Cross platforming is a nice concept. Everyone wins because it increases the
company's customer base and the customers benefit from more and better
written software. One example is Linux but with apps like Firefox,
personally I don't like it, I still use IE. On my portable devices I use
Palm OS. I have a Tungsten C and a Samsung i500 Smartphone. Although I've
never used a MAC with the Unix version on it I've heard some pretty bad
things about it. I don't use Macs and never will so it doens't effect me at
all. I've found Macs to be for people who don't like to fiddle with
things... almost like it was made for a simplton and I like to have the free
control to have things work the way I want to. From my very limited
experience on a Mac, you can't do that.
I agree though that Palms are very stable and reliable. My old Jornada was
unstable and battery life was very limited. The way it handled memory
management was really bad too.
"Roy Schestowitz" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Scooterflex wrote:
> > "RonB" <ronbNOSPAM@bliz.org> wrote in message
> > news:Xns9672D7DAC820Fezboard1lycoscom@188.8.131.52...
> >> On Sat 11 Jun 2005 07:29:42p, Bruno, wrote:
> >> > I have been away from this group for awhile. I switched to the dark
> >> > side, you know. Last week, I saw this beautiful new high-end Palm
> >> > device, so I checked. Then I saw it is running PalmOS 5.4. What the
> >> > heck is going on here? Will there *ever* be a PalmOS 6 device?
> >> I'm trying to think what I'm "missing" by using my Palm 4.x and 3.5.x
> >> devices. There's like, oh... five billion programs for them. I think
> >> kicked Windows CE ass because they offered an OS that didn't try to
> >> include everything *plus* the kitchen sink. Less packed in the PDA,
> >> to go wrong. M$ Mobile isn't winning on merit -- it's catching up
> >> of corporate pack-ins (and probably under-the-table payoffs).
> > Microsoft charges the developers to create apps for Windows Mobile (CE,
> > Pocket PC... whatever you want to call it) devices. That's the main
> > for the high price of apps for the Windows Mobile platform and also the
> > main reason there are not many apps out there for it either. The last
> > I stopped by palmone.com and checked there were over 17,000 apps and a
> > of them are free, WIndows Mobile on the other hand had about 3,000 and
> > very few were free, if they worked at all since the apps are processor
> > specific and there are a lot of different processors they used in those
> > devices. I'm sure the count on Plam apps has greatly increased since
> > it's been a while.
> >> But that said, not everyone uses their PDAs for the same things.
> >> some folks want them to include "kitchen sinks." My Treo 300 does
> >> everything I want (except for not using a Stowaway Keyboard). I think
> >> there are many people who just want a simple PDA -- that's why so many
> >> series IIIs and Vs continue to sell on eBay.
> Opting for Pocket PC rather than Palm is like opting for Windows rather
> UNIX, but there are a few differences:
> - Palm is very simple to use
> - Palm is reliable
> This, of course, isn't quite true since distros like Ubuntu and (maybe)
> Fedora emerged.
> There are plenty of programs for *NIX out there and they are predominantly
> free and the development is open, flexible and negotiable.
> Oh, and guess what??? Palm are switching to UNIX.
> Roy S. Schestowitz