I only use the AvantGo browser on my Palm V, so if it's different for CE devices, node it.

A sort of web clipping service for handheld computers and PDAs. I say sort of because you need to install the AvantGo browser on your Palm, and that in itself is a complete web browser.

Anyway, it works by retrieving 'channels' of info that you specify. These channels are basically skinny versions of news sites and online magazines. Good examples would be Salon and Wired.

You simply login to the AvantGo site, and tick the channels you want (there are a lot to choose from). You can also add channels through the browser on the Palm device, although I don't think there's as big a selection. Either way, when you next synchronize your device, whichever channels you specified are downloaded.

And that's it really, you simply sync the Palm each day, and every time it dumps the old stuff, and loads the latest pages. You run AvantGo on the Palm and choose which channel you want to read from the 'Home Page'.

The cool things about it are that you can make your own custom channels by specifying the URL of the site, and how many links you want it to follow (how 'deep' to go), what the max limit on channel size is etc.

The other cool thing is that you can sync remotely via a modem (at least in the latest version) - which is cool for me, as I use it with my mobile phone to get the latest news when I'm bored on the train.

Yay for technology.

If I got stuff wrong, please bear in mind that I wrote this based on my experience with AvantGo 3.3 (build 383) running on a Palm V with v3.3 of the PalmOS, with a Nokia 7110 on the Orange Network in the UK.

It turns out I did get one thing wrong (so far) - the AvantGo browser has a limit on the page size it can load. It think it's about 32K. In normal use, I never realised this, but when I pushed it I got a 'page too large to load' error.