Monday, October 31, 2016

A post over at PalmSounds made me think about this ...

If you're a reader of PalmSounds you may have seen this post about Alex and his amazing ecosystem of apps and now hardware. It made me think of this bit of software that he created some time ago to get sound into an old Palm PDA.

I don't think he'll update it, or at least I think it's unlikely anyway. Which is a bit of a shame.

Friday, October 28, 2016

In 2003: Press release: PalmSource spun-off as independant company "[PSRC]" ; merger of Palm SG and Handspring to form palmOne "[PLMO]" approved.

This was a bad move in my view. Separating the operating system from the hardware made now sense and eventually resulted in Palm developing their own operating system again called webOS, which again never really took off as I think they'd left it too late by then.

In 2002: Palm Inc. introduces Tungsten T "m550" (OS5 with TI OMAP1510 processor; first integrated Bluetooth; hi-res)

The T series were a real step forward for Palm. The T1 and T2 were ok, but the real star was the T3 which was arguably the best ever device that Palm made.

In 2002: Palm Inc. announces Tungsten W "i710" (wireless GSM/GPRS capabilities; integrated thumbboard)

Not a device that I really got on with. It was aimed very much at the business market due to the on board wifi.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

In 2004: palmOne announces treo 650 (320x320; improved camera; Bt; removable battery)

The lovely Treo 650. I can remember being very excited about this device and buying one even though they were really expensive at the time. They are still very capable little devices although I don't use mine as a phone anymore.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Handspring Visor Eyemodule 2 Digital Camera Springboard Module on eBay

I love these old EyeModule cameras. Sure, they're nothing like the quality of cameras in devices now, but in their time they were pretty amazing.

Handspring Visor Eyemodule 2 Digital Camera Springboard Module on eBay

Handspring Visor Franklin PDR 2000 Springboard Module on eBay

To be fair, whilst these are fairly rare, they're also not that interesting unless this is something you really need, or your a very specific collector.

Handspring Visor Franklin PDR 2000 Springboard Module

Handspring Visor Edge Detachable Springboard Adapter on eBay

If you know what this is then you'll know whether or not you need it.

Handspring Visor Edge Detachable Springboard Adapter on eBay

2 Handspring 8 MB Flash Springboard Modules on eBay now

Very useful things if you use a Handspring visor, and rare to find two at the same time. Thought I'd let you know.

2 Handspring 8 MB Flash Springboard Modules

In 2001: Sony announces T415 and MS Camera (PEGA-MSC1)

Sony's T415 wasn't a bad device at all although a bit of an entry level machine really. The MS Camera however was impressive in its day and was from a time when manufacturers seemed to like more modular hardware, which I've always been in favour of.

Friday, October 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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In 1999: TRG announces TRGpro (first with industry standard expansion Compact Flash "CF" memory)

The TRG Pro is a real favourite of mine. It was the first Palm OS PDA to have a compact flash slot in it, and although it was only an OS 3 or 4 device it still had a lot going for it as, unlike later devices it had a serial connection which was great for MIDI.

In 1999: Sony licenses PalmOS

Now this was a massive deal as it resulted in a whole series of amazing devices from simple starter devices to units that could only be called 'swiss army knives' of the handheld world. Back then anyway. Some of them are still amazing in my opinion.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

In 2001: Acer announces s10 (for Chinese-language market)

Which was probably a big thing for the whole PDA world back then. I have to admit that I don't know very much about the s10 sadly.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

In 2000: Visor Prism and Platinum announced (first with 33MHz Dragonball VZ processor)

The visor series was amazing, mostly because of the modular design that they used with the springboard modules. The prism was the first and only colour PDA device from Handspring and the screen is still pretty amazing.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Friday, October 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.

In 1999: Qualcomm pdQ shipping (first cell phone (CDMA) / Palm)

Of course this was a big deal and the shape of things to come, not that Palm really spotted it until it was a bit late in the day.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

In 1999: Nokia licenses PalmOS

Which isn't odd given what they've done since, but back then it did seem like a strange decision to take, at least that's what I thought anyway.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

In 2005: Palm Inc. announces TX and Z22 handhelds

The release of the TX was a big deal. It was the last of the Tungsten range, and in fact one of the last PDAs that Palm made. It was a very solid machine too. The Z22 on the other hand was another budget machine and one that I personally didn't think too much of really.

Friday, October 07, 2016

In 2002: Palm Inc. introduces Zire "m150" (entry-level handheld at $99)

This was an attempt by Palm to capture the budget market for handhelds, but really by 2002 the writing was well and truly starting to appear on the walls for the PDA world and it was too little and really too late.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

In 2004: palmOne announces Tungsten T5 (320x480 with Bt and NVRAM non-volatile flash and new "multi-connector")

One of the last of the Tungsten series the T5 was in many ways a superior machine to the T3. However, it just didn't pack in as much memory for reasons best known to Palm. Still a great machine and with non-volatile flash as well (which was very new back then) it was very popular too.

In 2001: Samsung SPH-i300 starts shipping

I have to admit that I don't know much about this device, or indeed about the whole Samsung venture into the Palm world. Looking at it from the point of what they're doing now with Android makes it more understandable in many ways though.

In 1999: Palm Vx announced (first with 20MHz Dragonball EZ processor; 8MB RAM)

The Palm Vx was amazing, and in many ways still is. Looking at it from today's perspective it might seem strange to be excited about a 20Mhz processor, but back in 1999 it was a lot of power.

Monday, October 03, 2016

In 2000: Symbol SPT-1733 (CDPD) and 1734 (GSM) announced

I never bought one of the Symbol devices. They were really for industrial use rather than domestic, and I still see them on occasion. They were interesting in terms of how the technology was used in a much more targeted manner, and also as it has stood the test of time, but from a regular users perspective not a great device.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

In 2002: Sony announces NX70V and NX60 (first OS5 devices with XScale ARM processor; WiFi card slot)

These really were amazing. The Sony NX series became the swiss army knife of the Palm PDA world. They weren't perfect, but they were awesome, and the ruled for quite a long time.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

In 2003:Tungsten E ($199 hi-res color; ARM/OS5; 32MB; MP3)

The Tungsten E was the first Palm OS5 device I owned. I got it simply because of Microbe (the app that came before Bhajis Loops), and it was a good device. A sort of mid-range device for PDAs. A good intro, but more than an entry level device.

In 2003: Tungsten T3 ($399 320x480 with portrait and landscape modes; Bt; 400MHz ARM; 64MB; PIM and UI enhancements)

The T3 was without a doubt the best device Palm ever made. At the very least it was the best PDA (i.e. not smartphone) device that they made. It was amazingly powerful, although it suffered from a poor battery life. Still worth picking one up if you can.

In 2003: Sony announces TJ35 and TJ25 entry-level devices (4-way front-mounted JogDial; iMXL ARM processor/OS5)

I always liked the Sony devices, but never owned either of these entry level devices. Entry level stuff wasn't really my bag, as I may have mentioned recently. Still, Sony's stuff was always good. It was a shame they left the PDA world.

In 2003: palmOne releases Zire21 (ARM processor/OS5, 8MB update of $99 Zire)

I never had a Zire21. They were a part of the low end / cheaper device strategy that Palm tried in the last days of the PDA era. I never thought that the whole cheap device thing would work, and really it didn't. In some ways it was a shame because it brought about the end of Palm perhaps a bit quicker than it could have come about.

In 1996: Greg Hewgill releases the CoPilot pilot emulator (this later evolved into the official emulator distributed by PalmSource Inc.)

Which was a bit of a big thing really and quite important for developers. It made things a lot easier for developing Palm OS apps, and in many ways paved the way for the way things work these days.