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Old February 14th, 2013, 10:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My first device with a touch screen was the palm zire 31. I bought it after my mom bought the palm zire 21. I loved that device so much! After that I bought a palm tx and that was even better


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my first touchscreen phone was an LG chocolate touch
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I had the chocolate flip thru Alltel. Best phone I ever had!
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Mine was the original Palm Pilot. I got it at a discount because tha law firm I was working for represented them. I still have it somewhere.
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My zire fell victim to a magnetic surface plate at work (I'm a machinist) i set it on the surface plate and it had a crt off effect and it never turned on again
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The closes thing to a Star Trek Communicator ever produced. Except of course you couldn't make calls on it.
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:/ Mine was a Blackberry Curve 8330 or 8830... doesn't really matter. But damn, that was a fine device.

And I'm not sure a smartphone really counts in this category, but whatever, I'm counting it.
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The closes thing to a Star Trek Communicator ever produced. Except of course you couldn't make calls on it.
I got the exact same thing. My wife gave it to me for our engagement. I gave her a diamond ring. I got her something that will last forever and she got me something that becomes obsolete in a few years. I still have it in our display case.
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A Tandy "Radio Shack" TRS-80 pocket computer.

It was magic for me back in the day....

It looks like a calculator, but you could program it in BASIC. 1500 bytes of RAM.

I also had Psion Organizers, an Amstrad PenPad which was a cheapo Apple Newton lookalike and it was horrible, a Sinclair Z88.

This thing really was dreadful.....but it was cheap, that's what Amstrad did.
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Palm V: slim, metal body, and an interface that any iPhone owner would recognise



The month's battery life is something I miss, but the volatile storage less so.
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A Tandy "Radio Shack" TRS-80 pocket computer.

It was magic for me back in the day....
If you want to get really old school, then:

HP-25



A stack of 4 math registers, for unlimited RPN calculation handling, and 49 program registers. It also looks like a calculator.
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Handspring. Still have it, still works. Don't use it. Last device Clie UX50. Still works, will use it for Astromist at times.
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Mine was the original Palm Pilot. I got it at a discount because tha law firm I was working for represented them. I still have it somewhere.
Same here. I built them. Perhaps you visited us in SLC?

Then a Windows CE device and an HP Palmtop.
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No, I rarely left my office on the 30th floor at 311 S. Wacker Dr. Never visited any client sites at that job.
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Makes a palm pilot look like a glorified address book! :-)
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The month's battery life is something I miss, but the volatile storage less so.
yeah.. i had the same thing.
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Favorite or Infamous? i'll list both:

I had the usual string of Palm Pilots, and such, even a old black and white HP handheld PC, no backlight, couldn't download anything, and ran an ancient and no-longer supported version of CE 1.x. essentially useless. IE no longer worked, and i could barely get email and telnet to do anything...

But the most notable was finding a used (but still old) Apple Newton. i no longer recall which version but it was a huge thing, i think it ran on 4 AA batteries. using the backlight would eat them alive. had Pocket Quicken and some stuff. the most funny part was the horrid handwriting recognition. i think the Simpsons once made fun of it with the 'eat up Martha' line when they tried to type 'Beat Up Martin'. it also lacked app downloads and could do very little on a 56K modem in the day i had it, it was obsolete maybe 5 years before i found the thing. it then ended up in a drawer and i think was lost long ago.

Favorite was my then-new HP Jornada. it had the latest Windows Mobile, looked a bit like XP. i had all sorts of dongles, including the very clunky GPS antenna, voice module and software. as a GPS it reminded me of my old TI 99-4A Home Computer with all the accessories wired to it. worked well though when i flew with my dad on long trips, and it did hold my MP3 collection at the time. it was close to a smartphone then, but smartphones would not exist until a couple more years. if i recall the Motorola RAZR was the latest and greatest toy then
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That's not old school. I actually learned how to use an abacus. It didn't even need batteries. Then I got a solar powered calculator.
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an abacus may be considered a calculator.. but no way is it a PDA.
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It was either a Blackberry Pearl, or a Samsung Omnia.
I can't remember which one came first.
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That's not old school. I actually learned how to use an abacus. It didn't even need batteries. Then I got a solar powered calculator.
Oh yeah? Well I had clay tablets and used cuneiform script. Beat that!

I'm with dan330. I've owned an abacus or two, and slide rules too. They're too big to be palmtop devices. Plus, the games for them kinda suck.
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A Cybiko Extreme! haha. It was designed mostly for teenagers - had some amazingly cool features for the time, like messaging between devices, but I never knew anyone that had one so it was mostly useless and rarely used.
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My first smart phone was a Palm Treo 650 then the awful early windows phone which I hated so much I went back to a regular phone until the OGD was released.
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an abacus may be considered a calculator.. but no way is it a PDA.
I carry around a paper note pad and a pen as a PAA.
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Pocket Analog Assistant. Ha, love it.
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I always wrote notes on the back of my hand, and that was my PDA or PAA for years.
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Palm V here. Even then, I kept sayin' what this thing needs to do is make calls.

I should be suing Apple for stealing my idea ..
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I hated the whole "Convergence" idea. I actually liked carrying a small cellphone that could share internet with my Pocket PCs.
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I always wrote notes on the back of my hand, and that was my PDA or PAA for years.
So you had a PALM pilot lol
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Held on to my Palm T|X and 'Captain Kirk' phone (simple flip-phone) until this past August before finally being forced by my phone company to get a smart phone.

It sucks having to charge my phone sometimes twice a day versus once a week...
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Ahhhh . . . the stories I could (might) tell.

Been on the front lines watching all sorts of companies come after us (Palm). Believe me, Apple and threats are not unknown to me; it ain't my first rodeo.

Perhaps I'll pen a tell-all? I know where numerous skeletons are hidden.
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Pocket Analog Assistant. Ha, love it.
I recall running into an old friend. She wanted my address and contact info. I waited for her to take our her laptop, start Outlook, enter the info (slowly), shut down her computer and put it away.

I wrote her info on a small notebook. Quick and easy.

This new electronical technology is not always the best tool to use.
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I should be suing Apple for stealing my idea ..
This is not a new idea. There was talk and a few engineering samples crossed my desk out there in Palmville. Lots of big talk, a few great ideas and plenty of vaporware, but the Palm V could have been a much different device.

I loved the Palm VII because it was wireless and very cool for the time. It is as close as I got to wireless connectivity before the Treo days.
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No, I rarely left my office on the 30th floor at 311 S. Wacker Dr. Never visited any client sites at that job.
Too bad, really.

You would have had a great time to be sure. Part of my job was to make visitors happy and show dignitaries a good time. I could also show you the horrors which was frowned upon, but I'll save that for the book.
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Too bad, really.

You would have had a great time to be sure. Part of my job was to make visitors happy and show dignitaries a good time. I could also show you the horrors which was frowned upon, but I'll save that for the book.
Yeah, well...being part of the administrative staff at a law firm makes a person the opposite of a dignitary. The lawyers were very nice to me (I suspect it's only because I knew how to look natural in a suit and tie) but otherwise the place was a mix of Dickensian and Orwellian characters who were all unbearably insecure! My happiest day there was the day I got fired.
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I recall running into an old friend. She wanted my address and contact info. I waited for her to take our her laptop, start Outlook, enter the info (slowly), shut down her computer and put it away.

I wrote her info on a small notebook. Quick and easy.

This new electronical technology is not always the best tool to use.
I got an HP Journada in 2000. I carried it around for a couple of years. Then in 2003, I ditched it for a note pad and pen. For most situations, I just needed to write some notes down and it was just easier and more natural with pen and paper. It is also easier to just draw diagrams or write in Chinese (I don't know how to type Chinese). If I need to give someone some contact info or similar info, I just rip a page off and give it to them. I have been witnesses to a couple of car crashes and it is just easier to write down what I saw on my note pad than to do it on an electronic device. If I have to draw a diagram, it is just easy with pen and paper.

I have been using a notepad app on my phone recently. I sometimes use the app and sometimes use my note pad. If the notes that I take needs to be edited a lot like a list that keep adding and deleting items, then I use my phone app. If it is something that I just need to jog my memory or will not be changed very often, then I am more likely to use my notepad. Also, some notes I take do not need to be organised in a way or the info simply expires soon after. It is easier to just write a line on my note pad and then forget about it once the info expires. With my phone app, I need to do some work organising and garbage collecting.

I've been carrying my notepad and pen around for 10 years now and don't see myself stopping. Sometimes, you just don't need any fancy technology to have something that is simple and effective.
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