Captain Packrat (captpackrat) wrote,
Captain Packrat

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Work toys

I just received a Vadem Clio to evaluate for use at work. These things are fantastic, it's like a small laptop with Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer, but even though the CPU is less than 100MHz, it is SOOOOO much faster than any modern PC.

At work we are trying to deploy a mobile work order system for our service techs. The only problem is most PDA's have no keyboard, which makes data entry rather tedious. The few PDA's that DO have a keyboard, like the Treo, have crappy quality and tiny tiny buttons. The mobile version of the software doesn't work on a normal Windows laptop, and laptops are bulky and take forever to boot. The Clio would be the perfect compromise, with a useable keyboard and a large screen, and with the instant-on capabilities of Windows CE.

There are only 3 possible problems. 1. Will the software work with a MIPS processor? 2. Can we get a cellular modem with drivers for Windows CE? 3. Can I find at least 12 more Clios?

It's too bad the Clio concept never went anywhere. I'd love to have one built with modern technology.
Tags: computers, geekery, work
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