Saturday, September 30, 2017

Unfinished projects: 4

This was more of an experiment really. It was to see if I could get the Fossil to make a sound. Didn't work!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Unfinished projects: 3

beepLAB was to be really something. A way to create micro applets inside an environment on a palm OS device. I made some progress but not enough, and really I got stuck.

And a couple more Clie things

Let's face it, who doesn't like accessories!

While I'm on the subject of the Clie series

Here's a memory storage device that is now history. I don't think that there's any use for these at all now, except of course for Clie devices.

I'd love to have a good reason to use this again

It was one of my all time favourite PDAs. It was a kind of swiss army knife of PDAs, but even though it's great I can't think of a real life use for it anymore.

Maybe if I try really hard!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Unfinished projects: 1

I thought it would be interesting to start to document some of my (as usual) unfinished Palm OS projects. Starting today with BeePo 2. BeePo 1 wasn't terribly useful or functional, but it did some stuff. I thought I'd make a second version that might be a bit more interesting. It's stalled!

The real reason that the Rex came with a little pad ...

Was that you couldn't write on it, so it you needed something! So they gave you a pad in the case. Which I suppose was nice really.

If I had an Android ...

I would definitely go back to using Phem as a Palm OS emulator. In fact, that's actually a very good reason for doing it again.

And that's the m515

Which was a great device in my view. Nice and sleek and a better design than the III series.

One day ...

I will finish this!

MiniJam, Modularity and MP3

One of the few MP3 players made for the Visor platform. It was really bulky compared the other modules of the day, but it worked with an SD card which made it very useful indeed.

I still have one. Of course I never use it, but it's a little bit of PDA history.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Night mode

Ok, it was the backlight really. But when you think about it, it is somewhat amazing that it's taken modern day smartphones a long time to do exactly this.

The Franklin Rex Pro

One of the many that didn't have a touch screen, but even so it was good. I still feel like the credit card sized device is a format that should really live again somehow.

The Oregon Scientific

Not many manufacturers made credit card sized PDAs. Very few in fact, but some did. I had to get hold of one of these to see if it was any use. It's not as good the Rexx series at all, but it's ok.

The main difference between this device and the Rexx was the fact that this couldn't work as a PCMCIA device and the Rexx could. I think that overall a PCMCIA device was always going to be better. Not useful in today's world, but back then a stroke of genius.

Got to get around to doing something with this soon

I've been meaning to try this out for a while and haven't found a real use for it as yet.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Oh yeah, the old Palm OS onboard languages

They were amazing. You could do so much with them.

Of course I meant 'pun' and not 'pub'

In the last post, i.e. the one before this one. I thought that would be worth clarifying really!

Just to complete the picture (pub intended) ...

Here's a couple of pictures of the eye module 1.

And while we're on the subject of cameras, here's the lovely eyemodule for the Handspring Visor line. In many ways, like the PalmPix, it was a modular design, and that single feature put Handspring way ahead of the pack back in the day.

I sort of wonder what would've happened if they'd stayed the course. What kind of devices would they developing now?

Ah yes, the PalmPix!

When I look back on what Palm did this little add-on hardware always seems kind of weird and also wonderful somehow. The fact that it was a camera that showed you the picture in black and white because the Palm screen was limited, and yet took a colour picture still seems somewhat fun. Of course, it's nothing by today's standards, and even back in the day it wasn't a great camera, but it was fun and it was innovative too.

In 2000: VisorPhone Springboard module announced

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Was the m100 a mistake?

I always felt that it kind of was. Like it just wasn't well thought out from a design point of view. Technically it didn't have a great deal to offer really. It was nothing special. But it just looked wrong somehow. Not as well designed as the Palm III models.

Will TCL make an actual Palm device?

I don't think so. According to this piece at liliputing they're going to release something. My guess is that at best this will be an Android phone with a Palm brand to it and that will be all. Worst case they don't do anything at all.

It all makes me wonder why they bought the brand in the first place. They've done precious little with it since they bought it.

Whatever happens, I can guarantee one thing. It'll be a disappointment.

In 2002: Samsung announces SPH-i330 and i500 smartphones (CDMA)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Do you think that this will ever get updated

It's a shame that Alex hasn't updated this in a long time. In fact, not since it was first released as first released, which is a real shame. My coding just isn't good enough to take it on sadly.

It could have made for some interesting stuff in the same way that some of the Clie's could both use sampled sounds and GM (general MIDI using their own inbuilt chips).  It would be really cool if a TRG Pro or Palm IIIx could use it's own internal sound using nedosound. That would be awesome.

Maybe one day it'll get updated.

I still can't get this thing to work

After a long time of trying and a variety of different attempts at getting it going. It's a shame really, I'd love for this to work.

The lovely Zire 71

Not quite as good as the 72, but with that kind of cool slide casing feature. Ok, by today's standards the camera sucks, but back in its day it was pretty awesome stuff.

I was just thinking about it and wanted to mention it.

In 1997: IBM Workpad 10u introduced

In 1996: IBM announces it will sell a rebranded PalmPilot, the WorkPad

IBM announces it will sell a rebranded PalmPilot, the WorkPad (1996)

Monday, September 04, 2017

And then Palm cancelled the Foleo

Yep, it was a shock back then, but perhaps in hindsight something of a signal that they had really lost the plot. It was today in 2007, and given how things changed perhaps it was the right thing to do. I still think that in many ways they didn't see or understand what was coming and how it would ultimately change their world.

There's even Palm stuff on Pinterest

If you're a pinterest user you can find the Palmorama pinterest board here. I add stuff to it occasionally, so it's worth checking every once in a while to see if there's anything new.