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May 6, 2004 11:16:10 AM

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Hi

I have been given an old palm compatible pda. It runs Palm OS 3.5,
has 8Mb ram, mono screen, a 33Mhz BragonBall processor and a couple of
slots for upgrades, storage etc.

So..what can I do with it? Not knowing much about such devices I have
done a bit of googling and now I know lots about what I could do with
a shiny new colour PDA with more power than my laptop but what can I
do with this (rather nice) older unit.

Reading ebooks and Guttenberg texts - no problem but are there any
good sources of free ebooks with reviews (so much rubbish out there).

What games will run on the thing? (good ones preferably)

How about calculators, utilities and other useful stuff.

Finally - any free news services so I can download the news before I
get the tram?

Hope noone minds me posting such a blatantly newbie question. Thanks

Mike

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Anonymous
May 6, 2004 6:49:42 PM

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On 6 May 2004 07:16:10 -0700, mike had this to say...


> Hi
>
> I have been given an old palm compatible pda. It runs Palm OS 3.5,
> has 8Mb ram, mono screen, a 33Mhz BragonBall processor and a couple of
> slots for upgrades, storage etc.
>
> So..what can I do with it? Not knowing much about such devices I have
> done a bit of googling and now I know lots about what I could do with
> a shiny new colour PDA with more power than my laptop but what can I
> do with this (rather nice) older unit.

It will run any of the 22,000 programs that do not require OS4 or 5.
<http://www.palmgear.com/&gt; PalmGear.com – The #1 source for Palm
handheld software, news & reviews.
<http://www.freewarepalm.com/&gt; FreewarePalm the one and only site for
downloading freeware files for PalmOS handhelds.

> Reading ebooks and Guttenberg texts - no problem but are there any
> good sources of free ebooks with reviews (so much rubbish out there).
>
> What games will run on the thing? (good ones preferably)
>
> How about calculators, utilities and other useful stuff.
>
> Finally - any free news services so I can download the news before I
> get the tram?

<http://plkr.org/a-vs-p.html&gt; AvantGo vs. Plucker vs. iSilo

> Hope noone minds me posting such a blatantly newbie question. Thanks
>
> Mike
>

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Anonymous
May 6, 2004 9:18:34 PM

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mike_uk31415@yahoo.co.uk (mike) wrote:
>Reading ebooks and Guttenberg texts - no problem but are there any
>good sources of free ebooks with reviews (so much rubbish out there).

Well, I've really found that you get what you pay for in Ebooks, my
favorite site is Palmdigitalmedia.com, and webscription.net has some
good titles as well, though they are stuck on the (pleh) MobiPocket
reader for some unknown reason.

--
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Anonymous
May 6, 2004 11:56:38 PM

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"mike" <mike_uk31415@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
news:8ccca585.0405060616.3970104b@posting.google.com...
> Hi
>
> I have been given an old palm compatible pda. It runs Palm OS 3.5,
> has 8Mb ram, mono screen, a 33Mhz BragonBall processor and a couple of
> slots for upgrades, storage etc.
>

I wonder if a Bragonball goes around telling other PDA's how tough it is?
:-)

--
Tumbleweed

Remove my socks for email address
Anonymous
May 7, 2004 12:14:56 AM

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In article <8ccca585.0405060616.3970104b@posting.google.com>,
mike_uk31415@yahoo.co.uk (mike) wrote:

> Hi
>
> I have been given an old palm compatible pda. It runs Palm OS 3.5,
> has 8Mb ram, mono screen, a 33Mhz BragonBall processor and a couple of
> slots for upgrades, storage etc.

Sounds very similar to the PDA I was using until about 3 months ago. I
owned it for 2 1/2 years and could not live without it.

> So..what can I do with it? Not knowing much about such devices I have
> done a bit of googling and now I know lots about what I could do with
> a shiny new colour PDA with more power than my laptop but what can I
> do with this (rather nice) older unit.

Use the alarms to remind you of things to do later that night. Remind
you of meetings. Remind you to get your car inspected. Remind you of
your 6 month dentist appointment.

Get a secure encryption program and store passwords, credit card
numbers, and other sensitive information that you need to remember but
do not want someone else to be able to see.

Take notes when you are out shopping. Like when buying a new car, list
features, prices, opinions about the test drive, sales person's name,
etc...

Make shopping lists. Lists of any kind. I have Christmas lists that I
maintain throughout the year when I get an idea for a family member. I
keep a travel packing list for when I go on ski trips to make sure I do
not do something stupid, like leave my skis behind :-) Lists of music
you want to get.

Store replacement part numbers on it. I keep all the printer ink
cartridge numbers, the model number of my lawnmower (needs lots of
repair parts), replacement battery numbers for cell phones, cordless
phones, etc...

Keep product registeration numbers. Like when you buy download software
for your PC or Palm and then get a registration code to activate the
softeware.

Keep the serial numbers of products that customer service asks you for,
and the VIN for your car.

Of course I keep my address book on my PDA.

> Reading ebooks and Guttenberg texts - no problem but are there any
> good sources of free ebooks with reviews (so much rubbish out there).

I got hooked on reading ebooks with my 8MB Palm. A lot depends on what
you like. Personally, my wife and I are into Sci-Fi, and we like
http://www.baen.com/library for a bunch of free book, and we buy ebooks
from baen as their prices are very reasonable even when the first
edition hardback has just been released.

http://www.memoware.com
http://www.pdabooks.com
http://fictionwise.com
http://www.eurocool.com
http://mobipocket.com

And a really great feature is using the backlight to read in bed. You
do not disturb your partner.

> What games will run on the thing? (good ones preferably)

I did not play too many games. Solitaire and Mahjongg was about it for
me. Games tended to use color sooner than most apps.

> How about calculators, utilities and other useful stuff.

Those you can get. It has a simple one built in. But you can get
emulators for the more advanced HP calculators, and others.

Depends on what you want from a utility. The ones I'm thinking of
tended to work on the Palm itself.

X-Master for hacks
ClockPop
FontHack123
DiddleBug
BigClock
Gratuity
FileZ
Single Button Launcher
TimeCopy & Conduit to keep your clock in sync
Launcher replacements Launch'em, LauncherX, etc...

> Finally - any free news services so I can download the news before I
> get the tram?

As has been mentioned, Plucker, Jpluck, iSilo, iSiloX, etc...

> Hope noone minds me posting such a blatantly newbie question. Thanks

you have to start somewhere.

> Mike

Bob Harris
Anonymous
May 7, 2004 12:44:06 AM

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"mike" <mike_uk31415@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
news:8ccca585.0405060616.3970104b@posting.google.com...
> Hi
>
> I have been given an old palm compatible pda. It runs Palm OS 3.5,
> has 8Mb ram, mono screen, a 33Mhz BragonBall processor and a couple of
> slots for upgrades, storage etc.
>
> So..what can I do with it? Not knowing much about such devices I have
> done a bit of googling and now I know lots about what I could do with
> a shiny new colour PDA with more power than my laptop but what can I
> do with this (rather nice) older unit.
>
> Reading ebooks and Guttenberg texts - no problem but are there any
> good sources of free ebooks with reviews (so much rubbish out there).
>
> What games will run on the thing? (good ones preferably)
>
> How about calculators, utilities and other useful stuff.

Loads!

> Finally - any free news services so I can download the news before I
> get the tram?
>
> Hope noone minds me posting such a blatantly newbie question. Thanks

Well, I think the question is - what can't do I with it?

My Palm IIIxe is still in regular daily use, with it's 16 MHz processor and
8 Mb of RAM...

Trolling through www.freewarepalm.com is a good starter point.

--
The DervMan
www.dervman.com
Anonymous
May 7, 2004 5:30:44 AM

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Here in comp.sys.palmtops.pilot,
mike_uk31415@yahoo.co.uk (mike) spake unto us, saying:

>I have been given an old palm compatible pda. It runs Palm OS 3.5,
>has 8Mb ram, mono screen, a 33Mhz BragonBall processor and a couple of
>slots for upgrades, storage etc.

Hey, your Palm is faster than mine. :-)

My m105 only runs at 16MHz, but it also has 8MB of RAM and has PalmOS
3.5.1 in ROM.

>So..what can I do with it? Not knowing much about such devices I have
>done a bit of googling and now I know lots about what I could do with
>a shiny new colour PDA with more power than my laptop but what can I
>do with this (rather nice) older unit.

I found a rather nifty freeware database program called Pilot-DB:

http://pilot-db.sourceforge.net

and I've been using it to create various entry forms and keep track of
things like home inventory, the contents of various collections, etc.

>What games will run on the thing? (good ones preferably)

Most games that'll run under PalmOS 3.5 or less will work, and that's a
lot of them. I have around 30 games installed on mine, mainly little
arcade games and card/board/casino cames.

>How about calculators, utilities and other useful stuff.

Three excellent calculators I've run across are Parens (which might be
a pain to register now -- is the vendor dead?), SC103-PC, and Calcul-8!

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Anonymous
May 7, 2004 8:53:10 PM

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In news:harris-48D49B.15514206052004@cacnews.cac.cpqcorp.net,
Bob Harris <harris@zk3.dec.com> informed us:

<snip some really great ideas>
|
| Of course I keep my address book on my PDA.

Wow. I've read about people doing that! Imagine, keeping addresses on
your game & mp3 player.

Tom
Anonymous
May 11, 2004 3:34:31 AM

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On 6 May 2004 07:16:10 -0700, mike_uk31415@yahoo.co.uk (mike) wrote:

>Hi
>
>I have been given an old palm compatible pda. It runs Palm OS 3.5,
>has 8Mb ram, mono screen, a 33Mhz DragonBall processor and a couple of
>slots for upgrades, storage etc.
>
>So..what can I do with it? Not knowing much about such devices I have
>done a bit of googling and now I know lots about what I could do with
>a shiny new colour PDA with more power than my laptop but what can I
>do with this (rather nice) older unit.
>
>Reading ebooks and Guttenberg texts - no problem but are there any
>good sources of free ebooks with reviews (so much rubbish out there).

PDA247.com is starting a reviews section.

Over four dozen free e-novels at www.baen.com/~library.

Fictionwise has free e-books from time to time, but they will revert to
non-free so check back often.

>What games will run on the thing? (good ones preferably)

Define good? Not much of a gamer, but freewarepalm.com has quite a few.

>How about calculators, utilities and other useful stuff.

Freewarepalm.com

>Finally - any free news services so I can download the news before I
>get the tram?

AvantGo.com lets you stuff the daily Beeb, Times, Guardian, et al., (as
well as other media) into your 8MB machine. If it does not exist on
AvantGo, you can install jPluck
http://jpluck.sourceforge.net/
and have it capture & download other media. If you have memory cards in
those explansion slots, jPluck will allow you to select download into the
expansion cards, stretching what you can do within the 8MB of base memory.

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