New Geek on the Block

by john on January 12, 2003

I’ve been using computers in one form or another since the late Seventies when my dad would bring home terminals to dial into the mainframes at the University. I’ve always been a bit of a gadget-head, an early adaptor willing to pay for the priviledge of first-use. First IBM PC, first Palm Pilot, first Rio, etc.

My wife, on the other hand, has had little need for technology. Or at least little need for anything better than mine. When we got cell phones a couple of years ago I got the $300 Samsung flip-phone with web access and she got the $69 Touchpoint. I got the Athlon, she got the Duron. I got the $800 Olympus Digital camera, she got the $200 Olympus film camera. You get the point.

So it came as quite a surprise to me today when she announced, “I need a Palm Pilot.”

My wife is a pharmacist who works in a hospital and apparently the coolest of the cool pharmacists and doctors now walk around with Palm Pilots loaded up with drug information. This allows them quick access to drug information while walking the floor, which results in better care to the patients. Why the hospital doesn’t spring for this I don’t know.

In any case after determining the size of the databases she will be installing I quickly discovered that I would not be able to give her my Palm V (and of course get an upgrade for msyelf). Drats.

Based on her requirements and some shopping around conducted this morrning I determined that the best deal was to buy a Palm m515 Color Handheld at Amazon.

I’ve got a monochrome Palm V. My wife is getting a color m515. I’ve got a bad feeling she will be rubbing it in too.

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