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

madodel madodel at mac.com
Wed Dec 8 04:10:47 UTC 2021

I have a Garman iQue that had Palm OS with an integrated GPS. Using the GPS 
feature without it being plugged in I got maybe 30 minutes of use if I was 
lucky. It was the first and last PDA I ever had. It's been in a box in my 
closet for over a decade. I don't remember when it came out. It was sort of 
like the first iPhone without the phone calling. But the handwriting 
transcription was fascinating.


On 12/7/21 13:30, Jeffrey Jonas via vcf-midatlantic 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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