Want to join the Palm enthusiast community? Check out PalmDB, our effort to collect and preserve Palm OS apps and history! If you asked someone in 2020 what was the first smartphone, iPhone would probably be your answer. But in fact, smartphones have been with us much longer than you might think. And while they may no longer be serviceable on modern networks, you might be surprised just how many tasks they had in common with the device in your pocket--or perhaps, in your hand--as you read this article. ...

Unboxing a NEW Treo 700p smartphone… from 2006? (And it's not half bad!)

Videogames have played a strangely significant role in my life. By now I'm at the age where it's a little embarrassing to admit, but I firmly believe there's no shame in saying so. Something about the kind of stories videogames are apt to tell has resonated with me on more than one occasion in such a way that shapes my personal journey. Some provide a microcosm for learning new life lessons and skills, while others somehow encapsulate a particular era or phase of personal development, assisting in some ...

10 years later, Final Fantasy XIII hits a little too close to home

The way we use technology is constantly evolving. That's what I wrote about in the summer edition of the seasonal Timber Maniacs 'mogazine', a product of the unofficial Final Fantasy Forums. But the existence of a professional-grade magazine from a niche forum board is itself a testimony of the same principle. Having joined the community way back in 2012, I've seen the site experience many phases--in part tied to the highs and lows of the series it pays homage to. This is far from the first time I've ...

I wrote a feature article for a magazine!

FPAT is a custom Frame Performance Analysis Tool written in modified JavaScript which provides detailed performance statistics and graphs in an elegant and highly flexible video interface. It is primarily intended as a utility for video reviews comparing GPU and CPU performance across models. The software is written in three components: 1) a converter to interpret performance data from other tools into FPAT format, 2) an experimental frame analyzer to generate performance data from video footage, 3) and ...

FPAT (Frame Performance Analysis Tool)

The Blood Race is a series of YA novels by my good friend Kate Emmons. I have a bit of a history with the series already, considering it was written at the same time as I was writing Yugure no Kagami: The Mirror of Dusk. Kate and I frequently exchanged drafts of our work, and I knew right away she had landed on something special with the first book in the series. Now book two, Worlds Beneath, is available in both print and digital, and comes joined by an epic trailer where I voiced the main character! ...

I voice acted a book trailer!

It's the year 2019. Let that sink in. You could be younger than the iPod and be a legal adult by now. In less than 365 days, we'll be closing out the second decade of the current century. And the tech revolution? Yeah, that's old-hat. Microsoft's goal of "putting a computer on every desk" has gone one giant leap further and put one in every pocket, on every wrist, in every car, and just about anywhere else you can imagine. To put things in perspective, Microsoft as a company officially revised that mantra ...

My First... NOT Phone? A look back on (and inside!) the Palm Vx