Saturday, January 31, 2015

It was all about the beam ...


The beaming was one of the best things about the Palm PDA. Ok, it was just one of the many great things about the Palm PDA. But I did love that you could move your files from one device to another just like that.

Really easy stuff. Beam was wonderful.
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Built to last ... Synchropoolp still runs under OSX10.9


I was sure that it would fail, but it didn't, and it rendered out files perfectly too. What a quality piece of software!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

And that's the best T3 lead I've got



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In 2002: Handspring ships Treo 180 (GSM cellular networks)

The birth of the smartphone? Perhaps! If not, then at the very least it was a massive step forward for Handspring and for the mobile world as a whole too.

In 1996: Pilot announced

Yep, the pilot was announced and is a milestone to this day in the mobile device history line. I actually owned one very briefly but a long time after it was released. This device was the beginning of so much!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FastBasic example running on T3 #pda


And the stylus lights up ...


So I finally managed to get a little battery for my Handspring Visor PDA stylus. It took a while to get them as they're quite unusual batteries.



It's pretty cool I think ...


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Trying to work out FastBasic for #palmOS #pda


In 2002: Palm Inc. announces i705 (replaces VIIx)

This is a device that I always wished I'd had, but never got around to, and these days they're quite expensive to get hold of. A bit of a shame really. A nice device and, in its day, a real innovation.

I used to rely on this for so much on my old T3 #pda


The wonderful PiooPioo player for Bhajis loops on #palmOS #pda


Not a bad database for #palmOS #pda


I'd forgotten that you could play video on the old #palmOS #pda


Remember Real Player for #palmOS #pda ?


Never got the hang of this #automation #app for #palmOS #pda


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Needs some work on my new #palmOS #pda #app


I was going through some old files and found this ...

I found this the other day, and thought I should share it.


[This document is a slight rewrite of an original by Tom Zerucha
(tz@execpc.com).  I wanted to clarify some of his information and
add part numbers so one could more easily build this device.
----William 'Pete' Moss (bantha@bigfoot.com)]

Let me describe a simple adaptor I have since the only thing which can
easily go wrong is that the diode is in backwards or that the MIDI
connector is wired backwards.  It only provides play out from the device
with no recording capability.  Best thing is, it only costs a few bucks!

The parts (with Radio Shack catalog numbers) you will need are:
1x 9 position male D-subminiature connector (276-1537c)
1x silicon switching diode 1N4148 (276-1122)
1x 1/4 watt 220 ohm resistor (271-1313)
1x 5 pin DIN socket (274-005c)
2x #6 machine screws (~2" long)
6x #6 nuts
1x HotSync cable or PalmPilot cradle (for PalmPilot usage)
Some solder and a soldering iron


**** CONSTRUCTION ****
Looking at the solder lugs on the D-sub connector, with the longer side
at the top, the pinout is

 5   4   3   2   1


   9   8   7   6


My diode has the striped/marked end going into pin 5, and the resistor is
going into pin 2.

With these sticking straight out from the D-sub connector, I have a female
DIN connector attached, with the arc facing upward, i.e.

   +---------+
   |         |
-T-+---------+-T-
   +5-4-3-2-1+     The row of 5 pins is at the top
    | ' ' | '
    A     |    Diode with band toward pin 5 on the left
    V     U          Resistor on the right
    |     |
    \     /
     |   |
    i| i |i    The middle pin in the DIN is at the bottom
   [[[[H]]]]
 --+-------+--
   |       |
   +-------+

Use the screws to hold the thing together.
Attach the device to your HotSync cable (or cradle) and to a MIDI cable
to get MIDI output from your PalmPilot!


**** TROUBLESHOOTING ****
If you have it built, but it doesnt work, maybe you have the diode in
backward.  To test this, use a piece of wire to short around the diode.
If it works with this short, then the diode is backward.  Remove it and
turn it around.

If it still doesnt work, check the pictures below to make sure it is
soldered into the correct lugs.

For pictures of a completed unit, check out
http://www.execpc.com/~tz/aut_0011.jpg
http://www.execpc.com/~tz/aut_0012.jpg
http://www.execpc.com/~tz/aut_0013.jpg

Enjoy!


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In 2003: Sony announces SJ33 (entry level with MP3 and hi-res color)

I never had one of these, but they did seem good, with the same comments I've made about the other Sony devices over time.

The best onboard tools for #palmOS #pda stuff


Monday, January 26, 2015

Lonely Planet in your visor


A pretty specialised module really, but an interesting one for the visor.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

We take GPS for granted


GPS wasn't an easy thing in the visor days, but there were modules like this that could help.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

CUERadio module for visor


I know that radio is now as easy as starting up an app, but back in the visor days it wasn't so simple on a PDA. Unless of course you had one of these!

I never knew about these springboards, but I wish I'd had one. I doubt very much that there would be any way of getting one of these now, but I wish there was.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

And there were voice recorders too


There were only a few voice recorders around on the market for the visor, but they were very good. This one especially was worth while, as like a number of other modules it was also one that would work out of the visor too.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Useful modules, but not the best idea in my view


I was never really a big fan of these types of modules, but there were quite a few of them that came out back then. I suppose that the medical one would have been useful if you were a medical professional.

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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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Rex 6000 on eBay


Another Rex 6000 on eBay, and this one is unopened and unused. Pretty rare to find one of those.

Xircom Rex 6000 PDA on eBay

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Let there be wireless internet on your Visor


In the palm of your hand, and all integrated too. Amazing stuff back then.

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In 2002: split of Palm into OS Subsidiary ("PalmSource") and Palm Hardware ("Palm Inc.") companies

I never thought that this was a good idea, and I think it was the beginning of the end for the whole of the Palm OS ecosystem. What a very great shame that was! They could have done so much more I think.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Does size matter?


At least it did for Modems back in those days.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Astro Defence on the T3


Another game I used to like a lot was Astro defence, which is just a variation on a very common theme, but used to keep me happy. I think I might go and play it again now actually.


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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wireless WAN access from your Visor


So there were lots of wireless options for the Visor. Just shows how versatile the springboard module system was.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Chess on my T3


I've never been a big gamer, but I did used to play a handful of games on my PDA. One that I liked was chess as I used to play many years ago.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

The Eyemodule ...


The eyemodule cameras were brilliant, are brilliant in fact. Great design, great pieces of hardware.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Scanning bar codes with the visor


I never used any PDA to scan a bar code, but it is one of the applications that PDAs were very heavily used for, and in fact, one of the few areas where you can see them used still.

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In 2002: Symbol introduces SPT-1550

Whilst I don't know much about this devices itself I do know that they were built for commercial / industrial use and are quite rare now, although you can occasionally find the odd company that still use them.

In 2002: Sony announces T615 and S360

Both of which were very nice devices in their own way. Actually Sony were pretty prolific in releasing Palm OS based devices and produced them for virtually all tastes and budgets. In the end I had a handful of their devices over time and still do, but I often had the impression that they tried to put too much in each device and compromised at times.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A bit more about ViziStudio


I got a bit excited when I rediscovered ViziStudio sitting on my T3, but I didn't really explain what it is that ViziStudio does, so I thought I should tell you a little more about it.

Above you can see the main (and only screen) in ViziStudio. It gives you the option to select an iBas file (iBas is the file type for an iziBasic file) and then four large icons on the right.


Selecting the drop down gives you a full list of all the iBas files on the device. As you can see I've got quite a few, mostly unfinished sadly.


Once you have the file selected you can choose one of the four buttons on the side. These are, ViziBasic, iziBasic, Piaf and Bird. I'll explain what those are. ViziBasic is the visual code editor for iziBasic, which is the compiler. Piaf is a text based code editor (see below), and Bird is a resource compiler application which lets you add resources into a .prc file when it's compiled.


As you can see above I'm using Piaf to edit this code.

I'm planning to add ViziStudio into the Palmorama library soon and when I do I'll let you know.

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Take a look in the library

All you need to do is click above where it says library, or click here

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

An update from StyleTap

I just got an email from StyleTap. I have to say that I'm actually quite impressed that they're still going at all, but they are and that's a good thing. Also, they've updated the Android version, which is a plus, but the down side is that they've retired the iPhone and Symbian versions. I guess that's to be expected though.

Here's the details from them ...

StyleTap Platform for Android v0.8.015 Released
Recent releases include the following enhancements:
  • Support for Android 5 (Lollipop) devices with 2 GB of RAM or more
  • Enhanced ARMlet/PNOlet support removes restrictions allowing more Palm applications using ARMlets/PNOlets to run
  • Bypass the Bluetooth partner selection dialog when you know the Bluetooth address of the partner device.


Automatically redirect Palm serial traffic to Bluetooth, enabling use of Bluetooth-to-serial cables on peripheral devices with Palm applications hardcoded to use a serial cable.

Recent releases include numerous fixes:
  • Memory corruption problem when playing sounds or using Bluetooth
  • Synchronize file changes every time an updated database file is closed
  • Eliminate extraneous keystrokes fed to Palm application if a field has focus,
  • the on-screen keyboard has been enabled and the device is rotated
  • Crashing problem on startup on Android 4.4 devices
  • Backspace button recognized using Latin on-screen keyboards
  • Improvements to large and large bold system fonts
  • Remove need to reboot to see files on devices that connect to the PC using MTP
  • Enable multiple buttons being pressed simultaneously

StyleTap Platform for iPhone® Retired

StyleTap Platform for iPhone® is now longer available for purchase and is no longer being updated beyond v0.9.018.
StyleTap Platform for Symbian OS Retired
StyleTap Platform for Symbian OS is no longer available for purchase and is no longer being updated.

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Wireless connectivity for the Handspring Visor



Wireless communication was very important back then, as it is now, but of course, in the days of the Visor it wasn't nearly as easy as it is today. There were plenty of different options, and this solution was pretty comprehensive.

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PalmaryClock a very handy app for the Palm OS


I remember getting this on a free deal when PalmGear was still going. It's much more than a clock actually though. It's got a lot going for it.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The beginnings of a multi-function device ...


These InnoPak devices were very nice. Great ideas too. I especially like the SixPak version. Sure, these are all things that can be done easily now with modern devices, but back then having a plug in hardware module that did 6 different things was very impressive indeed.

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And the MiniJam player as well


SoundsGood weren't the only people to make a music player for the Visor. The MiniJam was pretty good too, and I do have one of these. It didn't have a nifty separate power case, but even so it was a nice player for the Visor.

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SoundsGood music player for Visor



A very novel idea with this Springboard. Have a separate device to take the entire springboard out wherever you wanted it. Without the PDA at all.
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GeoDiscovery Geode for Visor


This guide is a bit of a revelation to be honest. I'd never heard of this springboard before ever, it's completely new to me. I doubt I'll ever see one in the flesh but I wish that I could. It looks amazing.

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In 2001: Palm Desktop v4 for Windows released

Not a massive thing really, but it did bring some new things for Palm users and fixed a lot of problems too.

The lovely Visor Pen Stylus ...


Another shot from the Visor Accessory guide. Those pen styluses are really nice. I wonder if I've got one anywhere?

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