Monday, October 15, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The #handera330 #pda again


And some more of the iconic #handera330 #pda


A bit of a close up on the #handera 330 #palmos #pda


RAM / SD and CF slots on the #handera #palmos #pda


The amazing #handera #pda


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.

In 1999: Qualcomm pdQ shipping (first cell phone (CDMA) / Palm)

Of course this was a big deal and the shape of things to come, not that Palm really spotted it until it was a bit late in the day.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

In 1999: Nokia licenses PalmOS

Which isn't odd given what they've done since, but back then it did seem like a strange decision to take, at least that's what I thought anyway.

Friday, October 12, 2018

In 2005: Palm Inc. announces TX and Z22 handhelds

The release of the TX was a big deal. It was the last of the Tungsten range, and in fact one of the last PDAs that Palm made. It was a very solid machine too. The Z22 on the other hand was another budget machine and one that I personally didn't think too much of really.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

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.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

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.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

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.

Monday, October 01, 2018

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.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

In 2003: Palm introduces Tungsten T2 (32MB RAM, brighter screen update of Tungsten T)

The step before one of my favourite PDAs of all time, the T3. The T2 was nice, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't the T3. I never owned a T2, or the original T either, but I guess I don't really need to again.

In 2002: Sony announces SL10 (entry-level)

I never had one of these. By the time I was into the Sony line this was very old and too small and under powered for my needs by then.

Friday, July 20, 2018

In 2001: Palm announces m125 with immediate availability

The m-series Palm OS PDAs sort of passed me by in a way. I was doing other stuff and still using my 3 series so I didn't need to go there. I sort of caught up again a few years ago, but I still don't understand why they moved to the m-series. I didn't think that the hardware really warranted a new line of PDAs. Just my view.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

In 1999: Palm IIIe announced (entry-level)

Which looked a lot like the other devices but came with only 2mb of RAM onboard. I mean, these days you can't really believe that you could do anything with 2mb, but you could back then and people did. I never really warmed to this device, but I guess that by the time it came out it really wasn't aimed at me.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In 2003: Sony introduces new Handheld Engine processor (variable speed ARM-based CPU)

Sony released so many devices it was almost unreal. They really did make a lot of use of the Palm OS back in those days. It's a shame that they didn't keep it up, but a lot of the devices are still worth having even now.

In 2003: Sony announces UX50 and UX40 (landscape flip&twist format, keyboard, WiFi + Bt, 16+16+16+29MB RAM, Handheld Engine processor)

Amazing when they were first announced. I was really excited, but they were so expensive that they were out of reach for a lot of Palm OS fans. Which was a shame. I only ended up owning one many years later and long after they'd been discontinued too. When I did own one it was a bit of a disappointment in the end.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In 1998: Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky leave 3Com and found Handspring

The start of something rather amazing in my view. Handspring could have been a true market leader if they'd had a little more vision. So many of the modular electronic devices we're seeing now were inspired by the Visor and its modular approach.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

In 2003: Alphasmart announces Dana Wireless (WiFi)

Alphasmart was a really innovative brand and Dana with wireless was a good example of just that. An early version of an iPad with big keyboard? Sort of.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

US Robotics releases the first SDK (software developer kit) in 1996

US Robotics releases the first SDK (software developer kit) (1996), which was the start of a massive ecosystem for the Palm OS.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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.

Monday, June 18, 2018

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.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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.

Monday, June 04, 2018

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.

In 2003: Announcement: Palm and Handspring to merge in Fall '03!!

Whilst it sounded great it didn't work out in the end. The innovation that Handspring had brought did nothing to revive Palm at all.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

There's a big resource for finding Palm OS apps

Back in the day there were plenty of Palm OS app sites around the internet for you to download almost anything. These days, there's only a few options left. However, now there's a new place to look. Now you can go to the Palm Archive to take a look for what you want.

You can find the archive here. Of course, if you're looking for something musical, then you can also find some rarities right here at the Palmorama library.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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).

Friday, May 18, 2018

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 07, 2018

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, May 06, 2018

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.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

In 2004: palmOne releases Zire72 (1.2Mp camera; Bluetooth) and Zire31 (entry-level color, MP3)

The lovely Zire 72. It might only have had a 1.2 Mp camera, but back in 2004 this wasn't bad at all for a PDA, and it was a nice device to use as well. Better than the 71 although I did like the slider on that.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

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.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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.

Monday, April 16, 2018

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.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

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.

Monday, April 09, 2018

In 1996: Pilot 1000, 5000 start shipping

It was the very start of something that has defined the current mobile world. It was a big and important thing, and it good to mark it today in the calendar. So go and celebrate by doing something to do with PDAs today.

Friday, March 23, 2018

In 1998: Symbol SPT1500 introduced (with integrated bar-code scanner)

I still see these being used in industry all over the place. It's interesting to see just how they've lasted over the years.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

In 2001: Samsung SPH-i300 announced (cell phone / Palm)

Another device I know little about, well next to nothing as it goes, but it is an interesting device nonetheless.

Monday, March 19, 2018

In 2001: Palm m505, m500 announced (first OS4 devices; Secure Digital (SD) expansion slot; shipping May)

Dedicated OS4 devices! Wow! Of course you could update your old Palm III types to OS4 but it was a delicate procedure. Also, SD cards! That was a step forward, and made things a lot easier if you were using a lot of data.

Monday, March 12, 2018

In 2001: Handspring Edge announced

I did like the Handspring devices, and although I never owned an Edge it was a really interesting step forward especially given how modern devices have got thinner and thinner. Handspring were really ahead of their time. It's such a shame that they didn't survive.

In 2003: Samsung introduces SGH-i500 (GSM/GPRS smartphone; OS5.2 PXA262 300MHz processor)

I have to admit to knowing very little about these devices. It interests me that Samsung never really developed their own OS and have a history of licensing other people's.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

In 1997: PalmPilot Personal and Professional announced (first backlit screens; TCP/IP stack; up to 1MB RAM; OS2)

Incredible stuff. The PDA world was being born here in 1997. It was so exciting!

In 1997: PalmPilt Clip-on Modem announced

PalmPilt Clip-on Modem announced in 1997. In a time before we could communicate with devices without even thinking about it the idea of having of modem that could attach to a PDA was huge!

Friday, March 09, 2018

In 1998: Palm III introduced (first InfraRed; 2MB RAM; OS3)

The Palm III was my first ever PDA. It was a revelation for me and it was also a landmark device in 1998. Thinking back to then, the idea of communication through infrared was amazing and had huge possibilities. I often think that modern devices could do with infrared now.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

In 2003: Sony releases SJ22 (hi-res color at US$200)

Another of the huge line of Sony devices. Not a massively impressive device though, their later ones were better in my view.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

In 2001: Palm m105 announced

Not really a step forward in my view. I never thought that much of the M series and the 105 was unimpressive from my perspective. I did like the M515 though.

In 2001: Kyocera QCP-6035 shipping

I never had one of these, or indeed very much to do with these devices, but they're interesting to see in the context of the history of the Palm mobile world.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

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.

In 2002: Palm Inc. announces m515 and m130

I did like the 515, but the 130 was more entry level I think and not of as much interest to me personally. I think that the M series was more about iteration rather than innovation, and perhaps in some ways was more a signal that Palm was running out of steam or not being able to innovate in the same ways.

In 2003: Sony announces TG50 (OS5; integrated keyboard; Bluetooth)

Another good device from Sony but not an amazing step forward in my opinion.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

In 2002: IBM to phase out WorkPad line (to carry Palm-branded devices instead)

Not a surprise really, but a shame. The WorkPad was ok, but just a Palm III really. I always thought it was a bit odd that they did it in the first place.

Friday, February 09, 2018

In 2004: PalmSource announces OS name changes: OS5 will become Garnet and OS6 will become Cobalt

Of course OS6 never really came to anything. It was a shame, a real shame. Of course everything was broken even before this when Palm split itself.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

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.

Monday, February 05, 2018

In 2002: PalmSource previews OS5 beta; general distribution of OS5 developer tools

The awesome OS5, a huge step forward in so many ways for the Palm OS world and community. It gave us the opportunity to do some really amazing things in music and video.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

In 2002: 5th annual PalmSource Developer Conference and Expo (to Feb.08)

Of course I never attended one of these, but back then they were really important events. I used to watch out for announcements to see what happened and what was coming.

Friday, February 02, 2018

In 2004: Sony introduces TH55 (HVGA screen; WiFi; .3MP camera) TJ37 (WiFi; .3MP camera) and TJ27 (.3MP camera)

I didn't ever get to own one of these. I still sort of wish I did have one, and even occasionally look out for one. Very nice devices, very innovative in their day too.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

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.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

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 21, 2018

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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Some very good Visor kit all in one bundle on eBay



Not only does this bundle contain a couple of Visors and two fairly rare springboard modules, but also one SmartPad, which is in itself very rare indeed.

Handspring Visor package on eBay

A rare Xircom Rex 5000 on eBay



Any Rex is pretty rare these days, but a 5000 is really very rare. This one does look nice and the price is very reasonable too.

Xircom REX 5000 on eBay

Monday, January 15, 2018

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.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Something new, or at least new to me

Very kindly, a old friend has donated an item to my 'museum' of sorts. It's a Palm OS device that has been heavily customised and is probably one of the most unique pieces I've ever seen.

I will be taking some pictures of this device, hopefully today, and posting about it over the next week or so.

Just wanted to give you some warning, and a little tease!

Friday, January 12, 2018

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.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Here are some of the most popular posts on Palmorama ever. A bit of a strange bunch, but there you go.

The first is That's a shame. IR monitoring would've been handy .... Which I guess makes sense. I personally think that infrared is a totally under rated technology.

The next is Microbe for Palm OS on the Zodiac. The Zodiac is a device I'd like to use a bit more in 2018. We shall see. I think it has a lot more potential than I've used so far.

The next is A simple Palm Pilot Serial MIDI interface. I really should make this serial interface at some point. Even though I've already got a very decent SG20 module.

The penultimate is Is Palm coming back? Which, of course, still hasn't happened, and I'm not sure it will either.

Finally, Rex 6000 on eBay. Rex devices are so cool. Expect more this year.

Happy New Year to all Palm OS people!

I can't believe that in 2018 I'm still running Palmorama! This is the 13th year that Palmorama has been published. That's a long time indeed.

So expect more from Palmorama this year. As ever, at the start of any new year I think I'll try and do more with Palmorama, and this year I might. We shall see. I have ideas, I have plans. As usual what I lack is the time to carry them all out. But maybe that'll change in 2018. Who knows!