A proud papa
Yep. So last August, after months of unintentional
hinting by me, my friends chipped in and bought me a USRobotics Palm Pilot
Professional for my birthday. (Yes, back then it _hadn't_ yet been
bought by 3Com.)
Me and my baby
It's like, the coolest thing. And if you were one of those people,
thanks. Again. >:-}
ANYways, what makes the Pilot cool is that it does the things its
inventor set out to do: 1) Fits in your shirt pocket, 2) Has really
good built-in applications, 3) Is really easy to hook-up and "sync"
with your PC (or Mac) Desktop.
And that's it. i mean, that's what made it popular with uh, "normal"
What made it popular with geeks like me, is that it has so much dang
cool third-party software written for it. And so much of it is
freeware, public domain, and shareware, and it's all available for a
download from the web.
Anyways, just a brief run-down on the add-on stuff that i consider
"essential" on a Pilot:
- LaunchPad - replaces your Applications program with a configurable
"launch pad" that lets you categorize your applications with folder
tabs. Has other nice shortcuts as well.
- MoneyManager - checkbook and credit card balance keeper. Saves me
from overdrawing my bank account, which is a bad bad thing.
- BugMe! - Think of Post-It Notes(tm) that you can attach alarms to.
- AportisDoc - a reader for big text documents. There's lots of
pre-converted documents, but there's also utilities that let you
convert your own, or better yet, convert web pages to Doc format.
It's great for converting those articles from a newspaper's site, or
suck.com, or salonmagazine.com, or whatever, for later perusal.
- Dinky Pad or
sketch pad/drawing programs. They let
you (and your friends) doodle. Like this
- Spec - a viewer for images. It reads images in the ImageViewer
format, but it's got a much smaller memory footprint and has a neater
UI, imho. Like Doc, there are utilities available to convert your
GIFs and JPGs to the ImageViewer format. It's a geeky alternative to
carrying photos of your girlfriend in your wallet.
- AlarmHack - lets you change the alarm sound. Mine sounds like an
- HackMaster -
a program that lets clever programmers hack OS-type
of things on the Pilot, like:
- FindHack -
enhances the Find function of the Pilot. A lot.
- HushHack -
shuts up the Pilot when syncing.
- MenuHack -
lets you tap on the menu bar (a la Mac or Windows)
instead of using the Menu button.
- PowerHack -
allows Check-In (see below) to automatically lock
and hide secret records upon power off.
- SelectHack -
allows you Unix-like selecting of text. Two-taps
selects a word. Three taps selects a paragraph.
- Check-In - utility to change the initial start-up screen, and to
automatically lock and hid secret records after a prescribed period of
- Tricorder - utility to allow you to impress your geek friends.
- Datebk3 - powerful
replacement to the built-in Date Book
application, features different views (Weekly, Yearly), as well as
fancier ways to enter appointments and whatnot.
Yeah, i'll get links eventually, but in the meantime, just look for
them at PilotGear.