Monday, October 30, 2017

I keep on coming back to this form factor


I know that the Rex was something that was very much of its time and that in many ways its technology isn't relevant anymore, but I keep coming back to the idea that its form factor is actually much more relevant today than we think.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Still waiting for NinerPaint


Was it my imagination? Didn't I say that it was coming? So what happened? I think I need to find out soon.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

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.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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.

Saturday, October 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.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Realistically, what can you do with a Zodiac II



This has been one of the things most on my mind for a long time. What I'd love to be able to do is something actually useful with not only this PDA but lots of them. But we'll start with the Zodiac II.

To begin with it's a great device, it really is, but it's built for gaming. That's what it was designed to do, and it's great for gaming. The only downside is that I'm not a gamer, so it's actually not that useful in its primary form.

However, one of the interesting by products of the Zodiac is that it is equipped with its own sound chip, so it can play GM sounds and also general OS5 sound too. So that in itself does yield some interesting possibilities, but it doesn't answer my main question.

What do I do with the Zodiac?

I don't have an answer. I'd love to, but I don't as yet. It would be great to find some way for this device to be a constructive and useful piece of technology for me. I'd rather it wasn't just a piece of my museum collection.

So, any suggestions would be very gratefully received!

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.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

When things were truly upgradable











As they so are not now. Back in the day you could put an extra memory card into your PDA. Try doing that with an iPhone!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Unfinished projects: 11


This was like an XY pad affair. Very bleepy.

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.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Unfinished projects: 8


This is arguably one of the strangest things I've made to date. It made really quite aggressive sounds.

If you could have one app for Palm OS, what would it be?

To be clear, I'm not offering to build it for you! I'm just interested. In so many ways you can do almost all the basics with a PDA, but there are somethings that you can't.

So I'm interested to know. If there was an app you'd love to see on Palm OS, what would it be?

The hardware that got away ...





Windows Mobile recording hardware that worked as a CF Card device. Really nice. Very cool. I never owned one, and I suspect that I never will now either.

Of course, it's been totally made redundant, but even so, it would've been nice to have one.

Things that never happened on Palm OS but I wish that they had ...



If you know, then you know. Can you guess, or even better remember these?

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.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Unfinished projects: 7


My latest creation. Another sequencer app.

It never came with this logo though


Or at least the ones I had never did. I thought that was a bit of a shame really. I liked the logo.

Also only have one of these now as well


And these too and exceptionally rare, but beautiful.

I only have one of these now


But it is a tiny bit of Palm OS history, and exceptionally rare as well.

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.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Unfinished projects: 6


Layer was to be a sample player where you could add multiple sample layers into one sequence. It worked to a point.

And there were other very useful PCMCIA devices



Ok, I know that these aren't PDA related really, but they were very useful indeed. The old Iomega clik drive was really handy. You could store a lot of stuff with those tiny disks.

And that's why PCMCIA was cool


And of course that was the only way to get data in and out of a Rex. Unless of course you had a dock for your Rex.

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.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Unfinished projects: 5


The idea behind this was to create a randomised melody to inspire you. I should probably finish this.

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.