Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jun 2012 22:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless If you're a Palm fan, you might want to look away - or not. Chris Ziegler has written a fantastic article on the short rise and eventual demise of webOS, and with it, Palm. I'm generally not a fan of companies, but I have my exceptions - and Palm is one of them. Correction - Palm was one of them.
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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sat 9th Jun 2012 11:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Two people at work have one, not too impressed with them. The screen always feels very busy and crammed.

But you are right, Symbian originated from the Psion OS.

I have a Nokia 9500 and a E90 that both are kinda like a Psion.

Still I prefer my Psion 3a. The Psion 5 and Revo that came after it didn't quite capture me. A number of people had either of those, but I stuck to my 3a.

Recently I acquired a Psion 3MX. Yes, I have a whole bunch of PDA's.

I also found my Palm Pro, when it was still 3COM.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Sun 10th Jun 2012 00:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2005-07-06

Presumably the recent Symbian release also for E7, Nokia Belle, brings quite a few UI changes; makes it more in-line with the present times. Who knows, you might like it now? ;)
(but curious how they pretty much dropped "Symbian" from the naming conventions - maybe to escape from the Elop "burning platform" Effect?)

WRT Psion: from quickly glancing over Wiki pages about them ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psion#The_Psion_Organiser - second section, starting with "A second effort"), it seems you perhaps weren't alone, with 3 vs 5.
(is the keyboard of 5 seriously good enough for touch-typing? That could be awesome, even now, perhaps a reason to get one)

Also, curious bit from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psion_Series_3

Psion's industrial hardware division continue to produce handhelds running the same 16-bit operating system, some 17 years after its introduction on the Psion MC range of laptops and 5 years after Psion Computer's final 32-bit EPOC PDA was released.

There even seems to be sort-of-Linux for 3... http://elks.sourceforge.net/introduction.html

Anyway, are you making there a museum or something? ;)


PS. If I would like to experience the original Palm, the early models are perfectly fine, right? (the later ones maybe even with needless bling? Also while PalmIII can be had for peanuts at my local auction site)

Edited 2012-06-10 00:39 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 10th Jun 2012 08:51 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I guess I could make a museum. Apart from a number of PDA's I also have a HP calculator collection and a large amount of Apple stuff (pens, posters, clothes, etc...).

Old Palms are cool, I just found my Palm Pilot Professional and it still works. I runs on 2 AAA batteries. But my Palm Vx and Palm T|X have a build in battery, so if that goes they're dead.

My Palm Vx needs screen calibration on a very regular basis and it keeps forgetting settings, so I guess it turned demented. The T|X is fine.

So the older Palms probably are a safer bet than the newer ones, if only for the replaceable batteries. Linux should be able to synch them (if you have the cradle, which needs a serial port). I didn't have much success with it, but it's now 10 years later so maybe they finally have could it working.

The only problem with older Palms is that they are stuck on a low operating system level and newer software might (well, probably) not run on them.

I can't reply to your other reply, the story is now too old. So I'll slip it in here:

The Amiga keyboard was fine, but the C128 one was better. Not as good as an IBM keyboard, they are the greatest. The original C64 keyboard seemed it was made for people who couldn't type anyway. The C64C keyboard was a vast improvement.

Buying Ultima V may probably enhanced my satisfaction and view of the game, but it was also rare to get such a game via the illegal games grapevine. Simple and popular games like say Operation Wolf, R-Type or Test Drive were passed down pretty quickly: everybody wanted them. RPG games like Ultima, AD&D or even The Bard's Tale didn't play well without a manual and a specific interest. All the RPG games I owned I bought.

Ultima V came on 4 double sided disks. Other RPGs often also came on multiple disks. Nobody wanted to "waste" so many disks on a game they didn't understand, didn't play and nobody else wanted.

Edited 2012-06-10 08:58 UTC

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