In five years, or even two, we’ll think nothing of surfing the Web on a piece of gadgetry smaller than an index card. Today, however, most Piloteers are shocked to hear that this tiny gizmo can browse the Internet’s most famous feature, complete with graphics, bookmarks, and hotlinks. After all, the Palm’s manual, advertising, and web site say not a word about this capability.
But not only is there such a thing as a Palm web browser, there are several, each with a different assortment of useful features. (They’re all on the CD that comes with this book.) And setting up a PalmPilot for web browsing is much easier than setting it up for email; this time, all you need is the name, password, and phone number of your Internet account—no fancy codes necessary.
To use any of these programs, you need a fairly recent model; alas, the original Pilots and the PalmPilot Personal are forever barred from the Web (unless you upgrade, as described in Chapter 18 ).
You also need a modem attached to your PalmPilot (if you have a Palm VII, also see Chapter 16, for details on Web access without a modem). Once again, you can either buy the tiny snap-on Palm modem (which has its own batteries) or you can attach any external PC modem via a Palm modem cable. If you’re rich enough to have the Novatel wireless modem (see Appendix B), you can pack your sunscreen, put on your bathing suit, and head to the beach for a pleasant afternoon of surfing.
Web surfing, that is.