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SplashData’s SplashWallet – Palm OS Utility Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

[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…

PopCap Games Pack 1 – Palm OS Game Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Thursday, December 11th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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!

BugMe! Notepad: Palm OS Utility Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Thursday, November 27th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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?

Butler – Palm OS Utility

By: Mark Adkins
on Friday, November 7th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

Albyte’s The Belt 2120 – Palm OS Game Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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’.

Initiate Pro – Palm OS Utility Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Thursday, September 18th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

Hobbyist Software is
now on my official list of "Good places for Centro/Treo software",
and their browser/launcher Initiate Pro is
an example of why.

Trivopaedia – Palm OS Game Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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 Power Hero – Palm OS Utility Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

Hobbyist Software offers a great line of software for the Palm
Treo and
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.

eSoft Interactive Spot! and Earth Day – Palm OS Game Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

Ilium Software’s eWallet – Palm OS Utility Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Monday, June 30th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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 Platypus: Palm OS Game Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Thursday, June 5th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

ShoZu Mobile Photo and Video Sharing Application Review

By: Rohit Tikmany
on Friday, May 16th, 2008
Posted in: Windows Mobile

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.

GMail Mobile

By: Rohit Tikmany
on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
Posted in: Windows Mobile

One of the perpetually unresolved debates among web users and observers alike is, “Who among the big three – Yahoo Mail, Windows Live Hotmail and Gmail – has the best email service?”

Toyspring’s Bike Or Die: Palm OS Game

By: Mark Adkins
on Thursday, April 24th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

Palm Bible Readers Comparison: Palm OS Utility

By: Mark Adkins
on Friday, April 11th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

eSoft Interactive Traffic Jam 2: Palm OS Game

By: Mark Adkins
on Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

PowerDigi: Palm OS Utility

By: Mark Adkins
on Monday, March 3rd, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

Opera Mini v4 Mobile Web Browser

By: Tom Watts
on Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
Posted in: Windows Mobile

Released in November of last year, the latest offering of Opera Mini, version 4, hasn’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 isn’t really a position it deserves.

Triv: Palm OS Game

By: Mark Adkins
on Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

Simon Tatham Puzzles: Palm OS Game

By: Mark Adkins
on Thursday, January 10th, 2008
Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

Revisiting the Palm TX

By: Mark Adkins
on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
Posted in: Articles

Mark takes a look at the Palm TX after 2 years using it as his main PDA.

Palm OS Utility Wish List 2007

By: Mark Adkins
on Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
Posted in: Articles

Dear Santa,

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.

Palm OS Games Wish List 2007

By: Mark Adkins
on Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
Posted in: Articles

Dear Santa

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.

CalorieKing Handheld Diet Diary: Palm OS Utility

By: Mark Adkins
on Thursday, November 29th, 2007
Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

Astraware Hidden Expedition: Titanic : Palm OS Game

By: Mark Adkins
on Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
Posted in: Uncategorized

Aspirin. I know I have aspirin around here somewhere. Man, what a headache.

Ok, I’ve just been playing Astrawareís Hidden Expedition: Titanic, and I have a massive headache. Actually, I have a couple of them.