One reason I have to charge a small fee for this software (other than to compensate for my time) is to be able to afford to keep up with the ever changing hardware and operating system combinations that are found in PDA's. To make sure a program will operate on a device, there is no substitute for having one in hand. My desktop is currently littered with 5 PalmOS devices and 9 Windows CE devices (one is not pictured - I've lost it).
Palm OS vs Pocket PC, an opinion
I am often asked, "Which is better, PalmOS or Windows CE (or Mobile or PocketPC ... they keep changing the name)? What do you recommend?". Having used both PalmOS and Windows CE devices for several years, I favor PalmOS for these reasons:
A touted advantage of Windows Mobile is multi-threading, or being able to run more than one program at a time. To that I say, big deal, I don't get it. That tiny screen can only show one running program anyway. Who cares if something else is running in the background? A properly designed PalmOS program will provide the same benefit to the user, by returning you to the program in the same state before you left it. Otherwise, I am sure that multi-threading is important for some applications, but I don't know what those applications are, certainly none that I use in my pharmacy practice.
It's not that I don't like Windows Mobile's, because I do. They are just so pretty, with such wonderful sharp graphics. But if you are a practical person, looking for a reliable tool, one with the most bang for the buck, then don't be deceived by the pretty colors. Underneath the flashy surface, Windows Mobile's are of an inferior design, making for a less practical handheld computer than PalmOS. That is my opinion, and remember, you asked for it! . . . Rick
The Nightmare After Christmas
Pharmacists must have been good girls and boys in 2005, as it appears a whole slew of us received new PDA's or the new PDA/Cell Phone combinations ("Convergent devices"). Unfortunately many of you chose a Windows OS, and to make matters worse, most of these new devices are running Windows Mobile 5.0.
The nightmare began for me shortly after the first reports trickled in and I realized that Micro$oft's new PDA operating system broke my Windows Mobile applications. With 20/20 hindsight I should not have been surprised, I am continually having to rewrite my software to keep abreast of Micro$oft's constant changes. I spend more time on maintaining than on improving my software simply because Micro$oft has a habit of issuing new operating systems and patches of older OS's which break previously stable applications.
Sweeping changes like this, issued with no regard for legacy applications, drive up the cost of software and drive out small developers like me. When you are monopoly, you can do things like this, and crap all over the little guy. Thanks again Micro$oft for ruining my Christmas.
Regardless of how I feel about Windows Mobile, I am working on updating my software to run under the new operating system. Links will be posted on the What's New page when available. . . . Rick
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