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Chapter 3. Information Technology Is Too... > Simple Doesn't Stay Simple

Simple Doesn't Stay Simple

The original Palm, the Palm Pilot, was successful because of its simplicity and effectiveness. It was designed to be a personal digital assistant (PDA) and most of what it did was keep track of personal information like appointments, contacts, and phone numbers.

The Palm Pilot is simple; Palm V is useful, fast, and small; but Palm VII is different. This version added wireless communications to the PDA. Palm VII gets stock quotes from Fidelity and news from ABC, ESPN, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. It gives users access to the thousands of domestic and international flights that are listed in the Official Airline Guide. Fodor's and Zagat provide advice about where to eat. You can get driving directions and maps. There are currency converters and foreign language translators. Visa tells you where the nearest ATMs are, the Weather Channel supplies forecasts, and this Palm has its own email…but, no device works as well when it's complicated as it does when it's simple.


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