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 Smaller PDAs Get Bigger for MBAs

MBA student Ryan Chan "syncs up" his personal digital assistant to one of the Krannert School's wireless access points. Newly installed software and wireless access points allow students to connect their PDAs to the university computer network and the Internet.

Krannert MBA student Ryan Chan

TODAY'S STUDENTS- like digital fortunetellers can likely see the future in the palms of their hands.

Take Ryan Chan arriving at school for his 9 a.m. MBA finance class at 8:54 a.m. No time to check e-mail? but, wait, he can check his personal digital assistant in the halls of Krannert.

Newly installed software and wireless access points let students "sync up" their PDAs with the University computer network and the Internet.

"The technology replaces many of the functionalities of a laptop," Chan says.  "With a wireless card attached to the PDA, you can not only read and respond to your e-mail, but also check for new appointments, as well as access and transfer online data to and from personal computers."  Chan says that if he needs to print out a document from his PDA, he can do so on an infrared-access equipped printer.

All this is not just another silicon brick in the digital wall, says G. Logan Jordan, the Krannert School's assistant dean, who is responsible for the school's information technology organization.

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