Thursday, July 22, 13:21 CDT
Yikes, it's been a while. Where to start?

I would have updated around 1:00 this morning, but I got embroiled in a debate over Linux and Free Software. One 'o these days, Eric, I'm going to learn not to take the bait...

My Palm IIIx finally came last Friday, right after I had a couple of teeth pulled. Sort of a mixed day. Anyway, after using the Palm for a while, I wrote a pseudo-review with some first impressions. (Mostly positive, with some quibbling.)

There're some very cool little (well, little is sort of a requirement) apps available for the various Palm devices. Mostly shareware/demoware, but there's a growing selection of good free stuff as well. A few links to what I've found so far:

  • CSpotRun is a simple but effective DOC reader. This format seems to be a standard on the Palm platform, and there're a ton of documents available in it.
  • Some great stuff here: Diddle is a cool little GPL'd sketchpad. Its close relative DiddleBug lets you set a countdown, and have whatever you've drawn pop up accompanied by an alarm. Great for quick reminders, and so forth.
  • Gary Lorensen has done a nifty tank game, which I've managed to kill some time with, and a version of Battleship.

Palm Gear H.Q. seems like a good place to find stuff, and palm.eisenbach.com lists a good selection of free apps.

One of the first things I did was download CSpotRun and an e-text (in DOC format) of A Princess of Mars. To my pleasant surprise, the Palm is actually an excellent platform for reading e-texts. And I must admit I really enjoyed A Princess of Mars. I do believe I'll read some more of Edgar Rice Burroughs' stuff. Fortunately, most of it seems to be available as an e-text, from one source or another.

Well, there's more I should write here, but I don't really have time at the moment. I'm going to attempt to get back to updating daily, but we all know how that goes...