Monday, December 31, 2012

What will 2013 hold for old Palm devices

Let's face it, there isn't too much call for the old Palm OS with iOS and Android about these days. However, it's still a good platform and there's still quite a lot of great apps available if you know where to look.

Here are a few things I want to do with Palm OS in 2013:
  1. Increase the number of apps in my library.
  2. Investigate and experiment with some new ways to use old Palm OS devices, such as with the Arduino and other interesting uses.
  3. Get back to making a few Palm OS apps myself
So I plan to do a bit more with Palmorama in 2013 and we'll see where that gets to. For now, all the best for the new year.

Miskinix, an aborted windowed environment for Palm OS

Miskinix 6 wasn't a replacement operating system for the Palm OS, but it was really just an experiment in creating a windowed environment for the Palm OS. Sadly it never went anywhere, but if you want to play with it, you can. All the files are here.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

MCA (Modern Clie Audio)

Sony's original range of PDAs was great if a little underpowered at times. However, one thing that they didn't get right was the audio implementation on some of the devices. The NX73V had these problems which meant it couldn't run applications like Bhajis Loops and Microbe.

But the solution was MCA (Modern Clie Audio). Like many such solutions the developer provided this free to users and I've made a copy of the files just in case anyone wants or needs these in the future.

You can find them here.

Outside with a PDA

Out in the open with small technologies ... The best.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Piezo in the library

So, as promised here is the start of a little series exploring what's in the palm OS library. To start with Piezo. It's an odd little music maker app that's in some ways quite ahead of its time. You can find it here in the library.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

If you're in need of old Palm App Files ...

Then look here. I am slowly expanding my repository of ancient and lost Palm Applications. My library can be found here, but check back as I intend to add more on a semi-regular basis!

Monday, December 24, 2012

The lost app, tDrum ... I wish I'd finished it

I really wish I'd finished it, but it really is too far gone now. I should find a way to start of this stuff again and do some new apps ...

Saturday, December 01, 2012

3 years since the iziBasic and ViziBasic site was updated

It's a real shame as these little Palm OS apps were great. In fact, they still are great, but the chance of them being taken forward is, to say the least, minimal.

I can at least say that I managed to develop a few things with them and they were loads of fun to play with, and of course, they are still available and the site is still there.

Find them at Aldweb.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Palm Evolution site is pretty awesome

This is a bit of a retro post. If you're interested in the old Palm OS stuff you might be interested in this site which has a great history of Palm devices. You can find it here.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

MixPad: The Piano

Sadly it didn't work in the basic original version of MixPad, and there's no chance that we'll see a new version of this app for the Palm OS now.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

nedosound: Wave file playback for pre-OS 5 devices

Sadly this hasn't really been touched since it was launched by Alex Zolotov (NightRadio). The source code is available, but I wouldn't know what to do with it!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


When things go wrong

"This is not the screen you were looking for!"

Never a happy moment on any device to see a screen like this, but with the TRG Pro at least you can go back to your back up on the CF Card, assuming that you've taken a back up of course!

This time it happened to me because I was trying to install something that was simply not happy on the device. I was able to go back to my last back up which just reminds me how important it is to do that.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

PDA Camera Accessories: PalmPix

One of the first camera add-ons for a PDA I would guess. You could see the camera output on the screen in black and white although the actual photo was in colour. All quite low-res by today's standards though.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Springboard: My-Vox

Another voice recorder, and the last in this mini series on the springboard, a lost technology. Hope you enjoyed it.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Springboard: Voice Recorder

Another unusual springboard. This is an audio recorder. Mainly it was designed for voice notes and the like, and not really for field recording, but an interesting piece of technology nonetheless.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Springboards: Pocket Express db Now

One of the more unusual springboards. An actual database application and functionality on a hardware module. Strange stuff.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Springboards: 8mb Flash Module

The old 8mb flash module to extend the capacity of the device. Amazing to think that we talk about megabytes with these devices, and not gigabytes.

Things were all much smaller back then.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Springboards: Backup module

Amazing to think that these little hardware plug ins were where it was at back in the day of the Handspring visor. Amazing little things really.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Springboards, a lost art

I remembered my Handspring Springboard collection the other day and decided to pull it out to see what I still had.

It was a bit of a shame really, as I did get rid of a few of them some years ago. You hardly ever find these on eBay now, they're pretty much a lost art and a lost commodity, which is a shame really. So I'll be posting up some pictures of my little collection over the next few days.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Piezo in the emulator


Lovely isn't it. Piezo was one of the first Palm OS music applications I ever used and it made me realise what the capability of these little devices was.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Modern Clie Audio

If you have a Clie like an NX70v or similar and want to run audio software on it you should check out MCA (modern clie audio) which provides proper Palm OS 5 audio on clie devices. You can find it here.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Where has the Palm OS development community gone?

When I see just how active the Newton OS development community is I wonder why the same isn't true for the old Palm OS. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of new development, which is a real shame.

Even the old portals don't seem to have much new to offer.

So why is this? There must be a huge number of devices out there, and whenever I look on eBay for devices there always seems to be stuff being sold. So are people just not making new stuff, or only making stuff for themselves? I don't know, it's a shame either way.