Long-term followers of Tamoggemon know that the products usually have a minimized interface – this is due to fanatic tap counting in the UI design department. However, tap counting is but part of a successful mobile UI – you usually also need to adhere to common design patterns.

So far, no collection of design patterns for mobile applications has been published in book form. However, the design4mobile wiki is a more than adequate replacement:
mobile design patterns Mobile Design Patterns   the list

Hit the link below to find out more:
http://patterns.design4mobile.com/index.php/Main_Page

Palm has just launched a funny little promotion which allows you to get a free book or handset:
palm pixi giveaway Palm launches little giveaway   one Pre or Pixi

Further information can be had here:
http://www.facebook.com/palm?v=app_150874342968

Logo JPG Magazine going down January the 5thI have always been a fan of the JPG Magazine – in case anyone of you is new to the topic: it is a magazine which collects the best user-submitted photographs by popular vote and prints them.

The resulting magazine can then be bought or downloaded as PDF: these 20MB PDF files have made excellent stress test files for PDF viewers in the past.

Unfortunately, it looks like the age of the JPG Magazine is over – I just received the email below:

Today is a particularly sad day for all of us at JPG and 8020 Media.

We’ve spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we’ve reached the end of the line. We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but we just weren’t able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times. We sought out buyers, spoke with numerous potential investors, and pitched several last-ditch creative efforts, all without success. As a result, jpgmag.com will shut down on Monday, January 5, 2009.

The one thing we’ve been the most proud of: your amazing talent. We feel honored and humbled to have been able to share jpgmag.com with such a dynamic, warm, and wonderful community of nearly 200,000 photographers. The photography on the website and in the magazine was adored by many, leaving no doubt that this community created work of the highest caliber. The kindness, generosity, and support shared among members made it a community in the truest sense of the word, and one that we have loved being a part of for these past two years.

We wish we could have found a way to leave the site running for the benefit of the amazing folks who have made JPG what it is, and we have spent sleepless nights trying to figure something out, all to no avail. Some things you may want to do before the site closes:

- Download the PDFs of back issues, outtakes, and photo challenge selections. We’ll always have the memories! www.jpgmag.com/downloads/archives.html
- Make note of your favorite photographers. You may want to flip through your favorites list and jot down names and URLs of some of the people you’d like to stay in touch with. You may even want to cut and paste your contacts page into a personal record.
- Catch up with your fellow members. Our roots are in this humble flickr forum and we recommend going back to find fellow members, discuss the situation, or participate in another great photo community. www.flickr.com/groups/jpgmag/
- Keep in touch. This has always been much more than just a job to each of us, and we’ll miss you guys! We’ll be checking the account jpgletters@gmail.com in our free time going forward. We can’t promise to reply to every email (since we’ll be busy tuning up our resumes) but we’d love to hear from you.
- Stay posted. Although the magazine is ceasing publication, we’ll be updating you on what’s happening with your subscription early next week.

We’re soggy-eyed messes, but it is what it is. At that, JPGers, we bid you goodbye, and good luck in 2009 and the future.

Laura Brunow Miner
Editor in Chief

The Tamoggemon Content team wishes its peers well – we are sorry to see them go…

Infinity Softworks is well-known for their highly acclaimed PowerOne calculator for Palm OS, which they recently ported to a variety of other platforms.

Their CEO naturally is very interested in Nova, and posted a small article detailing his thoughts. He starts out with the passage below and makes for very interesting reading:

It appears in early January that Palm will announce their new operating system, devices and direction. It is believed that the new Palm will also be the only Palm operating system used by the company, dropping the old Palm OS and Windows Mobile in favor of this new platform. (They’d keep supporting WinMo for its corporate clients only.)

I’m skeptical that Palm can survive this transition. It isn’t 1996 any more

Get the full scoop at their blog!

Sony abandoned its Clie line quite a few years ago: nevertheless, the veterans from 1src keep up the fight for their beloved Palm OS PDA’s. Here are their latest accomplishments:

Documents To Go 11 – works somewhat
Users report varying success with DocumentsToGo – while SheetToGo works well, WordToGo is said to act up when the DIA is collapsed (saw sth similar on my GSPDA M70 some time ago).

Nevertheless, Documents To Go 11 works well on Clies.

Opera Mini 4.2 – works well
Later releases of Palm’s Java VM were limited to recent Palm devices – Clie users were left standing in the rain. Nevertheless, some innovative folks managed to find a way to get Opera Mini running: hit the link above for further info!

gmailbetalogo Possible GMail exploitTamsPalm has always been on the forefront of all things GMail – we were among the first news services who performed GMail invite giveaways after receiving our account from Sir Baetzgen.

Anyways, a new and possibly highly dangerous exploit has been discovered. Essentially, it involves the theft of a cookie which then allows the attacker to set up random filter rules in your account.

Further information can be found at ZDNet’s:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Google/?p=1188

My long-term friend Guy recently was invited to the ITU Telecom conference in Bangkok. This conference is held by the International Telecommunicaton Union and covers a variety of topics from communication standards to the OLPC.

Guy Sheffer posted short reports of each of the seven days to his blog – hit the URL’s below for the full scoop:
ITU Telecoms 2008 – Day 1
Day one is a rather short write-up covering his arrival at the show.

ITU Telecoms 2008 – Day 2
Don’t ask me where OLPC has the money from: each delegate got a free one.

ITU Telecoms 2008 – Day 3
Part 3 is concerned with censorship laws (example used: Israel) and also looks at issues hampering the large-scale deployment of the OLPC.


ITU Telecoms 2008 – Day 4

Not much to see here :-(


ITU Telecoms 2008 – Day 5

Guy served as a volunteer in the OLPC session that day. His experience (completely aligns with mine):

I better stress to the readers that if they think they know how the OLPC would work because its Linux based, they are mistaken. The laptop’s system has all the Linux tools, but on top of it there is an interface there is a completely different called sugar. There is no folder structure. Only after 3 days, I figured out how to save on a usb stick in the GUI.

It troubled me since the youth forum members kept asking me about other things – like saving files and editing text and so on.

At the end of the session I told him that and that most of them didn’t feel they can’t do anything with the computer. He however replied that the computer is not for them, it is there so they can show it to their governments with the kids applications.

ITU Telecoms 2008 – Day 6
Not much to see here…

ITU Telecoms 2008 – Day 7
Guy’s final post looks at the influence of second life and other MMORPS’s on third-world economies. He furthermore raises a few interesting points about “currency stability” in virtual worlds…

Yours truly has recently switched to a MSI Wind U100 due to its excellent portability. The machine is powered by an oddball CPU from Intel called Atom, and has satisfied me so far. Benchmarks and an unboxing will hit TamsPalm shortly.

Until then, feel free to take a look at the SysOpt.com article linked below. It looks at what’s inside an Atom processor, and provides an overview of the available configurations/models.

Get the full scoop here:
http://www.sysopt.com/features/cpu/article.php/3765986

The folks at Engadget’s have taken a stab at Palm last year, citing various issues inside the company. Back then, Palm’s CEO Ed Colligan responded and promised improvements. One year has since passed, and the parting chief editor of the site now took the time to sum up.

Amusingly, Ryan Block agrees with my verdict on the Palm Centro (Palm Centro review), and considers the keyboard and the screen way too small.

Palm OS II aka NoVa has also been a topic – the lack of progress has made the Engadget team recommend Palm to give up its OS exclusivity and start building Android devices(!!!)…

In the end, Ryan doesn’t feel too well about the future of the company. Even though the Centro currently sells very well, he feels that the gains will be “short-term” => the long-time strategy and Ed Colligan’s way of handling the media hasn’t improved too much.

Get the full scoop here:
http://www.engadget.com/2008/08/22/engadget-cares-the-state-of-palm-checking-in-a-year-later/

Just in case anyone of you ever asked himself what Exchange is all about and how it feels: you can now experience it first-hand!

Microsoft currently offers “trial” accounts that work for five days a pop and can be used with a mobile device of your choice – click the link below to start using Exchange!

https://signmeup.exchange2007demo.com/exchange2007demo/

ATTENTION: the accounts are automatically deleted after 5 days. Do NOT use them in a production environment…and be sure not to fuxate the data on your device by synchronizing it with the account!

The folks at BrightHand’s have managed to somehow generate stats that show which devices stir up the most “user activity” – their results are posted once a month and usually provide pretty interesting reading.

When looking at the chart, we see Apple, Windows Mobile and PalmOS powered devices and a dumbphone. the Palm TX managed to get back into the list, while the HTC Mogul, Nokia N96 and the ipaq 110 flew out:
 BrightHand releases mind share stats for July

Here’s the exact ranking:

  1. HTC Touch Diamond
  2. iPhone 3G
  3. HTC Touch
  4. ipaq 210
  5. HTC Touch Pro
  6. Samsung Instinct
  7. Xperia X1
  8. Palm Centro
  9. iPod touch
  10. Palm TX

In case you feel like comparing it to last month’s mind share rankings – please use this link!

Finally, the TamsPalm team managed to relaunch PalmWiki, our Palm OS information database. A Wiki enables every visitor to edit pages, so the whole Palm community can help creating this database.

About two years ago, when TamsPalm moved to another server, the Wiki database and all backups were lost. Luckily, Google’s Cache and Archive.org had some of the old pages still availible. But as this sites only have HTML code which needs to be converted to MediaWiki code, the import of old data needs some time. But some pages (main page, software, hardware, …) are already present and the Wiki is ready to be used again.

The new URL is:

http://palmwiki.tamoggemon.com/en

The Palm OS economy is (/was) a beautiful place. Prospective owners of an electric blue Centro can now feast their eyes on our stock images AND a real-life, hands-on gallery over at the PalmInfoCenter.

Ryan seems to really like the new paint job – he describes it to be:

… very vibrant and really “pops” in person. This color also has a subtle sparkle finish to it when viewed up close. It’s not overwhelmingly sparkly and it makes for a nice effect. The casing is the usual solid plastic. As a nice touch, the included stylus also matches the sapphire motif.

The folks at BrightHand’s have managed to somehow generate stats that show which devices stir up the most “user activity” – their results are posted once a month and usually provide pretty interesting reading.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, here’s an overview of the “Mindshare” distribution. Palm and S60 get one device into the top list, Apple manages to squeeze in two, and PocketPC’s take up the remaining six boxen. Windows Mobile Smartphones are not represented this month:
 BrightHand releases June’s “mind share” stats

Here is a list of the devices:

  1. HTC Touch Diamond
  2. Apple iPhone 3G
  3. HTC Touch
  4. ipaq 210
  5. Nokia N96
  6. Palm Centro
  7. HTC Mogul
  8. Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
  9. ipaq 110
  10. iPod touch

What do you think?

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