Andrew Craig

I am a bit of a time fanatic and I like all my clocks, watches and Palms to show the correct time. I even have a monthly Palm reminder to go around the house and set all the clocks using BigClock since it shows seconds. For years I have been using a freeware Hotsync conduit called TimeCopy which sets the Palm device to the desktop time. On the road I used a simple program called SNTP to set the time manually via NTP.
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I then found AtomClock which can be scheduled to adjust the time once a day which means your Palm clock will always be correct. It has a simple interface where you select the NTP server (and add your own if required) and then select “Set Clock” if you want to manually sync the time.
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Atomclock has 3 themes depending on your taste:
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The latest Palm devices such as the Centro (which I have) have no reset buttons. Pulling out the battery for a reset normally messes up the clock. Now my standard procedure after a reset is to run AtomClock. Now I never have to look elsewhere to set my Centro time, I just manually run AtomClock and then schedule it to keep the time correct all the time. My Centro is now as accurate as an atomic clock!

AtomClock is written by Alex Pruss and is available from Palmgear for $4. It has just been updated to support NTP protocol servers as well as TIME servers. TIME servers are being phased out since NTP is a better time sync standard. The latest beta with NTP support can be found at http://www.1src.com/forums/showthread.php?t=145150.

Andrew Craig from South Africa is a true time freak – here’s his first article. it takes a detailed look at recycling old handhelds as alarm clocks… . BTW: Andrew is new here – so please let us know how he can improve!
Tam Hanna

I tried using my Treo 650 as an alarm clock but I kept on leaving the ringer switch off or even sometimes leaving the phone elsewhere. I managed to get an old Zire21 from a friend and I found it makes the best alarm clock ever! Most of this is basic Palm stuff but I found it all so easy to setup.

Varying wake ups?
Create a repeat schedule for Monday to Fridays. Delete the public holidays! Never get woken up on a public holiday again. Change tomorrows wake-up without changing the entire schedule.
 Using vintage handhelds as alarm clocks

Accurate time
Install TimeCopy and sync once a month to set the time. My zire21 loses a second every 20 hours which is about 40s a month which is not bad. Palm also takes care of daylight saving issues.
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Battery powered
A zire21 will run for weeks on a single charge if it is being used an a alarm clock. Leave it plugged in and never worry about power issues again. Use Profeo SystemAlarms to warn if the battery is getting low way before the dreaded battery warning in case it get unplugged.
 Using vintage handhelds as alarm clocks

Funky alarms
Install geeksounds (http://mytreo.net/downloads/geeksounds,7.html) to wake up to the Star Wars theme…..
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Keeping the data safe
Use SyncAll – Backs up the entire memory including preferences. Any issues, just reset and hotsync.

Set this all up on a desktop in a couple of minutes and never worry about waking up late again.

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