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Topic # 5655 15-Nov-2005 10:49
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Hi Everyone,

I am about ready to get my first PDA.

I am a computer technician and need to store all manner of information about my clients.
Info like IP addresses (including DHCP settings, DNS, subnets etc), passwords, VPN settings, computer names, shares, groups and members along with access permissions. Computer specs (RAM, HDD size and free space, CPU). Network specs (switch, ports in use, speeds, routers).
I want to note down work done, on the PDA, whilst onsite and also to recall work done previously for those tidbits of information I file away in a 'safe place'.
I need to migrate over from my 'Diary' based system where I write everything down by hand, move into an electronic version where I can search or sort information on various categories. Most likely by client or subject.
I will also use the appointment side of things and the email data side whilst on the road.
These are the main things I want to use the device for and whilst a notebook will do all of this, I want something smaller and I am after recommendations and ideas on what sort of PDA and accessories will help me, what software I might need to purchase to assist me. I see that Pocket Access has been removed from Mobile 5 which was what I thought I would use for the databasing side of things so that area needs to be recovered somehow.
I have had my eye on the Jasjar unit as one that will do pretty much everything I would reasonably expect a PDA to do.
I am open to ideas and suggestions and other peoples experiences (good and bad) with whatever is out there.

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Reply # 23252 15-Nov-2005 12:34
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I'm currently using a Telecom Apache for pretty much the same tasks that you have listed. I have all of my client details (PC logins and specs etc) in an excel spreadsheet along with all their contact details in outlook.

With the addition of VPN software you could also connect to a database running on another PC???? just an idea - altough I'm sure there must be some database software out there for WM5.

I must say I do like having email etc available to me anywhere that I can get a cell connection.

I have a 1GB miniSD card that also allows me to carry a fair amount of documentation and this paired with a 1GB flash drive for apps and utilities I can stay away from the office for some time before I need anything.

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