Juliana of Handycase.com e-mailed me this morning to inform me about the Palm OS freeware on their site. I checked it out and I found interesting — and best of all, free — Palm games and utilities.
Their free games include a series of IPuzzle Basic games, Logic Puzzle, Roman Table, Illusion Cubes, JoQPo, HandMemory, Stonestris and Triball. I downloaded and installed IPuzzle Basic edition 6 and Stonestris. IPuzzle is basically a sliding puzzle where you move squares one at a time to to correctly complete an image. Stonestris, is — of course — a tetris game. Handycase games may not be as crisp as the usual commercial ones, but they are still worth trying.
Other freeware from them include HandTube, a utility for YouTube users; HandClock, an analog clock; Priorities, an app that organizes your priorities; FreeContacts, a contacts and reminder suite; HandDraw, a paint-type app for Palm; TopicList, a to-do-list-type app that organizes information and tasks; and HandWriter, a text editor.
Handycase also offers a diverse line of commercial software for personal, professionals and corporate use.
As I was composing the previous entry, I ran into a problem uploading the accompanying image. While the upload dialog popped up, red x marks were shown instead of file icons. I was able to choose the file, but the upload did not begin. I had to manually do it using FTP.
I thought it was a Java-plugin problem, so I thought I install the necessary plugin first, then would update the post after the problem is resolved. I guess I was wrong in thinking it had something to do with Java, as it appeared to be a Flash-plugin issue, as discussed in this bug report on LaunchPad. As one of the commenters said, this problem “is present on 64-bit hard drive installations,” such as mine.
For now, I could only search for possible solutions, or use FTP for image uploads while waiting for the experts to resolve this issue.
I learned about the release date of Hardy Heron (or 8.04) –Â Ubuntu‘s latest version — from my classmate Max last month, but I got to install this user-friendy Linux operating system only last Sunday.
I was using Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) before I upgraded. Probably due to the various experiments I was doing with my PC, as well as some incorrect and incomplete program installations, my PC started getting sluggish. My Firefox 3 Beta kept on freezing and turning gray, and there were instances when the system kept on restarting on its own.
So after learning that the newest version is ready to be downloaded, I starting sorting my files and backing up on DVDs those that I needed to keep. I also downloaded and created a Hardy Heron installation CD for AMD64 systems.
Last Sunday, I finally completed the backups, so I proceeded with the upgrade. I chose to wipe out everything on my PC as I wanted to do a clean install. The process, however, was interrupted by an error with the LiveCD that I was using.
As I wrote earlier, at least two Palm game developers recently started distributing their Palm games for free, and one announced it will stop developing games for Palm. And then today, fellow Entrecard member Adrian Corscadden asked me on Twitter how much longer do I think I’ll be blogging about palm devices, as “they seem to be on the way out.”