Thursday, May 28, 2015

Handera TRGpro on eBay

A pretty rare find all in all. The Handera TRGpro is a great piece of PDA history, and it's currently a really low price. I'll be interested to see what this goes for in the end.

HandEra TRGpro PDA on eBay

Another thing I've always wanted and avoided

Mainly as I know it's something that I'd like but wouldn't use at all.

A good tune

Like with metronomes I've never had that much need to use a tuner that often, but this was a good Palm OS one in my view.

Was I the only person to at some point have owned all of these devices simultaneously?

Let's face it, they were none of them particularly mainstream ever, so the chances of someone else owning all three of the external sound hardware devices for PDAs is slim at best. Possibly Chad from miniMusic of course, but very few others I would think.

Remembering this little Sony

It was one of those devices that you want for ages and then when you finally get it you realise that it just isn't going to be all you'd hoped for. It was trying to be all things to all people and it didn't work sadly, just wasn't good enough at any one of them, which was a shame.

Some fav #mobilemusic #palmOS #pda #apps

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I still use this for MIDI testing on occasion

Even though it was a demo app and never went further at all, it still seemed like a great idea to me, and very occasionaly I'll still have a play with it.

Sad that MixPad never achieved its potential

The 'Pro' version would've been amazing I'm sure, but it'll never happen now.

I always liked Pheonix

Although it was a bit fiddly to use at times and sometimes I wasn't entirely sure what I was doing with it. It then came to Android last year I think but almost an exact copy of the stylus input version, which didn't really work for me at all sadly.

I never got this to work for me

But I remember seeing it done elsewhere and working ok so I always wondered if it was something I was doing wrong. No of course NanoLoop is available on iOS and Android it is much easier and you don't need to do things like this.

I never knew if this really got used by anyone

I thought it was a good idea. A sound engine that anyone could use in their app. I think it was free for non-commercial use anyway.

It was never really targeted for sound / music apps though.

In 2003: Sony announces NX80V and NX73V (updated NX-series handhelds, OS5.0)

Sony doing amazing things back in 2003. As I've said many times, the NX73V was one of my favourite PDAs and still is today.

In 2002: Handspring announces Treo 270 communicator and Treo 90 PDA

A big step forward for "convergence" as it was called back then. The PDA and the phone coming together. Seems obvious now, but it wasn't quite so simple back then.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A great proof of concept that didn't go further

Which is a real shame I think. It, and the other miniMusic apps had the potential to take Palm OS music making forward in a big way, but not to be sadly.

I didn't use this much either

It had a nice enough piano sound for a Palm app, but that was about it.

This was fun, but that was about all

Whilst it wasn't really that playable or that useful it was interesting to see from a technology perspective back then. People trying to use different tools to have a go at making musical interfaces for mobile.

I never really used a metronome much, but this was a good one

I did think that whenever I had occasion to use it.

The backbone

At the centre of the miniMusic app world.

Monday, May 25, 2015

About the Generator

Bob's new ops job

Bob's new senior role

Bob's communications job

Bob's new sales job

I'd forgotten about Job Generator ...

We miss you!

Palm Sounds is 9, but Palmorama beat it to it

Yep, a big day for Palm Sounds, 9 year today. However, it should be noted that Palmorama actually pre-dates it by just over a month, starting on the 14th of April 2006 with this post.

Waiting for the new Pebble Time to take this shot again

A sample editor for Palm OS

A really underrated app in my view. I used to use this to chop samples for Bhajis and also to do little bits of field recording too.

I still think this is excellent

A great app for making noises and having fun.

Trying to get this to work again

I did once, a long time ago, but at the moment I seem to be struggling with it.

Fun with Theremidi ...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Palm and MIDI and this is why ...

You've probably noticed that I often use a Palm device for MIDI to control stuff. And you might be wondering why? I've got lots of other midi stuff I could use instead. Lots of more modern stuff and older too. So why use a palm so often?

Well the simple answer is that it is really easy. You can set up a Palm OS device to send midi really quickly and with a minimum of fuss. 

I like having the ability to just get started with it so quickly and work out if the receiving device is getting the signal or not. 

Also the old Palm OS has some great apps for MIDI. Apps like theremini and beat pad are great for getting MIDI out quickly.

So using Palm OS for MIDI is pretty easy. Easier than connecting up an iOS device for sure. That's why I tend to reach for my Palm PDA when trying out MIDI rather than anything else. 

I'm not sure I really ever used this

Perhaps once or twice maybe, I'm not sure. I think I still have the .prc file though. Maybe I should try it out at some point.

Discovered these again

Ok, it wasn't too much of a discovery really, but I had mostly forgotten that I had them so it was good to remember and think about using some of these for a much needed back up on the libretto.

Store down

I decided to take out the store page for now. It isn't really doing what I'd like and it needs a bit of a rethink I think. It'll probably come back in the fullness of time, but for now it is gone.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

In 1999: Symbol SPT1700 and SPT 1740 introduced (ruggedized; bar-code; 1740 has integrated wireless LAN)

I have to admit that I don't know a lot about these primarily as ruggedised devices were never a big interest of mine. I can see how they would be useful, and you still very occasionally see some of these in use.

In 1999: Palm VII shipping in US

The Palm VII was an interesting device. One that I've always fancied owning but never have (so far anyway). It was an early wireless device from Palm and apparently was well received too. They rarely if ever come up on eBay and even if they do they're really only of appeal to someone collecting old PDAs.

Friday, May 22, 2015

First Palm 3rd-party applications available (1996)

Here are some of the first 3rd-party applications available (WorldTime - Steve Mann; Blocks and Blackjack - Bill Kirby and Stu Slack (Jun.01); Invaders - Scott Ludwig (Jun.25 using the development tools created by Darrin Massena); PilotMoney - Jeremy Laurenson; DinkyPad - Ed Keyes).

Monday, May 18, 2015

In 2005: palmOne announces LifeDrive (4GB hard disk; WiFi + BT)

I thought that this was a great idea although I've never owned one, and when they first came out they were too expensive for me to get one.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

No way to rescue Brainforest ...

This is something I've been toying with for a while now. I've been trying to get back my old data in Brainforest, and everything I've tried has failed. I think it gets back to the fact that I don't have the correct combination of hotsync user name and pass code. I can't seem to get it right

I think it's probably time to concede defeat on this one. I did take one last look on the internet to see if there was a way to get some support, and I was impressed that the company that makes it is still around. I've checked their site, and whilst they are still there, they don't offer support for this old Palm OS app. Not surprising really. At least there is still a page about the app.

So I think I'll give up on this one, unless a sudden flash of inspiration hits me!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

AlphaSmart 3000

What a unique device for writing. An interesting Palm OS device with a format that has recently come back to kickstarter.

Take a look in the Palmorama store ... (well, if you want Palm OS stuff anyway)

Have a look in the store for all your Palm OS needs! You can just click above to get to the store. The store has lots of mainly 2nd hand stuff from eBay, but often there's some quite good stuff available, so it is worth a look occasionally. You never know, you might grab a bargain.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

bC16, Handera 330, and BeatPad

Another little work out with the bC16 and the Handera 330. This time using BeatPad, which is another great app for generating MIDI data.

In 2003: TapWave Palm OS License announced (to make Helix handheld gaming device)

The Tapwave devices were unique to say the least. They attempted to make a gaming device using the Palm OS and brought a whole new dimension to the Palm OS world. As devices they were really nicely built and were quite popular for a while. Their hardware configuration was also pretty unique in the Palm world, with twin SD card slots and the ability to run audio on both an internal GM chip and via the OS (if you used the miniMusic Krikit synth). It was a shame that they didn't last, and there's still a small (very small and diminishing) but hard core community that loves them.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

More with the bc16 and the Handera 330

I'd been meaning to really get to grips with this little modular for a while now, and one of the easiest ways to get a MIDI signal in is using a PDA. The MIDI connections are really simple and you can have an app up and running in seconds.

So I started with Theremidi, which is a really old app for Palm OS. It worked seamlessly.

Monday, May 04, 2015

As it is Star Wars day ...

I couldn't let it go past without posting about this old app which is very useful indeed!

With it you can seek Jedi wisdom, or answers!

It needed to be mentioned for Star Wars day I think.