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Tue, 05 Oct 2004

A new Palm, but disappointing

Palm have officially announced the T5. I think they have dropped the ball. I like Palms, but this looks like it will not excite people enough to steer them away from the Microsoft alternatives. All it seems to have over the T3 (they skipped four because it's unlucky in some countries, Psion did the same) is extra memory that is also non-volatile. It still doesn't have wi-fi as standard and they dropped the microphone that is probably a useful feature in the business market. Sony were taking the Palm platform in interesting directions, but have pulled out of the US and European markets.

Meanwhile, MS Pocket PCs have VGA screens, Wi-fi, loads of memory and other neat stuff. Getting cheaper too.

In other news, my Palm is back at Dixons awaiting collection after it's repair. I've missed it, but I survived. Next time I'm on a trip I will have to investigate the new, cheap SD cards that are appearing in 1GB and 2GB sizes. That's a fair chunk of music or video. I intend to use the Zire for a few years, but I'm not sure what will be my next PDA.

[08:28] | [] | Comments | G

Sun, 05 Sep 2004

A man and his Palm, parted

I took my Zire into Dixons yesterday for a warranty repair. I could be without it for a few weeks! Tanya has offered to let me use the old IIIx as she rarely uses it. I may have to take her up on that. We shall see what transpires on the repair.
[14:41] | [] | Comments | G

Fri, 18 Jun 2004

Zire to get Wi-fi too

After endless delays it looks like my Palm will get to do the wireless thing too. It seems that Palm themselves have beem holding up the process even though they don't have much in the way of wireless options themselves.

Anyway, the SanDisk card should be available very soon, but just for the Zire 71 for now. See here.

I'm not desperate just now, but it might be a nice thing to have one day.

[12:49] | [] | Comments | G

Palm Zire 71 can now be a webcam

When the Zire 71 came out with it's built-in camera lots of people wanted to know if it could do more than just take still pictures e.g. record video or act as a webcam. The expert view on the forums was that this was unlikely, especially the webcam, due to limitations of the hardware.

A while back Movierec and Movie Maker appeared, offering video recording. I've played briefly with the latter and it works. No sound though due to the lack of microphone. The Zire 72 should do it though.

Then today I saw this. A shareware webcam program. I've given it a try and it works. Unfortunately it managed to blue-screen my PC, but I'll let it off as it's new software.

So the number of uses for my Zire keeps growing. I mainly use it as a calendar and address book, but it does a great job as MP3/OGG player and e-book when I'm travelling. I just bought some lovely Sennheiser PX200 headphones. They fold up quite small and sound good to me, with better sound isolation than the crappy earbuds I was using before. I'll report on them when I've had more time with them.

[07:48] | [] | Comments | G



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