Shannon Stacey

The new toy

I’ve been playing with my new Palm TX. The differences between it and the iPaq are huge. I think, once I’m used to it, I’ll like the Palm better, but right now it’s frustrating the hell out of me.

As far as reading with Mobipocket, it works about the same, but it looks better on the Palm. That could be due, in part, to having a far from high end iPaq. Whatever the reason, it’s a step up as far as ebook reading.

What’s killing me is the apparent inability to dig deeper as far as functions and stuff. (Yeah, “and stuff” is a technical term.) For instance, the iPaq has File Explore, which allowed me to see, and access, any file on the handheld, regardless of the application. On the Palm I have to open the application to see it’s related files.

It’s not horrible, but I had put Adobe for Palm on here, along with a PDF book. After opening it I remembered how much I hate PDF and blew Adobe out. Now I can’t seem to find out if the PDF book is still on here or not.

I assume it’s just me. I mean there has to be a way to access a list of files, right? Other minor issues—there’s no X-ing out of an application. Like when you’re done with Calendar, there’s no X to close it out. You have to hit the home button, I guess. And the = sign being where the backspace goes on this foldable keyboard is killing me. I think I have to mess with my router and stuff to connect the wi-fi, and I’m just not that technical. Can’t find “select all” in Word to Go.

Plus, when I sync, it sends whatever files I had on the Palm…somewhere. I found some of them in My Docs. So now I have this paranoia about it overwriting desktop files of the same name. The iPaq put everything in it’s designated file.

One big plus (for me, anyway)—I think once I’ve got the hang of it and have memorized all the characters, the Graffiti 2 on the Palm will be a much more efficient handwriting recognition thing than the iPaq had. While it might seem that making each character individually instead of just scrawling a sentence across the screen would be slower, it actually makes fewer mistakes.

Of course the biggest thing this Palm has going for it over the iPaq is that the iPaq’s battery had died to the point it would only give me about ten minutes before demanding to be put back on the charger.

We’ll see how it goes.

4 comments to “The new toy”

  1. Karen Templeton
      · December 28th, 2007 at 1:12 pm · Link


    Uh…in English, please? :lmao:

    Seriously, it was like watching a French film and getting like every fifth word — enough to recognize the language, but not nearly enough to figure out what in tarnation is going on. :cry:

    But then, this is the chick still on dial-up, sigh.

  2. Jaci Burton
      · December 28th, 2007 at 3:46 pm · Link

    I’m so glad Karen said that, because I was reading along and thinking…

    wtf? and thinking it was just me.

    And I have an ebook reader, but still…..



  3. Kat
      · December 28th, 2007 at 4:08 pm · Link

    I went thru this with my Toshiba but I thought Palm would be little different, so I looked it up. This is what I found:

    Most Windows-based applications have to be closed on a computer to avoid taking up more memory than necessary and to reduce clutter. So how do you close Palm OS applications? You don’t. Just move on to the next thing you want to do and the application closes as soon as you exit. The only thing to remember before switching applications is to tap Done to save a new or edited note.

    That’s one of the advantages of a Palm OS-based device. Turn on the device and it’s immediately ready for use. Switch applications and the previously opened application will automatically close. If you skip out on a game to go to another application, the game will usually pick up where you left off when you resume.

    Taken from:

    :) Hope you had a great Christmas (and don’t worry, you haven’t forgotten who I am. I’m a lurker :))

  4. Shannon
      · December 28th, 2007 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Oooh, welcome out of lurk! That’s interesting, and it makes sense and is probably much more efficient. It’s just that, after several years with the iPaq, not closing out the applications makes me feel as though I’ve gone through the house, turning lights on but never turning any off. Now I know I don’t have to.

    And I’ve discovered a few more things—where to find out how much memory’s available, how to change the fonts in Word and move files around. Still haven’t found “select all” in Word to Go, even though it says it’s available.

    And, J and Karen, trust me when I say I barely even know what I’m talking about. :crazy:

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