Thursday, August 12, 2010

From Pong to Palm

This week’s Theme Thursday is Palm.

Let’s go way back to 1997 when we didn’t have to bring a note from our mother and get stripped searched at the airport. Back when the British had to give back Hong Kong to China because the rental lease was up.



Yes, it was also the debut of the palm pilot. Wasn’t it nifty? You could actually do these things on it:

Schedule something in the date book (that’s a calendar, not your next frisky dinner with Vivian or Raual!)

Put an address in the address book

Edit a To Do list

Write memo’s in the memo pad

WOW! Amazing. My days were so busy back then that I needed a palm pilot.

2:00pm – Pick Nose
2:30pm – Fix the VCR tape the machine ate
4:00pm – Throw the tape away in disgust
4:30pm – Watch Crocodile Hunter on TV
6:00pm – Contemplate why the Crocodile Hunter doesn’t die from his adventures


Well, you get the idea.

No phone, no app of a roaring fireplace to set out for Thanksgiving, no games, no death ray, none of that fun stuff!

How on Earth did this stuff even take off?

And what’s with the name to begin with? Palm pilot? I really don’t want my palms flying anywhere without me. In fact, my palm only has one purpose. Oh, get your minds out of the gutter. Puleez! You know, to remind me what color I was before the summer sun turned me into a born-again Jamaican.

Remember folks, it’s only been 13 years since this device came out and now we see it as simplistic and goofy. Imagine what we’ll think of the Apple 4 in 13 more years?

33 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Mine died. I recently replaced the batteries, I realized all the data was then gone. I looked at it and wondered why the hell should I even bother to reinput the data when I was not even sure how long ago the batteries died. And so there it sits, all alone, empty, waiting for the batteries to die again. Big sigh.

God bless.

Elizabeth said...

I had one, but I kept losing the stupid stylist. Thank goodness I don't have to use one with my iPhone. Does any device use them anymore?

Subby said...

Heh, I can't make out the screens on these anyway...I'm still attached to good ol' pen and paper. What?

Call me "Caveman Oog"...

CatLadyLarew said...

Never had a palm pilot... I can forget things easily all on my own, without first writing them down on an expensive calendar!

Roy said...

Nope, I never had a Palm Pilot either. The only people I knew who had them were the hyperactive, always on the move, gottagogottago super marketing types with blood pressure readings through the roof. You know, the same ones who now run around with BlueTooth plugs in their ears, the ones who think they're too important to the rest of the world to ever be out of contact. As far as I was concerned that was just plain bad advertising; if those dweebs needed one then there was no way I was even going near one!

Roy Scribner said...

And to think, it couldn't even play MP3s! I do remember having a battery-powered 3.5-inch floppy drive for one of my HP calculators, though.

00dozo said...

Hell, I didn't even have a cell phone until 2006, and I don't text or Twitter (or "Tweet"), or any of that other stuff.

GC {God's Child} said...

actually this is precisely what I need. And also, I need it to make phone calls, and possibly also take photos. That's it. And maybe visit the internet and check my emails. Yeah. That's it.

Austin said...

This was fun, I wanted one of those so bad, took me until the M130 to make it happen! Nice tt

Brian Miller said...

we have come such a long way havent we...i rather like to play pong still...smiles.

VE said...

Mrsupole – That’s the trouble…who wants to enter all that stuff in just to lose it and have to start all over again?

Elizabeth – I’ve never lost my stylist…they’re always right there at the hair salon…

Subby – That works for me too...until long division, of course…

Catladylarew – Fridge calendars and pencils are much more practical…

Roy – I know these people. I have a colleague who is one. He’ll spend all of 12 seconds intently talking with you but then he’s off to another person and focus…

Roy – Oh yeah? Well I had a hand held telegraph machine! ;)

00dozo – Are you part Amish? ;)

Gc – Somebody drank the Koolaide…

austin - You must be an official gadget guy! Do you have the secret blue-tooth decoder ring?

Prayer Girl said...

What a neat Theme Thursday. I didn't have a palm pilot, but I certainly remember trying to save eaten up VCR tapes. :)

My first Theme Thursday is posted.

PG

Claudia said...

LOL - liked it - and - did you find out why the Crocodile Hunter doesn’t die from his adventures...grin

The Thirteenth Crossing said...

LOL ... I loved this! I remember wanting one so badly. Sadly my to do list would have ben much more boring. *smiles* Happy TT!

Theme Thursday: Palm

The Incredible Woody said...

My Dad used to say he needed one to keep track of his 'bored meetings'. Yes, he is retired and he meant bored, not board:)

Tom said...

think of all the money i'm saving by not having any of this crap.

ReformingGeek said...

Hubby liked his for awhile but I think he got tired of lugging it and a phone around.

Long live iPhone.

Stranger said...

I wished I could afford a Palm Pilot. I didn't even have a computer back then. Wow, thanks for the memories! Happy Theme Thursday.

Janna said...

I'm with Subby; pen and paper is still my favorite.

Pencil and paper, if I seem to be making a lot of mistakes that day.

VE said...

Prayer girl – I didn’t have one either but I remember the people who did…as if they were all SOOO important…

Claudia – Eventually he did…

Thirteenth crossing – It’s hard to get more boring than that list but I’ll take your word for it…

Incredible woody – I used to go to those…now I don’t have to because they pay me by the hour and don’t want me sitting in a bunch of informational meetings…

Tom – I’ll make a note of that in my phone’s memo pad…

Reforminggeek – He could have made a cool bling necklace out of it…

Stranger – No computer by 1997? Wow, that’s almost like saying you didn’t have indoor plumbing or that you had to shred your own cheese!

Janna – Forging checks back then, were you? That’s about all the pen and paper that was carried around back then! Of course, I still carry around my handy pocket notepad to write down genius blog posts when I think of them…

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

My mind wasn't in the gutter until you put it there!

I still don't have touch tone on my land line, let alone a touch phone.

gab said...

That was one thing I never bought into I dont know why not but I didnt. Maybe because at that point in my life I didnt need an address book even so why would I need a palm pilot?
In fact this year is the first year that I actually got into....dum dum da a blackberry phone.....and guess what? I cant even figure out 2/3rd of how to work it. But my question to you is do you really think it will take 13 more years for the Apple 4?

VE said...

perpetual chocoholic - Sure you didn't! ;)

gab - I never knew I needed a computer until I got one...

lime said...

oh heck now they have "smart boards" in the kids' classrooms instead of chalkboards. so if there is a power or tech failure they can't even use the chalkboard.

Baino said...

You're right, what's next? Never had a palm pilot, i struggle enough with the iPhone I'm such a technodolt.

Megan said...

I'm getting old.

Jaime said...

it's been that long since the palm came out???

VE said...

lime - If there's a power failure in school they'll be a general panic anyway. Society can't adapt to anything unexpected these days...

baino - There's nothing wrong with being a technodolt!

megan - I'm already there...the getting didn't seem to take as long as I had hoped...

jaime - Welcome to the beginning of senility. Enjoy to trip...

Anne said...

I still have my Palm, and it still beeps when I have one of those meetings that I scheduled out to infinity, every second wednesday...

Jacki said...

Peter and I were just talking about these the other day! It's amazing how technology has changed so much just in the past 10 years. It makes me feel so old.

I never had one, as a college student I was too poor and what money I did have I used for travel. :-)

VE said...

anne - Ha! You should probably keep it now as a collectible...sell it for a fortune in about 10 years...

jacki - You feeling old? Ha! Why just that statement makes me feel old...

sharonheg said...

I had a Handspring Visor. Loved it. LOVED it!

VE said...

sharonheg - You're scaring me...