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: dang it
by rcsteiner on Wed 5th Sep 2007 15:21 UTC in reply to "dang it"
rcsteiner
Member since:
2005-07-12

Depending on what functionality you want, one of the Nokia web pads might meet your needs. I have a pair of 770's at home, and they're extremely nice as lightweight network clients (web, news, rss, CIFS/Samba, VNC, mail).

I'm using three web browsers on them right now (Opera, Minimo, MicroB) to see which one I like the most. The latter two are Mozilla derivatives and seem fairly robust, but they're also a lot larger than the Opera port to Maemo that the 770 uses.

It was really cool to use the 770's VNC client the first time to control Firefox and slrn on my OS/2 box in the basement. Something about seeing a 4OS2 window showing on that little screen seemed really surreal. :-)

Edited 2007-09-05 15:24

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RE[2]: dang it
by Noremacam on Wed 5th Sep 2007 16:37 in reply to "RE: dang it"
Noremacam Member since:
2006-03-08

actually, I'd love the nokia 770 - if it had a keyboard. I wanted the foleo for web, email, and instant messaging(which I would have settled for AJAX IM until a real messaging app was ported). While the nokia has those features, so does my treo, but what I wanted was that with a nice screen, keyboard, and no boot time, or(as the suggested alternative) battery punishment for standby.

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RE[3]: dang it
by hobgoblin on Wed 5th Sep 2007 21:52 in reply to "RE[2]: dang it"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

the both the 770 and N800 woulds with most fold up bluetooth keyboards iirc.

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RE[2]: dang it
by hobgoblin on Wed 5th Sep 2007 21:52 in reply to "RE: dang it"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

may i ask how your doing CIFS?

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RE[3]: dang it
by rcsteiner on Thu 6th Sep 2007 15:33 in reply to "RE[2]: dang it"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

I'm using OS 2006, and I'm using one of the multiple samba clients available.

The specific samba client I use was a .deb package that installed via Application Manager, and it presents me with a nice GUI showing the workgroup and the various hosts and shared resources, and I can simply click on a shared drive to mount it on the 770. Very slick.

It doesn't currently work with my Warp 4 FP15 boxes (it sees the shares but can't mount them), but stock OS/2 uses a much older version of CIFS and I'm not currently running any sort of samba server on them (just OS/2 native peer-to-peer).

However, it *does* work with the Buffalo LinkStation I have (which runs Linux in ROM) as well as with the Win2K boxes I share drives from, so that makes most of my important stuff available to the 770.

I can provide more detailed information when I get home (I don't have the web pad with me at work).

Edited 2007-09-06 15:38

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RE[2]: dang it
by kadymae on Fri 7th Sep 2007 00:01 in reply to "RE: dang it"
kadymae Member since:
2005-08-02

I have a Nokia 770.

This year at the San Diego Comic Con I almost tossed the frelling thing in the harbor it caused me so much misery and frustration.

It gets it right in the areas of all day battery life, web browser, and nice screen, but the rest?

Okay, granted, I was trying to use it as an itty bitty wordprocessor -- something it was never designed to do -- but in between the 90 second boot time and the fact that I could get it to talk to the keyboard only 1 out of every 4 tries, or that it and the keyboard would stop talking to eachother without warning, it left me with tears of rage and frustration on several occasions and reduced me to longhanding my panel notes and interviews.

I realize that it's the flaky OSS driver for the bluetooth keyboard that's to blame, but if what a person needs is something small that they can connect to a touch type keyboard and use as an itty bitty wordprocessor that can surf the web, the Nokia 770 is NOT a good option.

(Because of a back injury, I cannot carry a laptop with me all day. They're too heavy once I get a battery that meets my 5-6 hours of uptime requirement.)

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RE[3]: dang it
by rcsteiner on Fri 7th Sep 2007 19:11 in reply to "RE[2]: dang it"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

Yes -- that's why I wrote the first qualifying sentence in my comment:

"Depending on what functionality you want..."

I actually don't mind using the stylus keypad or the full fingerpad, but I really don't do THAT much typing on it (some online forum messages, and some e-mail, but otherwise it's mainly stuff like typing urls, etc.).

My wife uses Pidgin on hers all the time for chatting, though.

Edited 2007-09-07 19:12

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