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Jan 20, 2007, 4:11am

A fab program. Even with thousands in the list, I was in a secondhand bookshop today, used it about three times, quite quick, and with no problems.

Thanks again!

Jan 20, 2007, 11:24am

Let me add my thanks.

One of my Alpha Geek pals picked up a $5 Palm in a charity sale.

He got my catalog to load successfully; however, the hardware is only marginally larger than the file, so it takes a loooonnnggg time to search.

But we have 'proof-of-principle', and I'll be using this as soon as I find a larger Palm for my own use.

Jan 20, 2007, 7:57pm

Bob, try ebay. The one I am using is an M500, time seemed to be around a few seconds. Give how old they are imagine you can pick one of those up very cheap in the USA.

M500 actually a useful ebook reader too, being greyscale, battery can last weeks as opposed to hours, without backlight usage, etc. Takes a 64MB card, so at say, 250-300K for a standard length book, holds a lot of books in what seems to be a small size.

Unless you want one of those fancy new fandangled ones that does all the internet, mp3, excel type deals.

Jan 20, 2007, 10:34pm

Thanks, Blue. It's good to know a useful model number. (... and yay, greyscale.)

eBay takes all the sport out of it, though - I'm idly hoping to run across one at a jumble sale or something. (I was with my pal when we found his $5 Palm - - I let him have it because he's a much bigger geek than I am, and had a much better chance of getting it running.)

Jan 20, 2007, 11:59pm

It is possible you can get a new one from China or Hong Kong or somewhere using ebay, too. A new M500 that is, from people that sell that sort of 'old' stuff.

Jan 21, 2007, 3:00pm

My wife uses a Zire 21 for PalmThing. We got it on eBay, where they go for about the same as the m500. It's 8MB as well. No SD card, non-upgradeable OS, USB-only, gray-scale. It's got a 126 MHz ARM vs. the 33 MHz DragonBall VZ, which makes direct performance comparison hard and I can't find a site giving any benchmark numbers. But after we add her wishlist from Excel, the number of records is about the size of AsYouKnow_Bob's LT library and it keeps up. They are also easy to find as NOS, if new is a requirement for some reason.

Jan 21, 2007, 9:21pm

Yeah, I picked the other one because I could put a 64MB SD card in it.

With the size of Bob's library andtagmania, PalmThing will take up a few MB, and with other programs, not a lot left for books.

If you just want it for PalmThing type use and only the odd ebook or other note, sounds pretty good though.

As for M500 speed, yesterday I did try a standard query, not the incremental one, and seemed to be maybe 15-30 sec or something like that, for 11K+ list. I'll remember to time one some time.

Apr 27, 2007, 9:41am

I just wanted to say thank you. This is fantastic!

Apr 27, 2007, 11:30pm

I got tired of browsing garage sales looking for a Palm, so I finally went on eBay and bought a Zire 21 -- I think it was about $30 + about $8 shipping.

Loaded up my catalog, and it works. Search time seems entirely reasonable - a couple seconds.

Thanks, MMcM!

Apr 28, 2007, 1:15am

There's your performance comparison then MMcM, the Zire processor is several times faster than the M500 it would appear.