mnot’s blog

Design depends largely on constraints.” — Charles Eames

Friday, 6 June 2003

Newest Toy

Got the Palm Tungsten T the other day ($309 from, - $50 trade-in). Nifty, much better than the aging handspring I was toting around.

Cool apps include Kinoma for video viewing (anyone asking how Charlie is doing now gets treated to full-motion video :) Vindigo (as always; well worth the $24/year).

Tried sync’ing to a mac, and BOY is that nice; the integration of the addresses with and, as well as that of todo’s and calendar with ical is fantastic. I’m sold, and am seriously considering buying a second-hand tiBook for my main machine (work is OK with this; everything I need to run will work on it. :)

It also does networking, albeit a bit kludgily. I can go through infrared or Bluetooth; got the bluetooth dongle tonight, and have got SSH and Web working, as well as bluetooth sync.

The interesting part, of course, is the HTTP trace:

1054963307.347 1:1 578 >
> GET / HTTP/1.1
> Host:
> Connection: keep-alive
> User-Agent: Mozilla/4.7 [en] (PalmOS; U; WebPro)
> Accept: text/html;q=1.0, text/css; q=1.0, application/x-javascript; q=1.0, text/plain;q=0.8, text/\*;q=0.6, \*/\*;q=0, image/gif; q=1.0, image/jpeg; q=1.0, image/png; q=1.0
> Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1; q=1.0, ASCII; q=1.0, \*; q=0
> Accept-Language: en-us; q=1.0, en; q=0.8, \*; q=0.5
> Accept-Encoding: identity;q=1.0, gzip;q=0.1, \*;q=0
> x-up-subno: 00T6PC2210KR
> x-novarra-device-type: 0
> X-Forwarded-For:
> Via: 1.1 wp210uhou (NetCache NetApp/5.2.1R3)

What does this tell us?

My only real complaint so far is the lack of a good case for it; I’ve tried two so far, and neither really works well.

Some dear readers might ask why I opted for a Palm device instead of a Pocket PC. I have two reasons;