I’m making a few changes around here.
I’ve scaled back my computer hobby over the last few years, and have been focused on cycling. I’ve been teaching myself bicycle mechanics during this time, and am at a point where I can repair and maintain my own bikes.
I’ve also been going on longer and longer rides, taking pictures and mapping my progress using the Strava app on my iPhone. But, as fun as Strava is, it’s not much fun from a retro-computing point of view. So, I’ve decided to resurrect an old idea of mine – track my rides using my Handspring Visor Deluxe, the CotoGPS app, Magellan GPS Companion Springboard module, and upload the data to the GPSVisualizer site. It’s a roundabout way of doing things, but I don’t care. It lets me use my old hardware that would otherwise be sitting in a box.
I may also use my PalmOne Treo 650 and Palm Bluetooth GPS to do accomplish the same thing. We’ll see how it goes. It’d be nice to use OpenStreetMap as well, so I can skip Google Maps…
What does this mean for this blog, you might ask?
Well, I hear you ask.
The long and short of it is, there will be an equal focus on cycling and computing, and I’ll try to combine the two whenever possible. In addition, I’ll be incorporating Mastodon and my Phlog as much as I can, maybe even T00bnix. I’m trying to incorporate SDF more and more into my routine, as I value this community and what it wants to do.
It looks as though my beloved Treo 650 smartphone is on its last legs…
Its battery (original from 2004) is only holding a charge for 24 hours under use, when it used to hold a charge for days. At this rate, it’ll be stone dead in a matter of years…
Ugh. WordPress keeps rotating the image…
I say this tongue-in-cheek, of course. The Treo’s battery life has always been phenomenal.
Despite having two vastly more capable Android phones, I can’t see myself giving up the Treo anytime soon. It’s just too handy, and I have yet to find a software package that’s better integrated better than the Natara Smartphone Bundle (DayNotez journal, Bonsai outliner, Comet call reports) on any phone. Replacement batteries (and parts) are readily available on eBay, so I have a feeling my Treo will be around for years to come.
Software availability is a bit of an issue (Although not as big an issue as it is on my iPhone 3G). Since buying my first Treo in late 2010, the number of sites selling/hosting Palm software has dwindled. Most of the online shops have either shut down or stopped carrying Palm software altogether, and I don’t see a classic Palm OS renaissance anytime soon. There are still a few places to get Palm freeware or shareware, however most of the shareware apps are no longer registerable.
Luckily for me, I had the presence of mind to stockpile Palm apps I figured would come in handy, kept backups of apps I bought (and printouts of registration numbers I’d paid for), so my Treo will continue to be useful for at least another few years.
(Imported from old blog on Oct 1st, 2013)
So, it’s been nearly four years since I first set this blog up, and I’m only now writing my first entry…
You’re probably asking why I’d bother after so much time has passed..? Truth told, I was asking myself that very question, as recently as this afternoon. I was going to hit the “Delete this Blog” button, but the Governor phoned in a last-minute “Stay of Execution”, and an idea was formed…
I’d recently bought a 56k modem for my Handspring Visor, and I have a dial-up account at sdf.lonestar.org, so why not download a telnet app and have some fun?
That’s exactly what I did. I’ve been all over the net, checking out my usual haunts on the web via lynx, pissing around on gopher, and visiting a couple of my favourite telnet BBSes… all on my archaic PDA from 1999!
I’ll post a few pictures in the next day or so, and hope to show off some of my other hardware too!