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How to Do Everything With Your iPAQ(R) Pocket PC [Paperback]

Derek Ball , Barry Shilmover
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Book Description

May 9 2002 0072223332 978-0072223330 1
Do more with your iPAQ than you ever thought possible using this easy-to-use guide. Get step-by-step guidance for using Word, Excel, and Outlook, manage your finances, and secure your iPAQ from theft or loss. Covering wireless connections, troubleshooting, as well as fun things to do with the most popular pocket PC—this book will show you how make the most out of your iPAQ.

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Now you can do more with your iPAQ than you ever thought possible with this easy-to-use guide. Learn to maximize your iPAQ's built-in features and increase functionality with additional applications and accessories. You'll also get step-by-step guidance for using Word, Excel, and Outlook and managing your finances with the Pocket Money application. You'll find tips for keeping your iPAQ running at peak performance and discover ways to secure your iPAQ from theft, loss, and other intrusions. Use your iPAQ as a mobile GPS unit to guide you to your destination, wirelessly connect your iPAQ to a LAN with 802.11b, or use a wireless modem to connect to the Internet. Covering troubleshooting problems and describing fun things to do with the most popular pocket PC--this book will show you how to take full advantage of your iPAQ.

  • Discover the unique features in pocket PC versions of Word, Excel, and Pocket Outlook
  • Manage your finances using Pocket Money and other third-party applications
  • Keep your iPAQ running optimally--by backing up, managing the backlight, and setting OS options
  • Send and receive e-mail and surf the Internet
  • Take business presentations on the road--show PowerPoint presentations directly from your device
  • Play video games and watch movies from your iPAQ
  • Use extended storage devices--including CF cards, PC cards, and MicroDrives
  • Select and install expansion sleeves and extend battery life
  • Use GPS to find your way around
  • Secure your iPAQ--and find out how to protect your valuable data

About the Author

Barry Shilmover (Calgary, Canada) and Derek Ball (Calgary, Canada) are the founders of Canadian-based Sonic Mobility, an application development company that develops applications for Pocket PCs, specifically for iPAQs. Barry is the co-author of Windows 2000 Power Toolkit (NRP) and Windows 2000 Sys Admin Black Book (Coriolis) among others. Derek has authored or co-authored 7 books about client server, application development, database topics and nearly 70 periodical articles. Derek is an international speaker and instructor at the corporate level on IT topics. He taught Object Oriented Software Technology at University of Calgary.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Only if you suffer from severe tech phobia June 3 2004
By A Customer
I bought this book based on highly favorable reviews here. I found this book to be a total waste of time and money. This book may be useful if you are a complete newbie, don't have access to an IT guy/gal and haven't a clue how to do a web search for info/tips.
Otherwise, don't bother. There is little info on the newer IPAQ's and none on the 2003 OS. This is hardly surprising given the 2002 copyright. Some 30% of the pages are dedicated to promotions of peripherals and games (pages 247 to 352 out of 352 pages, not including appendices). Most of the peripherals are now obsolete. More importantly, all this info can be found at any PDA site, for free.
This is a VERY basic text, yet it doesn't cover important items such as data backup and recovery. If it does, it certainly isn't listed in the index. Need to find out how to reset your IPAQ? Forget it. Not in the index and nowhere to be found in the text. However, you will find "Marble Madness" and "bags, carrying."
The text discusses various brands of storage cards, but fails to inform you on how to transfer data onto those cards. Two solid pages are dedicated to specs for an IBM hard drive - info which is available, for free, on the web. Nevermind the question of why someone who needs a hard drive for his PDA would be using this "IPAQ for the severely tech challenged" book?
Compare this to the three pages which the writer begrudgingly alots to troubleshooting and you get a sense of where the priorities are with this book. And by the way, those troubleshooting tips are either available on the web at the IPAQ webpage (guess what? for free) or for issues which have been resolved.
Do a Google search. It'll save you time, frustration and money.
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2.0 out of 5 stars VERY LITTLE ON IPAQ March 7 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars Correction of review below Sept. 26 2003
One of the review's below said 'This book doesn't cover the h1910'. This book was written before that device was on the market. The Second Edition, which is the one that is currently selling fully covers this device, so the review below is not accurate and should be removed. The book covers the entire range of iPAQ devices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work Sept. 14 2003
Very comprehensive book on our new IPAQ. Will get you up and running.
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1.0 out of 5 stars pretty useless book if you're buying an hp 1910 Aug. 2 2003
By A Customer
Doesn't address this model. Just higher-end ones. Waste of money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Huge book! June 28 2003
This book is huge! I haven't hardly begun to read it yet so can't comment on anything but the table of contents, which indicates the book covers just about everything. It isn't necessary, however, to learn to use the iPAC for 90% of what you use it for. So far I've been able to set up my iPAC to do everything I want without resourting to the book at all. I'm sure there is lots to learn that I have no idea of, but if my iPAC is doing everything I want, why bother with all that extra information?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price and time to read Dec 29 2002
Thanks to iPAQ Pocket PC and THIS easy to read book. After following the diagrams, I have returned e-mails, completed expense reports, written memos and planned events, etc., in between appointments - then downloaded after returning to the office. Why not organize your life today?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A huge return for a small investment... Dec 28 2002
I had a Palm. I used it to look up addresses and phone numbers. Then I spent $500 on a fancy ipaq, so now I could look up addresses in color... I think the reason I never really did more was I didn't understand how to use all the stuff that comes with it. This book helped me to understand a lot more and now I use my iPAQ way more and get much better value out of my investment. I would recommend this to any ipaq owner who isn't getting their money's worth out of their device!
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