September 9th, 2005


ACCESS Buys PalmSource

I still have some love for my former employer, and they've been struggling for a while. One of my reasons for going to PalmOne was because I couldn't see a way for PalmSource to get back on its feet. Well, it looks like they found a way. This press release was just put out; the Japanese mobile developer ACCESS is buying PalmSource in a deal worth about $323 million.

This is good news for me personally as I have a few hundred shares of PalmSource stock that I'd been waiting to sell. I think it's also good news for PalmSource; ACCESS seems to be a good company. They've supplied the core to the PalmSource Web Browser for several years, and their engine is also the core of the Blazer browser that Palm puts on their devices. This gives PalmSource a way back into the Japanese market with their smartphone products after being dropped by Sony, and it also takes good advantage of the feature phone software they got in their purchase of China Mobilesoft last year.

I hope that ACCESS will keep most of the US staff; I would think that they'd recognize the service and expertise that the current PalmSource crew has, and I also expect that they approve of the move of the Palm OS system to run on Linux, since Linux-based phones are really starting to do well in Asia.

FEMA Makes Me Angry

I can't listen or read about the abject failure of FEMA to effectively respond to Hurricane Katrina without getting very angry. I was listening to Al Franken talk about all the aid that was refused in the first days of the disaster when driving to lunch, and I'm glad no one was in the car with me to hear me yell out WTF repeatedly (the expanded form, even!). I certainly hope that this show of incompetence and triumph of ideology over compassion resonates enough with the voters to effect a change next year. We can't get rid of Bush, but he'd be a lot less powerful if he had opposition in congress.