She's dead Jim

    I've had my Palm Tungsten T3 for 2+ years, and I learned in the first month or so that some apps could cause it to hang in an 'On' state, completely unresponsive to any reset except a power reset. Unfortunately, the T3 has a built in battery, meaning you have to take it apart in order to disconnect the power. I have done this, so it is possible, but not something I care to do often. Besides, it means loosing everything in RAM (eek)
    One thing I haven't encountered is it hanging in an 'Off' state. Guess what? I'm on a 2 day business trip, and it is silently reminding me of stuff while I network with new associates. I snooze a last alarm as I'm wrapping up, and return to my room. As I set up my power tree to re-charge my various gadgets, I try turning on my T3 to check something. Nothing. OK, I've drained it before, and a quick reset brings it back. Not this time. Fine, it just needs a recharge. Plug it in, and the LED is green. Still no response to reset. Maybe an overnight charge is in order. Meanwhile, OK I'm a geek, I start planning to bring my spare T3 online (Yup, it's traveling with me).
    Aaaaggh. Next morning finds it in the same state. I've preached the importance of backups for decades (OK, I'm an old geek), and I've been burned more than once by my various Palms when I got lax with syncing and backing up. But I do have a good sytem in place now, with Resco Backup for regularly scheduled backups, and OnGuard Backup for backing up app dbs upon exiting the app. And my most recent full backup was the day before, so I relax as I restore to my spare T3.
    All restored and I'm ready for another day of meetings. My first T3 is dead, but I'm holding out hope that as soon as I have some quiet time, I can take it apart and do a power reset. Hmmm, my list of DAs seems off. Yup, it's short and some are missing. Hey, where's TealPhone? Ah yes, I use JackFlash to put some apps in flash, and I don't have them in flash in this T3. Now I'm worried, because I don't remember everything I had in flash on the dead T3, and if I can't get it back to life......
    To make a long story short (too late), I limp along until I get some time at home, dig up the steps for taking the slider off my T3, remove and re-attach the battery, and bingo, I'm back in business. And to avoid some of these problems in the future, I start to backup the apps in flash, only to discover that I wasn't so lax way back when when I first installed JackFlash. I did actually create a directory on my SD with the stuff in flash, I had just forgotten all about it. All is well with my original T3, and I'm blogging from it right now. What will I ever do when both T3s die? I hate having to learn a new gadget just to do the stuff my old gadget did fine. I was one of the last hold outs to move off of Windows 3.1 to Windows 95. I do enjoy a new gadget when it's for fun, but I'm such a creature of habit, I prefer consistency in the use of technology for my daily tasks. There's that oldness again. :-)
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