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.
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
"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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