[Memo to self: Next year, review good software for the holidays before the holidays.] SplashData's SplashWallet makes a great gift AND a great tool for the holidays... which would have been a more useful realization if I had it about a month earlier! Check out part 1 of my 2 part review... SplashWallet is a [...]
Palm OS related
Astraware is one of my favorite software places but I admit that I have not popped by much recently. On my last visit, I noticed they had tweaked their prices, updated their PopCap Games Pack 1 to version 2.61 back in August, and are selling it for $19.95. This collection of popular Web games was a lot of fun when I first got it, so I decided to try it again- especially since my old registration code still works for them!
The Palm Centro. Small. Cheap. Powerful. No Notepad program.
Ah, Palm... I know things are not going that great for you right now, but come on- leaving NotePad off the Centro? Forcing thousands of your devoted fans to use (shiver) pencils and paper for quick notes? You might think that Voice Memo is good enough, but one cannot scribble the design for a working Flux Capacitor in Voice Memo now, can one?
The Palm Centro is an amazing device for its price and size. I love mine almost unconditionally- almost. Today, I am going to rant about a couple of the things that bug me.
New Palm games are getting less and less frequent. This really saddens me- I really love my Palm Centro and I get bored with games quickly, so constantly need fresh blood... er, I mean 'games'- yeah, that's what I meant.
Ashley Glenister wrote 'The Belt: 2120' in her spare time, and it compares nicely to games offered by many of the 'big boys'.
This is not the game I planned on reviewing. That was going to be Astraware's Westward, but I was beseiged by demons while trying it out (named Small Screen, Bad-Eyes, and Lotsa Rulez) so it will have to wait.
Hobbyist Software offers a great line of software for the Palm
Centro user, and some of it can even be used for other Palms. When I asked for some codes so I could trial their products for a long enough time to figure them out, they were very helpful. They started me with Initiate Pro and Power Hero. I am still learning about Initiate Pro, so let's look at Power Hero.
As I was a cruzin' for new games, I found that eSoft Interactive, the home of one of my 'All Time Favorite' games, Traffic Jam, had several titles I had not seen before, including the previously reviewed Traffic Jam 2. I also asked for codes for a couple of other games that looked interesting- Earth Day, and Spot!, They were kind enough to provide codes for all of them.
I have thought of myself as a Palm Power User since the days of my old Handspring Visor Deluxe (Ice), back when cell phones were big bricks and Windows was an unstable annoying platform. Now, I am using a Palm Centro Smartphone, cell phones are in danger of vanishing as they get smaller, and Windows...
Astraware's Platypus ($19.95) is a side-scrolling shooter. Yeah, I know, *Yawn*. If you've seen one shooter, you've seen them all, right? As usual, Astraware ups the ante.
One of my favorite mobile apps is ShoZu. So when Julie asked me to do a piece on a *really* useful mobile app, I didn't have to look too far.
One of the perpetually unresolved debates among web users and observers alike is, "Who among the big three â€“ Yahoo Mail, Windows Live Hotmail and Gmail â€“ has the best email service?"
While the life of a Palm Software Reviewer at a prestigious site like The Gadgeteer may seem glamorous, in reality I have to wade through a lot of mediocre stuff to find something that rings my bells enough to write about it- whether it is because I love it or I hate it. Toyspring's 'Bike or Die' ($14.95) is a breath of fresh air in what has been a rather tedious season.
One of the great things about PDA's is the ability to carry a huge library of books in electronic form. I must have a couple hundred books on mine, ranging from reference to how-to to light fiction. It is sweet to be able to carry 20-30 pounds worth of paper in a few ounces of electronics!
Many Palm users use this ability to carry one or more versions of the Bible with them- makes those cute, little, nearly impossible to read 'pocket-sized' Bibles obsolete! There are many options for 'e-Bibles', from iPod versions to MP3 spoken versions to e-texts that can be read by most text readers, to dedicated readers with special tools for the job. These last versions are what we will look at here.
The Death of a Good Idea, A Cautionary Tale
Once upon a time, a perfectly nice little company had a perfectly nice little game- eSoft Interactive's Traffic Jam, based on a board game with the same name. It used few resources, was stable, intuitive, attractive, and fun. I would stack it up against any other company's offerings for its price of $9.95.
A while back, I posted an article about my beloved Palm T/X and how it was doing after a couple years of use. (See the article here.) One major finding was the loss of calibration that was driving me crazy- I had to literally tap the very bottom edge of the screen to access the lower row of buttons.
Released in November of last year, the latest offering of Opera Mini, version 4, hasnâ€™t really sent shockwaves through the World of cell phones. Whilst the iPhone browser (which I think is very annoying!) has been hailed as a revolutionary success, Mini has taken the sidelines slightly, but as I have learned, this isnâ€™t really a position it deserves.
Suit of the suicide king in a standard deck?
Body of water where the Republic of the Maldives is located?
Don'cha love trivia? I love trivia. I played Trivial Pursuit
when it came out in the early 80's and routinely beat the pants off so many people that no one would play with me anymore. In hindsight, I am not sure if it was their humiliating defeats, or my winner's dance that they objected to the most, but I digress.
I love Games Magazine, but generally not every game in the magazine. I feel about the same way about Simon Tatham's Puzzles Pack. (Thanks to The Gadgeteer Forums poster Mark Reid for the heads-up on this one!) Some of the 27 games in this freeware collection are pretty cool (Black Box, Guess, Map, Same Game, Unequal and Tangle so far are favorites), several are variations on the theme, and a couple I still have not figured out.
Mark takes a look at the Palm TX after 2 years using it as his main PDA.
I have been a really good boy this last year. A really, really good boy. I swear I had nothing to do with the Gadgeteer site crash incident!
Anyway, here is my list of the utilities I think you should bring all good Palm users. (I did thank you for the Palm Tx a couple years ago, didn't I?). In order to keep the list manageable, I have broken it up into sections. Here is the Palm Utilities section.
What I REALLY want for Christmas is to get this review done. Maybe I bit off more than I could chew- reviewing a list of good Palm games, after all, is a tough thing to do, especially since a lot of my favorites are now discontinued! Let's try to move on, however.
Being an overweight diabetic is a pain in a lot of ways, but one of the biggest is the ongoing job of trying to lose weight- which always seems to find its way home. I welcome any tool in the fight, and CalorieKing's Handheld Diet Diary was brought to my attention as a possible ally.
Aspirin. I know I have aspirin around here somewhere. Man, what a headache.
Ok, I've just been playing AstrawareÃs Hidden Expedition: Titanic, and I have a massive headache. Actually, I have a couple of them.