Typing On Your PalmPilot


Q. I love my PalmPilot, but I just can’t get used to writing in that unusual Graffiti script. More often than not, when PalmPilot converts what I wrote on the screen, it comes out gibberish—a mix of letters and numbers that in no way resembles my original. The PalmPilot is great in every other way, and I want to keep using it—if only I can get it to handle my messages. Any suggestions?

A. You’re not alone. Many PalmPilot users complain that they can’t get comfortable writing in Graffiti. While the latest script program is better than the first version, it has a long way to go. In the meantime, you’re in luck: A company with the unlikely name of Think Outside has come up with keyboard that plugs into the PalmPilot. The 7.9-ounce, 69-key Qwerty keyboard folds up to a size no bigger than the Palm Pilot itself. The finger-friendly device costs $100. For more information: www.thinkoutside.com .

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