Monday, August 12, 2002

I am getting a Clie SL10 to find out if I can go back to using a B&W PDA. Why? Because colour screens need rechargeable batteries and that is how we get ripped off. A travel charger for the m5xx series is currently �37.60 and an in-car charger �30.55. The profit margins on these products must be >200%. For �37.60 I could buy over 100 alkaline AAA batteries. Suppose, as a heavy user, I get through one set per week. That is a two year supply. Two years is the maximum life expectancy for one of my PDAs anyway, and if I am worried about the environment, I can buy NiMH AAA batteries (with the security of knowing that alkalines are readily available).