Thursday, November 04, 2004

The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > State of the Art: A Palmtop's Curious Subtraction

The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > State of the Art: A Palmtop's Curious Subtraction: "This palmtop is also a flash drive.
A flash drive, of course, is a tiny stick of memory that you can carry around on your keychain or in your pocket. When you plug it into the U.S.B. connector of any Mac, PC or Linux machine, it shows up on the screen as a miniature hard drive, ready for drag-and-drop file transfers. There's no software to install, no drivers required and no technical expertise necessary.
PalmOne has built a 160-megabyte flash drive right into the T5. As long as you have its U.S.B. cable with you, you can plug this palmtop into any computer for full access to your files. And that's without having to install any software on that computer first. (There's even a new program on the palmtop that displays its contents as files and folders, the way they would appear on the Mac or the Windows desktop, for ease of manipulation and for taking inventory.)
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So, with the T5, PalmOne giveth, and PalmOne cutteth corners. If you choose a T5, you'll gain one gigantic, brilliant, workflow-boosting feature, but you'll lose six others (collapsible body, brighter screen, vibrating alarm, Universal Connector, voice recorder, charging cradle). Call it the very new math of PalmOne:
T5 = T3 + 1 - 6. "
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