Why am I interested?
I'm a happy Palm T3 user. I bought two of these after I knew they were obsolete -- they simply fulfil my present needs, adequately and much better than any available smartphone.
I'm also quite happy with my Nokia 6310. Also this I bought after Nokia stopped making them, I got a (semi-fake?) one on eBay. It's got more than a week's worth of battery life, and the menu system seems to just know what I want (the exact opposite of my hopeless Samsung phone).
However ... hanging on to both of these, I am aware that I'm being a bit nostalgic and backward. And since I really depend on my "Plastic Brain" (the pda), that's perhaps not the best strategy. What I'm looking for is a good, modern pda that does what I need how I want. If it's free-as-in-freedom, that's even better!
What can I do, what do I want to help with?
I am a programmer by trade; by day I develop and maintain Lotus Notes 'applications' (databases, rather); by night (well, some) I am hacking away at a GTD-centric task management/project outliner application for PalmOS.
(See also: Input Method:Handwriting)
Due to my background in Palm-land, I am very interested in helping to implement realtime fullscreen handwriting recognition not entirely unlike offered by PalmOS and TealScript. I believe that handwriting is worthy of consideration because:
- IMVHO, it is the most efficient method for fast input on small devices.
- It is agnostic of keyboard layouts and special language variants (I use Norwegian Dvorak).
- It consumes no screen real estate at all!
- It does not preclude the use of an ad-hoc on-screen keyboard.
Note that handwriting can be performed without a stylus, simply by using a fingernail instead.
Dvorak keyboard layout
When I'm typing at a desktop, I use a norwegion Dvorak keyboard layout. Hence, I'm really not interested in a virtual qwerty keyboard -- but if the virtual keyboard can be "skinned", I would be interested in contributing a Dvorak variant.