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Snapped this pic. The first and the last; USRobotics Pilot and Palm TX.

 

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Definitly my favorite mobile OS of all time (yes, even compared to all modern ones). It’s funny how not-obsolete Palm OS 5 still feels. I’d love to see a modern incarnation of it. IMO the layout wouldn’t even need any changes. It’s a very good looking, easy to navigate OS.

 

Edit: *Technically* there are the Palm Pre and Pixi, but those are webOS devices. The TX was the last of the true Palms.

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2 hours ago, PB145B said:

Most of them were never updated. I’ve only ever seen a handful of IIIs that were.

 

I have two original IIIs and I like them a lot. Both still have OS 3.0. They’ll run most of my favorite programs just fine. 

 

If you want to run much newer software, I’d just get something newer. Palms are super cheap on eBay.

Would be nice to have one that was, you know, in color. And the PDA itself having a color shell would be neat too.

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but I still haven't found a use for it.

Found yourself Galaxian or any game, Palm had literally thousand of applications available.

 

I should have almost 20 units around, from the first Pilot to the Tungsten (IIRC) some even had cameras included.

The best looking, in my opinion, are the V and Vx range.

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6 hours ago, bibilit said:

Found yourself Galaxian or any game, Palm had literally thousand of applications available.

 

I should have almost 20 units around, from the first Pilot to the Tungsten (IIRC) some even had cameras included.

The best looking, in my opinion, are the V and Vx range.

Yep, tons of software to choose from on these.

 

I just checked and I have around 42 Palms. All kinds of different ones.

 

As far as looks goes, I don’t have one favorite, there’s a lot of them that I really like. The V/Vxes are good looking though. 

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had a look at mines yesterday evening, some forgotten, have some Sony Clié also (using Palm Os) and a Symbol SPT1500 (barcode scanner)

 

except for two of them (which were bought new) all of thew were around the 1 to 3 € price tag (all are still working great today)

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6 hours ago, bibilit said:

had a look at mines yesterday evening, some forgotten, have some Sony Clié also (using Palm Os) and a Symbol SPT1500 (barcode scanner)

 

except for two of them (which were bought new) all of thew were around the 1 to 3 € price tag (all are still working great today)

The Cliés are awesome! I’ve got a few of those.

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The Cliés are awesome! I’ve got a few of those.

I agree with that, probably better in some respect that the Palm itself.

 

Should have 3 of them.

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6 hours ago, bibilit said:

I agree with that, probably better in some respect that the Palm itself.

 

Should have 3 of them.

Yes, the Cliés were very featured-packed. They are also pretty cool looking too!

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My latest find; a prototype Compaq LTE 386s/20!

 

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I still think I’m dreaming :) 

 

Here it is is next to me regular LTE 386s/20 (on the right).

 

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Notice the gray embossings and different screen bezel.

 

Going to try and get the screen issue sorted out eventually.

 

See my thread on the Vintage Computer Forum about it here:

 

http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?69128-My-best-find-ever

 

 

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12 minutes ago, EvieSigma said:

Wow, what a score!

Thanks! I’m definitely honored to own this piece of Compaq history!

 

I should also mention that this machine came from Huston, Texas! Exactly where Compaq’s headquarters used to be located!

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1 hour ago, Retro Rider said:

Holy cr*p! dang. Thats a really good find. 

Thanks! Definitely happy to have it!

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I got another prototype LTE 386s/20 from the same person! Turns out he was on the original design team! 

 

This is one is a slightly newer proto:

 

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Notice how how someone wrote “modified” in the lower case. 

 

Couldn't save the hard drive unfortunately. The gasket melted, which got on the platter and ate through some of the magnetic coating :(:

 

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Shame too, because I didn’t power it on until I cleaned it, so the heads never drug through the goop, meaning had the coating not been eaten through, it would have probably worked fine once the platter was cleaned (gentle rubbing with a dry microfiber cloth works really well for cleaning these old hard drive platters).

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After wanting one of these for years, I finally got one:

 

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It’s a Kaypro II! This is the first CP/M machine I have ever owned.

 

Sorry I haven’t had any Mac conquests in a while, but don’t worry, I haven’t lost any interest in Macs, just haven’t found anything spectacular lately :) 

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Wow, your Kaypro works! Mine is still faulty, haven't nailed down what chip is keeping it from booting yet.

 

Where did you get it? Someone had one of those for sale at VCF East.

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5 minutes ago, EvieSigma said:

Wow, your Kaypro works! Mine is still faulty, haven't nailed down what chip is keeping it from booting yet.

 

Where did you get it? Someone had one of those for sale at VCF East.

Hope you can get yours working!

 

I got this one off of eBay for $60 plus shipping.

 

I absolutely love it. Might be the best $60 I ever spent :) 

 

Edit: I did discover that one of the connecters on the power supply is almost completely unsoldered! It completely died on me about 10 minutes ago, and taking it apart and and pushing it back in to place has restored functionality, but I’m going to pull the PSU out tonight and resolder that connector.

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