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I wrote a blog post about palm pilots.

I haven't even spell checked it, and I'll probably do a second draft tonight or tomorrow, but the core points are out (and I'm a publish early and iterate often kind of guy)

This is just impressions that I have had from using a palmOne computer regularly over the last ~2 months.

ajroach42.com/palm-pilots/

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@ajroach42 I filled my handspring with text files well after they weren't a thing anymore... A bunch of Gutenberg Project books, and in place of mp3s, song lyrics. I've got decent pipes ;)

@twodimes I'm using plucker for ebooks and my RSS feed, and my palms have SD card slots, so I'm just using MP3s.

@ajroach42 you're just reminding me how happy my early devices made me, like my handspring and 256mb Rio Cali mp3 player.... ;)

@twodimes @ajroach42 I did much the same. A bunch of ebooks, most free off of Gutenberg and others from Baen before Baen died and the new owner went full on hard right Puppy. And I finally got semi-organized by way of the add on Datebk calendar (donationware, requesting a donation to a gorilla sanctuary iirc). When my TX stopped charging I might have picked up a Lifedrive but that was around the time that Sprint talked me into switching providers and I picked up the same smart phone I have today

@craigmaloney how long did the notepad and dumbphone solution last?

@ajroach42 It lasted for a bit until I got my first smartphone. That was in 2008ish.

@craigmaloney G1? I picked up a g1 in ‘08 which is when I stopped carrying my palm the first time.

@ajroach42 No, I had a Blackberry for work, and then a work iPhone at my next job. Then I later picked up a Samsung Galaxy S2 Turbo Championship Edition SE or whatever the hell it was called.

With reference to the Palm Pilots: if anyone has tips on
1) networking/web browsing/gopher
2) Bluetooth audio
3) Bluetooth keyboards
4) wired keyboards
5) optimal settings for video encoding
6) general palm pilot tips

I’d appreciate them.

7) BBSs! I’d settle for telnet or ssh, but if you know of a way to reach a dialup bbs from a palm paired with a PC, an Android phone, or an iPhone, I’d love to hear about that as well.

@ajroach42 in an earlier era of palm devices, i used my palm iiix as a serial terminal to have a backup tty on linux systems. as best i remember, the docking cradle they came with was db9 serial...

@ajroach42 somebody should port syncterm. They have use a conio Borland-like compatibility layer which was there before palmtop era

@ajroach42 Uhhhh... In PalmOS times, the most useful web browser for me was the Java ME version of Opera Mini. Yes really, things were that sad. I doubt that still works today?

Didn't have BT audio or keyboard devices at the time, so I don't remember if any of that was supported.

@galaxis @ajroach42 AFAIK, the servers still work, but the J9 JVM is hard to find, and it was hideously unstable at best, and Opera Mini didn't even try to integrate properly into Palm OS.

There's also NetFront, which was rumored to be much better than Blazer and more stable and better integrated than Opera Mini, but I never used it back in the day. I've got a Sony device with it installed though...

@ajroach42 @bhtooefr Haha, yeah, I remember the JVM was hard to find, especially as my last PalmOS device was a Zodiac. Just found out I even wrote about that: web.gxis.de/tiki/tiki-index.ph

Also there was this list of broken links for software (some of it Zodiac-specific): web.gxis.de/tiki/tiki-index.ph

@galaxis I was able to find almost everything on my list, including the h264 plugin for tcpmp.

It's not pretty to try and find them, though.

I kept track of where I found it all, and I'm going to put together an index, eventually.

@ajroach42 i loved mine.

recommendation: the MetrO app for routefinding on public transit in many cities. Still surprisingly useful.

@ajroach42
I enjoyed this blog post. I wish a lot of the palm pilot functionality would have evolved into ereaders but it didn't happen that way.

Basically, a thinner eink palm pilot would be an awesome companion.

@ajroach42
Ebooks, RSS feeds, notes, audio player, email, games. Readable in sunlight and weeks of battery life, yes please!

A basic phone to occasionally tether to is all I would need.

@kelbot
If I had something like this that could render full page pdfs in a sensible way I would buy it in a heartbeat.
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@ajroach42 make something like palm pilots, but actually working