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A non-nostalgic look at the Lifedrive news for today. All information is current as of June 21st, 2010.
I will try to do a few updates to keep many of you abreast of information in the Lifedrive Universe. It still exists, can you believe that? Right now, I am still wondering if anyone is running Linux on the Lifedrive or if that effort has been abandoned? I hope you find some of the information below helpful. I will try to make a repository for Lifedrive news as time permits. It's still an interesting device.
A quick roundup of Lifedrive news:
Noted a few 4gb Compact Flash Sites. Appears that adding a Compact Flash card is big business in some parts of the country. Still a little pricey, but at least people seem to care:
Unity Electronics is offering the card with installation for $79.
o A blast from the past, Sammy's PalmAddicts 2006 article that started the craze, written and performed by Vincent Torralba, Jr. A How-To guide on replacing the hard drive in the Lifedrive with a CF card.
o How-to-Wikia has a very good article on doing the same. It's pretty much the same information as Vincent's but included here for your perusal.
Site: ( http://how-to.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_replace_microdrive_with_compactflash_in_Palm_LifeDrive)
o Palm, the company, is having a firesale on Lifedrive and other Palm accessories. Now through June 30th, you can pick up a Lifedrive leather case (I used to have one of these), previously $30, now for $7.
Site: (The Palm Store (until June 30th, 2010))
o There is now a Wikipedia site devoted to the Lifedrive.
o The Kingston Cards are now selling at Firesale prices again, although I wonder about this ad? States that it is an 8GB Kingston CF card, but as far as I know, the Lifedrive can only handle 4GB memory. I could be wrong, but for $20 it looks like a steal. But some photographers are having some issues with it. Read the reviews before buying.
Site: Amazon Kingston 8 gig CF
o The Lifedrive is still chugging along, as witnessed by a few Forum posts. Note the date June 10, 2010:
o Lifedrive Used Parts:
o OKAY, so I saved the best for last. I ran into this ad a few days ago while surfing the web. It's a pity that I cannot put it on my site selectively as an ad. I really want to. There is a company out in Mankato, Minnesota that will sell you a used Lifedrive with a 4gb CF card installed for about $160. They can also replace the glass on your lifedrive with what they call a glass digitizer, which is an additional $25 if you want it installed on your CF unit.
The company also repairs Lifedrives, which may come in handy for some of the defunct Lifedrives being toted around on Ebay.