John's Continental Divide Trail Hike

Cupcake's CDT Journal

I switched journalling systems between my 2004 and 2006, so I have different links for each years' journals.

   
     
   

 

Journal System

My journal system is simple and yet high-tech. There are two parts: How I write the journal and how the journal gets onto the Web.

The Hardware - 2006

Palm m125 in hand

I have a Palm Treo 650 for these reasons:

  • Palm OS for journalling, contacts, spreadsheets, & other stuff.
  • Replaceable battery
  • MP3 player
  • Mobile phone with data service
 
Palm's Ultra-thin Keyboard Opening The keyboard this year is a  Stowaway Universal Bluetooth Keyboard by ThinkOutside  

I carry the keyboard and Treo in a silnylon bag with closed-cell foam padding. Additionally, I have a heavy-weight zip seal bag for the Treo in wet conditions.

While I am on the trail, I have a data service that allows me to send & receive email and other neat stuff.

The Software
I have a special email address at WordPress for automatic posts. WordPress has the added benefit of having categories: CDT will be just one of the categories I will write on in this blog.

From a copy of my post, Andrea (Just Sit) will spell check, edit, and correct my entries. When I'm at a computer with Web access, I can edit and add photos to make it a little more lively.

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The Hardware - 2004 Palm m125 in hand

Palm's Ultra-thin Keyboard OpeningI have a Palm m125. It's no longer made, but it's the last model that has replaceable AAA batteries. You can still find the m125 on the Web, but if I were starting from scratch, I'd develop a solar charging solution and get a newer Palm handheld.

I use a Palm Folding Keyboard. The Ultra-thin is small and light, but a little delicate.

I carry the keyboard and Palm in a silnylon bag with closed-cell foam padding.

For PocketMail, I use the PocketMail BackFlip for Palm, which attaches to my Palm and has a coupling modem. Whenever I get to a phone, I attach the BackFlip to my Palm and send & receive email. I bought a Palm III to Palm Universal Connector Adaptor from PocketMail, and it works fine.

The Software
I have a PocketMail account to send email, and I'm using a new feature of Blogger, which allows me to post directly to my journal via email. I have a special email address at Blogger for automatic posts. Pretty cool, and, as of 10/04, it's free.

From Blogger, Andrea will spell check, edit, and correct my entries. When I'm at a computer with Web access, I can edit and add photos to make it a little more lively.

PocketMail Shop

 

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