Brayder Technologies Discontinues Operations
In either a sign of things to come, or the end of an era, Brayder Technologies has closed up shop. While parts of the old web site are active (http://www.brayder.com/products, etc.), visitors to the home page see a blank page with the terse message "Brayder Technologies has discontinued operations." Brayder were the developers behind Jack Flash and Jack Sprat, two popular utilities that opened up additional flash ROM memory for use on older Palm handhelds.
Brayder, an Alberta, Canada based software designer, took over the software work on the products pioneered by Handera which enabled early Palm users to increase available RAM by using add-on cards and extra flash memory, long before there were ever secure digital cards and Springboard slots. (Remember Handera??? The TRG Pro? Does *anyone* else remember the internal memory slot on the Palm IIIx?).
Brayder helped mold Flashpro into a new product "Jack Flash" and "Jack Sprat" which also introduced such capacity into Palm OS 5 devices. In the days when 4 megabytes of RAM was the ceiling, having another 8 megabytes via add-on board, and a few hundred in flash was a big deal.
Now that devices routinely come with 64 megabytes and secure digital cards can offer 2 gigabytes of RAM, products like those sold by Brayder have become marginalized. In a sense, they have become the blacksmiths of the PDA industry.
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