Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Moving off a T3?

I've had my T3 for quite a while now, and, as one does, I've been looking at others, like the TX in the main. I do like the form factor of the TX. It has a nice feel to it. The downside of course is that the TX is slower and actually has a smaller amount of memory, although you don't know it.

Sometimes I think it might be worth getting a really powerful PocketPC, or Windows Mobile device, and run Styletap on it for Palm applications.

I guess I am always after the one device that can replace all of my PDAs. I'd love to have just one device to do everything.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

20% Off at PalmGear

In case you didn't know, there's a 20% discount off of everything at Palmgear at the moment. Nice!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Ultra Mobile PCs / Ultra Mobile Macs?

I liked the idea of the UMPC, but I like the idea of an Ultra Mobile Mac even more. Rumours are that Apple are planning a new 12" Ultra think MacBook. That would be nice.

Even nicer would be a smartphone from Mac.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Every now and then I toy with the idea of buying a newton. I still like the idea of them and there is such an active community behind them. But, each time, I can never quite get to buy one. I think it is because fundamentally I know it won't get used.

I do hope that Steve Jobs does bring out a new newton, or iPhone, or whatever you want to call it. I think that the time is right.

Screens Environment: Update: Moving Along

Screens Environment: Update: Moving Along
More from Screens today.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Screens Environment: Update: Things are rounding up

Screens Environment: Update: Things are rounding up

More from ScreensEnvironment. Things certainly look like they're moving forward.

Hobbies on my PDA: Chess

I have lots of hobbies, lots and lots. Although many of them get neglected. One of them is chess. I've played since I was a child and always enjoyed it. It was only a year or so ago that I had a look into chess apps for palm. Of course, there are loads. But the one I used the most was OpenChess. Not just because it was freeware, but because it was so easy to get used to.

I'm sure that some of the other apps have better chess engines or AIs or whatever, but if you're starting looking for a chess app to start off with, try OpenChess.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

More iPhone rumours

There's been various articles about the Palm CEO talking about a possible iPhone. Apparently he thinks Apple will get it wrong if they come into the market because it is a really difficult market to break into. Maybe he's right. He should have some understanding of the smart phone market.

However, I think if Apple were to come into that makret they'd do something a bit different. They'll take what's already there and take the next obvious step, but it is only obvious in hindsight.

I think it'll be exciting. Of course it'll come to the states first and we'll have to wait a while in the UK.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Using a PDA

When do you know that you are using your PDA or finding uses for your PDA?

Sometimes I think I try to find new uses for my PDA rather than just using it.

Does that make me a palm addict?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Remember this? It was a project that folded in early 2005. Another windowing environment for Palm OS. At the time I thought it was really cool and exciting. It was a shame it didn't go further really.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Screens Environment: Update

Screens Environment: Update

Another update from Screens Environment. I don't understand it, but I do find it encouraging that this is moving forward.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

How long?

Should you keep a PDA for?

How long do you keep them going? I've had my T3 for quite a long time now, I know it won't last forever and I've already changed the battery once, so how long does it have?

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Palm Sound and Vision

This is a piece of video that I took on my Treo 650. The music was made with a Tungsten T3 using Bhajis Loops. The two were brought together using iMovie on my Mac, but all the source material was handheld only.

Although not likely to be a first, I thought it was an interesting experiment.



Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Screens Environment: Update

Screens still seems to be going, which is a good thing. I do hope it ends up going somewhere.



No more




Another Abstract


NinerPaint output

Another abstract

An abstract image

Palm based animation

Made on a Treo 650 using Novii Animator

Virtual Flashlight

Well I wouldn't have thought of that as a use for a palm. Would you?

Hal 9000

I guess that this is a kind of virtual emulator really. Emulating something that doesn't exist and never has done.

The idea of having the most powerful computer artificial intelligence in your PDA is quite appealing to me.

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Have a smoke

What a fantastic app for a palm. I think a must have.

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ukeChords 2.1

This is definitely what I'd use if I had a Uke and wanted to know about chords...

Application Description

News in version 2.1 includes:

most chords now have 4 variations, and all have minimum 2

last chord and last tone are remembered

last used variation of each chord is remembered

show the tones in a chord or just the chord name

color codes to show position of tone in chord

option to show tones on fretboard

flip fretboard (lefthand)

The less used functions (ukulele type, flip fretboard, show tones on fretboard and show tones/chord names) are "hidden" in the settings dialog box available from the Option menu.

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Clie Flics...

A site all about the movie format used by Clies and lots of files just for clies.

A cure for a hangover in your palm?

Now that's really useful! But you have to ask yourself, when you have a hangover would you reach for your palm?

What's the weirdest thing a palm has been used for?

I have no idea what the answer is, but I'd love to know. I'm sure that however weird a use I can think of, someone else has done something weirder than that. In many ways that is one of the attractions of the platform.

x86 Emulator for Palm?

Could it be true? It is an interesting idea if it does turn into even a beta app.


A cool way to pretend you're a clanger, which, I often do.

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I wasn't really expecting to find an application to do with climbing for a palm pilot, but as with most things, someone has written a palm app to record details on it.

What next for Palm OS

I have been into the Palm OS for years. Of late I read lots of articles about how it is a dying OS, and how there's nothing new happening.

Well, perhaps it is true. I think that it was a big mistake to sell off the OS. Apple do both and do better because of it, and when Palm did both I think it was more dynamic.

I also think that there OS has gone stale. There's nothing new, nothing innovative happening, and Palm will be left behind if they don't move forward.

Over at least the last 12 to 18 months I have noticed a real decline in the number of truly innovative applications being released for the Palm platform, which is a massive shame. For the first few years of happing a palm I was astounded by the level of innovation in the palm community. Of late, it has seemed to be full of games and simple database applications and not much else. Of course there are exceptions, but nothing amazing for a while.

It is sad, but if I had to put money on it, I'd say that the Palm OS is on the way out. I wish it wasn't as I still own two devices and use them every day, but unless they move forward in a big way it is hard to see how they will manage to stay viable.

Origami on a Palm...

I love the idea of using a palm as a reference library for Origami projects. I've never done any Origami myself, but I think it might be a cool think to show children and might be quite relaxing too.

I am in fact quite taken with the idea of taking up origami just to use this application. How odd.

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Bad things about Palmgear

I have heard bad things about Palmgear lately. Apparently they're commission is now 40 - 65%, which has risen from 20% three years ago. Not nice.

I used to use palmgear as a central source for info on new apps, perhaps as they get too big the developers will move away as they don't want to give up most of their money.

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Palm Geeking

My previous posts on robotics and Lego Minstorms just makes me think that the Palm platform is going to end up much like the Apple Newton community. Loyal, committed, but very much going in the direction that the die hards are interested in. I don't think that this is any bad thing at all, in fact, I think that the more unusual uses people come up with the better.


I love it when I find out strange and interesting things that people are doing with Palm PDAs. This is one I'd forgotten. I think it is brilliant, and, if I was more technical I would get one of these and try and build it.

Who am I kidding. I can just about manage flat pack furniture.

Still, it is a great idea, and one I will probably look into off and on for the next few years.

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Mindstorms controller

This is a fantastic use for a palm. I love the idea of PDA's controlling stuff, especially wireless, and as a big fan of robotics I am desparate to get into this.

I think that the LEGO mindstorms stuff is fantastic too. Drool.

I know it jst makes me a big geeky kid, but so what, I think that's what I am anyway.

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Palma Sutra

Well worth a visit if this kind of thing is what you're looking for in a PDA!

I decided not to post any screen shots on purpose!


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I think that these things are quite amazing. Having what is effectively an whole ZX Spectrum in your Palm Pilot is a big wow for me. I keep meaning to get one going on my T3 and see what they can really do.

One day I'll get round to it.

Beer Applications

I found all of these on palmgear.com with a simple search for "Beer". Which was nice!

Having found a load of apps about beer I have to say that there wasn't one that made me think, "Yeah, that's what I need". Still never mind. Maybe I'll have to write my own app?


Another fantastic application. Now I want to begin meditating just so I can use this application.

Periodic Table

Another cool utilisation of the palm platform. I know I have virtually no use for this application, but I want to carry it with me just in case I have a need to know elements in the periodic table.


This is excellent. I knew I'd seen it somewhere before, and a quick google and it was right there. What an excellent idea. Your own personal Zen Garden in your handheld.


Sharpen up your stylus, you're looking dull!

This you gotta see. Stylus Sharpener EX 2 is an application that allows you to sharpen your stylus on your palm. Something we've all wanted to do in the past I'm sure.


I've been looking at palm astronomy applications. The reason? Because I bought a telescope so that I could spend some time with my children looking at the stars. Of course, it is the wrong time of year for that, but never mind. When the nights get longer we'll make a start.

There are loads of astronomy applications available, from very complex stuff for real professionals, to simple phases of the moon type apps. The prices vary immensely too. What I really need is something simple and workable so that I can see what I'm looking at and tell my children. Something for the beginner, and cheap too (of course).

I'll let you know when I find it.

Bubble wrap

There are currently more than one application available for the palm os that simulates popping bubble wrap!


I guess if you thought it wasn't close enough to the real thing then you might want to create your own....

Binary Clocks...

No there's something esoteric for you. I remember years and years ago a friend of mine had a binary clock in his living room. Whenever I was there it took me ages to figure it out, and usually lots of beers too.

Perhaps if I have one on my palm it won't need me to have the beers to read it?

Can you make money with a PDA?

I often have wondered if there's any ways of making money with a PDA? I know lots of people use it as a business tool, but can you use it to make money on its own? I don't know, I'd like to think so, because it is a hobby of mine, but something says, don't be silly.

It would of course be great if you could.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Screens Environment: Update

Screens Environment: Update

It seems that Screens Environment is not dead as yet. I am pleased to find out. I do hope that it does get finished as it seemed like such an interesting project.

Sony Clie

I have always liked the Clie series. I owned an NX73V for a while and considered it to be a real Swiss Army knife of PDAs. One of the best things about it was the fact that it had a Yamaha sound chip on board so you could use MIDI software with it.

I've been looking for an old OS4 palm for a while and decided I'd get a T series. I've just bought a T425. It is an OS4 machine with 8mb on board which should be fine for what I need.

Hopefully it will arrive this week and I can get started with all those older palm apps I've been missing.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Zune site?

I visited the Zune site and I have to say it did nothing for me. In fact I couldn't really understand it if I'm honest. What's that all about then?

More on Zune

This is a good link for information about the Zune, although it says nothing about the FM radio that's onboard.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


No iPhone rumours for ages. I wonder if there'll be anything concrete before the end of the year?

Monday, October 30, 2006

To sync or not to sync

That is the question?

When I started as a palm / pda user I would always sync. To outlook, to palm desktop etc. These days I find I sync less and less. I use my T3 with Missing Sync and it works fine, but I find myself being constantly reminded to sync and made me wonder why.

I use my PDA as a stand alone device mostly. I transfer files to and from either via bluetooth or using SD card. So, why sync?

For calendar? No, I don't keep my calendar on my Mac. In fact, in the real world what is the equivalent? If you have a paper diary you don't sync it or back it up for that matter, so why do that with a PDA?

I don't get it.

More and more I find that the PDA is stand alone and does what it does, and the desktop is too. Sometimes they need to talk. Sometimes they need to swap files, but not that regularly.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Access (PalmSource) expert guides

I visited what was the PalmSource site which has become the Acess site now. There's lots of stuff on there I don't get, and that's fine. However, I was glad to see that the expert guides section is still available.

It is really worth having a look in there, there's lots of good information.

Monday, October 23, 2006

x86 Emulator for Palm? Anything developing?

I've been watching the comments on this on Tam's, but the development itself doesn't seem to be moving forward much. I wonder if it will ever come off?

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More iPhone evidence

An interesting article claiming that there will be a Treo like iPhone. I do hope there will be.

Sunday, October 22, 2006


I always liked the Rex. I had a 5000 but always wanted a 6000. I never bought one in the end and then of course they've been discontinued. You can of course as with many things get them on eBay. The only reason I don't get is that I have no need for one at all. Sadly.

The form factor for the Rex is almost perfect. So tiny you can put it into your wallet as though it was a credit card. I do miss it, but there you go, if you don't need it what can you do.

One of the drawbacks of the 5000 was that you couldn't enter data directly. They fixed that in the 6000 but it still wasn't easy. The 6000 was extendable and there are quite a lot of additional apps written for it.

I think the Rex 6000 is still worth a look, especially if you have a laptop with a PCMCIA slot. If not, you'd need a really good reason to use it.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Palm I understand but Windows Mobile and Pocket PC?

I understand the Palm OS, I understand the difference between OS4 and 5, but I don't get the difference between PocketPC 2002 and 2003 and Windows Mobile 5?

What's it all about then? Are these mobile OS's backward compatible? I don't know.

I get confused, I'd like someone to explain it to me.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

iPhone or Mac Nano?

I got this from Apple Insider:

"Apple Computer plans to introduce two iPod-based cell phone models in the first quarter of 2007 that it will initially manufacture in limited quantities, says one analyst.

In a research note released to clients on Monday, Prudential Equity Group analyst Jesse Tortora said his checks indicate that one model will be a smart phone, including integrated keyboard, video and music capability, while the other model will be a slimmer phone with just music functionality.

The analyst, who remained mum on his sources, said at least one of the models will include WiFi wireless capabilities."

Now the iPhone with the keyboard does sound interesting, it sounds more like the mac nano idea, who knows, maybe it will be something along those lines, I do hope so.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Fridge Magnet poetry

Fridge magnet poetry. Cool. I just bought this after being at a party and arranging poems on the fridge door. Love it. I like writing poetry, but sometimes you need something to help with the inspiration.

Pocket Poetry fits the bill. It is just like having magnetic poetry on your fridge door, but instead it is in your PDA. I like this idea and always have done.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

What would it be like if Apple bought Palm

I think that it might be fantastic if Palm was bought by Apple. The idea of a newer updated version of the Newton, with all the design of the current Apple range together with the form factor and simplicity of the Palm. Combined I think they would be very compelling.

I doubt it would happen, but it is a cool idea. For ages, I've thought that Apple should release a PDA / Handheld type device. Something that is like the iPod but with a keyboard and a bigger screen. Something along the lines of a Mac Nano (as opposed to an iPod Nano). The Mac Nano would be like a PDA but maybe a bit bigger. The size of a Nintendo DS maybe. It would have a keyboard and the usual Wifi / Bluetooth etc and run a version of the mac os and small version of all the core mac apps like iMovie, iPhoto, Garageband etc.

Now I'd pay good money for that.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

1src News of new Treo 680

So what's the big deal then? A new Treo? Another Treo. I have to say I don't think it is very impressive.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

YAT (Yet another Treo)

This from Brighthand:

Palm, Inc sent out a press release indicating that it will take the wraps off a new smartphone later this week.

"President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Colligan today invites media to join him for a press conference at DigitalLife on Thursday, Oct. 12, to announce a new Treo(TM) product," is the exact wording.

Great, another Treo. Another disappointment. Another smartphone. Anything new or really interesting? Not likely.

Monday, October 09, 2006

New Palm Products this week?

There's lots of rumours about new palm products being announced at a press conference this week, the 12th I think it is. But, what will really come out?

I think palm will really have to do something amazing to attract real attention. What have they got to work with? Not a lot really. The treo line is ok, but the handheld line is going nowhere. What can they do after the T5 and TX?

Perhaps a new addition to the lifedrive range? A bigger hard drive? Ok, not rocket science, and incremental improvement, but nothing massive, nothing that's going to set the world alight.

I think it a shame though. I remember when they did do stuff that made you go "Wow". Are those days gone for ever? Maybe so. I hope not.

I would love to be proved wrong, and see something amazing for palm, something that would be really impressive and exciting, that would make me want to buy a new device. I hope, but I won't hold my breath.

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

iziBasic 6

I had to post something about izibasic having posted once on Vizibasic. I was playing / working with these tools today and I have to say that they are brilliant.

iziBasic stands for easy Basic for Palm. It targets all kinds of developers and should be a very good tool for newbee programmers. Skilled programmers will also find in iziBasic a tool to develop very quickly and easily various types of software.

iziBasic is a high level development compiler which builds Stand-alone applications. The great thing is that it does all of that directly on-board of your Palm OS based device.
Source codes are easily written using:
- either the Memo Pad application which is shipped with all Palm OS devices,
- or an on-board third party DOC editor of your choice.

As its name also states it, iziBasic uses the BASIC high level and very easy to learn development language, a customized subset of it to be
precise. You will discover how easy and quick it is to develop software with iziBasic when the more common development tools available on the Palm OS platform usually require pretty good development skills.

A wonderful review, very positive and precise, was written for iziBasic on the famous English Palm247 website. You may access to this review by clicking on the image here after:

I especially appreciated this review because I believe that it explains extremely well all aspects of iziBasic.

iziBasic is also very officially referenced on the PalmSource web site. It is qualified as "an easy-to-use BASIC compiler"
The full description of PalmSource can be found here:

Here's the updated description:

6.0 (11/04/05)
- Bug fix: iziBasic would crash when launched if the Memo Pad database had not been initialized by running the Memo Pad application at least once.
- Bug fix: in high resolution, the 20 text console lines (introduced in v4.0) would not always scroll correctly after an INPUT statement.
- Bug fix: the CLS console statement would not clear the screen in one case. Also optimized the code for the PRINT statement.
- Bug fix: the END statement, when included in a loop (IF, WHILE...), would cause an endless loop requiring a soft reset of the device.
- Bug fix: LTRIM$, TRIM$ and RTRIM$ could eventually get into an endless loop requiring a soft reset of the device if the string parameter was empty.
- Bug fix: objects are no more limited to the [1..255] range and can now be in the [1..999] range as expected and stated in the documentation.
- Bug fix: when the facultative target Creator ID was not specified, COPY would use iziBasic's Creator ID ("LDIB") for destination file instead of the source file's Creator ID.
- Bug fix: COPY would raise a fatal error leading to a soft reset of the device when trying to copy an empty database.
- Bug fix: the tracking of being or not in the main form was not always performed correctly in the virtual machine; that could lead to system crashes when working with custom forms (opened using the OPENFORM statement).
- Bug fix: DESTROYing a NUMFIELD, TEXTFIELD or TEXTFIELD$$ now frees the field's content in memory.
- Bug fix: a memory leak was generated (only a warning in the Palm OS Emulator when adequate debug option was checked).when quitting an application using menus, but with no side effect in real devices.
- Bug fix: calling SETFONT with either of the 128 or 129 values, or with the 130 or 131 values, was not behaving correctly.
- Enhanced integration of RESOURCEFILE by checking duplicate resources. Duplicate resources are no more added to the application and a warning is displayed.
- Enhanced the VAL function by having it consider leading spaces (" ") as zeros, so that VAL(" 10")=VAL("010")=10. Previously, a space character was considered as any other character but a digit so VAL(" 10") would have returned a zero value.
- Extended the INPUT statement from 23 to 63 characters.
- Optimization: if the personalized ABOUTBOX is not needed, its resource is no more integrated in the compiled application.
- Extended the scope of the CLOSEFORM and OPENFORM statements so that they can now handle the main form (which is, by default, built and displayed when the program is launched).
- Added a "Source Code Skeleton generator" wizard in the Options.
- Added another new option to allow pausing compilation when CHAINing source codes.
- Added a new POPUPCHOICE statement, which is very similar to the existing LISTCHOICE statement, to manage "real" popup lists (following Palm GUI guidelines).
- The list of items in a POPUCHOICE or a LISTCHOICE statement may now also be a pointer to the A$() array, starting at index A$(n) and stopping at the first empty index.
- Added a new UPDATECHOICE statement to allow changing the selection list of items in a POPUPCHOICE or a LISTCHOICE object.
- Just to mention it as this is a minor cosmetic enhancement, the drop-down list of iziBasic source codes that can be compiled is now resized to fit the number of source codes to display if there are less than 12 source codes available.
- Another minor cosmetic enhancement: the default about box now shows "YourApplication is powered by iziBasic" instead of "YourApplication was built with iziBasic".
- Two and many more SELECT CASE / END SELECT statements can now be imbricated one into another.
- Implemented the SCROLLBAR object. Updated the existing GUI statements and functions impacted by this new object (DESTROY, HIDE, SHOW and UPDATEVALUE).
- Added the new TEXTFIELD$$ and GETFIELD$$

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Why didn't Cobalt see the light of day

It seems odd that this OS never went anywhere? A shame really. Why weren't we allowed to upgrade? Given a choice at least? Couldn't palmsource make it available now? So at least we could choose to buy it if we wanted. That would seem to make sense at least.

Monday, October 02, 2006


If Palm develop their own OS where does that leave PalmSource? Cobalt never went anywhere and I still don't know why, and ALP seems a long way from what people really want from a mobile OS.

Has the whole Palm PDA thing lost its way? It seems to me that it has and that all that is happening are the sad remnants of a good idea.

In many ways I hope that this is not true as I am a fan and I'd love to see the whole the regenerate itself, but I can't see it right now.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Are Palm developing their own OS?

There's been lots of comment and speculation on this for a while now with rumours like Palm is hiring sixty odd software engineers. I don't know, it always seemed strange to me that they split the company in two and formed PalmOne and PalmSource. I could never understand it.

In my opinion one of Apple's strengths is that they own the hardware and the software. It makes sense to me that you work with both together. Left hand and right hand knowing what's going on.

Anyway, if they do decide to develop their own OS I hope it will deliver something unique and worthwhile, and I hope that they give the benefits to existing customers. I've long been of the opinion that Palm OS should be upgradable. It seems silly that to move up to the next OS you have to buy a new device. Especially when it doesn't always do what you want or match what you had. Anyway. Rant over.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Windows on a Palm?

The alpha DOS emulator has set me thinking about what I'd do if I had the ability to run Windows apps on my palm. What would I use? And, more to the point, why?

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

x86 Emulator for Palm?

This could be very interesting indeed. I can't quite think what I'd want to run, but I think I'd want to try it out.

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Friday, September 22, 2006


I love this app. In my opinion it is what palm apps are really about. Doing something wholly unexpected with a palm application, not just regular PIM stuff.The latest version has just been issued. Here's some more about vizibasic:

Detailed description of ViziBasic

ViziBasic stands for Visual easy Basic for Palm. It is an add-on application that I especially made for easing the development of iziBasic projects requiring GUI components (well, most of the Palm applications that you will develop should need that!).

ViziBasic is an application dedicated to:
design simple GUI applications, with forms and objects in a form
have objects perform specific actions thanks to attached iziBasic source code to each object, source code that you write to customize these actions
generate and write the iziBasic source code to some Palm DOC format file that can then be edited like any other iziBasic source code for further enhancing your application
thanks to its integration with the iziBasic compiler (as its name states it!), compile directly the generated iziBasic source code for immediate result

And all of this is done directly on board of your Palm device.

So, ViziBasic is a Rapid Application Development tool (so called RAD), a "What You See Is What You Get" (WYSIWYG) form designer, and the perfect companion to the iziBasic compiler.
ViziBasic is then especially useful for quickly prototyping an application and, since the source code is written in the standard Palm DOC format, it can be the base for further enhancements or more complex coding.

ViziBasic does not come with iziBasic and it is quite useless without it.
You have to purchase the iziBasic compiler separately.

Last but not least (because it is the first time I use my own iziBasic compiler to design a shareware application), ViziBasic itself is coded with iziBasic!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

What next for Palm OS

Personally I don't know. I suppose it could do with a bit of a face lift, but on the whole I find it functional without being ugly. I would like more multimedia support, mainly for music applications that is, but apart from that there's nothing that I find to be missing.

I often hear that people want multi-tasking for palm OS. I can't really understand that, not on such a small device anyway.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Waiting on NinerPad

NinerMedia announced NinerPad quite some time ago, but I haven't seen anything since. I wonder when it will come out?

Saturday, September 09, 2006

My big palm idea

I have been toying with an idea for a new palm UI for a while now. I am going to make some sketches and the like and get it all together soon, maybe this month and then put them up on this blog.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Keeping up with PocketC

Well, I am still at it. I'm trying to read a little bit every day to keep my hand in as it were. One interesting thing I've noticed this time around is that as I am reading I am thinking about ideas for apps I'd like to build. That didn't happen before.

At present I am taking that as a good sign. We'll see how it progresses.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

And moving on...

Well, I am moving on with my PocketC work. It is all coming flooding back very quickly indeed.

Monday, August 28, 2006

First chapter

I read the first chapter of the book yesterday. I have to admit that I didn't do all the examples, but I have done them all before. Let's see if I can keep it up.

Sunday, August 27, 2006


I've decided to go back to class. I am going (once again) to learn PocketC. I choose this language as it is a step toward learning C and migrating up to OnBoard C, or perhaps to PocketC Architect. Anyway, it is a place to start no matter what, and that's what I need to do more than anything. Start.

I'll let you know how I get on, if indeed I do get on with any of it.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006


Now here's something that would be really cool on a palm device. My children love to watch this show on TV and they pestered me to download the software for them. So I did.

Then I played with it and realised just how cool it was, and how addictive. Now if someone made this for palm it would be excellent.

Friday, August 25, 2006


Some first looks at ALP. An interesting article about the next generation of Palm OS.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Thinking about C

I keep thinking about getting all those books out and starting to learn again. Maybe I should, maybe if I did I could write some of those apps that I keep dreaming about.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

T3 Battery replacement

Well my first test on the T3 replacement battery has gone well. I used the T3 with Bhajis Loops for an hour and the battery dropped to 63%. With the old battery it would have dropped to 43% to 30%.

So far so good.

Monday, August 14, 2006

T3 Battery replacement

Well, I've just replaced the battery in my T3 with a new one. It took just over 30 minutes to do, but it all seems to work. It is on charge at present and we'll see how it all goes.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Playing with Pocket Poet

I had a bit of a play with Pocket Poet last night. I guess it wasn't exactly what I was after, but it is good. In many ways just like having a set of fridge magnets on your palm. You can't drag them around the screen, and at first I didn't like that, but then I realised that of course you wouldn't do that with a fridge magnet on a fridge, you'd pick it up and move it then slap it back down again.

I think I will buy Pocket Poetry as it is on sale at Palmgear at present, so I thought I'd take advantage of the fact.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Palm Sounds

Palm Sounds

A little plug for my other palm blog all about palm based music creation. You might find it interesting.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Pocket Poetry again!

Pocket Poetry again!

Yes, afraid so.

Pocket Poetry is on sale, as is everything at Palmgear at present, so I thought I'd take advantage of the fact.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Blogging from the Treo 650?

I've been looking at Palm blogging software, and I've just downloaded uBlog. I'm going to give that a go with my Treo and see if it is useful, as I'd like to be able to blog from wherever I am.

Ever since I posted yesterday

Ever since I posted yesterday I've been thinking about this issue, and I've decided that I have to keep the T3, so I've ordered a new battery for it and we'll see what happens with that.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The dilema of 2 PDAs

Currently I own a T3 and a Treo 650. Both are nice machines, but why do I need two?

Good question, and one I ask more often of myself these days.

The T3 has loads of memory and a 400mhz processor, whereas the Treo 650 only has about 23mb of RAM (as opposed to 52mb on the T3) which does cause a bit of an issue.

If I wanted to replicate everything from my T3 to my Treo I'd need to decide what I needed and what could go. That's not too easy. I have over 30mb of apps on the T3, so a lot of stuff would bite the dust.

I have to start to do something though.


Good question. Because my battery on my T3 has had it. I get about an hour of life out of a charge which is not good at all. So I've moved my diary over so far. It feels odd having it on the Treo though, and it also feels like a weird half way affair where nothing is really in the right place.

Perhaps I should bite the bullet and buy a replacement battery for the T3.

Perhaps I should ditch the Treo and get an ordinary phone?

I don't know. It is a hard thing to sort out.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Poetry on a palm?

Well, of course you can write poetry on a palm PDA. There's no question of that. But I like the idea of bespoke art / writing applications for PDAs and Palm in particular

Pocket Poetry fits the bill. It is just like having magnetic poetry on your fridge door, but instead it is in your PDA. I like this idea and always have done.

Really I should buy it, but I've never gotten around to it. I will soon. Honest!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

I wish I could programme for the Palm but I can't

I have many attempts over the years to get into writing code, but I've never made it. Why? I don't know really. I expect I will try again at some point, but I'm in one of my "I can't be bothered to do that anymore" phases.

Perhaps it is because the ideas I have for applications are far too advanced for a beginner to even conceive and so it is simply beyond me to comprehend how they would be constructed. Maybe. I don't know. I've written a few very simple things over the years, but nothing I'm really proud of. That would be nice, to write an application that I could use and that other people liked too.

Anyway, the one idea that I've had knocking around in my head for over a year I'm going to start to share and see if anyone else wants to develop it, or indeed if anyone thinks it has any merit at all. Over the next few days I'm going to post some screen shots and ideas and post links into the main palm forums to see if anyone thinks it is an idea worth taking forward.

I'll see what happens.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

NinerPaint updated to version 1.9

NinerPaint has been upgraded to version 1.9. To have a look at what's been updated click the title of the post.

NinerJot now available

Alex at NinerMedia have made a new product called NinerJot, and, it is free! I think it is a kind of fore-runner to NinerPad, their next product. Check it out...

Saturday, July 15, 2006



An interesting blog about getting real internet services on a mobile. I've seen bluepulse before, but not got around to trying it on my palm tro 650.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Desktop woes

Even though I do like PDA's, palm especially, I've never really managed to get the hang of the desktop stuff. I have often felt that having a desktop element is like having an ocean going yacht, and permanently tieing it to the quay.

Why have a desktop component? I know that people want to share data from PDA to laptop / desktop, but again, why? Not for back up, you can do this to a card. Sync? To what, Outlook? Not much fun really?

Anyway, I don't like it and have avoided it for a long time now.

There is however, one reason I do need a sync, and that is to render my tracks from Bhajis Loops into .WAV format. I've had lots of problems with this, but today I've cracked it using a Mac Mini dual booting to Win XP.

Now everything is straightforward. The palm desktop on the XP partition only runs the .WAV sync and nothing else, so there's no calendar PIM sync going on.

I just hope it stays that simple.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

A Palm PDA as an organiser? Surely not

I spend a lot of time organising my life. Events, children's stuff, family stuff, all sorts, you know how it is. What I always come back to is a piece of paper and a list. PDA's are great, don't get me wrong, but often paper is not only easier, but quicker, and simpler.

I have tried on numerous occasions to go completely digital, but I've never succeeded. I always end up with a notebook as well. Is there anything wrong with this? I expect that die hard PDA fans will say I should move over completely, but I can't. I need paper too, I admit it.

Saturday, July 08, 2006


I've been using NinerPaint for ages. It is currently up to version 1.8. As an art application I think it ranks in the top ten if not higher.

Why is it such a good application then?

Put simply, so far I haven't found anything that I need to do that it can't handle. This might seem simplistic, and it is. However, you have to understand that I think applications should exceed what a user will want so that the user can grow into using them. I think NinerPaint is very good at that.

When I first used it I found myself playing for ages making images for no good reason whatsoever, and it has kept me enthralled ever since.

It is really worth a try, and, as with all good applications it is being actively developed and maintained.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Art and the Palm

I thought I'd write about art on the Palm platform, being a big fan of it myself?

For some years I've used the following applications for art / drawing / animation:

- Ninerpaint
- Noviianimator
- Leonardo

NinerPaint: A fantastic art and animation application that creates GIFs on the device. It is being actively updated and worked on.It is currently on version 1.8.

Noviianimator: A simple but effective application that allows you to make animations on your palm and then use a desktop component to export them to gif or avi formats. Nice, simple, effective.

Leonardo: A vector graphics application which is incredibly powerful.

In time I plan to write full reviews of each application in detail.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Gadget Connoisseur

Gadget Connoisseur

An interesting Blog about the TH-55. In my view a good palm for music, but perhaps a little bit slow for the latest version of Bhajis Loops.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Wrap around

One of my favourite palm applications is Bhajis Loops 1.7. It is without a doubt the most complete music application for the palm platform. However, it is no longer being developed, but although sad, is understandable.

For a few weeks I've been thinking about applications that can "wrap around" Bhajis Loops and provide a way of complimenting it. So far there are a few:

- Minimusic NotePad
- Minimusic BeatPad
- Minimusic SoundPad

There are other application too, but they're not around yet.

I think that this is a thought worth pursuing.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Inspiration at last

I had a brief moment of inspiration today. I decided how I am going to design the Palmorama site. It was good to get a little bit of clarity around the concept. It can all move forward now quite smoothly. Let's see how we proceed.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Finally have some ideas

I've been thinking about what this site should be all about and what I should do with my Palmorama ideas. I realised that the things that are important to me in hand held computing are all about what I can use my PDA to make. It is all about creativity and art.

So, my plan is to make the site into a place where you can find out all about what the best artistic uses are for palm, and how I use my devices for artistic pursuits.

Let's see how it goes then.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Where do I want to go with my palm applications?

Having a blog helps in a way I haven't experienced before, it allows you to focus thoughts on specific areas that you want to develop. For me it is like having a load of separate journals that make me think about areas of my life that I would like to work on.

So, what about this idea? Palm applications. It has been a long standing idea of mine, and I have made a few applications in the past, but they have all left me feeling that I could do better.

The king of applications I would like to see for palm are:

1. Music applications, such as:
- Sound manipulation / design / editing
- Multi-track recording
- Algorithmic / generative music processing

2. A way of replicating a real (or simulated) desk on a palm?

3. A series of writing applications for palm

Will I ever get these things done? Who knows, I keep making a start then stopping because other stuff gets in the way and takes priority. I really want to make these things a reality.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Character Maker

The first application that I have started work on is called "Character maker". It will be a small application that helps you to create characters for stories. The idea being that you can start by putting in some information for a character then allow the application to derive the rest of the details of the character for you by using a series of rules.

Eventually this application will form part of a suite of products called "WriterSuite" which will be a collection of applications that assist writers using palm PDAs to write better or at least more easily anyway.

That's the plan, let's see what happens.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Ideas for Palm applications

I have always had lots of ideas for palm applictions but have rarely been in a position to do anything about it. Now I am. My initial focus will be on palm applications for writers. I have a few ideas that I am going to pursue of the coming months.