Back in my high school years, I used to tap out my entries on a Palm IIIx in an app called PalmJournal.
Thinking back, here were the things that made it the ideal journaling platform.
- Its form-factor. The small screen and “small device” experience was ideal for a rather private activity.
- It only did one thing. The interface was sparse and utilitarian. There were no pop-up notifications, medals to earn, no internet connectivity or even color. It simply left me alone to process my thoughts.
- It was tangible. The fact that PalmJournal lived on my Palm IIIx meant that it had a certain material tangibility about it – i.e. I could lock the device in a drawer, and I’d know that it is safe. No messing around with passwords, encryption, to-the-cloud-crap.
Amidst the deluge of supersmart devices currently flooding the market, there is definitely still room for single-purpose devices that are far better suited to specific activities than multi-purpose devices could ever be.
Long live PalmJournal.