YadaYada has a few glitchesFor fans of the hit sitcom Seinfeld, "yada yada" can mean either meaningless blather or a brisk roll in the hay. But for handheld enthusiasts, YadaYada translates into Internet access on the go. With YadaYadas wireless modem and service, a Palm or Handspring handheld becomes a good although certainly not perfect mobile Internet device. Obviously, nobody wants to browse the Web on a 2-inch by 3-inch screen, so a customized portal designed for a handheld is called for. YadaYada provides such a portal, which is somewhat useful but not at all intuitive to set up. The QuikSnaps feature is definitely a plus: It lets you view the latest news from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, YadaYadas service supports other Internet programs, so you can send and receive Internet e-mail and possibly even access corporate databases. You can also send wireless instant messages using AOL Instant Messenger for the Palm. I found this to be the most productive use of the service, by far.
This only matters if you can connect in the first place and with YadaYada, that isnt always a sure thing. The ser-vice worked pretty well in New York and Phoenix, but it wouldnt connect in Philadelphia; in Austin, Texas; or on a train ride through New Jersey.