Thursday, October 31, 2013

The one that got away ...

This is (was) a Palm Parrot. A bit like the amazing SG20 MIDI Module for Palm OS, but even more obscure.

I never managed to get hold of one of these sadly.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

How would it have been if Palm had survived

Occasionally I wonder this. Would they have remained as a dominant player in the PDA and smartphone world? Would they have innovated? Would they have managed to stand up against players like Apple and fended off Google's Android?

Who knows, but it's always fun to speculate.

Monday, October 28, 2013

In 2003: Press release: PalmSource spun-off as independant company "[PSRC]" ; merger of Palm SG and Handspring to form palmOne "[PLMO]" approved.

This was a bad move in my view. Separating the operating system from the hardware made now sense and eventually resulted in Palm developing their own operating system again called webOS, which again never really took off as I think they'd left it too late by then.

In 2002: Palm Inc. introduces Tungsten T "m550" (OS5 with TI OMAP1510 processor; first integrated Bluetooth; hi-res)

The T series were a real step forward for Palm. The T1 and T2 were ok, but the real star was the T3 which was arguably the best ever device that Palm made.

In 2002: Palm Inc. announces Tungsten W "i710" (wireless GSM/GPRS capabilities; integrated thumbboard)

Not a device that I really got on with. It was aimed very much at the business market due to the on board wifi.

Well that was a waste of time

After several attempts to get this old PDA going I have to admit defeat. It won't power up at all. It's a shame but not a total loss as it was really just an experiment and nothing else.

Never mind.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Clie gear game pad

Although I'm not a gamer by any stretch I got this along with the keyboard but have never used it. It's too nice to through away.

Friday, October 25, 2013

In 2004: palmOne announces treo 650 (320x320; improved camera; Bt; removable battery)

The lovely Treo 650. I can remember being very excited about this device and buying one even though they were really expensive at the time. They are still very capable little devices although I don't use mine as a phone anymore.

Clie external keyboard

Of course with the NX73V I've never really needed this. It was something I only used a couple of times with an earlier clie which I don't have anymore. Still a nice piece of hardware as an add-on though.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

PocketVoid for Griff

A great little FM synth that ran as a plug in under Griff for Windows mobile. An amazing little synth when you think back to what the hardware and OS could do back then.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Have any Bhajis Loops instruments, or looking for some to use?

Well you find lots in the Palmorama Bhajis Loops instrument site and if you want to contribute (and you'd be very welcome) just contact me using the form in the about page, I'd be very happy to hear from you.

In 2001: Sony announces T415 and MS Camera (PEGA-MSC1)

Sony's T415 wasn't a bad device at all although a bit of an entry level machine really. The MS Camera however was impressive in its day and was from a time when manufacturers seemed to like more modular hardware, which I've always been in favour of.

Former Palm CEO: Selling Company to HP Was a 'Waste'

I've been meaning to post this for a while. It's an interesting piece on Mashable, and after reading it I do wonder why the sale went ahead at all.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Don't forget that Griff for Windows Mobile is still free

I haven't mentioned this for a while now, and it's easy to forget, but Ok, a final reminder about Griff for this year, as you can go grab Griff as it and all it's plug ins are now free. That is, the original ones are, but not the third party plugins.

If you don't have an WinMo device I've used a Dell Axim X51 which has always done really well for me, if you want to look for one, click here to search on eBay.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

In 1999: TRG announces TRGpro (first with industry standard expansion Compact Flash "CF" memory)

The TRG Pro is a real favourite of mine. It was the first Palm OS PDA to have a compact flash slot in it, and although it was only an OS 3 or 4 device it still had a lot going for it as, unlike later devices it had a serial connection which was great for MIDI.

In 1999: Sony licenses PalmOS

Now this was a massive deal as it resulted in a whole series of amazing devices from simple starter devices to units that could only be called 'swiss army knives' of the handheld world. Back then anyway. Some of them are still amazing in my opinion.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In 2000: Visor Prism and Platinum announced (first with 33MHz Dragonball VZ processor)

The visor series was amazing, mostly because of the modular design that they used with the springboard modules. The prism was the first and only colour PDA device from Handspring and the screen is still pretty amazing.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Today in 2005: Palm Inc. announces TX and Z22 handhelds

Yep the TX and Z22 arrived in 2005 today. Did we know it was the end of the line back then? Maybe we did. They were iterating and not innovating and that should have been a sign.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Hardware sync is perplexing

Attempting to sync the Treo 750 with my libretto. It does make you realise just how easy things have become and how much of the hard work of getting hardware to talk to each other is now a thing of the past.

In the end I did get the two talking only to find that the software I wanted to install on the Treo 750 wasn't going to work, either at all, or in such a broken way that it wasn't worth going any further with it sadly.

So, now that the Axim has its little bluetooth keyboard sorted out I'm back to using that properly again.

Experiment with Treo 750 = over.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Maybe trying to move over 5000 MIDI files was a bad idea

Trying to move all these MIDI files from an SD card to a CF card took hours, and in the end, it didn't achieve what I wanted it to anyway!

Monday, October 07, 2013

I finally got this to work

I happened to find the CD-ROM for the keyboard with the manual and all the software on it too. It didn't take long to get everything working.

Take a look in the Palmorama store ...

Have a look in our store for all your Palm OS needs! You can just click above to get to the store. Easy isn't it?

Saturday, October 05, 2013

ZX Spectrum : Wham the Music Box on Axim

A bit of an old video, but it reminds me how much I used to experiment with emulation, and how little I do now.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Today in 2003:Tungsten E ($199 hi-res color; ARM/OS5; 32MB; MP3)

The Tungsten E was the first of the OS5 PDAs that I used. It was a very good and solid handheld overall but just not as powerful as some of its contemporaries.

Today in 2003: Tungsten T3 ($399 320x480 with portrait and landscape modes; Bt; 400MHz ARM; 64MB; PIM and UI enhancements)

Well the T3 was in many ways the pinnacle of Palm hardware although it always seemed to suffer from poor battery life. But it was a very powerful PDA for it's time and probably one of my favourite devices too.

Today in 2003: Sony announces TJ35 and TJ25 entry-level devices (4-way front-mounted JogDial; iMXL ARM processor/OS5)

I'm not sure I ever tried these out, although overall I thought Sony did a good job of their Palm PDAs. I was more interested in the NX series myself.

Today in 2003: palmOne releases Zire21 (ARM processor/OS5, 8MB update of $99 Zire)

For the most part I wasn't a fan of the Zire range (excepting the 71/72). I could see why Palm wanted these entry level machines, but they just didn't distinguish themselves enough really. It was a shame, I don't think that they moved Palm on at all.

Today in 1996: Greg Hewgill releases the CoPilot pilot emulator (this later evolved into the official emulator distributed by PalmSource Inc.)

Which was a pretty big thing back then.

Commodore 64 Emulation on Pocket PC