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1. Wine Enthusiast Guide 2004 For
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2. Diet & Exercise Assistant

1. Wine Enthusiast Guide 2004 For Palm & Pocket PC
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our price: $24.99
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Asin: B0001851H8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: LandWare, Inc.
Sales Rank: 521
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Mobile companion for choosing, evaluating, managing, and enjoying wine
  • Up-to-date reviews, ratings, and details for 10,000+ wines worldwide
  • Comprehensive wine glossary with over 1,400 terms and definitions
  • Gain further wine knowledge with an in-depth Wine 101 course
  • Interactive vintage chart with wine maturity and harvest-quality ratings

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Great Content but Beware Copy Protection and Support
CONTENT - 5 STARS

The Wine Enthusiast's PDA Guide 2004 Edition is an incredibly useful program and very appropriate for a PDA. If you are new to wines, it will guide you through the learning process and help you avoid disappointing purchases. If you like to explore new vintners and new vintages, it's a great tool to take with you when shopping at the local wine merchant. And if you're out at dinner and you're overwhelmed by the wine list, this is exactly what you need to cut through the clutter and pick the perfect beverage.

The reviews are numerous (over 10,000), but brief and to the point. It will easily group wines by variety, price, rating, style and region. You can even use it to maintain your personal tasting notes and cellar inventory.

TECHNICAL - 2 STARS

The Guide has some nice technical features. You can beam information to other PDA users and even store the program on a removable memory card. But because of the small memory footprint it occupies, you may not have to take advantage of that feature. The installation is straightforward.

HOWEVER, the poorly designed copy protection scheme can be a real problem. And unfortunately, the documentation is silent on this. When you install the program from the CD or purchase an activation code after downloading the Guide from LandWare, the program links the Guide, the activation code and the owner's name as listed on your PDA. This is not a problem unless you modify the PDA owner's name. In my case I simply added my middle initial. Any change, even in case, will invalidate the install and cause the program to deny entrance and ask you to purchase a new license. So rather than linking the copy protection to a serial number on the CPU or some other element of the PDA hardware, LandWare chose to link it to a user-changeable field and didn't bother to warn you not to change that field. This is very poor design, not something a technologist would have created. Maybe marketing designed it?

SUPPORT - 0 STARS

I contacted LandWare for assistance and was told the following:

1) The software is licensed to a specific user for one PDA. Aside from the fact this is contrary to their license agreement (installation on one PDA at a time and create one backup copy), my Axim 3i, like most PDAs, is not multi-user capable unless you count handing it from person to person.

2) Initially, they were unwilling to help me because I had not sent in my warranty card. The fact that one had not been included in the sealed CD case I received from Amazon and that there is no way to register online did not seem to matter.

3) Because I had purchased the Guide from a third party (Amazon), and not downloaded it from their site, I would have to fax them a Xerox of my CD and the authorization number before they would try to help me gain access to the Guide and the data I had already entered, even though I had the authorization number and CD I had originally used to install.

4) I suggested in a very nice way that I understood why they had copy protection and that for future releases perhaps they should consider linking the copy protection to something inside the PDA like a serial number or configuration that doesn't change. And if that was not workable, that they at least warn people not to modify the username field on their PDA. I received a curt response that I can best characterize as "Shut up and sit down. We own it and this is the way we do it."

In the end I did a hard reset and reloaded my applications to get the Guide to properly reinstall. And of course I lost all of my tasting comments and cellar data from the Guide.

BOTTOM LINE AVERAGE - 2 STARS

It's great content, but LandWare stumbles on poorly designed copy protection and weak support. The Wine Enthusiast is a great magazine and I am very excited to see them produce this product. I just wish that had chosen someone else to produce and support it.

Caveat Emptor. Know what you are buying and the risks involved. ... Read more


2. Diet & Exercise Assistant 4.0
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B00006OAQF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Handango
Sales Rank: 4318
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Take charge of health and fitness
  • Track calories eaten and burned
  • Establish programs and meet goals
  • Easily keep track of history and future plans
  • Simple logbook input

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for all types of eating plans!
This is the best of all the program I've tried for my Palm. It keeps track of water intake, has a fully customizable food database, and calculates your energy output through daily life and exercise. I've lost over 40 lbs in the last 4 months.

I'm on Atkins, and this is perfect for helping me keep track of what I need. Others on WW, wanting to maintain a certain food balance, or trying to eat according to the U.S. gov't recommendations will find this just as helpful.

I love that it tracks the water intake as well. I try to drink a gallon of water a day, and I don't have to rely on my memory to keep on track.

I've had no problems with it, and highly recommend this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Losing Weight
This is a great weight loss program. It lets me track my food intake and has a hugh data base of foods. With the Windows desk top program I can really see what's going on. The program is easy to use and the best part is that it's with me always in my Palm IIIc with me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lost 10 lbs already. It works!
This program was recommended by my brother who is a physician. I started using it on my Sony PDA. It is pretty neat. It has a decent food database. It basically helps you track input vs output of calories. You set up a goal to run a calorie deficit to lose so many pounds over so much time. It makes you much more aware of what you are eating and how many calories goes along with it. I downloaded the calorieking.com food database as a supplement to add foods. What i like best is that when you exercise it helps you calculate the calories you consumed, so you get to eat more that day! ... Read more


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