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!