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syncml and palm

Still in a rueful mood regarding the problems with Palm and its Java conduit SDK, suddenly I thought: wait a minute, what about SyncML? If that worked, there would only be need for a SyncML implementation, which would then work across Symbian, Palm, and maybe even (gasp!) PocketPC.

A quick search for SyncML and Palm turns up this old press release which identified Palm as being one of the founders of the SyncML initiative. While it doesn't seem that Palm has an SDK to support SyncML (searching for SyncML-related stuff at Palm's developers site turns up nothing of use except press releases), there are some indications that this should work. For example, this article from IBM DeveloperWorks that talks about SyncML device management talks about a reference implementation SDK that runs on Windows, Palm, and Linux. And maybe using Palm's Bluetooth SDK would help. Maybe, just maybe...

Categories: clevercactus
Posted by diego on May 8, 2003 at 6:47 PM



It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Neo!

Matrix Reloaded is being released worldwide these next few days (it opens here in Ireland on May 23rd). Time has it as a cover story this week, and from what I read and the stills that you can see in the article, it appears that the new film will be heavily tilted towards action--and little else, something echoed in this slashdot thread regarding the first published review of the movie. If it's true, part of the story will be lost. However, we should remember that Matrix Revolutions is not far behind (November) and as the end of the trilogy that movie will have to be a bit (at least a bit) more "contemplative". The Lord of the Rings, for example, managed that well (keeping the third book still tense, but winding it down slowly, and with a major final battle to boot).

Also: couple of days ago I read this article that talks about what The Matrix meant culturally when it was released in 1999--very good.

In any case, let's not forget what the sage Morpheus told us once, as we were about to enter that fabled rabbit hole:

No one can be told what The Matrix is--you have to see it for yourself.

Posted by diego on May 8, 2003 at 5:47 PM

the future of handspring: "communicators"


Here's an interesting interview with Jeff Hawkins, creator of the PalmPilot, co-founder of Palm, and then Handspring. He explains the difficult transition Handspring is going through in moving from "simple" handheld organizers to "communicators" (ie., devices that integrate phones and organizers) and why he thinks there's no other option.

While sometimes the idea of "synergy" is overrated (tending to create bloatware) in the case of something that integrates the functions of an organizer and a mobile phone it's a no brainer. Handspring is right to make the move. If they don't, phones like the Nokia 3650 (talked about at length in Mobitopia) and the SonyEricsson P800 will run over them like a freight train. A good read.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on May 8, 2003 at 12:20 AM

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