[TriLUG] Maybe OT: PDAs
franklin at elfie.org
Tue Sep 3 23:50:05 EDT 2002
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 with
> 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
for it) is having problems with some larger apps. By all means, there
are lots of things that it can do, and does very well. I compare the
Palm Pilot to Sean Connery. He's no spring chicken, but still quite
capable of making you believe he can break you in half with his left
thumb, mount you on a pole as a battle standard which he rides into
battle to kill the villain, save the girl, and leave you -- or what's
left after being used as a battering ram -- to the dingos. Ok. So
maybe the Palm Pilot can't do that.
Then again, Palm OS is about to get a major upgrade. Support for ARM
processors. http://www.palmsource.com/palmos/intro_os5.html You know,
like the ones in the old Newtons, the iPAQ and Journada. These are much
faster processors, which should breath new life into the Palm platform.
What old hardware will you be able to cram it into? Dunno. Will Apple
bring back the Newton concept, merged with the iPod and Palm OS 5?
Would be neat, but not likely. Apple doesn't like to sell hardware with
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
API, and in fact should be able to share code with Win32 apps. I
haven't tried this, so I don't know how successful it is. My guess is
that it technically works, but not quite as you expected.
> As for graffiti vs. a keyboard, it's going to be your comfort level that
The problem I've had with graffiti -- and this comes back to the age
thing -- is that I can easily outpace my ex-Palm Pilot. The
keyboards/thumboards I haven't had much experience with, but I would
hope it is more able to keep up. 'Course half of that maybe that you're
restricted to your thumbs for typing, and like QWERTY before it, it's
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
upgrade. IIRC, Palm has a conference every year near the beginning of
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
nailed 'im to the cradle 'e'd be pushing up the daisies!
franklin at elfie.org
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