain tomes.
A newcomer to the scene is MemoWare,
which announced in mid-December the availability eBooks for the Pocket PC
on its site--thousands of them. MemoWare has long offered books for other
PDAs and bills itself as the web's leading source for free eBooks and
documents for PDAs.