Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.

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Thursday, May 17, 2001


I love my Palm IIIx. But while there are
newer models that are cool enough to make me drool a little, they aren't different enough from my IIIx for me to upgrade. It strikes me that as the market saturates, this may be the key problem for the PDA manufacturers: how to make the new models compelling enough for the people with older models to upgrade. In the PC market, the factors that drive upgrading are processor speed and graphics capabilities, neither of which is really an issue in the PDA world. Presumably wireless connectivity is the killer app, but there they have a different problem to solve: how to make the service itself economical. I'm not sure where the mainstream price point is for widespread adoption of wireless PDAs, but I'm sure it's substantially less than the current $40-$45 a month (for unlimited service).

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