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

MISKINIX

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.

Mess

Blue

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.

Blue

Lines

No more

Words

Smudge

Blur

Another Abstract

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.

Clangers


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

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Climbing


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.

Robotics



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!

http://www.palmasutra.org/eng/

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ZX

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?

Meditation



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.

Zen


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.

Cool.

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.

Astronomy

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!

Why?

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.