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[May. 14th, 2000|01:53 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Went to Office Depot earlier today and felt the desparate urge to buy something fun... My dad has a new laptop (IBM Thinkpad 600X), and I really want to get one of those but at $3,000 I'll put it off awhile longer. The only time I'd use it would be on planes to watch DVDs, and when I come home to visit my parents from time to time... doesn't warrant blowing $3,000.

However, I also saw a bunch of Palm Pilots at Office Depot, and that reminded me of the 2 or 3 people that expressed interested in writing a Palm Pilot client for LiveJournal. I told myself that I'd buy a Palm once somebody wrote a LiveJournal client, but I got impatient... the Palm VII has wireless Internet access, so I looked into how it worked, saw that Palm provides tons of developer documentation, read a dozen reviews on the thing, and well... I got impatient. I bought one. Nearly every online vendor doesn't have them in stock, but a little trip to PriceWatch.com pointed me in the direction of several stores that did have them in stock, and cheap. So, I have one coming now. That is, if the website isn't lying about the availabilty.

It should be fun... all the Linux tools I use support Palm-Pilot synchronization, so that'll be fun to play with. And with the wireless support on the Palm VII and free third-party mail client called ThinAirMail, I can read my IMAP mail from anywhere. But best, I'll have something new to develop for... a friend of mine hooked me up with a bunch of Palm Pilot SDKs and documentation, so if somebody doesn't write a PalmPilot client real soon here, I'll write my own. Well, after I learn graffiti, anyway. :-)

From: shen_yizhe
2000-05-14 02:41 am (UTC)

I have a palm IIIe with modem

I have Palm IIIe too.. Brought it on the day 3COM releases it. Brough at 369 and within a month, the price dropped to 299... :-P. Wonder why the COM's people is so idiotic and not control the price. However, it is still very cool and the Palm has tons of features which I used everday. Just brought a modem for it and now I can surf web on it too... But *WE* need a LiveJournal Client in order to use it.. so Brad,please get it done:-P.
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[User Picture]From: patrick
2000-05-14 03:50 am (UTC)

palm client

I have some info on writing the apps. I'm looking into it, but sense I don't have a modem, I wouldn't be able to update until i hotsync. the client would have to support both the modem (wireless or other wise), and hotsyncing, but the hotsyncing method might be a little odd, posting a bunch of posts all at the same time.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-05-14 10:42 am (UTC)

Re: palm client

Both methods of updating would be cool... hopefully we could support both in one binary. I'm not sure if the API to use the Palm VII wireless stuff is exclusive to just that model or what.... (it shouldn't be...) I'm gonna have to read up on it.
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[User Picture]From: patrick
2000-05-14 12:10 pm (UTC)

Re: palm client

my understanding is that it's just TCP/IP. they included that in all palms since the palm pro(which is what i have). maybe some menu option that lets you pick using the modem or the hotsync.
It's also really cool that there is more then just you and me that think this is cool.
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From: ex_lenz635
2000-05-14 09:55 am (UTC)

Programming the Palm

Hey, in our Embedded Systems class this quarter we spent a lab or two programming a Palm Pilot to transfer music over the serial port. I have some documentation and a few links to documentation if you are interested. In 327 in Sieg, the program we use to program the Palm is Metrowerx CodeWarrior with some sort of Palm Interface built into it. I'd look into getting that software because it's really easy to use. Let me know if you want any info about it...
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