The brand Palm conjures up a lot of memories for me. It’s responsible for many relationships I have made in my life, ones that I continue to maintain to this very day. In fact, I met ZDNet columnist David Gewirtz and his (future) wife, Denise Amrich because of it. Back in the late 90s, he ran a series of online publications about mobile devices — one of those was PalmPower Magazine, which later became Computing Unplugged. It was a very early attempt at online dynamic content creation in an age when print publications were still very much viable. Also: Crash of the mobile titans: What happened to Palm, BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC? Along with a bunch of other authors, who I am still fairly close with, we delved into every aspect of mobile technology, including Windows CE and a lot of other things that no longer exist. Palm was a heavyweight, it was a seemingly unstoppable force. Sure there were things like Apple Newton, and Sharp Zaurus, and a few other esoteric PDA platforms, but when you compare it to the inertia of Palm Computing, nothing came even close to the ecosystem of apps and accessories that platform had. I loved my Palm devices. I had original Palms, I had Handsprings. I had TRG Pros. I had the original Qualcomm PalmOS smartphone. I had the SONY version. Over the course of a decade, I probably went through 20 or 30 of the things, up until the point it got color,… [Read full story]
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