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Recycling the Lifedrive


After getting the iPhone, my wife and I had some toys that went into obselescence.  One of them was my old Palm Lifedrive.  Although the touchscreen was getting a little worn out, it still has a lot of life in it.  It has a decent battery life, a bright 480X320 screen just like the iPhone, wifi, bluetooth, and a 4GB hard drive. 

I ran across an interesting program - TCPMP.  It has since been discontinued, but here's a link to the Palm version: TCPMP

I loaded up the Palm with videos for my son, and bought a cheap $4 set of headphones for him.  I even have the car charger, so he can watch videos on long car rides. 

The only downside was that it can't handle some files with high bitrates (above about 1000k/s).  I use Avidemux to transcode the files and resize them to the Palm's native 480X320 resolution.

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  1. Oh! That’s so cool!! And your really lucky to have an iPhone!! I have a really boring phone!! 🙁

  2. I’ve got a collection of old phones and PDAs in a cupboard in my house – now I’m on a Google Android (G1) phone which I love. One of the abandoned ones is a Palm Lifedrive – I think I’ll investigate one weekend and steal your idea! 🙂

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