Mobile & Wireless UPDATE, October 3, 2002

Mobile & Wireless UPDATEbrought to you by the Windows & .NET Magazine Network
http://www.winnetmag.com


THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY

The Clear Advantage of PCS Vision(SM)


SPONSOR: THE CLEAR ADVANTAGE OF PCS VISION(SM)

With PCS Business Connection(SM) Enterprise Edition, a primary application of the PCS Clear Wireless Workplace(SM), you'll get the voice quality you've come to expect from Sprint, plus secure, real-time access to the information you need from your company Intranet on select PCS Phones from Sprint - from anywhere on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.

  • Access company email
  • Access personal contacts and company directory
  • Update calendars and task lists
  • Click here for more information


    October 3, 2002—In this issue:

    1. MOBILE & WIRELESS PERSPECTIVES

    • PDAs in Education
    • Microsoft Improves Mobile Support in SMS 2003

    2. ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • Mark Minasi and Paul Thurrott Are Bringing Their Security Expertise to You!
    • Take Our Quick Survey and You Could Win a $200 Gift Certificate!

    3. INSTANT POLL

    • Results of Previous Poll: Tablet PC Evaluation
    • New Instant Poll: PDAs in Education

    4. RESOURCE

    • Event Highlight: MEC 2002

    5. NEW AND IMPROVED

    • Protect PDA Data
    • Administer Your Network from Your PDA

    6. CONTACT US

    • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

    1. MOBILE & WIRELESS PERSPECTIVES
    (contributed by John D. Ruley, [email protected])

  • PDAs IN EDUCATION

  • Earlier this week, Joe K'Odingo, a student at the Norwegian School of Information Technology, asked me my opinion about whether "mobile devices have a place in the learning arena." That's such a good question that I want to devote part of this week's commentary to it.

    My answer is a qualified yes. The relatively low acquisition cost, light weight, and portability of PDAs and other mobile devices make them natural additions to the classroom. Also, applications such as eBook viewers have obvious applications in education. I worry, however, about schools at the pre-college level expending too much of their limited IT budget on an area in which technology changes so fast. Today's mobile device has great potential to become tomorrow's paperweight.

    At the college level, the notion of using PDAs is a no-brainer, and quite a few schools agree with me. In particular, many medical schools not only tolerate PDAs but are beginning to require them. UCLA and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill now require Palm-based devices for medical students. Programs involving PDAs are underway at North Carolina State, Stanford University, and Virginia Commonwealth University, among others. And Palm doesn't have a lock on the field: The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University requires Pocket PCs.

    Why are PDAs becoming such a presence at medical schools? Because they're already in many physicians' pockets. Medical reference books are now available as eBooks that students can view on PDAs, and electronic-search capabilities makes researching relevant information a much faster process than paging through a physical book. I speak from first-hand experience: As a volunteer with LIGA International—a nonprofit organization that sends medical personnel to set up free clinics in Mexico—I'm a part-time pharmacy assistant about six times a year, and I've found Tarascon's ePharmacopoeia (a freeware pharmacy application for Palm devices) absolutely invaluable.

    Last month, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons held its 52nd annual meeting and provided all 2400 participants with Palm i705 wireless handheld devices. Software on the devices provided a complete meeting program, abstracts of scientific papers, graphs, radiology images, floor maps to the exhibit area, and a membership directory. We're likely to hear more such stories as the technology matures.

    Of course, medical students aren't the only PDA users at the college level. One of the most interesting applications I've heard of comes from the US Military Academy at West Point, where the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has experimented with a Java-based application to let forward artillery observers use a PDA to call for fire support. (I sure hope their security is strong!) At the following URLs, you'll find more information about mobile devices in education.
    http://www.palm.com/education
    http://www.microsoft.com/education
    http://www.stsc.hill.af.mil/crosstalk/2002/aug/alford.asp

  • MICROSOFT IMPROVES MOBILE SUPPORT IN SMS 2003

  • A major hole in Microsoft's enterprise strategy for mobile devices has been its lack of management tools for these devices. About a year ago, I heard that the next version of Systems Management Server (SMS) would fill this gap. This week, I found the following information in a Microsoft press release about the SMS 2003 (code-named Topaz) beta: "The most notable improvement for SMS 2003 will be the ability to manage the ever-growing mobile work force. Microsoft will further extend mobility support by providing asset management and software distribution for non-PC devices running the Windows CE, Windows Powered Pocket PC, or Windows XP Embedded platform. This includes devices such as handheld PDAs, point-of-sale devices, and Windows-based terminals and will be delivered one to two quarters after SMS 2003 is released to manufacturing."

    The release doesn't say when the SMS 2003 release to manufacturing (RTM) will happen. I'm currently trying to arrange an interview with Microsoft about this topic and will report what I learn in the next UPDATE. Stay tuned!
    http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/evaluation/future/default.asp

    2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
    (brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

  • MARK MINASI AND PAUL THURROTT ARE BRINGING THEIR SECURITY EXPERTISE TO YOU!

  • Windows & .NET Magazine Network Road Show 2002 is coming this October to New York, Chicago, Denver, and San Francisco! Industry experts Mark Minasi and Paul Thurrott will show you how to shore up your system's security and what desktop security features are planned for Microsoft .NET and beyond. Sponsored by NetIQ, Microsoft, and Trend Micro. Registration is free, but space is limited so sign up now!
    http://www.winnetmag.com/seminars/roadshow

  • TAKE OUR QUICK SURVEY AND YOU COULD WIN A $200 GIFT CERTIFICATE!

  • We need your opinion! Take our brief survey about Windows management tools, and we'll automatically enter your name into a drawing for a $200 gift certificate from Amazon.com. Click here now to start the survey!
    http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?v9s03g5yfv1c8gvgyhy7be3x

    3. INSTANT POLL

  • RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: TABLET PC EVALUATION

  • The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's Mobile & Wireless Solutions nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Does your company plan to begin evaluating Tablet PCs within the next 6 months?" Here are the results (+/-1 percent) from the 39 votes:
       - 28% Yes
       - 72% No
    

  • NEW INSTANT POLL: PDAs IN EDUCATION

  • The next Instant Poll question is, "What do you think of the idea of introducing mobile devices into schools?" Go to the Mobile & Wireless Solutions Web site and submit your vote for a) Great idea for all levels above grade school, b) Great idea for only college-level work, c) Good only for specific fields, or d) Mobile devices are inappropriate in education.
    http://www.mobile-and-wireless.com

    4. RESOURCE

  • EVENT HIGHLIGHT: MEC 2002

  • October 8 through 11, 2002
    Anaheim, California

    MEC 2002 is the definitive resource for anyone who plans, manages or deploys Microsoft Exchange Server and Windows servers. At this conference, get acquainted with Windows .NET Server 2003 and the next version of Exchange. For complete onsite mobile access, bring your laptop or Windows Powered Pocket PC and 802.11b wireless card. Or sign up to test-drive the Pocket PC Phone Edition with next-generation voice and data service or the new Toshiba e740 Pocket PC with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Cisco Systems will help ensure maximum wireless coverage at the convention center.
    http://www.microsoft.com/corpevents/mec2002/

    For other upcoming events, check out the Windows & .NET Magazine Event Calendar.
    http://www.winnetmag.com/events

    5. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

  • PROTECT PDA DATA

  • SoftWinter released Sentry 2020/CE 2.3, software that uses transparent encryption to protect information that you store on your Pocket PC device. You can choose which files you want to encrypt. The software works on all Windows CE platforms and costs $49.95. Contact SoftWinter at [email protected]
    http://www.softwinter.com

  • ADMINISTER YOUR NETWORK FROM YOUR PDA

  • JRB Software released iAdmin Mobile 2.7, software that lets you securely administer your Windows network from your Pocket PC device over any wired or wireless IP connection. You can manage local and domain users and groups, printers, NTFS security, IIS, DNS, and Exchange Server, and you can remotely schedule tasks. iAdmin Mobile is licensed on a per-managed-server basis and starts at $160. Contact JRB Software at [email protected]
    http://www.jrbsoft.com

    6. CONTACT US
    Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:

    This email newsletter is brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine, the leading publication for Windows professionals who want to learn more and perform better. Subscribe today.
    http://www.winnetmag.com/sub.cfm?code=wswi201x1z

    Receive the latest information about the Windows and .NET topics of your choice. Subscribe to our other FREE email newsletters.
    http://www.winnetmag.net/email

    Mobile & Wireless UPDATEbrought to you by the Windows & .NET Magazine Network
    http://www.winnetmag.com


    THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY

    The Clear Advantage of PCS Vision(SM)


    SPONSOR: THE CLEAR ADVANTAGE OF PCS VISION(SM)

    With PCS Business Connection(SM) Enterprise Edition, a primary application of the PCS Clear Wireless Workplace(SM), you'll get the voice quality you've come to expect from Sprint, plus secure, real-time access to the information you need from your company Intranet on select PCS Phones from Sprint - from anywhere on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.

  • Access company email
  • Access personal contacts and company directory
  • Update calendars and task lists
  • Click here for more information


    October 3, 2002—In this issue:

    1. MOBILE & WIRELESS PERSPECTIVES

    • PDAs in Education
    • Microsoft Improves Mobile Support in SMS 2003

    2. ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • Mark Minasi and Paul Thurrott Are Bringing Their Security Expertise to You!
    • Take Our Quick Survey and You Could Win a $200 Gift Certificate!

    3. INSTANT POLL

    • Results of Previous Poll: Tablet PC Evaluation
    • New Instant Poll: PDAs in Education

    4. RESOURCE

    • Event Highlight: MEC 2002

    5. NEW AND IMPROVED

    • Protect PDA Data
    • Administer Your Network from Your PDA

    6. CONTACT US

    • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

    1. MOBILE & WIRELESS PERSPECTIVES
    (contributed by John D. Ruley, [email protected])

  • PDAs IN EDUCATION

  • Earlier this week, Joe K'Odingo, a student at the Norwegian School of Information Technology, asked me my opinion about whether "mobile devices have a place in the learning arena." That's such a good question that I want to devote part of this week's commentary to it.

    My answer is a qualified yes. The relatively low acquisition cost, light weight, and portability of PDAs and other mobile devices make them natural additions to the classroom. Also, applications such as eBook viewers have obvious applications in education. I worry, however, about schools at the pre-college level expending too much of their limited IT budget on an area in which technology changes so fast. Today's mobile device has great potential to become tomorrow's paperweight.

    At the college level, the notion of using PDAs is a no-brainer, and quite a few schools agree with me. In particular, many medical schools not only tolerate PDAs but are beginning to require them. UCLA and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill now require Palm-based devices for medical students. Programs involving PDAs are underway at North Carolina State, Stanford University, and Virginia Commonwealth University, among others. And Palm doesn't have a lock on the field: The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University requires Pocket PCs.

    Why are PDAs becoming such a presence at medical schools? Because they're already in many physicians' pockets. Medical reference books are now available as eBooks that students can view on PDAs, and electronic-search capabilities makes researching relevant information a much faster process than paging through a physical book. I speak from first-hand experience: As a volunteer with LIGA International—a nonprofit organization that sends medical personnel to set up free clinics in Mexico—I'm a part-time pharmacy assistant about six times a year, and I've found Tarascon's ePharmacopoeia (a freeware pharmacy application for Palm devices) absolutely invaluable.

    Last month, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons held its 52nd annual meeting and provided all 2400 participants with Palm i705 wireless handheld devices. Software on the devices provided a complete meeting program, abstracts of scientific papers, graphs, radiology images, floor maps to the exhibit area, and a membership directory. We're likely to hear more such stories as the technology matures.

    Of course, medical students aren't the only PDA users at the college level. One of the most interesting applications I've heard of comes from the US Military Academy at West Point, where the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has experimented with a Java-based application to let forward artillery observers use a PDA to call for fire support. (I sure hope their security is strong!) At the following URLs, you'll find more information about mobile devices in education.
    http://www.palm.com/education
    http://www.microsoft.com/education
    http://www.stsc.hill.af.mil/crosstalk/2002/aug/alford.asp

  • MICROSOFT IMPROVES MOBILE SUPPORT IN SMS 2003

  • A major hole in Microsoft's enterprise strategy for mobile devices has been its lack of management tools for these devices. About a year ago, I heard that the next version of Systems Management Server (SMS) would fill this gap. This week, I found the following information in a Microsoft press release about the SMS 2003 (code-named Topaz) beta: "The most notable improvement for SMS 2003 will be the ability to manage the ever-growing mobile work force. Microsoft will further extend mobility support by providing asset management and software distribution for non-PC devices running the Windows CE, Windows Powered Pocket PC, or Windows XP Embedded platform. This includes devices such as handheld PDAs, point-of-sale devices, and Windows-based terminals and will be delivered one to two quarters after SMS 2003 is released to manufacturing."

    The release doesn't say when the SMS 2003 release to manufacturing (RTM) will happen. I'm currently trying to arrange an interview with Microsoft about this topic and will report what I learn in the next UPDATE. Stay tuned!
    http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/evaluation/future/default.asp

    2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
    (brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

  • MARK MINASI AND PAUL THURROTT ARE BRINGING THEIR SECURITY EXPERTISE TO YOU!

  • Windows & .NET Magazine Network Road Show 2002 is coming this October to New York, Chicago, Denver, and San Francisco! Industry experts Mark Minasi and Paul Thurrott will show you how to shore up your system's security and what desktop security features are planned for Microsoft .NET and beyond. Sponsored by NetIQ, Microsoft, and Trend Micro. Registration is free, but space is limited so sign up now!
    http://www.winnetmag.com/seminars/roadshow

  • TAKE OUR QUICK SURVEY AND YOU COULD WIN A $200 GIFT CERTIFICATE!

  • We need your opinion! Take our brief survey about Windows management tools, and we'll automatically enter your name into a drawing for a $200 gift certificate from Amazon.com. Click here now to start the survey!
    http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?v9s03g5yfv1c8gvgyhy7be3x

    3. INSTANT POLL

  • RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: TABLET PC EVALUATION

  • The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's Mobile & Wireless Solutions nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Does your company plan to begin evaluating Tablet PCs within the next 6 months?" Here are the results (+/-1 percent) from the 39 votes:
       - 28% Yes
       - 72% No
    

  • NEW INSTANT POLL: PDAs IN EDUCATION

  • The next Instant Poll question is, "What do you think of the idea of introducing mobile devices into schools?" Go to the Mobile & Wireless Solutions Web site and submit your vote for a) Great idea for all levels above grade school, b) Great idea for only college-level work, c) Good only for specific fields, or d) Mobile devices are inappropriate in education.
    http://www.mobile-and-wireless.com

    4. RESOURCE

  • EVENT HIGHLIGHT: MEC 2002

  • October 8 through 11, 2002
    Anaheim, California

    MEC 2002 is the definitive resource for anyone who plans, manages or deploys Microsoft Exchange Server and Windows servers. At this conference, get acquainted with Windows .NET Server 2003 and the next version of Exchange. For complete onsite mobile access, bring your laptop or Windows Powered Pocket PC and 802.11b wireless card. Or sign up to test-drive the Pocket PC Phone Edition with next-generation voice and data service or the new Toshiba e740 Pocket PC with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Cisco Systems will help ensure maximum wireless coverage at the convention center.
    http://www.microsoft.com/corpevents/mec2002/

    For other upcoming events, check out the Windows & .NET Magazine Event Calendar.
    http://www.winnetmag.com/events

    5. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

  • PROTECT PDA DATA

  • SoftWinter released Sentry 2020/CE 2.3, software that uses transparent encryption to protect information that you store on your Pocket PC device. You can choose which files you want to encrypt. The software works on all Windows CE platforms and costs $49.95. Contact SoftWinter at [email protected]
    http://www.softwinter.com

  • ADMINISTER YOUR NETWORK FROM YOUR PDA

  • JRB Software released iAdmin Mobile 2.7, software that lets you securely administer your Windows network from your Pocket PC device over any wired or wireless IP connection. You can manage local and domain users and groups, printers, NTFS security, IIS, DNS, and Exchange Server, and you can remotely schedule tasks. iAdmin Mobile is licensed on a per-managed-server basis and starts at $160. Contact JRB Software at [email protected]
    http://www.jrbsoft.com

    6. CONTACT US
    Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:

    This email newsletter is brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine, the leading publication for Windows professionals who want to learn more and perform better. Subscribe today.
    http://www.winnetmag.com/sub.cfm?code=wswi201x1z

    Receive the latest information about the Windows and .NET topics of your choice. Subscribe to our other FREE email newsletters.
    http://www.winnetmag.net/email

    Hide comments

    Comments

    • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

    Plain text

    • No HTML tags allowed.
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
    • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
    Publish