The Unauthorized Guide To Pocket Pc


The Unauthorized Guide to Pocket PC is the best place to start for someone seriously considering the purchase of a Pocket PC, or someone who has just made the purchase and is eager to hit the ground running and use it to its full potential. Along with exploring the major software components of the Pocket PC platform, the book also guides the reader through other aspects of using a Pocket PC such as establishing an online connection and taking advantage of wireless communications. This book is for anyone who wants...
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The Unauthorized Guide to Pocket PC is the best place to start for someone seriously considering the purchase of a Pocket PC, or someone who has just made the purchase and is eager to hit the ground running and use it to its full potential. Along with exploring the major software components of the Pocket PC platform, the book also guides the reader through other aspects of using a Pocket PC such as establishing an online connection and taking advantage of wireless communications. This book is for anyone who wants to learn how to get the most out of their Pocket PC, even beginners. No matter what model the reader has, this book will be a useful reference and learning tool.
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All you need to succeed with your new Pocket PC! The real skinny on the hardware, the applications, syncing and desktop integration, networking, Internet and email, Windows Media Player, eBooks, games, and much more. Pocket Word, Excel, Outlook, Money, Streets: practical techniques, pitfalls, and real solutions.
Gives consumers advice on techniques that work and those that don't, along with unbiased recommendations that are not influenced by any product, company, or organization. Coverage includes the operating system and hardware, the Pocket PC in its role as a next-generation personal digital assistant, networking, the Pocket PC as a mobile productivity tool, playing digital music and reading digital books, and using the device as a digital camera. The author is a Pocket PC developer and power user, and has written several computer books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789724724
  • Publisher: Pearson Technology Group 2
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Series: Que-Consumer-Other Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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Chapter 1: Pocket PC Fundamentals

Pocket PC Represents in many ways the first of a new breed of handheld computers that offer desktop features in the palm of your hand. Although there certainly have been many previous incarnations of handheld computing devices, none have been as ambitious both in terms of hardware and software as Pocket PC. Whether the average handheld computer user desires this much sizzle in a handheld device has yet to be seen, but computer users have rarely subscribed to the "less is more" theory when it comes to power and flexibility.

This chapter takes a look at the big picture of Pocket PC and how it fits into the handheld-computing landscape. Pocket PC is competing in a market with a very dominant leader, which in many ways explains the aggressive set of features packed into the device. This chapter also puts into perspective the relationship between Pocket PC and Windows CE, Microsoft's handheld operating system that has struggled for years to find its place in the hand of every mobile computer user.

Pocket PC: The PDA Killer

It is currently impossible to speak of handheld computers without addressing the incredibly popular Palm line of handheld devices. As of this writing, the Palm line of devices and compatible clones running the Palm OS represent the lion's share of the handheld computer market. This is due to a number of reasons, not limited to a sleek design, great marketing, and a very affordable price tag. Palm devices basically set the Standard for modern Personal Digital Assistants, or PDAs. As PDAs, Palm devices provide a rich set of features that are intuitive and easy to use. Unfortunately, the Palm operatingsystem was designed purely around the PDA concept, and doesn't necessarily scale well to the demands of a full-blown handheld computer.

In today's hectic workplace, PDAs are a necessity for some, which explains the popularity of the Palm devices. However, I want to make the argument that the PDA approach to handheld computing is no different from the original spreadsheet approach to personal computing. In case you weren't wired for the early days of PC history, most of the original PCs were sold purely because of spreadsheet software that allowed people to crunch numbers much more effectively than using calculators. The spreadsheet was the killer application that initially put computers on so many desks. However, spreadsheet software eventually settled in as one of many important computer applications. Do you still perceive the spreadsheet as the killer PC application? I doubt it.

The same usage shift is currently taking place in the handheld world as Palm devices cling to their killer application (PDA software), while Pocket PC introduces a complete computing experience. In addition to functioning as a traditional PDA, a Pocket PC device also serves as a word processor, spreadsheet, navigational map, financial manager, email client, Web client, digital Walkman, digital voice recorder, digital book reader, and portable video game. These features are due to both the hardware and software of the Pocket PC platform, which are much more in line with a full-featured computer than with a PDA such as a Palm device. It's worth noting that some of the functionality built into Pocket PC devices can be added to Palm devices via third-party hardware and software, but these add-ons still run contrary to the original PDA design of Palm devices...

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Table of Contents


1. Pocket PC Fundamentals.

Pocket PC: The PDA Killer. Pocket PC and Windows. Outside of the Pocket. The Significance of Pocket PC Connectivity.

Essential Information.

2. Inside a Pocket.

Pocket PC Hardware Essentials.

Processor. Memory. Power. Screen. I/O Ports. Multimedia Hardware.

The Pocket PC Graphical User Interface. Closing Applications.

Essential Information.

3. Setting Up Your Pocket.

Personalizing Your Pocket.

Password Protecting the Device. Customizing the Start Menu. Customizing the New Menu. Extending the Backlight. Extending the Power. Tweaking the Soft Input Panel.

Synchronizing with the ActiveSync Software.

Setting Up and Synchronizing. Exploring from a Desktop. Backing Up Your Pocket.

Decorating Your Pocket.

Customizing the Power-On Screen. Customizing the Today Screen. Essential Information.


4. Using Pocket Outlook.

Pocket Outlook Versus Outlook 2000. A Pocket Outlook Primer.

Contacts. Calendar. Tasks. Notes. Inbox.

Pocket Outlook and Palm.

Essential Information.

5. Keeping It Together with Contacts and Calendar.

Managing Contacts.

Navigating Contacts with Hardware Buttons. Customizing the Contacts Application. Beaming Contacts via Infrared. Sharing Contacts with Other Devices.

Getting the Most out of the Calendar.

Navigating the Calendar with Hardware Buttons. Customizing the Calendar Application. Applying Recurrence Patterns. Appointments and the Today Screen. Essential Information.

6. Staying Organized with Tasks and Notes.

Becoming a Task Master.

Navigating Tasks with Hardware Buttons. Customizing the Tasks Application. Tasks and the Today Screen.

Expressing Yourself with Notes.

Navigating Notes with Hardware Buttons. Customizing the Notes Application. Editing Notes. Essential Information.

7. Managing Files with File Explorer.

Using the File Explorer Application.

Copying and Moving Files. Renaming and Deleting Files. Sending Files.

Taking Advantage of CF Storage Cards. Installing Pocket PC Software.

Installing Software from a Desktop PC. Installing Software Directly from the Pocket PC Installing by Copying an Application File. Essential Information.


8. Getting Online.

Modem Networking.

CF Modem Cards. Configuring a Modem Connection. Establishing a Modem Connection.

Ethernet Networking.

CF Ethernet Cards. Establishing an Ethernet Connection. Ethernet Synchronization with ActiveSync. Essential Information.

9. Email and the Pocket Outlook Inbox.

Understanding Email Protocols. Sending and Receiving Email.

Connecting to an Email Server. Accessing MSN Email. Synchronizing with Outlook 2000.

Handling Email Attachments. Managing Email Messages.

Essential Information.

10. Using Pocket Internet Explorer.

The Ups and Downs of Pocket Internet Explorer. Pocket Internet Explorer Essentials.

Browsing Online with an Internet Connection. Browsing Offline with Mobile Favorites.

Using the AvantGo Information Service. Pocket Internet Explorer Tips and Tricks.

Essential Information.

11. Wireless Communications.

Communicating via Infrared.

Synchronizing with ActiveSync. Sharing Information with Other Devices. Infrared and Your Mobile Phone.

Pocket PCs and the Wireless Internet.

Essential Information.


12. Transcriber: Handwriting Recognition That Works.

What Is Transcriber?. Installing Transcriber. Using Transcriber. Customizing Transcriber.

Essential Information.

13. Using Pocket Word.

Pocket Word Versus Word. Pocket Word Essentials.

Typing Mode. Writing Mode. Drawing Mode. Recording Mode.

Working with Documents in Pocket Word. Customizing Pocket Word. Synchronizing Documents with Pocket Word.

Essential Information.

14. Using Pocket Excel.

Pocket Excel Versus Excel. Pocket Excel Essentials.

Formatting Cells. Using Panes. Working with Formulas and Functions.

Managing Workbooks and Worksheets in Pocket Excel. Customizing Pocket Excel. Synchronizing Workbooks with Pocket Excel.

Essential Information.

15. Using Pocket Money.

Money for Pocket PC Versus Money 2000. Installing Money for Pocket PC. Synchronizing Money for Pocket PC.

Synchronizing Existing Data.

Using Money for Pocket PC. Customizing Money for Pocket PC. Avoiding and Solving Problems with Money for Pocket PC.

Essential Information.

16. Using Pocket Streets.

Pocket PC: The Ultimate Road Atlas. Pocket Streets and Pocket Streets 2001. Installing Pocket Streets. Obtaining Maps for Pocket Streets.

Copying Maps from the ActiveSync CD-ROM. Downloading Maps from the Web. Creating Maps Using a Desktop Mapping Application.

Using Pocket Streets. Global Positioning and Pocket Streets.

Essential Information.


17. Fun with the Windows Media Player.

Pocket PC: The Ultimate Walkman. Managing Digital Audio.

Working with Unlicensed Music. Working with Licensed Music.

Using Windows Media Player. Personalizing Windows Media Player.

Beauty Is Skin Deep. Customizing Hardware Buttons. Essential Information.

18. Reading eBooks with Reader.

Pocket PC: The Ultimate Library Card. Obtaining and Managing eBooks. Reading eBooks.

Working with Annotations. Using the Encarta Pocket Dictionary.

Customizing Reader. Creating eBooks. Listening to eBooks.

Essential Information.

19. Games in Your Pocket.

Pocket PC: The Ultimate Game Boy. The Pocket PC Fun Pack.

Pac-Man. Fire Drill. Cubicle Chaos. Hearts. Chess. PocketFriendly Backgammon. Bubblets. ZIOGolf.

Jimmy Software Games.

Turjah. JimmyARK. FireFrontier. Boyan. RallyCE. PocketRunner.

Tracking the Real Game of Golf.

Essential Information.

20. Photography, Video, and Your Pocket PC.

Pocket PC: The Ultimate Digital Camera.

Installing a Digital Camera Card. Using Your Pocket PC As a Camera.

Pocket PC: The Not-So Ultimate Theatre.

The PocketTV Video Player. The ActiveSky Media Player. Essential Information.


Appendix A. A Guide to Pocket PC Accessories.

Appendix B. Pocket PC Resources.

Appendix C. Resetting Your Pocket PC.

Appendix D. Upgrading to Pocket PC.


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