Armen Chakmakjian

Posts Tagged ‘Palm’

Tungsten E2 vs iPod touch

In technology on July 26, 2008 at 9:59 pm

So last month I bought an ipod touch for my wife on her birthday. The thing that prompted me to do this was the coolness factor of course, but also because of the Vista 64/Hotsync problem on her Tungsten E2.

Once the Tungsten was relegated to orphandom by Microsoft and Palm, we needed something for her to do all the things that she used to do on the Tungsten: Calendar entries/appointments, addresses, notes to herself et cetera. Of course the Palm had a crude sync-ing email and I could have given her my old wifi sd card that I used with my tungsten T3, but it was so slow you might as well wait to sync. She could edit Excel and Word files using doc-to-go.

I know Palm has a handheld with built in WIFI and stuff, but the incentive to go to that was low even back at the time.

I have to admit, the ipod touch has its quirks, but using the home wifi or stealing a signal here or there, the touch is an awesome device. For those of us who actually like to have the tricorder and the communicator as separate devices, it’s perfect.

Now the E2 has not been relegated to the dung heap of electronics. Years ago I bought here a GPS cradle for the car that the E2 plugged into. We both agree that the TOMTOM software on the E2 is superior to my new standalone Nuvi 260 some ways, although every once in a while you have to reset the Palm to get it to work right. So we use the E2 as a GPS now and the Touch for all the old Palm PDA functions…

And of course having itunes music library on the ipod with coverflow is way superior to the RealPlayer on the E2.

More product evaluations coming up soon…

Vista 64 blues…

In technology on May 17, 2008 at 3:59 am

I like the new Mac/PC commercial with the PC singing the country-blues kinda song.  Really cracked me up. see it at

On the other hand, Vista64 is really turning out to be a pain for any peripherals that require a specialized driver.   So far my Netgear sc101t has turned into a 1 terabyte brick (I still have to call their rep after sending quite a nastigram to them), our Palm Tungsten E2 doesn’t sync because of 64 incompatibility…and now the one solution I found for that which was using a bluetooth adapter doesn’t work.  

I found a reference on the palm user forum saying all these people got sync to work on vista 64 using bluetooth.  Now bluetooth sync on a palm is rather slow if you sync anything beside the main apps, but it was worth a shot.  

So I just spent an hour trying to fool my new Vista64 machine into synching the palm with no luck. I even tried using the XP driver and software just to see if it would work.  It installed but it could not detect the bluetooth dongle.

I blame this squarely on MS.   Vista is not such a great leap forward that having my devices stop working is an acceptable tradeoff.