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    I have a lot of free space on my Treo. Out of 23.7MB total, I have 47% free. I'm only using 12.7MB, which might tell you something about why I'm not salivating over devices with more memory, like the Palm TX or the upcoming Treo 700p. I have plenty of room to grow even with the 650's storage, often seen as anemic by reviewers. 11MB free, 45MB free, what's the difference?

    And yet, I have 88 applications in my launcher.

    That's not a typo. I have 88 applications and data in just 12.7MB on my Treo. And no, I'm not using PowerRun or ZLauncher to run stuff off the card. If I did that, I could easily have more than 100 applications in less than 10MB.

    And I'm running some hefty stuff. Agendus Pro 10 is nearly 2MB by itself. Pocket Tunes is almost 1MB. EReader, TCPMP, Audible, AudibleAir, RescoExplorer, all near 500k. I admit to keeping the big modules of Mobi-Systems OfficeSuite on the card, but the base program has to stay in RAM and it's over 700k.

    So how do I do it? How do I live so comfortably within the Treo 650's RAM? (and, might I add, reliably; my Treo almost never crashes)

    Web-based applications.

    Put simply, I don't install a Palm OS application if I can find a website that does the same thing. I take these sites, mobile-friendly versions almost all of them, and create icons for them in my launcher with SharkLinks. Some of them I even assign unique app codes so I can assign them to buttons.

    Let me give you an example. I don't use any Palm OS mail client for the most part. I don't use Vesamail (with one minor exception), I don't use Chatter, I don't use SnapperMail and I don't use Agendus Mail, though I do use Agendus Pro.

    Instead, I have a SharkLink that points to m.gmail.com and I have that mapped to the Mail button on my Treo. I press the Mail button and Blazer fires up and instantly loads Google mobile-friendly version of Gmail. From here I can read, reply and even search my mail just like on the desktop, and changes made here (archiving, starring, etc.) show up anywhere else I read my Gmail. The only thing I can't do (yet) is send attachments, the only remaining use I have for Versamail.

    If you have a device like a Treo or TX where you can reasonably exect to have a network connection most or all of the time, web-based applications (henceforth referred to as WBAs, because I'm thumbing this article on my Treo) are a revelation. Most crashes on computers of any kind are caused by either buggy software or software conflicts. I minimize both by installing only the most necessary Palm OS software and using the web for everything else.

    For example, one of the most popular programs for Treos is Directory Assistant. It's freeware, and does a decent job of looking up local numbers. Instead, I have a SharkLink set up that points to http://mobile.google.com/local/.

    Want more? I've seen people that keep a copy of the entire WikiPedia in TomeRaider on a card (you need more than a 512 card to pull this off), but why bother? You can just create SharkLink to http://pda.en.wapedia.org/ instead. And it's always up to date.

    Okay, enough teasing. Here are the WBAs I have loaded on my Treo, and what they replaced. If you want more free space and greater stability, download SharkLinks and give these a try.

    Instead of QuickNews, try Bloglines
    http://www.bloglines.com/myblogs_subs

    Instead of 4Cast, try Weather Underground
    http://mobile.wunderground.com/cgi-b...le&query=80012
    (you'll need to change the zip code unless you're my neighbor)

    Instead of VersaMail, try Gmail
    http://m.gmail.com

    Instead of Directory Assistant, try Google Local
    http://mobile.google.com/local

    Instead of a translation database, try Babelfish
    http://babelfish.altavista.com/tr

    Want to look up a song or musician? Try CDDB
    http://www.skweezer.net/s.aspx/3/www...&q=xyz&x=0&y=0

    Actor or movie? Try IMDB
    http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http:/...h&_gwt_noimg=1

    Need shipping information?

    DHL
    http://track.dhl-usa.com/trackbynbr.asp

    FedEx
    http://mobile.fedex.com

    UPS
    http://mobile.ups.com

    Why use BDicty or RoadLingua (both of which I've registered) when you can just go to the dictionary?
    http://www.m-w.com/palm.htm

    And if you need a thesaurus as well,
    http://www.m-w.com/palmthes.htm

    Instead of WorldMate, try Flight Schedules
    http://www.treosoftware.com/pqa/oag/

    Instead of the Merck Manual, try WebMD
    http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http:/...m&_gwt_noimg=1

    Instead an encyclopedia on your card, try Wikipedia
    http://pda.en.wapedia.org/

    Showtimes? I use Fandango
    http://mobile.fandango.com/index.jsp

    And for shopping, there's always

    Amazon.com
    http://www.amazon.com/pocketpc/?tag=webosnation0e-20

    and

    Froogle
    http://wml.froogle.com/

    Instead of PalmSMB, try Avvenu
    https://share.avvenu.com/home/

    Instead of carrying a ton of MP3s on your card, try Gloonet
    http://www.gloonet.com/

    Instead of Mergic Ping, try Ping
    http://www.inerd.nl/host.php?s=ping

    Also, Traceroute
    http://www.inerd.nl/host.php?s=trace

    and Whois
    http://www.inerd.nl/domain.php?s=whois

    Lastly, instead of AvantGo/iSilo/Plucker/HandStory etc., I use these for regular reading:

    1SRC
    http://www.1src.com/mobile/

    Brighthand
    http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http:/.../&_gwt_noimg=1

    cnet News.com
    http://mobile.news.com

    engadget
    http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http:/.../&_gwt_noimg=1

    iambic Mobile
    http://mobileforums.iambic.com/

    I, Cringely
    http://www.pbs.org/wireless/avantgo/content/cringely/

    MobileRead
    http://www.mobileread.com/mobile/index.php

    Palm Addict Mobile
    http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http:/...m&_gwt_noimg=1

    TreoCentral
    http://mobile.treocentral.com/

    Google News
    http://news.google.com/news?output=xhtml

    SciFi Wire
    http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/handheld.html

    Smirking Chimp
    http://www.smirkingchimp.com/avantgo.php

    Wired News
    http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.wired.com

    Now, I realize y'all won't actually be able to see this, but I wanted to show you it was possible. For my writing, I used to keep a "series bible" in either Word or a database like ThinkDB. Now, I just have my own wiki.

    UC Wiki
    http://serials.solomedia.org/index.php?title=UC:Main

    And of course, if you need to make any website Blazer-friendly, try this:
    Google Wireless Proxy
    http://www.google.com/gwt/n
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    Nice list. Thanks for the link.

    Of course, for some uses Blazer is too slow. Plus, there's no auto-update or plugin support (like 4cast, for example).
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    Yes. I use the dictionary a lot and I don't like to wait to be connected or searching time for webpage. I like to have instant access.
    Treo 90>>>Clie T615>>>ppc viewsonic V36>>>UX50+128MB+TH55>>>SE P900>>>Treo650+256mb+512mbSD>>>Cingular 8525+1gb>>>Current Palm Centro+2gb & AT&T Tilt+2gb
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoovs
    Of course, for some uses Blazer is too slow. Plus, there's no auto-update or plugin support (like 4cast, for example).
    Too slow? Not sure I understand. All of the above links are designed for mobile use, and come up almost instantly on 1xRTT.

    Plugins I can understand, but auto-update? The point of web-based apps is that they're live data. What's auto-update on wunderground going to do, show you the weather when you're not looking at it? As soon as you check it, it's current.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mutantblack
    Yes. I use the dictionary a lot and I don't like to wait to be connected or searching time for webpage. I like to have instant access.
    Takes me about 1.5 seconds from the time I tap the Dictionary icon in my launcher to get to the search form on Merriam Webster. And after I type the word I'm looking for and hit search, it's just as fast as looking up a word in RoadLingua. What's the difference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kirvin
    Too slow? Not sure I understand. All of the above links are designed for mobile use, and come up almost instantly on 1xRTT.

    Plugins I can understand, but auto-update? The point of web-based apps is that they're live data. What's auto-update on wunderground going to do, show you the weather when you're not looking at it? As soon as you check it, it's current.
    Auto-updating with 4cast means that I can see the weather--current, in my case, within the last four hours--whenever I want. There's absolutely no question that the information is presented more quickly than waiting for Wunderground to load to Blazer--even optimized.
  7. #7  
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kirvin
    Takes me about 1.5 seconds from the time I tap the Dictionary icon in my launcher to get to the search form on Merriam Webster. And after I type the word I'm looking for and hit search, it's just as fast as looking up a word in RoadLingua. What's the difference?
    1.5 seconds? You must have way better download rate than me.
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    Can't say I'm tossing out any programs, but I'm gonna definately put some of these onto the bookmark page I have on my SD card that Blazer loads.

    No sharklinks yet, but maybe for some hot sites.. Honestly I rarely use Blazer, it's just too darn slow over cellular but some of these sites could come in handy.

    Figured I'd add the links in and provide the pages I have... Here's a URL to the pages where you can look at them, plus a link to a zip file containing the html and a small background image I used from somewhere.

    http://theblackmoor.net:8081/palmboo.../bookmarks.htm

    To use these, put the files on your SD card somewhere.. I have mine as /html, so in Blazer I have in the preferences my homepage as file:///html/bookmarks.htm

    Note that I named the directory above "palmbookmarks" so you'll want to rename it "html" if you put this directly on your SD card along with my Blazer example.
    Last edited by khaytsus; 03/07/2006 at 08:53 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoovs
    Auto-updating with 4cast means that I can see the weather--current, in my case, within the last four hours--whenever I want. There's absolutely no question that the information is presented more quickly than waiting for Wunderground to load to Blazer--even optimized.
    Okay, how fast does it need to be? Are you really so busy that you measure time in milliseconds?
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    Heh, I like my data as live as the other guy (check out my very fast hourly forecasts & TV Listings apps), but this is crazy pills right here! 1.5 seconds for blazer, c'mon man that's nutso. I do however very much enjoy just how data-crazy you've become since getting the 650. As a 1src listener, i have seriously enjoyed witnessing this transition

    Anyhoo, the majority of your listing up there is a bunch of links. I can't say for sure, but I think it's a safe assumption that not many folks around here are keeping encyclopias around in their SD cards. I use Xiino, it's so fast I don't need RSS feeds or even mobile-tailored sites. And Chatter + Pop3 + SMS triggering is just brilliant. Does this mean you're no longer using Initiate? Cuz I tried that after hearing you talk about it..wow I thought it was so bad!

    Totally optional, but some favs: Butler's LED notification, and takePhone for super nice phone capabilites (even though I consider it to be very ugly)
    My Freebie Java Widgets (Compatible with 650, 680, 700p & 755p)
    HourlyXCast - Hourly & 7 Day Forecasts! Weather Graphics, Radar Images & Alerts. "When 'PM Showers' just doesn't cut it"
    - RottenTomatoMeter - Movie Ratings, Reviews, Showtimes for New Movies & DVDs
    - TV2Nite - Calendar Events for your Favorite TV Shows!
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    Quote Originally Posted by g-funkster
    Heh, I like my data as live as the other guy (check out my very fast hourly forecasts & TV Listings apps), but this is crazy pills right here! 1.5 seconds for blazer, c'mon man that's nutso. I do however very much enjoy just how data-crazy you've become since getting the 650. As a 1src listener, i have seriously enjoyed witnessing this transition

    Anyhoo, the majority of your listing up there is a bunch of links. I can't say for sure, but I think it's a safe assumption that not many folks around here are keeping encyclopias around in their SD cards. I use Xiino, it's so fast I don't need RSS feeds or even mobile-tailored sites. And Chatter + Pop3 + SMS triggering is just brilliant. Does this mean you're no longer using Initiate? Cuz I tried that after hearing you talk about it..wow I thought it was so bad!

    Totally optional, but some favs: Butler's LED notification, and takePhone for super nice phone capabilites (even though I consider it to be very ugly)
    Not using Initiate right now. Don't need it with SharkLinks and PhotoDial (both soon to be replaced by SharkCuts, and from what I'm hearing from Tyler, this will be mind-blowing).

    I'm keeping my Treo as minimalist as possible. I don't even use FontSmoother anymore. The only hacks I run at all are FieldPlus and KeyCaps, and I might ditch KeyCaps. I use Agendus Pro instead of the ROM PIMs, but other than that...

    It really is all about the data. And with my mobile SharkLinks, Blazer is plenty fast enough for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kirvin
    ...both soon to be replaced by SharkCuts, and from what I'm hearing from Tyler, this will be mind-blowing...
    I looked at the LudusTech site, couldnt find any information on SharkCut. What exactly is the app supposed to do?
    CGordonn
    SPCS Treo 700p
    Virginia Beach, VA but home will
    always be Honolulu, HI
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    I just installed SharkLinks. Excellent!! Now I can get the Yankees schedule with just the touch of an icon.


    Go Yankees!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cgordonn
    I looked at the LudusTech site, couldnt find any information on SharkCut. What exactly is the app supposed to do?
    It's the successor to SharkLinks. In addition to hyperlinks, you'll be able to create SharkCuts to documents, email contacts, sms contacts, dial contacts and play macros like:

    Open shoutcast playlist in Blazer
    Click select, right, select to save and open
    Open pTunes to see playlist

    All at 230 bytes per SharkCut, completely self-contained and beamable.

    Plus some other goodies.
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    Sounds awesome. Thanks Jeff.
    CGordonn
    SPCS Treo 700p
    Virginia Beach, VA but home will
    always be Honolulu, HI
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    Great list of websites Jeff, I'll definitely be adding some to my Blazer bookmark list

    All around great post
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    I really like your revolutionary idea of replacing apps by web links. It is so revolutionary that is hard to digest for most of us. The main issues we all see with this approach are the following:
    1. We all know you are pointing us to mobile sites, but we are still not confortable with the load delay. For some of us is worst than others. I personally don't mind waiting a bit longer for some links but there are times when we need results ASAP. However, this delay we all experience today will be minimal once the EVDO 700p comes out. I know you don't care about EVDO but let's get real... more speed means more power.
    2. Jeff, you must be a lucky guy who has service all the time wherever you go. I cannot imagine myself needing something as simple as a dictionary and not been able to find the meaning of a word because I don't have service. Therefore, if I have apps that I consider to be critical for me I would keep them on my RAM or SD card, but I would keep other not so critical stuff as links. In other words I would not keep all my eggs on the same basket.

    Good report though,

    Al
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kirvin
    Okay, how fast does it need to be? Are you really so busy that you measure time in milliseconds?
    Actually, I just time tested Wunderground and it took 15-20 seconds to launch.
  19.    #19  
    Quote Originally Posted by hoovs
    Actually, I just time tested Wunderground and it took 15-20 seconds to launch.
    9 seconds for me.

    And really, folks, all this stuff about load times strikes me as a little strange. How busy are you? When you call someone, do you hang up if they don't answer on the first ring?

    The increased stability and free space on my Treo is more than worth a few extra seconds here and there.

    Your mileage may vary, offer not valid in all states, see back of package for details.
  20.    #20  
    Quote Originally Posted by Treolo
    2. Jeff, you must be a lucky guy who has service all the time wherever you go. I cannot imagine myself needing something as simple as a dictionary and not been able to find the meaning of a word because I don't have service. Therefore, if I have apps that I consider to be critical for me I would keep them on my RAM or SD card, but I would keep other not so critical stuff as links. In other words I would not keep all my eggs on the same basket.
    I think I might just be more relaxed than many of the folks here. I don't mind a few seconds here and there for load times, and as for coverage, yeah, Sprint is really good in Denver. But if I want to look something up or check my Gmail and it turns out I don't have a signal, I just shrug and wait until later. It's not the end of the world.
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