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Access powered logoACCESS today debuted a new ACCESS Powered logo and announced it is renaming Palm OS to Garnet OS. The new ACCESS Powered logo replaces the Palm Powered logo and is now used with products from both ACCESS and PalmSource, Inc. (now known as ACCESS Systems Americas, Inc.).
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Name changes...

critic @ 1/25/2007 12:55:34 PM # Q
So does this mean this site will become GarnetInfoCenter.com?

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What do you think, sirs?
RE: Name changes...
Khris @ 1/25/2007 1:15:51 PM # Q
SinkingShipInfoCenter.com ;)


RE: Name changes...
Ryan @ 1/25/2007 1:24:58 PM # Q
I don't see a point in changing the name of the site.

"Garnet OS" will basically be the stagnant legacy version of the Palm OS. PalmSource/Access has pretty much stopped all development of their version of Garnet for work on ALP.

Palm Inc will likely continue to improve and develop the Palm OS most people use (and still call it the Palm OS) going forward.


RE: Name changes...
SeldomVisitor @ 1/25/2007 1:30:36 PM # Q
I sorta like Mobility-whatever-it's-called.

Time to merge!

RE: Name changes...WAITAMINUTE!
SeldomVisitor @ 1/25/2007 1:31:21 PM # Q
What's that copyright notice say down there at the bottom of the page!?


RE: Name changes...
LiveFaith @ 1/25/2007 1:59:31 PM # Q
Internal corporate records since 1996 for the various owners of Palm OS and it's namesakes:

Average number employees/year for designers, engineers, programmers, staff, and directors dedicated directly to OS development: 119
Estimated human resource dollar cost to develop said OS over period: $95.2 million

Average number employees/year for graphic designers, attorneys, accountants, staff, and directors dedicated directly to OS naming, renaming, refreshing and marketing: 341
Estimated human resource dollar cost to develop said OS over period: $294.3 million

... Sounds pretty balanced to me.

Thanks Access. You are carrying on a glorious tradition that Palm OS users appreciate. We get to use a hacked, whacked, and shellacked OS that crashes, freezes, lags, cannot multi-thread, still cannot handle basic clipboard functionality, looks like it's from the tech stone ages, and is breathing it's last gasps as I write.

So, to see YALANC (yet another logo and naming convention) sprucing up our near stiff dead corpse of a platform, really lifts my spirits. When my next Treo freezes in the midst of an important data retrieval process, I get the express privilege of showing all my friends the hottest and most refreshed logo in the tech world. No way they can keep up.

Take that WM freaks and Linux fanboys!

Pat Horne

RE: Name changes...
pmjoe @ 1/25/2007 3:19:05 PM # Q

Well, if you have them, you should try the numbers since 2000.

> Average number employees/year for designers, engineers, programmers,
> staff, and directors dedicated directly to OS development: 119
> Estimated human resource dollar cost to develop said OS over period: $95.2 million

If it was more than 20 programmers/year and about $10 million over the last 4 years, I'd be shocked. They haven't done anything, so I hope they aren't currently paying 119 people/year to do nothing.

RE: Name changes...
expalmuser @ 1/25/2007 5:39:47 PM # Q
Actually, it has been around 100 or so developers in the past 4 years. The problem that they have always had is attrition... So of those 100 people, how many have been there for more than a couple years? A fraction. So do the math.
They have a few competent engineers who continue to hang on to the company for whatever reasons, but most of their new management hires are imbeciles (that's a compliment). IMHO, this ship has already sunk.
RE: Name changes...
mikecane @ 1/25/2007 5:42:16 PM # Q
>>>When my next Treo freezes in the midst of an important data retrieval process, I get the express privilege of showing all my friends the hottest and most refreshed logo in the tech world.

Hahahaha!!!

You'll get the same from a Nokia 770!

There is no escape...

RE: Name changes...
sungod @ 1/25/2007 6:04:41 PM # Q
All you guys seem to have forgotten that Palmsource sold the the Palm name back to Pa1mOne. This would have included the Palm OS name. So even though this was a monumental waste of time and money, they would have been contractually obligated to do it.

on a long enough timeline the survival rate of everyone drops to zero
Name it like it is...
jfme @ 1/25/2007 8:40:52 PM # Q
I like "FrankenGarnet OS" better....

Save some ink and stop stamping volatile logos in devices, please.

RE: Name changes...
EdH @ 1/26/2007 6:33:59 AM # Q
LiveFaith wroteWe get to use a hacked, whacked, and shellacked OS that crashes, freezes, lags, cannot multi-thread, still cannot handle basic clipboard functionality, looks like it's from the tech stone ages, and is breathing it's last gasps as I write.

Wow. I've been saying this for 6+ years and get criticized for it. Now, it suddenly is considered truth. Did it have clipboard functionality in the past and it lost it recently? Did it multithread in the past and it lost it recently? Did it look modern and fresh a few years ago, or is the truth of the matter that even then, it looked like something from the mid-90's? Seems I was more right than wrong all along. What else have I been saying over the years? That Windows Mobile would surpass PalmOS in marketshare? Hrmm.... let me check and see if that happened... ;-)

RE: Name changes...
mikecane @ 1/26/2007 11:30:53 AM # Q
Everyone with a fekkin brain has been saying it for years.

Colligan seems to be as deaf as his predecessors.

The entire fault is the limited vision of Hawkins. He broke his promise to us. I keep thinking I should essay this. Maybe after my LifeDrive is alive again...

RE: Name changes...
pmjoe @ 1/26/2007 11:48:52 AM # Q
> Actually, it has been around 100 or so developers in the past 4 years.

Wish I had 100 developers in the development group I run. I could probably throw 50-60 of them at putting together a new Palm OS over the next two years, a dozen to do my team's work, and still have more than enough left to maintain FrankenGarnet for the Treo.

Back in Palm's world, I cannot fathom what all these people are doing. Unless there is some hidden secret project, WTF are they doing??? You see at one point in time, I thought they were developing a new OS, adding some cool Java VM support, new development tools for the new OS, maintaining Palm Desktop, apps for the Treo, etc. Then 100 people would probably be cutting it a little thin. Today, all I can see them doing is maintenance on the Treo and well that's about it. If they need more than 15, maybe 20, people for that ... well you've got to be kidding me.

RE: Name changes...
freakout @ 1/26/2007 5:18:44 PM # Q
[I]Unless there is some hidden secret project[/I]

There is. The question, of course, is whether or not it's going to be worth this long wait...

RE the complaints about PalmOS, the only one that bothers me are the outdated visuals. Otherwise it plays my mp3's in the background, it can check my email in the background, it caches web pages for me and it remembers what I was doing when I quit an app. For all of WinMob's under-the-hood superiority, it really doesn't offer a hell of a lot over PalmOS for the end-user. Except, perhaps, memory management issues. :P

Tim
I apologise for any and all emoticons that appear in my posts. You may shoot them on sight.
Treo 270 ---> Treo 650 ---> Crimson Treo 680

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Really!?!

relyons @ 1/25/2007 1:02:27 PM # Q
Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler recently introduced a new sketch on Saturday Night Live entitled "Really!?!" Here's the sketch on YouTube.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=RjtVnqZCndo

When I saw this headline, I cocked my head to one side and said out loud, "Really!?!"

"ACCESS is significantly behind schedule on the Access Linux Platform. However, they found time out of the hectic schedule to change the names and logos for the Palm OS. Really!?!"

"New operating systems from Palm and ACCESS will probably have unique names to differentiate them from the current incarnation of the 'Palm OS.' However, ACCESS felt they had to rename the legacy 'Palm OS' anyway. Really!?!"

Really!?!

RE: Really!?!
relyons @ 1/25/2007 1:51:05 PM # Q
> Ryan said, "orly.jpg" and "yarly.jpg"

Really!?!

Really!?!

RE: Really!?!
freakout @ 1/25/2007 5:48:04 PM # Q
Featuring four spheres emanating from the word ACCESS, the logo is a metaphor for the technologies and products ACCESS generates, incubates and releases to the world. The dynamic arc crowning the logo with the "Powered" element forming the foundation symbolizes the power contained within the product. Together these elements represent the technologies, products and industries ACCESS empowers.

Mmm hmmm. That's exactly what I thought when I looked at the new logo: "Woah, how powerful!"

RE: Really!?!
SeldomVisitor @ 1/25/2007 6:37:36 PM # Q
Strangely, I instantly (and, I might add, irrevocably) thought of something sinking into the ocean!

RE: Really!?!
stonemirror @ 1/26/2007 12:44:28 PM # Q
However, ACCESS felt they had to rename the legacy 'Palm OS' anyway.

A contractual obligation, going back a couple of years.

Really.


RE: Really!?!
relyons @ 1/26/2007 4:34:01 PM # Q
stonemirror said, "A contractual obligation, going back a couple of years."

Interesting. I didn't find such any requirement in the ACCESS press release archive.

http://www.access-company.com/news/press/ACCESS/2005/20050908.html

Please site a source for your assertion. Thank you in advance.

RE: Really!?!
SeldomVisitor @ 1/26/2007 4:57:22 PM # Q
As someone who purports to be a PalmOS developer (giggle) you certainly are (1) naive about things PalmOS or (2) unable to do a 10 second Google search, calling into question the totality of your "development" skill (giggle).

-- http://www.access-company.com/developers/press/palm_faq.html

E.g.:

== "...Q. What will ACCESS name its version of Palm OS Garnet?
==
== A. We will be re-naming all our products with Palm-based names. As
== you may remember, we sold our rights in the Palm Trademark Holding
== Company last May (2005). As part of that deal, we agreed to change
== our then name—PalmSource--as well as all our Palm-based product
== and program names..."


RE: Really!?!
freakout @ 1/26/2007 5:29:09 PM # Q
stonemirror said, "A contractual obligation, going back a couple of years."

Interesting. I didn't find such any requirement in the ACCESS press release archive.

http://www.access-company.com/news/press/ACCESS/2005/20050908.html

Please site a source for your assertion. Thank you in advance.

Lol. He works for ACCESS. I'd take his word for it. :P

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RE: OT: The Unmaking Of Motorola
pmjoe @ 1/25/2007 3:30:28 PM # Q
Except it's the exact opposite of Palm. Motorola has a lot going for them right now, so they undercharged a bit for the RAZR but it's still a hot phone and sold well. Their cable modems and cable boxes (in particular high end) ones are everywhere too. This woman is bitching because she didn't get her pennies on the share, not because Motorola isn't selling quantity/quality products.

It's morons like this that cause companies like Palm to spend more money on name changes than producing products people want to buy. She wants her money now rather than have an established company for the long haul. Such is the world where the stock market rules over quality and service. Stick a quality product out there for a reasonable price and the investors rake you over the coals for not selling overpriced junk.

RE: OT: The Unmaking Of Motorola
LiveFaith @ 1/25/2007 8:07:39 PM # Q
Joe,

Public traded companies + increasingly greedy investors = bad business.

U R right.

Pat Horne

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So WTF?

mikecane @ 1/25/2007 5:46:38 PM # Q
ACCESS Garnet is Palm's Garnet? Except Palm has the trademark and calls it PalmOS. So Garnet is used by who again?

And what's up with Cobalt?

And does anyone give an eff for ALP? Linux?!!? After the scourging I've gotten from the Nokia 770, do you really think I want to touch that sh*t ever again?!!?

RE: So WTF?
hkklife @ 1/25/2007 9:05:40 PM # Q
The "PalmSource" version of Palm OS was used by, well, Zodiac (heavily tweaked) and currently by Janam and the handful of remaining small-time licensees.

The Palmified version of Palm OS ("FrankenGarnet") has grown/been patched/hacked into quite a different beast than the "original" version of OS 5 that Access owns.

Access Garnet is likely not going to appear on any new devices from here on out.

Palm's hacked & extended version will be called "Palm OS" from here on.

Cobalt is dead but I figure Palm MAY lift a few of its best bits if the price is very, very right to merge into FrankenGarnet 5.5 (what they are presumably working on currently for their lower end devices).

ALP will probably appear, if ever, only on Asian-market smartphones like the kind Haier demoed last year.


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RE: So WTF?
BaalthazaaR @ 1/26/2007 5:09:45 PM # Q
"Cobalt is dead but I figure Palm MAY lift a few of its best bits if the price is very, very right to merge into FrankenGarnet 5.5 (what they are presumably working on currently for their lower end devices). "

Kinda sad to see that Palmsource doesn't have Cobalt listed on their site like before.

Kinda wondering... Maybe this has already been done, but I'm relatively new to this site... Does anyone have any info as to why Palm themselves did not switch to Cobalt when they owned it? From briefly playing with the simulator, it looked good.... Did PIC interview someone from Access who was high up in the Cobalt team? Someone who would know what happened and why? I can't imagine that that info would need to remain hidden any longer since Access and Palm both seem to not want anything to do with Cobalt.

RE: So WTF?
uuhh @ 1/29/2007 7:04:58 AM # Q
They decided that Linux community will help them to support their new genius Linux port. Bunch of idiots

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A question to TVoR

sungod @ 1/25/2007 7:36:56 PM # Q
I know your on a self enforced exile right now but i have a question for you. Well a few questions but they all sorta lead into each other. Why don't you believe Palm will ever use ALP? You keep telling us that they don't have the coders to build there own stable OS to compete with WinMob and Symb on a technical level. If they don't just want to be another WinMob Manufacture wouldn't their best option to be the first to jump on the ALP bandwagon and still have legacy Palm app support? If they are not completely happy with ALP they could use there meager team of coders to create a PalmOS style GUI to overlay whatever Access brings to market? If they do not wish to use ALP why did they enter into a joint development deal which required them to pay Access (which they managed to get out of because Access dragged their ass) large sums of money(cant remember the amount)?
I do enjoy reeding your posts and would like to here your answers to my questions.

on a long enough timeline the survival rate of everyone drops to zero
RE: A question to TVoR
mikecane @ 1/26/2007 11:27:12 AM # Q
It's bloody obvious:

1) It's a huge kludge and would confuse the eff out of people

2) They'd have to pay royalties

3) They'd legitimize a competitor OS

4) Their destiny would be in the hands of others (as if they have a destiny at this point...)

RE: A question to TVoR
mikecane @ 1/26/2007 11:29:14 AM # Q
I should have put in a comment about azzez, but I can't sink to his level...

RE: A question to TVoR
sungod @ 1/26/2007 5:19:54 PM # Q
But they already "legitimize a competitor OS" in using Win Mob, which is “a huge kludge” and very confusing. I love showing customers how easy it is to switch from landscape to portrait on a T|X compared to a iPaq.
They where also quite willing to pay royaltys to both PalmSource & Microsoft leaving them to control the destiny of both OS's.
How would licensing ALP change their situation from what it was before the perpetual licensing agreement?
P.S. Who's Azzez? You're not talking about the little kid with the mirror from the beginning of The Fifth Element? “Azzez Light!!”

on a long enough timeline the survival rate of everyone drops to zero
RE: A question to TVoR
cervezas @ 1/26/2007 7:46:05 PM # Q
I know your on a self enforced exile right now but i have a question for you. Well a few questions but they all sorta lead into each other. Why don't you believe Palm will ever use ALP?

You're new here, aren't you? :-) The idea of asking TVoR a question like this is a little like the idea that you'd ask the guy under the viaduct who's screaming obscenities and stinking of MD40.

The reason no one is expecting Palm to use ALP is because:
(a) they've never said a single word of encouragement or interest in it, whereas they showed plenty of interest in PalmSource's pre-acquisition Linux OS, and
(b) they've just spent $44M for the right to use the Palm OS Garnet code to build their own next-generation version of the Palm OS. Read Palm's press release.

The fact that they've done this isn't necessarily because they think ALP is a bad product, by the way. Just that they don't see a good enough alignment between their own business goals and those of ACCESS to trust that ALP will go the way they need it to go in the future. For example, they may be wondering if ACCESS is going to be totally focused on handsets, when Palm plans to diversify their offerings into other kinds of devices that won't get the same attention from ACCESS. They also may be worried that ALP could end up in so many products made by competitors that Palm will lose it's ability to differentiate their own products. There are lots of good reasons to have control over both hardware and system software. It's worked for Palm in the past. It's also worked well for Apple.

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing
www.pikesoft.com/blog

RE: A question to TVoR
sungod @ 1/26/2007 10:19:27 PM # Q
I have been reading posts on this site for over a year and have only posted occasionally. Originally I was waiting to here word on when cobalt was going to be released. Any way I now have a T|X but I should of god a T5 I don't need WiFi but I'm not stressed about it.
I knew exactly what to expect from TVoR, he's like a good talk back host you may hate his guts but he always gets the talk going.
But my major question wasn't why aren't they using ALP but how are they not going to use it and still compete. The only way they could hope to get a stable OS to market before they die (if TVoR's rants are correct and there code team is crap) is if they have been secretly working on it under the assumption that they would eventually buy the code back off PalmSource.
The only reason they managed that was because Access didn't receive their payment after failing to reach a target set in the joint development agreement and presumably needed the money.
On a side note I just had a thought (head still throbbing) is Cobalt's code base included in the deal or just Garnet? I don't remember reading anything that specific on the subject.


on a long enough timeline the survival rate of everyone drops to zero

RE: A question to TVoR
sungod @ 1/26/2007 11:14:40 PM # Q
Now that I think about it its prob been closer 2 years

on a long enough timeline the survival rate of everyone drops to zero
RE: A question to TVoR
t3h @ 1/27/2007 5:04:27 AM # Q
> They also may be worried that ALP could end up in so many products made by competitors that Palm will lose it's ability to differentiate their own products.

Well, if that happens, it's goodbye Palm, I'm getting the competition's unit if it runs ALP and Palm sticks with FrankenGarnet. I mean, the only thing that really keeps me using Palm OS is that it's not Windows Mobile, and I'm familiar with it...

Palm TX + 1GB SD + Motorola v3x = awesomeness

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Again...

razorpit @ 1/25/2007 9:27:14 PM # Q
Again I wish theses guys would put forth half the effort in the software as they do buying and selling these business units, renaming themselves, and changing logos. I would love to be the company that supplies them their letterhead and business cards. I would be a millionaire by now.

--Dave

RE: Again...
LiveFaith @ 1/25/2007 11:03:24 PM # Q
Actually Dave, the business paper people don't make much on them. They just rotate the same name around and around all the while pulling out the old stuff a couple of years later when the name comes back to them. :-
Pat Horne
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I do see one positive in this.

JonAcheson @ 1/26/2007 9:23:10 AM # Q
The one ray of light at the end of the tunnel here is that Access is ramping up its marketing of the new Linux-based OS, which means that it is getting ready to actually release something.

And while years of disappointment have conditioned me not to raise my hopes too high, I still say that's a good thing.

It remains to be seen whether that ray of light is an oncoming train, but I'm kind of hopeful about Access.

"All opinions posted are my own, and not those of my employers, who are appalled."

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How soon we forget

cervezas @ 1/26/2007 7:30:51 PM # Q
PalmSource *sold* to PalmOne its rights to its use the Palm brand in May of 2005: http://www.palminfocenter.com/view_story.asp?ID=7864

PalmSource (and by dint of the acquisition) ACCESS had 4 years from that date to phase out the use of the name Palm in all of their products. There's no news here: we've known for almost two years that in a short time only Palm would be able to ship devices with "Palm" in the name of the operating system.

The good news for Palm is that there is now nothing stopping them from doing just that. Their next-generation OS will be "Palm OS" just like OS 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 were before it.

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing
www.pikesoft.com/blog

RE: How soon we forget
Gekko @ 1/26/2007 8:43:24 PM # Q

No, silly.

It will be Palm Treo powered by Access Garnet OS.



RE: How soon we forget
cervezas @ 1/26/2007 10:54:43 PM # Q
Palm paid $30M in '05 for the Palm brand and $44M in '06 for the rights to develop an OS using the Garnet source code "regardless of the underlying operating system." I have to think there was a reason for that and that the reason was that they weren't content to release "ACCESS Powered Garnet OS" devices forever.

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing
www.pikesoft.com/blog
RE: How soon we forget
sungod @ 1/26/2007 11:02:16 PM # Q
Cervezas isn't talking about new modles runing Garnet he's talking about the next OS Palm is suposedly building. Alot of people have called it PalmOSII. This wouldn't carry the name Cobalt because it only includes bits of Cobalt.

on a long enough timeline the survival rate of everyone drops to zero
RE: How soon we forget
Gekko @ 1/27/2007 8:37:45 AM # Q

Beersie - palm, inc. paid that money so that they have exclusive use of the name "palm" to put on their DEVICES. i don't think they can rename "Access Garnet" "Palm OS". why do they care anyway? isn't the statistic thrown around here by you that 99.9% of users don't give a shiit or know what OS they use on their device? and i also doubt that palm, inc. can license their version of frankengarnet.

do you own any shares of PALM?



RE: How soon we forget
SeldomVisitor @ 1/27/2007 8:51:01 AM # Q
Do not forget this (from the above-linked ACCESS FAQ):

== "...as has been true in past, Palm will only be able to use the
== Palm OS trademark for products that meet the compatibility
== requirements, verified through the compatibility test harness
== used by ACCESS and Palm..."

I'm not sure how this fits in with all the "recent" news, however it was so stated.

RE: How soon we forget
cervezas @ 1/27/2007 4:33:16 PM # Q
As SeldomVisitor stated, Palm can now put their brand on any OS they please, so long as it passes the compatibility tests that Palm and ACCESS have agreed upon. ACCESS on the other hand must give up using the Palm brand for anything, including products like Palm OS and Palm Desktop, and, if Palm's attorneys want to be tough about it, maybe even terms like "Palm developer."

I don't think it's as true as it used to be that people don't care about the OS. I see people becoming more educated as they buy more smartphones--Treos in particular, since they now come in a choice of OSes, forcing a decision. For a more statistical analysis, see the recent study discussed here: http://mobilephonedevelopment.com/archives/185

The Palm brand was a complete mess after Palm split and especially after ACCESS acquired Palmsource. Now it's finally becoming understandable to consumers again. Everyone has heard of Palm OS, but "Garnet" and "ACCESS" are a different story. Palm devices that run the "Palm OS" will eliminate the confusion and make a statement about who controls the product. Palm has got to breathing a small sigh of relief these days.

I don't own common stock in Palm or any other company for that matter. And if you think share prices are affected by comments posted on PIC, well... I'd say you're the one that'd be looking silly. :-)

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing
www.pikesoft.com/blog

RE: How soon we forget
Gekko @ 1/27/2007 6:23:06 PM # Q
>And if you think share prices are affected by comments posted on PIC, well... I'd say you're the one that'd be looking silly. :-)

No, I don't think that comments on PIC can move the share price - but that doesn't mean that you don't - hence your constant apologist posts as a feeble attempt to prop up the share price or fortunes of the struggling company.



RE: How soon we forget
SeldomVisitor @ 1/27/2007 6:24:37 PM # Q
The corollary of all this suggests PALM cannot call THEIR Next Great Linux-based OS "PalmOS".

RE: How soon we forget
Gekko @ 1/27/2007 6:26:50 PM # Q

"Palm OS on Access Garnet OS"?

A silly, confusing, conflicting message and a waste of marketing resources that does more harm than good. The OS is NOT the brand anymore, Beersie. The DEVICE is.

PALM TREO with WINMOB

PALM TREO with GARNET

Choose your poison.


RE: How soon we forget
twrock @ 1/27/2007 8:17:14 PM # Q
David, you really should stop trying. It is apparent at this point that some people's brains are wired to think only in a pre-determined pattern. No matter how hard you try to explain it, they just aren't going to get it.

I'm still waiting for the mythical color HandEra.
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RE: How soon we forget
freakout @ 1/27/2007 11:53:08 PM # Q
Gekko:
No, I don't think that comments on PIC can move the share price - but that doesn't mean that you don't - hence your constant apologist posts as a feeble attempt to prop up the share price or fortunes of the struggling company.

Oh, rubbish. He's just a PalmOS fan. Like anyone who posts here. Group hug, anyone?

"Palm OS on Access Garnet OS"? A silly, confusing, conflicting message and a waste of marketing resources that does more harm than good.

From the Access FAQ RE: the new Garnet license.

Q. Can Palm, Inc., use the name Palm OS?

A. Under terms of the agreement, we have given Palm the right to use either “Palm OS by ACCESS” or the product's new name (still to be announced) when referring to the operating system licensed with this new agreement.

Given that the Palm OS name is still recognised and (generally) respected, it's a safe bet they're going to go with that over "Garnet OS".

Tim
I apologise for any and all emoticons that appear in my posts. You may shoot them on sight.
Treo 270 ---> Treo 650 ---> Crimson Treo 680

RE: How soon we forget
Gekko @ 1/28/2007 1:35:38 AM # Q

You are "Old Europe". You're on the ash heap of history.


RE: How soon we forget
freakout @ 1/28/2007 2:39:44 AM # Q
Lol. Old Europe had it right, methinks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Europe
RE: How soon we forget
cervezas @ 1/28/2007 10:01:16 PM # Q
The corollary of all this suggests PALM cannot call THEIR Next Great Linux-based OS "PalmOS".

I don't see why not. They own the brand. And if they develop it themselves, they own the OS, too. They can call it anything they want, "Palm OS" being the obvious choice. Of course it might end up being something like "Palm System 7" just to make it sound like a bigger deal.

Palm's completed their reacquisition of their brand. They're now the only ones who can use it.

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing
www.pikesoft.com/blog

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The wait is over.

Gekko @ 1/27/2007 8:36:12 AM # Q

Dell begins taking orders for Vista PCs
Computer-maker says it spent more than 100,000 engineer hours testing new operating system.
January 26 2007: 4:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com -- Dell announced Friday it will begin taking orders this weekend for computers loaded with Microsoft's Vista operating system.

It said the computers will give Windows users many more capabilities in digital entertainment.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/01/26/technology/dell/index.htm?postversion=2007012616

http://www.dell.com/



RE: The wait is over.
twrock @ 1/27/2007 10:10:40 AM # Q
2007-01-26
Distribution Release: openSUSE 10.2 Live DVD
(http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=03996)

Adrian Schröter has announced the release of the live DVD edition of openSUSE 10.2: "openSUSE 10.2 live DVD available. The last piece of the openSUSE 10.2 distribution got released today. The Live DVD image has a size of 1.7 GB and can be used on every x86 compatible system with at least 512 MB of memory. It contains a base desktop system (KDE and GNOME) with applications for office, multimedia and Internet usage." Here is the brief release announcement.
http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-announce/2007-01/msg00004.html

I'm still waiting for the mythical color HandEra.
Thinking about Vista? Think again: http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt

RE: The wait is over. (Who was waiting?)
freakout @ 1/27/2007 4:20:55 PM # Q
Who was waiting for Vista?
RE: The wait is over.
mikecane @ 1/27/2007 5:09:30 PM # Q
That explains why I couldn't get SUSE 9.1...

http://mikecane.wordpress.com/2007/01/24/lifedrive-notes-dd/

RE: The wait is over.
Foo Fighter @ 1/28/2007 6:49:06 PM # Q
Meh! Desktop Linux is garbage. The only value it offers over commercial platforms is that it's "free", which is a dubious honor. It sucks...but hey it's free! I wish platform fanboys would leave this OS where it belongs, on the server, and stop comparing it to commercial operating systems, as if it were a viable alternative. To even compare Linux to OSX is a laugh in itself. It's like comparing a Segway to a Lexus IS.

This one single application comparison graphically illustrates what is wrong with Linux and Open Source in general. Compare Apple's iTunes to this hideous monstrosity that Linux users actually believe to be "elegant" and superior to iTunes...

http://amarok.kde.org/

I rest my case.

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RE: The wait is over.
twrock @ 1/28/2007 7:09:12 PM # Q
You obviously didn't get my point. Too subtle, I guess.

I'm still waiting for the mythical color HandEra.
Thinking about Vista? Think again: http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt
RE: The wait is over.
Foo Fighter @ 1/28/2007 7:55:44 PM # Q
I got it. I just thought you may have seriously presented Linux, and I hate when someone brings Linux into the equation as if it were a contemporary to Vista or OSX, in destkop terms.

With regards to Vista; it will receive the same reception XP did - silence and disinterest. Vista will slowly be assimilated into the market with new PC purchases, which still counts as a success in its own right. The last figure I looked at showed that upwards of 100 million Vista licenses will be consumed this year in the form of new PC purchases alone, not counting existing system upgrades. To give you a sense of scale the total (active) Mac user base is estimated to be somewhere between 35-50 million. No other OS can boast that kind of performance.

I was a Vista beta tester for MS and was given a free copy for my efforts. Honestly, had I not received the gift I probably wouldn't upgrade because I really don't feel the OS is battle worthy at this point. From a technology standpoint there is nothing innovative or new about Vista. Translucent UI, window animation effects, vector based composition? I've been using that technology for over six years now - it's called OSX!

The only innovative features in this OS were stipped out long ago due to timetable issues, like a radical new SQL-based file system (WinFS) that would have dramatically improved Windows and put it on the cutting edge. C|Net's Robert Vermosi described Vista as "A warmed over copy of XP". That's too harsh, in my opinion, but not entirely inaccurate nonetheless.

I had high hopes for this project when it was first demonstrated at PDC 2003, back when Microsoft intended for this OS to be something much more than what it ultimately became. Vista, from start to finish was a collasal failure, rivaling PalmSource's Cobalt fiasco in many ways. Vista was originally based on XP code, which was later scrapped sometime in 2004, where a second Vista project began based on Windows Server 2003 code. Effectively Microsoft threw Vista out the Window (if you'll excuse the pun) and strated over from scratch. Analysts criticize Vista for being more than five years in the making, when actually the OS is less than three years in the making, starting from the point of its second recoding.

Unlike PalmSource, Microsoft had the fortune and market strength (not to mention developer talent) to see the OS through. There's a lesson in there somewhere, not that it matters now in the case of either OS. One succeeded where the other failed, and yet both were failures.

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RE: The wait is over.
Gekko @ 1/28/2007 9:31:17 PM # Q

Thursday, January 18, 2007
Apple's Mac market share slipped during Dec. quarter - report

By AppleInsider Staff

Citing preliminary data from market research firm IDC, an analyst for PiperJaffray said Thursday that Apple's worldwide share of the personal computer market fell to 2.4 percent during the three-month period ending December, down from a 2.8 percent share two quarters earlier.

http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2413


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RE: The wait is over.
Foo Fighter @ 1/28/2007 11:48:36 PM # Q
Speaking of Vista, today is the big launch. And as of now www.WindowsVista.com takes you to a completely new consumer site.

..."And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born".

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RE: The wait is over.
hkklife @ 1/29/2007 12:06:29 AM # Q
Completely off-topic, but it's Vista related and at least here I can assured of a trustworthy response:

Does anyone know for sure if the "upgrade" retail versions of Vista can initiate a clean install by booting directly from the DVD? Or is the nasty rumor true that a valid (ie activated) XP install must be in place beforehand? That'll be a huge PITA for someone like myself that regularly does custom PC builds for friends/relatives etc. If that is true (that MS assimilates your old XP serial # into the Vista upgrade # and requires a 3 OS discs just to do a clean system install) then how will M$ handle dual-booting OS setups and so on?

I really was hoping for Vista to be at least a step in the right direction for the Wintel platform. But Microsoft is becoming so damm tyrannical in regards to DRM, compliance checks, product activations, and even forcing what sort of installs are performed that I may sit tight with XP for the forseeable future and begin edumacating myself on the Mac scene...

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RE: The wait is over.
freakout @ 1/29/2007 3:02:39 AM # Q
Ars Technica ran a story today on the Upgrade versions today hkk and yes, you're going to need a copy of XP already installed. Like you, I often find myself the de facto tech support person for friends & relatives: this is going to make life harder.

What does all of this mean on a practical level? Users who purchase upgrade copies of the aforementioned versions of Vista will find that they can only upgrade PCs that already have Windows installed. KB930985 clearly states: "you cannot use an upgrade key to perform a clean installation of Windows Vista." According to Microsoft, this happens because Windows Vista does not check for upgrade compliance. If you do not have a previous installation of Windows available, Microsoft recommends that you "purchase a license that lets you perform a clean installation of Windows Vista."

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070128-8717.html

If I ever do upgrade to Vista - and that's a big "if", given that in order to use the pretty new interface, I'm going to have to upgrade my PC - I'm simply going to pirate it once it's cracked, as it inevitably will be. I refuse to pay (and pay an enormously hefty sum, at that) for software that is intentionally crippled. So stick with XP, I hear you say. Problem is that Microsoft's desktop OS monopoly means that if I want to be able to run the latest commercial software then in a few year's time I'm going to have to upgrade. So why would I pay for a so-called "Genuine" copy when a pirated one is going to be less of a hassle to run?

The most laughable part is that Microsoft thinks families are able to afford a copy of Vista for each PC they own. At $455 AUD a pop for a copy of Home Premium and a truly outrageous $751 for Ultimate? Sorry, no.

It's worth reprinting twrock's sig link: http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt

Frightening. So horrendously anti-consumer. One more reason to stick with XP (which is quite reliable nowadays) for another couple of years.

Tim
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RE: The wait is over.
Gekko @ 1/29/2007 6:44:22 AM # Q

The official launch day is January 30, 2007.



RE: The wait is over.
twrock @ 1/29/2007 7:45:39 AM # Q
I just thought you may have seriously presented Linux....

No, you are correct, that was not my intent.

However, I will say this. I run a Dell Latitude Windows XP machine for work. When I was finally forced into it, the Dell and WinXP was a nice upgrade to my old Win 98 IBM Thinkpad. It's a decently stable OS for me to get my work tasks done. I absolutely hate having to deal with all of the "baggage" that comes along with Windows though.

So when it came time for me to get a new desktop at home, and because I could put together a very nice box without paying the MS tax, I went ahead and decided to give Linux a whirl. Yep, there's a learning curve. Yep, not everything is available. Yep, it isn't Mac OSX (or Windows XP/Vista). But it is a complete OS with "bundled" software for everything I want to do on my home machine (and very much more as well). With an incredibly minimal amount of input from me, it installed and upgraded the complete system and apps in 45 minutes with a single reboot (and the majority of that time was a slow DSL service issue). It runs completely stable. It looks good, and it is highly configurable (if I choose to do so). Mock it all you want, but it works well for me and cost me the price of a blank CD to burn the original image.

I would ask that you please don't build up some "straw man" and say that I am saying that Linux is "equal" to OSX (or XP for that matter). I am not saying that at all. And that was in no way the intent of my original post in this thread, otherwise I would have surely used Ubuntu as the example. (I haven't a clue about SUSE Linux.) But what I will now say is that I enjoy a quick-booting, stable-running, virus-free, free-as-in-free-beer OS with a full suite of apps that meets my computing/entertainment needs at home and feel no need whatsoever to denigrate your choice in an operating system.

But as always, YMMV, and it obviously does.

I'm still waiting for the mythical color HandEra.
Thinking about Vista? Think again: http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt

RE: The wait is over.
mikecane @ 1/29/2007 10:46:54 AM # Q
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Buy Cobalt back

uuhh @ 1/29/2007 7:08:53 AM # Q
Until it's too late. Catastrophe is almost here.

Look at iPhone: just few applications (you don't need all this linux-compartibility). Noone needs Linux. Where is Zaurus? Where is Archos?

RE: Buy Cobalt back
mikecane @ 1/29/2007 10:47:38 AM # Q
RE: Buy Cobalt back
hkklife @ 1/29/2007 2:30:57 PM # Q
Where is Zaurus? Dead in the water, as of the recent Sharp announcement that they are discontinuing the entire line.

Archos is still, as far as I know, plugging away at their little niche of the market with "upscale" PMP type devices.

You know, Archos would have made a great parnter for Palm to strategically align themselves with a few years ago. Regardless of their UI quirks, Archos units are pretty solidly built and sport a compelling feature set. Palm could have benefitted quite a bit from such a partnership in the short term and the LifeDrive could have ended up being much, much more of a device.


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Don't pine for Cobalt
cervezas @ 1/29/2007 2:34:11 PM # Q
The use of Linux as a mobile OS kernel isn't so much to please consumers with cooler features so much as to please ODMs and carriers, as it's quicker to get products to market, easier/cheaper to build high-end and low-end products on the same base, flexible for branding, less locked in to other company's inconvenient product timelines, etc. Linux isn't just open source: it's a well-understood standard. One reason you never saw a Cobalt phone is that the device manufacturers had to do so much work to integrate it onto a handset, what with writing all custom drivers using a driver model that was unique to Cobalt. Too much time and money to get products to market, as compared to other OS options. With Linux that work is either already done, or the skills required to do it are commonplace.

As a consumer you may think you don't care about Linux. But your comments are sufficient proof that you don't like long delays in seeing advanced products hit the market in a form you can actually use (and afford). I suspect Palm doesn't either. That's why you might want to think again about your preference for Palm OS Cobalt over a Linux-based next-generation Palm OS.

Either way, better get used to the idea that Cobalt isn't likely to show up on any handsets or PDAs in the near future.

By the way, while I never used the Nokia 770, I've been using the new N800 and it is absolutely magnificent. It's not a PDA or a smartphone, but it's the most addictive gadget for surfing, blog reading, emailing, IM, and streaming music that I've ever used. (I haven't tried VoIP or video chat, its other signature features). The screen is mind-blowing (250% the resolution of a Palm TX), the OS is fast and solid (none of the sytem resets you get with Palm OS or Windows Mobile), the browser is the best I've ever seen on a handheld device (S60 held that crown for a short time) there's enough memory to multitask without noticeable slowdown or instability, it has dual SD slots (one of which can be used for virtual memory), the battery life is great, WiFi and Bluetooth just work, the build quality is superb... I could go on and on.

What it's missing is a big application ecosystem like the Palm OS has, but if Nokia keeps improving the hardware and OS the way they have been that could start to change. If the Maemo platform is an indication of the state-of-the-art for mobile Linux we've got a lot to look forward to in the next year or two.

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing
www.pikesoft.com/blog

RE: Buy Cobalt back
Foo Fighter @ 1/29/2007 4:52:49 PM # Q
Call me insane (go on, call me), but the N800 gives me heart palpitations for some inexplicable reason. The N770 never held much interest for me, but there is something about this device that keeps calling me like the Siren's song. At $399 it's a fair value for a "tech toy" but it's not a phone. I came very close to purchasing an HTC P3600 (Trinity) only because the iPhone (which I can't wait to own) has me lusting for larger touch screened devices. Realistically a 2.8" display isn't exactly spacious, and Windows Mobile is a difficult OS to love. So I now have second thoughts in spending over $600 for a smartphone that really isn't worthy of so many Ben Franklins. The sad truth is, aside from iPhone, there really are no standout smartphone devices to be had, unless you're willing to tolerate various shortcomings like small screens, bulky form factors, non-touchscreens (ala BlackBerry, WinMob Smartphone, Symbian S60), cramped keyboards, lousy battery life, etc. My old Treo 650 is so long in the tooth it deserves to be put out of its misery. I still have my Nokia E61 that comes so close, yet so far, to being the perfect smartphone. But not enough.

Windows Mobile Smartphone edition just isn't my cup of Earl Grey. The HTC S620 that I own now is small and practical, but it's just now what I'm looking for, so it's off to FleaBay soon. One thing I will say about WinMob devices - they seamlessly integrate with Exchange, which I LOVE! But in terms of flexibility and utility, Pocket PC phone edition is superior.

So now I'm looking fondly at the N800. The only thing holding me back is that it's not a mobile phone, which leaves me wondering what utility it could possibly offer for my needs. I don't fancy paying $400 for a cool device...playing with it for a few days/weeks...then throwing it in the closet as soon as the novelty wears off.

I don't know.

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RE: Buy Cobalt back
Foo Fighter @ 1/29/2007 5:23:18 PM # Q
By the way - where did you buy your N800?

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Cobalt ws Linux
uuhh @ 1/29/2007 6:43:59 PM # Q
Resolutions 640x480, 640x640, 640x960 (and up to 32,000 by 32,000 pixels) are supported by Palm OS Cobalt (6.1), isn't it "mind blowing" ? :) Native playback of ADPCM/PCM wav files, MP3 and OGG Vorbis, as well as MPEG1 and MPEG4 video. Sound manager can mix and handle over 16 streams of audio and can also record in 8/16 bit in mono or stereo. A new high quality graphics rendering engine that supports 2D rendering, paths, clipping, video filtering, transparency and other complex drawing routines. Fonts are now fully scaleable and anti-alaised for maximum clarity, there will also be an easy method to any any True Type based font into the system.

And ALL of THIS DONE TWO YEARS AGO

RE: Buy Cobalt back
cervezas @ 1/29/2007 6:59:19 PM # Q
By the way - where did you buy your N800?

I just picked it up at my local CompUSA.

I've been using this much more as a home appliance than a real mobile device. Don't think of it as a substitute for anything you already own. For me it's for surfing on the couch, at bedtime, or reading the news at the breakfast table--all things for which I rarely if ever used a phone, PDA or laptop. I also found that when I'm working I like having it on the desk as kind of an ambient email device: the Contacts icon changes from pastel to a brighter red and green color when I have mail, which is much less distracting than having the desktop email client pop up a window in front of my work. Interestingly, email is so much a part of the system that you don't have to have the email client open for the N800 to tell you there are messages.

This week I'm using it while I travel for the first time. It's nice to have with you when you need to kill time in airports and hotels with WiFi and don't want to pull out a laptop and wait for it to boot just to have a nice browsing experience. I'm dying to find (or develop) some decent PIM and notetaking software for it to see if I can press it into service as a PDA, but I'm wierdly satisfied with the thing even without this. It's been quite a surprise. It's an example of a product that solved a problem I didn't even know I had.

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing
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FrankenGarnet Lives!!!

Gekko @ 3/20/2008 5:52:04 PM # Q
RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/20/2008 9:30:28 PM # Q
RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/20/2008 9:32:20 PM # Q
Or even this one, with your favorite starlet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPipGn7JmMM

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
Gekko @ 3/20/2008 9:59:47 PM # Q

i love how nagel is so impressed with the friggin "actual shadow on the second hand" like it's such a big innovation.

IMO, this cobalt demo was simply part of a fraudulent scheme with capricorn one-like-fakery to fool stakeholders and try to stay one step ahead of the truth. just like a pyramid/ponzi scheme, it's only a matter of time until you get found out.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
twrock @ 3/20/2008 11:32:41 PM # Q
^^^ So Gekko was TVOR all along! Wow, I didn't see it until just now. ;-)

(I put that smiley there for the "slower" among us.)


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RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/21/2008 12:57:08 AM # Q
IMO, this cobalt demo was simply part of a fraudulent scheme with capricorn one-like-fakery to fool stakeholders and try to stay one step ahead of the truth. just like a pyramid/ponzi scheme, it's only a matter of time until you get found out.

Goes to show what your opinion's worth, Gordon. I've still got a Tungsten 3 that we re-flashed with Cobalt, and I can do exactly that demo on it, accessing the Internet over WiFi. And in fact, that "friggin' shadow"-which, as Nagel said, demonstrated the alpha-channeling capabilities of the Cobalt graphics stack, was a significant innovation on a handheld device at the time it was demoed...


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
Gekko @ 3/21/2008 11:35:08 AM # Q
RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
BaalthazaaR @ 3/21/2008 11:40:18 AM # Q
I've still got a Tungsten 3 that we re-flashed with Cobalt, and I can do exactly that demo on it, accessing the Internet over WiFi. And in fact, that "friggin' shadow"-which, as Nagel said, demonstrated the alpha-channeling capabilities of the Cobalt graphics stack, was a significant innovation on a handheld device at the time it was demoed...

If it was that innovative why didn't Cobalt actually get onto any devices? Why didn't Palm adopt it?

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/21/2008 12:39:16 PM # Q
>>>a little OT humor -

I lurrrrve that movie.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/22/2008 8:16:40 AM # Q
...why didn't Cobalt actually get onto any devices?

Shortly after the time we brought the (ex-)Be folks in, they persuaded management, when we were already pretty well along with something that looked a lot more like the way you do drivers for UNIX-like systems, to go with an arcane, object-oriented, C++-based driver model-over my protests, for what it's worth, but when we got the Be folks, I also got an ex-Be guy as my director-and silicon vendors didn't write drivers for the platform. (Most of these ex-Be folks are over at Google now, and have been instrumental in the design of Android. Make of that what you will.)

As far as Palm goes, I guess what it amounts to is that they got cold feet at the last minute, and decided what they really wanted was to get plain old Palm OS 4 on ARM, hence the genesis of "Palm OS 5" aka Garnet. They had a big investment in OS 4 apps, OS 4 experience, etc., and they decided they didn't want to do the rewrites that would have been necessary to move their stuff forward to the new platform, and they didn't want to run them in the Cobalt legacy Palm OS emulator, even though the platform as a whole had numerous advantages (not that legacy apps could take advantage of those). Treos would be a lot better devices if they had been based on Cobalt, in my opinion. You'd have had real multitasking and much better graphics, including alpha channeling and such several years ago.


Those who can't... criticise
Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 3/22/2008 2:30:26 PM # Q
Shortly after the time we brought the (ex-)Be folks in, they persuaded management, when we were already pretty well along with something that looked a lot more like the way you do drivers for UNIX-like systems, to go with an arcane, object-oriented, C++-based driver model-over my protests, for what it's worth, but when we got the Be folks, I also got an ex-Be guy as my director-and silicon vendors didn't write drivers for the platform. (Most of these ex-Be folks are over at Google now, and have been instrumental in the design of Android. Make of that what you will.)

David, you appear to the sinking even deeper and deeper into the muck with each post you make here. You are truly a bitter, bitter, little man. I'm sorry to hear that our arrival disrupted your life so much. Truth be known, until we arrived your group was drifting along without a clue. I've never seen a more paranoid, disorganized, unskilled collection of coders in my life. Your people would never - I repeat NEVER - have been able to produce a functional PalmOS 6 without the contribution/direction of the former Be employees. It's telling that Google has since cherry picked several former Be employees from Access, yet wouldn't touch the non-Be Access coders with the 10 foot pole. I wonder why?

By all means continue your feeble attempts to cast aspersions on the Be alumni, the iPhone, Apple, Steve Jobs, Android, Google and everything/everyone else who has ever threatened your pathetic little existence. Anyone with more than two brain cells sees you for what you are: a loser. I wonder why you've entered complete "panic mode" in recent months, David? Why all the "lashing out"? Could it be that all is not well in the land of ALP-OS? Do tell. How many phones will we be seeing in 2008 running Access' laughable LEGO®-styled OS? Could it be possible that Access bit off more than it could chew? Guess what: producing a second rate browser doesn't suddenly qualify you to be a player in the mobile OS game. Whoda thunk it? Do you really believe that Access has a snowball's chance against Android, Windows Mobile, iPhone OS, Linux or even PalmOS? Are you really that dimwitted?. The sad reality that you face is that ALP-OS doesn't have a Ghost of a chance against its competition. I see the PalmSource legacy of lies, denial and delays are alive and well at Access. Unfortunately for you, no one is drinking the Access Kool-Aid. Posting to web sites bashing Access' competition and your former bosses isn't going to do anything to help Access produce a stable operating system that is actually shipping in cell phones that consumers can purchase. Get a life, Mr. Schlesinger.

I hope you land on your feet if/when Access goes bankrupt. Just be damn sure that no job offers will be forthcoming from Apple or Google next year. You've done a very good job burning your bridges.

TTFN



RE: Garnet Lives!!! (not so Franken)
Rastick @ 3/22/2008 6:05:19 PM # Q
Lefty's time-line is a bit weird.

PalmOS 5.x (aka Garnet) was a stop gap for Palm so they'd have an OS to run on their first ARM devices, but a remarkably successful stop gap. It was suppose to bridge Palm over until Palm OS 6 (aka Cobalt) was available, but 6.0 was boring and uninteresting. 6.1 had UI improvements and became a lot more interesting but the BEOS people had botched stuff up under the covers. Instead of fixing that, PalmSource (pre-Access) switched to Cobalt-on-Linux but couldn't really ever seem to make that work so abandoned that for ALP.

Palm OS 6.1 (Cobalt-with-new-UI) was a nice improvement to Palm OS, and generally easy to port applications from Palm OS 5. It really solved a lot of PalmOS issues, but brought in a lot of new baggage from BEOS.

The success of RIM has shown how bogus were the arguments for abandoning 6.1 instead of fixing the BEOS botch-ups. (Can we say "custom drivers")


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
twrock @ 3/22/2008 9:55:50 PM # Q
I always find it humorous that each time anyone tells us the history of Cobalt, it all happened so very differently. It's all fun reading, as long as you treat it like myth or fiction.


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RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/22/2008 10:16:45 PM # Q
>>>By all means continue your feeble attempts to cast aspersions on the Be alumni, the iPhone, Apple, Steve Jobs, Android, Google and everything/everyone else who has ever threatened your pathetic little existence.

You have just made someone VERY happy.

Oh.

That would be ... uh ... ME!

Thanks much.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
Gekko @ 3/22/2008 10:28:30 PM # Q

"When in a rare moment, all of the QA divisions would say thumbs down to shipping the buggy OS, the infamous Dave Nagel would say ship it anyways."



RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
PenguinPowered @ 3/23/2008 12:21:04 AM # Q
I was only around for a year of that story, but as far as I can tell, there's much truth and much confusion in each of the versions being passed on here. Let me add to it:

Garnet definitely predated Cobalt. (and my brief time at PalmSource)

Cobalt seems not to have been adopted by Palm because it was originally aimed at the wrong market (PDA only, when Palm was starting to concentrate on the phone market) and took longer to finish then expected.

Google did not merely cherry pick former BE people from PalmSource. A number of non-BE people who have left PalmSource are at Google, and a number more have turned offers from Google down (in at least one instance, more than one offer.)

The arcane C++ driver model did come from BE people and was a fiasco. There are several excessively OO artifacts in Cobalt, some of which live on in Android, which might be appropriate in a true OO system, but are a disaster in a mixed environment like the Linux kernel.

Much of the blame for the schedule delay does belong in the laps of specific former BE people. Much of it belongs in the laps of PalmSource's management. One thing that the former BE employees did not bring to PalmSource, nor carry to Android, is an ability to effectively scope, schedule, and complete work. Given how little work has been done to date on Android and how long it has gone on, they seem to be remaining true to form. Fortunately, Google, unlike PalmSource, can afford the luxury of delay.

The Iphone is what it is, and will remain with us as a niche device. It's a nice niche and Apple is to be commended for it. It's a cheeky combination of excellent industrial design and coming late to the party but claiming what has already been done as 'firsts'.

Android is, um, interesting, but it's hard to see what way it's meaningfully differentiated from the dozens of other attempts at a linux phone. Fortunately for its producers, it has Google's deep pockets, and will be given the time to find its own ground. If it penetrates the markets it will be because of Google's clout in establishing advertising relationships with cell carriers, and not because of any particular combination of features of the platform.

Nokia is not standing still, but they're not advertising what they're up to either. They may yet 'get it right'. 'son of symbian' may yet fool people.

Rim, meanwhile, is pretty much stuck in its business-only model, which may well be enough to keep it going.

Microsoft, of course, is not standing still either, but I'm not inclined to comment on their plans, as I'm both too close to them, and have no idea what they're up to.

May You Live in Interesting Times

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/23/2008 10:22:00 AM # Q
Hm. I hear regularly from recruiters at Apple, Google and Palm, too, as it happens. I guess they aren't taking their hiring cues for the Void of Reason.

Write 'em a letter, by all means. It'll save me the trouble of telling 'em I'm still not interested.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/23/2008 10:29:50 AM # Q
Sigh. That should be "...hiring cues from the Void of Reason".

And to be completely accurate, Garnet only predated the name Cobalt, not the project. "Palm OS 6" had its genesis many years before anyone thought of porting Palm OS 4 on top of ARM, as a project called "Atlas" around 2002.


Chickens are coming home to roost
Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 3/23/2008 10:06:45 PM # Q
First off:

"Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it... and soon it's impossible to tell the two of you apart."

"Keep your friends close... and your enemies closer."


Lefty's time-line is a bit weird.

PalmOS 5.x (aka Garnet) was a stop gap for Palm so they'd have an OS to run on their first ARM devices, but a remarkably successful stop gap. It was suppose to bridge Palm over until Palm OS 6 (aka Cobalt) was available, but 6.0 was boring and uninteresting. 6.1 had UI improvements and became a lot more interesting but the BEOS people had botched stuff up under the covers. Instead of fixing that, PalmSource (pre-Access) switched to Cobalt-on-Linux but couldn't really ever seem to make that work so abandoned that for ALP.

Palm OS 6.1 (Cobalt-with-new-UI) was a nice improvement to Palm OS, and generally easy to port applications from Palm OS 5. It really solved a lot of PalmOS issues, but brought in a lot of new baggage from BEOS.

The success of RIM has shown how bogus were the arguments for abandoning 6.1 instead of fixing the BEOS botch-ups. (Can we say "custom drivers")

Actually, the timeline is right, but it differs from the public timeline you're familiar with. What became known as PalmOS 6/Cobalt was supposed to have been the follow-up OS to PalmOS 4 (which itself wasn't much different from PalmOS 3, 2 or 1). Only problem is that Palm's management had around 1000 layers of bureaucracy and the majority of the Palm coders were incompetent. You might not know, but back as recently as 2001 the latest PDAs from Palm and other PalmOS licensees were shipping with the ancient 33 MHz Motorola Dragonball. Palm claimed the Dragonball was being used for battery life reasons when in fact it was because they didn't have the know-how to get a modern OS onto ARM. When it became obvious that there was no way for a next-generation OS to be released by the time Palm and other licensees desperately needed to switch to ARM processors Palm came up with the PalmOS 5/Garnet hack job as a stopgap. It wasn't until the Tungsten T release running PalmOS 5 in late 2002 that Palm finally left the Cave Man era and joined the rest of the world with RISC-based/MIPS/ARM processors. PalmOS 5 was only supposed to be a transition OS in use for 12 - 18 months. Instead it's been pressed into service for more than 5 years, and each year it's had to pull an increasingly heavy load (NVFS, telephony stacks, etc). The instability seen in most of Palm's PalmOS devices released since 2002 can be traced directly back to the fact that PalmOS 5 was a kludge that was not meant to still be running on modern hardware.

You can blame Be alumni all you want, but the fact remains that Palm's own coders were incapable of delivering the goods on their own. They were THAT bad. And the few people they had that actually knew what they were doing had their voices drowned in the Sea of Incompetence that was Palm circa 2000-02. Be was purchased by Palm for $10 million from Be founder and ex-Apple France head Jean-Louis Gassée in August 2001, 5 years after JLG had arrogantly turned down an offer of $200 million from Apple for his BeOS to become the basis of the next Mac OS. Ironically, had Gassée accepted the offer Apple would then never have paid Steve Jobs $400 million for NeXT four months later, Jobs would never have come back to lead Apple and there probably wouldn't have been an iPod or iPhone. It remains open to debate whether or not the failure to license BeOS was a good thing for the industry ;-). When Be arrived at Palm in late 2001, many of the Be people soon took over as supervisors of the bumbling Palm incumbents/incompetents or as leads/senior designers in the OS teams. Basically, the Palm quarterbacks weren't doing the job, got benched and the ball was handed to the Be alumni. As you could expect, there was (and still is) a lot of resentment on the part of Palm's hacks towards the Be people. Admittedly, the Be alumni could be somewhat condescending towards the Palm people, so overall it made for a bad situation. Much of the work that Palm's people had done on the next-generation OS got tossed into the dumpster out back along with a few million Palm Vx ;-) and everyone started from scratch. Coming from a desktop OS (BeOS) background + thinking some familiar frameworks that apply to a desktop model could be transferrable to a mobile model was a major mistake. There were also some problems with the stubbornness and inflexibility of certain (3 in particular) Be alumni who saw the project as a way to recreate the grand elegance of BeOS and achieve redemption.

PalmOS 6 was initially supposed to be the next-generation PDA OS, then was repositioned as the smartphone OS, then became the red-headed stepchild we're-not-sure OS. Dates kept slipping while Palm lost market share and PalmSource (and later Access) made excuses. The embarassing December 2003 "release" of PalmOS 6 by PalmSource occurred because it had been promised that the OS would be shipped by that date, so something had to be released before the end of December. Ever see a child try to do their entire science project the night before it's due? Not a pretty sight. But it's not a good idea to try and tell Sprint and Verizon that you'd like to sell them a phone with an unfinished OS, so the hacking of Handspring's version of PalmOS 5 continues to this day. Truth be known, with a few smarter choices with regards to hardware, an organized approach to cleaning up bugs and a proper preinstalled software suite, PalmOS 5 devices could have been rock solid for at least the past 3 years and could easily have blown Blackberry out of the water by now. Chatteremail, Resco Backup and TealLock should have been licensed and the features seen in Butler should have been added by Palm's own coders with the Treo 650. Yes, Palm/PalmSource/Access failed to execute in terms of OS strategy, but Palm-the-hardware-company should shoulder a large part of the blame for their post-2002 devices being unstable as well. Furthermore, GoodLink or Seven should have been purchased by Palm, packaged with stable Treos and marketed to businesses as a "one stop shopping" cheaper alternative to Blackberry for corporate push email. The subsequent switch in strategy from PalmOS 6.0 to 6.1 to Palm Linux to the addition of the PalmOS Emulation Lego® Block to Access' tragic LEGO®-styled ALP-OS is well known. As is the confusion that begot the schizophrenic OS powering the prematurely-birthed, stillborn, genius Hawkins child known as Foleo. What an incredible history Palm has had. So much potential, all flushed down the toilet by arrogant, stupid management. And even today the shameless plundering and manipulation continues.

Anyway, the die is cast and it's time to move on. Access is holding an empty bag, as most people have now figured out for themselves. Palm is hemorrhaging money, practically giving away Centros in an effort to maintain its market share + visibility, has given away its war chest to finance the Elevation deal and with no prospects for its own version of Palm Linux arriving in anything but pre-alpha stage within the next year, is slowly bleeding to death from the 1000 paper cuts inflicted by the 100 different so-called executives that have tried to ru(i)n the company over the years. Android (free, Free, FREE!) is gradually rounding into shape and has the luxury of time and $$$ in its goal to reach eyeballs. Windows Mobile has became what Palm should have been, but will be changing (yet again) into what Jeff Hawkins dreamed of. iPhoneOS is slick execution incarnate, but style > substance and proving that Steve Jobs still knows what people want better than anyone else in the business. Exchange integration with iPhone is the next stage, with better thin client computing to follow. Again, Apple will perfect that which Palm literally fumbled away on the opponent's 1 yard line first 5 years and then 2 years ago. A little over a year ago Palm's "Simple" Ed Colligan infamously claimed, "We've learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in." Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost, Ed.

A few final words about Google and the other big players here in the Valley: first of all, there's a limited amount of local talent and the Valley is very "incestuous", with employes shuffling amongst the major players with predictable frequency. People tend to hire the people they know or else recruit from companies where they've worked, resulting in a massive amount of inbreeding that ultimately stifles true creativity. Some days it seems like everyone here has worked for Apple at one point or another in their career. Google has tried to change the status quo to some degree - partly out of necessity given the sheer number of new employees they needed to attract in a short period of time - but they are also guilty of some of the "my sister/my wife" Ozarks-style Human Resources decision-making seen at most other tech companies in the Valley. Secondly, it's not unusual for companies to make "strategic" hiring decisions based more on how a particular individual's loss will damage their current employer (a competitor) than how much that individual's skills will assist the company recruiting them. Such was the case with some (much?) of the recruiting Google did to Palm's/PalmSource's/Access' detriment over the past few years. Take that with a grain of salt, but THINK whenever you hear people running their mouths on Internet forums or elsewhere about how badly Company X is trying to recruit them.

It's sad to see Palm decompose into the putrid entity it has now become. The finger pointing could go on for all eternity, but what's the point? Like (future) President Obama said, "What we shouldn't be doing is tearing each other down, we should be lifting the [platform] up." Can I get me an "Amen!", Reverend Wright? ;-)

PKD FTW!

;-)


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
twrock @ 3/23/2008 10:39:18 PM # Q
I was wrong when I said, "It's all fun reading, as long as you treat it like myth or fiction." I need to correct that to say, "If you bother to read it, you should treat it like myth or fiction."


"twrock is infamous around these parts"
(from my profile over at Brighthand due to my negative 62 rep points rating)
RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/24/2008 10:12:48 AM # Q
I have to say these have been the most enlightening and interesting posts here on PIC in a long time.

To sum-up:

1) iPhone still going despite carping

2) Palm still sinking despite all hands-on-deck

3) ACCESS is still going nowhere

4) I have a new respect for Android OS and will now move it closer on my radar screen

5) WinMob: As usual, yawn and yecch.

Pray continue!

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
BaalthazaaR @ 3/24/2008 11:01:18 AM # Q
Wow... Looks like I stirred up a hornets nest there.
RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
hkklife @ 3/24/2008 2:14:03 PM # Q
AND you also appear to have brought TVoR back out of his/her self-imposed "retirement". This is gonna make for an interesting week!



Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon 755p

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
SeldomVisitor @ 3/24/2008 2:37:31 PM # Q
Do you think TVoR is back? I didn't know "he" was a BEOS person:

> ...I'm sorry to hear that our arrival disrupted your life so much.
> Truth be known, until we arrived...


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/24/2008 2:48:10 PM # Q
I suspect one of them is the illustrious hackbod.

I just looked. Oh yeah!

http://www.angryredplanet.com/~hackbod/

>>>I currently work at Google on the Android platform.

I'm gonna have to pay some attention to Android now, I see.

(Of course, get onto a *real* phone, not this frikkin button-heavy HTC thing that's been leaked with its cheap-ass WinMob-like teeny-weeny Viagra-needing screen!)

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
BaalthazaaR @ 3/24/2008 3:58:36 PM # Q
AND you also appear to have brought TVoR back out of his/her self-imposed "retirement".

How sure are you that FJH is deVoidofReason?

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/24/2008 4:08:49 PM # Q
Google's Android OS Now Worth Watching
http://tinyurl.com/34cx3p

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
hkklife @ 3/24/2008 4:54:03 PM # Q
How certain am I? VERY certain.

That said, let's just sit back, enjoy the ruckus, and wait on those Treo 800w leaked images/specs that should be making the rounds any day now...

Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon 755p

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/24/2008 8:59:00 PM # Q
>>>How certain am I? VERY certain.

Puhleeze. He's in his bunker, hunkered down with the Last CLIEs On Earth.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
Gekko @ 3/24/2008 9:48:56 PM # Q
RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
PenguinPowered @ 3/25/2008 1:55:57 AM # Q
Alas, there's plenty of blame to go around and be shared by both ex-Be and ex-Palm PalmSource employees and as someone who came in after the fire but in time for the postmortem, with friends in both camps, and axes in neither, I think that fake-skippy is overestimating the contribution of ex-Be people, and that some of the Be people who contributed the most to the failure of Cobalt are contributing the same mistakes to Android.

I would point out to fake-skippy that by the time Access came into the picture everybody but one unfortunate vendor knew that Cobalt was over with and Access never gave any indication that they thought otherwise themselves.

As for Android versus iPhone: Google has bit off the same insolvable mess that Symbian and Microsoft have - they're trying to establish a platform rather than build a product. You put people with the academic purity bent of the former Be folk at Google on a problem that nebulous and they'll pound sand until even Google runs out of money, without ever hitting on a solution. But it will be very beautiful, the thing they never quite build.

Besides the industrial design, the other thing Apple got right is building a product, not a way of life.

By the way, had JLG accepted Apple's offer, it would have meant another Taligent, and Apple would have probably missed the entire generation of Power-PC based Unix-ish MACs, only getting around to OS/XI just in time for dual-core.

Alas, phone-os land is starting to look like another playing field where the all-together-but-not-all-the-same camp will be played by linux phones rather than Unix workstations, Intel will be played by ARM with a hoard of fab-house understudies, most notably TI, Qualcommn and Broadcomm, with Marvell as the dark hourse, and the role of Microsoft will be played by Microsoft.


May You Live in Interesting Times

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/25/2008 8:11:40 AM # Q
How sure are you that FJH is deVoidofReason?

Completely.


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
Admin @ 3/25/2008 1:53:36 PM # Q
How sure are you that FJH is deVoidofReason?
Completely.

Confirmed.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/25/2008 2:11:49 PM # Q
Thanks, Ryan. Not that it was a big "SHOCKER!" or anything.


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/25/2008 2:29:39 PM # Q
GTFOH! He worked at *Be*?!!!?

Pass me the smelling salts.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/25/2008 2:30:14 PM # Q
GTFOH again! He used to insult the sh*t out of Gassee!!

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/25/2008 2:49:21 PM # Q
He worked at *Be*?!!!?

Not very likely. I expect that's just another disinformational effort on DeVoid's part.



RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/25/2008 4:11:52 PM # Q
It CANNOT be him.

He would rant about how PalmOS had to be LINUX-based. He'd call Gassee "Pepe" (as in Le Pew!).

No frikkin way.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/25/2008 4:28:06 PM # Q
Ryan's already confirmed that DeVoidOfReason and FakeJeffHawkins are one and the same.


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/25/2008 5:45:34 PM # Q
The success of RIM has shown how bogus were the arguments for abandoning 6.1 instead of fixing the BEOS botch-ups. (Can we say "custom drivers")

No, it doesn't show that at all: we can say "custom drivers for RIM's own custom hardware". That's the difference: Palmsource was never a hardware company and relied on others (i.e. chip manufacturers) to place the basic platform on their hardware so that it could then be marketed to device manufacturers.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
SeldomVisitor @ 3/25/2008 6:40:34 PM # Q
> Ryan's already confirmed...

Though he has indeed "confirmed" this, that does not necessarily mean he knows what he's talking about. Same IP address? Email interaction with the opposite side saying "Yeah, I'm TVoR" in some perfectly believable manner? Ryan IS TVoR so KNOWS for SURE that FJH and TVoR are the same?

You get the idea...

[I can believe the two are the same, BTW, I'm simply pointing out a need to be a Doubting Thomas for All Things Internet]


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/25/2008 7:23:28 PM # Q
I don't believe it for a moment. The working over he gave Dianne is worthy of several analog beatings. He didn't work for Be. It's not the same guy.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
twrock @ 3/26/2008 12:29:21 AM # Q
Mike, are you so naive as to have believed what TVOR/TFJH has said is actually true?! Do you believe he worked for Be just because he implied that he did?! Maybe he did and maybe he didn't, but you don't know. It's the freakin' internet, and you are reading stuff someone posts anonymously in a public forum. But heh, if you want to go believing all of it, then I guess you can reach whatever conclusion he wants you to.


"twrock is infamous around these parts"
(from my profile over at Brighthand due to my negative 62 rep points rating)
RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/26/2008 1:36:08 PM # Q
twrock: Once again opening his fat-fingered yap over things he has no frikkin idea about. It's time for you to just STFU about this one, OK? You're out of the loop.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
twrock @ 3/26/2008 9:22:46 PM # Q
You're right, I should stay out of it. But it's so much fun!


"twrock is infamous around these parts"
(from my profile over at Brighthand due to my negative 62 rep points rating)
RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/27/2008 12:48:23 PM # Q
You're out of the loop.

What, you're in "the loop"?

Does making regular trips to the downtown Manhattan Apple Store to fondle and drool on the iPhones somehow tie you in to what's happening in the industry...?

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
Gekko @ 3/27/2008 6:52:56 PM # Q

OT: here's the full episode -

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v6312970kEhrcEQ8

a classic

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/27/2008 6:54:35 PM # Q
lefty -> STFU and go back to polishing your resume.

Oh that's right. You can't.

NO ONE WILL HIRE YOU EVER AGAIN!

'You funny little man,' said Strickland.
akalefty @ 3/27/2008 7:47:19 PM # Q
Gee, an apparently jobless guy who has no better use for his time than to post a dozen or two entries a day to his blog (such as it is), and who spends his afternoons pressing his nose against the window of the Apple Store, figures "NO ONE WILL HIRE YOU EVER AGAIN!"

Forgive if I'm not terribly concerned by your childish "predictions", Chuckles. Go to Best Buy and "fondle" a CloudBook or something, get your frustrations out of your system. As for me, I'm flying back from lovely Seoul this afternoon. I'll leave it to you to imagine what I might be up to here. Did some shopping on Insadong last night, visited a couple of Buddhist temples, and had a very nice dinner at an excellent Korean barbeque place. Quite a successful visit, all in all.

I'll be doing an interview on a nationally syndicated radio show next week, and then I'm off to Austin for the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit. Weekend after that, I'm presenting at LugRadio Live USA in San Francisco.

You keep fightin' them oysters, Mikey. Ordinarily, I'd put my money on the vertebrate, but I'm increasingly less certain that you actually qualify.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
Gekko @ 3/28/2008 2:36:47 PM # Q

but you have the time and inclination to follow his blog?

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/28/2008 7:23:45 PM # Q
>>>Gee, an apparently jobless guy

You pathetic frikkin psychotic proto-stalker weasel, David Schlessinger of ACCESS Corporation. Keep twisting in your rubber-room frustration that you don't know anything about me to latch onto and taunt me with, like the little spoiled brat you are.

I looked at the traffic stats for your blog - THERE AREN'T ANY. And yet YOU continue to blog. Talk about EGO! Who the fek LISTENS to you except when they trip across your embarrassing - especially for your EMPLOYER - posts here?

Like any small man who needs an overdose of Viagra for his impotent ego, you come here to try to lord it over everybody. "I used to work for APPLE!" But you had your pants pulled down a few days ago, didn't you, showing you for the dickless cripple that you are.

Maybe a few printouts of your online gems sent to your bosses in Japan will put things in a better perspective for you? How's that sound, pal?

When they question you, will you have the backbone to ACKNOWLEDGE those sick things are FROM AND BY YOU?

Your job hunt may be coming sooner than you expected.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/28/2008 7:25:05 PM # Q
>>>but you have the time and inclination to follow his blog?

Gekko, what else to do you expect him to do? He doesn't have to do any actually CODING. My God, NO! ALP is the FINAL OS EVER!!!

Enjoy being crushed by Android, Schlessinger.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
twrock @ 3/28/2008 9:05:13 PM # Q
Yikes, getting a little over the top there. Here, maybe this will help:
http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=2141


"twrock is infamous around these parts"
(from my profile over at Brighthand due to my negative 62 rep points rating)
RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/28/2008 10:55:39 PM # Q
but you have the time and inclination to follow his blog?

Only when I'm out of town, staying in a hotel, and looking for cheap amusement...

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/28/2008 10:58:40 PM # Q
Maybe a few printouts of your online gems sent to your bosses in Japan will put things in a better perspective for you? How's that sound, pal?

Sounds like they be asking me who the lunatic sending them spittle-encrusted emails is. If that kind of cheap threat is the sort of thing you're reduced to, knock yourself out.


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
Gekko @ 3/28/2008 11:07:55 PM # Q
RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
twrock @ 3/28/2008 11:55:58 PM # Q
Personally, I'd prefer "both-and", increasing the possible pool of good handheld devices. If ALP can deliver a good OS that makes its way onto good devices, then more power to them. I like choice.

Also, I did think this was interesting (from the article you linked):

But other analysts familiar with Apple's order patterns say the production reports are typically overestimated by the company, largely to keep component suppliers fully stocked should demand take off. By this reckoning, Apple will probably make about half of the 11 million iPhones the initial production plan calls for. It will probably have about one million 3G phones ready at launch and 4 to 5 million to follow later this year, says one analyst.

Games, always games.


"twrock is infamous around these parts"
(from my profile over at Brighthand due to my negative 62 rep points rating)
'Crushed' by Android...?
akalefty @ 3/29/2008 1:52:49 AM # Q
Enjoy being crushed by Android, Schlessinger.

I wonder whether Chris Glover, a very experienced mobile Java programmer, would agree with you on the likelihood of this. See his blog entry on Android at http://www.jroller.com/complier/date/20080204

Just a couple of samples: "The implementation is buggy as hell, and the architecture is nothing short of diabolical." "The build tools under Ant/Windows are a farce." This is from a professional Java developer who worked with the SDK for the best part of three months before putting forward his assessment: "Google Android Sucks".

(And it's only two S's, not in a row.)


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/29/2008 2:12:46 AM # Q
Who the fek LISTENS to you...

Hm.

Do you mean stuff like the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board, the Open Media Now! Foundation, the Linux Foundation, the LiMo Foundation and the Linux Phone Standards Forum...?

Or do you mean folks attending conferences like Open Source in Mobile, GUADEC, FOSTEL, LinuxWorld, JavaOne, the Ottawa Linux Symposium and LugRadio Live USA (April 12-13, at the Metreon in San Francisco!)...?

Or do you mean industry analysts like Canalys, ABI and Ovum...?

So I dunno, Mike, I guess it's not a ton of people, but I'm not complaining. And, go figure, none of those folks seem to think I'm terribly irrational. I suppose the question is who the fek LISTENS to you?

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
SeldomVisitor @ 3/29/2008 6:36:04 AM # Q
Squeaky wheel gets the grease?

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
Gekko @ 3/29/2008 7:01:54 AM # Q

sorry, lefty, you and the gang at palmsource/access have no credibility left. you've used up all your goodwill with customers. you haven't shipped a real, viable OS in what, six years? yet you come on here and boast and pontificate and badmouth your competition - like apple - who have consistently over-delivered. frankly, i'd think you'd be embarrassed and quiet until you actually delivered something. but you sir, you just have no shame.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/29/2008 12:59:15 PM # Q
Well, Gordon, I guess that shows how mistaken you can be. I think you need to remember a few things:

1. We don't market to end users. We market to carriers and to companies that make cell phones. Our credibility with them-our customers-seems to be pretty darned good. If we've "used up our goodwill" with the folks who make cellphones and the folks who make networks to run 'em on, that's not at all apparent from where we are.

2. As I keep telling you, we don't get to preannounce active projects involving those customers, i.e. there's always going to be more going on than I can talk about. I mentioned the upcoming Samsung i800 as soon as I was able to. There's a good amount of stuff I can't mention. Nature of the business, Sorry For The Inconvenience.

3. From our point of view, we've successfully shipped the ALP PDK several times now. Version 1.0 went out more than a year ago, we're up to version 2.4 now.

We're currently working on ALP-related projects with Orange and Samsung; we're currently working on ALP-related projects with NTT DoCoMo, NEC, Panasonic and Esteemo. Those are just the folks who've made press releases about these projects. All this stuff has been announced publicly (and ignored by you, but that's your privilege; I'd hate to disturb anyone's fantasies of imminent doom for ACCESS in general and me in particular.)

So, I'm not worried particularly about your assessment of my "sense of shame". I don't see simple statements of fact as "pontificating", nor do I see raising legitimate criticisms as "badmouthing" anyone. I expect there are plenty of folks who find what I'm posting informative enough and interesting enough. You and Mikey clearly don't qualify, but evidently the only thing I could do to satisfy you is to "STFU" and go away. Sorry: "I prefer not to do so."

If I say that Apple's got less than half a percent of the cellphone market, that's based on their own sales figures. If I say that iPhone sales are stagnant in Europe, and that Apple hasn't bought any flash parts in Asia so far this year, that's based on legitimate reporting of fact, not rumor. If I say that there are serious problems with the iPhone SDK, or with Android, that's nothing that lots of others aren't saying, too.

It may be inconvenient, it may happen to gore your personal ox, but I can't help that. Trying to shut down discussion by appealing to my "sense of shame" is almost as childish as Mikey's raving about "telling my boss on me".

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/29/2008 1:50:56 PM # Q
>>>looking for cheap amusement...

Oh stop. When you do that you're looking at pr0n on the Net. No wonder your palms have hair on them. Oops. Right: You're LEFTY. Just the left one, then.

Gekko: The guy won't recognize reality. People buy the iPhone not because it WORKS, but because they're stupid. The stuck-in-the-20th-Century ALP Obsolete System is Just Better. Why? Because he whiiiiiiines that it is.

I mean, we're just too too dumb to recognize its glory in YouTube videos such as this:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=SIY45ASfFO8

OMGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!111111 The world is just undeserving!

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/29/2008 2:40:08 PM # Q
Hey, I'm not the one posting suggestive pictures of oysters and relating feverish, tortured dreams about them (http://mikecane2008.wordpress.com/2008/03/27/blog-notes-oysters/) in my blog. Nor am I the one raving irrelevantly and incoherently about Viagra, masturbation and other people's genitalia. Seems to be a subject much on your mind, for whatever reasons.

No, I'm...fine. I just...threw up in my mouth a little bit...
Christine Taylor as "Kate Veitch" in Dodgeball

I've never found "pr0n" terribly interesting, myself: what little I've seen shows excruciatingly poor cinematic values, just for starts. Nor am I particularly lacking for that general sort of stimulation; I just find it's a lot more worthwhile when it involves another human being, one physically present in the same place I happen to be.

Your mileage most likely varies in that regard, if only out of necessity...

(And a fair number people bought "Pet Rocks", too, at least for a while. That never made them good pets, nor was it indicative of an ongoing market for them...)


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/29/2008 2:59:06 PM # Q
And just to be completely clear here, I've never, ever, suggested that anyone was "stupid" for buying an iPhone. It's a fine phone for folks who don't need a lot of functionality, and it's got very good user experience overall, and it will definitely drive better user experience on other manufacturers' phones. In just the same way, and for just the same reasons that the Macintosh drove better user experience on other PC platforms. Didn't get Apple out of single digit market share, but Steve was always satisfied to be the Bang and Olafsen of the computing world. (In point of fact, the iPhone has done nothing but good for our business. Think about it.)

I simply don't believe that the iPhone is the be-all-and-end-all of mobile devices, nor do I believe that it holds anything like an unassailable position in the market, especially moving forward. We'll see what the landscape looks like in a year.

Samsung, LG, Motorola and the others aren't getting out of the cellphone business because of the iPhone. Nokia isn't going to shrug their shoulders and go back to selling lumber and galoshes.

I'm just saying that Apple (and Google, for that matter) are in for some surprises and a lot of challenges. Just sayin'.


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/29/2008 4:31:19 PM # Q
It's too late for you to fake rationality and sanity. Your true psychotic stalker character has already been revealed to all by your very own pathetic self.

Hey, but keep coming by my blog so your empty life can get *some* fulfillment.

Maybe I can claim charitable tax status for it, since it's obviously giving meaning to the life of at least *one* very mentally ill individual. Namely: You.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/29/2008 6:18:47 PM # Q
I'm not too concerned about your assessment of my level of psychosis, Mike, and if I've been "faking rationality and sanity," I'm apparently managing to deceive just about everybody but you. Go figure.

I always say, "If a moron call you 'an idiot', what's that supposed to prove?"

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/29/2008 7:18:11 PM # Q
>>>I always say, "If a moron call you 'an idiot', what's that supposed to prove?"

Keep repeating that mantra, Goober. It keep you as stone ignorant as you currently are.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/29/2008 7:58:03 PM # Q
Yeah, yeah, sure, sure. You're getting even more repetitive.

Still waiting to hear "who the fek LISTENS to you," Mikey.


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/29/2008 8:06:30 PM # Q
Hey, Goobertard. For someone who brays he's so damned smart, why can't you see the link ON MY BLOG ITSELF where you can get my traffic stats from TWO DIFFERENT SOURCES.

You're not just psychotic. You're mentally retarded too.

YOUR blog stats are the same for ALP Obsolete System phones sold: ZERO.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 3/29/2008 8:28:47 PM # Q
Please don't mistake "can't" with "can't be bothered."

Like I said, 99.992% of the time (i.e. pretty much any time other than a few days the week before last, while I was in New York), I can't be bothered with your blog. The oyster-porn thing was pretty over-the-top for me, I stick to my own species... That was the last time I took a look, and that'll hold me for a good long while.

I named industry groups, conferences and analysts when you asked. Got anything in response but bluster and childish insults? I expect not. And no, I'm not "mentally retarded" and it's an excellent display of just how little character you have, and just how low it is, that you'd attempt to use something like that in such a fashion.

I had a motorcycle accident a number of years ago and crushed my left ankle. On bad days (which are, thankfully, very rare) or when I'm going to be doing something involving high exertion (like climbing up Inwangsan at the north end of Seoul) I've been known to use a cane. Why don't you call me a "gimp" or a "cripple" or something, huh? Knock yourself out, get it out of your system. Don't imagine it's going to bother me, though: I came by that limp honestly, and I'm not ashamed of it.

I think I'm really all done with you; you've certainly added nothing of substance in any comment you've had to make here in the past month or more. Don't let that impede you from raving in an apparently unbalanced fashion for a week or two more if you're inclined to.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/29/2008 9:34:36 PM # Q
Look at this guy. Just like a little child he trots out a List, thinking there's some great Justice Accountant out there waiting to pat him on his dim little head and say, "There, there. It's all right."

Keep proving everything I've stated about you.

But give me a break here, willya. Can you do it without MY help?

I see in another thread you're providing what amounts to pre-sales customer service.

I'd say you've found your level in life. Go for it.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
nastebu @ 3/31/2008 1:32:30 PM # Q
Forget Frankengarnet. This is the thread that cannot die.

Lefty, I know you can't give away trade secrets, but could you go out on a limb and say what kind of numbers of handsets Access expects to be installed on that have been sold a year from now? Or maybe how many 1n 2009? That wouldn't give away anything specific but it would give us a sense of how much is really in the pipe.

And if I can goad you a bit, Apple gave that kind of yard stick with the 10 million in 2008 figure.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
BaalthazaaR @ 3/31/2008 1:44:36 PM # Q
Lefty might be a little gun shy after some of the posts in this thread. Lefty, I appreciate your staying after all the abuse (mine included).
RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
nastebu @ 3/31/2008 2:02:49 PM # Q
*roundly applauds anyone who can have a conversation about cell phones without getting angry and personal*

You'd think that wouldn't be so difficult.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
mikecane @ 3/31/2008 3:39:10 PM # Q
>>>Forget Frankengarnet. This is the thread that cannot die.

It was very nicely dead before you came along and stuck your thumb up it.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
nastebu @ 3/31/2008 5:49:09 PM # Q
another of life's little ironies.

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 4/1/2008 6:48:19 AM # Q
...could you go out on a limb and say what kind of numbers of handsets Access expects to be installed on that have been sold a year from now? Or maybe how many 1n 2009?

No, sorry, I'm not willing to do that: that would involve making sales projections on behalf of our customers, and just as I don't preannounce their products for them, I don't project their sales for 'em, either.

No doubt this will cause another bout of spittle-flecked outrage from the marginally coherent, but something would have, in any case...


RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 4/1/2008 6:52:00 AM # Q
Lefty might be a little gun shy after some of the posts in this thread.

No, I'm pretty used to senseless and pointless responses here (although I haven't counted any of Baalthazaar's among those, honestly.) It's simply that I got off a plane from Korea Friday, and I've been paying some attention to life at home (this is like my second day home in the past two weeks...), catching up on paperwork and expense reports, etc...

RE: FrankenGarnet Lives!!!
akalefty @ 4/1/2008 6:56:59 AM # Q
nastebu comments, "You'd think that wouldn't be so difficult", which earns him a predictable "It was very nicely dead before you came along and stuck your thumb up it" from a predictable quarter.

Some people seem to feel impelled to share their self-control issues if they can't come up with anything better to post... Of course, those with nothing of substance to post have nothing else to share...

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Another Nagel Win!

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