[nSLUG] Rise & Fall of the PDA

Joe Dunn me at joedunn.com
Wed Aug 26 14:19:46 ADT 2009

I don't think the PDA fell, I think it evolved. I can't imagine my life
without my iPhone now. Using VoodooPad on my Mac to sync to the VoodooPad
application on my iPhone I have all my notes/todo's all in 1 handy place.
With iCal/Exchange all my meetings are in 1 place. With MobileMe/Addressbook
all my contacts are synced and in place on my device. Handspring started the
evolution and its just continued from there.


On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 1:12 PM, Dop Ganger <nslug at fop.ns.ca> wrote:

> On Sun, 23 Aug 2009, Daniel MacKay wrote:
> > Does anyone remember the Palm?
> Yes. I worked for USR when Palm was bought out, and still have my rev one
> Palm, along with a Tungsten W (best mobile keyboard I've ever used) and
> TX; the Treo 650 had to go back with my previous job, sadly, to be
> inherited by Jeff Warnica.
> > On the other hand, the Palm could be backed up, replicated, unlike my
> > Daytimer which was once left on the roof of a taxi (but, I got it back!)
> > -- part of the Palm's religion was that regular backups were no
> > brainers, part of the charging system.
> I took it a step further; I have a system based around Funambol which lets
> me replicate all my information across my Palm, my phone, my server at
> home and my work laptop. That way I can be device agnostic and still keep
> up with what I'm doing, and not care overly much about hardware loss.
> > Then, at a project planning meeting a few weeks ago, a consultant from
> > a competing business -- pulls out his Hipster!  Then, a couple of
> > weeks later, someone else!  I started thinking about this, because for
> > the last five years, people have been looking at my Palm T|X and
> > saying, "Oh wow, are you *still* using one of those?"
> Palm TX works better in pitch black than the Hipster (or as we used to
> call them back in the day, "a notepad").
> > The conclusion I've come to is: people abandoned their Palms when they
> > got celphones, because of the inconvenience of carrying around one
> > more thing;  most people (possibly not most people on this list)
> > consider having a gadget bandolier to be excessively geeky.
> The day Palm OS phones were discontinued was a sad day. I've been hauling
> around a Windows Mobile monstrosity for the past year and I'm looking
> forward to the Palm Pre being released so I can finally have a Linux box
> that's also my phone.
> Bandoliers aren't necessary, just pockets. I think the minimum number of
> pockets I have is 5, and most of my clothes have around 10. Problem
> solved.
> > The great irony of course, is that the paper and pen (oddly, not
> > pencil as was part of the Daytimer religion) Hipster is considered,
> > well, hip, and the much more capable Palm is considered outdated, even
> > when the Hipster is based on millenia-old hardware and both systems on
> > an organizational system in common use a half century ago.
> Paper and pen relies on one having legible writing. This is not
> necessarily the case, particularly when someone else needs to be able to
> read the meeting request.
> Cheers... Dop.
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