First thoughts on the Tungsten E

At least judging by my experience with the Tungsten E so far, Palm has really done it again. The durn thing Just Works™ and will do just wonderfully as PDA, just like my trusty old Palm IIIx. It’s still a real CHORE to get it working with Debian Woody (well, with Debian stable everything always has to be a chore), but Mandrake cooker (soon to be 9.2) handles it just fine.

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I love this place

Yesterday at 15:55 I placed my order for a Palm Tungsten E at The PDA Shop. This morning at about 10:00 the friendly TPG postman delivered it at my door. :) Specs in short: 320×320 transreflective colour screen, 32MB memory, SDIO slot (for extra flash and peripherals), TI OMAP (ARM) 126MHz processor, a solid collection of software and oodles of prettiness.

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61 words

Anna Wiersbicka is a Polish-Australian researcher in language semantics who is proposing that all concepts in all languages can be defined in terms of 61 basic concepts, called “primitives”. In a very interesting article in the NRC Handelsblad of Saturday, September 20, 2003, she elaborates on this theory. In short, these 61 primitives can be represented by 61 words (or word groups) in all languages. By stringing these 61 words together with a suitable mini-grammar, any concept can be explained.

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A Gentle Warning

Yesterday was September 15, exactly 3 years after I officially started with my Ph.D. Time is fun when you’re having flies! This means that today I have just under a year left to go, which in turn means that the stress is beginning to pile up. I apologise in advance if I accidentally bite your head off.

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Palm News

Good Old Ben just sent me this link. I am lusting after a new PDA (T2 or Zire 71), but can’t justify purchasing one because my trusty Palm IIIx (now three years old) is still performing its PDA-duties with unwavering loyalty. However, if the prices on the new modules drop significantly, the equation changes…

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A new machine

My dual 933MHz PIII that was state of the art three years ago has now become quite long in the tooth. Fortunately, Ari has graciously allowed me to use his old workstation (since he’ll probably be spending significantly more time with his new employer). This “hand-me-down” :) has a 2.4GHz P4, 512MB DDR (soon to be upgraded), lotsa disc space, a GeForce4 4600 with 128MB ram of its own and a beautiful 18″ Dell UltraSharp LCD screen.

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