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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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 11th Mar 2013 18:33 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

I tried to create an EPUB version, but I came to the conclusion that the format has been designed by morons. It's basically just an HTML container, but every reader renders it in its own special way. After days and days of headaches and completely broken formatting on every reader, I gave up ;) .

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Mon 11th Mar 2013 18:41 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I've look at the format too, and it is indeed crap. In my ideal world All eBooks would be regular HTML5 and all eBook readers would use a WebKit or Gecko engine. The reason ePub breaks so much is because vendors keep munging into something custom other than good-ol-reliable-HTML5.

What tools were you using to write the article / convert it? For Word Documents, I've found Aspose.words to be by far the best at producing something sane and usable from MSWord.

Raw semantics are the way to do it. I'm thinking of extending ReMarkable to publish to ePub so that I can use a markdown syntax to write and ensure the simplest possible HTML output.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 11th Mar 2013 18:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I used Pages. Works great for everything except EPUB, or so it would seem (I want to marry Pages - god I love that software).

Thanks for buying, by the way ;) .

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by moondevil on Tue 12th Mar 2013 07:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

good-ol-reliable-HTML5


Say what?!

You are not doing much web development I imagine.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by sjeffree on Tue 12th Mar 2013 19:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
sjeffree Member since:
2013-03-12

In my ideal world, eTexts would also be available in pure ASCII text-only format & all eBook readers would be able to import text files. Then you could do whatever you want with it & read it using whatever software you want.

In fact Thom, is yours available in text format? I'd love to support this kind of article, but formats like PDF are pretty useless to me. I found it a facinating read & would love to see more of this kind of thing. It doesn't even matter if I agree with everything that's written. The important thing is, you got it out there & it can spark a whole load of interesting discussion.

Well done!

(I can't wait for the Psion/Symbian one)

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by orsg on Mon 11th Mar 2013 18:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
orsg Member since:
2011-02-09

What about .mobi? That's the native file format for the Kindle anyway (except that Amazon ebooks are wrapped in DRM, but inside of this, there's just mobi)

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Mon 11th Mar 2013 21:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I tried doing direct-to-mobi conversion with MobiPocket / Calibre, but the process just didn't function right.

I spent about five days working on a process to convert a Pages document to Kindle in a way that actually worked. Software out there is unbelievably broken. The format is broken, the converters are broken, the readers are broken.

The only process I found that actually worked was Pages (or any other format) > MSWord > Aspose.Words > ePub > KindleGen = Mobi file

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by shmerl on Mon 11th Mar 2013 23:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

FictionBook (fb2) is another option: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FictionBook

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