Tuesday, June 29, 2010

For Sale

I've reached a financial situation and have put the Foleo on ebay.
I don't want to sell the thing but if I can get enough for it than that money will find a good use.

Part of me hopes I can keep it and continue to blog away with it. I'm going to stop thinking about it or I will talk myself into taking the auction down.

Video of the Foleo in action

After a few forum postings inquiring about the speed of which the Foleo turns on and off as well as quickness in switching between applications, I made a very rough video to demonstrate. The poor quality is due to my regular digital camera shooting craps. The fuzzy picture does obscure most of any personal information I might be weary of sharing.

Of note in the video is the slight delay when I opened the Web Browser. I was not connected to the internet and had previously chosen the User Manual which is viewed through the browser. It is a large file and does take a little bit to initially load up. I may soon post a video of just the browser surfing speed.

The mDayscape apps do hesitate before opening but all the others are near instantaneous. If you noticed the lack of reaction prior to the PDF viewer that was the Mobile VPN app. I'm not sure that application is working at all. It indicated it installed correctly but I have not been able to reach a screen allowing any settings as indicated in the readme file that came with the program.

All the Teal apps have nag screens as indicated by the progress bar. I didn't have any spreadsheets or powerpoint files ready to go as I should have in order to indicate the DataViz apps speed.

In a separate note, I found an external USB floppy disk drive and connected it to the Foleo. It does allow for read and write capability to those. I have an external CDRom but seemed to have misplaced the power cord.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Flashy games and widgets

My first Palm device was a m100 followed by a few Sony Clie SJ models. For the longest time my favorite was my UX-50. Like a mini-tablet PC with wifi and bluetooth. I had an application on the UX that allowed my to play flash (swf) files. It was more of a novelty due to the low processing power of the Clie. I did manage to rip or download quite a few flash files to try on the Clie. When I saw the Chumby appear, I downloaded various swf files from the Chumby website.
Flash forward to May 2010 and I have my Palm Foleo. With a limited number of applications and just a few programs I started to surf around for more options. Like a lot of people I have a Nintendo Wii that uses the Opera browser. In fact it, like the Foleo, uses the Opera 9 browser. I googled around and found various solutions to a few issues included a tabbed browsing and Stumbleupon workaround. I then discovered a whole slew of online flash games designed to use with the Wii. All the sites loaded rather quickly and about 85% of the games played with little to no problems.
Duck Hunt was one of those games.

I then thought back to all the flash games and widgets I had downloaded. I tried one (minigolf) and it worked flawlessly. I went to Chumby.com again and tried a few more. Some of the current Chumby widgets are for Flash 9 and higher so I was limited.
In the end, I have quite a few games and other widgets like news feeds to add to my collection of useful Foleo apps.

How do I play these files? Simple, Opera 9.02. Opera's Menu tab allows you to 'Open File...' but when you click around it does not recognize .swf files to open them in this manner. Rather, I had to manually enter the location of one file onto the address bar. Once I had one file up and running I bookmarked it into a new folder called Flash Games. I then changed the file name in the address bar, accessed a new flsh game and bookmarked it. Now, without an internet connection I can play countless games.
They have sound and run rather smooth. I even played PacMan while running pTunes in the background.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Foleo's Web Browser

As promised I will do a different post about each app on the Palm Foleo starting with the Web Browser. Its an Opera 9.02 and loads up just as fast as the other apps (instantaneous).
The top bar consists of the standard back, forth, stop, reload, home, and bookmark buttons followed by a secure icon then the address bar. The address bar acts like a Chrome browser in that you can also just type search queries into it and it will search Google for you. Date and time followed by wifi, bluetooth and battery status finish of the top.
Pressing the Menu key reveals six options which I will detail below.
File - Open Location (highlights the address bar)
Open File (opens a smaller File Browser window)
Save Page As (opens above window with option to rename file & save it wherever)

Edit - Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Select All, Find on Web, Find on Page, Find Next

View - Show Bookmarks Toolbar, Show Downloads Toolbar (see screenshot)
Stop, Reload, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Zoom 100%

Browse - Back, Forward, Home, History Strangely every Menu item listed has a shortcut key except Back, Forward and Home.

Bookmarks - Bookmark this Page, Edit Bookmarks It then lists all your bookmark folders and loose bookmarks.

Options - Preferenses, About Web Browser
Choosing Preferences opens a smaller window with a General and Advanced tab.
Under the General tab is the home screen settings, pop-up blocker and download images options.
The Advanced tab shows Memory Management with buttons to clear the cookies, history and cache. You can also set your maximum cache size. 16MB seems to be the max. Also under the Advanced tab is the Advanced Features with checkboxes for Enable Javascript, Accept Cookies and Use Proxy Server.

Upon starting the Web Browser it will try and load the last page you visited. If you wifi or bluetooth internet connection is off it a window will pop up asking you if you wish to establish a connection. My wifi connections take just a few seconds before it finds it and starts updating the page.

Obviously Flash issues and the lack of YouTube helped with all the trash-talking of the Foleo. I don't view YouTube too often but the lack of anything greater than Flash 7 is sometimes restrictive where interaction via flash is needed for uploading or interacting with options on web pages. An entire posting or two about Flash will be forthcoming in the future.

Thats all for now. Long winded and mainly boring UI blah. I will post about the general Web experience as well.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I made USAToday (well the website at least).
Lots of back and forth on PalmInfocenter. I'm not sayinig this is the
best device ever made but it does have its good points. With future
postings I will hopefully show some of them.


My blog on Sammy's blog

Thanks Sammy!


Quick update

Just picked up an hp netbook combo pack which includes a zippered case, a 4GB flash drive and a travel mouse. Plugged the mouse in and it instantly works. No lag or installation of drivers. Pretty cool.
Did a hard reset of the Treo 680 and I think I have Versamail 4 up and running. I will try and sync the email soon. If you remember, nearly all of the footage of the Foleo syncing email during the summer of 2007 was with Windows Mobile OS phones. More to come...

Test from Foleo Email app.

This is a test from the Foleo Email app to my blog, Ixle Foleo.
This is only a test.

Sent from my Palm Foleo

Monday, May 31, 2010

Blogger Pictures

Nearly complete App collection

In the short two weeks I've had the Foleo I have managed to compile nearly every available app. This is also the first 'real-time' post. The previous posts were all written about the status well after the fact.
My app collection as it stands now (not including the standard ones that came with the Foleo)
Astraware Solitare
Astraware Soduku
mDayscape Calendar
mDayscape Contacts
mDayscape Memo
mDayscape Tasks
Mobile VPN
Pocket Tunes
Short Circuit by TealPoint

I've read that the Logmein app was unstable. Curious how if I try and log into that site using the Web Browser it automatically crashes. I bet they've disabled that site in the browser's code and if my linux knowledge was better I might be able to address that issue.

A 4GB Sandisk CF card now runs as the internal memory. A 8GB microSD with SD adapter is secondary storage. I can run both an SD card and a USB flash drive at the same time.
I have yet to try a USB mouse.

Next post will discus my numerous games I've managed to place on the Foleo.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A few thoughts

I started this blog a few days after I had already obtained my Foleo. Since my last postings I have figured out a few things. I can do screenshots by holding Alt, Shift and 3. The screenshot is saved on the internal memory and easily read using the Photo Viewer.

I found an easter egg left by one of the developers.

I can use an 8GB micro SD card (with adapter) with the Foleo.

I can use my Card Reader app on my Palm OS Treo 680 to view the SD card in my treo by way of a cable connected to the USB port.

I probably will not be able to get the email app to talk to the Treo 680.

I did get the internet Bluetooth connection to go through the Treo without problems.

Both WiFi and Bluetooth DUN connections provide respectable speeds.

The quickness of launching apps is far and above better than any device I have ever used. Quicker than a brand new PC, Linuxbox or Mac. Quicker than my old iPhone, my Treo 680 or my wife's Pre.

First day 'On the job'

I brought the Foleo into work today (Tuesday May 18th). It was not noticed as I walked into the building. I'm known as a 'gadget' guy so normally someone asks me about my new 'toy'.
I loaded up a few word and pdf files that I knew I would need for a later meeting.
I left and drove the 30 minutes to the meeting.
I was able to follow along with the documents and easily switch back and forth to a word file I was using as a notepad. I can typer rather quickly and the feel of the Foleo's keyboard makes it effortless and reletively quiet.
I answered a few questions about the Foleo and demonstrated its instant on and off capability.

In my spare time I've been trying to track down whatever apps I can for the Foleo. TealPoint made quite a few programs and most were available on their website.
With some fenagling I was able to download them all.
Installation was a breeze - just click on the .hxp file using the File Manager app.
I installed all the Teal apps except Soduku since I already have the Astraware version.

The TealPoint programs:
Short Circuit is a twist on Tetris and is a good time waster.
TealBackup is a very simple looking backup program. I did a backup or two but have yet to restore a backup yet.
TealDiet is a nutritional diet tracking program. Have yet to mess with.
TealDoc is a document reader but is limited to simple txt files and most of my .pdb ebook files.
TealMover is a file mover. I don't know how handy this will be since the File Manager is capable of copying files.
TealPaint looks to be a very capable program but I have yet to mess with it too much.
TealSafe is a password protected database program. I entered a few items. Security seems pretty good.
TealTracker is designed for documenting time and money spent on work or projects. I don't know how much use I will have for that app.

I may do an in-depth review of each TealPoint program in the future.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


My Foleo Arrives!

Foleo Day 1
Got a call from the wife saying the UPS guy just stopped by with a package. I comp'd out the last 45 minutes of work and left early. The server was down at work so I could'd get much done anyway. Besides the fact that my mind was racing thinking about how the foleo finallly came in.
I get home, and sure enough... a box from the city the seller was from. It was it. I opened the box and saw lots of large bubble wrap and packing peanuts. I quickly cut the bubble wrap and there it was...
My beautiful Foleo.
I opened it, and immediately turned it on.
As quick and beautiful as I had imagined.
I turned it on. It had a decent charge still.
All my newer research over the past week or so had gotten me familiar with where all the buttons were and how to use the device.
Apps button - need to check what programs I have.
Both Astraware games on the device. That is a plus.
Drat! No mDayscape and its wonderful PIMs.
Only standard Foleo programs other than the Astraware.
Oh well, that will soon be remedied! I already downloaded all the TealPoint apps off their website. I do mean all- two or three are harder to download- the links are off a little.
I quickly load all those up. Fairly easy by using the File Manager app and just clicking on the arm.hxp file for each Teal app.
I then peruse the PDF viewer and Docs to Go apps. All seem to work without any issues.

I cannot believe how quick this thing is.
One touch and its on. Apps key and another 'shortcut' key and you are on the web or editing a file. My Treo 680 is not near this fast. Nor is my wife's Palm Pre or the iPhone I had for two weeks before selling.

Thats all for now.
More posts to follow.