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PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, Second Edition by David Pogue

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Third Generation: Palm III and Palm Clones

After having so carefully cultivated a recognizable brand name, 3Com adopted a new and confusing name for the third generation of its famous palmtop. Threatened legal action by the makers of Pilot pens explain the move.

This model introduced infrared beaming, a sleeker case shape and 2MB of memory. A matching desktop application for Windows, Palm Desktop 3.0, accompanied the Palm III. Once again, though, those major items accompany a longer list of minor enhancements:

  • The screen is clearer and higher-contrast than any previous PalmPilot model. To prevent accidental screen changing, the contrast wheel is now recessed into the edge of the unit.

  • A sturdier stylus with a metal shaft has replaced the flimsy plastic model—and the end cap unscrews to reveal a pin that’s perfectly sized to fit the Reset hole (see Chapter 17). There’s also a new, removable, flip-up protective lid that can lock into either of two open-position angles. (You can’t remove or insert the stylus while the lid is fully open—get into the habit of removing the stylus before opening the lid.)

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