11 May 2001
(updated 11 May 2001 at 01:30 UTC) »
I just read what hacker wrote
POSE, Handspring POSE, Palm, Etc. Heh.
[random people who say] "..the GPL means nothing
it's tested in court..."
guess they haven't thought through that if it literally
means nothing, then perhaps there have been no rights
them by the author, and they shouldn't be using the source
This week I saw a thread in comp.sys.palmtops.pilot about
scopin' out how apps will look on the Handera 330. Since
iRogue and company make assumptions about screen size (yeah,
yeah, it's easier that way) and the 330 doesn't have the
what-me-worry pixel doubling of the new Clie N-whatever, I
thought "hm, better check this out", which I, a user of
PRC-Tools and Linux, could do only
because when people need Powerpoint and certain games, Lo,
they will naturally have Windows machines which can be
borrowed and used to run POSE briefly.
(In case anyone cares, iRogue looked fine in regular font,
but of course the extra-small font defined by me looked even
crappier than it would on 160x160; and, if you close the
silkscreen area and then tap around in it, the principle of
least surprise is most likely not going to be upheld.)
To provide incentive for people to actually put enough
special-case what-OS-am-i-this-week code in their apps to
take advantage of the wacky new screen size and the
disappearing silkscreen area, there is a contest on their
developers page (which you get to via "Support", or in my
by looking everywhere else first) wherein the 12 best
all-wackiness-supporting submitted apps will get a free 330.
so, all ye diary readers, Should I care enough to at
least find out whether it's possible to "upgrade" an app as
they wish by using the PRC-Tools? (Even if it is possible,
gahhh, I would have to test elsewhere under Windows!
Inconvenient at best.) What are the odds of iRogue (etc)
users caring, or of me winning anything, anyway? Or, should
I not even
waste time thinking about it and simply shun them for not
releasing POSE code?