It’s Sunday again. They soon come around. This one, though, is at the end of a week long holiday. It’s been fun. We visited my parents for a couple of days, took a trip around Hamsterley Forest and Teesdale with them, and had a meal out at the Moorcock Inn at Eggleston. I got my birthday present early – a Palm Tungsten T3. I’ve fixed a couple of nagging little problems on PigPog, and i’m just finishing off uploading more photos – from Teesdale and Hamsterley Forest. Quite an enjoyable week, on the whole.
…three toasters, a bread maker, a food processor…
As we were taking a drive through Hamsterley Forest with my parents, we passed a sign that read “Caution Cyclists”. I suggested we waited for the next one and warned them that they look a prat wearing Lycra and an odd shaped helmet in public.
I now have a Palm Tungsten T3. It’s a slightly early birthday present from my parents, who we visited this week (enjoyable trip – watch for new photos from Hamsterley Forest soon). I’ve had a Tungsten T for around six months now, and it’s been great – a very nice machine to use. Fast, nice screen, and hardwearing. I’ve been reading all the rumours for some time about the coming of the T3, and they seem to have turned out to be pretty much spot on.
So what’s different from the T? Well, the most obvious difference is the screen, as every review i’ve read has said. It’s bigger (320×480 resolution – enough to upset WinCE / Pocket PC / Windows Mobile owners), brighter, and clearer. At least one review i’d read disliked the slider, as it hides part of the screen, and they wanted the full screen there all the time – that doesn’t bother me at all – i find myself often using closed, for speed, then popping it open as i access something that’s a bit too big for the closed screen size. The slider means that a machine small enough to fit neatly in your pocket pulls open to a machine that’s just a bit more comfortable to hold, with enough room for that big screen and the pleasantly large five-way navigator. Some reviewers didn’t like the new shaped five-way navigator, but i’ve found it good – no better, but no worse in use, and it looks a bit more stylish.
Having the apps (VersaMail, Documents to Go, etc) in ROM was a great idea for saving space, but is probably less useful than you’d imagine – there’s plenty of RAM now, and there’s already been an updated version of Docs to Go, so if you want the newest version, you have to clog up your RAM anyway.
The updates to the built-in apps are nice. The addition of categories with colour coded blobs to the calendar has taken away the main reason I was using Pimlico’s Datebk5. Datebk5 still adds lots of extra features, but i try to do without additional software wherever i can.
The only problem i’m left with is that i can’t get VersaMail to sync properly with Outlook – it’ll mirror several folders from Outlook quite nicely on the handheld, but if i delete messages on the handheld, they just come back when i sync instead of deleting from Outlook. If i move a message from one folder to another on the Palm, it stays there, but in Outlook it stays where it was, so the folders are no longer mirrored. It’s kind of annoying, but i can probably live with it if i can’t fix it.
On the whole, i’m very happy with the upgrade.
The old Tungsten T? Sam‘s enjoying that
Update 2005-10-30: It broke, got sent away for repair, took months to get it replaced, then the replacement finally broke with the same fault – digitizer getting the pen position wrong at the bottom of the screen. Apart from that, though, it’s still working ok. Well, there’s a couple of screws missing, so we really should use some gaffa tape to stick it together properly, but why bother until it actually drops apart?
Last Monday, we (Sam and i) went to the Nottingham Playhouse to see Dave Gorman‘s new show, Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure. It was a lot of fun – a very entertaining show. If you get chance to catch it as it tours, it’s well worth seeing. It was just Dave and a Mac on stage, with a presentation on a screen behind, yet it really got the audience involved – quite a story. Anyone who wakes up on a new year’s morning, at Heathrow Airport, with his wallet, mobile phone, passport, a return ticket to Washington DC, a hangover, and no idea how all this happened, has got to have a story to tell. Though you don’t expect it to start from a collection of photographs of women and dogs.