WELCOME TO PALMADDICT (Feeding the Palm passion): My name is Sammy (SJMC) and I'm Irish. Palm Addict started in December 1999 with the belief in sharing experiences, opinion and passion on all things Palm, several times a day. Grab a coffee and stay a while!
When I started playing this game I thought, well I have seen Pinball games in the past they have been quite good all ran well on the Palm, what will this have that will be any different. How wrong I was. This is the real article. It runs well, smooth and effective. I was addicted after ten minutes. It takes little time to get to grips with. It even had me tilting my Palm to take effect of the rolling ball, which by the way the game includes a tilting option. I could and have played this game for hours and is genuinely a brilliant and addictive game brought to you by Jason Goldman, who has a wide selection of excellent games and has got creating games of to an art.
There is even support for Greyscale PalmOS 3.0 or above and the game is priced at a $12.95, well deserving I think, and can be downloaded from Palmgear.
I just wanted to comment on ZFrame. Now surprisingly not many people have heard of this email client they have been rather low key, but it's an alternative to other browsers on the m,market. ZFrame allows you to download the web page as it would normally be on a PC, you can zoom in to get a good close up of the detail, scroll down the page as normal. I managed to be able to read all my MSN Hotmail at the same time, which sold the package to me. It's not perfect, it can be a little slow every now and again and it caused my Palm to crash on one occasion however potentially it should be a good product. On the other hand it also allows you to read your own POP3 email, and 'view' any attachments included. Actually the email client works fast, I was impressed with this feature. Remember ZFrame is beta so do not expect the World, however as I mentioned, potentially this is going to be a good browser once they make it a little more stable, it has good features and should be a winner.
Thanks to Jane Fothergill for the information. Football fans who want to keep up to date with the World Cup manually can do so with this application Football+Plus. Its main purpose is to provide Football (Soccer) fans with up to date information about the League that they follow and the particular team that they are interested in. It allows the user to update results themselves and view the current League positions. There is even a good little World Cup database. Click here to get the download from Palmgear.
Pen computing are quick of the mark with their review of the Treo 90. It's a good review, what we have come to expect from Pen Computing, in fairness it gives the Treo 90 a good write up.
I have been meaning to talk to you about Eudora email for a couple of days now, however time had got the better of me. Firstly Eudora is free, it's a great email client that seems to be favored by a great deal of people and it comes as part of a 'internet suite' although personally I have not used the web browser myself. The layout in my opinion is basic, simple but easy to configure and read. Emails are downloaded quickly, and can be filed if necessary, especially if you wish to keep mail for future reference. Importantly you can add signatures to your messages when required. However most of all as I said the display is a real treat to look at, and in conclusion if your looking for a email client that although does not support attachments is simple to use and is a pleasure to look at then Eudora is the one. You can download Eudora from Palmgear.
OK, well today is the day. The World Cup starts here. Lets place bets down now shall we? England of course.......Anyway lets not get into a debate, needless to say that Watch 1.0 has been released it's a clock interface designed to work on Sony Clie Hi-Res Palm devices. There will be versions for other Palm handhelds in the near future. Get the download for $5.95 from Palmgear.
batteries from Battery House
Yes, where have all the AAA batteries gone? I remember a time when my Palm was rather drained where one could simply purchase a packet and insert them into your Palm. However there are very few Palm powered handhelds that offer this ability and to be honest it can be frustrating. Palm PDA's are a lot slimmer these days, and I am not complaining. However its frustrating when you have not checked your Palm and you hit the road for a long journey or an alternative is when you go on that long weekend trip away, and what's the thing you forgot to do? Yes check the battery length on your Palm, and believe me I have been there. I will be looking at what alternatives there are over the forthcoming week or so, but in the meantime remember to charge before you travel and even better take a travel adaptor if your going away for the weekend.
Still in the NY Times, Stephem Miller talks about the new Treo 90, although he really does not give an opinion as it tends to cover many of the basics.
Love or loath Golf you have to admit that Tiger Woods is the best.....ok, lets not get into a debate, needless to say, that you can now play a brilliant game of golf on your Palm. Features to this game include: Stroke Play, THE SKINS GAME, Match Play, and more. Choose from Tiger Woods himself to Justin Leonard, Mark O'Meara, and more. Play against the best pros or partner up with your favorite pro. Play at the Badlands Golf Club or the Las Vegas Country Club, world's best courses for you to choose. To download and get more information then visit Palmgear.
PDA Buyers Guide is a good site that I checked on today. It provides a wealth of information, and reviews and is worth checking out. Keep up the good work guys. I especially enjoyed the reviews of the Palm handheld computers. Check out their site, they have just added a review of the Palm Tiger Woods game. I will be updating them in the links tomorrow.
Well a spot of luck, well common sense actually. A friend of mine runs a PC Communications business, selling mobile phones and PDA's he received a 'return' Treo 180 from someone who could not get to grips with it unfortunately. Well fortunately for me I am using it as we speak as my new temporary PDA. I say temporary as I wish to trial it before I make up my mind and purchase the 270. So I will try it out for a week or so, and get to grips with the Treo communicator. I have only just picked it up within the last half an hour, it's on charge and I will have fun with it as the day progresses. I will keep you all posted of my progress and opinions. Who knows I may just like it. Now all I have to do is transfer my Palm m505 data on to the Treo.
Treo MB is a news and forum website that focus's on the Treo, and a good list of software. This will be a Treo site to keep an eye on.
As a m125 user, I believe that this model is what is called an entry level handheld. However how come it can perform complex operations such as organize my diary, sort my contacts, the ability to read ebook, act as an alarm, scribble my notes, edit word documents, check finances on my spreadsheet, play tetris all day long, check my emails from a multiple of accounts, check my hotmail, surf the web....is there anything it can not do? Oh yes make me dinner and go to work, that's all. Now then who says that this is only an 'entry level' organizer?
"The moral: Most people want a device that serves their basic needs and looks good -- and that doesn't cost an arm and a leg."
Take a read of this one, click on the posting header above
Clie is very anxious to keep it's Clie range as up to date as ever, which may be frusting for many Clie users, but is a welcome move anyway. The new CLIE PEG-T600 series contains a 66 MHz processor, and MP3 and ATRAC3 audio playback. The model will be available in Japan from June 8. Meanwhile click on the posting header to go to Sony's Japan website or here to read a good review on the Infosync website.
Palm who is focusing more resources on the enterprise network is reporting that SARCOM Corp., a Columbus, Ohio-based solutions provider for Fortune 2000 companies, has equipped its sales representatives nationwide with Palm i705 handhelds to receive and respond to emails, and offer clients the most up-to-date information, such as purchase-order status, inventory and pricing. SARCOM sells technology products, including routers, printers and handhelds, and acts as a systems integrator for its customers.
I'm still undecided, however this time it's between the new Treo and the Sony NR handheld. The Treo looks like a beautiful color machine. I must point out that I am talking about the 270. Which is a Palm powered PDA and a mobile telephone. It's also small and lightweight, and for me the advantage of being able to connect to the internet and download my email without having to use a third part accessory such as bluetooth IR. Handspring has it's own email client which looks to be a good client. Multimail however is the email client that I tend to use. On the other hand I just love the extra screen size and the design of the Sony Clie NR model. It simply is a gorgeous machine and I like the added extra function of the keyboard. Well I simply cannot decide. I will wait to see a Treo in the flesh before I decide and then I will take it from there. Again, I will let you know both my thoughts and a decision.
The Sony NR70 is extremely nice! I noticed that Sammual was debating whether to buy one. I too debated for a while but gave in and I do not regret it. The only thing that bothers me is the battery life: today I used it for a total of 4 hours and 20 minutes and I was down to 17% battery life from a full charge. My Handera 330, that is now at action on ebay, seemed to last for a week or two of similar use between battery changes. Oh, well that is the cost of such a cool unit I guess. I have ordered the cigarette lighter car charger and the 4 double AA battery charger which I will use with rechargeble batteries and thus equipped, I should not have to worry about getting stranded without any power.
I'm experimenting with Basejet today, which is an alternative email client that is in beta at the moment.Not sure what I am doing with it. I think that despite it being in beta it should have a little more in the way of instructions, however I shall keep you posted on this one. Whether I think that it's going to be a serious contender to clients such as Multimail is yet to be determined, however we will see what happens, and I will keep you update you on my progress.
All I can say is look at these beauties.The above picture is the Treo 270 in all its glory. Yes it's a PDA and a mobile phone rolled into the one, and its beautiful. The screen is full color, and take a look at the keyboard, it's fully illuminated, now that is neat. I like the ability that you can stay in contact wherever you are as the phone is dual band. One of my favorite features is that it contains 16mb of memory. Here is a list of features, taken from the Handspring website detailing what the 270 offers, and to me it offers a lot.
Full color mobile phone, Dual-band world phone† , Integrated dialing from PhoneBook, Backlit keyboard, Improved battery life—up to 3 hours talk time, 150 hours standby time, Instant Lookup—find any name in a few keystrokes, Speed dialing, 3-way calling, Personal speakerphone, Headset jack and included headset, Call history, Vibrating and system sound mute modes, External ringer switch, GPRS upgradeable upon availability, Palm OS® organizer, 16 MB memory, One of the smallest Palm OS organizers yet, 12 bit color screen supports over 4000 colors to take full advantage of color-enabled applications, Use organizer functions even when wireless mode is off, Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, Fully compatible with Microsoft Outlook, HotSync® cable included for USB synchronization with computer, Transfer existing Palm-Powered device data with one HotSync operation, Beam data and programs to other Palm OS organizers and communicators, Enhanced Handspring organizer applications (Date Book Plus, Advanced Calculator, PhoneBook, CityTime world clock).
This machine looks both fun and a joy to use. Well I need to make a decision whether I go for the new Sony Clie model, stick with my Palm m505 or go for this.......................decisions decisions. Anyway onto Handsprings next new joy to be born. The Treo 90.
The Treo 90
OK this has pretty much the Palm features as the 270, again its so slim, light and a joy to look at. I think that this is an excellent handheld to purchase, the color screens look beautiful. I think if I was going to purchase my first Palm handheld then this would be the one. Handspring blesses us with the Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia Cards (MMC) options. Well done to Handspring for bringing two excellent handhelds. Look out for further comment from me on these handhelds as the weeks go by.
My Palm history - got my first Palm Pilot Professional in 1997. Moved on to a Visor Deluxe in 2000 ish. After the first one broke - the Visor's aren't any where near as Robust as the Palm Pilot Pros where and then the second one was nicked I moved onto a Handera 330 in September 2001.
It's the best Palm device I've owned. The screen is really good, and I'd rather have the higher quality screen, than colour. Although, both would be wonderful. Having both CF and MMC format card slots is a good bonus - although I
haven't run any devices of it yet.
I'm no big card games but I love to gamble on Blackjack. I could sit for hours playing on this great version for Palm powered computers. Most people now what the idea of the game is, being the first to get to 21 without going bust, (exceeding 21). It's a fun game that requires just as much luck as logic. Anyway take a look at this simple version from Redtail Software, its a good implementation of the card game. This version carries a good amount of preferences. The game is shareware being priced at $14 and can be downloaded from Palmgear. Hours of addiction I think!
3 Peaks is a game that I have just gotten adicted to this week. Your goal is to clear all of the cards piled in three peaks. The longer the streak of removing cards from the three peaks is, the higher the score you get. I must admit that this is one of the most addictive games that I have played on my Palm. In fact on Friday night, I was playing this game well into the early hours. I only like games that keep high scores for some reason. This way I can compete with myself over time, this game has it all. Once you have cleared the way for one round you are provided with a new pile of cards and then you have to clear them. This game is shareware for $5.00 and can be downloaded from Palmgear.
Jackson has let me know that that the SPUG, posted a fine review of the Sony NR70 handheld sometime ago. I checked it out and it has some good information for those that may be considering purchasing one.
Well I have my ticket to visit the Techxny in New York, next month at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Unfortunately my flight from the UK, will get me into New York for lunch time which does not give me much time to jump into Manhattan, and tour the exhibition, but hey that's life. However if anything was to go by, especially last year as I was there then, a good time should be had. Apart from seeing all the great Palm exhibits, I love collecting all the information and promo material. I love to absorb and read it all. If anyone is going there for the full three days or even the full day, then enjoy yourself, in the meantime in case I get there a bit late, (doors close at 4pm, on Thursday) if anyone can save me a Palm goodie bag with all their promo material, I would be grateful ;-) Lots of ehibits and seminars will be on show. Get the latest and register for free. Dates are from Tuesday, June 25 - Thursday June 27. There is also a website that you can visit. Click on the posting title to visit the TECHXNY website.
It was only recently that we reviewed a 'Today' style application. Well good news, there is now a similar application. Wassup resembles the 'today' screen that is commonly used on Pocket PC's, it contains and shows vital information, everything from diary events through to emails unread. You get the picture. You can get the download from Palmgear.
Now I thought that I could get away without having to use one of those fancy, overcomplex Datebook's but how wrong I was. I tried out Datebk and was hooked instantly. I do not know how I have coped without it to be honest. I enjoy a good game of tetris for those free times, and use a complex leather case to keep my 505, SD cards and my credit cards safe.
You know I am soooo looking forward to the launch of 'Launcher X' If you have not seen the sneak preview yet then here is a picture to give you a taster of what's to come. I love Launchers, I love to organize all my Palm applications, check battery and memory status and generally stay on top of things. That's why when the new Launcher X is officially launched, I will be ensuring that it finds a home on my Palm. In the meantime you can check out Launcher III, which is my present the launcher on my handheld, which when released, X, will naturally take over it. You can get the download from Palmgear.
Legal research to go sounds a good idea, saving you the trouble of carrying those large and hefty text books with you wherever you go, and that's what Westlaw Wireless is meant to do. Westlaw Wireless allows you to bring up vital legal information through your own browser, on your Palm handheld whatever that may be, allowing you to deal with the situation in hand. Amazingly, this service offers even more. You can get the PQA downloaded for free from Palmgear.
Smartercase have an excellent range of Palm cases for your 500 series Palm handheld in various designs, and at good prices too. Many designs from patriotic American Flag design, and with ample room for SD cards. Take a look at their website by clicking on the posting link above. There are designs there that I am sure suit everyone's taste.
By now most of you will have seen photographs of the Sony CLIÉ NR70V however if you want to see more photographs, in various angles then you should check out this great Japanese Clie Website. There are various, well put together photographs. Click on each one to get a closer 'zoom in'.
I noticed Shaun at ClieWorld has been featuring upIRC lately and decided to take a look at it myself. For those that use IRC, then this is a good addition to the Palm community and offers some excellent features which I will go onto in a minute. However it is worth pointing out that a Palm, whatever model is nor really designed to be used as a chat utensil. However if you think that Palm's were originally only designed to be PDA's in the first place, I think the Palm community has done well to extend the barriers of development. So on to upIRC, I can see it being a great means of communication for those using Bluetooth or the Handspring Treo. So what features can you find in upIRC?
- DCC chat support
- Join up to 10 channels (2 in shareware version)
- Auto-completion of common commands
- Logging of display text to DOC database
- Shortcut lists for servers and channels
- One-tap shortcut for entering nicknames
- Flexible command shortcut system
As Shaun has rightly pointed out in ClieWorld, the program now runs great on the Clie as it has been adapted to run on it's hi-res screen . With the price being $10, and the software only being 79k, for those that use IRC as a chat client then I do not think you can go far wrong. To read more information and to obtain the download, go to the Palmgear page for upIRC.
The girls at Gadgeteer have an excellent review (as ever) of the new Sony Clie NR70V, with exciting photographs and superb coverage of the new model. You know I am getting really excited over this new model, and I really want to go out and purchase a model when they become available in the UK, however I am wondering whether I should wait for the new Palm model that is rumored to be hitting the shelves later this year. Well I'm not sure, but click the above link in the posting header to read Julie and Judie excellent review on the Gadgeteer site.
Fancy taking control of your computer from your Palm? Well this may well just be able to do it from Mobile Administrator.
Mobile Administrator provides you with the resources and the power to control your computer from anywhere, using your nternet connected Palm. See the link above for further details.
For those that do not want an overcomplex Datebk should look at Avenga DateBook. It offers a simple but detailed interface. Features include:
Gives you effortless Control of your DateBook.
Appointment scrolling by Day, Week, Month or Page.
Add, Change & Delete in Find mode.
Drag and Drop column guides
Powerful one repeat facility
Superbly Easy to use.
In conclusion there are icons and to-do views enabiling the user to get the 'most out of their time'. Avenga DateBook is shareware and is priced at $15. You can obtain further information and the download from:
Thanks to Scott Samson for the source. If you own a Samsung I300 phone, then take a look at this little beauty. It just clicks on and off you go, that's right it's a great little portable keyboard, that allows you not only to use it as a Palm keyboard but let's you type in your SMS messages. In addition they offer a wide range of keyboards for various Palm models including Visors and 500 series of Palm computers. Click on the post heading to visit their website for info and prices.
Treocentral a 'spin off' from Visorcentral has been launched. The site is dedicated to being a benchmark reference site for Treo users and contains up to date news, tips, software listings and a forum for Treo users.
For those that type a lot, one of my favourite keyboards for my Palm is in fact this excellent Thumbpad from Seiko. You know how it is, you have a large document to write and then when you get home you forget, you've missed something out, so to save you from having to switch the PC on, you get your Palm out and jot what you needed to say down, however, I find it quicker by using a Thumbpad. I just snap it on press the application button, and then type away. My productivity has increased because of this great portable thumbpad. The thumbpad fits a number of Palm handhelds including:
Palm V and Vx
Palm m505 & m515
I can really get up to fast speeds typing. I find that after I have used it for a while, I tend to make very few mistakes.
You may not be aware but there is a direct 'Google' link for Palm users which can be found at http://www.google.com/palm
I just thought that people browsing directly from their Palm would like to know this.
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