An Introduction to Text Messaging

Written by Deryck Richards


By Deryck Richards

Managing Partner

DESKTRONIX

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Why Text?

Text messaging is a quick way to stay in touch with people for personal or business purposes. With text messaging, you can chat with a partner by typing onrepparttar keyboard and reading what they write to you onrepparttar 133472 screen. Many text messaging products can work with cell phone text messaging (aka SMS or Short Messaging Service) so you can chat with people who arenít in front of their computer. So, why not just pick uprepparttar 133473 phone and talk?

Itís faster than e-mail and phone calls. And you donít have to pay anything to text. If you need to chat with someone briefly or ask a quick question, itís much less intrusive than calling someone. As with most developing technologies, several types of text messaging are available and each one is incompatible withrepparttar 133474 others. But donít let that keep you from trying it out. The main text messaging products are ICQ (www.icq.com), MSN Messenger (www.msn.com), AIM (www.aim.com), and Yahoo Messenger (www.yahoo.com).

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Each one is free and simple to download, install, and sign up. You can locate your ďbuddiesĒ by searching in an online directory by their screen name, e-mail address, name, or telephone number. Once you getrepparttar 133476 hang of it, text messaging can be extremely addictive. As you continue to use text messaging, you will find yourself learning to abbreviate words and sentences. When you leave an online chat, you might say BRB (Be Right Back), Iím afk (away fromrepparttar 133477 keyboard), or TTYL (Talk to You Later). See glossary below.



Selecting a Personal Digital Assistant

Written by Deryck Richards


by Deryck Richards

Managing Partner

DESKTRONIX

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A Computer in Your Hand

Carrying around an address book and planner is becoming a thing ofrepparttar past. With new PDA developments, you can manage your contacts and schedule, use e-mail, and even listen to music. Personal Digital Assistants, originally called "Palm Pilots," previously were used just for retrieving basic information. Today, using some ofrepparttar 133471 more advanced models could possibly replacerepparttar 133472 need to carry a laptop computer. Modern PDAs can play music, games, videos, write documents, and connect to networks and databases -- nothing short of a desktop computer.

Although newer PDAs haverepparttar 133473 processing power of a computer, they still have some limitations. Inputting information is done by handwriting recognition or by a miniature keyboard. Skilled users can input 20 - 30 words per minute, less than halfrepparttar 133474 speed of a good typist on a full-size keyboard. PDAs with a color screen tend to run through battery life faster. Finally, becauserepparttar 133475 small screen sizerepparttar 133476 number of prograqm options that can be displayed,repparttar 133477 programs available arenít as advanced becauserepparttar 133478 user doesnít have as much control overrepparttar 133479 program.

Despite these limitations,repparttar 133480 market for PDAs is continuing to expand. Students, doctors, and business professionals are increasingly relying on PDAs for computing onrepparttar 133481 go. Common PDA applications include spreadsheet, word processing, database, financial management, and games. PDAs synchronize files with your computer so that you can take your important information with you and update it when needed.

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