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Boost your PDA's value with these Palm tips

Do you use a Palm Pilot to stay on top of your appointments and assignments? Don't miss these great tips from TechRepublic's Palm TechMail.


Busy consultants depend on devices like personal digital assistants (PDAs) to stay organized and connected. If you’re one of them, you’ll want to learn how you can maximize the use of your PDA by subscribing to our Palm TechMails, delivered each Wednesday and Friday. Here’s a sampling of some tips they offer.

HotSync help
If you're having trouble performing HotSync synchronization, here are a few tricks to try:
  • Check to make sure the HotSync Manager is running.
  • Quit the HotSync Manager and restart it.
  • Before synchronizing remotely, try performing a Local HotSync.
  • Lower the HotSync speed:
  1. In the HotSync menu, select Setup.
  2. Select the Local tab and modify the Speed setting.

And don't forget about the README file that came with your Desktop software notes. It includes helpful information on HotSync synchronization that can help you resolve certain problems.

Pass the word
Can't remember your PIN number? Forgotten your eBay password? Face it, you need help—or at least Multipass.

Made by software security company Blueice Research, Multipass lets you store all your personal information—PIN numbers, passwords, security codes, whatever—on your Palm handheld. In online mode, Multipass can also be used to make cryptographic transactions (e.g., digital signatures).

Your stored information is protected using strong encryption, so if you lose your Palm device, your sensitive data is still safe from prying eyes. For added security, Multipass uses the native Palm lock; if you turn your handheld off or your battery runs down, Multipass locks itself.

Multipass' simple user interface makes accessing it a cinch. Best of all, Multipass is free, and it takes less than a minute to download.

Never a dull moment
Tired of seeing all those blank appointment lines in the Date Book day view? Setting the Start Time and End Time to the same hour displays only the lines that contain appointments.

To do this, perform the following steps:
  1. Access the Date Book, either by tapping its icon from the Applications screen or by pressing the physical Date Book button in the lower left-hand corner of your Palm device.
  2. Select Preferences from the Options menu.
  3. Set your Start Time and End Time to the same hour.

Date Book+ users may be prompted by a message that reads Do You Want To Remove The Single Time Bar For The Start Time. If you select Yes, you will only be able to create new Date Book events by selecting New at the bottom of the screen. Should you allow a single line for the start time, you can directly enter new events and then change the start and end times by selecting the Details option.

Get more Palm tips
Sign up for our twice-weekly Palm tips TechMail to get troubleshooting advice and news on the latest applications and utilities for PDAs. Sign up for it now!

 

Busy consultants depend on devices like personal digital assistants (PDAs) to stay organized and connected. If you’re one of them, you’ll want to learn how you can maximize the use of your PDA by subscribing to our Palm TechMails, delivered each Wednesday and Friday. Here’s a sampling of some tips they offer.

HotSync help
If you're having trouble performing HotSync synchronization, here are a few tricks to try:
  • Check to make sure the HotSync Manager is running.
  • Quit the HotSync Manager and restart it.
  • Before synchronizing remotely, try performing a Local HotSync.
  • Lower the HotSync speed:
  1. In the HotSync menu, select Setup.
  2. Select the Local tab and modify the Speed setting.

And don't forget about the README file that came with your Desktop software notes. It includes helpful information on HotSync synchronization that can help you resolve certain problems.

Pass the word
Can't remember your PIN number? Forgotten your eBay password? Face it, you need help—or at least Multipass.

Made by software security company Blueice Research, Multipass lets you store all your personal information—PIN numbers, passwords, security codes, whatever—on your Palm handheld. In online mode, Multipass can also be used to make cryptographic transactions (e.g., digital signatures).

Your stored information is protected using strong encryption, so if you lose your Palm device, your sensitive data is still safe from prying eyes. For added security, Multipass uses the native Palm lock; if you turn your handheld off or your battery runs down, Multipass locks itself.

Multipass' simple user interface makes accessing it a cinch. Best of all, Multipass is free, and it takes less than a minute to download.

Never a dull moment
Tired of seeing all those blank appointment lines in the Date Book day view? Setting the Start Time and End Time to the same hour displays only the lines that contain appointments.

To do this, perform the following steps:
  1. Access the Date Book, either by tapping its icon from the Applications screen or by pressing the physical Date Book button in the lower left-hand corner of your Palm device.
  2. Select Preferences from the Options menu.
  3. Set your Start Time and End Time to the same hour.

Date Book+ users may be prompted by a message that reads Do You Want To Remove The Single Time Bar For The Start Time. If you select Yes, you will only be able to create new Date Book events by selecting New at the bottom of the screen. Should you allow a single line for the start time, you can directly enter new events and then change the start and end times by selecting the Details option.

Get more Palm tips
Sign up for our twice-weekly Palm tips TechMail to get troubleshooting advice and news on the latest applications and utilities for PDAs. Sign up for it now!

 

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