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    Does anyone use PDAs for registration and if so which. Also which would you avoid

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    We have iPAQ HX2490's, using PARS / PocketPARS. Early days (few months) but haven't had any problems.

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    We use Dell Axim x51s.

    They are OK - they do what they need to do, they need rebooting a lot because of roaming issues but I'm not sure that's an issue with the units themselves...

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    We've got a mixture of cheap iPaqs (forget the model number but they were the cheapest with built in wifi) and Dell x50vs.

    For the purpose, I prefer the iPaqs. Yes, they're slower and have lower resolution screens. However they are also significantly smaller and lighter and have much better battery life.

    We use Bromcom Winfolder PK on them.

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    norphy>probably the rx1950

    we have a couple of hx2490s for the PE dept. using a web based registration proggy

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    pete: is this using Sims as i am looking for a solution to PE registration?

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    @bossman
    Yes. We have 5 cradles connected to a workstation and one of the PE staff fires up PDA Manager (in PARS version 1.42, possibly earlier) and dumps the days registers to all 5 ipaqs in the morning. When they're passing, PE staff just re-dunk and it uploads automatically.

    We don't have wireless, but people who do (on here IIRC) have it working fine.

    Just remember that the PDA has to survive / be comfortable when in the track bottom pockets of a running PE Teacher. Anyone who's ever been jogging knows how annoying it is to have things in your pockets.

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    on pete's note. how have the people with the hx2490's found them to fair? should I look into spending extra to get some rugged cases for them?

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    @Midget
    A number of ipaqs may have fallen off my desk (uncased) while setting them up. They still work ok. Look for neoprene cases - waterproof, but not hard-edged (pockets). Making them is also pretty easy, but if you're using wetsuit glue use gloves (contains tuolene (sp?)), your local dive shop will have neoprene cut-offs.

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    bossman,

    if you've got a terminal server, then you can use the terminal services client built into windows mobile to connect and use sims, etc.

    We've got PE and Drama doing this, works cool.

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    @pete
    (contains tuolene (sp?))
    Toluene - aka MethylBenzene
    commonly used as a solvent and replacement for Benzene.

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    Domino, the problem we'd have using terminal services (I work with bossman) is that our workstations are XP and the servers are still Win 2000; so there would be a problem with user profile differences between 2000 and XP.

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    Domino, the problem we'd have using terminal services (I work with bossman) is that our workstations are XP and the servers are still Win 2000; so there would be a problem with user profile differences between 2000 and XP.
    You can work around this because a terminal services profile and a workstation profile are different things. In AD (2000 with Citrix Win2000 servers) we set the TS profile to point to a mandatory profile path and the 'profile' points somewhere else - for XP.

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    Ah right, didn't know that...

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    Re: PDA s for registration

    Quote Originally Posted by pete
    @bossman
    Yes. We have 5 cradles connected to a workstation and one of the PE staff fires up PDA Manager (in PARS version 1.42, possibly earlier) and dumps the days registers to all 5 ipaqs in the morning. When they're passing, PE staff just re-dunk and it uploads automatically.

    We don't have wireless, but people who do (on here IIRC) have it working fine.

    Just remember that the PDA has to survive / be comfortable when in the track bottom pockets of a running PE Teacher. Anyone who's ever been jogging knows how annoying it is to have things in your pockets.
    @pete
    We are looking at getting PE to register wireless. How does SIM.net install onto a PDA? Is there is special client?

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