Thursday, October 27, 2005

Blazer 1.x, 2.x shut down

Palm apperently wants to kill old Treo/PalmOS smartphone installations. About one year after eliminating the Palm.net service(the mobitex network still is up, just as info for you all), Palm secretly posted a message on its knowledge base saying that the proxy server needed for Blazer 1.x and 2.x is going to be turned off. Read the alert here:

http://kb.palmone.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/WEBCGI.EXE?New,Kb=PalmSupportKB,ts=Palm_External2001,Case=obj(40527)
Palm offers users to upgrade to Novarra's nweb for free until the 31 October of this month. You can either access the portal via your handheld, or just use the form below:

http://web.palm.com/support/blazer/sprint.jhtml
The file actually works on my T3(Treo 300, Sprint), but it didnt work in the Simulator. However, the T3 cannot use its extended screen, the grafitti area always is displayed. Anyone who needs a decent browser can get one for free now...

Last but not least, I wonder why Palm didnt announce this openly?

15 Comments:

Blogger Alexander Gratz said...

Hello,

who says that it must be HiRes+ compatible? It could be an old version. The T|T3 has HiRes+ und WebPro is based on Novarra, but only on the core. And it isn't thought for T3 but for Treo 300.

Alex

5:18 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
just for the record:
The file is about 750k big and identifies itself as nWeb version 2.02. BTW, it has a HighRes icon and also seems to have a few HiRes GFX that one could strip out to save some RAM...
Anyways, it works damn fast on my T3 using Sprints proxy server(sprintpcs.proxy.novarra.com). It would be too interesting to see if it also works for Web Pro 3.5, as I beleive that high strain on the Palm Proxy may be the reason for the abysmal speed...

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will I still be able to use blazer if I purchase a TX??

Pete

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Lion_Snake said...

@Pete : Dont worry pete i believe u still can use Blazer for Your TX. Palm wont be annoying its own new Blazer on its new Handheld.

4:59 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
this statement only applies to the old versions 1 and 2. Version 4 of the browser is not affected in any way, as it does not need those proxies!
Best regards
Tam Hanna

7:01 AM  
Blogger Alexander Gratz said...

The TX has Blazer 4.3, it doesn't need proxies.

@Tam: in Blazer 2 I can define a proxy. What does that mean? Does that replace the Palm's proxy? Or is it a second proxy (you need in your company e. g.) ?

Alex

10:38 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi Alex,
I beleive that you COULD-if Palm lets you have their proxy software.

However, since I am pretty sure that this is a Palm-Style attempt to kill existing Treo installations, the likelyness of this happening is low. The Mobtex network still operates in the US as well, only the Palm.net proxies were killed!

Best regards
Tam Hanna

4:27 PM  
Blogger Alan Grassia, Staff Writer said...

Tam and crew,

I just read your post about Palm shutting down the proxy servers. Just for kicks I followed the links for the nWeb download as I did purchase a copy of Blazer for use with my Handspring Visor Prism and 56k Springboard modem card. Anyway, I was still able to download the nWeb.prc file. Maybe Palm is giving us a grace period or maybe someone just hasn't shutdown the download server just yet. In any case, if you still haven't downloaded the new nWeb browser you still have time to get in at the last minute.

Alan G
Tech Talk Podcast Host

11:16 PM  
Blogger John Bartley K7AAY said...

nWeb runs atrociously on my dub-ya (yes, a Tungsten W *is* a Seasoned Citizen, Palmwize, but it's light-years ahead of CrackBerries) and on my Samsung SPH-i500. Reset, reset, reset. Nokia just *gave* me a pre-release 9300/b with a no-BS Opera browser and it is far, far sweeter. Why does Palm want to drive away loyal customers?

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