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Way Ahead of the Technology

Remembering the Apple Newton’s Prophetic Failure and Lasting Impact
posted by Artw on Aug 5, 2013 - 53 comments

A psychopathology of unconscious gesture in search of a purpose

"The Secret Gestural Prehistory of Mobile Devices is cultural anthropology. It seeks to recover those moments of intuitive prehensile dexterity, when the famous and the ordinary alike felt the unconscious desire to occupy their hands for an as yet unknown purpose. Like Roy Neary's obsession with the image of Devil's Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), this gesture was vague, uncanny and compelling. It is the intimation in images of a gestural second nature to come." [more inside]
posted by taz on Mar 20, 2012 - 16 comments

Mench kissing in the UK

"I'm not the kind of person to do that kind of thing in public," says Jonathan Williams, one of two men on a first date asked to leave the John Snow pub for "obscene" behavior on Wednesday. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Apr 15, 2011 - 90 comments

The digital central nervous system

Is earlier interaction with technology creating new and different neurological structures in children’s brains? PBS has featured an interesting series of programs on just this question: one with Miles O’Brien, previously CNN’s science correspondent, who also talks to his kids about their use of tech. Digital Nation is a massive related site on Frontline exploring the ethnography of so-called "digital natives" that includes some interesting celebrity interviews; the site is the sequel to the earlier Growing Up Online [previously].
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Jan 26, 2011 - 40 comments

Take my arm, my love

Take my arm, my love. Don't write a check from a joint bank account. Hide all the photographs in your home and office which would identify you as a couple. Take off your wedding rings. Touch each other, and talk to each other, in public, in ways that could only be interpreted as you being "friends." A thoughtful post on "self-editing," homophobia, and the day-to-day experience of many LGBT folks, at Shakesville (aka Shakespeare's Sister), by Teh Portly Dyke.
posted by fiercecupcake on May 6, 2008 - 177 comments

Tappity: Mobile Homepage

Tappity is a free guide to mobile-friendly sites. From your browser, you can search for or add sites, and rate sites in the database. You can also set up a homepage of favorite links. This is displayed when you navigate to Tappity from your mobile. It's a seemingly simple idea that's been making my train commute fly by.
posted by ba on Apr 19, 2007 - 2 comments

More fun than your to-do list

Palm Art Gallery and PalmArt.us showcase art created on PDAs.
posted by teleskiving on Dec 14, 2006 - 5 comments

pocketmod

Pocketmod: free disposable personal organizer. It's as cheap as one piece of paper (Because that's all it is!)
posted by signal on Sep 4, 2005 - 8 comments

Wikipedia anywhere

Wapedia is Wikipedia for your WAP phone or PDA. Alternatively, why not just download the whole thing and carry it with you?
posted by Mwongozi on Apr 23, 2005 - 13 comments

Comprehensive list of Palms

list of all current PalmOS pda devices and this list of discontinued PalmOS PDAs. Has a good list of pretty much every PalmOS pda that has come out in the US. Has the basic information of the PDA, including processor, memory, extra features...all in a nice organized chart. Even has links to reviews of these PDAs. And it could help you find a PDA for this.
posted by EvilKenji on Mar 6, 2005 - 17 comments

Manybooks.net

"This site contains more than 10,000 eBooks formatted for reading on your Palm, PocketPC, Zaurus, Rocketbook, eBookWise-1150, or Symbian cellphone." So if you have a PDA and especially if you're into the classics, you no longer have to settle for lame video games on your cell phone or inconvenient newspapers for your downtime entertainment.
posted by Doohickie on Dec 20, 2004 - 19 comments

Wi-Fi vs. FM?

With Tungsten C - it's most powerful handheld ever (according to themselves) Palm is making some aggressive moves to turn its business around and brings wireless 802.11b-based connectivity to the Palm family of devices. Microsoft, on the other hand, is to use FM radio waves for news, weather and traffic, etc - on your watch. Is this a race or PDA technology diversity at its best? ...and here I'm sitting around with my stone age Visor.
posted by psychomedia on Apr 25, 2003 - 25 comments

Microsoft launch the windows xp Tablet.

Microsoft launch the windows xp Tablet. A cross between a laptop and a PDA, comes in two forms, a laptop with a rotatable screen or just as a tablet with no key board or mouse. you can write directly onto the screen with the magic pen and send e-mails or create documents in your own hand writing. not sure how much it costs. I wonder how long before the Linux posse get their hands on it! more cool pics here.
posted by JonnyX on Nov 7, 2002 - 44 comments

Apple releases iSync

Apple releases iSync barely meeting its promise to unveil the software before the end of September. Will Apple's iSync finally take the hassle out of syncing between PDAs, online calenders, email, and cell phones? Why hasn't anyone else made this kind of software?
posted by jragon on Sep 28, 2002 - 19 comments

Dasher

Dasher is a new way to input text on a Pilot or any computer without a keyboard. There's a version available for download to try out on your desktop, using your mouse. It really is quite freaky to use. The amazing thing is, it actually appears to work. After a couple of minutes experimenting, it's almost as fast as typing for a slow typist like myself.
posted by salmacis on Jun 26, 2002 - 21 comments

Sony's PEG-NR70V

Sony's PEG-NR70V is a PDA/digital camera/mp3 player with a swivel 320x480 color display that runs Palm OS 4.1. it comes with a built-in keyboard, can be used as a remote control for your TV/VCR/DVD player, uses memory sticks, and has a "jog dial" somewhat similar to the iPod (via newstoday)
posted by gwint on Mar 28, 2002 - 36 comments

Avant-no -- Avantgo puts limit on "free" channels.

Avant-no -- Avantgo puts limit on "free" channels. If you currently offer a "custom channel" through Avantgo (in other words, one you're not paying for), there is now a limit of eight subscribers to that channel before you have to pay. Starting price: $1,000. (More inside...)
posted by metrocake on Feb 26, 2002 - 11 comments

When a Palm Pilot

When a Palm Pilot is mixed with an oven pilot light, you know it's going to be an awful mess. But if the Pizza was good, it was all worth it.
posted by h0ney on Feb 11, 2002 - 6 comments

It's official...

It's official... Kids at Paddock Elementary School love hugging!!
posted by KLAX on Jan 15, 2002 - 5 comments

The latest data on European PDA sales

The latest data on European PDA sales is available and it's a big surprise. In reverse order. 3rd place - Microsoft, 2nd Place - Palm, 1st place Symbian. Symbian? [more inside]
posted by nedrichards on Nov 2, 2001 - 21 comments

Treo.

Treo. Talk. Organize. Connect. Has the perfect PDA finally arrived? Or is it just another cool name that ends in "O"? For official announcement, click here.
posted by jacknose on Oct 15, 2001 - 25 comments

PDA physical therapy.

PDA physical therapy. Handspring's new module uses Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) for muscle stimulation/relaxation after a hard day's work. Will this be the new yuppie toy? Imagine people walking around with two white pads glued to their face confronting quizzical stares with an angry, "What?"
posted by skallas on Oct 2, 2001 - 9 comments

Now there's no excuse for starting that blog.

Now there's no excuse for starting that blog. This software allows you to create entries on your Palm (Windows only it appears :-( )
posted by Taken Outtacontext on May 29, 2001 - 9 comments

I used to have a 1.2Mbps DSL link when I lived in Atlanta. Now I am back home in Europe and I log on to the Net on a thin old 33kbps dialup. But old habits die hard. I want my web man, I need it. So, I did some thinking, went on Google and found this. And now my question is: how many people out there would like to get thinner, faster versions of their favorite sites? Is there an index of such versions? And if not, how many of you would like to see one? I got some interesting Python spiders lying around...
posted by costas on Apr 14, 2001 - 16 comments

Geeks (like me), welcome the new Palm m505 -- all the style of the V series, with an improved color lcd screen and an expansion slot! Yum.
posted by lia on Mar 19, 2001 - 47 comments

Handspring releases Visor Platinum and Visor Prism.

Handspring releases Visor Platinum and Visor Prism. Platinum = fast; $300. Prism = color; $450. Just in time for the you-know-what season. And here I bought a Visor Deluxe for $250 just last month like a sucker...
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Oct 17, 2000 - 10 comments

The best idea for a PDA in a long time!

The best idea for a PDA in a long time! I love my palm but I think this would be even better yet.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Oct 9, 2000 - 5 comments

When did Claudia Schiffer become an expert in computers?

When did Claudia Schiffer become an expert in computers? And why would I care what she thinks should be installed on one? (Light and casual: jokes. That's the way, now.)
posted by Steven Den Beste on Aug 1, 2000 - 3 comments

Convergence baby!

Convergence baby! Sony has released a Minidisc Player/Recorder, MP3 player with USB connectivity, and PalmOS PDA, all wedged into one small unit. Wow, that's enough buzzwords to kill a horse...
posted by mathowie on Apr 4, 2000 - 4 comments

A dating PDA -

A dating PDA - I guess this is one tech solution to Kaya's idea of plumage to attract a potential mate. Related story at Wired News. I just wish they didn't look so ugly.....
posted by Jeremy on Mar 28, 2000 - 4 comments

eHolster!

eHolster! I don't need the whole harness action (although there's a "lets play geek-spy" little kid inside me that wants it), but the cross draw eBeltSnap would totally work for me.
[props to Laurel from windowseat for the link]
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Mar 22, 2000 - 4 comments

Dumb name, clever site.

Dumb name, clever site. Yodlee wants to provide an online service that consolidates all of the email, ecommerce, banking, and travel accounts that you probably have scattered across a half-dozen, disparate sites and then link them right into your Palm. And they support sites out the wazoo already. Now you have only one login and password to forget.
posted by grant on Nov 15, 1999 - 1 comment

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