Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Sep 2017 21:27 UTC
Apple

I have become the unofficial standard bearer for webOS, the operating system created by Palm for the Pre and its successive devices. It was a wildly innovative and smart foundation for a smartphone done in by performance problems, mediocre hardware, and most of all by US carriers who acted as kingmakers for other companies.

So as the bearer of a thoroughly-tattered banner, I’ve been hearing a lot of people ask what I thought about the iPhone X and how it borrows many of the ideas first introduced by Palm. Here’s what I think: it’s great, and also it’s silly compare the state of tech in 2017 with the state of tech in 2009. Just because Palm did some stuff first doesn’t take away from Apple is doing them now. Context matters, and our context today is very different.

WebOS had some great ideas, but on a technical level, the operating system was a mess. It was a major battery hog, slow, and basically nothing more than a tech demo made in WebKit on top of a largely unmodified Linux kernel, running on mediocre hardware. WebOS wasn't a product worthy of the Palm name.

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I just loved my Palms
by Cutterman on Sun 17th Sep 2017 18:06 UTC
Cutterman
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2006-04-10

First someone gave me a PalmPilot and I thought "what the hell am I going to do with this thing?". Well, within a couple of days I knew . . .brilliant!

Then I got a Palm III, defunct alas, in spite of new batteries - cap rot maybe.

Then I got a Tungsten T3 that I used for ages, until cellphones became more capable. I rediscovered it a few years ago and ordered a new battery and it was fine.
Guess it needs another new battery now - I wonder if you can still get them?

Beautifully made all of 'em and did everything I needed with charges lasting for weeks (well, not the T3 . . .)

Now I have some darn fancy cellphone that does a million things that I don't need and exposes me to all the malware on the Web, as well as making every detail of my very unremarkable life available to the world.

Life was easier then.

Mac

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