Saturday, June 29, 2019

It's been a lot of fun

If you're a follower of this blog (and I think that'll put you into a distinct minority), then you may have noticed that it hasn't been updated for a long time now, or at least a few months. I haven't really had the time to post anything, and, let's face it, there really isn't much in the way of news in the world of Palm anymore.

So Palmorama will be stopping now. The blog will stay for as long as blogger exists, but the sites will eventually disappear as the hosting goes. If you need to download anything from the library then now is the time to do that.

Thanks for visiting Palmorama, and I hope that over the years it's been of some small use to you.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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.

Monday, April 22, 2019

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.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

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.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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.

Friday, March 22, 2019

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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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.

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.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

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!

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!

Saturday, March 09, 2019

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.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

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.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

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.

Monday, March 04, 2019

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

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

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.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

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.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

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.

Monday, February 04, 2019

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.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

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.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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!

Monday, January 28, 2019

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.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

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.

Monday, January 21, 2019

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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Phem Emulator issues




I've been loading up apps to Phem on my Amazon Fire tablet, but, as you can see, I've been having some issues with some apps. It doesn't seem to be something predictable though. Fairly random in fact.

It has meant that loading apps to the emulator has taken a lot longer that I'd wanted really, but I'm getting there slowing.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

And more Rex files too

In addition to more Palm OS files going into the Library, I'm adding in more Rex 6000 files too. One of note is MiniData. It's a database viewer. Quite useful, and one of the few Rex 6000 addin files I've managed to find.

More apps into the library

I've been adding more stuff into the library today (click above in the menu where it says library) and you'll see. I'm hoping to add more stuff throughout this week, so check back regularly.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Jeff Hawkins founds Palm Computing

Jeff Hawkins founds Palm Computing

A few more thoughts about 2019

I've been thinking a lot about what Palmorama will be this year. Whilst in some ways you could argue that, against all the odds, there is something new happening in the world of Palm. It isn't actually very "Palm" oriented. The owners of the Palm brand hasn't (at least in my opinion) made something that continues the line of Palm in a meaningful way. I would have liked them to do something that took forward the legacy of Palm and took it into new directions. Sadly, they didn't. I think it was a shame.

There are a few things that are of interest, not many, but a few. But is that enough to keep going? Is that enough to keep a blog going? Maybe.

Of course there's plenty to look back on from the golden days of the Palm era, and I think that I've done a fair amount of that over the last few years. It's fun, but, after this long it is also quite possibly enough looking back. Or at least it feels that way.

So where does that leave us?

Well, there's still a lot that I could do in terms of the Palm Library. I'm sure that I still have a load more apps that could be uploaded. So that's one thing.

And what about the apps I'd started making for Palm OS? That is another potential. I have started many many apps over the years. Sadly I haven't finished very many at all. I always intend to go back to several of them, but finding the time isn't easy. Maybe this year will be different. I don't know as yet.

The biggest area, and the area I still haven't cracked, is making a Palm PDA work for me now. I do have a couple of new ideas for this, but again, it really isn't so easy at all. I'm hoping to move forward with it, but it may take time, and also, it may go in directions you might not expect.

I think that for now we'll just have to see how things unfold this year. There isn't really any other way.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

So what's the plan for this year then?

Well that's a good question. In the early days of Palmorama it was mainly about news. Then, as Palm faded away it became about the legacy and who was still doing interesting things in the space. In recent years it's been much more about what you can still do with a Palm PDA, and that has been interesting too.

But in 2019 I think I'd like to spend a bit more time thinking about stuff I'd like to do and make with these old devices. I still think there's some fun to be had with them.

... And before I forget ...

Just wanted to say a big thank you for still coming back and checking out my ramblings on vintage technology. It's much appreciated.

Welcome to Palmorama's 14th year of talking about PDA stuff

Which is a pretty big milestone in my view. I really had no idea that it would keep going on this long, but here we are. It's the 1st of January 2019 and Palmorama is still around.