Noah silva nsilva at sparcy.atariuniverse.com
Mon Feb 19 16:54:35 CET 2001

On Mon, 19 Feb 2001, Matt Emson wrote:

> The reason I love PalmOS is because it's so simple to use. I've been tempted
> by WinCE in the past, and the PSion Epoc too, but somehow they always seemed
> to have too much baggage. I love that my old Palmpilot Pro is still a viable
> computer.. 3 years after I got it (I've also got a handspring too..) Try saying
> that about most moder PC's in 3 years time!!??!!

Yes, I was actually town between a palm visor and the sharp Zaurus.  (I
didn't consider winCE as I didn't need any more M$ products...).  One
example of people getting burned by CE is that they dropped support for
some of the processor chips right out from under the manufacturers.  HP
got screwed because they used the SH chip in their Jornada line, and
suddenly the OS disappears.  I can see why places ike sharp like to keep
the OS under their own control!  The Sharp won, not just because of the
OS, but because of the power vs. price.  My zaurus can recognize
handwriting in english -and- japanese, play mp3 files, and mpeg 4 movies.
It has a -very- nice calendar app, and a very nice drawing / photo
manuipulation program.  Like the palm, it has a whole lot of 3rd party
programs.  Unlike the palm, it is not currently sold in the US.  I agree
that Win CE is too complex for an organizer.  The sharp OS is very simple,
but works well (you can even multitask playing an MP3 and using the
address book, or running linux and the native OS, for example)

but I'll stop now since this is getting a bitofftopic...

> Whilst the OS of this Sharp machine may be brilliant, it will still never beat
> the simplicity that PalmOS brings.. and with a Pascal compiler the possibilities
> are endless!!! Heh, heh, heh ;)

I would like to see a pascal compiler for both.
> Matt
> >On a Related Note, I recently bought a Sharp Zaurus in Japan.  This PDA
> >makes the palm look severely anemic.  It uses a Hitachi SH3 processor, and
> >runs it's own OS.  Also it can run Linux and GCC.  FPK would be nice to
> >have on it, but since we don't even have a working Atari compiler released
> >yet, and that has been in development for a while, I know it is pushing
> >things to hope for an SH3 code-generator.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >    Noah Silva

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