Winding down the Palm

I admit it, I tried to get the 2001 Palm to work on Vista (after hotsynching it to the XP as a backup). The desktop seemed to go over well, and it hotsynched and took the data from the Palm. Then I tried to find where the data was stored so I could copy my archives over from the old computer.

Vista search sucks! I told it to search the entire C: drive, and it couldn’t find the files. I discovered the same thing when I reorganized some folders last week. It kept finding the old location but not the new one. I tried refreshing. I tried closing the search window and starting over. Not impressed. I finally opened a command line.
dir filename.* /s/p
Found it in seconds.

Then I got real again. Half of what I want the Palm for requires third party applications — so the drama would repeat for each application. Not worth it.

My datebook is already on paper, so that was easy.

I exported my address book to text. Word will print in booklet format. Took about fifteen minutes to get a good-enough booklet that fits in my paper datebook. Another hour to perfect it, but I enjoyed doing it.

Going through the memos will be a bit harder. Lots of unrelated stuff.

What will I miss, after I’ve done the transfer?

Reading material. I had tons of fanfic on it. But lately I’ve been printing it anyways. It’s easier to make notes in the margin than on the Palm. I had thought of getting QuickOffice, so I could make notes directly in the document, but never actually spent the money. Besides, I rarely got around to reading it. Back in high school, a paperback lived in my purse, and paperbacks weigh less than the Palm. I can also take the laptop around the house with me.

Spreadsheet. I never used it. The one I had accepted data and formatting, but didn’t do the calculations. Again, QuickOffice would have done it, but I never got around handing over the $30. I wanted the portable spreadsheet for adding long strings of numbers when away from the computer — you know the ones, where you add it three times and get four different totals. If I need a real spreadsheet, I need a bigger screen and better keyboard. I happily/guiltily spent $35 last month on a printing calculator when I took the money-counting job for the school. I’d wanted one for ages for adding grocery store receipts, but they were never on sale, so the extra excuse helped. (They’re in this week’s Staples flyer.)

Calulator. Rarely used, but nice to have. (Took me years after graduation to stop carrying the engineering HP.) My grade 8 calculator weighs much less. A dollar store calculator might be even less, but I tried one and hated the feel — keys were mushy and slippery feet.

Permanent notes, such as when I did something, or notes from a specialist, or what type of ink for the printer. I prefer taking notes on paper. I have a small notebook in my purse, with pages that don’t get lost. When it’s full, I disassemble it and move the pages to my files. My filing system is easy and reliable. I don’t need to check appointment dates that often. Printer ink can be added to booklet with the contacts.

Alarms. I use my watch, and if I need more than one I set the cell phone. Besides, knowing where I have to be today and keeping an eye on the time is a good habit I established ages ago.

My pocket book is happy that it didn’t shell out for a shiny toy. My shoulder is happy that 1/2lb is gone from my purse. (Well, 1/4lb if I replace the Palm with the calculator.) My nerves are happy that the notes are safe from format issues Yes, I’m at risk of losing all the files in a fire, but those are rare — much more rare than upgrades that don’t quite work.

So, I didn’t get a shiny new toy. I’m not sure if I made Palm happy or not. Will not buying from them make them sad, or are they happy the data stills shows there’s no market for stand-alone handhelds, and they made the right decision in abandoning them?


2 thoughts on “Winding down the Palm

  1. Printing Calculators — still a market

    One of the teachers was admiring my printing calculator this morning. She adds up cheques for milk money each term. I’d labelled it well before taking it in, so I left it there, and she’ll leave a note if she borrows it.

    It’s good to know a special ed / assistive technology teacher thinks I’m not nuts for buying one.

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