Computing in the ICU

Friday, August 19th, 2005
My Domino server at the office collects my inbound faxes, email, and voicemail, identifies them, and routes them to my database to be picked up at the next replication. So, whether I work on-line or off-line, I have everything I need with me at all times.

There's no wireless internet at the ICU, in fact, no wireless devices are allowed in the unit. When I'm in the waiting room, however, I'm able to use my Sprint Treo 650 and PDANet to replicate Lotus Notes to my M4 Tablet PC.


Once I'm done replicating, I can walk back into the ICU with my tablet and process off-line. I'm actually not doing much in the way of processing anything lately, but at least I have the systems in place to do it if I wanted.

SprintPCS has a $15/month all-you-can-eat data plan and the PDANet software is $35. That's all you need. It's not as fast as an EVDO connection, but it allows me to surf the web, access my servers with PC Anywhere, and replicate my notes databases to pick up my email, faxes, and voicemail. I don't use it often, but when needed, it's been a valuable tool.

On the subject of cool tech in the ICU, lots of cool gear here. As long as I'm here, I'm going to explore and learn. If there's interest, I'll even come back and take some pictures of what I think is the ultimate Tablet PC (or book) accessory to show you....

Discussion/Comments (2):

Computing in the ICU

Hi Eric,

Did you have any trouble installing and synchronizing your Treo 650 with your tablet? According to Palm, XP Tablet isn't supported: ({ Link }

I have a Treo 600 from Verizon that worked beautifully with pdaNet on my old Thinkpad, but I've recently upgraded to the Compaq tc4200 tablet. Due to Palm's notice and complaints I've seen on various blogs, I've not installed the Treo.

As you'd imagine, maintaining two systems is less than ideal, so any guidance or comments on your experience are appreciated.


Chris Walker

Posted at 8/24/2005 1:54:22 PM by Chris Walker

Computing in the ICU

Chris, I wasted hours trying to get the Treo 650 installer to work on my Tablet PC. Then, I found mention on Marc Orchant's blog about how it was possible to interrupt the install before the end of the Palm installation but after the install of the critical files. I did this and it worked like a charm. (Thanks, Marc!) I've been using my Treo 650 with PDANet and my M4 ever since.

I'll have the opportunity to reload all of this software shortly.


Posted at 8/24/2005 2:20:12 PM by Eric Mack

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