Golden Playlist is now available for webOS phones (Pre, Pre+, Pre 2, Pixi, Veer). Read the app description below. A free light version can be downloaded in Palm’s App Catalog.

Feel like music and videos on your webOS device? Get Golden Playlist!

Our product lets you create, manage and play your favourite media files by using so-called playlists.

While other playlist apps are music-only, our app can also take care of your favourite movie clips. Another advantage of this app are its flexible playback options. You can play…

• the full playlist
• a number of songs
• a couple of minutes (sleep-timer)
• or a never ending loop.

Of course you also can select a playback order. Play the songs of a list randomly (shuffle) or in normal order.

Do you want to start the app and it plays your last activated song? Do you want to pick a list manualy? No problem, just choose an option.

Golden Playlist supports cable and bluetooth headsets. You can use the headset to control the play status (play/pause/next/last song).

Further informations.

Golden-Playlist

Previously I did a comparison of IDGuard by Resco and SplashID by Handmark (see IDGuard vs SplashID ).  A fellow poster on 1src.com pointed out to me I left out his favorite ID app – DataShield by Ultrasoft.  I was going to compare DataShield to the other 2 to see how it stacked up.  That was before I tried it.

There is a lot to say for using Datashield, especially if you haven’t used either of the other 2 apps I mentioned.  Ultrasoft’s app seems well put together graphically.  And there are any number of options, but there are also a lot of limitations.

I immediately liked that I could enter a password from 2 different on screen keyboards, a numeric keypad, or a graphic of my hard keys (the problem with the last is that you must use the graphic to input the code, since the app doesn’t catch the keypresses when in the password screen).  I must admit that I really loved IDGuard’s import feature and miss that in this app.

There are many security preferences within the app, which is really nice, but as soon as I leave the list screen support for anything larger than 320×320 disappears (the TX has a 320×480 screen).

The two things that truly turned me off from DataShield were

  1. it only displays 2 columns at a time, which makes it difficult to see relevant information for some things.  On the other hand, you can edit any of the templates, e.g. bank accounts, very easily to display any column as column #2.
  2. when I hide my status bar on my TX then tap again to get it back the program soft resets my device.

Although the reset is most likely the result of a software conflict, neither IDGuard, nor SplashID have this problem on my device with the same setup.

On top of that when my TX came back after the reset, the 3 dummy records I had entered were gone.  In my opinion, the app should be saving information after each entry.

Although the app installs an icon database separately from the app, there were no more icons (possibly less) than in IDGuard.

So, in the end, I would put IDGuard as the best choice, followed by SplashID, with DataShield a distant 3rd.

In the last years, Handango has grown to become the dominant ESD – in fact, the folks felt strong enough to do an insane price hike recently(which will probably reduce their importance significantly). Their Yardstick reports have always provided an interesting insight into the mobile software market – here’s my take on the 2007-yardstick.

First of all, let’s look at the number of new applications/software houses added. Symbian has dominated the list, the Palm OS grew the slowest(suffering significantly from last year):
atadded The Handango Yardstick 2007
anewfirms The Handango Yardstick 2007

The average application price and order size have both decreased slightly – which is interesting, as I predict the recent rate hike to increase prices significantly:
avgprice The Handango Yardstick 2007
avgo The Handango Yardstick 2007

From a top-seller point of view, SPB’s domination of the PocketPC market has not changed – in fact, SPB now has of the top-ten titles coming from its portfolio. Other platforms show a more balanced app/house ratio, although games are notably absent from the top-ten lists this year(except for a few casual-gamer exceptions):

Overall
allplat The Handango Yardstick 2007

Palm OS
palmplat The Handango Yardstick 2007
1. PocketMirror Std. (Outlook synchronization) – $29.95
2. Agendus Professional Edition (PIM enhancement) – $39.95
3. SplashID (information security) – $29.95
4. Ringo Pro (ringtone player) – $29.95
5. Agendus Premier Edition (Outlook synchronization) – $59.95
6. Snap (data entry tool) – $9.95
7. Agendus Desktop Edition (Outlook synchronization) – $39.95
8. Diet & Exercise Assistant (_tness assistant) – $24.95
9. PocketMirror Std. Upgrade (Outlook synchronization) – $19.95
10. SplashWallet Suite (personal ID manager) – $59.95

PPC
ppcplat The Handango Yardstick 2007
1. Spb Pocket Plus (today screen plug in) – $29.95
2. Spb Mobile Shell (today screen plug in) – $29.95
3. Pocket Informant 8 (today screen plug in) – $29.95
4. MobiTV (streaming television) – $9.99
5. SPB Backup – $19.95
6. MIcrosoft Voice Command (voice control) – $39.9Microsoft 39.99
7. Spb Diary (today screen plug in) – $19.95
8. Spb Time (clock) – $14.95
9. Spb Phone Suite (phone features) – 19.95
10. Spb Brain Evolution (brain trainer) – $19.95

Windows Mobile® Standard
wmsplat The Handango Yardstick 2007
1. Ringtone Megaplex (ringtone library) – $19.95
2. SBSH Facade (home screen plug in) – $14.95
3. MobiTV (streaming television) – $9.99
4. HandiTV (streaming television) – $24.95
5. Fizz Weather (weather monitor) – $16.95
6. SmartphoneNotes (note manager) – $17.95
7. Agendus Standard Edition (calendar manager) – $19.95
8. Agenda One (calendar manager) – $29.95
9. PocketStreamer Deluxe (streaming media) – $24.95
10. IM+ (instant messenger consolidator) – $29.95

Symbian
s60plat The Handango Yardstick 2007
1. SBSH Papyrus (time manager) – $19.95
2. Handy Calendar for S60 (calendar manager) – $39.95
3. LCG Jukebox (music player) – $24.99
4. Pro_Mail (email viewer) – $27.99
5. Quickoffice Premier (document manager) – $49.95
6. Handy Weather for S60 (weather monitor) – $19.95
7. Advanced Call Manager (call manager) – $19.99
8. WorldMate Professional (travel assistant) – $69.95
9. Ultimate Voice Recorder (voice recorder) – $14.95
10. IM+ (instant messenger consolidator) – $29.95

From a sales/device perspective, the trend is clear. The adoption of new devices has slowed down somewhat, especially in the established platforms but also in the Symbian space. Interestingly, the Treo 650 still is the single-strongest sales getter. As for application categories, producitivity apps and gaming stuff seem to take the lead this year(see above).

For me, the trends in this yardstick are clear. The established platforms have begun to see market saturation(for PPC, the Palm OS situation should rather be called catastrophic). Windows Mobile Smartphone is currently at a turning point; and Symbian and BlackBerry are growing insanely fast.

What do you think?

As written earlier at TamsPalm, Dmitry Grinberg is working on a T|X ROM reflasher… Well, he has finally finished and released version 0.9.9.5 of NuROM.

Since my last post on NuROM, there have been a number of changes, the biggest being that NuROM will NOT work on every T|X. It seems that Palm, for some reason or another, changed the type of chip they use from the flash chips manufactured by Intel to strictly ROM chips manufactured by Macronix. So, many T|X users (and nearly definately all recent adopters of Palm’s latest handheld) will be out of luck — NuROM will not work on their devices at this point.

I’m afraid to say that I, and every other active TamsPalm author with a T|X, has a T|X with the nonflashable chip manufactured by Macronix, so there will be no NuROM review until I manage to get a flash device somehow.

So, on to the big stuff – How can you tell if you’ve got a Flash T|X?
During the early phases of testing, Dmitry created a small application called ROM checker that would tell you if you had a flashable device. You can get this application from here. Simply run it and it will say ROM or FLASH according to your model and exit.

Getting NuROM -
NuROM’s latest version can be downloaded here. The trial version limits you to make only 2 changes to our ROM, be it two insertions, removals or one of each. Dmitry has not yet set up PalmPowerUps to allow you to purchase NuROM from the main site, and you will need to email him for full directions on purchasing. NuROM will cost 18.99 with free updates, as with all of Dmitry’s applications.

Getting NuROM support -
So, you are about to make your first flash, and want to make sure everything goes OK. You have a few options for support:
Thanks to NuROM early adopter Pgr, NuROM has created a wiki at WikiDot. Though there is not much there currently, with any luck other users will be willing to put their experiences into the wiki to help new users.
If your issue is not in the Wiki yet, consult this thread at 1src forums (search before you post, please!). This thread is really active, so you should have no problem finding help, either from Dmitry, or from one of the other NuROM users.

In closing -
Altogether, NuROM looks like a stellar application, from the screenshots, and reading other peoples’ posts at the aforementioned 1src thread. But please keep in mind that the application can be incredibly dangerous in inexperienced hands so edit with the mindset of “If I don’t recognize, I’m not going to delete it” and you should be just fine!
Happy Hacking!

Today I’m pleased to announce that I am able to release Version 1 of my OpenMoko Theme Project based on the look of the Open Source OpenMoko Project. As some of you may know by reading this post here at TamsPalm or by following my threads at both 1src and Brighthand, I’ve been working on this project for over three months. There may well be bugs/glitches, as this is my first project of this magnitude, but I can assure you all the skins/themes are working perfectly on my Palm TX. Included in this package are skins for:

  • AppIcon
  • AppShelf
  • IconPlus
  • MySkin/Kbd
  • PalmRevolt
  • PictureLogin

Present OpenMoko Theme Project for Palm OS   Released!

This theme is 100% free to use, distribute and modify. Looking back this was a huge project which entailed a great deal of work, but in the end was a labor of love. If you enjoy using this theme package and wish to make a small donation to offset its development costs, please refer to the ReadMe! document contained within the ZIP archive for more information. You can download the package either at 1src’s Freeware Section or via this direct link!

Thank you.

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Best Regards,

Brent Chiodo

 

tealscan07.jpgTealpoint is developing a diagnostic tool which they have named TealScan. It is currently in Alpha (according to their website), although the tool itself is functional and has a lot to recommend it and it is already possible to purchase it.

The main categories are set out in tabs at the top of the screen. They are Status, Scan, Maintain and Tools.

Status Tab:

The status tab displays 4 graduated bars and 3 buttons. The bars measure battery (volts and percent charge left) , Memory (used/total (amount free)), NVFS (% full, % locked), Signal strength (phone, bluetooth, or wifi).
The system button displays information on your device. The storage button displays information on, you got it, storage! it is handy to see what exactly is going on. The BG Proc button displays Background processes, some of which you may care about others you probably wish were masked (although Tealpoint has no plans to filter this at this point). A major drawback to this screen, in my opinion, is that there is no scrollbar to indicate that it is a very long list. On my device 17 entries show up on the screen while in reality there are 247. To see the rest you must either use the 5-way nav button in the center of the device (on my TX), or scroll down by highlighting with your stylus.

tealscan19.jpgScan Tab:

There are 6 items to choose from on this tab:

  • Corrupted Contacts
  • Empty PIM records
  • Duplicate PIM records
  • Unarchived PIM records
  • Unprotected Background apps
  • Unlocked background apps

I have found the first 2 items to work fairly well, but the Duplicate PIM item although finding duplicates and supposedly fixing them, seems to find the same duplicates again if you do a soft reset after exiting the app.The Unprotected background apps and Unlocked background resources items work well enough but will find Alex Pruss’s software as a possible problem, because it is my understanding that Alex write’s his apps slightly differently. So my list contains 4 Pruss related apps:

Centermenu
Multilaunch
Showbattery (yes mine is the Pruss version)
T3sk-noti (a myKbd component)

tealscan20.jpgMaintain Tab:

There are 6 items in this tab as well:

  • Clean Temporary Files
  • Clean cache file
  • Clean a68k shadow files
  • Find Orphan preferences
  • Find orphan data files
  • Find shared data files

The first 3 items are fairly self explanatory are work well. The orphan preferences and orphan data items find items and identifies them based on Creator IDs. This can be a problem if an app doesn’t use creator IDs properly. These items are not a problem to run, but should be used carefully to delete items. The tealscan help file says, “Entries should generally only be deleted if Tealscan can identify them as belonging to an app you know you no longer run.” I just used these to do some cleaning and found many entries that did need to be deleted and were identified as belonging to apps I had deleted, but there were many more that belonged to unidentified apps. The last item, Shared data file, is interesting, but generally useless. That may be a little harsh. The files this tool finds should generally not be deleted, but if you identify all the apps that use the file and decide you are no longer using it then this tool will let you delete files.

On the bottom of this tab is a checkbox labeled: Monitor and auto-restore ‘Saved Preferences’ database. This is good to leave checked. It would also be nice if the unsaved preferences file were included (especially since many apps keep their reg info there).

tealscan21.jpgTools Tab:

The list of tools keeps growing. As of this writing and this version (0.75) there are 11 tools:

  • Check for software updates
  • check for system version updates
  • lock/unlock apps in memory
  • replace contact area codes
  • selectively delete appointments
  • selectively delete contacts
  • selectively delete memos
  • selectively delete tasks
  • set application stack space
  • write new apps info to CSV
  • write heap info to memo

The first 2 item use the resident TealScan database (you should download a new version before running the tools – there is an Update TealScan Database button at the bottom of the screen) to check for updates to either your currently installed software or the ROM of your device. The lock option still has some quirks. It says in the help that it uses TealLock to lock apps. I noticed that if you lock an app using this tool you can’t unlock it using Resco Locker. Also the list doesn’t really tell you whether it is already locked. This should be addressed before the release. The selective delete tools are useful and seem to work well. They make the task of deleting old or select information much easier. The set application stack space tool needs a better help file, the current one contains no warnings, such as “Don’t use this tool unless you know what you are doing”. Using this could have adverse affects if done improperly. The the CSV tool lets you write pertinent information about apps not in the current TealScan database to your card in a form that will let them be included in the next release of the database (assuming you send the file to Tealpoint – it would be nice if they automated this process by renaming the tool “Send new apps info to TealPoint” and then have it connect and send the file after writing it). The last tool is used for internal debugging purposes.

At the bottom of the screen are 2 buttons. The Run Tool button is just that – select a tool then tap the button. The Update Tealscan Database is as I described previously a way to update your database. Note that this button scans your apps then connects to tealpoint using you default browser. There is an option in preferences to “Use alternate download link to work around buggy web browsers”, so if you find that you are getting an incomplete link in the browser, check this box and it should work. Note that you can also designate what folders you wish TealScan to search on your card with the Custom Card Folders preference. The trackerdog approach of designating which folders not to search may have been an easier solution here, but it works none the less. It has a nice feature in that tapping the add button brings up a file browser allowing you to select the directory.

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There are many tools available to help troubleshoot your palm. If you are the type of person who uses these tools, I recommend TealScan be in your arsenal. They are still developing it. there is a possibility that they will put in some crash logging tools, although that is unlikely at the moment.

I’ve been a long time user of TeikeiDA, FreePadDA’s sister application, but recently I downloaded FreePadDA in the hope it would be better than TeikeiDA. When I first starting using Teikei, I used it mostly for Web Logins in Blazer and unimportant passwords, but more recently I started using it for Web Development. I could keep it preprogrammed with common HTML tags, then just invoke them into the doc I’m creating/editing. Here is a screenshot of my Teikei memo entry (if you want to find how to input different commands in Teikei or FreePad, there are many tutorials available online).

 FreePadDA   A cool use I found for it

I soon found the number of categories (or columns) to few, and really wondered why the developer didn’t extend the form all the way to the left of the screen.

 FreePadDA   A cool use I found for it

I was pleasantly surprised to see FreePad utilize the whole screen, and thus add two more columns. I was also intrigued by the new interface, where instead of tapping on the screen to paste that text into the underlying text field, you can tap on multiple entries, and it’ll paste it into its own text field, then you have to manually paste it in. This can save launching the DA more than you have to, because you can combine two or more entries before you have to exit i.e. if I want to center align something in an HTML document I can use the <div align=center>This is center aligned</div> tag by first clicking the Div command then the align tag without exiting FreePadDA. But the problem with FreePad, is the interface is not set up for for this kind of use.

 FreePadDA   A cool use I found for it

With long tag names, the end of the names are cut off and this is very undesirable , there are buttons you don’t need, and a vertical layout is much harder to use than a horizontal one. So to accommodate my seemingly rare use, I totally redesigned the UI to look like this.

 FreePadDA   A cool use I found for it

It was maybe a one hour job (I did it in between watching football on Sunday night ;-) ), and it has allowed me to web develop much faster than I could otherwise.

What do you think?

Handango recently launched a new program called Free App Friday that promises to give away a free, fully functional application on Friday. This is what it said on the Handango website:

Handango is giving away one (1) high quality, fully-functioning mobile software
application for FREE on Fridays! The free app is available from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST on Friday only. In addition,
the promotion features other applications at a 25% discount throughout the week.
Just visit www.handango.com/FreeAppFriday
for details.

All you have to do is complete a short survey. Handango will then send you an email with a link so you can download your free app. They are calling the promotion, “Free App Friday.”

Soon I will see exactly what is involved in this “survey”, and try to actually receive a free application – So stay tuned!

Astraware is a fixed name in the Palm OS/PDA game market. Astraware’s Chief Executive Officer launched a blog post looking at the future of Palm OS games, and also takes a “stab” at titles like Zap Evolution.

In short, Howard’s message is that hardcore gaming freaks have died out and made way for casual gamers – but get the full scoop here:
http://www.astraware.com/company/blog.php?entry=38

As you may already have noticed, a massacre has happened at a german school a few days ago. While we all should pity and feel sorry for the victims, a few german politicians now use the massacre as a reason to attack egoshooter players unjustly – wanting to have egoshooters prohibited. You will probably laugh about this – but millions of cambodians stopped laughing when their dictator forbade 3g phones for a similar reason.

I have participated in many discussions about the topic and feel that these points should be publicized more:

Egoshooters are completely surreal – you can’t do them in practice
The average egoshooter is totally unrealistic – who can get a M60(and fire it alone, haha) or a tank in real life? Egoshooters are simply a ‘funny’ game – and everyone can see the paradoxity of running around the subway with a chainsaw killing clowns.

Egoshooters push hardware development
Today’s PCs have graphics subsystems capable of calculations mainframes couldn’t handle teb years ago. The reason for this is simple: the need for better graphics and more effects keeps pushing developers to the limit of hardware power – and that presses hardware makers to produce faster stuff. Games are the main engine that press new hardware into the market – they fund many developemts(extreme edition CPU’s, anyone?) that we all profit from in the end.

Windows Vista’s UI would never be possible without high-powered graphic engines. And these engines would have never been developed if gaming hadn’t paved the road with ample cash.

Many of the studies come from attention-seeking, unsuccessful doctors
I never believed this until I experienced it myself…this is a true story!

One day, I was at a bar programming. The DJ kept playing Rap(hey, its a LOUNGE) – and I walked up to him to ‘motivate’ him to play something else. Ok- Assemblage 23- and back to coding. Suddenly, I noted a gal slipping next to me talking to me about how Rap makes people aggressive, etc. Hmm – interesting gal, lets talk. She openly confessed that she decided to write her thesis on this topic for only one reason: to get media attention. This media attention should help her repay her student loan – mad but true!

Egoshooters are a popular topic for the mass media – and where there is demand, supply will follow! Freud worked very much and got a little rich – these guys work little and get very rich.

Statistics can prove everything
I drink Schweppes Bitter Lemon and wear suites. By appropriately selecting the sample of the study, one could probably prove that all suits drinking bitter lemon use a PocketPC – but damn, why do I use a Treo 600 then?

If the examinor takes enough time to find the right sample, he can prove anything – ….

Sickos stay sickos – without egoshooters, they went their frustration elsewhere
This is probably gonna make a few of you mad, sorry, but I have to put this example. Lets take the average german skinhead Nazi. There are two scenarios:

a) He plays a round of Doom and vents his anger/frustration/racism/whatever; and then goes to bed with his blonde girlfriend and falls asleep.

b) He can’t vent his frustration. Thus, he sets out and burns a Synagogue killing 500 innocents. He then shoots himself in the forehead after blowing the Synagogue up killing another 100 innocent bystanders.

I prefer scenario number 1 – no innocents get killed, a girl gets made happy and no life is lost. Obviously, the media would prefer b(bad news is good njews…yeehaa) – but everyone somewhat sane should understand what I mean.

A frustration vented inside of a PC on a data structure is 500000 times better than a frustration vented on another person, animal or even just someone elses property – all jerks, dogs, cats, weak guys/girls, doorsteps, burnable matereals and bus stops in the world thank you for beeing sensible.

What can you do
OK, you probably thought similar about this before. But the problem and goal of this post isn’t to convince YOU – the goal is to convince the REST of us. Please share this post with others, print it out and hang it on a whiteboard, participate in public discussions, or do just whatever you wish. But don’t sit in a corner and cry – this helps no one!

Please tell me what you think!

When I decided to release Binary Clock for Palm OS(it was a toy project for a long, long time) I was shocked to find out that it didnt work any more on my classic Palm IIIc running OS 3.5.3. It worked fine for OS4 and OS5 – thus, a warning dialog was slapped on and the product was released. Did I loose much cash? Nope!

People who have very old handhelds usually don’t buy any more new software – they have what they want and dont feel like upgrading. Companies like Lotus ruined themselves by making an enormous fuzz about compatibility with old hardware and benefitted nothing in the end.

If you have a handheld thats like 5 years old and goes for a buck on ebay, how likely is a person to buy programs for it? He usually is satisfied with the current state of his handheld and will never add extra programs(exceptions exist, albeit rarely). OK, for Binary Clock’s desk clock function, supporting the IIIc would have been nice – but the first handhelds well suited as desk clocks were the m5x5 series running OS4(rechargeable battery and universally usable color screen).

When looking at past hardware compatibility, IMHO, OS4 is a reasonable compatibility target for all applications that can’t benefit from ARM nativity. Loads of OS4 handhelds are still in use…so why not profit from them while not having major disturbances in the development process. However, the extra revenue from OS 3.5 users is not worth the extra effort(IMHO)…

What do you think?

P.s. Add in that Palm IIICs and Palm V’s can easily be upgraded to OS4…the upgrade files float around various web forums!

When I first purchased the Palm Tungsten E2 to aid me in testing, I expected hours and hours of gaming fun in boring English lessons – after all, both the Palm Tungsten T3 and the Palm Tungsten E2 had Bluetooth.

However, I was heavily disappointed – and now I also understand why. The probability that two Palms meet is very low, and thus developing multiplayer games that require multiple Palm OS handhelds is no especially fruitful business.

Nintendo, on the other side, has created a nearly perfect “game world” based on two tiers:
Automatic “game sharing
Nintendo has apparently realized that it is very rare that gamers meet who have the same console. When those gamers meet, the probability that they carry the same game along is even smaller – so, requiring both players to have a module in order to play is a bad idea.

Instead, the Nintendo DS has some kind of “shadow memory”, from where programs can be executed. Now, when a multiplayer game begins, the “host” who has the cartridge shoots out little “images” to the clients sort of like PC’s booting from a network.

Hotseat mode
As already said, the probability that two gamers with the same machine meet is very, very low. So, what about returning to an old concept of the 80’s – turn based gaming.

I won’t say more about this now(be tuned, more on this is…umm, said too much; lets hope my Tamoggemon buddies don’t read this); but as you see, Nintendo really did everything possible to make sure that multiplayer games are a nice experience…

Stay tuned-next part coming soon!

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I just got the german c’t magazine into my hands(nice delay, I know – blame my vacation). Anyways, the thong that struck me by far the most was that some bozo at Microsoft’s had decided that Windows 2000 users would need to reinstall the OS in order to upgrade to Windows Vista.

Eek! As if Microsoft didn’t already have enough problems motivating Windows 2000 users to move to Windows XP, they now make the switch even more difficult. Highend Windows 2000 workstations like my Medion P4 or a friend’s Compaq notebook have no problems handling at least Windows Vista Basic – but if a full reinstall is needed, this is a very bad idea.

IMHO, upgrades should be as easy as humanly possible(look at Binary Clock for Palm OS for an example) to motivate customers to take the plunge – if the upgrade is difficult, only diehard fanatics will even attempt it.

Yes, I know that Windows 2000 is very, very old and that many Windows 2000 machines won’t be upgradeable – but nevertheless, if you try to get the customers(a reduced-price upgrade is available), do it the right way and offer them an upgrade path.

As for me, I wont upgrade my workstation if it requires a complete reinstall – will you?

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The PlayStation had a CD drive back in 1995-the Nintendo 64, its main competitor, never really got away from its ROM cartridges(lets leave the 64DD alone, for now). But why? ROM cartridges cost much more than CD ROM’s, and have a much lower storage capacity…why did Nintendo stick to them, then.

A few of you may still recall the battle that I had with the PlayStation portable a few weeks ago-the incredible loading times just drove me mad. The loading times were caused my two things-first of all, by the PSP developer’s idiocy, and secondary, by the UMD CD media used.

The data of the ROM cartridge directly goes into the system memory, sort of like a RAM upgrade directly sits itself on ‘top’ of your system’s memory region. Thus, the data contained on a cartridge can be read immediately(as if it were in RAM, or almost as fast); while data on a CD needs to be searched slowly(the head needs to find the track, and the data needs to pass by it).

The impact of speed is direct. Imagine our pyjama party once again. Joe Schmoe currently waits to duel Patty in binge drinking, and wants to waste some time gaming. For him, having to wait 2 minutes for loading is not acceptable, just as advertising pauses in TV movies are annoying.

Of course, this isn’t true everywhere. A gamer who expects to fight his buddy for three hours(Warcraft 3 matches, for example) has no problems waiting for a minute. But a gamer who just wants to kill off a few minutes of time feels definitely feels a minute of loading time.

Casual gamers usually don’t play for more than a few minutes btw-and as we already know, one doesn’t live especially well off pro-gamers!

Stay tuned-next part coming soon!

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