Travis Casey wrote:
> Roy S Schestowitz wrote:
>> I have always believed that other launchers were not much more than
>> flashy graphics or extra bells-and-whistles.
>> I remember that when I got my first Palm in 2002 I was excited about
>> games, then Internet on the move, then E-mail and then Acrobat Reader. It
>> was not long before I realised that the only person I impressed was
>> myself and all I really needed were the main built-in applications.
>> At present, I maybe invoke the launcher once a week, when I need
>> DocsToGo. The rest can be dealt with using the buttons. The botton line
>> (to Eddie) is: will you wind up sticking to practicality or flash?
> That's a rather hostile way of putting it -- why do you need to make it
> sound like if he needs or wants something more, he's just not practical?
> Different people need to do different things. It's great for you that all
> you need is the built-in apps... but other people need other things. And
> no, I'm not using them to go around showing other people "look at this
> neat thing I can do" -- I'm using them because they're what I really want
> and need to do.
> My daytime job is Unix system administrator. In conjunction with that, I
> have pssh and PalmVNC installed, so I can get onto my systems remotely to
> do things with them. None of the built-in applications can help me with
> I'm also a writer. In support of that, I have QED, so I can edit
> something longer than 4K without it being broken into a whole bunch of
> memos. I also have CF2DOC, so I can convert the files I work with with
> back and forth to text files on my SD card. I also like to read, and with
> those two, I can download books from Gutenberg, copy them onto my SD card,
> and use time standing in line at the grocery store and such to read them.
> I have Blazer, because every once in a while, it's nice to be able to go
> some web sites when I don't have ready access to a PC. I also have LFtp,
> because in conjunction with pssh, it gives me a way to install a new
> application without having to have a PC I can hotsync with. Again, a need
> that doesn't come up often, but when it does come up, can be very
> There's a bunch of applications that come and go on my Palm -- stuff I'm
> trying out to see if I like it, games, etc. That's because mine is a toy
> as well as a tool. :-)
> Getting back to the original topic of this message, I use LauncherX. I
> like having the date and time both always visible, since I'm one of those
> who forgets what day it is. I like the battery indicator giving
> of battery life remaining in numbers as well as a graphical indication. I
> like having a memory indicator at the top of the screen with the battery
> I find the tabbed interface faster and easier for me to use than the
> drop-down box for categories. I find the built-in launcher's interface
> for moving things from one category to another very cumbersome, compared
> LauncherX's "drag it to the tab you want it in". Deleting applications is
> also simple and straightforward -- pop out the toolbar and drag it onto
> trashcan. If I wonder how much memory a particular app is taking up, I
> out the toolbar and drag it onto the info icon. If I want to manage files
> on my SD card, LauncherX does that too -- so I don't need a separate
> application for it, or to go to a PC just to move a file into a directory.
> Just because *you* find that the built-in applications do what you need
> doesn't mean that everyone else does, or even should.
In my previous message I did _not_ mean to say that:
-People use their PDA's to show off.
-Using more advanced applications is impractical.
I apologise if it sounded that way.
You convinced me that some people's needs are very different. I am rarely
away from a machine for longer than 15 minutes so I leave all the heavier
work to stationary machines. All that I need to take with me are the
littler notes; I do the rest of my data transfer (from place to place)
using HTTP, SSH and FTP.
Launchers are not for me, but as you have proven, to some they are great