Re: organizers

Hal Finney (
Fri, 27 Dec 1996 17:36:43 -0800

Several people where I work have Pilots, and I have been thinking of
getting one. I have wanted a PDA for years but couldn't bring myself
to spend the money.

The pilots are quite compact and if you wear shirts with pockets should
be easy to carry. However I don't think they are robust enough to be
carried in a pants pocket, particularly not a seat pocket. I see that
they sell a belt clip case, for that "Revenge of the Nerds" look.

A couple of people have complained about losing data through various
mishaps. One guy sat in a position where two buttons were pressed and
somehow this drained the battery. Overall though they seem happy with
the devices. They are certainly easier to carry than a Newton.

The input is done using Graffiti, a stylized pen gesture system, or by
poking at an on-screen keyboard. The main unique feature is that it comes
with a cradle that attaches to your computer. You plug in the Pilot and
it hot-syncs its data with what you have on your disk. This makes the
accidental erasure less of an issue.

The home page is I'm going to try downloading
the demo software and see how it looks.