Useful software, information and links for Palm devices.
Palm or Pocket PC?
Pocket PC is the new name for the old Microsoft Windows CE based devices. The original Palm devices are named after the company Palm, Inc. The main difference a user will notice first is the GUI (graphical user interface). This has some serious consequences.
The Pocket PC devices try to come as close as possible to the standard Windows environment. This is nice, because you do not have to learn a new interface, but is very bad for a mobile device, because you need color graphics and lots of computing power and memory. This makes the devices expensive and requires a lot of battery power. As the available space for batteries is very limited in handheld devices, the time the unit can run on one set or charge of batteries is very limited. But of course you can play MP3s, watch videos and so on, because you do have enough resources.
The Palm devices on the other side are developed to be as close as usefull to a standard filofax. They usually have only a greyscale display and a slow (about 16 to 30 MHz) processor, but IMHO this is enough for a filofax! The advantage is you can run the device with one set of batteries for some weeks. The user interface of the Palms is optimized for this kind of devices and with some practice you can handle them very efficiently. Additionally Palms are usually smaller than Pocket PCs and fit better in a pocket.
In my case I decided I just want a replacement for my paper filofax and therefore I bought a Palm Vx. It is very small and elegant, bears a rechargeable LiIon accu and I can connect it to my Siemens GSM cell phone via the infrared link.
Useful Free Software
There is not much software which comes with the palm. But there are tons of (free) software for it. If you are interested in developing your own software, you definitely have to look at the Palm Developer Site first. Here is my favourite list of free software I use on my Palm Vx.
Linux, Backup your device, ...XXX This needs lot of improvement!
Of course you can use your palm with Linux! :)
Thomas Hopfner, 02.10.2001: Created page