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Sharing information and documents in the portable office (updated)

Posted by Michael Brown on February 19, 2007

Yup, another PalmAddicts post, one to add to the Paperless Office series. When you can keep digital stuff in the digital domain, it can help cut down on needless printing just for viewing. On average, things are printed to view just once, and more often then not are simply thrown into the recycle bin (or worse, the garbage). With the right tools, and a good strategy for managing digital information, it can make you more productive as well as being more environmentally friendly.

With today’s advances in portable technology, the portable office is more of a reality than ever before. To make it possible to share documents between a Palm Handheld or Treo and your desktop and laptop computer, you merely need to buy an SD card that also has a USB port on it, such as those made by Sandisk or OCZ, or use a standard SD card with a small card reader. When you combine that with the Portable Apps suite, available from, you can truly have a portable office suite. The only “gotcha” with using the Portable Apps suite is ensuring you save your work in a file format compatible with the software you use on your PDA. At the very least, you can also share music, pictures, HTML pages and text files: Music can go in /Audio, pictures in /DCIM, and for most handhelds with Documents to go, you can put text files (which can be edited by any computer or software including DocsToGo) in /PALM/Programs/DXTG. HTML pages can be accessed from anywhere on the card using file:///path/on/card in the Blazer address bar. Blazer puts things it’s downloaded in /PALM/Blazer/Download/, so you know where to look for those files. The portable office can be a real productivity enhancer in today’s digital lifestyle. was the original post.

2007-03-06 Update:
Here’s what my “portable office” configuration consists of right now.

OCZ Dual USB SD card

USB Mini Kart

The Mini-Kart 1G stick has my Windows Portable Apps suite on it (and an installation of Damn Small Linux that I’m playing with). I store my other data, documents, photos, music and videos on the SD Dual card, which allows me to pull it out of the Treo, pop off the cap, and stick it into a USB port.

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