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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.

Andrew Roach @ajroach42

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:

Also there was this list of broken links for software (some of it Zodiac-specific):

@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.