Comments on: Quickies: Wyncs, Cecil, Poll, eBooks

Eros Technology has released Wyncs, which lets owners of websites specify bits of information which visitors can choose to move directly into the Palm Desktop or Microsoft Outlook. -Ed

cJAG Software is offering Cecil The Centipede, a fast-paced game (color, grayscale & black-white supported), for free. -Steve Wehrmann

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I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 1:37:02 PM #
Was something wrong with your server? And have you still not heard anything about SONY's product?
RE: Server?
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 1:45:20 PM #
The one he posted a story on two days ago that generated 200 comments? The new SL-10 handheld? Yup, Ed heard of it and posted it immediately, one of the first.
RE: Server?
abosco @ 7/26/2002 1:50:20 PM #
Yeah I got up and did my daily routine in the morning (11:45) and got on PIC only to find that it wasn't working. I thought it was my slow 56k connection but after repeated tries, it still didn't work. (Sniff, sniff) I needed my daily hit of PIC so bad, that I looked like a deprived crackhead!


FBI - Full Blooded Italian

RE: Server?
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 1:56:06 PM #
Yes that was low-end though, i want to see what sony's new Palm OS 5 device will be!
RE: Server?
zigzago @ 7/26/2002 3:21:37 PM #
(Simpsons Comic Book Guy voice:)

If these service outages continue I shall be forced to take my patronage elsewhere.

Wyncs --- Coola ripoff?

I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 2:10:12 PM #
This Wyncs thing seems on first blush a lot like Coola. I wonder if those kids at Coola have started up something new (after Coola went under) or if somebody is just ripping off their idea (and patents)?
RE: Wyncs --- Coola ripoff?
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/29/2002 5:26:08 PM #
Some ideas are so obvious that they can't be "ripped off". This is one of them.

Look out Sony, here comes DELL!

I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 4:37:32 PM #
CNET: Dell Computer is likely to enter the handheld market later this year with a device to be manufactured by a Taiwanese contract manufacturer, a Wall Street analyst said this week.

RE: Look out Sony, here comes DELL!
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 4:38:59 PM #
Hopefully this will be PALM, if they come out with a PPC PALM is screwed, because consumers trust DELL and it is the top selling computer brand, this could shift the market.
RE: Look out Sony, here comes DELL!
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 4:41:58 PM #
the article says it will be WinCE
RE: Look out Sony, here comes DELL!
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 4:44:05 PM #
Lets hold our breath and hope they are wrong, Ed do you have any news on this yet?
RE: Look out Sony, here comes DELL!
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 5:06:02 PM #
I don't think people will buy Dell handheld as much as their computers. Everyone should notice by now that Dell computer do not compete in term of functionality or coolness or even robustness IMHO. For most people buying computer from Dell, they come down to price more than 50% IMO. And frankly I don't think Dell have that good support and services anymore.

Handheld is different from computer in the sense that the market are mostly for people who can afford more than $200 for something that might not be that useful (no offend intend here but that's the fact for most people that buy mid-range of high-end palm or PPC nowaday). I will still stick with either Sony, Palm or Handspring when come down to handheld. Most likely I will stick with Sony because they produce the best Palm handheld IMO. Dell will have to compete with other in the PPC market if indeed they go for PPC camp.


RE: Look out Sony, here comes DELL!
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 5:24:31 PM #
Many say Apple is BETTER than PC but who has more market share TODAY?
RE: Look out Sony, here comes DELL!
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 5:55:13 PM #
Dell is no match in the design department, they can't design anything, on another thought their Palm might looks just like the Acer Palm LoL
RE: Look out Sony, here comes DELL!
I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 6:28:51 PM #
Flashback to 1996: Look out Palm, here come Compaq and H-P!! These two companies together with Microsoft, were supposed to put Palm out of business within a year. 6 years later and they, even as a combined company, are still a niche player in the handheld market. Dell will be the same. Their PDAs will have the same problems the iPaq does: poor battery life, too expensive, no applications, little developer support.

Dumb name award

I.M. Anonymous @ 7/26/2002 5:17:48 PM #
I hereby qualify "Wyncs" and "Coola" both for the Dumb Product Name Award. Not only are both names bad puns, they are hard to pronounce, forgetful and do nothing to communicate the function of the product. What is in a name? Not much here. It is up there with "General Magic" and "OXO"!
RE: Dumb name award
Strider_mt2k @ 7/26/2002 5:52:06 PM #
Don't forget "Consolidated Amalgums".

Wyncs - making the same mistake as AvantGo

Kwed @ 7/28/2002 4:51:57 AM #
While I like the idea of Wyncs a lot (Coola ripoff, anyone?), I don't approve of their methods. The way I see it Wyncs are making the exact same mistake as AvantGo; charging the people who make the service useful - the content providers. Wyncs Standard is $39 + annual fee, while Wyncs Professional will set you back $99. And those prices are just for *one* URL.

A better idea would be to make the service free to wyncs content providers and charge end-users, either a one-off price, or an annual subscription fee.

Then again, AvantGo fees has driven many a would-be content provider on the hobbyist level away. Why would Wyncs be any different?

What kind of content?

I.M. Anonymous @ 7/29/2002 5:26:44 PM #
With a name like "Eros", what kind of content are we talking about here?


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