15.155 Internet roaming and brilliant engineering

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Date: Thu Aug 02 2001 - 02:09:08 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 155.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2001 07:03:58 +0100
             From: Gary Shawver <gary_shawver@yahoo.com>
             Subject: Re: 15.150 ISPs for the traveller


    Back in the winter 1999-2000 a fellow by the name of
    Gideon Greenspan wrote a two-part article titled
    "Working Off the Beaten Track" for TidBITS. It may
    contain some relevant information for you.

    Gary W. Shawver

    [The paper to which Gary refers is at
    <http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tbart=05686>; Greenspan recommends the
    Global Roaming service of Atlas Internet Corporate Solutions
    <http://www.atlas.net.uk/>, based in north London. My enquiry is prompted
    by recent acquisition of a Palm Vx, which with the attachable modem offers
    a quite practical on-the-road solution.

    The Palm, allow me to say, has become my constant companion and, because of
    weight and size, has me looking on my Sony VAIO (1.3 kg) as my BIG machine
    that I am at last willing to admit isn't nearly light enough for
    comfortable travelling. The most significant change that the Palm has
    brought about, however, is in its role as a note-taking device. For years I
    have been taking notes on 3x5 slips -- on the tube, on busses, wherever I
    happen to be with time on my hands. (How else is a scholar to get any
    reading done these days?) These notes must be exceedingly brief, which has
    often meant I have had to go back to the book to figure out what I
    intended, and when taken on jiggly modes of transportation, often illegible
    -- AND not in electronic form, so requiring an additional transcription
    phase. No longer. The fold-out keyboard, surely one of the great pieces of
    engineering, allows me to work close to normally when I have a flat
    surface, which because of size includes the fold-down trays of economy
    seats on aircraft.

    This is not meant to be an advert for the Palm in particular, though I am
    mightily pleased with it in particular. There are, as many will know,
    several options. Would anyone care to comment on these?


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