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3 responses to “Palm must build great accessories to survive”

  1. Steve

    Slightly off the topic, but I personally have been using a Tungsten E Palm Pilot for years and find it’s easier than a recent Android phone I purchased. Devices made for a specific purpose seem to work much better and easier. For example, I’ve used a database program on my Palm for years and it works easily and quickly. The calendar, to-do lists, etc. work easily too. The Android has many options, no doubt, but it suffers from the “being everything” syndrome. My old mobile phone would ring, I’d hit the green button and talk. The numbers are used for one thing…calling people. It’s not that I can’t see the benefit of losing all these extra electronic devices, but the ones made for a specific purpose just work better. Another example, my Garmin GPS. It mounts on my dash and does one basic thing and does it well. The Android can help me navigate too, but seems to suffer from “gadgettiness”… It’s awkward in it’s functioning and you have to go through a several menus to get to the GPS navigation thing…which does work all that well. Then if you want to take a note or look up a contact, you have to figure out how to navigate away from you GPS map and to the contact list…and, of course, back to the map again.
    I’ve used Win PCs for years as a programmer and personally migrated to Macs some years back because they reduce the endless complexity and frustration of getting all the endless features and setting working. Macs are like appliances…like a remote control, for example. True, it may not toast my bread, but it sure does make controlling my TV straightforward.
    I haven’t owned an iPhone, but am considering switching simply because about everything Apple does reduces complexity compared to the competition . Yes, at the expense of options and “customizability”…BUT, they work for most purposes and don’t add complexity to already complicated living.
    As for Palm, I simply wish they’d build a 64-bit driver for my Tungsten E for the Windows 7 notebook I bought, but how much money is in that for them? That’s part of the problem, money driving the whole show. There’s more to technology than just money…some older technologies simply work and don’t need much changing. They only change it to keep making more money! But the Palm Pilots were, and are, simply great electronic planners for those so inclined. They store passwords and have a simplicity that made them an instant hit. Plus…THEY WORK.
    Toasters haven’t changed much in the last 20 years, and I’m glad they haven’t, because I still like my toast in basically the same way and don’t want to read a manual and go through layers of electronic menus just so my new fancy toaster can add unlimited features to something that we could really all be content with.
    BTW: I’m not over 40…lol…but after being in IT for some time, you start to wonder if our lives have really gotten better and happier as technology keeps marching forward dragging money from our wallets in the process. A pad and paper may be all we ever needed…

  2. Stuart Guthrie

    Great article Dennis! I very much agree with the points that you have raised.

  3. Ronc

    Yes, Steve: “A pad and paper may be all we ever needed…” That and a phone to make calls, a small mp3 player to listen, and an OQO for everything else.