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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Palm != fast
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 12th Mar 2013 16:50 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

I had an original palm pilot. It was not as quick as you describe. However, I was running it with a later version of palmos than it shipped with that might be the reason? Not sure really, but it could be slow & laggy at times.

The cpu on those was also just too slow to do things with the serial port. We ported our software to it, but it would take ~30 minutes to transfer a 2 mb file compared to the 5 minutes it took win ce. The arm based palms were too late for us to consider using. At the time it was trivial to take code for desktop windows and have it run on win ce/pocket pc regardless of the cpu.

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Web OS
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 12th Mar 2013 21:34 in reply to "Palm != fast"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I disagree with the conclusions about the palm pre's. The software was ok, the hardware was not. I almost went with a pre2 instead of a samsung galax s as I wanted a hardware keyboard. But it turns out, not having a keyboard is better than a crappy one :/

Its okay, I want to but a motorola too, but they keep screwing me over with their hardware ( locked bootloader, no sd card, no removable battery, etc). I think the next phone will probably be a google-moto.

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