Tuesday, April 28, 2015

In 2004: palmOne releases Zire72 (1.2Mp camera; Bluetooth) and Zire31 (entry-level color, MP3)

The lovely Zire 72. It might only have had a 1.2 Mp camera, but back in 2004 this wasn't bad at all for a PDA, and it was a nice device to use as well. Better than the 71 although I did like the slider on that.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Remember this ...


Constantly trying to get things to work together ...

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In 2003: Palm releases Zire 71 (OMAP310 144MHz processor; integrated camera; hi-res).

I really liked the 71. It wasn't as good as the 72 in my view, of course it was earlier but I liked the physical design of the slider. It was really cool.

In 2003: Palm releases Tungsten C (PXA-255 400MHz processor; integrated WiFi; first with 64MB RAM).

Integrated wifi wasn't something common back in 2003. In fact even having wifi at home wasn't entirely common, so the C was quite a step forward and a pretty impressive device, especially given its processor and amount of RAM.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Remembering how much memory the Zodiac has ...


It was a real beast in its day.

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In 1997: pilotgear, the first commercial software archive, goes online (later became PalmGearHQ)

PalmGear was an amazing portal for getting Palm OS software (we didn't call it apps in those days). I remember discovering it and finding so many new possibilities for my PDA. I'm so sad it went dark.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Coming soon ...


As soon as I've got my new Pebble time I'm looking forward to a little visual comparison between it, the original pebble and the old Fossil watch.

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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.

Monday, April 20, 2015

I've been trying, but I still can't get this to work


It seems a real shame, but I can't get this to work at all. I've no idea what's wrong with it, but I won't fire up. I get the screen come up but then that's about it. Nothing more.

No idea what to try next.

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Not so much a #pda but still running #palmOS


Thursday, April 16, 2015

So will mynewpalm deliver anything?

My guess is no. Even if they do produce a device it won't be anything like the old palm OS. 

What would be amazing is if they were able to offer a device that had features from the palm os or even had a part of the old os in some way. However I don't think that will happen. I don't think that they actually bought the OS just the brand. 

It's a shame really. I have to admit that I was excited initially when I heard that they'd done something like this then really disappointed. I should've expected that. 

As today marks the date that Handera announced that they were stopping making their great #palmOS #pda units I thought u should post a picture of the awesome Handera 330


In 2003: HandEra announces end-of-life for PalmOS handheld lineup

What a shame. Handera made the TRG Pro and the 330, both excellent machines and way ahead of their time in my view. I wish they'd made an OS5 machine, it would have been amazing.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Zire 72 aluminium case




This is a brilliant case for the 72. I'm sure I had one very similar to it before which had an SD card holder in it, although my memory may be playing tricks on me.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Distraction free devices

In our modern world of connected devices people seem to be regularly talking about having devices that allow for distraction free writing or other activities. That is an important concept. 

Using a palm os PDA is a good way of ensuring that whatever you want to do with this device is almost entirely distraction free. The majority of palm OS devices had limited connectivity at the best of times and by today's standards none at all really. 

It isn't really possible to do Twitter or Facebook using an old pda and that's a good thing. It means no real distraction at all. Just get on with what you're doing with no notifications or anything else to distract you. 

Of course that does limit you to just a few things you can do. But is that really so much of a problem? I don't think so. If anything it help focus. Removes distraction and aids productivity. 

You should try it. 

Why not take a look in the Palmorama library

All you need to do is click above where it says library, or click here. There's lots of good stuff in there, and I'm doing my best to continue to add to it on a regular basis.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The lovely Zire 72



I actually think that the 72 was one of the best devices that Palm made. It was so close to a contemporary device, and as such, way ahead of its time. I think I might take some comparison photos with its little camera.

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In 2005: palmOne announces Tungsten E2 (brighter screen; powerful battery; BT; flash memory)

The E was a nice machine and the E2 was an iteration. Nothing amazing or spectacular though.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Thinking about camera modules


If you think about it the PalmPix from Kodak was a very early attempt at a module for a mobile device, although it wasn't marketed like that at all, and of course, neither was the Palm III for which it was designed.


Not so for the eyemodule, which was very much a part of the modular ecosystem that started around the Visor.


What I sometimes wonder is what would have happened if larger companies had got behind the springboard idea, like Kodak making a module? Would that have made it more successful?

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

And here's the Pilot Professional all done ...


With it's now massive 2mb of memory!


And of course, showing that it's now running Palm OS v3.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Upgrading a Pilot Professional


Opening up the old Pilot Professional was pretty easy to be honest, and once you're in you can see exactly what's going on.


The older memory module came out very simply indeed. I'm always worried about these older devices and stuff getting brittle inside and being unrepairable, but this removal was actually very easy.


Here's the older chip and the inside of the device itself. As you can see it had been built to be entirely upgradable. Not something you see very often now is it?


And putting in the newer chip was simple too. It fitted into the slot simply.



And clicked into place without anything breaking at all!


So, finally, the new cover comes on, complete with it's little infrared window too.

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Was the visor the original modular device?

I was thinking about the excellent Handspring Visor and their springboard modules and realised that these were probably the original precursors to the modular devices that will be coming to the market soon. 

Handspring had a great vision that perhaps couldn't have moved beyond what they had with the springboard and onto a much more modular device framework as we have now. Or at least that's being promised to us. But I like to think that they could've done more interesting things in a modular setting. 

It was in my opinion a lost opportunity, the mobile world could have been quite a different place if they'd pursued their original path. 

In 1996: Pilot 1000, 5000 start shipping

It was the very start of something that has defined the current mobile world. It was a big and important thing, and it good to mark it today in the calendar. So go and celebrate by doing something to do with PDAs today.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A handy guide to how to upgrade these things





Useful instructions. So that's what I'll be doing.
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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

And now a Pilot Professional that needs an upgrade ...



I'm looking forward to upgrading this old thing to see how that goes.

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Monday, April 06, 2015

2mb upgrade guide


That's about as comprehensive as it gets
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Sunday, April 05, 2015

And the module itself ...




So this is the actual upgrade module itself. Pretty impressive bit of circuitry in there.

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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Getting Infrared on an early Palm Pilot ...


So this is the new back plate that comes with the 2mb upgrade, as you can see it has a little Infrared housing too in there.


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Friday, April 03, 2015

What you get with the additional 2mb ...


Well that's a lot of stuff you get with one tiny little 2mb upgrade ...

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

A huge 2mb upgrade pack!


Well back in the day of the Palm Pilot an extra 2mb was really worth having. It was an enormous amount of space, and with this upgrade you got infrared too!

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Palm Watch


In a season where everyone is talking about the smartwatch I think it's important to remember that this stuff started a long time ago. Some of the earliest smartwatches started in the palm ecosystem. 

The fossil watches were a great example of the early smartwatch. They were connected to your palm or at least your palm data. Sure they didn't have all the fancy notifications that modern smartwatches have today but then neither did the Palm devices themselves. It was a different world and that kind of technology wasn't expected. 

But they were functional and let you do a bunch of things that your palm did without having to refer to it. 

So it's not really a new idea. Just one that's taking off now. I'd still like to get one of the later fossil watches but the prices on them are very high even now. I guess there are plenty of people like me who still want them. 

And there were the tools for the Palm OS ...


Costly, even back then.
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