Comments on: Palm TX Mini-Bud Mic Review

Fall 2006 has come and gone with no sign of any new Palm handhelds on the horizon. With even more urgency than before, the PDA faithful are stockpiling devices and accessories and preparing the inevitable. The Palm TX leads the field as Palms flagship handheld and is still readily available worldwide. Yet any long-term Palm user will recognize that one of the TXs major shortcomings is its lack of an internal microphone. Read on for the review of Tech Center Labs Mini Bud Mic solution for the TX.
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Pretty Cool, but ...

LiveFaith @ 11/24/2006 7:25:56 PM # Q
... coulda gotten 4.5 outta 5 with this profile instead:
http://www.churchoflivingfaith.com/images/txmic.jpg

The things that they are fixing because of Palm's refusal to try to win, are actually quite impressive. This whole thing is bittersweet ... "Great accessories to improve Palm PDAs, yet Palm is so pathetic that they cripple there devices into mediocrity".

Pat Horne

RE: Pretty Cool, but ...
legodude522 @ 11/24/2006 8:20:49 PM # Q
I love my T|3. No need for a T|X and the silly microphone add-ons.

Palm m125 > Palm Zire 71 > Tapwave Zodiac 1 > Palm Zire 72 > Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000
RE: Pretty Cool, but ...
gmayhak @ 11/24/2006 10:30:34 PM # Q
... coulda gotten 4.5 outta 5 with this profile instead:
http://www.churchoflivingfaith.com/images/txmic.jpg

I like that! has room for the mic, vibes, silent alarm and laser pointer. If they give us another Palm with the same case design and missing all these gadgets I'd be tempted to go through the expense of having something like that molded.

Gary

Tech Center Labs

RE: Pretty Cool, but ...
LiveFaith @ 11/25/2006 9:58:43 AM # Q
Gary, you're a hero anyway in my book. This article just reminds me to shake my head and wonder why I ever became addicted to Palm OS, when the bean counters are driving it into the earth. I hope for all our sakes, that you'll not have to do that. Hopefully you can use your expertise of additions that make a Palm PDA better, rather than being saddled with the task of getting their devices somewhere near par.

Pat Horne
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foam cover

gmayhak @ 11/24/2006 10:41:03 PM # Q
Kris is correct, the foam cover could be damaged by leaving the mic attached when shoving the TX into your pocket. I keep my TX in a SENA case and the mic in my shirt pocket, it only takes a second to attach it when I need to record something. I also include a spare foam cover with each mic. They are the same covers you use on ear buds so they can easily be replaced when they become worn. The foam has the advantage of reducing background and wind noise.

Gary

Tech Center Labs

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Buggy Whips?

Gekko @ 11/25/2006 7:55:56 AM # Q

Do they make Buggy Whips too?



RE: Buggy Whips?
gmayhak @ 11/26/2006 10:29:23 AM # Q
You're not that far off, my hobby is building a 9/16 scale Chuck Wagon and Concord style Stage Coach. http://home.earthlink.net/~gmayhak/newriver.htm
The best I can do on a whip is a 4 plait Stock whip.
We've spent a lot of time in the 'high tech' world but are pretty much country folk now.
http://home.earthlink.net/~gmayhak/arches/arches.html

Gary

Tech Center Labs

RE: Buggy Whips?
Gekko @ 11/26/2006 12:27:22 PM # Q

Yee Haw! Looks like you're having fun.

Congrats!

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Congrats indeed!

hkklife @ 11/26/2006 1:09:41 PM # Q
Gekko;

Gary enjoys the sort of rugged, back-to-Earth pioneerism and rural living that Beersy can only dream of!

Congratulations on a job well done renovating your "bunker" and enjoying what must be a wonderful way of life!

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

RE: Congrats indeed!
gmayhak @ 11/26/2006 1:40:02 PM # Q
Thanks guys! It's been a culture shock but in a good way. A few years back my big concern was 'does the Ferrari or Countach need to be waxed again?' Now its 'what's that stuff leaking out of the Pickup?' and 'why aren't those chickens laying?'
But I still really enjoy electronics and am looking forward to the next Palm PDA, I don't think they are ready to quit yet and I think the smart phone competition will push them back where they started.
Gary

Tech Center Labs
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A 'new' Case for this tiny mike

hgoldner @ 11/27/2006 11:23:25 AM # Q
When Gary shipped me my unit (yeah, he pretty much does everything there....chief bottle washer, etc.) I asked about a 'case' for the unit. I wouldn't consider keeping it attached to my T|X since I don't need it all the time, just once in a while.

The solution was an empty SD card case. I suspect that a CF case would work just as well.

The benefit to the attachable mike on the T|X over the T|3, which I thought was just about the perfect PDA was that I constantly accidentally turned on my T|3 with the voicerecorder switch.

I know there was software out there to fix that, but I was never satisfied with the other 'effects' of that software.

Harold


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TX Bud-Mic upgrade

gmayhak @ 12/9/2006 12:07:44 PM # Q
The price of the Bud-Mic is reduced for the Holidays and for just Palm Infocenter readers I have added a secret way to order and not be charged for shipping. Instead of clicking on 'add to cart' click on the little string of Christmas lights below the 'add to cart'

*Happy Holidays*
Gary

Tech Center Labs

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