PalmOS units could look extremely antiquated now, however the PalmPilot and Handspring Visor had one main benefit over fashionable smartphones: They didn’t have a Twitter app. Sadly, Jorge Cohen has simply modified that with a PalmOS Twitter app that brings doomscrolling to those 24-year-old units.
The unique PalmPilot was launched by U.S. Robotics in March of 1997, 9 years earlier than Twitter revolutionized how we share opinions on-line and terrorize those who disagree with them. The PalmPilot and different PDAs that may would comply with in its footsteps, together with the Handspring Visor, had been primarily designed as productiveness instruments, making schedules and e mail out there whilst you had been away out of your pc, even earlier than the BlackBerry hit the scene to stretch the work day properly previous quitting time.
Cohen’s PalmOS Twitter app comes many years after most of us tossed our PalmOS units in a drawer to be forgotten, however whereas it’s a piece in progress, even the version they demonstrated on Twitter yesterday seems to be higher than what we’re at present caught with on iOS and Android.
As Cohen later explains, their PalmOS Twitter app at present lacks the power to love tweets, and even the power to submit new tweets, which truly seems like a strong improve. It additionally works fairly in a different way than the Twitter apps on fashionable units, which might be frequently refreshed to immediately seize the most recent updates. Gadgets just like the PalmPilot and Visor didn’t have wifi or 5G in-built and will solely ship and obtain emails, calendar updates, and different info when bodily docked and synced with a pc. It was barbaric, and in hindsight, fantastic.
If you happen to’re commuting to work and are available throughout a tweet in your PalmPilot that enrages you, you possibly can’t instantly ship out an offended response or a passive-aggressive subtweet till you get to the workplace. You’re compelled to really assume it by means of for a couple of minutes, and are available to the belief that it’s actually not price responding to or acknowledging. A model of Twitter for iOS and Android with the constraints of Cohen’s PalmOS model is perhaps simply what we’d like proper now.