Publisher's Message

So much potentiality in such a small package!

We could be talking about the HP Palmtop or about quantum mechanical particles. Perhaps, the idea of great potentiality contained in small packages appeals to the human psyche because it is the story of how the universe works.

Like a photon enlivening an elementary particle, our awareness projected onto the Palmtop turns it into a useful tool. Our consciousness as physician, teacher, or salesperson allows us to use the Palmtops capabilities to be more effective to further our goals. No matter our profession or personal circumstances, the Palmtop appeals to our universal need to order and get control of our lives.

Every two months for nearly four years these pages have told the story of how someone uses his HP Palmtop. We have seen the ways CFOs, engineers, CPAs, physicians, farmers, students, teachers, marketers use the palmtop. These stories chronicle different needs and how the Palmtops potentiality can be tapped to fulfill those needs. When we read the stories of how other people use their Palmtop, it is like variations on a theme: we get ideas for how we can better use the Palmtop ourselves. This issue is no exception. See if you don't find ideas to better your Palmtop usage when you read how a thirteen year old girl with attention deficit disorder and how a woman with Parkinson's disease use the Palmtop to make their lives a little better.

When I asked my wife what she thought of the cover she told me it looked more like People Magazine rather than a technical publication. We hope you don't mind. After all, how people use the Palmtop to better their lives is the real story of The HP Palmtop Paper.

Part of the latent power of the Palmtop is that it is a DOS computer. That means programmers can write Palmtop applications which provide users with more tools to solve individual needs. In this issue we review Palmtop technical reference information found in the newly released HP Palmtop 100LX/200LX Developers Guide. Then we examine the work of an independent team of programmers. The fruit of their project is software tools by which any Palmtop developer can make a DOS application which will look and act like a Palmtop built-in application. We have written and organized these two articles in such a way that non-technical users can read them and appreciate what is involved in creating Palmtop applications.

Finally, we want to wish Robert Roney the best of luck. Robert has been our technical editor for the past few years. He has left his position with us to teach at the Maharishi Management University in Chicago, a school which examines management concepts in light of human consciousness.