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This question has been kicking around for a while and Palm / PalmSource/ PalmOne/ Palm hasn’t done anything to really stop the doomsaying.  Jeff Kirvin has been a long-time Palm enthusiast who has written a series of posts on his forum about "The Once and Future […]

This question has been kicking around for a while and Palm / PalmSource/ PalmOne/ Palm hasn’t done anything to really stop the doomsaying.  Jeff Kirvin has been a long-time Palm enthusiast who has written a series of posts on his forum about "The Once and Future Palm".  Very good analysis of what Palm has done and is doing and where Jeff sees Palm down the road.  My take on Palm is they have been their own worst enemy, from alienating developers by completely breaking legacy code with OS updates and announcing major OS updates that never really materialize (think Cobalt).  The OS division spinoff and renaming only to buy the Palm name back again just confuses the market and developers even further.  And lastly, the recent announcement that they are going to use Linux just screams we are lost and looking for our way.  If they didn’t have the best smartphone on the planet (Treo) they would already be dead.

  1. I think the LifeDrive, conceptually, is a brilliant piece of work that should have come two or three years ago. The business of going Linux confuses everything. Maybe the longterm will be saved by this, but the medium term is that everyone now has an orphaned system, even if you haven’t made your purchase yet. They certainly get the Shoot-yourself-in-the-foot award.

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  2. Jeff is a bit dismissive of people wanting multitasking on their Palms, but if you’ve sat waiting for a long synchronization, or for a slow website to load, you know the need of multitasking. If you leave these tasks to work on something else, they stop and start over from the beginning when you return. He’s claiming these are things that could easily be part of the programing, but it’s been something that gave the Tungsten C mediocre reviews when it came out, and LifeDrive as well. He’s right that it does play music in the background (play, not work) and it does do email in background, which is productive. It’s when you’re at a stand still though that you wish you had multitasking.

    He’s also pretty hostile to the stability of the OS, and I find it very solid once it’s configured appropriately.

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  3. It’s ironic you mention syncing. I recall Jeff raving about being able to *do* something on his old HP PPC while syncing…

    Anyway, Nokia could not have picked a better time to introduce their 770. I expect a lot of Palm users to switch to it. I want no part of Infinite Garnet.

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