Subject: syncing pda's and cli window application
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Andrew L. Gould <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/21/2003 11:54:51
Upgrading from my Palm IIIx has me struggling with hardware obsolescence and
compatibility issues. The hardware for models made by 3COM and Handspring
have changed significantly in the last 2 years. The other PDA's (Zaurus,
WinCE models, etc) have syncing issues unless you sync to a MS Windows
operating system. (There is, supposedly, a Linux desktop application for the
Zaurus; but I couldn't find it, even after following http links.) This
brings me to NetBSD and some thoughts regarding PDA's and PIM's:
I purchased a NEC Mobilepro 780 and am having NetBSD installed on a
microdrive. With proper planning (wireless connections, etc), I should be
able to delay obsolescence issues until the unit dies.
While backing up the system software should be easy, I am still left with the
syncing issue. It seems to me that a PIM application that could sync with
other installations, regardless of whether is was installed on a PDA or
desktop (desktop-to-desktop, desktop-to-pda, pda-to-pda), would solve this
issue. Further, given that an X Server is not available on all PDA hardware
(Mobilepro 8*, HP Jornadas), a CLI application might be appropriate. I'm not
a programmer; although I've learned a little Python.
...and, finally, my questions:
1. I've been playing with the window application (see 'man window'). Can a
program control multiple windows. In other words, could a developer write a
PIM in Python that would use multiple windows for data display and entry?
Window #1: Display module list (Calendar, Address Book, etc)
Select Calendar to start Calendar module in Window #2.
Window #2: Display module functions (view, new, edit)
Select v-[date] to see Calendar entries for [date] in
Select new to enter new event in Window #3.
2. Should I scrap idea #1 and learn Python with Curses?
3. Does anyone know of any existing projects with similar goals (flexible