The Palm Plunge: can I do it?
I'd like to try using a palm-type device and could really use some advice, though I'm not really sure what questions to ask.
I thought they sounded pretty neat when I first read GTD last summer, but was scared off when I started looking around online saw all the tech complaints. I'm not a complete technophobe, but I don't intrinsically enjoy lots of fiddling either. I'm just your basic user, and a late adapter at that. To be honest, my motivation right now is to try Life Balance, so I want something compatible with that.
I was looking at the Tungsten E--I don't need or want any phone/web/email wireless stuff and anything that requires a monthly subscription or service fee is out of the question. I really don't know what else is available. Who else makes these things except PalmOne? Are there specific models or manufacturers I should look into or avoid?
My current computer doesn't have a usb port, which seems to a necessity.
My dad is a computer geek and is going to scrap together a new computer for me over the holidays. The thing is, he'll want to load linux on it. I'm not opposed to that, and don't particularly want to support microsoft by buying a new version of their operating system. Will palms, life balance, etc. work with linux?
I also don't have an internet connection at home. I see that you can download a trial version of life balance, but is there any other way to get it? Could I download it to a CD and reload it onto my computer, or does it have to go directly to the computer you'll be using for some reason? Can you (gasp!) buy it in a store or by snail mail?
If I'm going to try this at all, it will have to be over the holidays when I have some time. My dad does have an internet connection, but he lives in rural area and it's dial up. Does that pose additional problems?
All suggestions, comments, and follow-up questions welcome!