For a few years I’ve had this little device. It is not much bigger than a video cassette. It has a 1.5 gb hard drive, and 32mb of RAM. It only runs Windows 95, and won’t run anything higher, and it has no USB.
So, what should I do with it? This is the question that constantly vexes me. I could sell it on eBay, but I’d be lucky to get more that £40 for it. I could give it away, but no one wants something this limited. I couldn’t dump it, that’s just wrong.
So, my remaining option is to use it. But how? I don’t really want to go through the pain of installing another OS on it. I’d like to find some decent Windows 95 software to run on it and make it useful.
I’d love this to be a part of my constantly evolving mobile studio. But, as of now, I’m not sure how to make that happen.
If you’re reading this and have any thoughts on it, please do let me know.
Well, here’s another reason for getting a Nintendo DS. Between this and Elecktroplankton I think I’m going to have to buy one of these things sooner or later.
Music thing: Portable, Linux-powered all-in-one recording box
This is an interesting piece of hardware. Not from the point of view of the hardware itself, but from the perspective of the software that is being ported to run on it.
According to the article in Linuxdevices.com Audacity is being ported to run on an Arm processor for this device.
Now, if the chaps at Audacity can do that for this Arm processor, then why not one in a Palm device?
I think it is worth asking the question and seeing if there’s a way that they could use Audacity on a standard Palm.
Why do it? Well, Audacity is a fairly good multitrack recorded with plug in facilities. If you could run that on your palm then the sky’s the limit.
I’ve been after a palm based multitrack for years. I think I’m going to have to contact them and ask the question. I’ll post back as and when I get a response.
Madwaves made the madplayer (now discontinued). Now they’re making a software version called madmixer.
And, you ask?
Well, the hardware version (madplayer) wasn’t that bad at all. In fact it was quite handy to use if you were short of a little musical inspiration. It generated music using algorithms in different styles.
That’s what the “madmixer” application will do too. However, they’re porting it to Java so it may run on a Treo. If it does I may well try out a copy and see if it is worthwhile.
I’ve been thinking for a while about getting a Nintendo DS or a DS Lite. I have no real passion for games and gaming, but I’ve been amused and intrigued by the idead of electroplankton.
I like the concepts employed in making music through unusual and non-traditional interfaces, and I think it sounds like an interesting idea for children as well.
Is it worth getting? I’m not sure, It is a lot of cash to shell out on a new piece of hardware and software just to play for a while. I think it would be wonderful if someone wrote something similar for the PalmOS.
Music thing: PSPKick: Homebrew drum machine for PSP
Now that is cool. I like the look of the PSP, but I couldn’t buy one on account I have no real use for it. Perhaps I will do at some point?