Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Mar 2013 14:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless After a few months of planning, several weeks of work, and possibly a few kilometres of aimless pacing through the living room, I'm happy to present "Palm: I'm ready to wallow now". This massive article (22,000 words) covers countless aspects of Palm, its devices, its operating system, and the company's importance to the mobile industry. I start with a detailed look at the history of handwriting recognition, after which I move on to the four hardware products I believe are crucial in understanding Palm as a company. Of course, I also dive into Palm OS, covering the kernel, its filesystem (or lack thereof), 'multitasking' capabilities, user experience, and much more. Important Palm OS licensees like Sony and Handspring make an appearance, and I cover the failed attempt at modernising the Palm OS: Palm OS 6 Cobalt. Finally, the conclusion ties it all together. For the first time in OSNews' history, you can also buy this article to support OSNews and make more articles like this possible in the future (don't worry - the regular online version is free, as always!). I suggest you grab a coffee, sit back, and enjoy.
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by MOS6510 on Tue 12th Mar 2013 06:43 UTC
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I started with a Palm Pilot Pro and had a couple of cradles. It fitted really nice in to one, creating one object. Too bad I never got it to synch with Linux, but it did with Windows. I carried it around in a leather case. My Psion 3a was a much superior computer, but the Palm was more fun to use due to it's stylus input and size. It was also more sturdy. The Psion always gave me the feeling it would shatter if dropped.

Later I bought a Palm Vx (8 MB vs 2 MB of the V). It sleek looking device. I synched it with AvantGo, which was a bit like an RSS service, synching news sites in to a mobile version readable on the Palm. My train travels become more fun reading news and playing Hearts.

My last Palm was a Palm T|X. Now I had a color screen, which was very cool. It had Tomtom navigation and even a web browser. On holidays I roamed the streets with it looking for open WiFi so I could synch AvantGo.

I still have all 3 Palms, although the Palm Vx has an alternative launcher which, for unknown reasons, keeps forgetting its settings. Rather annoying.

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