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It's hard to imagine that 10 years have passed since I reviewed the Palm V. It was the latest and greatest Palm OS device on the market and was released back in the day when Palm was the king of PDA makers. The Palm V was a real change from Palm's previous chunky plastic PDAs. [...]

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Note #2: As an SMS

The zen of the Palm OS is that it is easy to use, intuitive, and helpful. A key element of this is being able to quickly jot, store, and retrieve notes- but... is your note a memo? A contact? An SMS? How many times have you had to actually (**shudder**) write something down and add [...]

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Insaniquarium Bonus Round

Judie Lipsett mentioned the original Insaniquarium in a 2003 article about Spring Break and what she was going to take. While brief, the comment points out how much fun the program is. Well, PopCap Game's Insaniquairum Deluxe is better. You may as well buy a wrist brace to wear on your stylus-slinging hand, because this [...]

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softick-bluefile

Another in my series of pet peeves with my Palm Centro (which I swear I cherish even with all of the peeves and annoyances) is the fact that the memory card is literally trapped inside. Some reviewers said they can open the card cover without removing the battery cover, but most of us cannot. I [...]

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SplashID Password Screen

OK, for everyone who remembers Part 1 of this review from way back last year, you should recall that SplashData's SplashWallet is a package of four great utilities for $59.95- SplashMoney and SplashShopper, reviewed last time, and SplashID and SplashPhoto, which we will look at today. These two applications really live up the idea of [...]

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splashdata-wallet1

[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 [...]

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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!

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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?

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Butler – Palm OS Utility

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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Posted in: Windows Phone

GMail 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?"

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Posted in: Windows Phone

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.

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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.

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