Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Making the Rex 6000 case

This is an update as to where I've got to with making the Rex 6000 case. If you remember I started out with the idea that I could use an old cassette case (actually it's quite new, but that's not entirely relevant), as a case for two Rex 6000's.

I knew I'd have to cut the two tape holders inside the case, but that they wouldn't be gone entirely, so I had to make allowances for these to be sticking up a bit inside the case.

Ideally the case would carry two Rex 6000's. I started to make a kind of prototype, although that's quite a posh word for what I was doing with bits of cardboard!

This was ok, but not brilliant by any means. But it did show that something like this could be done. From there I started to think about doing this with something more custom built, and I started to toy with some 3D designs. This took a while as I've never done anything like that before, but in the end I managed to measure everything and come up with a design that I thought would work.

I sent it to shapeways to be printed, and this is what came back.

As you can see I had it made to avoid the spool holders in the case and that worked out well.

Also the design fits perfectly except for the two little guides that sit in the inside front of the case and now make it protrude slightly. Unfortunately as a result of that the case now won't close. I could file those areas down slightly to make it work, and I probably will.

As for the Rex sitting inside this inlay, here's what that looks like.

That seems to be a near perfect fit. There's a little slide in the there, but not much and it isn't a problem.

However, what is a problem is that two of these won't fit inside the cassette case. That just won't work at all. I think I need to make this inlay slimmer in order for that to happen.

So it isn't quite over and it isn't quite 'back to the old drawing board' or whatever the appropriate 3D design phrase would be, but it does need some more work.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

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.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

And there is nothing at MyNewPalm

I mentioned this the other day as I'd checked back to their landing page to find that nothing had changed. However, today I happened to notice their twitter account, only to find that nothing has happened there either! There's only 1 tweet and it was in December 2014!

So my guess is that they probably need to change this to MyOldPalm now!

In 2002: Palm Inc. announces Bluetooth SDIO card

Nice addition. Of course we take bluetooth for granted today. Back then it was new and amazing! It meant a lot more possibilities for connecting your Palm to other stuff.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

An update on that Rex 6000 case idea

I'm still working on the idea of mine to create a Rex 6000 case that will hold two Rex 6000's in one case made of an old (actually not that old) cassette box. It's starting to take shape, and hopefully by next week I'll be able to show you how it's turning out. That's if it all works as planned anyway.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

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.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

In 2002: IBM to phase out WorkPad line (to carry Palm-branded devices instead)

Not a surprise really, but a shame. The WorkPad was ok, but just a Palm III really. I always thought it was a bit odd that they did it in the first place.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

In 2004: PalmSource announces OS name changes: OS5 will become Garnet and OS6 will become Cobalt

Of course OS6 never really came to anything. It was a shame, a real shame. Of course everything was broken even before this when Palm split itself.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

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.

Friday, February 05, 2016

In 2002: PalmSource previews OS5 beta; general distribution of OS5 developer tools

The awesome OS5, a huge step forward in so many ways for the Palm OS world and community. It gave us the opportunity to do some really amazing things in music and video.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Credit Card sized PDAs

Four different PDAs, the Franklin Rex, Xircom Rex (5000), Rex 6000 and Oregon Scientific PDA293. Of course all the Rex models are constrained by the PCMCIA standard and size where the Oregon is not, and, as a result, I think that the Rex models would fit in your pocket better.

In 2002: 5th annual PalmSource Developer Conference and Expo (to Feb.08)

Of course I never attended one of these, but back then they were really important events. I used to watch out for announcements to see what happened and what was coming.

Oregon Scientific #pda

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Rex 6000 and Oregon Scientific PDA293

Side by side, you can see the PCMCIA connector for the Rex 6000 against the thicker Oregon PDA, which does not operate as a PCMCIA card.

Rex 6000 and the Oregon face up. Although this picture is slightly skewed you can see that the Rex is smaller.

The final picture shows the two in profile and the Rex being the much thinner PDA.

Oregon Scientific PDA293 main screen

I have to say that it is a slightly strange looking main screen. Not bad mind you, but different from what I might have expected. Everything seems to work though and I'll be posting some more in depth screen shots of the individual functions of each area soon. You'd expect nothing else of course.

Oregon Scientific PDA293 boots up

So it works! That's good to know. I've reset the date and time and I'll be checking out the rest soon enough!

A closer look at the Oregon Scientific PDA293

So the Oregon Scientific PDA is actually a touch screen with a stylus. According to the manual it doesn't look like there's a way to add any additional functionality to the device. 

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Oregon Scientific Unboxing

Well look at that! A new PDA! New to me that is. Not actually new at all. I was looking for credit card sized keyboards that I might be able to get to work with a Rex, but stumbled over this. So I got it.

Expect more stuff about this soon as I get it up and running.

In 2004: Sony introduces TH55 (HVGA screen; WiFi; .3MP camera) TJ37 (WiFi; .3MP camera) and TJ27 (.3MP camera)

I didn't ever get to own one of these. I still sort of wish I did have one, and even occasionally look out for one. Very nice devices, very innovative in their day too.