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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.


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The Palm Foleo

Foleo Palm has announced the Foleo laptop-ish-device, which they are pitching as a smartphone enhancer. Interesting turnabout from the days of the original Pilot, which was pitched as a "Connected Organizer" that was dependent on your computer. The Foleo is a computer designed to be dependent on your phone.

I'm adding a reminder alarm (into my Palm TX, naturally) for 3 years from today, to go buy one of these on eBay for $75 and put Linux on it!

Update: Never mind!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
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Comment from Chas Emerick , later that day

This would be mostly moot if only device and mobile OS makers would make getting one's laptop online through the phone as easy as this Foleo thing does.

The saddest thing about all this is that this is just an eMate with internet access and less functionality. This is totally useless for us geeks, but it might be perfect for the sales guy, executive, etc. What's old is new (yet) again.

Wow, I'm sounding old now...!

Comment from Chris Blow , 1 day later


i don't get it.

you sync your phone to your foleo to your laptop to your bloglines and then your imap?

or is it the other way around?

Comment from Paul , 1 day later

Something like that.

I think "TRASH YOUR LAPTOP" would have been a more straightforward marketing angle for them. How many of these "mobile" businesspeople are lugging around 10 lbs of laptop + accessories just for email, web apps, and little MS Office documents? Those people don't even like computers. A shot of a smiling woman drop-kicking her Dell Perspiron 12000 into the ocean and then, as she walks away across the strand, pulling out her Foleo like an oversize compact...

Palm, you clearly need my marketing genius. We can still save you.

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