OK, passion time

    As I've read the occasional web log, in an effort to see how other's are using this new medium, one thing I have noticed is folks tend to discuss topics they have some passion for.

    So, I'm going to include entries about Palm PDAs, and in particular my newest addition to my collection, my Tungsten T3. This is a very cool PDA, although I am still nervous about the mechanical MTBF potential of the slider. I upgraded to it from an Handera 330, which still has more features than any other Palm PDA, but Handera got out of the hardware business last year, my 330 was getting long in the tooth, and I was concerned about loosing 'hack' functionality with the oncoming Palm OS 6 (Cobalt). That and my eyes getting old so color helps.

     I have been happy with it so far, and it screams compared to my Handera. One issue I've discovered, which is new to me in my 6 years of Palm experience, is that some apps can cause the T3 to hang in such a manner that no kind of reset will make a difference. It just sits there on until the battery dies. The first time, after the battery dies, I was able to recharge it and it came back to life, but this did not work the next time I encountered this problem. Some googling turned up a site which described how to take the T3 apart, and this triggered a memory of the note on PalmOne's site about power disconnect resets. Unfortunately, that kind of reset is only available on 1 or 2 models, despite the fact that most come with built-in, non-replaceable rechargeable batteries. Well, it turns out it is relatively easy to dis-engage the slider enough to disconnect the battery cable from the main board and reconnect it, and this does allow the T3 to recover from the aforementioned hangs.

    I do not relish doing this often, so I am more hesitant to try old apps on this new unit. One app I did note causing this problem is Lunar Year, an app about the Chinese lunar year animals. I'll make note of others if I encounter them. Feel free to let me know if you have encountered this same problem, and what apps or actions caused it. Although I hope no one else encounters this problem, because it is so serious, and can be stressful if you don't back up regularly. Perhaps next time I will discuss some of my back up strategies.
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