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Sync your Palm with Lotus Notes
There are lots of applications for the Palm that let you sync with Outlook or Outlook Express, but what if you use Lotus Notes? There's at least one conduit application that enables the synchronization of Lotus data with your Palm device: EasySync.
EasySync will handle your e-mail, memos, calendar, contacts, and to-do lists. And it lets you choose which direction to sync—it'll even let you sync with your desktop mail or your server replica. EasySync costs around $35, but Lotus offers volume pricing if you have a number of Palm users in your organization.
Print from your Palm
Ever wanted to print out a memo, contact record, or other data from your Palm device? Of course you have. And now there are a couple of good printing solutions for the Palm: PalmPrint (Stevens Creek Software) and TealPrint (TealPoint Software). Both applications let you send data from your Palm device to a printer via an infrared (IR) port. If you have a Palm with infrared capability and an infrared-enabled (IrDA) printer, it's just a simple "point-and-print" procedure—ideal for professionals on the go.
Create a synchronization short list
If multiple people in your organization HotSync their Palms from the same machine, the list that comes up when you press the Sync button probably contains quite a few users. Occasionally, you may want to clean house and remove the ones that no longer use that machine.
However, if you're like a lot of users, you never open the Palm Desktop software that came with your Palm device. Instead, you probably use other software to control the synchronization between your PIM and Palm. But the Palm Desktop software holds the key to removing those superfluous names from the list. Here's how to use it:
- In the upper right corner, click the User Name drop-down list and select Edit Users.
- From the list, select the user you want to delete.
- Click Delete.
Overclock your Palm
Do you have a need for speed? Well, we have the answer: Afterburner.
Using processor-intensive applications can make other Palm functions—like Graffiti recognition—much slower. AfterBurner lets you overclock (or underclock, as the case may be) the processor on your Palm, which can make the device run faster than 28 MHz. (Obviously, your applications will run a lot faster at this speed.)
What's more, the utility is quite comprehensive. It recognizes the fact that some applications need to run faster than others. Games, for instance, need to run at normal speed. AfterBurner also lets you set a clock speed for each application, which is helpful because certain functions, such as IR "beaming" operations and the HotSync feature, need to be done at normal speeds.
Note that your battery life will be MUCH lower when you use AfterBurner. The faster your machine runs, the more power it uses. Some users feel that the tradeoff (battery usage for speed) is worth it. To download this utility, visit Palm Gear.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.