Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A revisit to PixiLang: And checking the examples

Yep, PixiLang still works on the old PalmOS, albeit an older version of PixiLang. Even so, it's pretty amazing and can do some truly incredible stuff actually.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

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.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

GPS Springboard Companion for Magellan Handspring Visor on eBay

Well this is a lovely old springboard that's really not going to be worth using these days. Modems aren't too useful at all these days so this is more of a collectors item rather than anything else.

GPS Springboard Companion for Magellan Handspring Visor on eBay

I wish I still had this ...

It was such a lovely old device, so niche, and so cool. If you know what it is shout out, if not then ask me in the comments.

Friday, November 18, 2016

In the last days of Palm this was not only very useful but very impressive too

If you can't remember what it was (and why would you), it was a late app in the Palm world. It was a recorder and and editor for wave files. Pretty useful actually.

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.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wondering about using the AlphaSmart Dana

Such a beautiful old device and so unique, but if I'm honest I've got little or no use for it, and it is just a collectors piece now.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I haven't seen or used this in ages

This was a lovely app and very handy. Very good in the days before it was really easy to make music with a PDA.

Monday, November 14, 2016

More PDAs in space!

I know I posted about this one before, but it's worth seeing again. A Dell Axim in Stargate Atlantis.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I still wonder about getting a Z88

I've posted about this before. I still wonder about getting one, even though I know that I have no real use for it at all. The Z88 was designed by Clive Sinclair in 1987, and closely resembles a ZX spectrum. It had a built in word processor / spreadsheet / database on board. How cool is that then?

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.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

What Saguaro could have been

This would have been really good. Another example of how Palm left everything too late and didn't see what was happening. There was a demo which was fun too.

Handspring Visor Eyemodule 2 Digital Camera Springboard Module in Metal Case on eBay

I think I've posted quite a few of these recently. I wonder why they're coming up so regularly? Anyway, this one looks ok and the price isn't bad either.

Handspring Visor Eyemodule 2 Digital Camera Springboard Module in Metal Case on eBay

Friday, November 11, 2016

Card Access Wristband ThinModem Springboard Module for Handspring Visor TC2000 on eBay

You probably don't want to check this out unless you're a serious hard core fan or connector of Handspring stuff, as a Card Access Wristband ThinModem Springboard Module for Handspring Visor TC2000 isn't too useful these days. Having said that, it's a nice little piece of history.

Card Access Wristband ThinModem Springboard Module for Handspring Visor TC2000 on eBay

A series of PCMCIA PDAs

Ok, not entirely all PCMCIA as the Oregon won't fit the slot, but the form factor is very similar. I think that the business card PDA or device could, or rather should see a revival, I mean, we've done everything else, the phone, the watch, even glasses. Why not a business card?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Palm OS in space ...

Yes, Mr Clooney, that isn't a Nespresso machine, it's a Sony Clie NX73V, and not a space tablet.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Emulators, are they worth it?

I've mentioned this one a few times before. It's a not a bad emulator for Android. It works well. But is it worth it? Running Palm OS inside another device? I'm not sure these days. I find myself getting these things set up and then not using them, or at least not much.

So is it worth it?

Monday, November 07, 2016

They don't make them like this any more or do they?

The AlphaSmart was a lovely old device and a great idea and use of Palm OS. There was a kickstarter that was making a very similar looking, distraction free type of device. I lost track of where that got to, but what's interesting is that these ideas just come around each time.

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.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

The old keyboards

External keyboards have been with us for a long time now. Here's an example of a bluetooth one for Windows Mobile. It worked pretty well actually.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Where Palm OS could've gone

This was TealOS. An operating system overlay that Teal produced toward the end of the Palm OS lifecycle. For some reason Palm served them with a cease and desist and they had to withdraw the app. It was a shame. It could have breathed a bit more life into the Palm ecosystem when it needed it most.

Friday, November 04, 2016

The beautiful NX73V

Was looking at this just the other day and remembering how amazing it was. A bit under powered for even those days, but amazing nonetheless.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

A thinking about PixiLang too

It's one of those things that I've meant to check out and learn but have never gotten around to. Not as yet anyway. Perhaps one day I will. It looks like an amazing language to learn based on what's been made with it before.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

There's always a glitch

You can never get a system without a glitch can you. The old Palm OS wasn't perfect, but somehow it seemed like fun, a bit more real in a way.

Whatever happened to Screens Environment

This was an alternative operating environment for Palm OS. It was pretty smart looking, but sadly it came at a time when Palm OS was on its way out and iOS was on its way up. So sadly it never went anywhere. I was even in touch with the developer too to find out if there was anything else possible, but it didn't happen.

It's a shame.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The wonder of 'sync'

If you think about it we haven't moved away from the idea of a device sync in years. It's been the same from the days of the Palm OS and it still works the same, whether it's over the air or view a cable. It is still essentially the same process. So here at the Palm OS level the sync still works pretty well.

Remembering NinerPaint

This is such a great old Palm OS app. It was brilliant. Way ahead of its time and incredibly useful too. In fact I used it to make the very first PalmSounds logo. It hasn't changed too much since then. It's got better, mainly thanks to my friend Erik's help.

So I thought I'd mention it again.