So I dont' know what I want to do regarding my recent PDA talk. Clearly I am drawn to something about the PDA/Palm Pilot paradigm of personal computing. Would I find enough value in an actual PDA from the early 2000s? Do I continue attempting to hack together some sort of hotsync style scripts to use with devices I already have and use? IDK. I think part of the pleasantness of using PDAs was the hardware being designed to match the way the software worked.
I think it tells you a lot about gemini that I can just search for something like Palm OS on such a young and small platform and get a lot of hits.
Any of you fellow retro computing geeks deep into Palm stuff know whether there was a model that had AAA batteries, b/w display and a USB port?
I've been scheming ways to shoehorn PDA style syncing functionality onto a couple of my little gaming handhelds. It might not be a terrible idea to pickup a $20 actual PDA that I remember and see what parts of that still resonate with me today. I'm thinking a b/w model preferrably that uses AAA batteries instead of rechargeable.
I'm starting to talk myself into snagging a dirt cheap PDA just to play palmOS games.
By going the offline PDA route you also avoid all the potential security issues of having always on networking and need to constantly update to patch vulnerabilities.
There is still plenty of useful stuff you can do on a PDA and they could still make a lot of sense if that meshes with how you want to use such a portable computing device. Keeping more e-waste out of the landfill, using very little elecricity, interface design is more humane. Plus the whole angle @requiem is coming from of having control over the data on your device. Knowing that it isn't just going to be yanked out from under you intentionally or unintentionally.
I can't even remember which all Palm Pilot models I had back in the day. Browsing all the models now and I had a couple Palm models, definitely a Handspring Visor. I'm not sure if I had any others.
Thanks to everyone who sent me links to #gemini capsules over the last few days. Here they are for anyone else looking for new places to visit:
Extremely frustrating router problem
Continuing to have these frequent router crashes where all connectivity just disappears and requires a hard reboot. What's baffling is that we had zero of these router drops last week while my wife was out of town. The second she gets home and connects her work Windows PC and personal Macbook to the network it's crashes galore.
Not actually a bot (I hope).
My gemini capsule and gemlog are here:
A social network for the 19A0s.