PDA, Round 3

PDA, Round 3

This is the HP iPaq hx2490, which has now replaced my Palm TX as my PDA device.

In case you’re curious, I actually had an HP iPaq rx3115 to start off in 2005, back when PDAs were in their glory days (it is very hard to find them anywhere anymore, as they have been replaced with smart phones and Blackberries). By the end of that year, it died and because I purchased the Best Buy extended coverage plan, I was able to exchange it with a Palm TX which had just come out (it’s not that I hated Windows Mobile, but I really did want a Palm from the beginning, but at the time, Palm didn’t made a device with built-in wifi, so I had to "settle" for the iPaq).

The Palm TX was feature-rich with wifi, Bluetooth, consumer-IR (versus shorter-range standard IR), 128MB memory, and a very nice 320×480 display. It was a great device and served me well, and was a life-saver when I had to keep track of items that were destroyed in my basement flood, as well as serving as a reliable secretary during both of our condo moves. This wasn’t surprising as Palm’s calendar, to-do list, note pad, and contact applications are stellar and it is a dream (and fast) to navigate through everything, especially during those emergencies when you have to access information quickly and easily, like while driving.

As great as it was for data management and syncing to a desktop PC, I found that the Palm fell below par in most other areas, particularly web browsing and character recognition. These are areas where Windows Mobile devices shine.

So what hapened to my Palm TX? A few weeks ago, it wouldn’t power on. I managed to revive it eventaully, but then it permanently died a few minutes later. I still had a few months left on my extended coverage plan from Best Buy, so I took it back to them and they deemed that the device needed to be replaced with a new one.

Did I switch back to the Windows Mobile by choice? Not exactly. Palm has apparently discontinued production on the Palm TX, so Best Buy wasn’t getting any more in stock. The only equivalent they had in stock (and this was a difficult process as they only had 2 remaining, both at a different location), was the HP iPaq hx2490. It was priced at $469.99. Since my Palm was $399.99 when I purchased it, and they couldn’t get another one for me, they did a straight exchange on this one (after a bit of a dispute–thanks Melissa for helping me out on that!) 😉 They wanted to give me a Palm Tungsten E2 as a replacement, but this model only has a square screen and no built-in wifi (but it did have Bluetooth and IR).

So after over 2 years since my first PDA purchase from Best Buy, I have myself a new one. Again. Without having to buy another one. However, this time I elected to not purchase the extended coverage, and will settle for HP’s manufacturer warranty.

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Here is what I love about the device so far:

-Windows Mobile 5. This is better in many ways than Windows Mobile 2003 SE I had on my first iPaq, and much, much more modern than Palm OS 5.4 which I had on my Palm TX. I don’t really like the new 2 soft buttons at the bottom of the screen versus the old grey menu bar, but the way the OS handles persistent memory and file storage is a huge upgrade over 2003 SE. The Today screen is much-improved, too.

-The screen. Great contrast, colour, brightness, and it has that slippery feel when you write on it with the stylus. Palm’s screen was dull, rubbery-feeling, attracted a lot of dust, and horrible to use outdoors. Even though this screen is only 240×320, versus the Palm’s 320×480, It’s better overall.

-Text entry. Palm has Graffiti 2, which is horrible. It shouldn’t be a challenge at all, but more times than not, the system decided to interpret my "t"’s as "i ." There was a hack where you could install the far-superior Graffiti 1, but it had a bad conflict with the Blazer browser, so it wasn’t an easy trade-off. Windows Mobile has Transcriber (cool but flaky to use sometimes), character recognizer (exactly like Graffiti 2 only reliable), block recognizer (similar to Graffiti 1), and keyboard entry. But even keyboard entry is better in Windows Mobile because you have mouse gestures which makes it super-easy to capitalize characters.

-Applications. I was extremely disappointed by the Palm’s lack of solid applications when I got it 2 years ago. The Blazer web browser was a joke for browsing anything but text, VersaMail was flaky sometimes, Adobe Acrobat Reader was nothing short of an insult, and there weren’t a lot of "cool" applications available. Right away with my new iPaq, I got Google Maps for mobile, which is fast, pretty, and amazing in every way. Adobe Acrobat Reader is wonderful on Windows Mobile. Again, something I really missed when I first switched to the Palm version.

-Voice recording. I missed this feature when I didn’t have it on my Palm. Even if I don’t use it much, it’s good to know it’s there.

-SD and CF slots. My cameras use one or the other, and now I can copy images from both and see them on the screen right away!

-128MB memory. It’s good to have a lot of memory when running any Windows system, big or small! My palm also had 128MB, which was almost overkill, but this device really needs the space!

Now, for the bad:
-It is Windows, meaning that my Mac won’t sync with it. Unless I sync it while running Windows on my Mac! Or… I could get 3rd party Mac software like "The Missing Sync."

-It uses Outlook for syncing mail, tasks, notes, calender items and contacts. I was never a big fan out Outlook, but I think I’ll switch to it at work, even though I really love Thunderbird. I might install Outlook at home, too, but maybe just for everything except email.

-it is large. I actually hated this model when I saw it in stores, but now that I actually use it, it doesn’t feel so large. It does have a nice rubbery grip surrounding the entire case, so that might save it if I ever drop it! It feels good in my hand, too.

-Data entry. While I love Windows Mobile for all its different text entry options, actually entering data can be frustrating. It just takes too long. Too much scrolling, clicking, all while having to use the stylus. And then finding your information afterwards. It’s very desktop-computer like, but because you’re not using a desktop, it can be slow. Palm was far superior in this aspect with its incredibly fast and simple PIM apps.

That is all. Now… time to play!

Posted by brianwolk on 2007-10-21 22:32:07

Tagged: , hp , ipaq , pocket , pc , windows , mobile , 5 , pda , hx2490 , personal , data , assistant , D70 , stylus , 320×240 , 240×320 , tamron , 17-50mm , f/2.8

Storm coming in over the river Murry – South Australia.

Storm coming in over the river Murry - South Australia.

A wild day whilst on our houseboat trip up the River Murray South Australia, this was a combination of a very nasty fire front and the smoke, dust and storm front that was blown our way…the previous photo was sent from my I pad with no adjustments whilst there, I couldn’t wait to get home and upload on my computer and add some color and contrast to the photo as was seen on the day.
I had to remove the old one as it was out of focus and poorly done, prob with old eyes and small screens – lol

Posted by Mykel46 on 2015-11-27 10:27:48

Tagged: , storm , river , murray , South , Australia , nature , wild , weather , Olympus , OMD , EM5mk2 , 7-14mm , f2.8 , pro

Far far away in his thoughts

Far far away in his thoughts

Just plain raw Ektar 100. No post-processing except some dust cleaning (by hand on the computer but no digital ICE crap or whatsoever)

Posted by mistral_mars on 2010-01-26 22:31:46

Tagged: , Contax , 159MM , Hanimex , 28mm , f:2.8 , Kodak Ektar 100 , Kid , portrait , summer , Saint Martin Les Eaux

Rip rap music..

Rip rap music..

This is the companion to "Imponded sun" as the portrait. I shot this later and just kept the flair of the sun outside the frame so that the the vegetation and underwater mosses could retain their saturations but without humping them in Photoshop which seems to be a pastime on Flickr. Warning, if you want to shoot shots like this with the lens pointed directly at the sun, it is crucial that you polish all bits of dust from the front surface of the lens. I stopped to do just that here, knowing it could be trouble if I didn’t, even with this spectacular 24-70mm zoom lens. Note that this specially coated lens is not even a three times zoom, not a 12-16 times zoom. It might be a plan to crank on a much superior single focal length lens instead of that super zoom that packs loads of lens flare. Lately, I am struck by how many posts are put up on Flickr that do not even observe decent exposures. I thought that was rule one? Are these folks overcompensating for flaring skies they can’t control because it is outside the range of lens capability I am thoroughly happy with the tones I retained.

On this day of nice skies and water, I came back to this spot I’ve used before with the intention of expanding my catalog. My previous take was one of my favorites. I am still fighting to slow this autumn’s slipping away and I made another loop of the path but there was little breeze and there were only a few ripples on the water that ushered in the fine sky and foliage colors. I got a couple of shots of the foliage in the distance but it is deteriorating. I guess this reflection scene just grabbed me emotionally for some reason. Watch out for this if you are fishing in a belly boat and decide to come in to shore here! Later, I decided to recapture earlier shots. Replacing my productive rippled water scenes were skies with some mixed clouds, water and fading foliage. December is almost here.

I am out here at Golden Ponds, the Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado greenbelt and rec area and fortunately, the turn-off is only a half-dozen blocks down Hover St. I wanted to look for possible locations even though the sky has been the pits lately. I wandered the green space and took some detail shots that were available, Drying cattails surrounded the ponds. The bold sky is gone, the rippling water gone, the bold clouds gone, my favorite cottonwood, brown and most cattails seeding the next year’s supply. I shot few pictures and kept the sky out of the frame but it’s presence shows in the water. The colorful autumn foliage is falling around the ponds and under the water. I love shooting stark scenes with this camera and lens. I have not used any of my old Nikkors even though I programmed them into the computer.

Posted by Rocky Pix on 2013-04-15 19:53:46

Tagged: , Is Rip Rap Music , Rocky , Shore , Golden Ponds Park and Recreational Area , Sun , Water , Sky , Cloud , Reflection , Fall , Foliage , St.Vrain , Creek , Pastoral , Longmont , Boulder , County , Colorado , Rockies , River , Basin RockyPix Rocky Mountain Pix W. , Michel , Kiteley f/16 1/125th/sec 42mm 24-70mm , f/2.8 , f/2.8G , Nikkor , Normal-Zoom , Hand-held

Home Built i7 Machine

Home Built i7 Machine

Taking a few photo’s for the Overclock.net community of my computer. Just for fun grabbed it and dusted it out then decided to take the photo’s. I have been meaning to do this for a while but haven’t taken the time to do it.

This is a composite of 7 images to capture the dynamic range, hardware lighting and to use flash to accentuate certain areas of the machine using an off camera, hand triggered SB-700. The photo’s were from about 1.6 seconds to 20 seconds each.

Posted by spikeyj37 on 2014-07-14 05:32:04

Tagged: , Computer , I7 , 4770k , Maximus , Asus , Corsair , XFX , Radeon , Air , 540 , H100i , Water , Cooled , Nikon , D3200 , Tokina , 11-16 , F/2.8 , SB-700 , Strobed , Strobe , Flash , Hand , Lit , Light , Painting , Composite

Rocky shore

Rocky shore

This is the companion to "Imponded sun" as the portrait version. I managed to nearly dodge the highlite gamut in Lightroom while very slim margins of black gamut showed in this exposure. Warning, if you want to shoot shots like this with the lens pointed directly at the sun, it is crucial that you polish all bits of dust from the front surface of the lens. I stopped to do just that here, knowing it could be trouble if I didn’t, even with this spectacular 24-70mm zoom lens. Note that this specially coated lens is not even a three times zoom, not a 12-16 times zoom. It might be a plan to crank on a much superior single focal length lens instead of that super zoom that packs loads of lens flare. Lately, I am struck by how many posts are put up on Flickr that do not even observe decent exposures. I thought that was rule one? Are these folks overcompensating for flaring skies they can’t control.

On this day of nice skies and water, I came back to this spot I’ve used before with the intention of expanding my catalog. My previous take was one of my favorites. I am still fighting to slow this autumn’s slipping away and I made another loop of the path but there was little breeze and there were only a few ripples on the water that ushered in the fine sky and foliage colors. I got a couple of shots of the foliage in the distance but it is deteriorating. I guess this reflection scene just grabbed me emotionally for some reason. Watch out for this if you are fishing in a belly boat and decide to come in to shore here! Later, I decided to recapture earlier shots. Replacing my productive rippled water scenes were skies with some mixed clouds, water and fading foliage. December is almost here.

I am out here at Golden Ponds, the Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado greenbelt and rec area and fortunately, the turn-off is only a half-dozen blocks down Hover St. I wanted to look for possible locations even though the sky has been the pits lately. I wandered the green space and took some detail shots that were available, Drying cattails surrounded the ponds. The bold sky is gone, the rippling water gone, the bold clouds gone, my favorite cottonwood, brown and most cattails seeding the next year’s supply. I shot few pictures and kept the sky out of the frame but it’s presence shows in the water. The colorful autumn foliage is falling around the ponds and under the water. I love shooting stark scenes with this camera and lens. I have not used any of my old Nikkors even though I programmed them into the computer.

Posted by Rocky Pix on 2012-11-30 03:13:01

Tagged: , Rocky Shore , Golden Ponds Park and Recreational Area , Shore , Rocks , Sun , Water , Sky , Cloud , Reflection , Fall , Foliage , St.Vrain , Creek , Pastoral , Longmont , Boulder , County , Colorado , Rockies , River , Basin RockyPix Rocky Mountain Pix W. , Michel , Kiteley f/16 1/60th/sec 29mm 24-70mm , f/2.8 , f/2.8G , Nikkor , Normal-Zoom , Hand-held

Laptop

Laptop

Kodak Ektar 100
Mamiya 645 Pro
Mamiya- Sekor c 80mm F/2.8 N

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Posted by Jorkew on 2014-11-06 19:23:59

Tagged: , apple , macbook , mac , air , laptop , computer , candid , hand , hands , dirty , dust , dusty , screen , toetsenbord , depth , field , dof , depth of field , Apple macbook , Mamiya , Mamiya 645 , Mamiya sekor c , mamiya camera , mamiya medium format , mamiya film camera , mamiya sekor c 80mm , Mamiya sekor c 80mm 2.8 N , 80mm , Mamiya 645 pro , 645 pro , mamiya pro , pro , 645 , m645 , sekor , c , f/2.8 , N , 2.8 , lens , f/ , medium , format , Mamiya sekor c 80mm f/2.8 N , sekor c , sekor c 80mm , mamiya sekor lens , kodak ektar 100 , kodak ektar , ektar 100 , kodak , ektar , 100 , medium format , 120 , 120 film , rolfilm , film , kodak color film , kodak medium format film , medium format film , mff

Dusty games @ Retina Display :-)

Dusty games @ Retina Display :-)

Brookside Golf Course, Pasadena, California, USA

Before the fireworks of Rose Bowl at Pasadena…
I love the dof of my 2.8 lens 🙂
Upload to flickr to better result on Retina display screen.

Press "L" key for get all details (Retina display or not 🙂

Avant les feux d’artifice au Rose Bowl à Pasadena…
J’adore ma lentille 2.8 🙂
Envoyer sur flickr pour être vue avec une bonne résolution sur un écran Retina.

Presser sur la touche "L" pour un meilleur rendu (écran Retina ou pas 🙂

Posted by Lucas Janin | www.lucas3d.com on 2012-07-12 06:30:04

Tagged: , 4 juillet , 4th july , arbre , boy , childreen , color , computer , couleur , cross proces , dust , enfant , fille , game , garçon , girl , golf course , grass , green , herbe , humain , human , jeu , los angeles , orange , ordinateur , plant , plante , sable , sand , sunset , terrain de golf , tree , vert , pasadena , california , usa , camera:model=nikon d700 , exif:lens=24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 , exif:focal_length=70 mm , geo:countrys=usa , geo:state=california , geo:city=pasadena , exif:iso_speed=200 , exif:aperture=ƒ / 2.8 , exif:make=nikon corporation , exif:model=nikon d700 , camera:make=nikon corporation , nikon , AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED , lucas janin , 70 mm , f/2.8 , nikon d700 , ¹⁄₂₅₀₀ sec , iso200 , nikkor , lightroom , lightroom 4 , retina