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