also I find it kinda hilarious that it has all of:
- two (different) fn keys
- and two spacebars
After typing a bit on the foldable keyboard I got, my first impressions are... mostly good. The keys feel nice, and it's surprisingly stable with the big rubber feet on the bottom.
The problem is the layout. I know it's to keep the keyboard small, but there's so many shortcuts to memorize. I don't think I could get used to it unless I did a significant amount of typing on it.
Wordsmith (PalmOS app) is great, it can replace the built in memo app for simple stuff (and still sync with a desktop), and you can also make more complex documents with fonts, headings, lists, alignment, etc
the first time I used it I thought I broke something
The Palm m500 is an excellent intersection of old school tech and modern conveniences. On the modern side it is smaller and slimmer than my smartphone, has an internal rechargeable battery, has an SD card slot and the cradle is USB. On the old school side it has a sunlight readable reflective lcd, is seriously low power with long battery life, is offline and has physical buttons/stylus.
Unfortunately it looks like the pilot-link library isn't maintained anymore, from archive.org it seems like the website went down in 2019. Not that a library for a 20 year old device needs much maintenance, I'm just wondering what happened to it, or if it's found a new home
also I really like Graffiti, I'm starting to get the hang of it. It was really easy to learn, I mostly just have to memorize some of the punctuation, and get more consistent with some of the trickier characters.
One advantage I didn't realize earlier is that once you learn it, it's pretty easy to type without looking at the screen!
hi I'm Avery
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