Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 17:55 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

In product lore, high profile gadgets that get killed are often more interesting than the ones that succeed. The Kin, the HP TouchPad, and the Edsel are all case studies in failure - albeit for different reasons. Yet in the history of those killings, nothing compared to the Apple Newton MessagePad. The Newton wasn't just killed, it was violently murdered, dragged into a closet by its hair and kicked to death in its youth by one of technology’s great men. And yet it was a remarkable device, one whose influence is still with us today. The Ur tablet. The first computer designed to free us utterly from the desktop.

'First' is debatable, but this was definitely an interesting product. It was far too complex though, and the simpler, more focussed Palm Pilot then showed the market how mobile computing ought to work - something Apple took to heart a decade later with the iPhone.

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RE[2]: Citation needed
by henderson101 on Thu 8th Aug 2013 01:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Citation needed"
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Ah, independent research. I stand by {citation needed} because that is about all the importance that your personal opinion piece holds in the world of reality.

I did go and read it, you can go read my comments. I believe I, and others, corrected a few of your misconceptions.

As I said, I actually owned a PalmPilot Pro. I still have it. PalmOS 2.0 is positively archaic on it, and the launcher in palmos 3 stole/borrowed the categories in the launcher from Newton OS's extras tray. Even down to having an "unfiled" category. PalmOS was written on Mac's using Metrowerks Codewarrior. PalmOS stole a lot of its UI cues from the Mac OS (e.g. buttons style, popups style, the way the menu attached to the window) and the structure of a PalmOS app is basically a 68000 code fragment library in Mac exe binary format. They borrowed the resource structure of MacOS, so you could even open a PalmOS apps resources up in Resedit under a Mac and look at them. There was a guy who got Think Pascal under Mac OS to compile PalmOS apps written in Pascal - I can't remember what his site's URL is, but I got it to work, and messed about with it in the noughties. It really was a huge hack, and the OS was single tasking, even though the afx kernel could multitask, because of the way the exe's were essentially shared libraries, not actual exe's.

Selective history is a wonderful way to spread half truths. Pity some of us old timers were actually there to witness reality. :-)

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