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Topic: Tom's Invaluable Bean Ratings on a Pocket PC... and I needpermission from Tom: (57 lines)
1) From: Rev Mark Gilstrap
From: Tom & Maria 
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    Its a portable computer running a version of Microsoft
    that has a tiny keyboard and fits in your pocket (if you
    are Captain Kangaroo).   Actually I'm sure they're
    very nice, but pricey.
    This whole thread got started by me over on alt.coffee
    when I asked about a roasting database for a Palm or
    Handspring Visor.
    What's a Palm?   Its a smaller handheld computer
    with a touch screen you tap and/or write on with a
    stylus or finger to select functions or input/access data,
    exchange information with other Palms (via an
    infrared beam), or, with your desktop computer via
    a hot sync cradle.
    I got all this for $60 at Target on clearance (actually three
    of them - I have two kids in college (one of them in grad
    school at Ohio State right there in Columbus)  and one
    who found these here at  Target but couldn't pay for
    them - call Dad!).  That's about all I know since my son
    brings home everything I need to know and "beams" it to
    my Visor from his.  Each morning my son downloads his
    mail and the NYTimes headlines and the Weather Channel
    forecast using AvantGo and reads his e-mail etc. on the
    walk to class.  Yeah, a nerd.   I'm a low end user.   Bottom
    line is that, as David Lewis pointed  out, it is quite handy
    and should be just about perfect for my  desired use.
    I was looking for a way to access your roasting tips
    and keep notes for each variety of bean without having
    to turn on the big computer and dial up your web site.
    Also while I'm roasting I would like to make notes for
    future reference
    Looks like there are several ways to so this.  I'm happy.
    priest Mark Gilstrap
    St James Orthodox Church
    Tulsa Oklahoma
    (I also use the Visor after I measure up the ground coffee that comes
    out of the grinder to determine how much water to add to the
    Braun drip pot  (177 ml water per scoop)  but now I know that two
    heaping (2 Tbsp) scoops of beans equals three level scoops of
    ground coffee - together with one well filled measuring cup (2 cups +)
    makes my morning mug-full - leaving at least a half cup for my
    wife :-)
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