I did it again: Hello Sprint

After leaving Sprint earlier this year for a BlackBerry Nextel, I had to give up the hate and go back. You see, I just couldn’t resist the new Treo 650. I’ve had it now for a few days and I love it. It does many things much better than the BB, but some it could…

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I’m on Plugs via Feed2JS

Ted Mann is turning into quite the closet hacker. After a Friday night dinner discussion at Marathon Grille in West Philly (which is more difficult that it sounds, try it once) where Ted and I talked about RSS feeds onto blogs, he’s gone and dug around and got a cool solution up and working. Now,…

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Apple 10.3.6 OSX and Disappearing Firewire AIT Drives

Damn Apple and their shoddy upgrades. I heard about people losing Firewire drives with the 10.3.6 update, but I was thinking disk drives… so why did it take over a week to finally put 2 and 2 together and understand why my Retrospect backups were failing… on my external AIT firewire drive? It wasn’t showing…

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Google Does Pop on Gmail.

Not that pop. Google is rolling out POP access for Gmail. For now it’s free, at some point it will cost something, which is reasonable. Right now I think its being phased in, as I can’t login in but others can. The pop server seems to be pop.gmail.com. I’m looking forward to getting my gmail…

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PDA Cases

I wanted a hard case for my T|C. The form-fitted Aluminum cases were nice I thought, but a bit pricey at 30-40 bucks. So I ordered a case from Bagasta on ebay for $15. It came quickly, it was new, and it’s great so far. It seems silly to pay those inflated prices for something…

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BlackBerry Connect & Cobalt

So there was some noise the other day about PalmSource, RIM and the new BlackBerry Connect. Numerous sites all talked about the announcement… no one had much to add to it. It looks like we are even closer to having this available. And it looks like it will be released as packages for older Palms…

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G5 UniProcessor Update

I got bit by the 5.1.5f1 Uni Processor Update on a 1.6G Mac, but not as bad as some. See the massive thread at the Apple boards. Funny, now the thread is locked. So apple released a fix today, and I’ve applied it– we’ll see what this does. Bottom line: Never install a firmware update…

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In the Hopper

I’ve got some showdowns of Palm Software brewing…. First is blogging with the Palm: mo:blog vs vagablog vs Azure. Then secure IMAP with the Palm: SnapperMail vs VersaMail vs Agendus Mail These will be here soon…

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New Playstation Lite

Sony is releasing a new 75% smaller version of the PSX in November. Price is reportedly the same, but they are sure to drop it a bit to stimulate christmas sales. It look interesting enough to purchase. The other one always seemed a big large for what it did. From the BBC News story…

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My Syncing Feelings

In my never ending quest for complete sync, I’ve gone thru many different configurations. It’s cool to think that a lot of my PIM data was created back over 10 years ago on my first newton- since then it been converted and bounced from PDA to windows to PDA to Mac many times over. Still,…

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I Did It Again

After selling my Clie UX50 and being Palm-less for about a month, I was getting frustrated. PocketPC just can’t do what I need, given my increased usage of my Macintosh (My G5 is now my primary workstation). After not having my SplashID synced properly again with my Mac (I have SID for both Mac and…

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Glutton for Punishment or A Fool and His Money

So as soon as I heard about Information Appliance Associates BlackBerry Sync I went over and purchased it. I had already been completely burned by their PocketMac PocketPC sync a few years ago– It didn’t sync right and removing it caused my Mac to not be able to login (it messed up something in the…

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X11 on the Zaurus

So Kathrin, RC2 of the 1.1 pdaXrom was released today over at pdaXrom.org of course.. That means that if you have one of those Sharp Zaurus that run Linux, you can get rid of the Qtopia stuff and go to real X11 based linux. Real as in Firefox. Which it runs pretty snappy. I picked…

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Backstory: Cell Phones

I have issues with cell phones– both the phones themselves and the carriers that pawn them on us. I’m never happy with what I have. The size, battery life, reception, syncing what have you. It all eventually becomes an issue. And my house in West Philly is in some weird signal zone, since its impossible…

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G5 ReBooting Problems Resolved

Well, it been weeks now, and I’ve had no rebooting. The trick? I re-installed a fresh os on a drive, then copied my home folder over and started installing apps. Actually, its surprising how well the Mac is congregating applications these days: i was able to just copy the apps from one drive to the…

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G5 Rebooting Saga

Unfortunately today my G5 again rebooted. It was up for over a day. So it has nothing to do with the hard-drive, or any corruption of any file. My next step is to move its mains plug around to another house circuit. There is talk that the PMU will act funny if there are line…

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Tame your Email with Mail.appetizer

Stefan Schüßler has written one of the most incredibly cool add-ons for Mail.app that I’ve seen. If you know anyone with a PC, then you’ve probably seen Outlook 2003. Have you noticed the cool translucent new mail notification it offers? When new mail arrives (it may only work with Exchange mailboxes) it momentarily floats up a…

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Cool App: Colloquy

A really cool open source IRC client for OSX is called Colloquy. It’s very scriptable, has nice features and looks cool. Similar to Adium, this is quite extensible and has a flexible plugin architecture that has spawned some cool stylings for the gui already. Features are: buddy list, DCC support, AppleScriptable, totally open source (they…

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Pocket Amiga Emulator

My Amiga 500 (and my CD-TV) are both still in my closet, and haven’t been used in years. But long ago I used to work for a store that was exclusively Amiga, back in the early ’90s in Rockville Maryland (Software Advantage was the name) and had lots of fun with those computers back when…

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G5 PMU Rebooting Update

So resetting the PMU on my G5 actually seemed to make it worse: it started rebooting about every three hours, instead of every other day. Perfect. I posted to Apple’s boards, hoping for some info but nothing so far. In desperation I cloned my boot disk over to an external FW800 drive. I used SuperDuper!…

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Nice OpenSource Editor for Mac: Smultron

I found this really cool editor today on What Do I Know’s Sidebar. Peter Borg has written a very nice, small Cocoa edior that has syntax colorization support for many scripting languages. I refuse to pay for the crappy BBedit and Textwrangler, and I was resigned to usingTextEdit. Smultron relieves me of this issue once…

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WM2003 Update

So the upgrade went flawlessly. Other than not being able to back up (you just have to copy your data to your PC, then back) it was smooth. Now I’ve got to do the rounds of getting all WM2003 compatible updates for my software. Missing sync claims compatibility with MW2003, but for now I’m just…

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Windows Mobile 2003 SE for Toshiba E405

Finally, I see this morning on PocketPC Thoughts (Janak Parekh reporting) that Toshiba has released the WM2003SE for my E405. I was resigned to the fact that it would only be released for the big 800s. This should be nice. I’ll try again soon to see how The Missing Sync from Mark-Space will work with…

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Desktop G5 Rebooting

This is driving me nuts. I’ve had this G5 (single cpu, 1.6G) for a few months, and now it’s started rebooting randomly for no apparent reason. I finally looked in the logs today and found the culprit: Jul 23 18:56:31 localhost kernel: ApplePMU::PMU FORCED SHUTDOWN, CAUSE = -122 Googling “PMU FORCED SHUTDOWN, CAUSE “ gave…

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