[Semi-OT] Palm suggestions?

Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Wed Jun 21 16:31:59 UTC 2006

On Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 12:06:31PM -0300, Julio Biason wrote:
> You are right. I want something that I could keep contacts, calendars,
> notes and such. The MP3 player would be a plus.

Palms are great for contacts and calendars.  Ok for ebooks and mp3

I tried taking lecture notes on a Palm and found it was possible, but
not convenient.

> Just for curiosity, I decided to check the Palm web page and got my
> eyes on LifeDrive. It is a Palm device with a 4Gb harddisk and it has
> the ability to play MP3 (no information about Vorbis, but I can live
> with that -- or fix it :) ).

> So far, I got quite impressed with it,
> but I'm not sure if it will sync with my Linux box using normal Pilot
> tools and/or evolution. Also, with so much features cramped into a
> small device, I'm not sure if it will fullfil my needs without too
> much annoyance.

Look at the size/weight/battery life.  My Palm m500 was wonderful in
these respects.  Tungsten T was thicker, heavier and had lower battery
life, but it had features that made it nicer than m500 for me
(Bluetooth, higher screen resolution).

> Linux support for the device itself seems very slow. Handhelds.org
> points that now it can boot and work, but it hasn't support for sound
> (and wifi, if I'm not mistaken). I could live with PalmOS, but the
> same site says you can't take a note while listening to some song,
> which sounds pretty bad.

There are several MP3 and OGG players for Palm OS.  Some of them support
background play.

I wouldn't try installing Linux on the Palm itsef, if you choose a Palm
specifically because of its superior PIM functionality.

Marius Gedminas
"... one of the main causes of the fall of the Roman Empire was that,
lacking zero, they had no way to indicate successful termination of
their C programs."
                -- Robert Firth
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