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Life on the Run: Notebook Computing 7. 271 On your notebook computer, run Dial-Up Networking from My Computer or the Control Panel, and double-click the Make New Connection icon. Follow the instructions to create an icon for dialing your desktop computer. (If your desktop PC is going to be outside your destination's area code, keep that in mind when you're typing the phone number.) Whoa! Getting your Dial-Up server to work properly can be difficult. If you have problems, check out Microsoft's tech- nical support information on the Web at (as explained in Chapter 33, "Help! Finding Tech- nical Support"). Before you leave on your big trip, turn on your desktop PC, or it won't answer the phone. When you're on the road, simply plug your notebook's modem into a phone jack, double-click the Dial-Up Networking icon you created, and click Connect to dial your desktop computer. When your desktop computer answers, double-click the Network Neighborhood or My Network Places icon on your Windows desktop to access your desktop PC's disks and folders. Subcompact Computing with Palm and Pocket PCs Back in the '90s, you weren't considered a professional unless you lugged around a Franklin Day Planner packed with all the information you needed to survive your professional and personal life. Subcompact computers (palm, handheld, and pocket computers) are essentially condensed, com- puterized day planners. Most come complete with their own software, including an address book, calculator, calendar, to do list, e-mail program, and memo pad. Using special stylus that is included with the handheld device, you tap a touch screen to run programs and select menu commands, as shown in Figure 28.4. You also use the stylus to jot down notes or tap the keys of an onscreen typewriter to enter text.