written by Jeff Hawkins, Handspring
When I designed the original Pilot in 1995, the goal was to create a great tool that was small, simple to use, synchronizable with your PC, and inexpensive. That’s what David Pogue has done with his Palm Pilot: The Ultimate Guide (except maybe for the small part); read this impressive and substantial book in your office or at home. Then go forth into the world armed with your little PalmPilot.
I really like this book. It’s a well-written, no-nonsense, nicely designed exploration of the Palm. Even I learned some things I didn’t know before. But why does a small, simple device like the Palm need a 500-page tome, however well done? The answer is that although the Palm is easy to use, you can do a lot of things that are not mentioned in the manual that comes in the box.
What David has done here is to document all of the ways that the developer community has stretched and expanded the Palm and the tips and tricks users have come up with on their own.
I’m delighted to see this second edition expertly cover the latest Palm models, wireless Internet access with the Palm VII handheld, and pocket databases and spreadsheets. There’s also coverage of things like infrared beaming, faxing, printing, telephone dialing, TV remote control (really!), and more. And there are more insider tips and tricks than ever.
I mentioned our goals in designing the Palm: small, simple, synchronizable, and inexpensive. There was one more important element, and that was our effort to aggressively court the developer community. They took the Palm and ran with it so well that today there are more than 12,000 registered Palm developers and many thousands of Palm applications.
That’s one reason I’m also a fan of Tim O’Reilly, the hands-on publisher of this book and others. Tim showed up at the very first Palm Developers Conference in the fall of 1997. I was amazed; how many publishers would get down to that level of involvement in what was then an unproven product? He told me he thought the Pilot sounded cool and that he wanted to be there at takeoff. Well, he was, and his interest and understanding of the developer and user communities has paid off in this book as well.
The Palm revolution has been tremendously exciting to experience, but we’re not anywhere near realizing all of its potential. I’m working now at my new company, Handspring, on products that build on all that has gone before. You can expect to see some exciting new products based upon the Palm operating system from Handspring.
But none of us would be gathered here without the support of users like you who hold this good book in your hands.