Posts Tagged ‘treo’

Seems like every couple of days we’re hearing more about data in the cloud. I’ve thought about this one in considering the iPhone, and I’m still thinking about it as I read more about the Palm Pre. One of my biggest gripes about the iPhone has to do with synching data across multiple computers. I do this all the time with my old Palm Treo. I drop it in a cradle attached to my desktop computer, I drop it into a cradle attached to my home desktop, and I connect it to a cable attached to my laptop. The frequency varies, but the long and short of it is that if I’m in a network dead zone and I need to get something from a computer onto my handheld (or vice versa), I can connect a cable, push a button, and I’m done. Not so with the iPhone. If I need to sync data across multiple computers with the iPhone, I have to subscribe to Apple’s $99 per year MobileMe service. Even after subscribing to that service I wouldn’t be able to sync the way I want to: I can’t simply connect the two devices with a cable and push a button. MobileMe depends upon having a network connection so that my data can copy itself to Apple’s server in the cloud. Eventually the updates trickle across the network to the other computers. As I read more about the Palm Pre and Palm’s new WebOS, it seems that this device will follow the same path, and that disappoints me.

As I’ve previously mentioned, I simply may not want some of my data to live in the cloud. Yet I still need to synchronize with multiple computers. What’s a person to do then? But ignoring the fact that I don’t want all of my data to live in the cloud, there are other considerations. I live in an area with MANY network dead zones, so it simply isn’t always even possible to sync data. Let’s think about travelers. Do you really want to pay for an hour’s worth of network time in every airport you pass through just to keep all your data synchronized? Probably not.

I’m trying to keep an open mind about cloud data and apps. Some people love it, and it works well for them. That’s great for those people, but it shouldn’t come at a cost in functionality. If data synchronization with the cloud is just another option, then that’s a good way to go. Nothing wrong with giving people options. But why take away functionality that already works? Don’t do it, Palm!

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Dontcha just hate it when a company fixes something and performance takes a hit? Such was the case with Opera Mini 4.1 Final (in my case, 4.1.11355, 20080522).

I’ve been using a Palm Treo 680 for almost a year and a half now. Blazer, the built-in web browser was just okay at the outset. As I explore more websites and as the websites get more complex, I increasingly find that Blazer just can’t cut it. Several months ago I installed Opera Mini, and I have used it a number of times since then – primarily when Blazer chokes on a page. With the supporting software that Opera Mini requires, it was a bit of a pain to get going. Once I finally had it running, I kept it on my phone, dutifully upgrading with each new release in hopes of a better interface and a more refined Treo-like user experience. (Did anyone else notice that Opera’s implementation of the 5-way Navigator button was completely inverted when compared to ALL OTHER Palm apps?)

Anywho . . . suffice it to say that Opera ain’t working so good now. After “upgrading” to the “final” 4.1 version, the program is all but unusable on my Treo. All kidding aside, most of the time I can’t even load Google with Opera. It crashes my phone, and I have to remove and replace the battery to force a reboot. You know, that new iPhone is looking better all the time!

Oh, for a version of Firefox that would run on the Palm OS!