Hal Goldstein

The announcement of two new HP Handheld products marks an auspicious close to our fourth year publishing The HP Palmtop Paper.

Many of us have puzzled why the rest of the world has not responded to our enthusiastic convictions about the HP Palmtop. We don't understand how others can even function in the world without ToDo's, appointments, phone numbers, spreadsheet, and custom data base information at their fingertips.

The HP OmniGo 100 is HP's answer. HP concluded that low price, an intuitive graphical-pen interface, and lots of organizational and financial tools would wake people up. The HP OmniGo 100, is HPs move into a broader based consumer marketplace. With the OmniGo 100 HP has thrown down the gauntlet. The high-end Sharp/Casio market is the target.

Will HP Palmtop users want to switch? And if not, will they recommend the HP OmniGo 100 to friends, family, and colleagues. Read our in depth coverage of the HP OmniGo 100 Organizer Plus to find out and at the same time learn about the HP OmniGo 700LX Communicator Plus. Begin by reading our exclusive interview with Kheng-Joo Khaw, the general manager of the HP Handheld division, beginning on page 10.

We at Thaddeus Computing are not standing still either. As we begin our fifth year publishing The HP Palmtop Paper, we are preparing new knowledge products for our HP Palmtop customers, and a new publication, HP OmniGo World.

First, for the past year we have been working on a CD ROM (also to be available in floppy disk format). The CD will contain four years of The HP Palmtop Paper, the HP 200LX Reference Manual, and the HP 100LX/200LX Technical Reference manual all in a hypertext searchable format. That means if you have a Palmtop question or want to look for something from a past HP Palmtop Paper, all you have to do is type in a word or phrase. We also plan to include freeware and shareware discussed in The HP Palmtop Paper on this CD. We are hoping to keep the price of the CD under $100.

Secondly, we are finishing up a book on the HP 200LX. In the book, PC in your Pocket we take from the best of HP Palmtop Paper articles, profiles, and third party products. Although we are considering publishing the book ourselves, our goal is to have as wide an international bookstore presence as possible. If any reader can help us in that regard, please E-MAIL me at or give me a call.

Note that all of us at Thaddeus Computing can now be reached by E-MAIL at the address: This new Internet presence leads us to a third project, an Internet World Wide Web site. We'll announce details in an upcoming issue.

Finally, with the introduction of the HP OmniGo 100, we will embark on a new publication, HP OmniGo World. For details see inside. We intend to model the publication after The HP Palmtop Paper and welcome your feedback and article submissions.

One final note on this issue: Be sure to check the review of DOSSHELL and Software Carousel. I consider Software Carousel a breakthrough product for serious HP Palmtop users. Software Carousel users will be able to switch within the Palmtops built-in applications and to switch to one or more large DOS programs without concerns about memory.