Daily Archives: 2004-10-04

Markdown Rocks

For a while now I’ve been using Textile when writing weblog entries. Textile — the “Humane Web Text Generator” — lets you use simple markup tags in your text rather than trying to write HTML by hand. For longer articles, I tend to write them in straight HTML in my editor, running them through Tidy if needed prior to posting.

This past week I switched over to Markdown which I’ve found to be an excellent replacement. Based on the ideas of Textile and other methods, Markdown’s goal is to present text that is perfectly readable as-is and looks even better when converted to HTML. Think of it like plain-text e-mail and you’ll get the idea. See the Markdown site for more details of the usage which is quite simple.

Markdown is available for MovableType and other platforms and will work with SmartyPants if installed. It’s a simple Perl module that also be run from the command-line, so you can do your own “preview” prior to posting. (Having the standalone module is also helpful if you ever want to migrate your weblog entries to straight HTML format.)

palmOne Tungsten T5

Today palmOne announced the Tungsten T5 which is the latest in the handheld (i.e. non-Treo) family or PDAs. It's kind of a sad day — the first product release since I left.

This should be a nice product with full 320×480 display (no slider like the T3) and a total of 256MB of storage — 160 MB flash drive and about 55MB of usable RAM. The flash drive is being touted as a way to store and carry your files with you, kind of like a USB keychain drive. Compared to comparable PDA devices, that's a good chunk of on-device storage. Compared to today's iPod, though, it's not a huge amount if you're planning to carry a lot of music with you.

Oddly, the device is announced today but won't be available until November 3rd. That's a shift from the old Palm standard which was to avoid pre-announcing any products.

No detailed reviews yet, but announcements on Palminfocenter and MyPalmLife.

palmOne Tungsten T5