[TriLUG] Maybe OT: PDAs
Tue, 3 Sep 2002 23:50:05 -0400
On Tuesday, September 3, 2002, at 09:04 PM, Ben Pitzer wrote:
> My thought is this: Handspring Visors and Treos used the Palm OS.
> While Palm may be the oldest that's still on the block, I disagree =
> my old friend Mark's assessment that it's 'showing it's age'.
No, it is showing it's age. The 33MHz processor (66MHz if you shell out=20=
for it) is having problems with some larger apps. By all means, there=20=
are lots of things that it can do, and does very well. I compare the=20
Palm Pilot to Sean Connery. He's no spring chicken, but still quite=20
capable of making you believe he can break you in half with his left=20
thumb, mount you on a pole as a battle standard which he rides into=20
battle to kill the villain, save the girl, and leave you -- or what's=20
left after being used as a battering ram -- to the dingos. Ok. So=20
maybe the Palm Pilot can't do that.
Then again, Palm OS is about to get a major upgrade. Support for ARM=20
processors. http://www.palmsource.com/palmos/intro_os5.html You know,=20=
like the ones in the old Newtons, the iPAQ and Journada. These are much=20=
faster processors, which should breath new life into the Palm platform. =20=
What old hardware will you be able to cram it into? Dunno. Will Apple=20=
bring back the Newton concept, merged with the iPod and Palm OS 5? =20
Would be neat, but not likely. Apple doesn't like to sell hardware with=20=
software platforms it doesn't control, or vise-versa.
> OS. Windows CE is......well, it's Windows. Don't expect any better
Which is (supposedly) a benefit in that you don't have to learn a new=20
API, and in fact should be able to share code with Win32 apps. I=20
haven't tried this, so I don't know how successful it is. My guess is=20=
that it technically works, but not quite as you expected.
> As for graffiti vs. a keyboard, it's going to be your comfort level =
The problem I've had with graffiti -- and this comes back to the age=20
thing -- is that I can easily outpace my ex-Palm Pilot. The=20
keyboards/thumboards I haven't had much experience with, but I would=20
hope it is more able to keep up. 'Course half of that maybe that you're=20=
restricted to your thumbs for typing, and like QWERTY before it, it's=20
designed to slow you down.
> Well, there's my take. YMMV, of course.
I'm waiting for Christmas to see what Palm releases with the Palm OS 5=20=
upgrade. IIRC, Palm has a conference every year near the beginning of=20=
the year, so it may not be until 1Q03 that we see these new toys.
 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If I hadn't=20
nailed 'im to the cradle 'e'd be pushing up the daisies!
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