news | articles | reviews | software | modules | accessories | discussion | faq | mobile | store
 visorcentral >> news >> PDAs becoming PC-like?

PDAs becoming PC-like?

Wednesday December 6, 2000 - 2:37 PM EST - By James Hromadka

The Boston Globe has this article on an author's troubles with his Visor locking up sometimes when inserting a Springboard module. I've have had instances where removing a module caused a soft reset, but rarely have I lost data because of a Springboard module. I do take exception to this part of the article:
In theory, it's thrilling that you can now use your Visor as a modem, MP3 player, GPS, telephone, Bible reference, etc. But the difference between an open system and a closed one means that more trouble can slip in. That's in part why the closed Napster service is so much more useful and scaleable than the open rival Gnutella, at least so far. Central control is usually a bad thing -- examples for that range from the gates of the Kremlin to the gates of Microsoft, but openness means added complexity.
While it's true that anyone can develop modules for the Springboard platform, Handspring works with developers to make sure that their product is ready for the market. Napster works because there is a spirit of community, while Gnutella is "every man for himself."

In the instances where I have had problems with a module, it has always been from removing the module while it was active (playing an MP3, still online, etc) or from a particular hack. Unfortunately, the author doesn't mention what "that one module" is, so I can't offer any more suggestions.

Update: Auction Update / VisorAdventure 2
Thu Oct 11 - 12:05 AM EST

InnoGear PowerCradle (updated)
Tue Oct 9 - 10:51 PM EST

iambic Office suite
Thu Oct 4 - 1:12 AM EST

Prism dropped to $299
Tue Oct 2 - 6:19 PM EST

New Portable Keyboard
Tue Oct 2 - 4:46 PM EST

Body Massager Module (updated)
Tue Oct 2 - 4:38 PM EST

Module Madness
Tue Oct 2 - 4:34 PM EST

New version of FlashAdapter software
Mon Oct 1 - 11:02 PM EST

Get Documents To Go with Visor purchase
Mon Oct 1 - 10:42 PM EST

SnapNType initial impressions
Fri Sep 28 - 10:11 PM EST

What's this? A new poll?!
Fri Sep 28 - 9:57 PM EST

Palm Desktop for Mac OS X by "the end of the year"
Thu Sep 27 - 2:36 PM EST

Going Corporate: Handspring partners with Aether
Wed Sep 26 - 6:19 PM EST

SnapNType Mini-Keyboard Available
Mon Sep 24 - 5:19 PM EST

Blazer 2.0 Beta
Mon Sep 24 - 4:42 PM EST


About VisorCentral : Copyright 1999 Smartphone Experts All rights reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy policy