[vcf-midatlantic] Palm Pilot PDA: 25 years old!

Gregg Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 7 21:40:54 UTC 2021

Funny you bring this up. Actually Jeff J I use them for displaying
information using an app that presents itself as a Matrox Orbital
display device. And for a while a company out there in the wilds of
Illinois supported the Palm as an event logging tool. They made
available an app that translated serial data thrown at it into Hex
numbers and ASCII characters. Which I also use for debugging serial
data delivery. I also collect them. Those guys and the Handspring
Gregg C Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
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On Tue, Dec 7, 2021 at 1:30 PM Jeffrey Jonas via vcf-midatlantic
<vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> According to Wikipedia, The Pilot 1000 and Pilot 5000 were the first
> generations of PDAs
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_digital_assistant> produced by Palm
> Computing <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_(PDA)> (then a subsidiary of U.S.
> Robotics <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Robotics>). It was introduced
> in March 1996.
> Is anyone still into them? Are there any surviving archives or repositories?
> I reluctantly retired my Palm PDA as my electronic calendar because my
> Android phone's Google calendar is always with me and auto-syncs to other
> devices :-/ But I have heaps of accessories worthy of keeping them running
> for other uses.
> I remember when the trains were full of business people "beaming" each
> other contact info and notes using the Palm Pilot, Casio BOSS or Sharp
> Wizard. Now it's just a cellphone app :-/
> Citing Sharp Wizard - Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_Wizard>
> The *Sharp Wizard* is a series of electronic organizers
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_organizer> released by Sharp
> Corporation <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_Corporation>. The first
> model was the *OZ-7000* released in 1989, making it one of the first
> electronic organizers to be sold.
> Citing Throwback Thursday: The "personal organizer" we had before the
> Newton : Apple World Today
> <https://www.appleworld.today/2015/05/28/throwback-thursday-the-personal-organizer-we-had-before-the-newton/>
> Back before the Newton MessagePad made a splash in 1993 as the first
> “Personal Digital Assistant”, several consumer electronics companies were
> making handheld devices designed to do all of the things that we take for
> granted now on our iPhones and Apple Watches — take short notes, check our
> calendar, make appointments, and look up phone numbers. One of these
> devices was the Casio B.O.S.S. SF-8000 ... B.O.S.S. stood for “Business
> Organizer Scheduling System.” This device came out in 1990
> And there's the first smartphone:
> IBM Simon - Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Simon>
> IBM debuted a prototype <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prototype> device,
> code named "Sweetspot" in November 1992 at COMDEX
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COMDEX>
> Telxon made handheld barcode scanners that were essentially PDAs, as early
> as 1983 but I cannot find any references. Does anyone have any pointers?
> -- jeff jonas
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