Product Type: Palm Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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A Fistful of Data...
Member Name: Kraut
Date: 17/04/02, updated on 17/04/02 (278 review reads)
Advantages: Great display for dark environment, loads of software
Disadvantages: poor display-quality in the bright sun
not more. But this fistful is a real helper to most of the daily challenges; maybe finding a parking-lot is not easier with that thing... What thing? I am talking about the Palm IIIc Handheld. It's darkgrey, it has a color-display, no stereo-sound, no cable-tuner, but 8 megs or memory, a touchdisplay and a serial sa well as an infrared interface.
Oh, and it's produced no longer- interested in an investment, that might be qorth more later when those devices becom rare? Go ahead, mail me...
A keyboard? Keyboards are for wimps- the tough guys use a touch screen that understands handwriting. This handwriting recognition is called "graffiti" and reads letters you "paint" on the screen. It really works!
If you want to, you can also use a virtual keyboard- but this keyboard covers most of your app and is very slow in use. You better really learn graffiti.
Why do I have it? Well, to be honest, I am anything but organized. Usually my girlfriend can tell me, where some stuf of mine is hidden before I find it, and usually I had to write down adresses about three times before I could use them; depending on which of my adress books I had with me.
So my boss came up to me and showed me his PALM the first time. I was about the same impressed as a citizen of Lonodn is about the Tower Bridge. The second and third time he showed it I ignored, but somewhen, somewhere between the late 300 and the early 400 I surrendered: I got one at ebay. It cost me a little more than 500 deutschmarks; it was before the euro. "What- (about 170 pounds) for that little thing? But it's only got 8 megs! WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE? Any CE-powered bucket has at least double the memory!" I think- that is not the right question; the question should be: Why does it need only 8 megs? Quite simple: no sound, no video, sorry, no MP3. What do you need that for?
What I wanted to have is something to *work* with (yes, of course you ca
n play games with it, too). And for that job the palm has more than enough memory. And Palm OS compared to WIN CE concerning the resource-requirements is pretty thin. THAT'S WHY! Even the display sucks a lot of power, I can use that thing for about half a week without recharging it.
"Uh-hu- and what can you do with it?" my dad asked me. Well, my dad: anything with less than at least 250 moveable parts is some sort of suspicious to him, he still wants to live in a time, when rubber-boots were made of wood.
Anyway, I had to tell him the truth: scheduling appointments, dates, meetings, write memos to me, organize to-dos, well- (I better not did mention the games shipped with the device, and by the way: they are shitty- b/w) "And that's all? Uh-hu." End of message.
Well- no. That's not all you can do with it. This little thing runs under Palm OS 3.5.x (the last recent one is 3.5.3, I think), and therefore you can find plenty of good (and sometime free) software in the web (sites like tucows.com or palmgear.com have a lot of pretty good stuff). Here's a list of my favoured- just to show you the versality of that little computer:
- First of all: jPilot. THis fine piece of soft makes your palm communicate with linux, so you can close your windows.
- For owners of SIEMENS-cellphones a tool named "S25-util" is very helpful: you can beam logos and sounds via infrared port from your PALM to the cellphone- totally free. Even if you don't like the ones shipped with the software, you can create your own logo or sound and convert it with a little tool (also included) into the PALM-format; I did one "HANDS OFF!!" Very imoressive. Really great software- and free.
You can also find software that works with NOKIA-phones, but those usually have to be purchased.
- "Netzmonitor" This software, that allows the palm to calculate your position by querying the GSM
-transceivers that the connected phone is currently booked in. Something like GPS for deprived cellphoners. Perhaps it even works in the UK (I only tried it in germany)
- IR-monitor: check IR-remote-controls.
- OmniRemote: Use your palm as a programmable remote control! This one is really useful- but not free. Too bad it deactivates itself after a short trial-period.
- HanDbase: a database application, very intuitive and easy UI, plus the possibility to password-protect your data. I do so with my banking-account-numbers and pins.
- Abacus: an Excel-like worksheet-applikation. A lot of functions, but very slow. Still in beta-state, but usable- and free.
- Entertainment? Yes! My favored is "HotPipes": Put as many tubes together in a matrix before you un out of time.
- Ace: Anyone who knows "Super Dogfight" from the Commodore C64? Anyone? No? Too bad. Well, two planes, each equipped with a machine gun, (up to) two players. I just swept my boss from the sky. Great.
- Galax: A pretty good GALAGA-clone: the aliens are on the top of the screen, the gun on bootom is yours, and did I mention shoot? No? Shoot.
- And a pretty good FROGGER-clone.
As you can see, that little useful thing can help you in a lot aspects of your life: As a personal database and organizer (which is supposed to be generic use of those devices), as an alarm (I define them as alarms, is more comfortable than programming the cellular und turn it off on saturdays when you want to stay in bed longer..), as gameboy-substitute, for example during endless hours of waiting in frustatingly long lasting jams, even as a flashlight: it shines far brighter than those tiny lamps in some carkeys, and even brighter than an active cellphone. ... There are just few things that you cannot use this little companion for: lighting cigarettes (I'm a non-smoker), finding park- (oh, I already mentioned this? OK), a
nd of course opening bootles w/o a "twist to open"-cap (Ever seen a blonde dancing around to have beer? That's why.)
Thanks for reading, Kraut.