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Re: [vox-tech] palm questions

begin William Kendrick <nbs@sonic.net> 
> On Tue, Jan 08, 2002 at 12:04:20PM -0800, Richard S. Crawford wrote:
> > I've successfully updated my OS from 3.5 to 3.5.1.  I know that PalmOS 4.0 
> > is available now and that you can upgrade it.
> The actual _ability_ to upgrade, and the highest version you can upgrade
> to, may be an issue, though. :^/
> Pete - what kind of Palm device do you have?  If I recall, it wasn't
> even a Palm III, was it?  (Maybe I'm confusing you with another friend I
> know who's had a Palm for a while.)
i currently have a palm (the original) and an agenda.  the agenda is
really too hard to use for a pda.  it's fun to hack on, and i've built
custom root filesystems for it, but at the end of the day, i think it's
too much of a toy, not enough of a pda.

i'm thinking of switching back to palm.  my current palm needs to be
recalibrated every week; i think it's losing its marbles.  i'd like to
replace it before it fails completely.  it has served me well for a
very, very long time.

the palm VIIx is selling for 200 bucks, and it comes with wireless
communications hardware.  the basic service is 10/month.   i think what
would absolutely sell me would be if i can have an ssh client on the
palm.  otherwise, wireless communication won't mean much if i can't get
into dirac.org.

i made a gnumeric spread sheet comparing and contrasting the different
pda.   it's ironic that the linux PDA's are the most expensive.  with
the exception of the agenda, of course.  but frankly, i don't really
need all the powerful hardware that comes with the linux pda's.  when it
comes down to it, coolness != usability.

i have contacts.  i have a schedule.  being able to sync "ical" with a
pda schedule is worth more than color, hires screen and audio capability
put together.

> FYI, there's a Palm Users Group (PUG) in Sacramento.
> I don't know much about them (although I met someone from there at
> the Sharp Zaurus Symposium, actually!), but I'm sure a quick web search
> will find them, and they probably have a support mailing-list not unlike
> vox-tech.
> > I think I recall hearing that PalmOS is open-source,
> I'm fairly certain this is not true. :^/
> > which is one of the 
> > reasons why there are so many PDAs running it.  But I've never attempted to 
> > mess around with it.
> Nope... licensing deals. :)  Handspring and IBM pay/paid Palm for
> the ability to include PalmOS on their devices.
> -bill!
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