A Year Later…

I’m thrilled, because today I finished reading the Bible cover-to-cover. (Well, sort of – my Palm doesn’t have a cover.) I started last July by converting the chronological reading list at bibleinayear.org into a HandyShopper list that followed me around on my Palm. I took less than a year to read because I read more than one day’s worth every so often.

If you haven’t read God’s love letter to you from start to finish, I encourage you to give it a try. It makes it abundantly clear how much God loves you and wants to be a part of your life.

Now that I’m done, I’m not sure how I’m going to decide what to read next. I’m subscribed to Our Daily Bread in AvantGo, and I get a magazine from my church group called ec. One of these will probably become my guide for future study of God’s Word.

An Enlightened School

The University of South Dakota is the first college campus in the United States to hand out Palm handheld computers to every student. This is a very cool thing. Students will be able to keep track of homework, read many handouts without ever printing them on paper, and check e-mail completely through their Palms. Heck, they can even HotSync at IR stations built into the walls all over campus.

I’ve been a fan of Palm organizers since I bought a IIIxe. It lasted about two years before I dropped it and the screen smashed into smithereens.

Right now, my trusty m515 is charging on its cradle. It goes with me almost everywhere I go. On it is my homework, appointments, games, Bible, and more. During my free time, I’m working on getting it set up for offline blogging – more on this when it’s finished.

Anyway, Palm handhelds rock. They eat up less memory and less batteries than their Pocket PC rivals, and they’re a lot more intuitive to use. One place where Pocket PCs have a head-start is Wi-Fi access. This will soon change.

I’ve been a strong advocate for getting a Palm into the hands of every student that can read. It’s better for high school and college students, but I think our increasingly technology-oriented children will get the hang of it. If nothing else, a Palm campus will help prevent back injuries. Of course, I see the potential for much, much better uses as well.

(Original link via the University of Washington AccessIT page, which is itself an interesting read.)