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Tokyo PC Users Group
PDA Showcase
- June 6th 2002

HP iPAQ Palm

Are you looking to buy a PDA for the first time and don't know where to start? Or perhaps you already own a PDA and want to get more out of it, learn what peripherals and accessories are available and about new and upcoming technologies. Or are you a devoted PDA user and want to show off your device and compare notes with other PDA gurus?

PDAs (or personal digital assistants) are changing the way people think about computing. Even now they allow access to unlimited data and tools on the move that otherwise would be far away on a desktop PC when really needed. The amazing stride in wireless technologies combined with these devices unleash the unlimited scope and power of the internet at any time and in any place. The computing power and software available for PDAs now means there is no limit to the what you can do on the move - e-mail, web surfing, e-books, streaming audio and video, photo taking and graphic editing, games, spreadsheets, databases, planning, accessing company networks - this is just to start. Computing will never be the same.

If you are not a PDA user this event will give you a great introduction. If you are then you'll be able to find out other ways you could be exploiting your device and what to expect in the future. The event will start with brief, fact packed presentations on the three main breeds of PDA - Palm, Pocket PC and Zaurus, including for the first time ever in Japan, the new Zaurus SL-5500 with native Linux operating system.. The audience will then have the chance to meet the companies, groups and individuals attending the event to showcase their devices, accessories and how they use them. The club will newsletter - free to all attendees - will be a PDA special containing lots of advice and informative articles. Don't miss this chance to get a close and wide ranging insight into the exciting world of PDAs, what they can do, and what to expect in the future.


The Showcase will be held in the TPC's regular venue in the basement of The Tokyo Union Church (English/Japanese Map) on Omotesando Dori, a short walk from the A-1 exit of the Omotesando subway station on the Ginza, Hanzomon, and Chiyoda Lines. The entrance is through the parking area at the side of the church. 


Members free, non-members Y1000 at the door.


6.30 Doors open and networking.
7.00 Club business, announcements, introductions, computer questions, buy-sell-giveaway.
7.20 Disk Librarian - Mike Kato will introduce a useful piece of shareware or freeware and prepare ten copies on floppy for just 100 yen!
7.30 PDA OS Presentations (See below for details)
8.00 Exhibitors showcase and PDA networking 
9.00 Event close. Informal nijikai at Shakey's Pizza on Omotesando-dori


Palm To be confirmed
Pocket PC Andrew Shuttleworth - Casual mobile and wireless computing fanatic and Pocket PC devotee. Check out his Pocket PC Japan blog.
Zaurus Ulrich Plate - Zaurus otaku and member of ZOK


Ken Cotton

Renowned Palm devotee, early adopter and wireless computing expert will show how he makes the most out of his Palm OS Handera 300 and TRGPro. There will also be a display device and product information from Handera.

Mauro Sauco

Mauro, a member of the Tokyo Linux Users Group, will talk about the experience of installing the the Familiar Linux distribution on his IPAQ and demonstrate the device.

Palm Computing K.K.

Demo devices from Palm will be on display.

Zaurus Otaku Kurabu


The Zaurus Otaku Kurabu (or ZOK for short) which could be translated as the 'Zaurus Nerd Club' is a discussion forum for aficionados of the Sharp Zaurus PDA series. Members of the discussion forum will attend to show off their Zaurii, with a particular focus on their special area of interest - electronic Japanese dictionaries for PDAs. There will also be a chance to get a closer exclusive look at the Linux based SL-5500 Zaurus loaned by Sharp Japan just for this event.

If you are a company or individual and want to showcase your PDA or related product at this event, e-mail

Prize Draw!

Handera 330 (Many thanks to Handera for supplying this PDA for the prize draw and demo device).

Some PDA users and their devices:

Andrew Shuttleworth, G-FORT (Pocket PC - Japanese)

Bob McDonald, Clie PEG-NR70V (Palm OS 4.1)

Daniel Scuka, Palm V (Palm OS)

Jason Humphries, Battered Palm V with 8MB upgrade (Palm OS v 3.5)


Ken Cotton, Handera 330 (Palm OS)

Lem Fugitt, Clie PEG- NR70V (Palm OS 4.1)

Mike Kato, Handspring Deluxe (Palm OS)

Ulrich Plate, Zaurus

Some useful PDA Links

Want to suggest any more sites? Mail

Tokyo PC Users Group, Post Office Box 103, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-8691, JAPAN