I want to combine two modern technologies that would really make my life easier. Although I own a notebook computer, there are times when lugging it about is just not on. If I go on holiday, I like to download information about the destination and look up things of interest while I am there. I could do this easily with a Palm, of which I have two. What I want to do is download some information and then have access to it on my Palm at a later date. I may not be able to log on to the internet, so simply having the information to hand would be great. Any suggestions? Name and address supplied Central As it happens, there is a lovely little application that fits into exactly this category. It is called 'Plucker' and was designed to do exactly what you are looking for. Plucker runs on the Palm OS and is called an 'offline web and eBook viewer'. It is another one of those well-thought-out applications that has conduits and tools for Unix, Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Plucker lets you decide what you want to download, and the pages are then compressed and transferred to the PDA. There is a great deal of sophistication in all this as well. Plucker supports clickable images (including pan and zoom), italic, narrow and HiRes fonts, concurrent databases, and even configurable display parameters. It also supports Zlib and Doc compression and has conduits for Perl and Python. It is said to run on nearly all Palm devices, including the hi-resolution Sony CLIEs. Naturally, as one would expect, the Java community was not going to be left out of something this good, so there is now JPluck - a utility that converts websites and RSS feeds into Plucker documents. Because JPluck is written in Java, it will run on just about any operating system, so long as it supports Java 1.4.1 (most do). If you think you will have no problem getting an internet connection, then a browser built for the Palm platform may work just as well. Palmgear ( www.palmgear.com ) features more than 100 browsers, but I will highlight only two: WebToGo Mobile Internet and Eudora Internet Suite 2.1. WebToGo ( www.webtogo.de/uk/page.asp ) comes from Germany, is shareware and costs US$33. It has most of the bells and whistles one would want in a small browser. Eudora has long had a big reputation for e-mail clients, but it also has a free web browser and e-mail client for the Palm. In the end, much will come down to personal taste and the features you really need. We sometimes think we need a lot of features and then discover that we only use a fraction of what is available. Eudora Internet Suite 2.1 is available at www.eudora.com/internetsuite/download Questions to Tech Talk will not be answered personally. E-mail Danyll Wills at email@example.com .