Sunday, November 29, 2015

And, just in case you needed it, more evidence of PDAs in space

Another couple of pictures from Stargate SG-1 which seems to have been a real powerhouse for PDA use in their day.

In this shot you can see a PDA being used as a kind of scanner for some specific alien radiation:

Which in itself is quite interesting, and, I'd really like to get that Palm OS app (bet you can't anymore). However, what's even better is that you can see close up that this device is actually a Tapwave Zodiac.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

More proof that PDAs are spaceworthy

You might remember that I posted this photo a while back showing what I was pretty sure was a Zodiac in the hands of one of the members of SG1 (Stargate SG-1). Well, it seems that they got a job lot of these, as here's another very similar looking device in use in another episode.

I'm fairly sure that's the same device. In fact, there were actually two used in this shot and you can just see the tip of the other device.

So PDAs are widely used in space travel then!

Friday, November 27, 2015

In 2000: Kyocera QCP-6035 Smartphone announced

I don't know too much about this device or the manufacturer for that matter but it was another in the long line of third party devices to use the Palm OS, much in the same way as Google has allowed manufacturers to use Android.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Reminder: Movember ...

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In 2002: Fossil Palm OS License announced (to make wristwatch PDA)

The Fossil watches never really took off in my view. They were simply too big for most wrists and didn't really do what you wanted them to do. They weren't user friendly and for the most part were targeted at the hard core PDA user who wanted another little screen on their wrist. The second iteration of the Fossil was a lot better and in many ways they were the precursor for the smart watches that we have today.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Wow, they use PDAs in space!

Ok, in science fiction to be more precise, and, to be even more precise, in Stargate SG-1. This photo is taken from season 8 I think and quite clearly shows that the SG-1 team have managed to rig up a Tapwave Zodiac (can't tell if it's a I or a II) to analyse alien technology! I can't remember finding that app on PalmGear back in the day!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Odd Palm apps

Luna was an old Palm app that generated random tones. Pretty amazing stuff actually, and fun too.

Friday, November 13, 2015

In 2000: Palm Mobile Internet Kit begins shipping

Connectivity for Palm devices was something that people had started talking about for a long time and before this the only thing you could do was read your email on the device and reply then sync and send the reply from your desktop. The mobile internet kit changed a lot.

So why didn't the credit card sized PDA evolve

Sometimes I wonder about why certain forms of device succeeded and others didn't. It doesn't always make sense. I thought that the credit card sized device was a great idea, but apparently not so much.

I think it could have been a really amazing kind of device, and would have fitted well with the idea of a digital wallet as well.

Probably the PCMCIA format wouldn't have lasted, but the rest of the format should've.

Of course, it didn't, but I still think it was a good idea.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Reminder: Movember is here and it isn't going away

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ViziBasic is still awesome

ViziBasic was one of the most awesome apps to come out for Palm OS and also one of the most useful too. Pretty much everything I made for the Palm OS PDA was made with it. It was the best and it still is, even though I don't really use it very much anymore, only occasionally if I'm honest, but it's great.

Just had to say it!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Back in 2006 ... some sound and vision from my Palm

Back in 2006 I was still looking at using a Palm PDA / smartphone (or at least an early one) for making videos. This was made using a Treo 650 and a T3.

All those years apart and not that much smaller is it?

The original Fossil watch and the original Pebble watch. The pebble isn't that much smaller though. The new Pebble Time is a bit smaller, but even so, I think that the Fossil was way ahead of its time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Never got this to work sadly

It was a great idea and actually a very nice design, but I couldn't get mine to work sadly. Not sure what I'll do with it now, it is kind of useless.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Unfinished projects - Seq1

Another thing I've started and made a little progress with but not enough. The sequencer worked but I never took it further. However, this is one that might actually see the light of day if I get some time to work on it.

So, what's next for Nedosound?

I was wondering about this the other day. Nedosound, from NightRadio, was a brilliant step for older Palm OS devices and gave us some really nice quality sound available for these. But since then nothing, or at least not much has happened with it. It's a bit of a shame really.

I wonder if Mr NightRadio will do anything else with it at some point?

The page is still there, but the download is no more

I never got around to downloading Multitasker, my fault for not getting a copy before it vanished. Now of course you can still visit the site, but not get to the download as it was on PalmGear.

Strangely, PalmGear is still there, but the site is now some kind of generic tech site. How sad.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Saturday, November 07, 2015

A couple of decades later the format is still the same

If you think about it, this is the same format the the iPhone and the Apple Watch started off with. Nothing new really is it?

Friday, November 06, 2015

When devices were upgradeable

It's easy to forget isn't it. But in a way it is coming back as we start to see devices that are modular. Here's an early Palm PDA which I upgraded with a new memory module.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

The early eBook reader

Although they're still around they never made the same sort of status as the smartphone though, and, apart from the Kindle series, there are hardly any around these days. For the most part book readers are just software on your tablet now.

The lexibook was a very early eBook reader that was based on the Palm OS. It didn't last long sadly, and the one I have has never worked either.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Movember is here ...

So Palm Sounds is doing this, I'm doing this, it's all for a good cause. If you want to donate then click here.

Unfinished projects - tDrum

This is one of those Palm OS PDA projects that I never finished and now I think I never will. There's so much stuff in there that I'd have to get to grips with that I'm not sure I'd get my head around it again.