Saturday, June 02, 2007

Palm: You've Missed The Mark

I don't normally blog about tech here, but this announcement from Palm (makers of the Palm Pilot devices in the 1990s) got my attention.

They are planning to launch a little "mini laptop" that runs about 1kg in weight as an alternative to a full sized laptop. Based on Linux, it has a lot of bits that sound right, but I just don't think it'll fly.

Even the name is a rip-off from the past - "Foleo" rings very close to the Atari Portfolio from the late 1980s - and while the Atari was modestly successful, that was before the explosion of mobile computing in the late 1990s.

This device feels like a last gasp for a company that ran out of direction after the last round of Palm Pilot devices were released a few years ago.

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