by Ben Bostwick and Brad Myers
Sometimes in a meeting, it would be useful for attendees to be able to send
side messages to each other, without necessarily interrupting the meeting.
As an example, an attendee might ask the meeting facilitator to tell the current
speaker to finish. The PebblesChat application allows users to communicate
with other PDA users connected to the same PC. Messages are composed using
the regular text input mechanisms on the PDA, and will appear in a scrolling
text area on the PDAs of the sender and recipients as in conventional PC-based "chat" programs.
In this case, the PC is just serving as a conduit, and does not display any
evidence of the chat messages.
Note that for PebblesChat to be useful, multiple PalmOS devices must be
attached to the same PC. This is easy with Wi-Fi (802.11) but tricky with
BlueTooth or wired connections. Sorry, we don't have a PocketPC version of
PebblesChat. Also, PebblesChat does not work with other instant-message
or chat programs, sorry.
See the user guide documentation on the PalmOS
version of PebblesChat.
There are lots of other IM (instant message), SMS (short message system) and
chat programs for PalmOS and PocketPC devices. A search on
Handango found 415 entries for "instant
message"! We do not know which of those work best, sorry.