Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 4th Sep 2007 22:00 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Palm CEO Ed Colligan has posted a letter to Palm Customers, Partners and Developers on the official Palm blog. In the post, he states Palm will cancel the Foleo mobile companion product in its current configuration, and will undertake efforts to focus entirely on Palm's next-generation (Linux-based too) smartphone platform. My Take: A right move for Palm, the market is not ready for this sort of device.
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RE[3]: dang it
by pxa270 on Wed 5th Sep 2007 07:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: dang it"
pxa270
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2006-01-08

> the foleo relied on using flash ram, which didn't require power to keep memory ...

The Foleo uses flash ram for non-volatile storage and DRAM for program execution and volatile data, unlike older PDAs which used (battery-backed) DRAM for both. But they still rely on standby for instant-on, because rebooting WinCE/PalmOS/Linux every time is far too slow. And I believe so does the Foleo, unless they've done some very major work on Linux.


> It could be very useful to most people.

What I meant wasn't that an instant-on computer isn't useful, but that one that instants on to pure DOS (which can boot in about 1s on modern hardware) or to a very stripped down Linux console (you can probably get this under 3s if you compile everything as modules and use the most minimal init script) is not useful to most people.

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RE[4]: dang it
by Noremacam on Wed 5th Sep 2007 13:51 in reply to "RE[3]: dang it"
Noremacam Member since:
2006-03-08

I guess I didn't write that right, I guess what I was saying, the foleo was unique in that it's "standby" didn't drain battery(well, as much as a lith-ion on the shelf would), unlike that of a true laptop, which has to keep the memory powered to have standby functionality - a feature that I sorely wanted in a device. I'd like to take a device a week or two from its last charge and turn it on in a split second fire off an email and back off again.

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