Friday, May 27, 2016

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 24, 2016

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.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

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).

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Is Arduboy the pocket PDA of the 21st century?

I got this the other day and its form factor instantly made me think about the Rex 6000. So I thought I'd take some pictures to see how they looked side by side.

They're very similar actually.

About the same thickness overall, although, as you can see here the Arduboy is a little smaller.

Obviously the Arduboy doesn't have the same kinds of interface as a Rex 6000. It doesn't have replaceable batteries for a start. 

And it doesn't have a PCMCIA interface either or course, although it would be awesome if it did.

Lastly it doesn't really have an OS like the Rex although it is, being Arduino based, completely programmable and that's pretty cool too.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Proof (if you needed it) that PDAs are used in space, in our universe and beyond

This picture was taken from Star Gate Atlantis, where you can clearly see a Dell Axim being used. In another universe! So I'm calling the Star Gate Atlantis universe the Windows Mobile universe, whereas our universe is quite obviously a Palm OS universe as you can see from the fact that Star Gate SG1 uses Tapwave Zodiacs.

Saturday, May 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, May 06, 2016

Hello Griff ... #mobilemusic #pda

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.

Sunday, May 01, 2016