Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Little nuggets of information for Handspring Visor Deluxe Green

I recently got a Handspring Visor Deluxe (Green) from a friend. This device is quite old for todays standard but should be a very good tool for exploring embedded and PDA programming. Anyway, here is what I got: Manufacturer : Handspring (now Palmone) Model : Visor Deluxe (Green) Memory : 8 MB Serial number : ABCEB02000488 Processor : Motorola 16 MHz Dragonball EZ processor OS : Palm OS 3.1H Related websites: Official website : http://www.palm.com/us/support/visor/visordeluxe/ OS Upgrades : http://www.palm.com/us/support/downloads/visor/hs_updater_v100.html Synchronizing data with Linux : http://www.linux.com/howtos/Handspring-Visor/index.shtml History of Handspring: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handspring Developing applications: Pocket Smalltalk : http://www.pocketsmalltalk.com/ Micro Java for Palm : http://pluggedin.palm.com/regac/pluggedin/Java.jsp Palm Developer Network : http://www.palm.com/us/developers/ Visual PalmTalk : http://www.visualpalmtalk.com/ ucLinux on Palm : http://palm-linux.sourceforge.net/ C on Palm : http://onboardc.sourceforge.net/ C on Palm : http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/OnBoardC/ Rapid GUI for OnBoardC here Quartus Forth (non-free) : http://quartus.net/ picoBASIC® Integer : http://www.picodoc.com/pb.html Rexx for Palm OS® : http://www.jaxo.com/rexx/index.html Python for Palm : http://pippy.sourceforge.net/ Plua - Lua for Palm : http://netpage.em.com.br/mmand/plua.htm Small Basic (runs onboard) : http://smallbasic.sourceforge.net/ TinyLogo : http://www.wideopenwest.com/~lipetz/TinyLogo/TinyLogo.htm Waba - programming language for small devices : http://www.wabasoft.com/ Superwaba : http://www.superwaba.com.br/en/default.asp Palm Pascal Compiler for PalmOS (runs onboard) Description: PP is a freeware standard Pascal compiler for PalmOS that runs directly on the handheld. PP generates true native 68000 and ARM executable code from standard Pascal source code. Console applications, standard Palm applications, shared libraries, DA's, armlets may be generated on board in the train, while waiting the bus, while fishing, on the beach, or wherever you are. PalmOS: 3.5 or later Website: http://www.ppcompiler.org/?lng=en Scheme for PalmOS (runs onboard) Description: LispMe is a Scheme compiler and runtime system running on the Pilot PDA. It is mainly intended to have a tool for quickly trying ideas and algorithms, but you can write dialog-based applications, too. PalmOS: 3.0 or later Website: http://www.lispme.de/index.html

Product Features and Technical Details

Product Features

  • 8 MB RAM stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, memos, and more
  • Fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS applications
  • Supports optional expansion modules for MP3 player, pager, modem, GPS, video games, and more
  • Important note: If you are running Windows 95/NT or using a non-USB Macintosh, you must order the Serial HotSync Cradle separately
  • What's in the box: Visor Deluxe, HotSync cradle, stylus, snap cover, leather slip case, Palm Desktop software, two AAA batteries

Technical Details

  • Standard memory: 8 MB version in 5 fun colors
  • Maximum memory: 16 MB (with Springboard 8 MB flash memory module)
  • Expansion Slot: Springboard module
  • Display type: 2-bit grayscale LCD, monochrome
  • Display colors: 4 shades of gray
  • Display size: 2.375 by 2.375 inches
  • Resolution: 160 x 160 pixels
  • Display backlight: Yes
  • Processor: Motorola 16 MHz Dragonball EZ processor
  • Operating system: Palm OS 3.1H
  • PC compatible: Yes
  • Mac compatible: Yes
  • PC system requirements: 486 MHz processor or higher; Windows 98 or 2000 with USB port, or Windows 95 or NT with serial port (serial cradle sold separately); CD-ROM drive
  • Mac system requirements: Apple Macintosh or compatible computer with PowerPC processor; Mac OS System 8.1 or later with USB port, or Mac OS System 8.0 or earlier with serial port (serial cradle sold separately); CD-ROM drive
  • Handwriting recognition: Graffiti
  • Keyboard: Onscreen keyboard
  • User controls: Power on/off, backlight control, up/down scroll buttons, calendar, address book, to do list, memo pad buttons
  • Memo pad: Yes, also includes Date Book Plus, Advanced Calculator and City Time
  • Address book: Yes, also includes Date Book Plus, Advanced Calculator and City Time
  • Scheduler: Yes, also includes Date Book Plus, Advanced Calculator and City Time
  • E-mail: Yes, for Windows. Macintosh solutions sold separately.
  • Web browser: Third-party solutions available.
  • Security: Password-protect entries
  • Stereo: Third-party solutions available.
  • Built-in speaker: Yes, includes both a built-in speaker and microphone.
  • Headset jack: Third-party solutions available.
  • Voice recorder: Third-party solutions available.
  • MP3 playback: Third-party solutions available.
  • Audible content playback: Third-party solutions available.
  • AC adapter included: N/A
  • Battery type: 2 AAA
  • Batteries included: Yes
  • Average battery life: Approximately 2 months
  • Desktop import/export formats: Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express/Exchange, Qualcomm Eudora, Lotus cc: Mail. Links to AOL, Lotus Notes, Netscape Communicator, and POP3 mail sold separately. MS Word, Excel, Project solutions sold separately.
  • Serial port: Yes, but serial cradle sold separately
  • USB: Yes, USB cradle included in package
  • Infrared: Yes
  • Wireless: Yes, sold separately
  • Docking cradle: USB cradle included. serial cradle sold separately.
  • PC cable: USB cable sold separately.
  • Other hardware: Leather case included. Springboard expansion slot expands with modules like a digital camera, music player, modem, and more.
  • Software: Compatible with thousands of software applications.
  • What's in the box: Visor Deluxe, HotSync cradle, stylus, snap cover, leather slip case, Palm Desktop software (Windows and Mac), software link to Microsoft Outlook (Windows only), two AAA batteries
  • Width: 4.8 inches
  • Height: 3 inches
  • Depth: 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 5.4 ounces

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