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A Free Newsletter for Users of the HP95LX/100LX/200LX

In this issue: 
---Inexpensive, external keyboard for HP LX
---New Users Enter the Palmtop Market
---Extract Notes from a Database to Word 97 With GDBwinE

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Inexpensive, External Keyboard for HP 100/200LX

While surfing the Web, I ran across the following URL:
At the bottom of the page is a picture of a mini-keyboard that appears ideal for use with the HP Palmtop. The keyboard is about half the size of a standard keyboard. It has a full range of keys but is missing the Windows keys. 

I've tested the keyboard with the KeyMate adapter (see the Ad below) and have found that it works. The keyboard has a fairly good feel and all the alpha, numeric and function keys send the correct signals to the Palmtop. Since the keyboard doesn't have a Windows key, I started the KMKB.COM serial keyboard driver program with the /A switch. (KMKB /A). The Right Alt key becomes the equivalent of the Windows key while the Right Ctrl key is the same as the Fn key on the Palmtop. (The Left Alt key starts the Menu in the System Manager applications. )

If you want to test the keyboard with the KeyMate adapter, you won't need the PS/2 adapter offered by GatewayElex. The plug on the keyboard's 8" cable is a perfect match for the KeyMate's socket. 

This keyboard will go with me on the road. along with the KeyMate adapter, and my Palmtop. The keyboard's size is right as is the price: $10.00 ! 

KeyMate for the HP Palmtop lets you use your Palmtop with a standard PC keyboard. Simple installation. Comes with a free serial cable. See
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New Users Enter the Palmtop Market

Folks who have been using Palm Pilots and are dissatisfied with their capabilities are switching to other pocket PCs. Some of these "power users" have found their way to the HP Palmtop platform after buying a used Palmtop on the e-bay auction site. These new users often show up on the HPLX-L mailing list asking the questions we asked several years ago.
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If you happen to meet a new user, please let them know that they have a lot of catching up to do. Also give them the URL to They'll be able to read everything that's been written about the HP Palmtop line since 1991 in electronic form. The archive has a search capability that will get them what they're looking for before they reluctantly ask their question on the mailing list.

Low-powered 56Kbps fax/mode card for the 200LX. Independent testers verify consistent connection at 45Kpbs. Works in laptop and palmtops.

Extract Notes from a Palmtop Database to Word 97

Suppose you want to extract the Notes from a database file and drop them into a Word document.

Over the years, users have come up with techniques such as exporting the Notes to separate text files and then importing these small files into a text editor. Others have used the SmartClip function to capture just the Notes and paste them into Memo. 

DBWinE, on a desktop or laptop, makes this task so easy it's almost a 'no-brainer'.

The DBwinE program, available on and mentioned in the What's New section on , emulates the Palmtop's .GDB, PDB and NDB files on a Windows machine. 

Here's what to do.

Get and install GDBwinE on your desktop. Copy the database file from the LX to the desktop. Open the file with GDBwinE and then press F5 (Clip) and Define a new clip named NOTES. Edit the new clip and put the following string in the edit window (use cut and paste from this message)

Note: #%Note,,,00,L#%

Click OK and OK and then press CTRL+A to select all the items in the database, press F5 and OK to Clip all the notes and then open Word and press CTRL+V to paste all the notes in Word.

As a test, I used a database file containing 397 records (almost 1.0 Megabyte) in which many Notes fields were 30 K bytes. I was able to transfer the Notes information from GDBwinE to a 289 page Word document in under 30 seconds.

(To generate the clip definition, create the smart clip on the Palmtop by putting the word Note: and adding the Notes field to the clip Define window. GDBwinE will translate the clip definition into the line above.)