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Subject:   Behind the times, eh?
Date:   2001-08-08 00:01:29
From:   tjotala
Maybe I'm missing something here, but what exactly is the big deal about this "new capability"? You've been able to do this, and much better, for years now on the various Windows CE/Pocket PC devices. Is this omission simply because those are not the properly "blessed" environment of Mac/Palm? Mind you, many of those MS-infested devices can also run Linux...

I find this kind of selective blindness disconcerting, especially in an article from a generally reputable technical source (O'Reilly).


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  • Derrick Story photo Behind the times, eh?
    2001-08-08 09:35:28  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    The big deal is that this capability is now available on devices that run Palm OS. This is not an article about competition between Palms and Pocket PCs. If you already have a Palm OS device, why should you have to switch to an iPaq just to play a QuickTime movie?

    As far as selective blindness goes ... take a look at the context of the article. It's a QuickTime column running on the Mac DevCenter. If you're such a Pocket PC fan, what are you doing in the Mac DevCenter? Pocket PCs don't even support Macs.

    We write about Pocket PCs, Linux PDAs, and yes, Palm devices. There's no blindness around here, I assure you.

    • David Sims photo Behind the times, eh?
      2001-08-08 10:30:55  David Sims | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

      We (O'Reilly Network) actually jumped onto the PocketPC bandwagon enthusiastically last summer, when our publisher wrote a good piece on the capabilities of his new iPAQ:

      Compaq's iPAQ PocketPC: The Multi-Purpose Multimedia Handheld

      We haven't covered as much on the PocketPC since then, in part because we haven't received many proposals at the developer level. In fact, most of our publishing on the iPAQ has been about getting a Linux OS onto it.