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    Re: Non-traditional Sight Reduction
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2002 Dec 13, 22:23 -0500

     I love computers best from a distance, I've spent too much time making them work for myself and others.
    But if you like the Celesticomp computer, you really owe it to yourself to 
    look at the Palm. Even the cheapest $100 Palm now has 20? 100? times the 
    brains and memory of the Celesticomp. Anything the Celesticomp can do, the 
    Palm can do--but it can do a WHOLE lot more. Like give you a free skymap, 
    that shows stars and planets according to time and position. And be very 
    effective for email if you find a phone line. Or keeping an inventory of all 
    the spares on board, and the contact numbers for the makers.
    All that and it easily will run for a month or two on two AAA cells, which can 
    be rechargable or a LiOn battery and a 12V ships power adapter for little 
    You need to spend a half hour with someone who HAS a Palm, let them show you 
    what it can do, and the half hour becomes an afternoon or an evening and then 
    you start shopping for one.
    And unlike "computers", Palms tend to be rock stable. Fits in your pocket, 
    won't mess on the rug, waterproof cases and neck straps all readily 
    available. 1/3 to 1/5th the price of the Celesticomps, same price if you buy 
    a real high end Palm, and boy can any of them make the Celesticomp look like 
    a fossil. (A nice fossil, but a fossil.)

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