Quickies: AvantGo, wBroadBand & Software

AvantGo Beta
AvantGo has updated their Palm OS 5 client beta to version 5.2 build 8. Improvements include: Small fonts are much more readable; Fixed problem with installing AvantGo conduit; and Syncing to a memory card works better now, although speed can still be slow. It is a windows only release at this time. -Vinc

Wireless Broadband Legislation
Senators George Allen (R.-Va.) and Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.) introduced legislation last Tuesday night to promote a wireless approach to broadband deployment. Known as the Jumpstart Broadband Act, the bill calls for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allocate not less than 255 megahertz of contiguous spectrum in the 5 gigahertz band for unlicensed use by wireless broadband devices. The draft legislation calls for the FCC to allocate not less than 255 megahertz of contiguous spectrum below 6 gigahertz for unlicensed use by wireless broadband devices.

NS BASIC Programming Contest
NS BASIC Corporation is pleased to announce our 4th Palm Programming Contest. The last contest was a great success. There are four categories: Enterprise, Games, Open and Japanese. The prizes are $100 USD in each category. All programs must be written in NS Basic for Palm. They will be looking at quality, performance, ease of use, sophistication and overall coolness. The deadline is February 28, 2003 at 12 midnite EST.

WorldMate Update
MobiMate has released a new version of its WorldMate travel companion software. key features include world clocks with automatic DST calculation, a Day/Night world map, 5-day worldwide weather forecasts from The Weather Channel updated on-line, a currency converter, a packing list, and an int weights and measurements converter. The new version incorporates Faster Synchronization, support for Palm™ OS 5.0 (Tungsten™), support for Hi-Density graphics, and more.

Dom Perignon Text-Entry Speed Contest Videos
Videos of the winners of the third Dom Perignon Text-Entry Speed Contest are now online. The videos demonstrate how fast and easy entering text can be into a PDA. Watch as the winnder enter data at a 75wpm rate!!!

Shanghai® Pocket Essentials
LandWare has released a significantly enhanced version of its Shanghai® Pocket Essentials for Palm OS 5 handhelds Shanghai® Pocket Essentials has been extensively enhanced to provide stunning life like tile sets that faithfully reproduce the beautiful graphics of Activision's original desktop classic on Palm OS 5 high-resolution displays. It is available now for download. The program sells for $19.95. Registered owners of the previous Palm OS version can upgrade for free.

Qvadis Lexica
Qvadis announces the release of version 2.1 of Lexica, the powerful reference viewer, multilingual dictionary and translator system for Palm-powered devices. Lexica 2.1 improves on the current 1.1 release by introducing virtual file system (VFS) compatibility. In addition, Lexica 2.1 includes a number of other features, including Palm OS 5.0 and Tungsten T compatibility, improved bitmap support for high density displays, dictionary auto-sort, flags for modules on expansion cards, and improved menus. Lexica 2.1 is available as a free upgrade for current Lexica users.

Every time you buy a PPC...
PIC Member Foo Fighter came up with this amusing joke graphic based on a related internet joke that has been making the email inbox rounds.

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What kind of PDA would God buy?

chasvs @ 1/21/2003 12:47:31 PM #
I guess he wouldn't need one if he knows all and sees all and has already made the plan for eternity!

RE: What kind of PDA would God buy?
Fly-By-Night @ 1/22/2003 6:36:54 AM #
It would be interesting to see his to do list:

1 - Separate light and dark.
2 - Make Earth.
3 - Sort out the sea.
10 - Arse everything up.


Ceci n'est pas une signature.

It's nice to see another beta release of Avantgo

asiayeah @ 1/21/2003 12:55:19 PM #
It's nice to see that the Avantgo client for OS 5 is still being worked on, especially after the news of Sybase.

It improves a little bit of finally fixing the tiny font issues. But then some really big issues still remains, such as high-resolution images support, Tungsten T's D-pad support, Chinese OS support...etc


With great power comes great responsiblity.

Hey, use plucker!!!
bartsimp @ 1/21/2003 1:33:11 PM #
Sorry but I really don't understand why people are still interested in Avantgo:
- it's limited in what it can convert : only web pages
- it's slow
- its support for hires and OS 5 is a pitty compared to plucker (and reminder, plucker is open source)
- avantgo is trying to prevent all content providers to go elsewhere for mobile content,

no, frankly, use plucker, it's made for users!!!

RE: It's nice to see another beta release of Avantgo
bcombee @ 1/21/2003 3:37:40 PM #
This 5.2 build 8 AvantGo beta does OK with the Tungsten T 5-way navigator. It is used for scrolling the page until you hit select, and then it goes into link selection mode. Hitting select on a link changes to that page. My only issue with it is that the 5-way can't be used to move back to previous pages, and there doesn't seem to be a way to exit "link select" mode without actually selecting a link. I hope these are ironed out before the final 5.x release.

Ben Combee, CodeWarrior for Palm OS technical lead
Programming help at www.palmoswerks.com
Splezunk @ 1/21/2003 6:35:28 PM #
Can Plucker download at the time of hotsyncing? This to me is the reason I use Avantgo and not iSilo. Also are you able to refresh content via GPRS?


RE: It's nice to see another beta release of Avantgo
asiayeah @ 1/21/2003 7:56:45 PM #
I've found that one can exit the link selection mode, by using a stylus to click on any empty space of the document. But then it requires a stylus...


With great power comes great responsiblity.

RE: It's nice to see another beta release of Avantgo
hkklife @ 1/21/2003 9:54:39 PM #
What's wrong with using a finger instead of a stylus:-)

Aside from the smudges, that is...I wonder if they could work up some sort of double-click for the d-pad button to switch between link navigate and scroll mode?

Plucker and OS5
rlauzon @ 1/23/2003 7:28:33 AM #
Um... Plucker doesn't work with OS5. The current 1.2 version blows up pretty bad. They have a highres version in beta, but it doesn't work very well yet either.
RE: It's nice to see another beta release of Avantgo
Jeff_T @ 1/24/2003 3:11:58 AM #
Yes I know Plucker is free. But if you are willing to spend a few bucks, I'd definitely go for iSilo. Supports the latest PDA devices, its fast, and you can find several great online communities (one is at www.turcic.com/forums).

Ok, it doesn't support wireless web content updating (yet), but beside that, it fully replaces Avantgo.

Dom Perignon contest video

VisorMiser @ 1/21/2003 1:18:56 PM #
Impressive! The online video from the first Dom Perignon Text-Entry Speed Contest actually shows the winners from 2000, not the third contest that recently finished. Hard to believe that this year's winner was even faster.

the VisorMiser
Where will ya be when ya get where you're goin'?

It's not news....

M3wThr33 @ 1/21/2003 1:34:49 PM #
It's Palminfocenter.com!

I don't think you understand the gravity of the situation. We're in space.

Mac OS X Support?

elo @ 1/21/2003 8:14:51 PM #
Without real cross-platform support that includes the Mac, it's pretty hard to take AvantGo seriously.


RE: Mac OS X Support?
DarkKnicht @ 1/29/2003 1:47:53 PM #
They can't spend time on OS X versions of their software becase that I would make people wonder why they don't support a Unix version. And if you have a working Unix version that is supported, you have to make a Linux version. And who knows where that would lead us too? The world might end if the consumer has choice.

Besides, who in their right mind would want a working OS AND a working PDA?!?

God dont kill kittens

Konstantin @ 1/21/2003 11:07:37 PM #
God is love. God dont hate, He is pure love.
So God maybe only dislikes that PPC are bought, because a kitten gets killed. So we got ourselfs a loving God and a cause to save kittens :P



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