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Old 10-27-09, 03:29 PM   #26
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A Palm Centro was my choice, as I got tired of lugging around a PDA and a phone... In fact, I rarely carried my PDA because I preferred to only carry one device.

When I renew my agreement in a couple of months, I will probably do the Pro model for Windows CE and also GPS capabilities.

Think about it, MP3 player, phone, PDA, GPS all in slightly larger package than a phone.

I have dropped my centro quite a bit, it is not very pretty, but it is still completely functional.

I don't know about plans in your area, but another advantage here is that most plans come with a smart phone that is virtually free when compared to what you would pay for a PDA. They make up for it on the monthly fees for a data connection.

If you really fear damage, sync it regularly and get the insurance offered on it.
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Old 10-27-09, 03:39 PM   #27
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I agree that having things in one unit is the best matter of course for the majority of the time. However, having just a bare bones phone is always nice just for the ability to get away from the same old, same old once in a while.

Also, it might not hurt to have a PDA only if you have a lot of passwords and other sensitive information. For example, I have a really cheap PDA that has no way of syncing to a computer (much less a net connection) whose sole purpose in life is to store passwords for websites. I'm sure an accomplished intruder could pop the caps off the RAM chips and access the contents, but for most activities, it is as good security as one needs.
You, sir, are a genius. I've been trying to figure out what to do with this Palm Zire that I acquired a few weeks ago, and now I know exactly what to do with it.

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Old 10-27-09, 10:42 PM   #28
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You, sir, are a genius. I've been trying to figure out what to do with this Palm Zire that I acquired a few weeks ago, and now I know exactly what to do with it.

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Hide them in the memo section under "passwords". That's what I do.
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Hide them in the memo section under "passwords". That's what I do.
I'm more wary than that. My old Palm V had not just the usual protection, but the password utility encrypted (just triple DES) the file, and I also had a utility that would erase it if the wrong PIN is entered more than a few times. It wasn't bulletproof, but it would protect against all but a rubber hose decryption or a determined and well heeled snoop.

Now here is an invention someone should make just for passwords: There is similar on ThinkGeek, but I'm thinking of something in the form factor of the old Franklin Rex PDA so it easily fits in a wallet or pocket.

The device would allow various levels of security. Some passwords can be synchronized between the computer and the password PDA. Others would only be able to be copied from the computer to the PDA, and not back. Of course, this can be combined with a Firefox add on for password management for low security website passwords, while not allowing the computer to see high security passwords. Of course, various means can be done for authenticating to the PDA. A fingerprint scanner is one way, but the best would be a PIN that if guessed too many times, would lock or erase itself. Of course, this could be sold in various case shapes and memory sizes to sell to whomever wants it.
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I'd rather have any passwords on a data island that's properly secured. My iPhone is exposed to the Internet and has SSH enabled; this could be a problem should a potential exploit uncover my files.
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