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    Quote Originally Posted by taroliw View Post
    As far as I'm concerned, all this business of spinning off, re-merging, buying license rights, renaming the OS is all just a lot deck chair rearranging. That Palm might be running an OS skunkworks and chooses not to annouce their intent to release a tremendous improvement doesn't impress me. If Palm or Access want my attention, they're going to have to announce some kind of intent (if not a roadmap) or actually get around to releasing one these products that are rumored, suspected, dreamed, fantasized, etc.

    I am happy now with Garnet (5.4.9 + patches). Hopefully Plam will bother to bring something new out and wow me, or at least before a competitor does and I say "bye." For example, if Microsoft pulled it's corporate head out of it's rectum and figured out most of us don't find a Windows UI very useful on a device like this and did something about it then Palm would need to be worried... because they aren't the only game in town for WM hardware.

    I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, really... it's just that pining away after a company who doesn't seem to give a crap about an installed base desperately wanting to see light at the end of the tunnel just gets old after a while.
    I concur. I'm tired of the hype. What about those of us that have been loyal users for years and like the Palm OS -- where is the newest business phone? The 680? Come on. Patience will grow thinner and thinner with that kind of introduction.
  2. #22  
    Here's a fitting tribute to Garnet
    (the similarities are errie!)
    I'm both super! ... and a doer!
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    Wow! Anyone want to take a shot at re-writing it?

    Montana's Best-Preserved Ghost Town

    To walk the streets of this ghost town is to step back in time, free from intrusions of modern society.

    Montana's most intact ghost town was never built to last. Garnet endures along with the spirits of the rugged gold miners and their families who carved a community in the heart of the Garnet Mountain Range at the end of the nineteenth century. In 1898, some 1,000 people knew Garnet as home. The town was a union town, with a strong miners' union, the Garnet Western Labor Union, negotiating with mine owners for fair pay, working hours and safety rules. The union hall doubled as the town's dance hall and resonated with dances, theater, harvest festivals and union meetings.

    But, by 1905, the gold was playing out and only 150 people remained. A raging fire in 1912 and hardships on the home front during World War I sent most of the remaining miners, wives and children packing . Garnet slowly slipped into obscurity, despite a brief renewal of mining in the Great Depression of the 1930s.

    Today, Garnet's fame lies not in its gold, but in the rich history of the town and its emblematic hard-scrabble character.

    Garnet is quite different from the rip-roaring frontier gold-mining towns in Montana such as Bannack and Virginia City with their lawlessness, vigilantes, and extra-legal hangings. The ghosts of Garnet sleep well. For one thing, Garnet was settled three decades after these early placer-mining towns. The gold mines that gave rise to the town of Garnet were hard-rock mines that demanded entrepreneurs with access to industrial equipment. Hundreds of miners brought their families to live at the top of the long, steep grade from the Northern Pacific Railroad stop at Bearmouth. Many businesses thrived on Main Street. More than 50 children attended the school.

    The men worked hard, without electricity, with only steam engines and hand tools, removing more than 60,000 ounces of gold, 50,000 ounces of silver, and 60,000 ounces of copper before the rich veins of minerals were tapped out. Garnet was mostly left to the memories and the ghosts when the town's remaining merchant, Frank Davey, died in 1947.

    The Bureau of Land Management and the Garnet Preservation Association work together to preserve many original buildings, including the stately Wells Hotel, for posterity. Behind the scenes at Garnet, workers stabilize the old buildings to keep them from falling down. The goal is to retain the ghostly nature of the abandoned buildings while preserving the roofs from caving in and the walls from giving away.

    This summer brought visitors from every region of the United States, plus tourists from France, Holland, Germany, Japan, the UK, and other countries.

    Improving Garnet's infrastructure -- building a new visitors' center -- will make the town an even more attractive destination. We hope you will join with us, become a member of the Garnet Preservation Association or a donor to this great cause, keeping history alive.
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