I finally decided to take the plunge and trade up from my now-venerable “Treo 300(Handspring Treo 300)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2002/12/300 for a shiny new “Treo 650(Treo 650 Smartphone)”:http://www.palmone.com/us/products/smartphones/treo650/. I had followed all the concern over the “memory issue(PalmOne moves to ease Treo 650 memory gripes)”:http://news.com.com/PalmOne+moves+to+ease+Treo+650+memory+gripes/2100-1041_3-5469737.html, but it wasn’t a big factor for me because I didn’t have that many contacts or that much database driven software. It does use memory quicker than the 300, though, so I was glad to see that software like the “Adobe Reader for Palm OS(Adobe Reader for Palm OS)”:http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readerforpalm.html allowed for use of the memory card, and the “Lexar SD Card”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002XZQHM/libraryplanetcom/ref=nosim/ I chose has proven to be useful. I think the biggest changes from me are the higher resolution 320×320 screen and the 9.5x faster processor. The only soft reset I have experienced at all was caused by of all things “Big Clock(bigclock)”:http://www.bigclock.de/. Until that works itself out, “Today(Jonas Lindstedt’s Today for Palm Handhelds)”:http://nikman.k2.net/today/ seems like a more than adequate replacement. Anyway, I am far from exhausting all the possibilities of this thing yet so expect some more posts over time.
By Michael K Pate
Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.
Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.
Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.
He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.
However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.
In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.View Archive →