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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le_c
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2013-01-02

Find that pretty interesting stuff!

I don't quite understand why switching to Dalvik made you drop the distributed nature of the view hierarchy though.

Looked into OpenBinder before. As one part of my PhD project I look into how the behaviour of an application can be changed at runtime (basically by rewiring components). For the prototype I used many ideas from OpenBinder and especially pidgen to generate the base object binder code. However, I mixed in a bit of qt's thread safe signal/ slot semantic to make it easier to make stuff thread safe (http://qt-project.org/doc/qt-4.8/threads-qobject.html).

Is there actually something you miss from the Cobalt platform (binder related) that is not in Android?

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