Sunday, June 18, 2017

In 2003: Handspring introduces Treo 600 (OS5 smartphone)

The 600, and also the 650 were awesome devices. Early smartphones weren't nearly as easy to use as modern devices but they paved the way for what we have now.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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, May 27, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

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).

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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.

Monday, May 08, 2017

So it's about time I mentioned this again ...

If you didn't already know, then be aware that there's now a Palmorama Facebook page.You can check out the page here. In fact, please do go and give the page a like. That would be great.  I'd really like that. There isn't too much there as yet, but there will be in time. I promise.

Thanks! And please take a look at the page.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

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.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Here's something I found: Windows Mobile / Windows CE Archives - Document Editors/Readers

Windows Mobile / Windows CE Archives - Document Editors/Readers
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Read the original here

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

I need to get back to this


I've left this alone for a while now and I think that I need to get on with it and make something. I'll also need to think about what device to take it forward with. A real PalmOS device, like the Treo, or on Phem, where I don't think it'll actually work, or StyleTap?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Backing up in Windows Mobile


Which is something I haven't really made much use of and really should do as I'm putting a load more stuff into Windows Mobile right now.


As is normal on a lot of platforms the back up wants you to be connected to power before it runs, and that makes even more sense given that the battery on this old device isn't in that good shape.

 

A Clanger Theremin on Windows Mobile


I've been checking out some of the apps I have on my Windows Mobile device and I'd pretty much forgotten about this app. Ok it isn't very useful, but it is sort of fun. Nice to remember it again.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

In 2003: Palm releases Zire 71 (OMAP310 144MHz processor; integrated camera; hi-res).

I really liked the 71. It wasn't as good as the 72 in my view, of course it was earlier but I liked the physical design of the slider. It was really cool.

In 2003: Palm releases Tungsten C (PXA-255 400MHz processor; integrated WiFi; first with 64MB RAM).

Integrated wifi wasn't something common back in 2003. In fact even having wifi at home wasn't entirely common, so the C was quite a step forward and a pretty impressive device, especially given its processor and amount of RAM.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

In 1997: pilotgear, the first commercial software archive, goes online (later became PalmGearHQ)

PalmGear was an amazing portal for getting Palm OS software (we didn't call it apps in those days). I remember discovering it and finding so many new possibilities for my PDA. I'm so sad it went dark.

Friday, April 21, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Torpedo working under StyleTap #pda


ViziBasic and IziBasic running under StypeTap and builds working fine #pda


StyleTap PalmOS emulator running on Windows Mobile #pda


After way too long, returning to the Axim #pda


In 2003: HandEra announces end-of-life for PalmOS handheld lineup

What a shame. Handera made the TRG Pro and the 330, both excellent machines and way ahead of their time in my view. I wish they'd made an OS5 machine, it would have been amazing.

And now Palmorama has a Facebook page

For those that have been asking me about this, then here it is finally, you can check out the page here. In fact, please go and give the page a like. I really that there isn't much there as yet, but there will be in time.

Thanks! And please take a look at the page.

Friday, April 14, 2017

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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NinerPaint will live again!

There are going to be at least a handful of people who know about this lovely Palm OS app from the past. Well there's some good news, NinerPaint is coming back, it's being ported to iOS, but the old Palm OS version will be available once more! 

NinerPaint was way ahead of its time, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what it can do on iOS and also welcoming it back for Palm OS. As I have more news I'll post it.
 

Some time ago I used it for a live show once, you can see the visuals behind me. I think it worked really well.




ViziBasic working in Phem so far, but will it build? #pda


Another app that's at least partially working in Phem #pda


More additions to Phem although this one isn't too useful #pda


Monday, April 10, 2017

A pretty rare Fossil FX3005 smartwatch turns up on eBay




If I'm right this is the Fossil watch that used to work with a special service called MSN Direct. MSN Direct could even connect to your Outlook and provide some MSN Messenger features.

So it's a pretty rare item.

Fossil FX-3005 on eBay