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    For those of you who have a few PQAs that don't have advertised replacements, there may be a way to work around not having PQA support in PalmOS 5.

    There is an open source program (unpqa) to decompile PQAs into raw HTML and image files which should allow you figure out how to get your favorite PQA site working in blazer.

    here is the Windows port of the unix source code for unpqa

    http://www.palmoswerks.com/stories/storyReader$116

    For example, I was able to take the Fleet HomeLink pqa and turn it into html source. Loading up the file in IE, it was suddenly obvious that the PQA was a single html page which linked to an https site formatted for a PDA sized screen.

    Now, PQA's that do more processing on the client side are going to be more difficult to take advantage of, but at least we can start getting some of the lost functionality back.

    Post your favorite discovered PQA links here ;-)

    Fleet Homelink: https://homelink-pa.fleet.com/script...ssHomeLink.woa
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    I've set up a bunch of decompiled PQAs at http://www.treosoftware.com/pqa/ and plan to add a lot more.
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    Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge pqa fan myself. They were always lightweight, fast and functional. Bearing in mind that they're gone, I'd suggest we instead help each other compile mobile-friendly sites rathre than decompiling pqa.

    metsfan was kind enough to give a few real links in his list and I'm putting together my list of mobile friendly sites as soon as I post this.

    Maybe then treo600essentials could have more resources to add good mobile-friendly sites to his links section?

    It's just my opinion. I could be wrong.

    I've posted my barely organized collection of mobile links here:

    http://s88833100.onlinehome.us/mobile/
    Last edited by turnepf; 11/08/2003 at 01:48 PM.
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    Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge pqa fan myself. They were always lightweight, fast and functional. Bearing in mind that they're gone, I'd suggest we instead help each other compile mobile-friendly sites rathre than decompiling pqa.
    I totally agree... PQAs area a part of the past, and I'm looking forward to seeing more mobile friendly web sites and web services... but we're not there yet. ;-)

    Unfortunately, some of the services that are most useful (banking, etc) move at the speed of business rather than the speed of technology.

    Luckily, there are some PQAs which hide mobile-friendly sites behind them, but don't advertise that fact. My suggestion is that if there happens to be a PQA you use, and there is not a comparable blazer-friendly site, rip the PQA apart and see if there isn't a hidden site formatted for a 160x160 screen.

    Now... if anyone knows of a Yodlee.com mobile friendly site, I'd be all set ;-)

    And thanks to metsfan for hosting the current collection!
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    Actually, PQA's are only compiled HTML forms. There is no capacity for real progmatic logic. I've written a few PQA's and that's all they are. So, all of them should be able to be rendered as HTML pages.

    - Joe
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    I am not nearly as knowledgeable as some of you who've posted on this thread. The one PQA that I really loved is Directory Assistance, which allowed one to look up telephone numbers and addresses for free (and then to mapquest addresses). I do not know of a website that does this. Does anyone? Any hope that this will be worked around for the 600?

    BTW, I use a mac, so windows code won't help (although I may be too ignorant to be helped by any code).
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    There's a few:


    http://www.555-1212.com/palm/
    (Phone Directory)


    http://mobile.msn.com/pocketpc/find.asp?chkauth=y
    (Yellow Pages, with maps/directions)



    - Joe
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    Awesome! Anyone got one for traffic?
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    Originally posted by JoeTampa
    There's a few:


    http://www.555-1212.com/palm/
    (Phone Directory)


    http://mobile.msn.com/pocketpc/find.asp?chkauth=y
    (Yellow Pages, with maps/directions)



    - Joe
    Thanks Joe. I don't mean to be a complainer, but I used 555-1212, and it works fine, but it's not nearly as fast or cool as DA. Shouldn't it be possible given the technical advance of the 600 (and presumably the newer Palm OS) to do something faster and cooler than DA? Part of the problem with the webpages is the time it takes to load them.
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    Well, one of the benefits of PQAs was that the initial page was preloaded on your device. No real way around that, or the fact that the result page may take a while. Welcome to the Internet! <<grin>>

    Perhaps someone will reverse-engineer the PQA for you.
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    Originally posted by JoeTampa
    Well, one of the benefits of PQAs was that the initial page was preloaded on your device. No real way around that, or the fact that the result page may take a while. Welcome to the Internet! <<grin>>

    Perhaps someone will reverse-engineer the PQA for you.
    Have you tried the 600's ability to save the web-page? Page / Save Page, places a mark on the favorite as well.
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    I am not nearly as knowledgeable as some of you who've posted on this thread. The one PQA that I really loved is Directory Assistance, which allowed one to look up telephone numbers and addresses for free (and then to mapquest addresses). I do not know of a website that does this. Does anyone? Any hope that this will be worked around for the 600?

    BTW, I use a mac, so windows code won't help (although I may be too ignorant to be helped by any code).
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    I've posted my barely organized collection of mobile links here
    Thats great!! Since mmm.ebay.com went down for good last month i have been trying to find a replacement that is just as fast. Yours works wonderfully. One question though. Is it possible to display more than one result from a search? Because I then have to search the results one by one the way it is now.....Thanks much!
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    When I bought my Sidekick phone last year, I was dismayed by the lack of good mobile web directories - so I built my own using open source software. Based on Red Hat 9.0, Apache, PHP, and some handy PHP scripts, http://www.pdaology.com should address everyone's concerns in this thread.

    I have about 1000 links in the database unfortunately 700+ were part of a bulk import and I have yet to add descriptions but the names are searchable using the search feature. I am busy and lazy - a lethal combination.

    Feel free to use the directory, add entries, modify entries, etc. The directory runs an average of 10K hits per month but based on my increased posting activity in various mobile forums lately it has surged to about 30K monthly lately.

    I don't accept donations nor do I display ads. It is primarily for my personal use (first with my Sidekick, now with my XDA, and soon with my Treo 600 GSM) but is sitting on a server with the bandwidth to push tens of thousands of queries per hour.
    http://www.pdaology.com

    the web directory for pda and phone-enabled sites. over 1000 sites in the directory!
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    pda guy and all of the rest of you, this is so kewl...thanks 1,000,000,000,000 take care, jay
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    i cannot thank u all enough, take care, jay
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    Thanks guys. Between the two sites listed, I should be able to find anything I would ever need.

    We all appreciate the effort.

    Thanks again,

    Bob Duckworth
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    Not to be a forum cop ... but you gotta do a search -- FIRST. you would have found what you wanted in about 30 seconds ... the following are aggregators listed in preious threads ... all will satisfy you browsing needs for a little while.

    www.pdaportal.us (over 400 sites)
    www.209.221.153.18/smallsites
    www.pawgo.com
    www.thumpmonkey.com/mobile

    A few others:

    www.treo411.com
    www.nefarious-tales.com/mobile
    http:\\wireless.mapquest.com/palm

    Enjoy!!!

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