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Topic: Tom's Invaluable Bean Ratings on a Pocket PC... and I need (3 msgs / 92 lines)
1) From: Mark
 
Hiyas. The purpose of this post is two fold.
First, some news about Tom's invaluable bean ratings and information pages.
I use a program for the Pocket PC called List Pro 
http://www.iliumsoft.com/listpro.htm)and over the past two days, I've cut 
and paste all the content from Tom's pages into a custom made DB file I 
created in List Pro. The program has both a PC desktop component and a PPC 
component, so it makes it easy, (but due to the volume of info, it is 
tedious).
But the cool thing is, now I have all of Tom's roasting notes, information, 
annecdotes, etc etc handy and right there on my Pocket PC device while 
roasting. No more running to the computer (though for me, it wasn't that 
far of a run to the notebook).
Anyway, the process took me about 5 hours to do. I was bored last night. 
And I'm mentioning this because you too can do this - it's relatively 
painless to create the DB files - I set it up so that I had all the fields 
covered, from his ratings to his roasting notes, region, mark, etc etc. 
Actually I left out region and varietal, because I didn't want that info. I 
organized it by region - Centrals, S. Americans, Africans, Asians, and 
Islands/Blends/Robusta (no decaf. Decaf is evil). You can do it as well, if 
you have the time or inclination.
Which brings me to the second point. Because this is for my own use, I 
didn't seek out Tom's permission to do this - after all, I just wanted his 
publicly shared notes "in hand" while I roast.
But I do need his permission for this - if he gives the okay, I can offer 
it to anyone who emails me... not the List Pro program - you'll have to buy 
that - but the file I created. For Tom's benefit, I also included in each 
bean "file" the hyperlink to the location on the site with that bean (for 
quick ordering), and I included fields for the 1, 2, 5, and 20 lb prices. 
After all, Tom's good enough to share this info with us, so linkbacks to 
his info, and the ordering pages is the right thing. And with Pocket PC 
2002, clicking the hyperlink in ListPro actually opens Pocket Internet 
Exploder, and if you have a net connection (modem, wireless, in the 
cradle), the page will load. Heck, you can even place an order from your 
Pocket PC if you want! :-)
So Tom, what say you? If you say yes, I'll go ahead and offer it to anyone 
who emails me (email to mark). If you say no, no problems, 
but I hope you don't mind me telling people how they can do this for their 
own use.
Mark
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2) From: Tom & Maria
 
What's a Pocket PC?
LOL but I am serious too, I really dont know a thing about handhelds...
Tom
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3) From: Tom & Maria
 
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Thanks for the link... I guess I am still a little confused about the 
difference between a Visor type handheld and the aforementioned 
Pocket PC, if there is much of a difference. But I like this idea of 
an interface between handhelds and a roaster! Hey, couldnt you use a 
wireless infrared like some modems. That way you would fry a $300 
handheld with a $60 roaster... Tom
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
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