I bought my first Palm handheld computer, applications were monochrome
and generally less than thirty kilobytes. With the advent of color,
applications more and more are hovering in the 200 KB range, particularly
web browsers and other Internet applications. Perhaps that's why
Access, has released the Thinmodem Plus (TM+), so users can now store
some of their applications in the TM+'s flash memory.
The Thinmodem Plus is based on the original Thinmodem
module, but is now a 56Kbps modem and has approximately 7.5 MB of space
available for storing applications and data.
The TM+ is a standard
size module that fits flush inside the Visor. A 6' phone cable with
a special connector plugs into the top of the TM+ when you wish to go online.
The TM+ is very good at conserving battery life, using less than 50mA of
power when in use (half of what is available to a module). Don't
worry about draining the Visor by leaving the TM+ inside -- less than 250µA
is consumed when not online.
The TM+ comes with several applications: Browse-It, One-Touch email,
and File Mover. Also included is a real-time modem status monitor
that is available at all times by tapping on the lower right-hand corner
of the Visor's screen.
The Thinmodem Plus has one of the most comprehensive and user friendly
setup programs you will find on the Palm operating system. The first time
you insert the module, Thinmodem+ Setup appears
to give you an overview of the TM+'s features and helps you configure your
Network Prefs settings for dialing in.
Next time the module is intserted, the Prefs application will run. I suggest
you leave the Network tab of Prefs up so that
the Connect button is displayed immediately when you insert the TM+.
No desktop conduit is needed for the TM+ -- however, a bonus USB FileMover
application only works with Windows.