"A PDA? Why do you need a PDA? It's all so old-fashioned!" he says.Yep, ability to access and update my data on-the-go has been and still is important for me.
"Well, there are certain things that I wanna do when I don't have a computer. A device like PDA would be useful."
"Keeping track of my bike's mileage, for example."
"Use Excel dude. Why would you buy a PDA for something an Excel sheet on your computer can do?"
"No no, I won't remember to update the sheet then. I should be able to do it on-the-go."
I have been owning a motorcycle for about 5 years now, and one of the things I really care about is keeping track of the fuel efficiency of the bike. I create a spreadsheet that looks like this. Mileage column would be automatically calculated by a formula.
Of late, I get nervous if my data is not on cloud. Any data that is only available in a device that I own is at risk. And I try to avoid it as much as possible. Naturally, I created a Google Docs spreadsheet and started keeping track of the bike's mileage.
Now for the on-the-go update part. Sure, I can open the sheet on my phone and update it. But opening and updating a spreadsheet on a 2G mobile network is painfully slow. So I went around and created a form for this sheet. Whenever I fill petrol or run out of petrol, I pull up this form on my phone and enter the details.