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2022-11-28 2:08:51 PM  
Gee Subby, is it bringing five sisters to help out with that or what?
 
2022-11-28 2:19:30 PM  
I owned numerous PDAs throughout the early-mid 2000s.  (Palm Vx, m505, Sony Clie' SJ33, Palm Zire 72, Tungsten T5, then moved to Windows Mobile for my last PDA with a Dell Axim X50v, not to mention having owned several Palm-powered smartphones in my early pre-iOS/Android smartphone days)  Of course, I'm a massive geek, so of course I would.  But they were quite handy, and served both practical purposes and were decent little game machines I could game on without looking like I was gaming.  :)  (Especially the Dell.  A 3D accellerator in a PDA was mind-blowing back then.)
 
2022-11-28 2:36:25 PM  

Psychopusher: I owned numerous PDAs throughout the early-mid 2000s.  (Palm Vx, m505, Sony Clie' SJ33, Palm Zire 72, Tungsten T5, then moved to Windows Mobile for my last PDA with a Dell Axim X50v, not to mention having owned several Palm-powered smartphones in my early pre-iOS/Android smartphone days)  Of course, I'm a massive geek, so of course I would.  But they were quite handy, and served both practical purposes and were decent little game machines I could game on without looking like I was gaming.  :)  (Especially the Dell.  A 3D accellerator in a PDA was mind-blowing back then.)


Palm IIIc, Palm Vx, Handspring Visor (Deluxe!), Handspring Visor Pro, Palm M505, Palm T|X, then got a smartphone.  I spent more time on Space Trader and Yahtzee than I care to remember.
 
2022-11-28 2:48:50 PM  
I had a handspring and one of those compaq windows ce devices.  The handspring was definitely the more usable of the two.
 
2022-11-28 2:51:31 PM  
Palm IIIxe, then Handera 330, then Treo 650. (Then the original Motorola Droid.)

Sitting next to my desk, the TRG Pro, the Handera's little brother.
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The cover is a voice recorder. Not really practical, but amusing.
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(128MB of storage is functionally unlimited for a Palm device. Note also the actual speaker output...)
 
2022-11-28 2:56:04 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Psychopusher: I owned numerous PDAs throughout the early-mid 2000s.  (Palm Vx, m505, Sony Clie' SJ33, Palm Zire 72, Tungsten T5, then moved to Windows Mobile for my last PDA with a Dell Axim X50v, not to mention having owned several Palm-powered smartphones in my early pre-iOS/Android smartphone days)  Of course, I'm a massive geek, so of course I would.  But they were quite handy, and served both practical purposes and were decent little game machines I could game on without looking like I was gaming.  :)  (Especially the Dell.  A 3D accellerator in a PDA was mind-blowing back then.)

Palm IIIc, Palm Vx, Handspring Visor (Deluxe!), Handspring Visor Pro, Palm M505, Palm T|X, then got a smartphone.  I spent more time on Space Trader and Yahtzee than I care to remember.


I looked at the T|X when it came out, and that's what ultimately got me pissed off with Palm.  Compared to the T5 I had, they added Bluetooth, but then they slashed the CPU speed from 416MHz back to 312MHz from the previous-gen Z72.  It felt like a step backwards and a piss-poor refresh, and I could tell Palm was going downhill.  But then not long after that the iPhone became a thing and PDAs were all doomed anyway.  (Not mentioning the ill-fated Foleo, or the Pre/Pre 2.)

Yeah, I did more gaming than I probably should have on mine.  Even at work.  But it was easy to look productive with a PDA in your hand. :)
 
2022-11-28 2:58:36 PM  
Sophomore year of French class, had a Palm 3c. We had a project where we had to memorize and describe a speech about an object.

I picked Mon petite ordinateur ... There may have been notes on the screen to help me.

I still don't speak French very good.


//Slavic languages turned out to be easier
 
2022-11-28 3:43:41 PM  
"Relive?" I still have one. I also have a Compaq Pocket PC. Both still power up.
 
2022-11-28 3:47:32 PM  
Had a palm IIIex that I read a lot of books on. Later a axim x5 that I read so much on I wore out the buttons I was using for page buttons. I also had a NES emulator that was fun. I got rid of it when I got my first gen iphone.


Just a few years ago I found a palm III and managed to get it running and install monopoly and a book.

I had real fond memories of that indiglo screen being awesome to read at night. Going back, it was awful. Very limited view angle on those old displays.
 
2022-11-28 4:09:31 PM  
I still have my Palm sitting in a box somewhere. I remember attending a meeting the day after I got it and taking notes using the Graffiti text input and that after only a bit of practise how fast and easy it was.
 
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2022-11-28 4:17:28 PM  
I still use a Palm Tungsten C with DateBk6 for my calendars. Going to have to upgrade to something else in 9 years when the Palm OS calendar ends at 2031. :(
 
2022-11-28 4:20:19 PM  
I found my old LifeDrive in its box last year. Still booted just fine after a charge.

I gave it to a local charity to confuse them a bit.
 
2022-11-28 4:38:59 PM  
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I still have my Tapwave Zodiac(s) stuffed in a drawer. I think it has a 200mhz processor and an 8mb dedicated video chip. Ran a modified version of Palm OS but was compatible with most Palm apps a well as the platform specific apps. Was a good emulation device via 3rd party development, and the official racing game (that I'm drawing a blank on), Spy Hunter, and a few others looked pretty good for the technology of the day. I was even able to browse Fark on it through Bluetooth dial up before mobile internet was really a thing.

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I've always had an addiction to mobile computing. The one that I'm disappointed to have gotten rid of was my Sharp Zaurus. Foldable clamshell with a rotatable screen so it could be closed with the screen out, sd and compact flash slots, it was great.
 
2022-11-28 5:12:55 PM  
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2022-11-28 5:52:57 PM  
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Had one of these badboys in the early to mid 2000s. I could browse the web wirelessly on the go (GPRS at a blistering 56kbps), receive push email, do mapping with a GPS add-on, take pictures, watch movies, listen to music, read ebooks, play games, connect to a VPN and remote desktop, create Office files, Instant Message (MSN!), and it had Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and irDA. - all before the iPhone was a glimmer in Apple's eye.

It also a stripped down version of .NET, so I was able to create my own apps. One I created worked with an expensive Sony DVD jukebox I had. I could browse a database of my DVDs, hit play, and it would sent the appropriate IR commands to the player. Couldn't do that with the native controls of the player.
 
2022-11-28 6:05:51 PM  
I had a Zire 72. In blue. I adored that thing. I played Space Trader and Ackwire on it constantly. I had SCUMMvm installed with a few games. I had to re-encode the audio from the CD-ROM to fit the full games with speech on my SD card. I used it as my pocket audio player.

Then one day I went out with it in my bag, used it, then discovered it was gone when I arrived home. I must have left it behind. I was gutted.

After a while I went to buy a replacement online and found they were surprisingly expensive. Luckily for some reason Treo models were much cheaper. I suppose the sellers thought of them as old smartphones rather than PDAs. So I bought one. It should be around here somewhere. I've looked a bit with no success. I have bad luck with these things.

So this is nice. It looks like there's still a lot to be added and it's still no replacement for the real thing, but it's something. I just want to play Ackwire again.
 
2022-11-29 5:52:17 AM  
The "original" PDA was the Newton, from 1993. Palm didn't come on scene until 1996, but i will grant that Palm was the one that really exploded the PDA market. The Newton's dogged determination to use natural handwriting recognition anywhere on screen wasn't accurate enough (and even today isn't amazing), so Palm's Graffiti alphabet and dedicated input pad was a more accurate, if less useful, solution to written inputs. I'd still have to go back and redo Graffiti characters every now and then, so it still wasn't perfect.

Anyway I bought a Tungsten T2 when it was new. I think it's still in its box somewhere. I wonder if the battery has exploded (it was non-removable, I'm pretty sure). I also have a couple other Palm devices and some PocketPCs including a nice HP palmtop that still works. Of course there are some Newtons in the collection too but I never got any of the better MP 2000 or 2100 models because they've always been pretty expensive. My favorites are probably the palmtops though. I still loathe touch-only inputs and mechanical keyboards are far superior, especially if you're using the palmtop to remote manage network devices like i did for a while.
 
2022-11-29 10:17:18 AM  

sensitive yet dangerous: The "original" PDA was the Newton, from 1993. Palm didn't come on scene until 1996, but i will grant that Palm was the one that really exploded the PDA market. The Newton's dogged determination to use natural handwriting recognition anywhere on screen wasn't accurate enough (and even today isn't amazing), so Palm's Graffiti alphabet and dedicated input pad was a more accurate, if less useful, solution to written inputs. I'd still have to go back and redo Graffiti characters every now and then, so it still wasn't perfect.

Anyway I bought a Tungsten T2 when it was new. I think it's still in its box somewhere. I wonder if the battery has exploded (it was non-removable, I'm pretty sure). I also have a couple other Palm devices and some PocketPCs including a nice HP palmtop that still works. Of course there are some Newtons in the collection too but I never got any of the better MP 2000 or 2100 models because they've always been pretty expensive. My favorites are probably the palmtops though. I still loathe touch-only inputs and mechanical keyboards are far superior, especially if you're using the palmtop to remote manage network devices like i did for a while.


FUN FACT:  Microsoft paid Apple a shiat-ton of money for Newton's handwriting recognition tech, along with True Type fonts as part of the agreement to bring MS Office back to the Mac OS platform.

Who screwed who on that deal??
 
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