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News.com has posted an interview with Palm and Handspring founder and Pilot creator Jeff Hawkins. Taking place in the immediate aftermath of the D5 symposium and Foleo unveiling, the article is written by Ina Fried, a CNET tech reporter. Ina was joined for the gathering by our very own Ryan Kairer and Dieter Bohn from TreoCentral in this quick but fairly enlightening Q&A-type session. An additional piece containing additional information and some feedback from Dieter can be found here on the Treocentral site.

Entitled "The best idea Hawkins ever had", the interview excerpts posted by CNET comprise a 2-page piece listing most questions highlights asked by all three interviewers as well as Hawkins' responses. Hawkins primarily retreats ground covered in the earlier presentation in outlining why he thinks the Foleo will usher in a new era of personal computing. The 2nd page of the article goes onto address the Foleo's role in shaping future Treo designs, including a tantalizing tidbit about a possible future Treo devoid of a keyboard and/or with a larger screen.

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Hawkins interview on CNET

cervezas @ 6/1/2007 8:23:23 PM # Q
Very good interview. Addresses a lot of comments people are making here.

* There will be more applications at launch time (10-12 3rd party developers working on these apps now)

* Foleo changes how Palm will be thinking about future Treo designs (Treo without a keyboard is an example, but he hints at more profound changes)

http://tinyurl.com/2tjrd8

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RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
hkklife @ 6/1/2007 9:00:41 PM # Q
They should have FIRST done was release a Plinux-enabled, multimedia-centric PDA (safe territory) to test the waters, THEN a larger-screened Treo, THEN something like the Foleo.

That's like saying you have a state-of-the-art Mercedes parked under a rotting old carport. Or a 1080p HDTV plugged into a vintage 1982 VHS VCR via coax cable.

Isn't it an oddball situation when the slave device is far, far more advanced than the host device upon which it is critically dependent?



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RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
hotpaw03 @ 6/1/2007 9:14:29 PM # Q
Servers need client devices.
RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
twrock @ 6/1/2007 9:36:30 PM # Q
A Treo without a keyboard and a large screen! Wow! Who'da thunk of that?

But Hawkins still seems to think the the iPhone is "wrong" for going that route:

Look at what Apple's doing. They decided to punt the keyboard. Steve Jobs thinks that's great. I don't know. We'll find out.

I don't think Jobs is wrong. I think there is plenty of people who are asking for a variety of devices. Why doesn't Palm simply deliver that variety instead of only offering one design?

If the PDA market is "mature" and Palm really isn't going to do any further development, then how about just finally integrating the best of their current/past lineup into the "mother of all" PDA's for one final release? Please Palm, give us the TX2 with the missing stuff put back in and "unlimited" SDHC support. The hackers have already shown you how easy it is to do! There is no good excuse for not doing it.


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RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
cervezas @ 6/1/2007 10:33:54 PM # Q
hkklife wrote:
Isn't it an oddball situation when the slave device is far, far more advanced than the host device upon which it is critically dependent?

That's strange. So you consider your PC to be a "slave device" to your Treo? Master/slave doesn't apply in any meaningful sense I can find here. Neither does client/server. The relationship between the Foleo and Treo seems to be peer to peer in every respect except for one: that synchronization seems to be initiated from the Foleo (at least that's all we've seen). You can initiate, flag or file an email from either device and its contents and status are synched to the other. Should work the same with other apps.

One new thing about this synchronization: they said it is optionally a continuous operation. I'm wondering if they really mean that. Could I be typing away on a document, hit save, grab the phone and leave the house and just have the document on my phone without any special action being taken? Continuous sync seems to suggest we're not talking about HotSync, but some new protocol more akin to ActiveSync.

If the sync protocol is new, what capabilities does it have? Could I sync over an IP network? Could I in fact initiate the sync from the phone? Say I didn't want to eat up my batteries and tempt Bluetooth fate with continuous BT sync: could I instead initiate a sync from my smartphone over a VPN to grab the latest version of a document that's back on my WiFi-connected Foleo at the office? (This is how Seven and some other PIM and doc sync products work today, but with Palm now controlling both sides of the sync it could be an integrated built-in feature.)

Thinking about the implications that Hawkins identified for how Palm might change the Treo now that Foleo is on the scene. If I can sync over the Internet, think about how nice it would be to have a Treo with drive mode: I never have to remember to sync up my stuff to my flashdrive before I leave for a trip now because I can do it anytime, anywhere. And I don't need the IT department to sign off on this or to have my personal data on some Google server somewhere to accomplish this. It's totally peer to peer.

Don't know if this is where they are going, but in any case I think it's interesting to realize that Palm has some extremely interesting options they can explore now that they own both the pocketable device OS and the new "personal computer" OS. That's an advantage that Microsoft has always had over them, and now the gap is being closed.

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RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
ballistic @ 6/1/2007 11:07:06 PM # Q
Thanks for the link to that article David. It sounds like they have major plans for mobile computing in which the Foleo plays a central part but they don't want to reveal everything. Within the next six months to a year, I'd expect:

Palm to introduce services in the cloud for the Foleo + Treo

Palm to introduce new Treo devices that are possible now that the large screen and keyboard are on the Foleo

While they're saying that the Foleo is not a replacement for the traditional laptop, they should just come right and say that they envision that within the next 5 years or so the Foleo + Treo will completely eliminate the need for a general purpose laptop.

RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
rsc1000 @ 6/1/2007 11:07:26 PM # Q
>>They should have FIRST done was release a Plinux-enabled, multimedia-centric PDA (safe territory) to test the waters, THEN a larger-screened Treo, THEN something like the Foleo.

hkklife, I agree.

I am impressed that he doesn't seem as oblivious as the initial idea behind the Foleo makes him seem. Basically - hew comes out and says that he intends to use the 'smart phone companion' thing as a way to get a new class of personal computers in the market. And i think a *true* appliance type of device (i cringe when i think of my grand mother struggling with a window box) is needed and has been overdue for a while. and I dont mean a mac.

RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
rsc1000 @ 6/1/2007 11:11:32 PM # Q
>>But Hawkins still seems to think the the iPhone is "wrong" for going that route:

>>Look at what Apple's doing. They decided to punt the keyboard. Steve Jobs thinks that's great. I don't know. We'll find out.

twrock, i think what he is saying is that the iPhone is wonrg. What he is saying is that although the device doesn't need a keyboard, there does needs to be a keyboard option somewhere. In other words: he's implying that Jobs is wrong to think u don't need a real keyboard option and is basically saying that in the future, the Foleo is the keyboard (and screen of course) for the Treo. I=Or at least thats an option.



RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
ballistic @ 6/1/2007 11:12:16 PM # Q
should read: "...almost completely eliminate the need for a general purpose laptop for a significant number of users."
RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
rsc1000 @ 6/1/2007 11:14:36 PM # Q
>>twrock, i think what he is saying is that the iPhone is wonrg.

God - i need to read my posts before hitting submit. What i meant to say was:

twrock, i don't think that he is saying that the iPhone is wrong.

RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
twrock @ 6/1/2007 11:53:54 PM # Q
rsc1000, ok, so today you're having trouble typing and I'm having trouble reading.

I actually thought Hawkins had said "I don't think so" instead of "I don't know". Yes, that is not the same meaning at all. Thanks for pointing that out.

Remind me, does the iPhone have Bluetooth? Will that allow for keyboard "connectivity"? I know that there will be an on-screen keyboard, but I also know from my use of Scott's very nice Thumbboard app, it isn't that easy to use an on-screen keyboard no matter how well the software is implemented (visual and audio feedback at this point). In another sense, it really doesn't matter that the first iPhone doesn't have an integrated keyboard. This is Apple's first smartphone product. If they think there is a good market for a smartphone with a keyboard and they can make money from it, they will be making one.

But I still think that Palm has been foolish for not delivering a large screen, keyboardless Treo. There has got to be enough market for that device to make it worth the development. Apple believes so. Palm left the door wide open for Apple to come along and establish themselves in the smartphone arena. The iPhone could have been seen as following Palm's lead. Now if/when Palm finally delivers that type of product, it is they who will be following Apple, trying to play catch up.


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RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
twrock @ 6/2/2007 12:30:44 AM # Q
I'm just sitting here feeling more and more frustrated with Palm! What is it with these guys!!!!!

Palm, go and beg Dmitry Grinberg (http://www.clieuk.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=4488) to come and work for you. Pay for his college education. Hire him as a consultant. License his hacks. Whatever it takes. He not only writes (and often gives away) the most useful hacks, but he figured out how to put back all the missing hardware you left out of the TX. He's even developed ROM replacements for the TX, enhancing it significantly. (I'd love to see how long it would have taken him to develop the 700p ROM update!)

Ok, I feel the tiniest bit better. I'd feel a lot better if I really could believe that there still was any hope.


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RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
palmato @ 6/2/2007 9:27:22 AM # Q
>* Foleo changes how Palm will be thinking about future Treo designs (Treo without a
> keyboard is an example, but he hints at more profound changes)

Now Palm has the perfect excuse not to to include wifi in their future devices. Clever Palm marketing dept: outfoxing the competition. :-)

When the foleo is available on ebay for 100$, it will be nice to get one, remove Palm DOS Linux and install something like Damn Small Linux (aka DSL): now that can be an interesting device.


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RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
rpa @ 6/2/2007 11:13:29 AM # Q
I was also underwhelmed with the Foleo announcement but maybe, just maybe, Hawkins is ahead of the curve. A thin Linux client with wifi/phone capabilities might be useful for those who can use web based applications like Gmail and Google Docs. They could add a slot for a GSM SIM card and forget the phone perhaps? In the meantime, I'll keep nursing along my Tungsten E and el cheapo Moto flip phone. And my Toshiba notebook that covers my email requirements.

rpa
RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
SeldomVisitor @ 6/2/2007 11:21:04 AM # Q
> ...maybe, just maybe, Hawkins is ahead of the curve...

Yeah, and maybe he's not.

Maybe he's someone who's simply living off a decade-old reputation and STILL getting away with it.

Maybe LifeDrive II really IS as bad as first impressions say it is, without thousands of "But it's GOTTA be!"s (or MUCH more correctly labeled "But it CAN'T be that bad!"s) dreaming up amazing projections of where it MIGHT be sometime down the road - EVEN including Mr-Closed-Down-Brain-Institute Hisself!

What was that quote? Paraphrased:

== "...where our thinking is leaning..."

!!!

Yeah, THAT'S ready for prime time, alrightee!

Giggle.

RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
rpa @ 6/2/2007 11:34:56 AM # Q
Seldom: 'maybe not' is my bet but let's see if Palm can come up with something we can get excited about later like the large screen Treo hinted at in the interview. Or a small flip phone so I can drop my 'E' and Moto phone for a one piecer.

rpa
RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
SeldomVisitor @ 6/2/2007 11:47:44 AM # Q
> ...Or a small flip phone so I can drop my 'E' and Moto phone
> for a one piecer.

For sure.

But that is neither a TREO nor FOLEO.


RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
rpa @ 6/2/2007 11:51:29 AM # Q
I see the Treo 270 flip phone is still available on Ebay...

rpa
RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
SeldomVisitor @ 6/2/2007 11:56:33 AM # Q
[I knew I should have qualified my response....giggle]

A LONG time ago somewhere I posed a question something like:

== When is a TREO no longer a TREO?

in the context of "How much functionality can be removed before you have something other than TREO?".

Taking away the QWERTY keyboard, removing the ability to expand the device, whatever.

Is it a TREO?

[we already have the 1984-ish Marketing doublespeak of the Fooleo being somehow better than the TREOs at composing email on the road (or the equivalent of "two devices needed while typing on the road" (!!!)) , etc...what's next?]

RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
mikecane @ 6/2/2007 12:26:50 PM # Q
twrock: Perhaps you should do an article about all those TX mods? I'd be interested in reading it!

RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
twrock @ 6/2/2007 1:02:33 PM # Q
Mike, just have a look at Dmitry's website: http://www.palmpowerups.com/
Click on "Downloads" and "Experiments" to see some tech stuff.
Look for him over at 1scr.com as well. His hardware hacks are amazing (like microphone, vibrating alarm and LED for the TX). The ROM replacement stuff is really cool too. He's doing a bunch of stuff that Palm should have done in the first place.


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RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
mikecane @ 6/2/2007 1:05:26 PM # Q
You are just trying to shirk the task of writing an article that brings everything together for people like me who'd rather have people like *you* do all the work. Besides, you have a TX. I have a LifeDrive. I don't know that all of his stuff would apply to me, but an article would go far towards making me think I should grab a TX when the End Of The PDA World Fire Sale happens.

RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
twrock @ 6/2/2007 1:12:25 PM # Q
Who, me? Trying to avoid work? May it never be!


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RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
Scott R @ 6/3/2007 9:12:08 AM # Q
twrock, the early slideshows of the iPhone showed it using a portrait-mode thumbboard. That seems very unusable to me. Hopefully, for everyone's sake, they'll at least allow the user to use it in a two-thumbed landscape mode as well.

As you said, there are real disadvantages with even a great touchscreen-based thumbboard, like I like to think mine happens to be ;). But there are some distinct advantages as well: The ability to customize it for languages, user preferences, app-specificity, etc. And I personally think that extended typing on a widescreen virtual thumbboard is more comfortable (even if a bit more typo-prone) as compared to typing on the Treo's too-tiny thumbboard.

I'd love to see a thin all-screen Palm OS or WM6 smartphone for me to optimize my app for. Maybe not entirely screen: model it a bit after the Zodiac so it has some form of "hard" navigation and hard-buttons (for comfortable gaming and countless other uses). Give it Wi-Fi, an 800-pixel-wide screen, and a great browser, and I would be a very happy man. For extended typing sessions, pair it with an as-yet-uninvented stowaway full-size keyboard with integrated trackpoint (aka eraserhead) and it would meet the needs this FOLEO claims to meet and would do so in a much more portable/pocketable design.

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RE: Hawkins interview on CNET
twrock @ 6/3/2007 9:57:16 AM # Q
Scott, spot on!

Yes, your Thumbboard app is well implemented, and even visually attractive. Your comments on what form-factor you would like to see for a smartphone are exactly what a number of us are hoping for as well. So far, hope is all we have. And you even like trackpoints too! It really would be cool to have a folding BT keyboard with a trackpoint for navigation.

In this initial implementation, the Foleo is being marketed as a companion to your smartphone to basically do two things: keyboard and screen. The keyboard issue is already resolvable via any number of add-on keyboards, most being almost as small and portable as the handheld itself. I'm curious about what might be possible to resolve the screen issue. Why not some kind of video out from the handheld where the power-hungry large screen has its own power source? And maybe some kind of "dual-mode" video chip in the handheld that has significant power reduction in "standard" mode (small internal screen), but that jumps up to be a higher-end graphics chip when paired with the larger screen or even a projector (and can get additional power from the screen's power source). I don't really know what might be possible, but I'm curious about other options.

Since I've got your attention, one more "out there" idea to attempt to implement for the Thumbboard. This comes from a discussion over at David Beers site a while back. Since the Zodiac has a vibrating alarm, might there be any way to implement kinetic feedback for key "clicks"? Maybe there is too much lag in the activation of the vibration or maybe it can't be short enough in time, but it would be kind of cool to see what can be done. Another possible problem might be a significant reduction in battery life. I have no idea what kind of current that little vibrator pulls.




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Au revoir

VampireLestat @ 6/2/2007 1:02:45 AM # Q
Hawkins in regards to PDAs:
======================
"That line is in its later years. It's mature. It's declining. We are not actively looking for a really clever thing to do in that space. It's probably not going to come from us."
======================

Not going to come from you huh? I heard all I needed to hear. Enough is enough.
In the coming days, I am migrating my data over to WM. I am erasing all my Palm OS software. I am erasing all my Palm OS help guides, I am no longer posting to any Palm related forums. I will NEVER buy a Palm product again (including WM). They no longer exist to me. And, I will make sure to talk bad about it whenever I hear anyone uttering the work "Palm" or "Treo".

10 years now I bought their products and fought to promote them. That's it; FINISHED!
Watching these fools invent cockamania retarded devices is difficult enough to forgive; but for both the CEO AND NOW the chief inventor go on record multiple times stating that PDAs are dead and that --> they are not even trying anymore <-- infuriates me.

Slackers. Losers.
The free market will soon take care of Palm Incorporated.

RE: Au revoir
DevPOV @ 6/2/2007 10:01:46 AM # Q
I agree with you whole-heartedly. This is no way to inspire developers to continue through the mangled versions of garnet trying to support the latest Treos. I read that line and figured, WTH, I'm done.

RE: Au revoir
mikecane @ 6/2/2007 12:15:36 PM # Q
I don't see WM as a compelling alternative. PalmOS still has the ease of use I need, particular when it comes to PIMs. I've owned a Toshiba GENIO, so I speak from personal comparison.

Given that it seems Palm is not going to do much -- if anything -- with PDAs, it makes me glad I have my LifeDrive (LifeFlash).

Before you drop PalmOS for WM, I'd give it a month and wait to see what the iPhone brings. If any new product will inspire devs, that'll be the one. And you can be sure there will be devs to make it work with Win PCs!

RE: Au revoir
hkklife @ 6/2/2007 12:51:59 PM # Q
Hawkins' words from this past week just reeks of someone whose recent actions are marked with a total defeatist worldview.


He's basically ceding the FAR-FROM-PERFECTED PDA market to Appls' iPod....it doesn't even have a touchscreen, removable memory, built-in networking or user editable PIM data!

He then thinks the Treo line is undeserving of IMMEDIATE big-time R&D expenditure and updating.

So he creates a device devoid of most of the hallmarks that have defined Palm Computing--no touchscreen, not pocket-sized, and completely derivative design (mini notebook formfactor with a tired old IBM Trackpoint cursor nub).

I figure Hawkins and Palm's engineers determined it was too difficult to try to cram a decent sized battery, a fullsize SD slot and a larger-than-320x320 screen into something the size of a Treo or a TX. So they gave up and went with the relatively 'large' subnotebook chasis filled with...absolutely nothing.

How sick is it that the four year old Tungsten T3 has more built-in functionality (and better multimedia capabilities out of the box) than the Foleo? And let's not even mention the Zodiac.

Had Palm been smart they'd have snatched up the remnants of Tapwave several years ago and relaunched it as a web browsing multimedia tablet. All Palm would've had to do was graft the superior Palmified PIM apps and Athena connector onto a Zodiac 2 and beef up the battery. And of course, churn out a solid set of drivers/init strings to ensure compatibility with BT DUN on a wide variety of mobile handsets. There's your real "mobile manager" device! Perfect form factor--larger than a standard Palm PDA but still pocketable. Larger screen, dual expansion slots, 3.5mm headphone jack etc etc. Then after a year or two of pushing Garnet to its limits with such a device, drop in PLinux and an EVDO modem. Bingo!



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RE: Au revoir
Scott R @ 6/3/2007 9:16:38 AM # Q
"Had Palm been smart they'd have snatched up the remnants of Tapwave several years ago and relaunched it as a web browsing multimedia tablet. All Palm would've had to do was graft the superior Palmified PIM apps and Athena connector onto a Zodiac 2 and beef up the battery. And of course, churn out a solid set of drivers/init strings to ensure compatibility with BT DUN on a wide variety of mobile handsets. There's your real "mobile manager" device! Perfect form factor--larger than a standard Palm PDA but still pocketable. Larger screen, dual expansion slots, 3.5mm headphone jack etc etc."

I was thinking and hoping for the same thing after Tapwave folded. It would have been so easy (and likely cheap) for Palm to have simply picked them up. Or for that matter, rethink the TX design and just clone much of the good the Zodiac design offered. Release it with and without a built-in phone and satisfy the needs of many all with very little R&D spent.

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RE: Au revoir
inetken @ 6/4/2007 12:44:49 AM # Q
Jeff Hawkins extinguished the last hope I had of a new Palm PDA. The LifeDrive was a step in the right direction and I was hoping on a updated model to replace my Zire 71. Instead of further developing a platform, Palm decided to take a new direction, phones, and effectively kill the PDA.

It would have been revolutionary if they came up with a PDA 75% of the size of the Foleo (or 125% of a Lifedrive, just approximating here, maybe the size of a Nokia N800?) with an included, but nicely integrated, detachable keyboard, the PDA would attach in landscape mode. The keyboard could be placed in your briefcase or laptop case and the PDA carried around with you. The unit would automagically switch between portrait and landscape a la the iPhone. Return to the original Graffiti. Then have all the features of the Foleo for those who want the Treo sync. Then you have that market and the market I want to be in, a simple cell phone with a PDA (with lots of cool software).

Palm Pilot Pro --> Palm Pilot III --> Zire 71 --> Franklin Covey Planner

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RE: Au revoir
sungod @ 6/4/2007 3:28:04 AM # Q
Please Palm all I want is:
A Basic Phone with 3G pref HSDPA running PLinux.
See the HTC Clamshell Smartphone/Dopod S310 or a candibar HTC MteoR or iMate SPL( I prof the Candibar).

Pair this with a T|X alike PDA/Smartphone companion with your new instant pairing system.

This would make a lot of people (Me & Vampy) very happy

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RE: Au revoir
PilotMad @ 6/6/2007 10:33:55 AM # Q
It's seems a shame that some people do not understand the business lifecycle of a product in that after maturity of the product, it goes into decline. This happens to all products and is unavoidable. Any good business will recognize this and prepare themselves accordingly.

If the Palm PDA has reached this stage, and I believe it has, with the exception of some technological improvements. Then we must all realize that development effort on these products will be cut drastically.

Jeff is right to imply the end/decline of the pda, but he has not many declarations about Palm ceasing to work on the product entirely.

A new version of the TX with Palm Linux OS, and incremental improvements to wifi etc. is probably about all I would expect. But only time will tell, we will have to wait and see.


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Maybe, but not yet.

twrock @ 6/2/2007 1:17:26 AM # Q
I spent way too much time reading through all of the posts the past couple of days. I certainly could understand the huge amount of frustration and skepticism at the Foleo announcement. Most of us had very high hopes for what was coming ("secret third business"), and this product apparently wasn't anything that anyone had been wanting. It seems completely out of left field and completely off the mark.

I was sitting on my bed, with my recently purchased, second-hand Dell Inspiron 700m running Ubuntu Linux sitting on a lap tray, reading though hundreds of posts. I bought this particular Dell simply because I wanted a cheap, small, non-Windows, take-anywhere-in-the-house-and-quickly-be-on-line "computer" instead of being tethered to a desktop machine. I paid $500 for the Dell and replaced the battery with a 4+ hour upgrade for another $50. It still is too big, too heavy, and too hot. If I would have bought it new, it would also have been too expensive for what I was trying to accomplish.

So at that moment, I looked again at the Foleo and started to imagine. What if?

I don't think that this initial release of the Foleo is at all what I was looking for. I can imagine that it might be some day. But if this is no more than a companion to the Treo that I don't have and don't want, then I'm surely not going to be one of the early adopters.

I can imagine a lot of "potential" for this device, but I'm very skeptical that Palm is going to end up taking it where I want to go.

Will this be the death or the savior of Palm? I don't know. They've got plenty of other problems that could kill them as well. I do know that I still want a "computer" that is small enough to fit in my pocket and can at least do what my TX can. So I'm still hoping for a TX2, with or without voice.


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RE: Maybe, but not yet.
Konstantin @ 6/2/2007 9:03:50 PM # Q
Wise thoughts.
Before jumping on the "I have not yet touched the Foleo but I am ready to jump on the rant bandwagon and yell 'I will not forgive..', 'I ma throw all my Palms away" blah blah blah, to ask oneself the question "What if"

It is too early to rant.


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Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one device.

pmjoe @ 6/2/2007 2:49:10 AM # Q
Herein lies the whole problem with the Foleo IMHO. Hawkins described this as a "category" of devices, BUT HE HAS ONE DEVICE!?! If Foleo had been a line of 3, 4, 5 devices, sort of a "pick and choose the size shape that fits your lifestyle" all running the same Linux-based Palm OS, then this would be something. With just one device, it has all the appearance of a one-off device that if it fails you're stuck with useless, non-standard, underpowered piece of hardware. There is no motivation for developers to support this when most developers want to support something they want to use themselves, in particular something with a laptop form factor (they can already get laptop form factor devices with better hardware and development tools),

This is where it appears Hawkins has missed the boat. It honestly sounds like he put a lot of effort into designing THIS DEVICE, but ubiquitous computing is more than that. Lets assume his notion of a Treo/smartphone centric world is right, where you always carry your phone (a reasonable assumption). Then you need a line of lower cost devices where people can pick and choose which ones they need for their lifestyle. If Palm had released this device along with even just one new PDA size device and a slightly larger slate device all running the same OS under a similar premise, we'd probably see this as something to cheer about. But honestly, all the interviews and the introduction make it sound like Hawkins put his heart into this particular device. Sure, he alludes to this being one of a category of devices, but anyone with a brain is going to read that as: if and only if this Foleo succeeds, and that is one huge IF.

RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one dev
cervezas @ 6/2/2007 9:00:13 AM # Q
There is no motivation for developers to support this when most developers want to support something they want to use themselves...

Developers are business people. Like all business people, the successful ones are more concerned about what their customers need than what they need for their personal use. A transcript of the last few days on the Palm Entrepreneurs Forum would thoroughly disprove your statement. I don't have results of a survey to back this up, but if the activity and tone on PEF is any indication, most of us who sell software to the masses (and understand their mindset) are realizing that the Foleo represents a very interesting new business opportunity.

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RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one dev
SeldomVisitor @ 6/2/2007 12:00:13 PM # Q
> ...A transcript of the last few days on the Palm Entrepreneurs
> Forum would thoroughly disprove your statement...

Yeah, well, if buggy whip manufacturers had had internet forums I'm sure those, too, would have been interesting in the early 1900s.

Wonder what transcripts of Linux Developers Forums look like?

RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one dev
cervezas @ 6/2/2007 12:35:42 PM # Q
Check out Slashdot: http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/30/203201

There are about 300 comments there, which says something in itself. Most are positive or at least show interest in the idea.

Of course, SlashDot really *is* the group that want a Foleo for themselves. They've been craving a cheap, lightweight, Linux PC for so long that they've even cast glances at Negroponte's OLPC. Now that's desperation!

Some samples:

When the Palm handhelds came out, everyone said the same thing. "Why do I need this?" "This will be a complete flop." "No one will buy it." And today, handhelds are an established market.
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I think Palm have been quite smart on the market for this: email is the niche that will pull some discretionary business users (the sort who buy their own phone or other gizmos if not too expensive) that travel a LOT and don't need a full laptop - mostly execs, meaning it's critical that Palm connects the Foleo to Blackberry very quickly. The Linux base and openness are what will pull in the geek community to provide open source apps and make the platform more capable. And commercial developers from the Palm world will see this as a good way to expand their market, covering a number of different smartphone platforms.

One other interesting thing: Palm recently bought the developers of Chatteremail, a great push email app for Palm OS that uses IMAP IDLE to enable instant email delivery from most IMAP servers. This is great for people who want Blackberry style instant email delivery, without the cost of a Blackberry subscription and the clunky Blackberry OS and hardware.

Another smart decision is to work with all types of smartphone - the smartphone market is very fragmented so this could be a great way to maximise market.

Bottom line: Real road warriors hate the weight of "real laptops" and the delay in getting email, waking up the laptop, poor battery life, etc. Given a light power brick (apparently more like a phone charger than a laptop's), I think the Foleo is a real winner.
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This is much more like what an OLPC should be. ARM == low power & cost relative to an x86. I think OPLC got it wrong when they went x86 - which looks like it was done solely to support Windows.
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The most compelling features are instant on/off, e-mail sync, long battery life, and VGA out for presentations.
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I expect the Foleo to be very good at what it does. What remains to be seen is if it is good enough that people will want the supplement for their smartphone, or the replacement for the large laptop. However, as a standalone device for people lacking a small laptop and a smartphone, it will still probably be good given the price.

There are plenty of cheap laptops on the market nowadays. Not too many at $500, but plenty at $700+. The problem is that those machines are often crap, and are seldom truly portable. The Foleo seems to be taking the approach of not pretending to be a desktop replacement, and instead focusing on being really mobile. So, while there are laptops that can match the Foleo in portability, they can't approach it in price.
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[In response to a guy who says his Powerbook is far more capable:]
1) Sleep is not instant. A palm is instant.
2) You push ONE button on your powerbook, and up pops the email client from your treo right there on the powerbook screen? And you can edit all your email and any attachments right there? And the email stays on the treo?
3) When you send email from your powerbook, it sends it from the treo using the cellular network so you don't have to be logged in a local wi-fi network (if any) for it to work?

I have dozens of wi-fi setups on my laptop as I travel all over the world. The ability to do my email wherever there is cell phone coverage, on a big screen with a real keyboard and zero hassle is *very* compelling...throw in some presentations on a CF card and I can leave the laptop behind...

Sounds like the Foleo is FAR more capable than your powerbook for business travelers, you know people who already have treo's, blackberry's etc.
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For your basic word processing, spreadsheeting, emailing and (sans flash) web surfing a multi-gigahertz laptop with 720i widescreen, DVD RW and about 30 minutes battery life is overkill. Laptop makers have been constantly upgrading the laptop into a full-blown PC and leaving the laptop ethos behind.

This is a solution to a very current problem. Smartphones are too small to be used for serious work, and laptops are too big, heavy and powerful to be lugged around everywhere.
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Actually if the price gets down around the $300 range and it has enough memory I can think of a lot of uses for it.
The company I work for has a vertical product and we sell a good number of laptops. If we could bundle it with this device and if it could run for say 8 hours on a battery it would be great.
No more mucking about with multiple versions of Windows, no more virus's and malware. Just what we used to call in the industry a "toaster".
I could see a lot if uses besides sales reps. Frankly if they can get an Internet link then they don't even need Act. Salesperson.com could be your CMS. And if your company did things right you could use a VPN from it and use Web based apps for a lot of you industry specific work like placing orders.
Police officers could use it. Place a Wifi/WAN bridge in the police car and then use the wifi in the this device.
There are a lot of uses for this device. Yes a sub notebook could do but they tend to be more expensive than this device and more power hungry.
I still see the ideal price point as around $299 but it may sell even at $500.
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Most decent subnotebooks are around $2000, and they have a boot-up time.

I kind of like the idea of pressing a button and it's just running, rather than waiting a minute or two for a notebook to boot up.
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etc.

There are more, and of course there are plenty of disparaging comments too: jokes about the Audrey, comparisons to old Win CE devices, complaints that it's underpowered and won't stream video, complaints that it should be smaller. Overall, though, it's had a very respectful and interested reception within the Linux-oriented Slashdot crowd, I'd say. Especially when you consider what a rough crowd that can be!


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RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one dev
SeldomVisitor @ 6/2/2007 1:00:53 PM # Q
And the REALLY silly thing is Ubuntu is now available standard-stuff from Dell.

RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one dev
mikecane @ 6/2/2007 1:02:40 PM # Q
>>>Overall, though, it's had a very respectful and interested reception within the Linux-oriented Slashdot crowd, I'd say. Especially when you consider what a rough crowd that can be!

Slashdot is hardly indicative of the Real World.

They said the same frikkin things about the Nokia Anti-Net Tabs. Oooh, big success they have been! Real paradigm changers. Everyone really *needs* one.

I better stop now. The bile is rising too high...

RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one dev
cervezas @ 6/2/2007 3:25:04 PM # Q
They said the same frikkin things about the Nokia Anti-Net Tabs. Oooh, big success they have been!

I don't know how to break this to you, Mike, but I think you're going to be seeing a lot more of those Nokia Internet tablets in the coming year. Sprint has staked Nokia big-time on this.

Anyway, my point wasn't that Slashdot is the real world. It was an answer to the question asked about what Linux developers are saying about Foleo. (Obviously, not a perfect sample, but Linux hackers do seem to be disproportionately represented there.)

I hope you don't believe PIC is the real world, Mike! Let's see... PIC commenters are:

1) Almost 100% male
2) Palm OS power users
3) Happy to spend all day in front of their PC talking incessantly to the same 30 other people about a product none of them have the least interest in.

Yeah, that's real, all right. :-)


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RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one device.
pmjoe @ 6/2/2007 5:35:12 PM # Q
David, in your long quotes, you didn't manage to get one person who said they were going to develop anything for this, even talk about porting one existing app. Despite what you say about how "developers are business people" and "successful ones are more concerned about what their customers need than what they need for their personal use", you actually are far from the truth. Most mobile apps, especially those in the Palm economy but also Linux-based mobile apps, that are of any innovative interest, are developed by some lone developer who sees a personal need for something better, NOT by some "business"-person developer looking for an investment opportunity. Sure, some of the major Palm OS players may port or build from their existing apps, but the killer Foleo apps in that bunch are going to be very few and far between. If the Foleo is going to sell, those aren't the applications that will sell it.

I didn't go browse slashdot, but honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if the folks there are more interested in taking the Foleo and installing some other non-Palm variant of Linux on it.

RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one device.
pmjoe @ 6/2/2007 5:38:11 PM # Q
Also, you really got lost on my main point that "one device" does not equal a "category of devices".

RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one dev
SeldomVisitor @ 6/2/2007 7:54:53 PM # Q
> Also, you really got lost on my main point that "one device"
> does not equal a "category of devices".

Hey!

Two LifeDrives makes it a category!

RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one dev
cervezas @ 6/3/2007 12:15:21 AM # Q
You seem to be under the impression that I'm trying to debate with you. If you don't think that enthusiastic comments from a lot of Palm and Linux developers constitutes an interest in writing software for the Foleo, I'm totally fine with that. I probably won't make a decision myself until I get a chance to evaluate it first-hand, and I expect that's probably true of a lot of other developers as well. All I can tell you (and you're welcome to agree or not) is that there will be a lot of developers giving this new platform a close look as soon as they get the chance.

If you want to think that all this hoopla is for one device, I'm fine with that, too. I might think you're a little dense, but hey, aren't we all sometimes? :-)

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RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one dev
twrock @ 6/3/2007 7:32:33 AM # Q
Happy to spend all day in front of their PC talking incessantly to the same 30 other people about a product none of them have the least interest in.

LOL

And what does that imply about workplace productivity?


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RE: Where Hawkins missed the boat: ubicomp does not equal one dev
mikecane @ 6/3/2007 11:04:26 AM # Q
>>>I don't know how to break this to you, Mike, but I think you're going to be seeing a lot more of those Nokia Internet tablets in the coming year. Sprint has staked Nokia big-time on this.

Then they will follow Amp'd to Chapter 11.

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Not buyers! Not the target audience!

mikecane @ 6/2/2007 11:52:48 AM # Q
>>>It's hard to go back in time, but when we did the Pilot, there were a lot of people that thought that was a stupid idea. I mean a lot.

Yeah, well, seeing what flops the Newton (sorry, Apple cultboyz) and Casio/Tandy Zoomer were, I could see how pundits would have thought so. Both were just too damned large, to begin with.

But the pocketability of the Pilot was classic. It was an immediate "Ah! I could USE that!" Let's not forget it pioneered device syncing too. That cinched things.

RE: Not buyers! Not the target audience!
Scott R @ 6/3/2007 9:21:28 AM # Q
I'm curious about something...was Hawkins' statement accurate? Were there really a lot of people who thought that the Pilot would be a flop? Can anyone point to any early articles stating that? Other than the Windows CE fans, my recollection (perhaps incorrect) was that most everyone loved it. Granted, we haven't seen any real reviews of the FOLEO yet, so we'll have to wait for its release for that.

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RE: Not buyers! Not the target audience!
mikecane @ 6/3/2007 11:05:33 AM # Q
Hawkins most likely meant industry people. He tried to get venture money and got laughed at all over the place. It's in the book.

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Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?

mikecane @ 6/2/2007 12:08:39 PM # Q
I've read the interview. Nowhere, not once, does he even mention the Nokia Anti-Net Tabs. Does he realize they exist? Doesn't he know the history of Linux apps being created for that? Where's the flood of devs? They HASN'T been. And I'm sure Nokia's investment in those turkeys dwarfs what Palm can muster.

He said: "We are going to have about 10 or 12 people who have products when we ship." Did he really mean *people* -- like shareware devs? What immediately springs to my mind are companies that will make the Flopeo work with non-Treos. Yawn.

He says email is the big seller. I don't know about that. I see people everyday merrily thumbtyping on their Crackberries and Sidekicks (oh, just realized: a sidekick is a *companion*!). And when they're done, they can plop them in their pocket or purse. Does he really think such people will pull out a Flopeo while waiting for a subway or ferry or while on a line (for movie, disco, restaurant, et al)?

There are times when creators get so wrapped up in their creations that they're unable to see what they are creating is just absolute crap. (Conversely, sometimes they can't see their own brilliance.) He speaks of years to develop the product. Riiiight. As if Palm will be around that long.

What interests me now are the rumors of a small Apple touchscreen mini-notebook. That combined with the iPhone would just sink Palm.

Oh more thing: his skepticism about the lack of keyboard on the iPhone has apparently blinded him to the fact it will contain a better web browser than any mobile device has yet had. (At least that is the hype; let's see what reality brings!!) He's focused on one aspect while forgetting all the rest of iPhone's superiority to Treos.

RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
LiveFaith @ 6/2/2007 11:37:13 PM # Q
Those are not real good options Mike. If this Penguin actually does take flight, then you gotta put "genius" on the list too. Even tho you would probably reserve that for me.

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RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
hotpaw4 @ 6/3/2007 5:57:58 AM # Q
Some posters here are completely out of touch with market segmentation. The Foleo is targeted at a completely different customer base than the products mentioned above. Those product just don't compete with what the Foleo provides in its price range.

The Foleo is for people who want a full-sized keyboard and a letter-wide display in the most portable and easy-to use form possible. Post-it-note sized button-pads won't cut it for those potential customers. The Nokia iTab doesn't even have a keyboard. The eMate and other clamshells were before the time of widely available wifi with customers comfortable with Google Apps and their data from the internet cloud. The OLPC isn't available for retail sale, and doesn't even have a business-class keyboard anyway.

Ultra-thin PC notebooks are the closest competition; but I haven't see any recent brand name ones for under a grand; and that price difference puts the products in completely different market segments. If Apple makes an ultra-light notebook (and I'll be first in line to buy one), it's likely to have a price 2X to 4X that of the Foleo. If it's a hit, then potentially even more people, those who can't afford Apple's high prices, will be driven to the thin & light & much cheaper Foleo, as that product concept heats up.

Now if Apple were to come out with a 3 lb or less flash-booting MacBooklet for under $700, that might kill the Foleo. Doubt that that's going to happen any time soon. Apple can barely price their most stripped down (mini)PC that cheaply.


RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
twrock @ 6/3/2007 7:58:30 AM # Q
What interests me now are the rumors of a small Apple touchscreen mini-notebook.

That would probably be a very cool device.

But we both know that it would also be a very expensive device. That is generally what you get if you want to possess that Apple "coolness".


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RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
mikecane @ 6/3/2007 11:08:59 AM # Q
I still think in terms of what it can deliver, the Flopeo is shockingly overpriced and too limited. And I think that's what most of the market will think too.

And it's not as if other companies will stand still. Who knows what other products are out there waiting for launch? (In some deep dark inner sanctum of some vast corporation, one lonely engineer after seeing the Flopeo, started screaming towards the Top Floor: "You see! You see! That's what I've been working on and we can get it out asap!")

RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
cervezas @ 6/3/2007 12:02:28 PM # Q
The Pilot was pretty shockingly overpriced for what it delivered, too. The price dropped pretty steeply in the first year while the hardware and software capabilities ramped up. The first Treos were weak (monochrome screen, poor battery life, no expansion, etc.) but cost $400 with a pricey service commitment. They became much more capable and affordable in the next two revs. These things are released first for early adopters, then honed, tricked out, and priced for the masses.

For me it's going to need some additional software (minimally PIM apps) to be useful, but those may actually be ready by launch time. I'll drop my $500 on one because I'm a freak and because I want to start developing apps for it right away. But I realize that the masses will need a lot more software, better specs, and better pricing before they'll jump. It'll happen, just as it did with the Pilot and the Treo.

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RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
mikecane @ 6/3/2007 12:35:07 PM # Q
>>>and because I want to start developing apps for it right away.

Well, that's a business reason and business risk.

Look, even at the price of the original Pilot it had an IMMEDIATE "I could USE this!" factor. Maybe I'm missing that because I don't do mobile email. I can grant you that much.

Because LiveFaith is getting on my tits, I went again to YouTube to look at the vids about it there.

I will admit this much: Years ago, I would have *died* to have a machine like this. Instant on, relatively small, etc, just in order to do WRITING. I had seriously looked at the pre-PalmOS Alphasmart and the like.

But this thing, NOW, with me having more needs, seems like going back to black & white SD TV! I hate D2G; it's lost formatting on ALL documents I've created in it, so how can I ever trust it again? And why would I want something to do UNFORMATTED documents when I already have a LifeDrive that can do that (and which might even be able to now give me *formatted* text via tejpwriter, which I've loaded but not yet devoted time to trying)? I use free web-based YMail. I'm not going to spring for their for-pay POP3 -- and I'm not moving to GMail just for free POP3.

Maybe I'm just outside the target market for this. Maybe there really is a HUGE mobile email market I don't know anything about. But even so, I see people being satisfied with their Backberries and Sidekicks. If they weren't, they'd be carrying Treos. And I don't see them switching to Treos to get the Foleo (OK, satisfied I didn't call it Flopeo for once?).

RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
hotpaw4 @ 6/3/2007 1:53:02 PM # Q
I don't think the idea is to get people happy with crackberry's and current Treo's to switch. But there are people who either don't like, or don't want to admit they can barely see, those tiny keyboards and displays for any significant work while away from their desks. Their current options are to carry a PC or Mac laptop, which might be either 2x the weight or 2x the retail price, if not more, than the Foleo. The Foleo looks like it might be a cool and useful thing to carry into a coffee shop or business meeting (for non-power-user wannabe's, e.g. anti-geeks).
RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
cervezas @ 6/3/2007 3:15:07 PM # Q
mikecane wrote:
I don't see them switching to Treos to get the Foleo

You did get the part about how it will work with any Windows Mobile phone and that they'll be adding Symbian, BlackBerry, maybe iPhone support, right? With WiFi, this should work standalone like an AlphaSmart Dana on steroids, too. Though we don't know what the PC sync story is like for the Foleo. The Dana had HotSync just like a Palm PDA, but I haven't heard any mention of direct sync to the desktop PC in the first version of the Foleo.

The Dana, btw, was the only thing I ever showed my wife that she remotely considered using for her writing (aside from her desktop PC, which she uses only because she doesn't have a good non-PC option). In the end she just didn't think the screen displayed enough lines of text or had enough contrast for extended use. That's why she glommed onto the Foleo immediately: it fixed the one thing she hadn't found in a simplified PC yet: a good screen.

Some people really, really want *simple* and they just can't get it from a PC or Mac. I wonder how many there are?

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RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
palmato @ 6/3/2007 4:54:14 PM # Q
I understand the paradigm of the foolio. I just don't believe there's a market for it.

Whether Palm likes it or not, this looks like a subnotebook and it will compete for precious briefcase space against other subnotebooks (Micheal Mace is right about this). However its current features are largely insufficient for even thinking of competing.

Maybe Palm has great applications in the pipeline (but my trust in Palm is at a very low level right now), but what we saw in the demo doesn't look good. Documents to go is great on a small device because we understand the limitations of the hardware and are ready to accept a considerably lower range of features. But in a sub-notebook that doesn't play. In that kind of hardware users will expect a lot more: maybe not the whole office suite, but wordpad won't cut it.
Ease of use does not imply lack of features. The pilot succeeded because it did more than competing products, not less.

Finally. When I look at foleo's palm linux, it strangely reminds me of Dos. You know when applications worked in text mode, each one taking the full screen, with pop-down menus and keyboard shortcuts for each item. And I wonder: is Palm going to reinvent TSR (*)?

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RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
SeldomVisitor @ 6/3/2007 6:15:24 PM # Q
> ...You did get the part about how it will work with any
> Windows Mobile phone and that they'll be adding Symbian,
> BlackBerry, maybe iPhone support, right?...

Giggle.

Only a small matter of programming!

Of course, it DOESN'T work with ANY device right now, right?

Or do you call email-only WORKING?

[or did someone somewhere suggest special HARDWARE was a requirement for this thing to work?]

RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
LiveFaith @ 6/3/2007 6:34:44 PM # Q
**Some people really, really want *simple* and they just can't get it from a PC or Mac. I wonder how many there are?**

Ladies and gents. There is the story in a nutshell! I am one who is sick and tired of these idiotic and archaic laptop platforms. Because folks have not a had a reasonable option for "simple", they have just been lulled to the slumber of acceptance for the past 25 years.

Hawkins has probably bit off more than he can chew, but this could truly be revolutionary in time if it can get a little early traction. Once word gets out about "simple" it will take off like Michael Jackson to a playground. It really could happen.

Pat Horne

RE: Question: Is Hawkins Insane, Deluded, or Just Out of Touch?
mikecane @ 6/4/2007 8:59:03 AM # Q
>>>And I wonder: is Palm going to reinvent TSR (*)?

Oy. Sidekick is now hardware instead of a popup! (Old fogey's joke, kids.)

Michael Jackson to a playground -- not an image I wanted to have put in my head early in the morning...

Yeah, yeah, I saw my eejit switch to Treo line only AFTER hitting Save...

And, yeah, that's something I was blind to: people saying fek the email, just gimme the Flopeo for other stuff. But ... D2G?!!? God help your missus!

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So, will we move from a Palm Economy to an iPhone Economy?

mikecane @ 6/2/2007 12:19:40 PM # Q
Well, look at all the barnacles that have sprung up for the iPhone! I'm just shocked at the amount of stuff for it. It just stuns me when I compare that to what was once available for Palm PDAs.

The next economy to spring up will be based around the iPhone. Just imagine what's available for iPod today -- and then consider: the iPhone is also an iPod.

RE: So, will we move from a Palm Economy to an iPhone Economy?
mikecane @ 6/2/2007 12:20:38 PM # Q
Dammit. Should have read it better before posting. First sentence reads:

>>>Well, look at all the barnacles that have sprung up for the iPhone!

SHOULD have been:

Well, look at all the barnacles that have sprung up for the iPod!

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One Question for Hawkins and Palm

mikecane @ 6/2/2007 12:24:26 PM # Q
Are you guys REALLY satisfied with the level of reliability and stability of your flagship product, the Treo?

All I read from owners are nothing but complaints.

It seems to me you should have made buying a *Treo* a must-have experience first.

Knock wood, thus far my LifeDrive (LifeFlash) has been acting well (despite some still-annoying delays while things are saved to non-volatile memory), but I've yet to load it with a bunch of apps.

Really, given what I've read, I wouldn't take a Treo from Palm for FREE!

RE: One Question for Hawkins and Palm
rpa @ 6/2/2007 2:10:52 PM # Q
Same here.....heard many complaints about Treos from most users and mild praise from some. That's why I am still using an 'E' with a cheap flip phone. Don't see a compelling reason to switch.

rpa
RE: One Question for Hawkins and Palm
LiveFaith @ 6/2/2007 11:42:52 PM # Q
Mike,
Get in the 21st century. Trade in your subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club and your Psychic Network subscription and spring for an unlimited data plan on a Treo. My 680 is actually a pretty nice device. I put tons of use on it day in and day out. Yeah the BT implementation is a K-Mart reject and I get a reset once in a while. Other than that I am very happy with it. I wish it were an updated T3 with GSM etc, but I'll take it. My trusty T3 has thus been relegated to GPS slave duty.

C'mon man. Trade up that S320 & LagDrive will ya.

Pat Horne

RE: One Question for Hawkins and Palm
mikecane @ 6/3/2007 11:11:01 AM # Q
LF: NFW. Me look at the web on a Treo, in a Small Square Screen, using Blazer?!

Are you fekkin INSANE?!

I just tried Blazer on my LifeDrive yesterday at Bryant Park. Mother of Pearl, it made the Nokia Anti-Internet Tab look like a genius!

THAT is WiFi as delivered by Palm? And it's not meant as a joke?!!?

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THIS is what the Foleo should have been!

VampireLestat @ 6/3/2007 1:04:35 AM # Q
THIS is the real future of mobile computing.

http://laptopmag.com/News/Portable-AV/Cowon-Q5-is-One-Connected-PMP.htm?page=2&image=2

Go take a look at it Palm, and remember it when your dumb Foleo is discontinued within a year and you realized you were totally wrong.

That device with Palm OS over Linux, with Palm's userbase and branding could have marked a new era in serious power mobile computing. A device that is pocketable and that utilized 95% of the total surface area; the buttons being on the side.

For serious Excel, email and Web work, you would plug in an unfolding portable keyb.

RE: THIS is what the Foleo should have been!
VampireLestat @ 6/3/2007 1:07:44 AM # Q
or this...

http://www.laptopmag.com/News/Portable-AV/Cowon-Delivers-D2.htm?page=2


Add an OS to these and you have a killer device.

RE: THIS is what the Foleo should have been!
VampireLestat @ 6/3/2007 1:10:25 AM # Q
oh and look, it even stands up so you can watch movies properly anywhere.

http://www.laptopmag.com/News/Portable-AV/Cowon-Delivers-D2.htm?page=2&image=1


But Noooooooooooooooooooo... way too difficult for Palm. People want the FOLEO!!!! Yayyyyyyyyyyy!!


arrgh

RE: THIS is what the Foleo should have been!
TreoAnon @ 6/3/2007 2:04:04 PM # Q
You guys just don't get it!

With multiple XP-based systems in my household, I spend far too much time being SysAdmin. Most people simply don't have the technical capability to own an XP (or Vista)-based computer. That's why there are hundreds of thousands of PC's acting as spam Zombies and weighed down with various kinds of malware.

As I've said on previous posts, if Foleo can get to the point where most people can do all they have actually need to do, then for them it will be a superior solution. Excluding the people posting to this list, of course.

Corporations wil also be interested in having a portable device that doesn't port around critical datafiles, and also avoids the ongoing IT headaches of devices running various MS OS.

RE: THIS is what the Foleo should have been!
braj @ 6/3/2007 2:20:38 PM # Q
If you can't get multi-media kids games, record TV boadcasts and watch porn on the damn thing I guarantee it won't be a hit with the general public. They will happily get viruses atc before they give them up for literally nothing. A web browser and email client, and a sad sad Office replacement for $500? Come on.

RE: THIS is what the Foleo should have been!
mikecane @ 6/3/2007 3:34:54 PM # Q
>>>That's why there are hundreds of thousands of PC's acting as spam Zombies and weighed down with various kinds of malware.

Yeah, and my damned desktop became one of them for I don't know how long before I caught on!! Now I'm running avast! anti-virus constantly and 1GHz plus is suddenly like a tired mule!

But the commenter after you is correct: the functionality of Foleo 1.0 is too limited. And Mace is ultrahyperbolic claiming it is Mac 1.0 all over again. Mac 1.0 could do a hell of a lot more than Foleo 1.0! And Mac was actually innovative. All Foleo has for innovation is trading on Palm's sync innovation.

RE: THIS is what the Foleo should have been!
hotpaw4 @ 6/3/2007 6:02:40 PM # Q
MacOS 1.0 had a lot less capability than PalmOS 3.1; I've written programs for both. MacOS 1.0 was actually hard to develop for unless you had a Lisa, or wanted to develop in Forth or MSBasic.

The comparison is more with MacOSX 1.0. This was essentially a more polished GUI on top of BSD Unix (on top of a microkernel), with some token backwards compatibility. Jobs would probably fire any OSX GUI designer who tried to display something inelegant or unfriendly looking, thus making iMacs, iBook, MacBooks, etc. usable by non-geeky students and graphic artists, and profitable even at Apples higher price points because of this. You can still develop and run nerdy unix X11 code on the Mac, but almost no-one does because it's so ugly in comparison to native OS X apps. MS tries to copy the OS, but ends up with something so bloated that it almost requires a multi-GHz dual-core to run notepad!

Perhaps what Hawkins has in mind is to try the same OS concept, but with a light-weight linux kernel instead of BSD-Mach underneath... put a fresh new GUI on top with non-geek usability and good aesthetics in mind. By starting out fresh, they might be able to stay lighter-weight than OSX on PPC or Intel, which will give them a sustained advantage in battery life, weight and/or price over the currently shipping Mac architectures. (But, hey, it's linux, so nerds can try to overstuff memory and rapidly drain their batteries with stuff like OpenOffice if they really want...)

Apples ace card is that they've already developed a real-time light-weight version of MacOSX (maybe also on ARM) for the iPhone, which they could take into the same product space (fashionable and affordable ultra-light notebooks) as the Foleo if Jobs so desired. And they've got very competent GUI designers and a lot bigger R&D budget than Palm. Card delt. Fold, call or raise.


RE: THIS is what the Foleo should have been!
DarthRepublican @ 6/4/2007 3:31:36 AM # Q
Actually that Cowon machine is what the *LifeDrive* should have been. The Foleo is actually starting to grow on me a bit. It still needs decent multimedia -- about the only time my HP laptop crashes these days is when it overheats while playing video. I keep harping on the idea of streaming video off an iPod onto a Foleo. If it could do that, I think that it would be a perfect laptop replacement.

RE: THIS is what the Foleo should have been!
rsc1000 @ 6/4/2007 11:12:44 PM # Q
>>Mac 1.0 could do a hell of a lot more than Foleo 1.0!

Ummm - no it couldn't. In fact - Mac 1.0 could not do 1 single thing better (OK - it's heavier - thus, a better door stop). You are forgetting your history there. Mac 1.0 ran on a monochrome computer with 64 or 128 KB (that is 1000 or 2000 x less memory depending on the option chosen!), at 8 mhz. It didn't have video (that was what - 6-to-8 years later??), it didn't have internet, it didn't have email applications, it didnt have a browser (and it was incapable of being able to have a nmodern browser - hell, most web pages today take up nore than 128 KB!!), and it couldn't in a million years edit a modern office doument.

A more apt comparison was mentioned above: Palm OS 3.1. Except that I believe ALL Palm OS 3.1 devices had faster processers and more memory (oh - and they added color in there for the IIIc too i think...).

Mac 8.0 is about equal.


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Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds

mikecane @ 6/3/2007 3:19:45 PM # Q
No, I'm not kidding. Blame LiveFaith for getting on my tits for this.

http://tinyurl.com/2nznq6

RE: Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
palmato @ 6/3/2007 5:07:11 PM # Q
This is a quite widespread belief around here.

I just hope to be proven wrong. But if that's the case, next year I'm going the iphone way.


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RE: Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
LiveFaith @ 6/4/2007 1:15:30 AM # Q
I have attained now and should just retire knowing that once the master blogger was inspired here.

Seriously tho, Palm may not produce any more PDAs. That includes smartfones, mobile managers, or companions too. With all the apparent energy and resources of this announcement, I can't imagine what would be left in the tank if this vision fails. PDAs are dead by there own admission. Nokia, SE, HTC, Moto, and now patrol the smartfone reef, just daring Palm to come out for a swim. That leaves only one course for future survival.

Will it be Foleo or FOLDeo?

Pat Horne

RE: Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
mikecane @ 6/4/2007 7:44:28 AM # Q
Now I am beginning to hope that Palm *is* acquired. I think another company would produce PDAs. It could well be just one a year, but that'd be better than Palm's apparent threatened ZERO per year.

RE: Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
SeldomVisitor @ 6/4/2007 9:06:16 AM # Q
> Now I am beginning to hope that Palm *is* acquired...

You got 1/4th of your wish.

Plus a major reorg in the BoD.

Guess someone else thought Hawkins and Colligan were totally out of touch and put their money where's their thoughts were.

RE: Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
mikecane @ 6/4/2007 9:12:20 AM # Q
Oh, geez, I didn't see that news. Going to read...

Whoa. Bye, bye, Benhamou. Go off and rot now, please!

Selling the farm - big changes a-comin'!
SeldomVisitor @ 6/4/2007 9:41:02 AM # Q
The new buyers bought real cheap so can afford a dramatic decrease in stock price as they follow through with whatever OTHER yet-unannounced changes they want to make (and have sufficient power to get instantiated).

I think PALM, assuming approval of this sale, is in for a REAL make-over (and a significantly lower stock price as that makeover is put in place).

Handhelds, anyone?

RE: Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
hkklife @ 6/4/2007 9:58:30 AM # Q
SV, would that be handhelds COMING or GOING?

I think the this means, most significantly in the short term, that the Foleo will DEFINITELY be iPhone-enabled.

In the long-term, the Treo line will morph into something more like a a PDA (or is that a PDAPHONE ala iPhone?) and I could even see the PDA line reshuffled into more of a lower-end PMP type device.

Either way this strikes me as very welcome news. If nothing else it'll do something about the glacial pace of Palm product development.

I think that companies are finally beginning to realize what an albatross around their necks the carriers are. Palm was sniffing and fumbling at that realization with the Foleo but to gain maximum efficiency it still requires a carrier-sponsored/sanctioned device (Treo etc).

Going forward, I'd look for big things to emerge from the "new Palm" coming forward that are devoid of ANY carrier locks/subsidies/customizations, a serious push for the MyPalm portal & related online services, and a big leap of faith type relase (a WiMax product perhaps?) in LESS time than the current staggering two years of gestation it currently takes for Palm to release underspec'd, still buggy products.

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

RE: Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
SeldomVisitor @ 6/4/2007 10:03:01 AM # Q
From the "PALM enthusiast" POV I think this can only be a plus if a rethink is made on PALM's entire product line. "PALM enthusiast" may be a shifting target since I personally believe PalmOS is dead dead dead.

From a PALM shareholder POV, however, I believe it's an intermediate negative since the new 1/4 owners can take a significant stock price hit as they follow through on their yet-unannounced reoganization ideas. Longer term it has the same chance of being a plus as above.

Shortterm, of course, it's a plus if folks bought last week or earlier and sell now.


RE: Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
hkklife @ 6/4/2007 10:42:53 AM # Q
SV:

For what it's worth, I think Pa,m OS is about %99 DEAD DEAD DEAD (low-end PDAs and smartphone aside) too but the hallmarks of the Palm OS experience--the ease of use, the UI, the one-handed navigation, the option of using a KB or stylus or d-pad, and of course, depiste it diminishing every day and with each hardware permutation, the "thousands and thousands of available apps".

If those elements and the "friendly" Palm UI/launcher/core PIM apps were grafted onto another OS (Linux in this case) and put into a POCKETABLE, WIRELESS DATA-CENTRIC DEVICVE WITH STORNG MEDIA CAPABILITIES (I cannot stress this enough) I'd not miss a beat.

If I have to throw out my 4 dozen+ registered Palm OS apps & games & utilities (hopefully fewer depending on the prowess of the Garnet VM), at least let it be going to a new OS where the learning curve won't be as steep. Remember, 10+ years with the essentially unchanged Palm OS makes me (and many others here) constitute the same group of users who immediately flip whatever Microsoft's latest OS is back to the classic Win 9x "Start menu" theme.

That's what I think this ex-Apple crew can bring to the table in faster fashion than Palm ha traditionally done: A new foundation (Linux) for a wide variety (formfactors) of old house (the classic Palm UI & PIMs)).

Funny how Palm went from once being staffed by ex-staff crew from the "bad old days" of Apple to ex-staff from the "2nd golden age" of Apple being hailed as the saviors of the company.



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

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The End, She is Dead

PenguinPowered @ 6/4/2007 1:12:04 AM # Q
Sorry guys, but there's no market for this device. The specs are wrong, the price is wrong, the battery life is wrong, the weight is wrong, and the limitations are wrong.

Not only that, but if Foleo's all there is to the 'secret third business', then Palm's out of options.

Expect one of Nokia, HTC, or Moto to finally displace the Treo, and for the slow decline of Palm to continue.


May You Live in Interesting Times

RE: The End, She is Dead
Gekko @ 6/5/2007 12:56:13 PM # Q

>there's no market for this device. The specs are wrong, the price is wrong, the battery life is wrong, the weight is wrong, and the limitations are wrong.


this sums it up very nicely.


RE: The End, She is Dead
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 6/6/2007 3:48:28 AM # Q
Sorry guys, but there's no market for this device. The specs are wrong, the price is wrong, the battery life is wrong, the weight is wrong, and the limitations are wrong.

Not only that, but if Foleo's all there is to the 'secret third business', then Palm's out of options.

Expect one of Nokia, HTC, or Moto to finally displace the Treo, and for the slow decline of Palm to continue.



The amazing thing is that Hawkins was able to announce this pile of FOOLeo Feces with a straight face. It's hard not to feel embarassed for the guy. Then again, he's already sold off a large chunk of his Palm stock, so what does he care?

TVoR

RE: The End, She is Dead
SeldomVisitor @ 6/6/2007 8:01:07 AM # Q
Hey, Hawkins has been pushing 30-year-old dead AI thoughts with a straight face for years now.

What's amazing about ANYTHING he does?

RE: The End, She is Dead
twrock @ 6/6/2007 8:59:32 AM # Q
Yep, Hawkins is a waste. He's never done anything worthwhile. He'll never amount to anything.

I'll bet most of the people who post on this site have already accomplished so much more than Hawkins ever will even if he lives to be a hundred.


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RE: The End, She is Dead
SeldomVisitor @ 6/6/2007 9:12:02 AM # Q
The REAL question is - why are you SUCH a forgiving Fanboy after ALL his very blatant failures?

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RE: The End, She is Dead
twrock @ 6/6/2007 9:36:20 AM # Q
SV, do you even think about what you post here before you click the "post comment" button?


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Want an alternative? Try this: http://www.ubuntu.com/ or http://www.mepis.org/
RE: The End, She is Dead
mikecane @ 6/6/2007 9:42:33 AM # Q
>>>Yep, Hawkins is a waste. He's never done anything worthwhile. He'll never amount to anything.

>>>I'll bet most of the people who post on this site have already accomplished so much more than Hawkins ever will even if he lives to be a hundred.

The guy is an utter worthless failure. He just gave the world the first mass-market unistroke handwriting system and a pocketable computer. Big deal!

Why, most of the people here have done more than that!

ROTFLMAO.

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iPhone Suckers

T_W @ 6/4/2007 1:21:42 AM # Q
Think about the poor schmucks who are going to get stuck with an un-compelling product like this:

http://www.apple.com/iphone/ads/

While all the smart people get Foleos.

RE: iPhone Suckers
LiveFaith @ 6/4/2007 1:46:26 AM # Q
Oh please. That dog doesn't even have the rock solid Docs2Go.

Pat Horne
RE: iPhone Suckers
VampireLestat @ 6/4/2007 2:34:00 AM # Q
T w,

Oh mu God... I just looked at those iPhone ads.

It is exactly my vision of what mobile computing should be.
Look at how fast that touchscreen seems to be.
Look at the smooth flying 3D graphics, amazing web surfing (zoom, scroling at blazing speed).

Holy crap... :(

As much as I hate Palm, I also have a special place in my life for them because I been using their products for a decade. So I am very very scared for them now. Not only can Apple leverage they massive branding clout but the device seems brilliant.

:-(
< eyes staring blankly>

RE: iPhone Suckers
rmhurdman @ 6/4/2007 8:32:52 AM # Q
I'm just surprised Jeff Hawkins didn't understand. He said (paraphrasing): The future of mobile computing is a high-speed internet connection in everyone's pocket with tonnes of storage and multimedia capabilities. If you follow that line of reasoning, what do you come up with? (Then he added some lame comments to the effect of "I'm not going to tell you because it's such a big secret).

Steve Jobs presented a "revolutionary" phone, ipod and internet communicator in one. Look at it. It has a high-speed (sort of) internet connection, switching seamlessly (apparently) between EDGE and WiFi. It has a large-ish HVGA display with an on-screen keyboard and it has the great performance of an iPod video (now widescreen). This is exactly the answer to Jeff Hawkins' question... and it just works.

Add to that Hawkins question about the two problems with today's smartphones (which Jobs referred to explicitly): too small screen and keyboard. The iPhone has a 320x480 160 dpi screen, while still being pocketable. And if the multi-touch on-screen keyboard works in landscape, that would be pretty useful for typing (though not for extended periods, probably just for SMS, email, etc.). And I'm sure that a multi-touch screen will respond to finger input way better than Palm's digitizer, which wasn't made for fat fingers.

This is why I expect the iPhone to sell well. Who knows about the Foleo. I also hope that the iPhone will be released in a no-phone version (next-gen iPod) for those of us who don't want a cell phone. However, I'm sure the only way they can hit the $499 price point is by having carriers subsidize it. The Foleo doesn't have this drawback, since it costs $499 now and it doesn't have a built in phone.

RE: iPhone Suckers
rsc1000 @ 6/4/2007 11:31:10 PM # Q
>>Steve Jobs presented a "revolutionary" phone, ipod and internet communicator in

You have really swallowed the cool-aid here haven't you? What in gods name is revolutiuonary about the iPhone? It is a slick interface to-be-sure. But that does not make it revolutionary. What is revolutionary is the work done by about 5000 companies that collectively have already done every single thing that the iPhone is capable of. I think Apple products are great - they are well designed, slick, and easy to use. But i have a hard time thinking of anything that they have - you know - invented. revolutionary??? The internet is revolutionary. Email is revolutionary. The web is revolutionary. The mouse and windows type interface (not invented by Apple btw) is revolutionary. The computer itself is revolutionary. The wheel is revolutionary. etc.

God - this term is so over-used. Apple is no research and development shop - they don't create core ideas. Thats fine and i respect what they do (they do it VERY well). But don't go saying something like that! sheesh. you are diminishing the weight the of the word itself!

RE: iPhone Suckers
madmaxmedia @ 6/5/2007 12:39:57 PM # Q
The interface IS revolutionary (or at least has the potential to be.)

Anyone can create a craptastic smartphone with games and multimedia and stuff, stuffed into a dumb interface, with buttons and trackballs and side buttons, etc. And stick a Windows 'Start' button on it too!

Was the original GUI revolutionary?

It's not about FEATURES, its about how 95% of the users access and use those features. The iPhone is chock-full of eye-candy, but none of it is superfluous, its all designed to help the user navigate and use the phone. Without pulling out a stylus, or having to cramp the screen to fit in a keyboard.

It's not the end-all be-all for all markets (no document editing yet, and onscreen keyboard probably won't be for Crackberry addicts), but conceptually Apple knocked it out of the park with this one.


RE: iPhone Suckers
Gekko @ 6/5/2007 12:52:33 PM # Q

hawkins and colligan et al should be ashamed and embarrased. contrast the current treo and the flopeo to this -

http://youtube.com/watch?v=YgW7or1TuFk

it's obvious that the boys at palm have just been sitting on the ball for a long time collecting their paychecks and cashing in stock options for sleeping under their desks.

don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining and don't show me a flopeo and tell me it's revolutionary. don't insult my intelligence.

"Death can come swiftly to a market leader. By the time you have lost the positive-feedback cycle it's often too late to change what you've been doing, and all of the elements of a negative spiral come into play." - Bill Gates



RE: iPhone Suckers
mikecane @ 6/5/2007 4:35:36 PM # Q
Uh, the other thing about the iPhone that makes it kick all its competitor's asses: OS X. Hello, widgets for Mac will run on iPhone (watch WWDC). Now tell me what from Vista can run on WinMob? What from Treo can run on Flopeo (aside from the Flopeo built-in stuff)?

And you don't know it yet, but here's the cincher for iPhone: Google Gears.

Nokia: Dead Man Walking.

Palm: Been Dead. Let's see if EP can revive it.

RE: iPhone Suckers
Gekko @ 6/5/2007 5:09:04 PM # Q

hawkins and colligan must take us for fools and suckers. frankly, i'm insulted.



RE: iPhone Suckers
mikecane @ 6/6/2007 9:44:10 AM # Q
So, Gek, you gonna be all like on line on 6/29 for that iPhone?

You know you want one.

Apparently, Palm *wants* you to have one too!

Otherwise they'd have made the Treo so damned good...

RE: iPhone Suckers
InsGuy @ 6/6/2007 10:39:01 AM # Q
"Uh, the other thing about the iPhone that makes it kick all its competitor's asses: OS X. Hello, widgets for Mac will run on iPhone (watch WWDC). Now tell me what from Vista can run on WinMob? What from Treo can run on Flopeo (aside from the Flopeo built-in stuff)?"

Exactly. That's why I'll probably replace my old phone and pda with the iPhone, as I've been using Mac for a while, and am looking forward to changing. From what I've read about the iPhone and seen on the different ads, this pda/phone/smartphone, whatever, IS what I'm looking for.

All good things...

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Good one.

VampireLestat @ 6/4/2007 1:34:12 AM # Q
Whoever came up with expression: 'The new Palm Flopeo craptop'
rotfl good one. I had a good laugh over that.

Penguin,
Of course this new device will fail. It serve no role other than to create redundancy.
Laptops are getting smaller and run XP/Vista with thousands and thousands of incredibly productive, flexible established programs. I mean, this is just plain dumb.

You know what is truly sad though?
1 PDA... 1 stupid Fn little itsy tiny bity PDA. That is all it takes to make a dramatic and positive shift in public opinion. People want to see a Treo line and a powerful larger screen PDA-centric device that just so happens to have a secondary role as a phone; and another plain PIM-centric very low cost PDA that plays MP3s as well.

Thats all it takes. How hard is it?
There is an avalanche of PDA-like devices by numerous other companies. The problem is they are solely movie/music centric. Palm has an INCREDIBLE advantage over all those manufacturer, it owns Palm OS. All they need to do is copy a device and slap on Palm OS on an OLED screen and Palm is back in world spotlight as THE mobile computing experts.

Why is that so hard for them to understand? WHY?!
Palm OS is such a fun OS and they are going to let it die a horrible death for no good reason. Retards. I hate incompetence!

The Palm TX design is fantastic. The TX2 should see the buttons moved to the side and utilize 95% of of the entire front surface so as to bring the best possible viewing experience for a pocketable device.

RE: Good one.
LiveFaith @ 6/4/2007 1:52:46 AM # Q
Nice points vampy. Especially this one ... **The TX2 should see the buttons moved to the side and utilize 95% of of the entire front surface so as to bring the best possible viewing experience for a pocketable device.**

I gave up on the obvious so long ago with Palm, that I don't even think I need it anymore. Don't mean to resurrect a beaten up dead horse, but just look at the iPhone vs anything by Palm. (actually I'll reserve final judgement until the reviews come in)

Still sad how they have squandered so many years now tho. Pathetic actually.

Pat Horne

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Indirect proof Colligan and Hawkins don't know what to do.

VampireLestat @ 6/4/2007 2:13:04 AM # Q
At PalmAddicts, Hawkins gave them an interview many weeks ago. Hawkins mentions that he agrees with the interviewer that the M515 was a great design and he said he wants to get back to that concept.

In the past Colligan was bragging the TX. And how he found it incredibly cool that you could get the smallest cell phone and BT bridge it with the TX. They never truely worked hard on that idea.

Then because Treos start selling well worldwide Colligan immediately jumps to the conclusion that PDAs are dead. It never crossed his mind that perhaps different kinds of market segments exist. Some people like to have their tiny cell separate and don't want their PDA to be a slave a specific carrier. Not even Palm likes that!

Then you have the Lifedrive, they were all excited over that. It sold reasonable well despite having a catastrophic flaw, HD lag. Easily fixable but they gave up and again concluded it was not the device but rather the industry collapsing.

Palm once had big plans to release constant new devices among the Zire, Tungsten, LifeDrive and Treo lines. They gave up right away on that.

Then remember how Palm had big OS constant release update plans. gave up on that.

They gradually downgraded the Tungsten T3 to a T5 without mic, vib alarm , leds, etc then stripped it more to the TX by stripping out the drive mode, files software, and dropped the mhz. And even then, like battered wives, we kept on buying TXs. Palm admits they are DOING NOTHING to help the TX (in fact they trash and bash their pda market consumers) and they are still making a profit.

You can see Palm is desperate and searching for answers. They probably didnt have the heart to tell Hawkins he was way of course with an idea that is 5 years old.

Now Palm is on a rant that they plan to standardize their Treo production by reducing parts and keeping the core Treo design. The Treo novelty factor will wear off sooner than later. The iPhone is going to invade the Treo market despite Palms false impression that making deals with carriers is tough. Apple carries huge weight and carriers will be begging to sell iPhones. Watch.

Whatever the history, Palm has to pull things together before the 1 trick Treo pony loses steam. The key is DIVERSIFY YOUR MOBILE COMPUTING PORTFOLIO. Get a few lines going and talk them up. Ultra low cost PIM line w/mp3. Mid range TX2 line. Ultra performance handheld line that bridges and merges with Treos in that if you snap on the Treo to it, it shares battery power (cross charging), acts a dual screen, increases cpu cycles, improves audio loudness, etc.
The message to consumers has to be clear: We are Palm, we have a history, you can trust us (lol I have laugh at the one, but ok newbies wont know Palm), and THE KEY ADVANTAGE TO BUY A PALM IS THAT YOU GET AN MP3/VIDEO PLAYER, GAMES, PIM, CELLULAR AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PROGRAMS!!! <-------- No one in the industry can claim that except for PPC. Ipods cant run programs like a Palm. Video players neither. That is what Palm needs to leverage: DIVERSITY IN MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICES AND MULTITUDE OF PROGRAMS.

And now the Foleo, well ... I don't know what to say, ... its just plain dumb guys. sigh

RE: Indirect proof Colligan and Hawkins don't know what to do.
VampireLestat @ 6/4/2007 2:22:54 AM # Q
Then once you have your multiple devices out there, YOU STAND BY THEM, YOU STICK WITH THEM, you offer upgrades. You hang in there and you keep pushing forward. (except for the Foleo which has no place at all, I mean at all) in this day and age mobile computing market.

That is what builds a base of loyal consumers who buy upgrades, side products, accessories, who plan not to upgrade devices but then cant resist buying a new device once it comes out. That's what Palm once was, that is what Palm needs to be.

Not some boring company with a 1 Treo for the next 20 years. jeez
The Treo is fine for those who need convergence and lots of compromises. But don't give up on the other kinds of devices.

RE: Indirect proof Colligan and Hawkins don't know what to do.
VampireLestat @ 6/4/2007 2:40:47 AM # Q
After watching the breathtaking iPhone ads at http://www.apple.com/iphone/ads/

I now understand why Palm wants to push the Foleo so badly. :-(
That iPhone is going to massacre Palm to the point of possible bankruptcy. They are perhaps hoping to sell Foleos to iPhone users to complete their mobile experience.

Oh my God... that is going to be a catastrophic move.
Is it too late to stop Palm, can someone stop them, ring an emergency alarm for the sake of shareholders, Palm employees and all of us consumers? Fire Colligan and Hawkins if need be if it is necessary to save the company.

RE: Indirect proof Colligan and Hawkins don't know what to do.
SeldomVisitor @ 6/4/2007 7:32:54 AM # Q
They sold the farm.

RE: Indirect proof Colligan and Hawkins don't know what to do.
Dr Opinion @ 6/4/2007 10:52:07 AM # Q
Dude, you FUDsters have been whining like this since like '98.

Oh! MS WinCE will kill palm!
Oh! No color will kill palm!
Oh! No ARM will kill palm!
Oh! No multitasking will kill palm!
Oh! No Cobalt will kill palm!
Oh! PalmSource will kill palm!
Oh! LD will will palm!
Oh! The lack of [bizarre niche PDA] will kill palm!
Oh! [blah, blah, blah] will kill palm!

Guess what: Palm is still here, buddy...

And doing rather well. :)

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RE: Indirect proof Colligan and Hawkins don't know what to do.
LiveFaith @ 6/4/2007 11:08:02 AM # Q
Dr. O does have a point guys. Why all the fear, when Folio is ready to take down all the big boys. :-)

Pat Horne
RE: Indirect proof Colligan and Hawkins don't know what to do.
mikecane @ 6/4/2007 11:08:19 AM # Q
>>>And doing rather well. :)

Which is why they'd been looking for buyouts and had to settle for selling 25% of themselves.

Right...

RE: Indirect proof Colligan and Hawkins don't know what to do.
freakout @ 6/5/2007 2:34:36 AM # Q
Eh, a company doesn't have to be doing badly to sell itself off. Indeed, the argument could be made that only a company that's doing well would be able to sell itself off. Who wants to buy a dud?

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: Indirect proof Colligan and Hawkins don't know what to do.
SeldomVisitor @ 6/5/2007 7:58:53 AM # Q
> ...Who wants to buy a dud?

The PALM-pessimist in me requires the trite answer - No one!

As in the only offer that PALM considered good enough to accept was for some startup to buy 25% of the company, use up half PALM's cash, and throw the company $400 million into debt!

That is to say, PALM gets...uh...uh...ya know what? I don't know WHAT PALM =gets= out of this other than another day older and deeper in debt!

[well, there IS that BoD set of changes, but =PALM= paying $600 million for that seems a bit much, eh?]


RE: Indirect proof Colligan and Hawkins don't know what to do.
AdamaDBrown @ 6/5/2007 2:12:43 PM # Q
Doc Op! Still hanging around waiting for Microsoft to announce the end of Windows Mobile and the porting of XP to ARM processors? :D

Guess what: Palm is still here, buddy...

But what you fail to mention is that since '98, their market share has gone from 90% to 6%. Also the facts that:

1) Palm adopted three of the seven specific things you list (Windows, color, and ARM), despite folks like you saying that no one could possibly need them.

2) Palm has lost marketshare based on the lack of two of the other things, a new OS and multitasking. Further, Palm is working on another new OS, so clearly even by their mark it's neccessary.

3) The last two specific points listed, PalmSource and the LifeDrive, both bombed so badly that they no longer exist in any substantive way.

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2 years to develop a new device.

VampireLestat @ 6/4/2007 3:55:00 AM # Q
If what Hawkins said is true about no work being done in the handheld line.
And considering the known fact that it takes Palm 2 years to being a new product to market. Logic dictates that even if Palm woke up right away and started work on a new design, in 2 years it would be too late. The iPhone will be everywhere by then.

Think about it...

Massive popularity of iPod + massive popularity of cellphones + new DRM free AAC + iTunes movie downloads + Apple appeal =

iPhone takeover.

At this point, Palm's only hope is to quickly (and with panic-like speed) make multiple lines of products, hold on to a core group of customers, fight to stay in the black, buy time to make a major comeback.

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So WHY did Palm buy the OS?

mikecane @ 6/4/2007 9:05:42 AM # Q
I don't know... I keep thinking about that. Why buy the damned OS? Just In Case? Now that I'm using a LifeDrive, I'm beginning to REALLY see what absolute crap OS 5 is. I can just "feel" its seams as I use the LD.

What if Palm were to ditch OS 5 for PDAs? What if they were to revert to OS 4 yet add to that some of the best 5 features: larger Memos, multimedia, etc? And keep Hacks?

Using the OS 4 CLIE S320 pleased me, except for the lack of multimedia, large Memos, and 320x480 screen.

RE: So WHY did Palm buy the OS?
Dr Opinion @ 6/4/2007 10:41:03 AM # Q
(1) Duh: "PDAs" are obsolete. Cellular modules are so cheap now that any device intended to be a "PDA" now includes cellular.

(2) Duh: 4.0 doesn't support ARM.

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"People who like M$ products tend to be insecure crowd-following newbies lacking in experience and imagination."

RE: So WHY did Palm buy the OS?
hkklife @ 6/4/2007 10:48:50 AM # Q
Mike;

That's the worst suggestion I've heard all year! As much as FrankenGarnet is a lameduck OS, it's stll waddling along. OS4 doesn't support ARM, is far less secure than OS5, cannot handle 1gb+ file volumes (AFAIK), no native wi-fi support, has an impossibly outdated BT stack (from the old Palm BT card), doesn't have 320x480 screens etc etc etc.

And remember, the most "advanced" OS4 device ever from Palm, the Tungsten W, had its high-resolution and 5-way navigator APIs lifted from the OS5 T|T.

SV:

If cellular radio modules are now so cheap, why doensn't Palm offer a "traditional" large screened, TX-style PDA with an integrated cellular radio? And could Palm bring something like the Z22 (tiny size, color screen, 32mb NVFS, rechargable li-ion battery) to market with a cellular radio integrated into it? I doubt it.


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RE: So WHY did Palm buy the OS?
SeldomVisitor @ 6/4/2007 10:51:57 AM # Q
Here come (back) de handhelds!

RE: So WHY did Palm buy the OS?
Dr Opinion @ 6/4/2007 10:57:43 AM # Q
Palm bought the OS so they can legally include a Palm OS VM in their linux OS.

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"People who like M$ products tend to be insecure crowd-following newbies lacking in experience and imagination."
RE: So WHY did Palm buy the OS?
mikecane @ 6/4/2007 11:06:38 AM # Q
Yeah, yeah, I forgot about the ARM. Cut me some slack for posting that stuff too early. Not enough caffeine...

The VM argument is probably the best reason.

RE: So WHY did Palm buy the OS?
LiveFaith @ 6/4/2007 11:12:06 AM # Q
**What if Palm were to ditch OS 5 for PDAs? What if they were to revert to OS 4 yet add to that some of the best 5 features: larger Memos, multimedia, etc? And keep Hacks?**

Gosh, Foleo (& Treo reflux) has driven us to the point of sheer desperation.

Pat Horne

RE: So WHY did Palm buy the OS?
mikecane @ 6/5/2007 4:38:03 PM # Q
Nah, I'm just annoyed by the delays even on a LifeFlash LifeDrive. Are there 1-2 second delays switching between, say, Memos on a TX?!!?

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Strange reading

sgiga @ 6/4/2007 1:09:51 PM # Q
- -indeed. I have browsed through all the comments here, and it is strange how out of synch most people here are.

iPhone will be a flop, or very close. Why? because SE and Nokia is better in all respect and cost less. People want music, SMS/MMS, camera and ordinary phone. The iPhone cannot deliver SMS/MMS without a real numpad, meaning it is USELESS for most users outside the US. iPod is oldfashioned, unhip and the sales are 0. An iPod with a useless phone (iPhone) will certainly not sell more.

Smartphone, what is a smartphone anyway? what does a smartphone offer that the lowest priced SE and Nokias does not? Nothing, that is the reality. Even the lowest priced SE and Nokia have eMail, phone book, addresses, web and so on. OK, you can install 3rd party software like GPS on smartphones, but why would you do that, when a Garmin or TomTom specially designed and infinitely more practical units cost less?

Then the Foleo. It's like a fresh breeze of compact IQ through all the smartphone nonsense. The Foleo is finaly what the laptop should be but never was: A small lightweight, instant power-on PC used for simple document formatting, e-mail, SMS, chatting - working in perfect synch with your mobile phone. On top of all it has a LINUX operating system so that third party software will be written en mass. Teenagers will love it because of the low price and the fact that it can be used in companion with the mobile phone doing the right things - chatting and sms. For gaming they will have a dedicated gaming PC or PS-III in any case, and music is on the phone. For grown-ups it is also the perfect choise but for different reasons. For meetings and traveling the Foleo is just excellent; small, LIGHT, no heat, NO NOISE, INSTANT ON and instant access through the phone (no more delays and fickling to get online through secured corporate networks).

If the Foleo will work flawlessly with ordinary mobile phones, it will be a hit in all respects, and a real big one. If you need a so called smartphone (Treo, iPhone, HTC or some other nonsense) it will be a total flop. My bet is that Palm will be too preoccupied making it work with iPhone and Treo, and that good old MS will come out with a "MS-Foleo" that works with ANY phone, and therefore will be the winner.

RE: Strange reading
madmaxmedia @ 6/5/2007 12:49:34 PM # Q
"iPod is oldfashioned, unhip and the sales are 0."

Was that ironic or just clueless? Apple sells millions of iPods a quarter, and sales are still growing.

"Smartphone, what is a smartphone anyway? what does a smartphone offer that the lowest priced SE and Nokias does not? Nothing, that is the reality. Even the lowest priced SE and Nokia have eMail, phone book, addresses, web and so on."

It's the UI. Most people don't buy smartphones for productivity, it's for entertainment, communicating to friends, etc. The iPhone is the ultimate toy, that's all it has to be the first year or 2.

Who the heck actually uses Email and Web on a cheap cell phone with 120 x 100 screen, and numeric keypad? Who actually sets up POP accounts on their budget cell phone?

"My bet is that Palm will be too preoccupied making it work with iPhone and Treo, and that good old MS will come out with a "MS-Foleo" that works with ANY phone, and therefore will be the winner."

They already did, it was called WinCE HPC or something like that. The devices were pretty cool, full keyboard, instant on, etc. But it's a niche market.

Not every form factor can succeed. Once you're bigger than your pocket, people in general want the most powerful thing that will fit in their backpack/messenger bag.



RE: Strange reading
sgiga @ 6/5/2007 4:58:52 PM # Q
"Was that ironic or just clueless? Apple sells millions of iPods a quarter, and sales are still growing."

They are declining rapidly, Here: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1869042,00.html

Just to give you a clue. People purchase new SE, Motorola, Nokias, Samsung etc every 1 and 1/2 year, in fact every 18 month on average for the population (Europe and parts of Asia). iPod has sold 100M or something by now in the last 6 years. 100M is a lot, but compared with the sales of mobile phones it is nothing. Nokia alone sold over 91M mobile phones for Q1 2007. The estimated total number of mobile phones sold is approx 250M units for Q1 2007. At least half of those have MP3 players.

The success story of iPod, i mean what story? Compared with other mp3 (only) players, OK. Compared with the total number of pocketable mp3 enabled devices used every day to listen to mp3 music, iPod is just a small curiosity not even worth mentioning for other reasons that it is a hyped up bubble.


"It's the UI. Most people don't buy smartphones for productivity, it's for entertainment, communicating to friends, etc. The iPhone is the ultimate toy, that's all it has to be the first year or 2."

In two years it is old and forgotten. It has to be perfect right now, and for the price (4-500k US$ or something) it has to be MUCH more than perfect. No numpad - no chance, it's that simple. The carriers makes just as much if not more money on SMS compared with voice. A phone that is as SMS unfriendly as the iPhone is not exactly going to be pushed forward by them. For the users this means they have to pay full price for such a phone, which again means it will cost anything from 5-10 times more than the competition. And it is big, bulky and ugly. The only thing it will compete against is HTC, RIM and Treo, and we all know how popular they are outside US (meaning they barely have any marketplace at all)


"Who the heck actually uses Email and Web on a cheap cell phone with 120 x 100 screen, and numeric keypad? Who actually sets up POP accounts on their budget cell phone?"

You don't need a dedicated POP account on your phone in Europe, the carriers can route the emails through SMS, MMS etc. But I agree, email with a phone is just too cumbersome, and web works but is by no means optimal on the small screens. The mobile phone is optimal for SMS/MMS, talking, mp3/radio and some pictures at parties, but it ends there. Where the mobile phones ends, is where the Foleo takes over - email and web.


RE: Strange reading
mikecane @ 6/5/2007 5:11:13 PM # Q
>>>iPhone will be a flop, or very close. Why? because SE and Nokia is better in all respect and cost less.

Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

As for SMS, not everyone is a fifteen year old eejit who has nothing better to do than LOL ^-^ gaflm

RE: Strange reading
sgiga @ 6/6/2007 12:03:34 PM # Q
">>>iPhone will be a flop, or very close. Why? because SE and Nokia is better in all respect and cost less.

Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

As for SMS, not everyone is a fifteen year old eejit who has nothing better to do than LOL ^-^ gaflm"

An iPod is something you buy for your 8 year old daugther because she is too young to use a mobile phone.

Even my old mother does SMS, it has become a de facto standard of communication everywhere except the US. For the operators SMS is a goldmine due to close to zero bandwith, meaning they earn money no matter how low the charges are or how you actually pay for it. Often you get 100 or more SMS for free, if you call for more than a set sum each month for instance. For the users it is fast, efficient, low cost and you only need a mobile phone. However, that phone has to have a real numpad with a suggestive realtime modable dictionary.

There are two reasons why Treos, HTCs and RIMs are as good as dead here. The obvious one is that they are but ugly and large and doesn't really do anything better than ordinary phones, not to mention SE and Nokia smartphones. The not so obvious reason is that they do not have a numpad, they have a totally useless miniature keyboard or nothing at all.

The iPhone will compete in two markets. The first one is the tiny sub-market of smartphones, a small niche where the Treo is (remember, Nokia sold 91M mobile phones in Q1 2007 alone, how many Treos were sold during the same period?). The other market is those with lots of money, and still think iPod is cool, meaning it will compete against iPod.

The market for the Foleo is almost unlimited. If only one percent of those who purchase a mobile phone also purchase a Foleo, this means quarter year sales of 2.5M units. But to get that market the Foleo has to work with the leaders in those markets, not with the loosers or niche products (Treo, RIM, iPhone and other useless smartphones). This is where I think Foleo will fail.

RE: Strange reading
sgiga @ 6/6/2007 1:15:01 PM # Q
This little Asus device ticked in :-)

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/06/06/asus_shows_wee_eee_pc/

At 200$, 512 MB RAM + SD cards, Wifi and running Linux and/or Windows, I guess the 500$ Foleo is dead afterall.

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They didn't want to dance with who brung them

Tuckermaclain @ 6/4/2007 9:36:52 PM # Q
Hawkins is soooo out of touch with what the Palm faithful want. Still doesn't know if dumping the kb is a good idea? It kills me to hear it from the man himself. I still see alot of potential for this "mature" market. I'll bet a couple of Handera guys, Dmitri and Pat Horne could whip up a primo device (TX with an integrated phone with a virtual keypad to start with) for pennies to the dollars Palm spent on crap. Too bad there's no talented geeks working there who really LOVE PDAs. Soon we'll have to stock up on TXs.

R.I.P Palm June 2007: "They didn't want to dance with who brung them"

RE: They didn't want to dance with who brung them
hkklife @ 6/5/2007 3:32:10 PM # Q
The recently-released Palm BT Wireless keyboard is SO good that it's an absolute crime that it only works with a handful of SSS Treos (small square screen), an aging SSS PDA and the TX. Basically, Palm needs something larger than a Treo but smaller than a Foleo to work with this nifty folding BT keyboard. What "it" is, "it" needs to be pocket-sized. They should have had something like that two years ago so Palm's current need for such a device is beyond measure.

But with a small company that's never been focused on R&D or QC and who is constantly distracting themselves with name changes, spin-offs, management shuffles and now a dubious new product, how much longer will the Palm faithful remain on the bandwagon?



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Foleo Potential

JPT|X @ 6/5/2007 11:18:49 AM # Q
First, I should say that the greatest ideas were considered as stupid/foolish when they were first announced.

I this form factor has potential- a very lightweight laptop with tons of battery power is the way to go- I'd rather it be foldable (horizontally) to make it pocketable or at least smaller- but this would be handy. The key to it's success will be the ease of which people can write applications for it. I'm not worried abut memory- I can always add memory via cards- just make sure os has a good way to manage it.

If I can word process, surf, email, and keep a calendar...that is about 90% of what people use computers for.

Add video, audio playing and a little graphics editing and you're even closer to 100%.

I remember when programs had to be small to run- I first proggrammed on a machine with 64K of memory!

Let's call this the end of bloatware and a sign of great things to come.

Why would I spend twice as much to get a slow booting, heavier, expensive more fragile device?



RE: Foleo Potential
SeldomVisitor @ 6/5/2007 11:24:27 AM # Q
First, I should say that the stupidest ideas were often considered as stupid/foolish when they were first announced.

Ya know, I think thats the last thing I'll say, too!

Giggle.

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Hawkins is out of touch and delusional

Gekko @ 6/5/2007 12:32:56 PM # Q

this pig won't fly.


"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." - Bill Gates



RE: Hawkins is out of touch and delusional
ginsberg @ 6/6/2007 2:10:33 AM # Q
Not too delusional. Jeff has been selling 22,000 Palm shares every week over the last several years, which does not say a lot for his faith in Palm or the Foleo.

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/it?s=PALM

He set this up as an automatic sale ....arguably the best idea Jeff ever had.

If you owned as many Palm shares as he does, you might be hyping the heck out of the Foleo too.

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OT: Palm Ex-CEO Todd Bradley

Gekko @ 6/5/2007 1:49:13 PM # Q

Who would have thought Todd Bradley would be the man of the hour? Not me. But in less than two years, the one-time CEO of PalmOne and former Gateway exec has turned Hewlett-Packard into the No.1 personal computer maker in the world.
Not only is HP's (HPQ) PC business taking share, it's helping drive the company's profitability. HP's PC unit once was a drag on earnings, but today it accounts for nearly 15% of operating profits and about one-third of HP's total revenues, which are expected to approach $100 billion this fiscal year. Over the past few years, the company's PC margins have improved markedly. They were break-even in fiscal year 2003, but jumped to almost 4% in fiscal year 2006.

http://online.wsj.com/ad/article/rbs_related5_5.html



RE: OT: Palm Ex-CEO Todd Bradley
mikecane @ 6/5/2007 5:13:38 PM # Q
Yeah, but that's just not fair! hp isn't selling sucky products like Palm!

Hmmmm... wasn't the Tungsten T3 during Bradley's reign?

Come back, Todd, come back!!

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OT: Futurismís past is littered with faulty forecasts

Gekko @ 6/14/2007 9:01:47 AM # Q

Futurismís past littered with faulty forecasts
From Picturephones to Smell-o-vision, bold predictions can be perilous
By John W. Schoen
Senior Producer
Updated: 3:49 p.m. CT June 13, 2007

To make a bold prediction about the future, you have to think outside the box. But as the history of these predictions shows, when you try to stare too deeply into the future, itís all too easy to end up way outside the ballpark.

History, in fact, is littered with Big Ideas that went nowhere. From the paperless office to teleportation; flying cars and undersea cities, predicting the future can be a perilous business. But that hasnít stopped people from trying.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19074422/



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