I was under the impression that my thinkpad R50 had an IR port, but for the life of me I can’t seem to find it. I’ve been scouring every inch of my R50 all morning and came up with zilch. What’s strange is that IR was detected at some point in the past when I turned on my PDA but I wasn’t paying attention then and I haven’t been able to get it working since. And yes, I’ve recently purchased a PDA. A battered, old Sony Clie, cos it’s about time I got a little organized. And so far it has been working out well. I just wish I had gotten one sooner, but somehow the image of PDA wielding yuppies made the prospect undesirable a long time ago.

I deliberately went for the Sony Clie for several reasons:

1) It’s cheap.

2) I like the fact that it’s Sony.

3) Palm OS.

4) I don’t need most of the new-fangled features. All I need to do is manage lists and track events / meetings. Oh and rudimentary memo capabilities.

The SJ30 meets all the criteria. Although graffiti is pretty cool and easy to use, I prefer the pull up keyboard. I’m old fashioned that way.

Over the past few days, I’ve been using it exclusively, and daily TODO lists on paper is just a distant memory of more painful times. I still lug my battered notebook (the dead tree variety) to meetings to maintain my old fashioned, conservative, techno-Luddite image and synchronize notes to my PDA in the privacy of my cubicle.

Oh and I’ve installed Chess and Go so I can play while pretending to be planning my day.