Monday, January 1, 2001

Wireless dominates this year’s PalmSource


By S. Fred Green a.k.a. Fredlet

I've been lucky enough to attend the last several PalmSource conventions, and I've started to notice a change over the years. At first it was about geeks doing the dance of joy about new applications and swanky hardware. It was for being able to talk shop about Palm devices to other geeks (me being one of those geeks) without the strange looks and blank stares. Now, I see acres of marketing people talking numbers and discussing ideas "as we move forward" and fewer engineers talking blue-sky possibilities. I suppose that isn't too bad, but it does makes me a bit melancholy for the good ol' days.


Now, that isn't to say that PalmSource wasn't a cool place to be this year. As a matter of fact, the Santa Clara Convention Center, pictured in Figure A, was practically bursting at the seams with marketing people and engineers.


PalmSource 2000 was held at the beautiful Santa Clara Convention Center.

They told me that next year we'll be convening at the San Jose Convention Center (which is probably 5-10 times larger than where we've been the last several years). In fact, to check out next year's agenda and details, pay a visit to


If you want one word to sum up this year's conference