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Chapter 2. The Palm OS

Much is said and written about the port-ability of Palm organizers and the ease of synchronizing data with a desktop PC. When the attention is turned to the software running inside it, though, the focus usually shifts to how many events can be stored, or how quickly one can look up an address.

We would argue that the Palm Operating System (Palm OS) is actually the strongest, and most overlooked, of the Palm device features. Like a well-scored movie soundtrack, which adds to the atmosphere of a film without drawing attention to itself, the Palm OS provides a lot of power while remaining essentially invisible to most owners. If you're used to the shaded buttons and colors of Win-dows, the Palm OS probably looks sparse and boring (and if you're a Macintosh user, you may think you've returned to the early days of System 6!). As a result, using a Palm device for the first time is surprisingly easy.


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