Tuesday, October 31, 2006

iPhone

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

Rex


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:
http://www.palmos.com/dev/tools/vb_rad.html

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

PalmSource

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.