Palm PalmPilot Professional[Professional]
Yes, I'm a Psioneer, and yes I DO own a PalmPilot. What about it?
2 x 1.5V AAA cells
|Production year: 1997||OS: Palm OS|
|Type: PDA||RAM: 1MB||Display: Internal LCD|
|Resolution: 160x160 pixels|
No PDA collection is ever complete without one of these thingies...
Shall we look a little bit closer?
- Screen: 160 x 160 4 Colour Greyscale LCD backlit screen with a touch sensitive membrane on top. (Oversize, so leaves a dedicated area at the bottom.)
- RAM: can be replaced with a 2MB module.
- OS: Palm OS V2.0.5
- No backup battery, but will retain memory for approx 1 minute while you swap them.
- Connectors: Serial/hot-synch connector in the base.
- Expandability: Nope...
Well, all right then. Palm produced a upgrade board that would upgrade it to 2MB and OS V3.0 This was also supposed to give it IRDa capabilities,
but I don't know how that deals with the fact that there's no hole for an IR LED anywhere.
- Input: Main method is Grafitti handwriting recognition. Based on a simplified alphabet. Also, if you tap on a dot in the grafitti-window, you get a virtual keyboard on the screen. (Only if there is an edit field active just then)
- there are 4 application button and page up/page down buttons on the lower edge. Pressing one of the application buttons will turn the PalmPilot on(if powered down) and move the relevant app to the foreground.
- Address: A contact manager. By default, assigned to the second application button from the left.
- Calc: A simple calculator applet. Only + - * / % and memory.
- Date book: A time planner program with Day, Week and Month views.
- Expense: A program to track expenditures. Allows some customisation.
- Giraffe: A small game. Designed to help you learn Grafitti.
- HotSync: The link program used to backup and synchronize the PalmPilot. Can also be activated by pressing a button on the Docking cradle. This program also works with modems...
- Mail: This program gives access to MAPI compliant e-mail programs on your PC. You download new messages from the PC, then read and answer them on the Palm.
When you next connect, the Hotsynch program uploads the answers (and new mails) to your PC mail program for sending.
- Memo pad: A Program to take short notes. Assigned to the rightmost application button.
- Memory: This is used to see how much memory is used, and also to delete programs.
- Prefs: Here you set up the PalmPilot to your liking.
- Security: Used to specify passwords, lock the device and show/hide private records.
- To Do List: Things to do that doesn't fit in the Date Book program. Assigned to the second application button from the right.
When you play around with the PalmPilot you'll quite soon notice that none of the programs has an 'Exit' or 'Close' choice. This is because the PalmPilot ordinarily doesn't close the programs, just shuffles them into the background
and doesn't stop them unless it's running low on free memory. This does mean that when a program is switched to the background it has to store its state so that if it later is forced closed, it can restore back to it's previous state.
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