Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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.

#handera allows apps to scale based on user settings! Cool ... #pda

TRG Pro and Handera 330 #pda

Monday, October 27, 2014

PalmOne i705 Wireless Handheld on eBay (very rare indeed)

Whilst these are very rare indeed I can't say that I'd be prepared to pay over £200 for one now. It's way to much, but interesting to know that someone has 5 of these on their hands.

PalmOne i705 Wireless Handheld on eBay

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Can you run a business from your phone? I've been doing that for years!

I saw a picture on twitter the other day saying "run your business from your phone", and it made me realise that to a greater or lesser extent I've been either doing or trying to do that for years now. Actually for the most part I have been.

But even before I had an iPhone I used my old Treo 650 to do a lot of stuff. Get emails. Manage lists and activity. Hold my diary. And of course most importantly, make music!

So it started me wondering if I could actually run Palmorama only from a Palm PDA. How far back could I go? Where would the barriers be? 

I think that it's something worth trying out. To see if it can be done. So my plan is to try and do this using firstly my Treo 650 and the my Handera 330, which is going to be tricky I can tell you. 

I'll let you know how I get on. Wish me luck!

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.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

In 2001: Acer announces s10 (for Chinese-language market)

Which was probably a big thing for the whole PDA world back then. I have to admit that I don't know very much about the s10 sadly.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In 2005: Palm Inc. announces TX and Z22 handhelds

The release of the TX was a big deal. It was the last of the Tungsten range, and in fact one of the last PDAs that Palm made. It was a very solid machine too. The Z22 on the other hand was another budget machine and one that I personally didn't think too much of really.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Handera 330 and TRG Pro, power

Another side by side, again the Handera 330 on the left and the TRG Pro on the right. This time you can see the difference in battery casing. The TRG only needs two AAA's and the 330 needs 4!

I've no idea why it needs twice as much power.

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Handera and TRG Pro slot comparison

A comparison of the card slots for both the TRG Pro (on the bottom), which has a CF Card slot, and the Handera 330 (top) which has both CF and SD slots.

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TRG Pro and Handera 330 side by side

Just a little comparison between the TRG Pro (on the right) and the Handera 330 (on the left).

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Handera 330: Cradle

It is actually just a fairly standard Palm device cradle, but it has a nice "Handera" logo on it, so I like it.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Handera 330: Detail, side view - jog wheel

The 330 was quite unique in that it allowed you to navigate using the side jog wheel, which was very useful for one handed use.

Handera 330: Detail - Power

If you know these old PDAs you'll remember that they all take regular batteries, and so does the Handera 330. What different with the 330 is that it takes twice as many AAA batteries as any other PDA of its time.

Quite power hungry then.

Handera 330: Detail, back panel

Handera 330: Detail, Logo

Well you can expect to see a lot more of this device of the next week or so. I'm going to be trying out various bits of it and seeing what it can do and how it compares to the TRG Pro as well.

In 2002: Palm Inc. introduces Zire "m150" (entry-level handheld at $99)

This was an attempt by Palm to capture the budget market for handhelds, but really by 2002 the writing was well and truly starting to appear on the walls for the PDA world and it was too little and really too late.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

After searching for a very long time, I finally have a Handera 330

And it is awesome. I actually bought it as "spares or repair", but it booted up fine and seems to be working ok as far as I can tell. So next I need to see what it can do and what it's additional capabilities over and above a regular Palm PDA are.

Expect more about this over the following days.

In 1996: Ed Keyes releases HackMaster, the original system extension manager

This was a big step forward for the Palm OS in 1996 and it got a lot of people excited back then too.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Yes there is still useful stuff on the internet about Palm OS apps

It's easy to think that actually all Palm stuff has vanished off the web. It hasn't there's actually still quite a lot about. One good collection of links is Ron's Obsolete Palm OS Computing Information Page, which has loads of stuff in it. Of course, there are some that don't work, but that's not awful.

So, if you are still looking around for bits and pieces of Palm info, you will find stuff.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The vizibasic object menu #pda

A little visual tour of vizibasic #pda

Time to make a bitmap #pda

Sunvox on a Palm TX, who said Palm OS development was no more ...

In 2004: palmOne announces Tungsten T5 (320x480 with Bt and NVRAM non-volatile flash and new "multi-connector")

One of the last of the Tungsten series the T5 was in many ways a superior machine to the T3. However, it just didn't pack in as much memory for reasons best known to Palm. Still a great machine and with non-volatile flash as well (which was very new back then) it was very popular too.

In 2001: Samsung SPH-i300 starts shipping

I have to admit that I don't know much about this device, or indeed about the whole Samsung venture into the Palm world. Looking at it from the point of what they're doing now with Android makes it more understandable in many ways though.

In 1999: Palm Vx announced (first with 20MHz Dragonball EZ processor; 8MB RAM)

The Palm Vx was amazing, and in many ways still is. Looking at it from today's perspective it might seem strange to be excited about a 20Mhz processor, but back in 1999 it was a lot of power.

Palm stuff on Pinterest

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Friday, October 03, 2014

An improved look and feel

So you may have noticed that Palmorama has got a slightly better layout just recently. Well it seems that the problems I was having before with the layout have sorted themselves out and the blog is looking a lot better now.

I'll almost certainly be making some tweaks and changes as we go, but for now I'll concentrate on putting in a bit more content on a more regular basis.

In 2000: Symbol SPT-1733 (CDPD) and 1734 (GSM) announced

I never bought one of the Symbol devices. They were really for industrial use rather than domestic, and I still see them on occasion. They were interesting in terms of how the technology was used in a much more targeted manner, and also as it has stood the test of time, but from a regular users perspective not a great device.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

In 2002: Sony announces NX70V and NX60 (first OS5 devices with XScale ARM processor; WiFi card slot)

These really were amazing. The Sony NX series became the swiss army knife of the Palm PDA world. They weren't perfect, but they were awesome, and the ruled for quite a long time.