PalmGear, PalmSource partner; PDM transferred
PalmSource, the software division of Palm Inc., has entered into a partnership with software retailer PalmGear, an agreement which includes the sale of PalmSource’s Palm Digital Media ebook division to PalmGear. Under the agreement, PalmGear will also form the basis of a new PalmSource online store that deals exclusively in Palm OS applications.
The new agreement has provoked strong negative reactions from enthusiasts, who have complaints against PalmGear’s business practices, particularly some actions which are seen as unfriendly to developers, and disputes over money owed to developers by PalmGear.
One disgruntled user put it thusly:
PalmGear told hundreds of small and independent developers that they didn’t have money to pay. They gave them the option of accepting pennies on the dollar or spreading out payment over many months. They used the royalties owed to developers as operating cash, paying legal expenses and god knows what else.
Now it seems like they have cash to acquire companies. How many developers are still owed their royalties?
Even postings Michael Mace, CCO of PalmSource, made on enthusiast site PalmInfoCenter could not dissuade the complaintants. A few others also spoke up in favor of the new partnership, but the large majority was decidedly negative.
PocketPCTechs offers 128 MB memory on iPaq 2210/2215
PocketPCTechs, the company famed for their much desired memory upgrades, is offering to upgrade iPaq 2210/15 PocketPCs to 128 MB of internal memory. This is a ‘stacked’ upgrade, meaning that the additional RAM is used as a high-speed internal memory card, as opposed to a ‘native’ upgrade where the 128 MB is available as true RAM. The cost of the memory upgrade is $159, extremely steep for an additional 64 MB of Storage given that at current prices you can buy 512 MB memory cards for less.
iPaq 5600 offered on eBay
A high-level seller on eBay is offering for sale what appears to be part of an initial prototype runn of the iPaq 5600 series. The 5600s were designed concurrently with the iPaq 5450, used the same chassis and hardware, and featured either GSM/GPRS or CDMA voice and data service. However, due to HP’s on-again, off-again interest in a cellular-data enabled iPaq, the 5600s were scrapped and never released, despite early photos which depicted the 5100, 5400 and 5600 models together. It would be a real coup to have one, since it would be the only PocketPC to have both WiFi, Bluetooth, and choice of GSM/GPRS or CDMA, however the seller reports in a discussion thread linked to below that hedoes not know how to get either of the two cellular communication modules (one GSM, one CDMA) to function.
TealSafe released, PasswordsPlus updated
One new security program, and another updated. The new version of PasswordsPlus, a free upgrade for existing users, includes support for user-designed templates, and the ability to print a complete record of your PasswordsPlus database for Storage in a secure location, such as a safe or bank box.
TealSafe is quite similar to PasswordsPlus, in that it is intended as a single, secure repository for passwords and PINs that provide access to websites, email, bank accounts, credit cards, and other important personal data, all of which is secured by 128 bit encryption and multi-level passwords. TealSafe is priced at $19.95.