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Access Linux Platform Demo Screenshots

Access Linux Platform Demo ScreenshotsA few screenshots of the ACCESS Linux Platform have been published. The pictures show a few aspects of the ALP demo that was being shown by PalmSource at 3GSM. Like the previous pictures these pictures were taken from a Linux phone running an early version of ALP, however these new shots show some portions the MAX interface we've all been waiting to see.

The pictures come from a report on Mobile-Review and were taken at PalmSource's 3GSM booth. The article was originally published in Russian. The phone shown is a Haier N60 phone that is sold in China and normally uses a version of Linux. Update: There is now a english version of the article.

Access Linux Platform Screenshot ALP

It's unclear what this first image actually is but it seems like some sort of launcher panel.

Access Linux Platform Screenshot ALP

This is a GTK+ app, a common touch-screen version of minesweeper.

Access Linux Platform Screenshot ALP

This is a J2ME MP3 audio player running in a MAX shell.

Access Linux Platform Screenshot ALP

Another shot of the ALP Palm OS emulator running memos.

Thanks to LinuxDevices for the tip.

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Where's the Beef?

DJS_TX @ 2/22/2006 2:00:30 PM # Q
While this is exciting... where is the screen shot that ties palm OS to linux? I see a notepad screen that would be easy to generate under any OS and I see some screens that have nothing to do with Palm..

I want something that proves to me that this is a linux device and the palm legacy apps are running and it is syncing to a desktop.

These shots are even impressive eye candy, much less evidence of palm linux.

David


RE: Where's the Beef?
PenguinPowered @ 2/22/2006 2:26:05 PM # Q
The phone is a Haier N60, which is their first entry into the Linux phone market. That the device is a Linux device is easy to demonstrate.

What's running on it, you'll have to take the word of the guy who wrote the article. How's your Russian?



May You Live in Interesting Times

Don't be deceived by Smoke & Mirrors (S&M)
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/22/2006 10:31:47 PM # Q
1) NetFrontLinux is VERY much a work in progress, with numerous major decisions (like whether or not MAX will run on X Windows!) yet to be decided. The GUI is not set in stone and this demo should be taken with a Copeland-sized grain of salt.

2) If the launcher Access finalizes on is incapable of presenting/listing ALL apps (PalmOS-native, MAX-native, Java-native and Linux-native) in a single view, this whole platform is rather poorly conceived. Having to manually enter a separate screen to access PalmOS apps through POSE would show how inelegantly PalmOS support has been grafted onto NetFrontLinux. Essentially this would mean the OS represents 4 disintegrated environments under one hastily-assembled roof.

3) PalmOS is DEAD. All that remains is (cynical) support of some PalmOS apps up to PalmOS 5. Cobalt and all the work that went into that have been thrown into the dumpster. PalmLinux (the tragic attempt to port Cobalt to a Linux kernel) and all the work that went into that have also been thrown into the dumpster. What remains of PalmOS is a caricature that makes a mockery of the past 4 years of development. PalmOS is now nothing more than a gimmick, like a mobile TV app or a high megapixel camera. The amazing thing no one seems to have realized is that it will make more sense to use StyleTap Platform to "emulate" PalmOS on a Windows Mobile device than it does to use POSE to emulate PalmOS on a NetFrontLinux device. StyleTap's existence effectively neutralizes any potential competitive advantage for Access of having POSE on NetFrontLinux. $320 million for the rights to POSE, a Chinese Linux phone OS and a few dozen Chinese Linux codemonkeys? W T F was Access thinking???

Benhamou,McVeigh, et. al. fooled 'em all.


TVoR

Copyright 2006
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Access got p0wN3d.
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/22/2006 11:11:36 PM # Q
Benhamou, McVeigh, et. al. fooled 'em all.

Due diligence, indeed!

The perfect irony would be if someday Microsoft allows an enterprising company to mimic the PalmOS UI (or even switch to and advanced tabbed launcher) and include a credit exchangable for a download of StyleTap Platform (among other apps so they can't get sued!) in the box.

All your POSE are belong to me™.

TVoR

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Sony CLIE UX100: 128 MB real RAM, OLED screen. All the PDA anyone really ever wanted.
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The Palm eCONomy = Communism™

The Great Palm Swindle: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=7864#108038

NetFrontLinux - the next major cellphone OS?: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=8060#111823

RE: Where's the Beef?
PenguinPowered @ 2/22/2006 11:12:59 PM # Q
$320 million for the rights to POSE, a Chinese Linux phone OS and a few dozen Chinese Linux codemonkeys? W T F was Access thinking???

That's not what they paid the money for. You still haven't figured out what was worth so much to Access.

As a side note, I would argue that a "high megapixel" camera is hardly a gimmick. But then, my camera uses 4"x5" negatives with an effective resolution of 100dpi (that's 20 megapixels for those who don't care to do the arithmetic.)



May You Live in Interesting Times

RE: Where's the Beef?
freakout @ 2/23/2006 2:46:03 AM # Q
"You still haven't figured out what was worth so much to Access."

If you don't mind my asking, what was it?

Tim Carroll
Your friendly customer service robot
(and big Treo fan)

RE: Where's the Beef?
PenguinPowered @ 2/23/2006 3:25:46 AM # Q
Pardon the pun, but it was access.


May You Live in Interesting Times

Access DENIED. Abort. Retry. Fail.
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/23/2006 3:36:17 AM # Q
>>>$320 million for the rights to POSE, a Chinese Linux phone OS and a few dozen Chinese Linux codemonkeys? W T F was Access thinking???

That's not what they paid the money for. You still haven't figured out what was worth so much to Access.

Oh let me guess: buying PalmSource and their China MobileSoft division is somehow going to open up China and its hordes of potential future cellphone customers to Access. Dream on. Any company that tries to profit from China ultimaely gets screwed. And having the ancient PalmOS duct taped to NetFrontLinux is not suddenly going to make this Frankestein-style OS very appealing. Windows Mobile has the momentum and the numbers and will have a several year head start on NetFrontLinux by the time the latter OS is ready (assuming, of course it's EVER ready).

As a side note, I would argue that a "high megapixel" camera is hardly a gimmick. But then, my camera uses 4"x5" negatives with an effective resolution of 100dpi (that's 20 megapixels for those who don't care to do the arithmetic.)

Let me spell it out for you: PalmOS is now nothing more than a gimmick, like a mobile TV app or a high megapixel camera ON A CELLPHONE. PalmOS is now about to become just another "feature" that can potentially serve as fodder for the ad writers.


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Sony CLIE UX100: 128 MB real RAM, OLED screen. All the PDA anyone really ever wanted.
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The Palm eCONomy = Communism™

The Great Palm Swindle: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=7864#108038

NetFrontLinux - the next major cellphone OS?: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=8060#111823

RE: Where's the Beef?
twrock @ 2/23/2006 4:55:50 AM # Q
Any [foreign] company that tries to profit from China ultimaely gets screwed.

Honestly, I don't know how much the CMS acquisition and the potential it's "access" influenced the price, but I've got to think it played a major role. In any case, I think the CMS acquisition by PalmSource certainly paid off for some people. We'll see if ACCESS can make it pay as well.

It might not be the "mythical color HandEra", but I'm liking my TX anyway.

RE: Where's the Beef?
SeldomVisitor @ 2/23/2006 6:16:03 AM # Q
Having dollars does not mean having sense.

Paul Allen has a few dollars.

He bought a major stake in RCN when the price was something like $50-ish/share (or maybe $30-ish...or maybe $60-ish).

Check out the price now.

Having money means you do things in a big way, not necessarily in a smart way.

RE: Where's the Beef?
PenguinPowered @ 2/23/2006 1:40:31 PM # Q
Any company that tries to profit from China ultimaely gets screwed.

Tell that to McDonalds and Renault.

And having the ancient PalmOS duct taped to NetFrontLinux is not suddenly going to make this Frankestein-style OS very appealing.

I'm not sure how much simpler I can make this statement, but I'll try: Access doesn't care about PalmOS. That's not why they bought PalmSource. Mike Kelley tried to convince me otherwise. The entire management of PSRC and Access behaved otherwise. But it was clear to me when Access announced, and it should be obvious to everyone now.

Windows Mobile has the momentum and the numbers and will have a several year head start on NetFrontLinux by the time the latter OS is ready (assuming, of course it's EVER ready).

Not in China, where mLinux is already shipping.

To you and me the difference between mLinux, PalmLinux, and ALP matters. To Haier, et al, it doesn't. All that matters is that they get to keep selling smartphones with ever expanding feature sets that don't run M$ operating systems.

As long as you keep trying to see the Access play as somehow relating to PalmOS, and not to linux-smartphone-in-Asia, you're not going to see either what they wanted or why they stand a good chance of success.


May You Live in Interesting Times

RE: Where's the Beef?
PenguinPowered @ 2/23/2006 1:47:44 PM # Q
Paul Allen has made a few mistakes along the way. (Ask him about sports teams some time.) But on the whole, he's done very well.

And he's having a lot of fun, doing it. Funding Burt Rutan's win of the X prize wasn't "wise investing", but I sure would have loved to been along for that ride.

Acess, on the other hand, has no prior track record buying companies, so it'll be interesting to see how they do on their first outing.

May You Live in Interesting Times

The Great Chinese Dream [Nightmare]
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/23/2006 10:55:11 PM # Q
>>>Any company that tries to profit from China ultimaely gets screwed.

Tell that to McDonalds and Renault.

No, I'll just tell it to Microsoft (and almost any other big software company that has tried to bang the Chinese Dragon over the past couple of decades), Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Palm, and a cast of hundreds of other rueful, remorseful American starlet companies that ended up getting soddomized on the Chinese Casting Couch (Cł). Even a company that has achieved fleeting success in China like Motorola is really just being used by the Chinese and will eventually be chewed up and spit out now that the Chinese have benefitted from Motorola's IP and instruction. In 2004, the Chinese sold the United States $160 billion more in goods than they bought. In 2005 the China trade deficit skyrocketed to $200 billion. I'll leave it up to you to learn how Wal-Mart has become one of the biggest contributors to this deficit, while at the same time becoming a cancer on the American economy. Once the Chinese figure out the auto industry all he11 will break loose and they'll probably end up causing a recession in the USA, allowing the Chinese to swoop in and buy up American assets a firesale prices... China already has a disconcerting amount of control over the US economy - what they do with that power over the next 2 or 3 years will be interesting to watch.

While it's no longer mandatory for the foreign dreamers to go into joint ventures with state-owned enterprises in China, in the long run the main winner in any interactions with the Chinese economy is CHINA. Dazzled by the pipe dream of selling to a captive market of 1 BILLION Chinese citizens, American companies are willing to allow the Chinese to take liberties with their a$$es, including blatant intellectual property theft. Typical story: American company comes over. "Partners" with the Chinese (actually, the Americans put up most of the $$$). Endures a few lean years while the Chinese copy/borrow/steal every trade secret the Americans possess. Shuts down Chinese operations due to lack of profitability (often because the Chinese are by then using American techniques + cheap labor to undercut the Americans). It's a sad, sad refrain and the few exceptions don't disprove the rule.

>>>And having the ancient PalmOS duct taped to NetFrontLinux is not suddenly going to make this Frankestein-style OS very appealing.

I'm not sure how much simpler I can make this statement, but I'll try: Access doesn't care about PalmOS. That's not why they bought PalmSource. Mike Kelley tried to convince me otherwise. The entire management of PSRC and Access behaved otherwise. But it was clear to me when Access announced, and it should be obvious to everyone now.

The way Access is treating PalmOS like an afterthought suggests either they are insane or yes, PalmOS is of minimal importance to them. It's possible that of all the companies that had bid for PalmSource, Access valued PalmOS the LEAST. A company that valued PalmOS would not end development of that OS within a few months of purchasing the OS. "Due diligence"? Was Access suckered or was PalmOS never the primary target in this takeout? That's the $320 MILLION question. In any event, for those of us who value PalmOS, the point is moot: PalmOS is now comatose, on NetFrontLinux life support and has no chance of returning to life unless (as I alluded to at the time of the PalmSource sale) Access is holding PalmOS hostage + may be willing to sell the rights to Garnet and all the Cobalt + PalmLinux code to Palm for a price (say, $150 MILLION). Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

NetFrontLinux/DogFoodOS looks like a shaky kludge that Access will have little chance of delivering on time. China MobileSoft's current OS products may be shipping, but are they anything special in + of themselves? No. Is using CMS as an "in" to the Chinese market going to work? Probably not. China likes "free" more than any other feature, and Chinese carriers + cellphone manufacturers will simply reverse engineer + clone any Linux-based phone OS, thereby effectively shuting Access out of the loop once Access has done all of the hard work. (Ask Palm about piracy problems in Asia...)

>>>Windows Mobile has the momentum and the numbers and will have a several year head start on NetFrontLinux by the time the latter OS is ready (assuming, of course it's EVER ready).

Not in China, where mLinux is already shipping.

So? Somewhere in China, someone's probably already produced µLinux - an exact copy of mLinux - and is giving it away for free.

To you and me the difference between mLinux, PalmLinux, and ALP matters. To Haier, et al, it doesn't. All that matters is that they get to keep selling smartphones with ever expanding feature sets that don't run M$ operating systems.

If that was true, there would be little reason to bother developing NetFrontLinux. And if mLinux is not exactly the second coming of Amiga then the sale price of PalmSource becomes suspect.

As long as you keep trying to see the Access play as somehow relating to PalmOS, and not to linux-smartphone-in-Asia, you're not going to see either what they wanted or why they stand a good chance of success.

Again, given how many Linux-based OSes may be out soon and how little IP is valued in countries like China, if Access looked at the Big Picture it would be obvious the rainbow doesn't end in China.

*************************************************************************

- An interesting summary article on the Chinese economy:

http://www.inc.com/magazine/20050301/china.html


- A nice summary of what to do to TRY and succeed in doing business in China. Too bad Palm didn't know these common sense "rules" a few years ago BEFORE they embarassed themselves in China:

http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/doingbizinchina.html

TVoR



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Sony CLIE UX100: 128 MB real RAM, OLED screen. All the PDA anyone really ever wanted.
------------------------

The Palm eCONomy = Communism™

The Great Palm Swindle: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=7864#108038

NetFrontLinux - the next major cellphone OS?: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=8060#111823

RE: Where's the Beef?
PenguinPowered @ 2/24/2006 2:11:08 AM # Q
Was Access suckered or was PalmOS never the primary target in this takeout?

IMO, the later.

You're still not getting the point about China, though. Here are three thoughts to help you out:

1) China announced today that it has 400 million mobile phone subscribers. (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-02/23/content_4218207.htm)

2) CMS is already a Chinese company. Nothing you're pointing out about Western companies doing business in China applies. And it is doing very well in China.

3) China is only one of the major consumers of telephony in Asia, although it is the fastest growing.

As far as "free", you don't get how the telecom business in China works. While there are knock off companies, they don't give their wares away, either.

And no, Access isn't holding PalmOS hostage. Palm, as you'll recall, has license rights already, for a lot less than $150M.

Access paid more for PSRC than they meant to. There's a suit (whatever happened to that?) that lays out the story of last minute bidding. But they knew what they wanted and what they wanted it for, and it wasn't PoS, as the ALP announcement makes abundantly clear.


May You Live in Interesting Times

Was China MobileSoft the ONLY useful part of PalmSource???
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/24/2006 9:14:48 PM # Q
>>>Was Access suckered or was PalmOS never the primary target in this takeout?

IMO, the later.

You may be right.

You're still not getting the point about China, though. Here are three thoughts to help you out:

No, Marty. I don't think YOU are getting the point about China.

1) China announced today that it has 400 million mobile phone subscribers. (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-02/23/content_4218207.htm)

And how many computer users are there in China? And how are Microsoft's SALES of Windows XP and Windows desktop apps going? Foreign firms are always drooling over the tantalizing SIZE of the Chinese market, but the harsh reality of the inaccessibility + inequality of that market are usually only realized by the time it's too late.

2) CMS is already a Chinese company. Nothing you're pointing out about Western companies doing business in China applies. And it is doing very well in China.

No, China MobileSoft is a China-based subsidiary of a JAPANESE company. Do you think the Chinese like Japanese companies, Marty? Do you really?

3) China is only one of the major consumers of telephony in Asia, although it is the fastest growing.

And phone OSes can be copied and commoditized ("legally" or illegally) in other parts of Asia just as easily as they can be in China. Greed and piracy are international.

As far as "free", you don't get how the telecom business in China works. While there are knock off companies, they don't give their wares away, either.

The pirates might not give their wares away for free, but they can drastically undercut the companies that actually had to spend R + D $$$ coming up with the original software. Access offers China Telecom a phone license fee of $5/unit. "Excess China Corp" offers a similar OS for $1/unit (easy to do since no money was spent on R + D). Who's China Telecom gonna pick? The Japanese Capitalst Pigs who are now the China MobileSoft masters, or Excess China Corp - who just happen to be owned by a friend of China Telecom's chairman? Hard decision, isn't it? I'm amazed that you thing the China MobileSoft relationships will continue on, business as usual now that they are owned by the Japanese.

And no, Access isn't holding PalmOS hostage. Palm, as you'll recall, has license rights already, for a lot less than $150M.

Palm has the rights to a DEAD platform. If they plan on just playing out the PalmOS string, releasing more devices powered by the now-overwhelmed, hacked-up PalmOS 5, their current contract covers them well. Palm has PalmOS locked up well past the point that it's obsolete (which it arguably already is). But if Palm was hoping on extending PalmOS to be capable enough to power the next generation of mobile devices, Access has dashed those hopes with its pathetic New Plan for NetFrontLinux. Since Palm lacks the ability to create a competitive next-generation OS on its own, that would mean Palm will end up turning to Windows Mobile - by default. And since Palm lackes the design/engineering skills to differentiate itself from the other Windows Mobile hordes + can't hope to compete on price, it has no hope of sustaining profitability. What a dilemma. A self-induced dilemma, all stemming from the shell game Palm played when they spun PalmSource off to make a quick buck.

Access paid more for PSRC than they meant to. There's a suit (whatever happened to that?) that lays out the story of last minute bidding. But they knew what they wanted and what they wanted it for, and it wasn't PoS, as the ALP announcement makes abundantly clear.

Access paid a ridiculous fee for PalmSource and I've gone on record as predicting that this gamble will ultimately bankrupt the company. If the presented plans for the architecture of NetFrontLinux are to be believed (and one assumes that Access truly did "due diligence" and understood how little Cobalt/PalmLinux offered a company looking for an OS solution NOW), then yes, Chinana MobileSoft is the key. (Because the Montpellier, France subsidiary sure as he11 wasn't the key!)


These are Interesting Times. Like Lennon said: Strange Days Indeed.

TVoR


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Sony CLIE UX100: 128 MB real RAM, OLED screen. All the PDA anyone really ever wanted.
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The Palm eCONomy = Communism™

The Great Palm Swindle: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=7864#108038

NetFrontLinux - the next major cellphone OS?: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=8060#111823

Access will sell off Cobalt, PalmLinux (+ maybe even Garnet)
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/24/2006 10:01:41 PM # Q
There's a suit (whatever happened to that?) that lays out the story of last minute bidding.

PalmSource would have been wise to settle any claims Motorola had out of court. What's $15 MILLION when you're flush with cash like Access is? Not.

I still expect that Access will (either by design or out of desperation) sell off the rights to Cobalt and PalmLinux code within a year or two*.

[*Another BOLD prediction from TVoR™]


Copyright 2006.
TVoR, Inc

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Sony CLIE UX100: 128 MB real RAM, OLED screen. All the PDA anyone really ever wanted.
------------------------

The Palm eCONomy = Communism™

The Great Palm Swindle: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=7864#108038

NetFrontLinux - the next major cellphone OS?: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=8060#111823

RE: Where's the Beef?
PenguinPowered @ 2/24/2006 10:23:03 PM # Q
Like I said, you don't get how the Chinese preceive businesses. CMS is not seen as a subsidiary. It's seen as a Chinese company.

Do you think the Chinese like Japanese companies, Marty? Do you really?

CMS is in Nanjing, and yes, I know what that means in china/japan relations. But you answered your own question. Besides CMS, Access gets an American front company to do business for it in places where Japan is not so well loved, and an EU subsidiary.

Access offers China Telecom a phone license fee of $5/unit. "Excess China Corp" offers a similar OS for $1/unit (easy to do since no money was spent on R + D). Who's China Telecom gonna pick?

Like I said, you're not getting it. CMS doesn't do business directly with China Telecom. It does business with handset makers. And despite the existance of "Excess China Corp", the makers have already answered your question: they're buying from CMS already.

Your wrong about Access going bankrupt over the PSRC buy. The math doesn't work out to make that likely. At worst, they do what NTT did with its huge purchase of Verio: write it off as a bad decision.

Japanese companies aren't bounded by the sort of short-term quarter-to-quarter definition of 'success' that US companies live with and the Japanese government isn't big on allowing its tech companies to fail.

Besides, Access is going to deliver ALP and it's going to be successful in the largest, fastest growing, phone market in the world.

I recommend that Ryan find some buddies who can read Russian and Japanese, but especially Chinese.



May You Live in Interesting Times

Time will show you're WRONG, Marty. Bookmark this page.
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/24/2006 10:45:25 PM # Q
Like I said, you don't get how the Chinese preceive businesses. CMS is not seen as a subsidiary. It's seen as a Chinese company.

No, Marty. China MobileSoft is now a Japanese company. And it will be exploited appropriately.

>>>Do you think the Chinese like Japanese companies, Marty? Do you really?

CMS is in Nanjing, and yes, I know what that means in china/japan relations. But you answered your own question. Besides CMS, Access gets an American front company to do business for it in places where Japan is not so well loved, and an EU subsidiary.

That $320 MILLION didn't buy Access a he11 of a lot. PalmSource's Sunnyvale operations will be severely downsized soon enough.

>>>Access offers China Telecom a phone license fee of $5/unit. "Excess China Corp" offers a similar OS for $1/unit (easy to do since no money was spent on R + D). Who's China Telecom gonna pick?

Like I said, you're not getting it. CMS doesn't do business directly with China Telecom. It does business with handset makers. And despite the existance of "Excess China Corp", the makers have already answered your question: they're buying from CMS already.

Actually, "China Telecom" was meant to be my apocryphal generic Chinese handset maker. I just Googled the name and found out that it's "the leading provider of wireline telecommunications services in China, providing voice, data, image, multimedia and telecommunications and information services in 20 municipalities, provinces and autonomous regions in China with a subscriber base exceeding 200 million." Ooops!

First of all, let's not overstate how well China MobileSoft are currently doing. It's my understanding that they've just started shipping any decent real product in the past year. And it's not like they have the market locked up right now. Why don't you post some figures on how many OS licenses China MobileSoft has sold in the past year, Marty? Now that they finally have a real OS shipping, how long before a REAL Chinese CopyCat clones the work of those foreign infidels (China MobileSoft) and undercuts the price? Then what will happen to Access' fledgeling Chinese Dream? Up in smoke, just like all the other FOREIGN companies that Drooled, Came, Saw, Invested, Built, and were Sodomized.

Care to make a wager, Marty? $100 donation to the charity of the winner's choice. I say Access will be bankrupt (or bought out) within 2 years. Secondary bet (for $10): I say Access will end up selling off the rights ("ownership") to one or more of Cobalt/PalmLinux/PalmOS 5 within 18 months.

You're wrong about Access going bankrupt over the PSRC buy. The math doesn't work out to make that likely. At worst, they do what NTT did with its huge purchase of Verio: write it off as a bad decision.

We'll see soon enough which one of us was right. Remember: Access was not exactly a huge company to begin with. Buying PalmSource was quite a stretch for them, even with DoCoMo's big pockets lurking in the background. I could see DoCoMo stepping in and buying a larger chunk of Access (like Sony did with PalmSource) when things start to get desperate. If the China MobileSoft gamble fails, where does that leave Access? Their NetFront browser is ALREADY facing competition from the likes of Opera, and as mobile hardware becomes more powerful, it will be much easier for less elegant browsers to compete with NetFront. Eventually, an Open Source mobile version of a browser like FireFox will destroy Access' previous business model of being the provider of browsers for mobile devices. It's just a matter of when - not "if" - this will happen.

Japanese companies aren't bounded by the sort of short-term quarter-to-quarter definition of 'success' that US companies live with and the Japanese government isn't big on allowing its tech companies to fail.

Actually, this traditional stereotype of how Japanese businesses think has become a lot more "Americanized" in the past 5 years. Ask anyone who's familiar with Japan. The failures of major banks + businesses have injected a little bit of America's desire for instant gratification into Japan's corporate culture.

Besides, Access is going to deliver ALP and it's going to be successful in the largest, fastest growing, phone market in the world.

We shall soon see about that.

I recommend that Ryan find some buddies who can read Russian and Japanese, but especially Chinese.

Maybe he should ask Mr. Schlesinger. [Snort]


TVoR



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Sony CLIE UX100: 128 MB real RAM, OLED screen. All the PDA anyone really ever wanted.
------------------------

The Palm eCONomy = Communism™

The Great Palm Swindle: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=7864#108038

NetFrontLinux - the next major cellphone OS?: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=8060#111823

RE: Where's the Beef?
Surur @ 2/24/2006 10:57:50 PM # Q
Just throwing this out there, but it occurs to me, if the focus of Access is eastern markets, that the POS library of apps have little value, as most apps would not have been localized to Japanese/Chinese/Korean.

Surur

They said I only argued for the sake of arguing, but after an hour I convinced them they were wrong...

Some interesting comments - what do others here predict?
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/24/2006 11:28:18 PM # Q
To be brutally honest, "the POS library of apps" ALREADY "have little value" to users that are new to mobile devices. The much-ballyhooed PalmOS app library is now mainly signigicant to hose of us who already were longtime PalmOS users. Furthermore, for Windows Mobile users, StyleTap Platform effectively neutralizes this advantage.

Things are NOT looking good for PalmOS these days...


TVoR

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Sony CLIE UX100: 128 MB real RAM, OLED screen. All the PDA anyone really ever wanted.
------------------------

The Palm eCONomy = Communism™

The Great Palm Swindle: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=7864#108038

NetFrontLinux - the next major cellphone OS?: http://www.palminfocenter.com/comment_view.asp?ID=8060#111823

RE: Where's the Beef?
twrock @ 2/25/2006 1:37:15 AM # Q
(This thread has gotten quite interesting.)

I say Access will end up selling off the rights ("ownership") to one or more of Cobalt/PalmLinux/PalmOS 5 within 18 months.

Particularly right after the disclosure of how the bidding unfolded, I wondered if this wasn't how it would play out in the end by design. We didn't know what was being said between Palm and Access. But based on what Access has disclosed about their ALPOS, it seems they aren't "planning" on that at the moment. Not that it can't or won't happen, just that it doesn't appear to be the plan.

18 months seems pretty soon. ALP is supposed to be "available" at the end of 2006. That date needs only slip a little and the availability is pushed to a year from now. Then potential hardware manufacturers need some time to get their products to market. Seems that 18 month date will be hit just about the time the earliest unit gets into hands. Not much time for Access to evaluate the value of keeping POS in house or selling it off.

Either way this all shakes out, I've got my old T2, my new TX and a soon-to-arrive Zodiac. I think I'll be able to hold out until some more of the dust settles.

It might not be the "mythical color HandEra", but I'm liking my TX anyway.

An Apropos Japanese Saying
stonemirror @ 2/25/2006 11:16:48 AM # Q
馬鹿につける薬はない. ("No medicine cures idiocy.")

RE: Where's the Beef?
PenguinPowered @ 2/25/2006 1:18:09 PM # Q
Now that they finally have a real OS shipping, how long before a REAL Chinese CopyCat clones the work of those foreign infidels (China MobileSoft) and undercuts the price?

It already happened. And it played out the way I described, not the way you predicted.

So, we know that you don't know who is who in China telecommunications ("I googled China Telecom...") or what's going on WRT copy cat software in China. Betcha didn't know that the Chinese government is starting to crack down on copy cats because it's costing the PRC money, either.

As far as your bet offer, I notice that you're hedging. Now we've gone from bankrupt to bankrupt or bought. I'll take the $100 bet on bankrupt only, provided we limit the charities to registered US non-profits. You can make the check out to Habitat for Humanity and date it 25 Feb 08.

So, here's the bet: I bet that Access will not go bankrupt prior to 24 Feb 08. If I'm right, you send $100 to Habitat for Humanity on 25 Feb 08. If I'm wrong, I send $100 to the registered US non-profit of your choice on 2 Feb 08. You in?



May You Live in Interesting Times

An apropos English saying:
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/25/2006 1:27:10 PM # Q
Let sleeping dogs lie.


http://stonemirror.wordpress.com/tag/japan-2005/


"I had a nice chat, of sorts, anyway, with Kobayashi-san and Suzuki-san. Even with my limited Japanese and their limited English, we managed just fine."

"The lady running the sobaya was extremely nice, and seemed very taken with my halting attempts to converse in Japanese. “Iie, jozű desu!”—”No, you’re quite skilful!”—she would say when I commented on how poor my Japanese was.

My friend told me (if she’s to be believed, and I think she is) that my accent is actually surprisingly excellent for a gaijin. Certainly, I received this reaction of delighted astonishment from many people when I would do something like say “Dô itashima****e” in response to someone’s “Dômo arigatô gozaimasu”, as though I had done some sort of trick that they’d have otherwise thought impossible. When we left, the soba lady said goodbye to me by saying, “Ki-o tsukete,” “Take care of your spirit,” a lovely parting saying that you don’t hear all that often.

I was right: I did get a lot of mileage out of “Nihongo-o hetaku hanasemasu.”"

"I’ve got my conversational skills down as far as dealing with the konbini (convenience store, of which there are a bazillion) goes. “Irrashaimase!” “Ohayo! Kore-wa, kudasai.” “Go-hyaku sanjuu go en, onegai shimasu…” “Hai, domo.” “Arigato gozaimasu!” “Iie.”"

"I was showing off my knowedge of kanji, pointing at random signs and saying, “That one means ’spring’! That one means ‘meadow’! That one means ‘name’!”"

**************************************************************************


Baka American gaijin wannabe Japanophiles like you are sneered at by the Japanese, Bubba. They're not laughing with you, they're laughing at you. You're just don't realize it yet when they're making fun of you. While your awkward, halting attempts at speaking Japanese are touching in their naďve, child-like innocence, eventually even you will realize how little you understand. It's amusing to hear you keep spewing the little Japanese catchphrases you've cribbed from your well-worn copy of Japanese For Dummies. Ever see a bear dance in a circus? Elegant, isn't it? No matter how much you try and no matter how much Japanes merchandise you surround yourself with, you will ALWAYS be a crass outsider to the Japanese. Don't delude yourself otherwise, Bubba.


Ki o tsukete


TVoR


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Thanks for your donation, Marty
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/25/2006 2:08:23 PM # Q
>>>Now that they finally have a real OS shipping, how long before a REAL Chinese CopyCat clones the work of those foreign infidels (China MobileSoft) and undercuts the price?

It already happened. And it played out the way I described, not the way you predicted.

Ummmm... Marty, give it time. China MobileSoft was not taken over by Access too long ago.

So, we know that you don't know who is who in China telecommunications ("I googled China Telecom...")

Ummmm... Marty, I already said I did not know China Telecom was a real company. Thanks for re-stating that, though.

or what's going on WRT copy cat software in China. Betcha didn't know that the Chinese government is starting to crack down on copy cats because it's costing the PRC money, either.

Software theft continues unchecked in China. And China will continue to turn a blind eye to the theft of programs and intellectual property of foreign companies until foreign nations exert pressure on China through sanctions to comply with copyright laws. For years, victimized American software companies like Microsoft have tried to get China to play nice, but China only does what's in China's best interests. And the Chinese feel it's in their best interests to pirate American software to the tune of BILLIONS of $$$ per year rather than sending that money back to the rightful American copyright owners.

The United States should have gotten tough with China a LONG time ago. It's time we start boycotting products that are made in China and start supporting companies that cotinue to manufacture their goods in the USA.

As far as your bet offer, I notice that you're hedging. Now we've gone from bankrupt to bankrupt or bought. I'll take the $100 bet on bankrupt only, provided we limit the charities to registered US non-profits. You can make the check out to Habitat for Humanity and date it 25 Feb 08.

Not hedging - just aware that (like PalmSource + unlike Be) Access has assets that are valuable enough that they would likely attract a sale before they went bankrupt.

So the offer stands, but I'll modify it to read "Bankrupt or bought after financial losses."

So, here's the bet: I bet that Access will not go bankrupt prior to 24 Feb 08. If I'm right, you send $100 to Habitat for Humanity on 25 Feb 08. If I'm wrong, I send $100 to the registered US non-profit of your choice on 25 Feb 08. You in?

I say Access will be bankrupt (or bought out after financial losses) within 2 years. Secondary bet (for $10): I say Access will end up selling off the rights ("ownership") to one or more of Cobalt/PalmLinux/PalmOS 5 within 18 months.

When you're proven wrong, you'll send the money to the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund on February 25, 2008. I thank you in advance for your kind donation.

http://tinyurl.com/ksyye


TVoR

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RE: Where's the Beef?
stonemirror @ 2/25/2006 2:42:20 PM # Q
I bet that Access will not go bankrupt prior to 24 Feb 08.

The professional bookmakers say this is a sucker bet: http://tinyurl.com/f3cao. See if you can get odds.

Et tu, Marty? Et tu?
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/25/2006 3:08:20 PM # Q
http://www.fogey.com/ALPOsWMax.jpg

Most people would rather have Max Heapspace rather than Max Headroom...

In the name of Buddy Christ, I REBUKE thee!


Are you REALLY in Mountain View, Marty? Hilarious.


TVoR


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RE: Where's the Beef?
SeldomVisitor @ 2/25/2006 4:23:22 PM # Q
> ...Are you REALLY in Mountain View, Marty?

The web is an amazing place. I got on Google and asked for

== "street names in mountain view, ca"

and, of course, got a gajillion hits. One, however, had THIS:

-- http://www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/citydepts/pw/swp/curbside_street_index_CD.htm

Interesting result!

Lol!

which unfortunately doesn't have an "angle" view (too bad!) for this location (which is a way-cool feature if the location does have one).

Wonder if a further search would give...you know...something MORE interesting! White Pages anyone?

Gotta luv The 'Net!

[the other day I sent an email off to someone to mildly complain about something and wanted to include a VERY particular sound file - so I googled "the horror the horror wav" and actually got EXACTLY the hit on Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now saying JUST and ONLY that as I wanted! Wheeeee!]

RE: Where's the Beef?
Admin @ 2/25/2006 5:12:07 PM # Q
while this is all public stuff if you know where to look, I don't think its appropriate to be posting anyone's specific info like that here.

-Ryan
Privacy? What privacy?
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/25/2006 5:14:27 PM # Q
For a mere $50 "donation" I'll allow you the "pleasure" of being able to track Marty's whereabouts 24/7 in real time on Googlemaps. I can also do a package deal of Marty + Dianne Hackborn for only $89.99. Realtime on-demand pay-per-view satellite images coming soon...

The Voyeur of Reason

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Just kidding, Ryan
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/25/2006 5:27:12 PM # Q
while this is all public stuff if you know where to look, I don't think its appropriate to be posting anyone's specific info like that here.

That's not Marty's real address, Ryan. I drove over to meet Marty for a cup of tea but they said no one named Marty Fouts was ever at that address. Pity.

;-O


TVoR

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Will Skippy ever grow up?
PenguinPowered @ 2/25/2006 10:23:50 PM # Q
Ryan, Skippy's just a sick wannabe. It deserves bannation, or you need to admit that you don't care about whether people are respectful of each other or not. I don't care which, but pick one and do it.

I think a lot of people here would be amused if they knew who Skippy really is and why it knows so little about the industry it keeps writing about. I know I was amused when I found out.

Whadya say, Skippy? You got any balls? 'fess up to who you are and put us all on an even playing field. Let's all have a look at that "web column" you write there in your parents' basement.

Of course, Skippy won't. Skippy, in addition to being a r. crumb loser, is a monumental coward.


May You Live in Interesting Times

Where's the LOVE, Marty?
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/25/2006 10:45:00 PM # Q
Ryan, Skippy's just a sick wannabe.

Wow, Marty. That was harsh.

It deserves bannation,

"It"??? Gee Marty, I think you need to take a deep breath there. YOU don't decide who gets banned around here.

or you need to admit that you don't care about whether people are respectful of each other or not.

Ryan doesn't "NEED" to do anything. You "NEED" to stop making such absurd demands. Until this becomes Martyinfocenter, ranting the way you are now is WAY out of line. You "NEED" to apologize to Ryan and all of the readers of Palminfocenter for your latest rabid screed.

I don't care which, but pick one and do it.

Or else what? Are you gonna beat Ryan up if he doesn't do what you want him to do, tough guy? If you want to continue this conversation offline I'd be more than willing to deliver the biotchslapping in person. I go down to Mountainview periodically, so email me when you want to receive some TVoR lovin'.

I think a lot of people here would be amused if they knew who Skippy really is and why it knows so little about the industry it keeps writing about. I know I was amused when I found out.

So Dianne Hackborne finally figured it out and told you? Took her long enough. I'm actually surprised she said anything to you. I guess all's fair in love and war...

Whadya say, Skippy? You got any balls?

Ummmm... actually no, I don't. Of course I'm not supposed to. What's YOUR excuse for your tragic lack of cojones, Marty? When I ripped you a new one did the rapier also castrate you? Did you even HAVE any cojones to begin with?

'fess up to who you are and put us all on an even playing field.

Wait a minute. Did Ms. Hackborne tell you or not? Sounds like she didn't after all. Nice try, Marty.

Let's all have a look at that "web column" you write there in your parents' basement.

You want me to reveal who I write for? But if I do that, it would reveal my secret identity. Isn't it better to keep the mystery, Marty? Tittilation serves a function. Just ask Dianne!

Of course, Skippy won't. Skippy, in addition to being a r. crumb loser, is a monumental coward.

Tough words from a feeble computer geek. You really hurt me there, Marty. Ow. You. Really. Hurt. Me.


Serves me right for trying to be nice to you...


Take care, little buddy.

TVoR



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Apologies to Dianne Hackborn
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/25/2006 11:26:25 PM # Q
I always seem to spell your name wrong. Please forgive me, DK. And please don't tell Marty who I am in case you already know. You wouldn't rat me out now would you, Sweetie? [TVoR imitating Sharon Stone talking to Arnie in "Total Recall"...]

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RE: Where's the Beef?
PenguinPowered @ 2/25/2006 11:36:38 PM # Q
As predicted, Skippy's just sick wannabe, a coward and an r crumb loser.

More insults, more braggadoccio from behind the mask, but in reality, nothing but cowardice.

Go ahead, Skip, post your email address here. I'll be happy to arrange a meeting with you. Better yet, post your own address. Coward.

Of course you won't. You don't have the guts. Never have had. Never will. P1ss your pants every time you even think about the possibility that someone might figure out who you are.

Maybe I'll drop by and say hello, next time I'm down your way. But I'll leave it to you to drum up enough courage to admit it in public.

Oh wait, I forgot. You don't have any courage.

Guess you'll be Skippy forever.

May You Live in Interesting Times

RE: Where's the Beef?
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/25/2006 11:43:05 PM # Q
As predicted, Skippy's just sick wannabe, a coward and an r crumb loser.

More insults, more braggadoccio from behind the mask, but in reality, nothing but cowardice.

The irony is KILLING me!

Go ahead, Skip, post your email address here. I'll be happy to arrange a meeting with you. Better yet, post your own address. Coward.

Why have you suddenly got so sensitive, Marty? Where's the trademark witty Martyspeak we all know and love?

Of course you won't. You don't have the guts. Never have had. Never will. P1ss your pants every time you even think about the possibility that someone might figure out who you are.

Oh dear.

Maybe I'll drop by and say hello, next time I'm down your way. But I'll leave it to you to drum up enough courage to admit it in public.

"Up" my way, Marty. Up. San Francisco is NORTH of Mountainview. Should I give you driving directions from your place to mine? It should take you aroung 45 minutes to get here.

Oh wait, I forgot. You don't have any courage.

Guess you'll be Skippy forever.

Wow. You. Really. Hurt. Me. Marty.

Let it go, Marty. Let it go. Take care.

TVoR


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where's waldo?
PenguinPowered @ 2/25/2006 11:56:09 PM # Q
San Francisco is north of Mountain View, Skippy. I was in the city a few hours ago. Drove down 280 to get home.

But that's not where I'd bother to visit you.

Much more fun to come down your way.

Coward.



May You Live in Interesting Times

Feeling better, Marty?
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/26/2006 4:09:46 AM # Q
San Francisco is north of Mountain View, Skippy. I was in the city a few hours ago. Drove down 280 to get home.

I probably passed you. It's a small world afterall. I'm surprised your house is so... modest, Marty. And the mall a block from your place must bring a lot of headaches for you and your neighbors.

But that's not where I'd bother to visit you.

Much more fun to come down your way.

You poor little sap. You have NO idea who I am or where I live. But by all means keep looking in the wrong direction. (San Jose, perhaps?) You're getting colder if the search for TVoR takes you that way.

Coward.

Oh dear. Looks like Mr. CrankyPants needs to chill out.

Your inability to let things go is your own undoing, Marty. Keep it up.


TVoR

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RE: Where's the Beef?
PenguinPowered @ 2/26/2006 4:42:46 AM # Q
Poor clueless Skippy.

There's no mall a block from my house. In this, as in so many things, you are, as usual, very wrong.

You're the lowest form of internet life, Skip, the anonymous coward. And no, I'm not calling you names. I'm describing what you are.

Post your own address, or, as you are so fond of saying, S.T.F.U

You won't, of course. If you did, people would find out about how pathetic you really are, living in your parents' basement and working that minimum wage job. They'd discover how many of your claims are just the sad lies of another in an endless parade of R Crumb losers.

But more than that, you don't have the guts to put your own name on your own words. Never had, never will.

And all because you'd lose that minimum wage job of yours if your employer knew how you behaved on the web.

That's right, Skippy. I know who you are, where you live, where you work, how little you make and the real reason you're afraid to admit in public who you are.

and no, Skippy, I'm not cranky, and I have no problem at all letting things go. I've just decided its time someone call you on your cowardice.

So, as we say where I came from, put up or shut up.

Coward.


May You Live in Interesting Times

Marty Fouts: p0Wn3d in public. The shame. The horror.
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 2/26/2006 2:33:46 PM # Q
Poor clueless Skippy.

Since "Poor clueless Skippy" just p0Wn3d your sorry a$$ and you have no idea who "Poor clueless Skippy" is, it appears you must be several notches BELOW "clueless" on the Clue Scale. "Brainless", perhaps?

There's no mall a block from my house. In this, as in so many things, you are, as usual, very wrong.

Then why are you suddenly freaking out here, Marty? You should have just let it go. I regret that hengeem perhaps took things a little too far with the clues I left (if you were in The City he could have posted a satellite photo of your house!), but Ryan quickly (and wisely) deleted the specific references. Feel free to deny everything as much as you want, little Buddy. I won't contradict you if it makes you feel better.

You're the lowest form of internet life, Skip, the anonymous coward. And no, I'm not calling you names. I'm describing what you are.

No, YOU'RE the lowest form of internet life, Marty: the pompous, smarta$$ blowhard. Over the past few months you have been receiving Lesson 1: You Are Not As Smart As You Think You Are. Unfortunately, you have yet to learn your lesson, Marty. Do you need remedial lessons? Let me know and I'll find a tutor for you. (Jeff "Puff Daddy" Kirvin might be available.)

Post your own address, or, as you are so fond of saying, S.T.F.U.

Why should I do that? As my conversations here with you have shown me, there are many sick, deranged, obsessive a-holes on the Internet. Just ask your former boss at PalmSource, David Schlesinger about the agony of being stalked relentlessly over the Internet for a decade by Lunktard. (I don't even WANT to know what Schlesinger did to pi$$ this guy off so much that he's dedicated the past decade to making Schlesinger's life a living HE11.)

Generally I would say it's not a good idea to post things on the Internet non-anonymously that may come back to embarass you when you GROW UP. People will just look at that sad train wreck known as Your Life, chuckle, and shake their heads while saying Allah akbar!, grateful that they are not YOU.

http://www.epinions.com/user-stonemirror
http://stonemirror.wordpress.com/
http://www.43things.com/person/stonemirror
http://www.stonemirror.net/
http://www.shugendo.org/marsupial/
http://www.shugendo.org/marsupial/Pages/pic_slurs.htm

You won't, of course. If you did, people would find out about how pathetic you really are, living in your parents' basement and working that minimum wage job. They'd discover how many of your claims are just the sad lies of another in an endless parade of R Crumb losers.

If you're going to lie about someone, at least make it plausible, Marty. Otherwise the only person your lie discredits is YOU. Do you really think ANYONE is going to believe anything you wrote above? Your recent rants have a panic-stricken quality about them, showing a side of you hitherto unseen. You're SO multifaceted, Marty. I think I LIKE Panicky Marty more than Smarmy Marty. I hope we see more of Panicky Marty in the future. Is there anthing I can do to encourage him to come out more in the future? I can't wait to see Panicky Marty finally prance OUT of the closet for good.

But more than that, you don't have the guts to put your own name on your own words. Never had, never will.

My words stand on their own merit, thankyouverymuch. Sould the musings of TVoR carry more or lees weight if you knew who I am? It should not matter.

Am I a 41 year old software company director living in Seacliff?
Am I a 16 year old child living in my parents' basement in Outer Richmond?
Am I a 36 year old graphic designer living in the Castro?
Am I a 27 year old receptionist living in the Mission?
Am I a 54 year old unemployed former manager at Palm living in Inner Sunset?
Am I a 63 year old investor living in Pacific Heights?

Who cares? If you feel what I have to say at Palminfocenter has value, read it and respond. If you feel my words are pure dreck, simply skip over my posts AND MOVE ON, MARTY. MOVE ON.

Dianne Hackborn is the ONLY person here who (might) know who I am, since my name is (probably) still in her cellphone. And If I know Dianne, she would NEVER tell you who I am even if you begged. But keep trying, Marty. We're all rooting for you, Buddy.

And all because you'd lose that minimum wage job of yours if your employer knew how you behaved on the web.

What exactly is that "minimum wage job of [mine]", Marty? I think somehow I'm not getting my checks! And do you feel that someone should be ashamed for earning minimum wage? I think ANYONE who works for minimum wage should be commended for working for a living when so many don't even try. The people working for minimum wage have pride and a quiet dignity that a dumba$$ codemonkey like you can never hope to achieve. And what is it about how I "behaved on the web" that would cause my "employer" to fire me from my "minimum wage job" if they saw that behaviour? Was it when I exposed you to be a pompous fraud working for PalmSource? Or was it when I destroyed poor David S. when he tried to go toe to toe with me? Or was it when I exposed the Palm Conspiracy? Inquiring minds want to know.

That's right, Skippy. I know who you are, where you live, where you work, how little you make and the real reason you're afraid to admit in public who you are.

OK, Marty. I admit it - you got me. I'm a 16 year old kid living in my parents' basement in Santa Cruz and I work for minimum wage at the Boardwalk selling hotdogs on the weekend. How did you figure it out? You're just TOO clever for me, Marty. And I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling kids and their blasted dog...

and no, Skippy, I'm not cranky, and I have no problem at all letting things go.

That's not how it appears to everone reading your posts, Marty.

I've just decided its time someone call you on your cowardice.

Sound's like there's gonna be a showdown at high noon... One of us won't be walking away from this alive, Marty. And his initials are M.F. (Mo Fo).

So, as we say where I came from, put up or shut up.

I've put plenty up. And now you're lying face down on the mat bleeding from several (all?) orifices. You got p0Wn3d, Marty. Admit it, cry a little, and MOVE ON.

Coward.

Bwahahahaha!

Oh, the humanity!!!


Take care,


TVoR
(Marty Fouts' OWNER)

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I'm done with this nonsense. The referee should have stopped this before Marty suffered further brain damage. C'est la vie...


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