Sunday, January 29, 2017

In 2002: Handspring ships Treo 180 (GSM cellular networks)

The birth of the smartphone? Perhaps! If not, then at the very least it was a massive step forward for Handspring and for the mobile world as a whole too.

In 1996: Pilot announced

Yep, the pilot was announced and is a milestone to this day in the mobile device history line. I actually owned one very briefly but a long time after it was released. This device was the beginning of so much!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

In 2002: Palm Inc. announces i705 (replaces VIIx)

This is a device that I always wished I'd had, but never got around to, and these days they're quite expensive to get hold of. A bit of a shame really. A nice device and, in its day, a real innovation.

Friday, January 27, 2017

PDAT progress

I discovered a load of little projects I'd made in PDAT ages ago. I'm planning on reviving them soon and seeing what can be salvaged. Some of them aren't bad actually, and what's more, PDAT is kind of fun to play around with too.

Progress on BeepLAB

I shared the other day what I was doing on a new app called BeepLAB. I've been adding to that to make it a bit more useful or at least fun anyway. Unfortunately my changes caused massive reboots on my Treo, and so far I'm not sure why! I'm sure I'll get there. I wouldn't want to release a Palm OS app that kills your device!

More soon.

Getting back to normal

Well things are moving back towards normal at Palmorama HQ, so I should be able to update you on a few things I've been tinkering with soon.

Stay tuned.

In 2003: Sony announces SJ33 (entry level with MP3 and hi-res color)

I never had one of these, but they did seem good, with the same comments I've made about the other Sony devices over time.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Some problems at Palmorama HQ

So just to let you know that I'm having some technical problems with computers right now so there may not be quite some much news at Palmorama over the next few days. Not that there's actually news per se.

Hopefully things will return to normal soon enough

Saturday, January 21, 2017

In 2002: split of Palm into OS Subsidiary ("PalmSource") and Palm Hardware ("Palm Inc.") companies

I never thought that this was a good idea, and I think it was the beginning of the end for the whole of the Palm OS ecosystem. What a very great shame that was! They could have done so much more I think.

Friday, January 20, 2017

A quick look at BeepLAB


I thought I'd share a little bit of what I'm messing about with. This is the current state, or actually was the current state a day ago. It's a simple little app that is just fun. Mainly fun to make rather than fun to use. If and when it's done, or at least it gets to a state of 'doneness', then it'll become available, if you want it of course.

There'll be more news soon enough.

Monday, January 16, 2017

And, PDAT again ...


It was only just under a year ago that I was talking about PDAT. I was saying that I was going to get going with PDAT again. It was up and running on my Libretto, and I even got an up built (just a proof of concept) and beamed out to my Handera 330. You can see it above.

Well I'm back to it again and getting the environment up and running once more. Between PDAT and iziBasic I should get some things made.

Unfinished interfaces (11) Xeep


Xeep is an X-Y pad for making bleepy noises (a lot of my stuff is for making bleepy noises). If I remember correctly it is pretty much done now. So it could just need some tweaking to get it done.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Unfinished interfaces (10) Wordulator


The idea of Wordulator was that it would make some text for you. That might be a song title, or a poem or a number of other things. It's a random idea generator really, that's all. It's one that I should finish really.

In 2002: Symbol introduces SPT-1550

Whilst I don't know much about this devices itself I do know that they were built for commercial / industrial use and are quite rare now, although you can occasionally find the odd company that still use them.

In 2002: Sony announces T615 and S360

Both of which were very nice devices in their own way. Actually Sony were pretty prolific in releasing Palm OS based devices and produced them for virtually all tastes and budgets. In the end I had a handful of their devices over time and still do, but I often had the impression that they tried to put too much in each device and compromised at times.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

BeePo 2 is now no more


I've been messing around with BeePo 2, my simple beep app for Palm OS. Sadly I'm having a lot of trouble with it and it now won't compile at all. Which is a shame really. Anyway, now I'm going to start again with some of the things that I wanted to do with BeePo 2 in a new app.

I'll keep you posted on progress.

Unfinished interfaces (9) SliderOn


SliderOn was a fairly experimental app for me. You'd move the sliders up and down to change the sound output and the display. As a noise maker it's fairly good, or at least I think so anyway.

Well that Poll didn't really tell me what I wanted to know

Which is a bit of a shame really, but never mind. I guess that one thing I can take away from it is that there really aren't very many people still using Palm OS any more, or indeed Windows Mobile.

That's not going to mean anything for Palmorama though. It'll still keep going. Don't worry about that.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Unfinished interfaces (8) Seq1


Seq1 is the last app I started. The basic idea was to create a sequencer that could play either bleeps or simple samples on each of 16 steps. I think that this is definitely a candidate for finishing off.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Unfinished interfaces (7) Layer


The idea behind Layer was to be able to trigger lots of loops and samples simultaneously. It only got as far as this and hadn't really begun to take shape. It is a candidate to get going again, but a fair way down the list.

In 2001: Palm Desktop v4 for Windows released

Not a massive thing really, but it did bring some new things for Palm users and fixed a lot of problems too.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Unfinished interfaces (6) iNspire


The idea behind this app was to be able to create little random tunes. A bit like ranDRUM but for simple sequences. Again, never finished, but something that I think has a good chance of getting there.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

And more Seiko SmartPad


So this is the bit which communicates with the PDA. It's all pure line of sight stuff. Which is, when you think about it, the only way you could do this stuff so that it'd work for both Palm OS and Windows Mobile.

Unfinished interfaces (5) FosSound


This wasn't really an unfinished interface, and, as you can see it barely has an interface anyway. It was in fact a proof of concept for creating an app for the Palm OS fossil watch. It didn't work though, which was a shame.

I may go back to it and try a few other things, but it isn't top of my list.

Monday, January 09, 2017

More Seiko SmartPad


The PDA housing is pretty simple actually, mainly because it's designed to take a lot of different PDA models and types.

Unfinished interfaces (4) bleepLAB


This is quite an old and unfinished project that was meant to be sort of experimental. The basic idea was to create a little 'lab' environment for creating bleepy interfaces and sounds on your PDA. It only got so far and then I hit issues with what I wanted to do and what I was able to do.

It's a possible candidate for picking up again, but definitely won't be the first.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Inside the Seiko SmartPad


So here's a first look at the SmartPad. It's pretty solidly designed and nicely set out. It'll be interesting to see how it works with a variety of devices.

Unfinished interfaces (3) BeePeR


The third in my little series is one that I can't even remember. In fact, I have to be honest and say that it isn't the only one that I don't remember, but in terms of the series it's the first. From that perspective I'm not sure it'll ever get finished now, or at the very least it's at the end of a long line.

If I do work it out though and somehow remember what my idea was then I'll let you know.

And another blast from the past from CES

The BBC coverage of CES shows up the new Scotte Vest. I can remember these being big back when PDAs were all the rage. Now they're back and ready to hold up to 42 of your most essential gadgets. Although they suggest that you don't try and put all 42 in at once.

So it seems that the same ideas keep on coming back again and again. I wonder if we'll see a rise in PDAs again?

Is Intel reinventing the Rex? Ok, not really

But it is interesting to see. Intel's new Compute Card is a credit card sized computer and whilst it doesn't claim to be a PDA and has no screen it's still interesting to see that the idea of a credit card sized computer is getting dusted off for the 21st century.

Let's see what kind of reception it gets.

In 2003: Sony announces NZ90 (OS5; 2 megapixel camera; Bluetooth)

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Unfinished interfaces (2) BeePo 2


BeePo was one of the first apps for Palm OS that I made. It's pretty simple though. I thought I'd do some more with it in BeePo 2, but, like all the other interfaces in this series, it stalled. However, having said that it is one of the simplest apps, so making it do more shouldn't be too difficult.

We'll see where I get to with it.

Unfinished Interfaces (1) ... tDrum


I was looking through some of my unfinished iziBasic projects, and wondering what I should do with them, and then I thought I'd share some of them with you and see what you think. So I'm going to make a little series of posts on these app projects and show you the interfaces.

This is one of the most complex interfaces I've made. Sadly, whilst I can remember what I'd wanted to achieve with it, it has got so complex that it's really difficult to get my head into the code again.  I may still try though.

Please vote in the poll

There's only a couple of days to go of the poll, so please vote. I'd really like to know what you use.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

My existing apps available in the library

In case you didn't know, you can find my existing apps in the Palmorama Library site. There you'll find the following:
  • Beepo - My first foray into making Palm OS apps
  • D-Pod - A simple drum app
  • ranDRUM - A more complex randomised drum sequencer
I'm planning to put up more apps into the library soon. More of mine, and more of just general apps that I think will be useful.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

What sort of apps?

If you do still use a PDA what apps are missing? What would you really like to have running on your old PDA, and why?

I'd really like to hear from you.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Inside the Seiko box


Yesterday I teased you with this device and you may have thought that perhaps I hadn't actually got one. But I have, and here's the first look inside.

Of course it comes with a CD-ROM, everything did back then. But this box had never been opened, and whilst in most cases that would be a good thing, the downside is that this box had batteries in it, and they'd leaked. Luckily they didn't leak out to anything important, but they had damaged the box.

Is it viable?

Something that's been on my mind for a while now. Is it even viable to use a Palm OS device on a regular basis? Could I manage? Could I do all the things I sort of take for granted now? I'm not sure. It's a maybe at best.

The reason for asking is because I'm curious as to whether or not I could get by just with an old school PDA, or more likely smartphone. I'm thinking of something like the late Palm Treos. Maybe a 680 or even a Windows Mobile device.

It's something I'm going to give more thought to over the coming days and weeks and see where it goes.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Please take part in the poll

You may have noticed that there's a little poll now in the sidebar. I'm really interested to hear from you as to what kind of PDA you do use, if indeed you still have one. So please fill it in, it'll only take you a few seconds.

Yes, I've finally got one of these


This is one of those devices that I always fancied getting, but they were always too expensive. Of course now, they're not. In fact I bought this for £5. It was brand new too.

I'll be showing more of it soon. Stay tuned.

Jeff Hawkins founds Palm Computing

Jeff Hawkins founds Palm Computing on this day.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

2017 is time to make some new Palm OS apps I think

I know that I've said it before, but I will try in 2017. I've got some ideas for new Palm OS apps to make and I may even try to turn my hand to some Windows Mobile too.

Welcome to the 12th year of Palmorama

To be honest I find it somewhat amazing that it's been going this long. I started Palmorama all the way back in 2006 and I can't quite believe that it's still going. But here we are.

I've got a few new things to talk about this year, and I'm hoping that you might find those interesting, but more on that soon. For now, thanks for continuing to read Palmorama. It means a lot!

Welcome to Palmorama in 2017 ...

So here we are, in 2017. It has been a very long time since we were in a Palm OS world, but that sort of thing just doesn't deter me in the slightest. In fact, just the opposite.

You may know that I also run palmsounds.net, which has always been focused on mobile music creation. Of course, when that started back in 2006 mobile music was about Palm OS and Windows Mobile. All that's changed though, and these days it's mostly about iOS with a few other interesting things around the periphery. That in itself is a shame.

So why am I telling you this? That's a good question, it's because I am growing very tired of the current mobile world and as a result I want to conduct an experiment. I'm going to see if I can use old style tech, like Palm OS and Windows Mobile to do a lot of the things that I normally do on iOS and, very occasionally on Android too.

As you can imagine, this isn't going to be easy. It may take some time just to get set up, but if nothing else it'll be an interesting journey, and I hope it'll turn up good results. I'll let you be the judge of that.

So watch out for posts about what I'm doing, where it's going, and how I can get some old tech to do things that our shiny new devices do today, or even, just maybe, a little bit more. We shall see ...