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14.4. HandWeb

In some respects, HandWeb's design is better than ProxiWeb's—for example, getting at your bookmarks is easier (in fact, they're the startup screen). The current version can even display grayscale graphics, just as ProxiWeb does.

Unfortunately, HandWeb doesn't offer the crown-jewel feature of ProxiWeb: its proxy servers in California, which filter out all of the useless Web clutter that makes web browsing slow. As a result, using HandWeb with "load images" turned on is unbearably slow—minutes per page, as compared with seconds per page for ProxiWeb. Unfortunately, the delay can be so great that the PalmPilot itself shuts off before your Web page has fully arrived, a victim of the palmtop's three-minute power-saving circuitry—which also hangs up your connection. HandWeb is also expensive ($50) and a memory hog (162K).


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