April 14, 2010

Move Along: This Blog Is Over

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikecane @ 2:45 pm

Well, it’s been a hell of a ride with Palm.

But now it’s over.

Having fondled the Palm Pre several times, it’s just not for me.

The keyboard is too small, I don’t like the slanted slider, and only multitasking has impressed me.

The Palm Pixi is even smaller. Smaller keyboard, smaller screen.

I had hoped that webOS would mean the resurgence of Palm, but recent accounts point to them wanting to sell the entire operation to somebody else now in order to remain alive.

It’s a pity Palm didn’t skip cellphones and go straight to a mini-tablet.

They really could have cleaned up in a space that Apple legitimized with the new iPad. I hope whoever comes along to buy them will do that. webOS is clearly superior to Android for tablets.

So, this is the end of this blog.

I’m closing Comments now too.

Time to move on.

May 21, 2009

New Palm? Old Stupidity!

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikecane @ 4:59 pm


It was truly startling.

Ed Colligan had delivered on his boast that Palm had “game-changing hardware” with the Pre.

Palm, a company whose software was so damned good that it created addictions in people (one of them being me), had finally come out of the wilderness with the New New Thing.

After some initial skepticism, I finally grokked it and wanted it.

So much so that I did something I said I’d never do: create a blog around a product. This blog.

And although time constraints caused me to put it on hold, my enthusiasm for the Pre never wavered.

If anything, once I saw that Garnet emulation would be available, I was All Systems Go for it.

Palm seemed to be doing Everything Right too.

Until today, when they apparently revealed that within their heart, the Old Palm remains.

The Old Palm that treated its users with contempt, with condescension, with something almost like outright malice.

Today several disturbing tweets appeared in my stream regarding the PreDevCamp that had been percolating for several months.

I think the key post is this one, with these prime excerpts:

We have now developed a theme at Palm… “why would you do this if we’re not paying you to?” Each time, I have to explain that the event is not about Palm. It’s about the community. The brand is a vehicle to rally a number of like-minded people around, but it’s not the reason for the event. We do this because we want to build community, connections, cool products, make great software, solve problems, meet new friends.

Emphasis added by me.


In my opinion, Pam could not have been more short-sighted, condescending or dismissive of the community if she were coached beforehand by Chuq. If the intent of introducing Pam to the conversation was to get us to simmer down it didn’t work. Her call with whurely and subsequent email had the effect of throwing kerosene on an open flame. Clearly, Palm doesn’t get it. Why they even created the positions of community and developer managers is beyond me at this point.

Emphasis added by me.

And fatally, this:

I love the community as evidenced to the dozens of events I’ve created and co-organized over the past several years. I have a bitter taste in my mouth for the Palm brand now. I’m going to grab a mint and sit this one out. I want no part of building a brand that has such contempt for the influencers and developers that want to support it from the ground up.

Emphasis added by me.

This is the behavior of Old Palm.

With an absolute vengeance.

It’s as if after months of acting sane, these people could no longer stand the strain of the pretense and finally snapped, revealing their true souls.

I’ve been through this before.

I put up with it for years, but I’ll be damned if I’ll go through it again.

On June 6th, I will not be there to buy a Palm Pre.

Apparently there is only one way to tell any group of people that what they’ve done is unacceptable as a business practice — and that’s to hit them back in their business.

I’m really shocked by this turn of events.

Up to now, Palm had been just about flawless in its dealings. I had no criticisms to offer.

How they could do this with the Finish Line in sight has to rank as one of the biggest business blunders of the year.

I have to ask myself: If this is how Palm treats its supporters, how will it treat its customers?

March 12, 2009

Suspension Of Operations

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikecane @ 2:17 pm

Recently I went through a Flu From Hell with a follow-up Bronchitis From Hell …


… dealing with that and recuperating kept me offline a lot.

I found I didn’t miss it one bit.

This horrible winter (well, every winter is horrible to me) will soon be ending and that will mean blue skies, sunshine, and warmth:


And I want to enjoy that instead of doing this:


So that means …


It’s not really that bad. I’m not killing this blog, exactly. Think of it as suspended animation:


I’m still very enthusiastic about the Palm Pre. I think — economy willing — it will be a winning hand for Palm …


… and I still intend to get one.

Perhaps once I have it actually in hand, I’ll again find the motivation to reactivate this blog.

Until then, I suggest all of you simply Follow the PrePoint Twitter for future word about this blog’s awakening.

And, for up-to-date developments, visit the sites in the Blogroll at right.

February 28, 2009

Gone Viral

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikecane @ 12:05 pm


I don’t think the flu actually goes that far — but it sure felt like it!!

Perhaps things will return to normal here on Monday.

Add to the list of things I need my Palm Pre to have: Flu Detector!

February 24, 2009

Closed For Today

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikecane @ 3:52 pm


That illustrates what’s been happening with my body these past few days.

Too ill for brain to function properly for sensible blogging.

Back when better.

February 21, 2009

PrePoint Via RSS

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikecane @ 1:08 pm

I’ve added the RSS widget to the sidebar now, right at the top.

I hope I’ve configured it correctly.

If you’ve been getting PrePoint via RSS before, let me know if anything has changed.

In fact, leave a Comment to let me know if it works at all. There are options there and they seem to do unpredictable things.

February 19, 2009

Email Address Corrected

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikecane @ 7:01 pm

The email address in About PrePoint was incorrect!

It has been fixed and a secondary email address has also been added.

Apologies to anyone who has tried to contact me via email!

February 1, 2009

Note To Commenters

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikecane @ 11:12 am

I Deleted a Comment without approving it for post.

Take your snark elsewhere.

January 23, 2009

An Encounter With The Weird

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikecane @ 3:00 pm


1) Cobalt screen I’ve never seen

2) Mention of Cobalt 6.1(!)

3) Seventy-seven dollars?!!?

I will not publish the URL.

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