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Chapter 17. Networking on the Run > PDAs and the Network

PDAs and the Network

Another family of devices that is rapidly changing the way that we communicate and connect to network resources is the personal digital assistant. So, what is a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)? PDAs started out as handheld devices that made it convenient to take information such as addresses, phone numbers, and appointments on the road. These devices were really just electronic organizers with a limited amount of memory; however, these early PDAs still provided a user with the ability to sync with Personal Information Managers (PIMs), such as Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Organizer (or PC-based programs included with these handheld devices that provided address book and calendar features).

PDAs have evolved into handheld computers, and for our purposes we will limit our discussion of PDAs to devices that actually have processing power (meaning you can manipulate data, even send and receive data, on the PDA without being attached to a PC). This means that the PDA must have a processor, memory, and an operating system.


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