Jonas Sell

Though the concept is simple – the game became an internet phenomenon: LineRider (PC version for playing online visit www.linerider.com).
With a simple drawing tool the player draws lines, creates ramps, hills etc. in order to create a track on which a sledge will run – until it crashes.
Now this game is available for PalmOS, too.

On the main screen you have the possibility to choose between the game modes “Create Track” and “Puzzle” mode, you can connect to the internet for sharing your tracks, open a help screen and access the settings.

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In “Create Mode” you can design your own tracks without limitations. In the design window you can find a toolbar at the top of the screen with the following elements (from left to right):
Undo – Drawing Tools – Line Tools – Erase – Zoom – Hand – Play.
At the bottom you can see how many lines are used in the current track. Via “Menu” you can open a menu for saving, loading, deleting etc.

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Drawing Tools:
Here you have the possibility to choose between straight line, freehand and curve. In straight line mode you can draw a line by selecting start and ending point – LineRider draws a line between the two points automatically.

Freehand:
This mode allows you to draw a line right how your stylus moves.
Curve:
In curve mode you can click a straight line and it will automatically deform.

LineTools:
Via LineTools you can define how your lines behave:

Normal:
This line has no influence on the sledge.

Acceleration:
This line accelerates the sledge to the right side of the screen.

Reverse Acceleration:
When the sledge comes on this line it will accelerate into the other direction (left side of the screen).

Deceleration:
The sledge gets slower here

Finish Line:
This line slows the sledge down very fast.

In addition there are several other line types which are only for cosmetic purpose:
You can draw lines which do not affect the sledge. They can be placed behind or before the regular track lines. But there are special lines which can be placed on the track so that the sledge can crash into them and destroy them.

All lines are displayed in an other color so that one can identify them easily.

If a line is misplaced you can remove it by using the rubber.

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By pressing “Play” the sledge starts to move and to solve the track. Now you can see if your track is ‘good’ – the the sledge will pass it without crashing – otherwise you should correct the track :-) .

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This was the ‘freestyle game mode’.

In puzzle mode you will get a track which is not completed. You now have to add lines in order to make the track playable. In addition you can find red flags which all have to be destroyed by the sledge.

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These game modes are available in offline mode.
But LineRider has got an online mode, too.
You can access it by tapping on “Shared Tracks” in main menu. After getting online you have the ability to publish your own tracks and to download other ones tracks which were published by them.

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You even can rate online tracks.

I’ve tried the game on a Palm TX: it runs quite good. The game is stable – I experienced no crashes or similar. You can really get addicted by it.
Anyways I found two things which are disturbing the good image of the game:
At first, the game only runs in 320*320 resolution mode on a 320*480 display. The missing space could be very useful for the track designer window.
The second thing is the processor speed: I had to overclock the CPU up to 520 MHz until the game stopped lagging but it is playable without modification, too.

You can try LineRider yourself – a demonstration is available via clickgamer.com.
The full version costs 10,21 € ($14.95).

Download and buy via clickgamer.com:
http://clickgamer.com/moreinfo.htm?pid=14559&section=PALM

PS: Merry Christmas! :)

This review has nothing to do with PalmOS but it makes just as much fun though it is not very useful: The Brando USB Misslie Launcher.
The device is shipped with a paper target, 3 missiles and the software for the PC. Once the launcher is plugged into an USB port, Windows recognizes it as a “Human Interface Device” and installs the needed drivers automatically. The software – which is Windows Vista ready – for controlling the launcher can also be installed onto an USB drive so that you can carry the device with you.

The size of the device can be seen in the image below:
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How the device acts and how the controlling software works can be expressed the best way by a video:
USB Misslie Launcher video on youtube.com

After you have hit the “Fire!” button you will hear an audio warning for three times until the missile launches.
Instead of using the software + mouse to control your launcher you can use the keyboard for:
- moving (left-right-up-down): arrow keys
- fire: space
Even though the rockets are build out of foam plastic, please do not aim or shoot at humans or animals!

In my opinion this little toy is a great way to skip some time when it is getting boring – e.g. in your office :)

You can buy the launcher for 35 USD at the brando shop:
USB Misslile Launcher at the brando shop

This review is available in german, too.

I have tested the Brando deluxe leather case in book-style for Palm TX and T5 for one week now. The case looks significant which is caused by the used materials: mainly leather. The case consists of three parts which are separated by the PDA: in front of the PDA you have two slots for e.g. credit cards and two slots for SD or MMC cards. Behind these slots you find another pocket for e.g. credit cards again. In addition you have the choice to use an additional flip inlay for credit cards.

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The second part consists of the PDA itself.
The third part consists again of two slots for credit cards.

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The case is shipped in a red box with the “BRANDO” tag. The first surprise is the size of the case. It is really handy: The PDA is only slightly smaller than the case.

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The placing of the PDA into the case is easy: First you have to remove the flip cover because the track is used to hold the PDA in place.

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The case can be closed by a magnet clip which holds the two sides of the case relatively strong together so that it can be filled with credit cards, SD cards etc without always opening.
The fabrication of the case seems to be of a high quality: i couldn’t find any leaks.
The only disadvantage is that one has to remove the PDA from its case when it should be placed e.g. in an external keyboard or in a docking station. But on the other hand it becomes much safer when holding the PDA in your hand: the case increases the size slightly so that it can’t be dropped that easy than without.

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For customers from e.g. Germany it might be helpful to know that German identity cards won’t fit in it in a normal way – they are too big. So I used a simple paperclip to fix it in the case so that the identity card can be in the case, too.

The case costs 32 USD and can be purchased here.

Now it is possible to extract RAR and 7z files on you Palm handheld. All you need is the Palm Java VM which is available here and the Java application MobileRAR. At first you must Hotsync the Java VM to your device. If no Hotsync is available for you, you can try the WebSphere JVM Installer v1.0. So that MR is able to work, you need an additional file (fileconnect.prc), which can be found in the folder “JSR75″ in the Java VM installation archive.

Then install MobileRAR via the VM installation assistent or use this PRC file: Mobile RAR PRC. Now you should be able to extract RAR, 7z and ZIP files with Mobile RAR:

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For every archive, MobileRAR creates a folder in which the content will be copied. E.g. the archive is located at /palm/MobileRAR/Archive.rar it will copy the content to /palm/MobileRAR/Archive.

Alexander Pruss has released an application which allows you to have a battery symbol (instead of the exclamation mark) in the status bar on Palm devices (T3/T5/LifeDrive/TX). Though it is still in development it is still relatively stable. The whole 1SRC thread can be
found here: http://www.1src.com/forums/showthread.php?t=123160
You can download the software here: http://www.1src.com/freeware/fileinfo.php?id=1650 (for those without an 1SRC account I’ll upload the files here [actually: v.1.0] – it *should* be the most recent version. If not, please leave a comment)
On my Palm TX the app redesigns the status bar like that:
 Battery symbol in statusbar on T3/T5/LifeDrive/TX
it also updates the symbol when plugged into cradle:
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A great app for those who always want to know the battery status of their palm.

Ah, I forgot to mention: it’s free!

Now TamsPalm is available via IRC, too!
You will find us from now on on the freenode IRC server:
irc.freenode.net
channel: #tamspalm.
Here you can discuss TamsPalm articles, can get help with you palm or simply talk.
For those who can’t get a client working can access the channel using the webbrowser through
http://irc.netsplit.de/webchat/?net=freenode!
Fell free to visit us in the new chat!

Teallock is known as one of the best security programs for PalmOS PDAs. Now Teallock got much more powerful: Tealpoint has completely redesigned Teallock and released it as version 6. In comparison with version 5, Teallock 6 has got many more features. At first you have the choice between four program types:

-Lite Edition (this edition is limited in several things like designing the lock screen; password options like expiration, a need for a special length/complexion; no possibility to lock special programs…)
-Standard Edition (normal edition � should fit for most users)
-Corporate Edition (several additions like administrator password; remote locking/unlocking; installation files for easy copying settings to other palms; password restrictions …)
-Enterprise Edition (adds powerful AES encryption)

With Teallock you have the ability to secure the Palm and its programs against unauthorized use, based on time, time of inactivity or other events.

The first thing you see when you start the program is the login screen (Teallock supports Hires+ now!) with the possibility to switch Teallock on or off, to change user/quick password, a button to access the preferences and a big button for locking the Palm immediately.

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When you try to change the settings you are asked to enter a password. Corporate and Enterprise version users have to enter in the admin password (an admin password must be assigned) standard and lite users must enter in their standard password. A number-pad makes the entry much more comfortable.

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The preferences window is split into two parts. On the left you can see the main categories, on the right the sub-categories. This review is based on Teallock Enterprise Edition. So don’t wonder if a point in your menu is missing.
In the first category you can define the activation of Teallock e.g. the delay after which the Palm gets locked, when private records (in memos, todos…) are displayed etc

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A lot of settings are relatively similar to version 5. So I will just show up the main changes.
The first big addition is the possibility to define which rights a user has. For example the administrator password can have access to every setting, locked program etc.. The guest password instead can only unlock the handheld but can not access locked programs. These restrictions can be defined for each user separately

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The next big change is the ability to have a history log. In this log a lot of actions can be logged e.g. when which user logged on, when which preference was edited, when which protected program ran. The log can be accessed via other => History Log. Now you can define several settings for which action a log entry is written. You also can define how much entries are kept.

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The log itself is held simple. The days are separated, for each action a timestamp is added, the most recent entrys are at the top.

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With Teallock 6 it is possible to prevent special programs to run without a having the correct password. At first one has to put the program on the Protected-App list. Now, when someone tries to launch the locked application Teallock asks for a password. The method how the password is entered is similar to other one: one can use the num-pad, the hard keys or via graffitty… .
Teallock offers some more possibilities for defining special rules for special programs. E.g. there is an option to prevent Teallock from activation while in special programs, or to allow apps/alarms when locked.

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An other speciality of Teallock 6 is the ability to influence the look of the lock screen. One can redefine text colours, the position of screen elements like the password field. Adjusting the elements is pretty easy by using drag and drop.

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When using Teallock on a Treo Smartphone and it is lost, one can define via SMS what Teallock should do. There are options to
-lock the handheld
-erase all data
In order to achieve this one simply has to send a SMS with a predefined message to the phone.

So you see: Teallock is a very powerful security app for your Palm. It has many settings so that it can fit to most wishes. In addition it is easy to handle.

The last versions of Pocket Tunes were mainly designed for using them as MP3 player for static files from an external media. Ok, they were able to stream but now it is much better implemented.

The new version adds a lot of streaming features: It gives you easy access to a wide variety of internet radio stations directly from your palm or you can use your own playlists. You can access the list of available stations via the menu.
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When you launch it the first time Pocket Tunes will establish an internet connection and download the whole database to your device, the size is about 35 kb. Next it will present you the list � divided into several categories like Country, Comedy etc.
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Clicking on one of the entries opens a list with the available radio stations. In this window you can redefine the stations order, you can select them for playing and you can send the entries via Bluetooth etc to other devices.
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But what when some radio stations change their stream URLs? Then you can edit the entry or you can try to update the list. This can be done from the menu.
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Once you have selected your station and you pressed �Play� Pocket Tunes returns to the main screen in which it displays the whole stations which are listed in the category from which you have chosen your station. It also shows you the actually played song.
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Adding your own stations to the list is very easy. Simply choose the category in which it should appear (perhaps you want to create your own category, that�s possible, too). Then simply choose �Add� from the menu and you can enter a name and the URL to the stream.
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But if you are having a playlist and you do not want do type the URL manually you can simply copy the *.pls file to your SD card. Then go to the menu from which you can select your audio files from card. When you tap on �All� Pocket Tunes starts to search your device for supported files. Now you can access your copied playlists via �Playlists�, there they should appear.
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Perhaps you have noticed the point �Internet Radio�. Selecting this item takes you to an other view of the internet radio stations category overview. From here you can select your stations, too.
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Pocket Tunes is able to handle Mp3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC streams. I have tried PTunes4 with a Palm TX and a blue2net Bluetooth Access Point. In further versions I sometimes had dropouts when listening to web radio then Pocket Tunes had do buffer again. Now this has completely changed. Re-buffering nearly didn’t come up during my test. So it got much more enjoyable.
Using Pocket Tunes in combination with a mobile phone for streaming requires a data flatrate because traffic can get very high.

During the develpoment of TCPMP the author published several codecs/plugins but not all of them were available at the same time in a collection. I tried to get every available plugin and at least I hope I got it. Now, here it is. I hope I could help the ones who tried to play a file but couldn’t because of missing codecs.
If you have a codec which is not included you can post it and email it to us.
Get the pack here.


Edit: we had to remove the AAC plugin because of licence reasons.
Anyways, you can get the plugin here.

Now that Brad Green’s review of the streaming features of Kinoma 4EX has sunken in, our new author Jonas Sell brings along a piece about Konoma 4 in use as a local media player(read: TCPMP replacement;.)).

Though Kinoma is designed for streaming, it is possible to play media which is located on SD card. Kinoma supports file types such as wmv, flv (from Google Videos and Youtube) , asf, jpg, mp3 etc. All supported files are displayed in a list at startup. A tap on it, and Kinoma opens them. When you e.g, open an image you have the ability to zoom and to drag. The image viewer decreases the quality of the image, so it is not possible to zoom in without getting stray pixels even when the image is in high quality. A slideshow is possible, too.
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But it supports video files, too. Kinoma is the first program for Palm which is able to play WMV formats. But especially this causes several problems: a lot of files need much system power which is sometimes not available so that the video is ‘jumping’. In this case on can convert the files with KinomaProducer but then other, free, solutions are more powerful. In addition, sometimes sound is not available or there is no picture (because of the WMV 8/7 codecs which aren’t licensed by Microsoft any longer).

Sound files can be played, too. But it is not possible to play them in background: exiting Kinoma – the music stops. The volume control via one-hand-navigation is a bit difficult: you have to navigate to the volume-control-icon. Next, you have to press the center-key and you can change volume with up-down buttons.
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Here ends the TamsPalm team’s take on Kinoma 4 EX – what about telling us how you feel?

Clievideo (http://www.clievideo.com) has released version 2 of the over clocking application �Lightspeed� for PalmOS. The changes to the public better are various. At first it supports more devices, including Palm TX, T5, Livedrive and Z22. I have tested Lightspeed 2.0 for several days on a Palm TX on stability, possibilities for over clocking and how big the effect on your battery life is when you lower CPU speed.

The program shows on startup a list with all available programs on your device AND on external storage. On the first view you can see that the GUI is held very easy which has the advantage that even beginners can use the program intuitiveley.

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In this list you find the application name, the associated icon, the BUS speed and the final CPU speed. Additionally the �Enabled� button on top of all. In order to change the CPU frequency for an application simply tap on it and a screen appears which allows you to set BUS speed and the multiplicator. Global CPU frequency change is not possible.

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The resulting CPU speed can be calculated by multiplicating BUS speed with the multiplicator. Additionally you have got the option to assign several pre-stored settings: �High� mode, �Normal� mode (which is the default CPU speed of you palm) and �Low� mode. If the speed is relatively high Lightspeed will show you the resulting frequence in red color in order to indicate that this speed might be dangerous. I think this feature can be relativey useful because it can beware you from damaging your device. After choosing the values you can leave the screen by tapping �OK�, then the values get assigned to the application, or you can select �Cancel� which lets you make the assignment undo.
But what when you want to assign the same speed for multiple applications? Then you can switch to multiple-selection mode by tapping on �Single� in the top bar. It changes to �Multiple� and you can select more than one single app.

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Once selected all wanted applications you can change the speed by tapping �Change�, (nearly) the same windows as for a single change appears.
But what about the settings for the High- and Low values? They can by changed over the menu. Go to the menu and select �Set high setting…�.

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And you will get again a window similar to the single-change-window. The same procedure can be made for �Low� settings.
You can change the speed for multiple selected apps at the same time. If you want to assign one value to ALL applications on your device, you can use the function �Select all� from the menu. This enables the multiple selection method and selects all programs automatically. A tap on �Change� and you are able to change the speed for all applications at one time.

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Resetting all assigned speeds to its defaults is very easy. Simply select �Reset All� from the menu and confirm the following message with �Yes� and all speeds will be reset. This option is very useful when you want to reset all applications back to its default speed when you want to renew all speeds.
In the �normal� preference panel you have at least two options:
� you can decide whether the intro screen (the �Lightspeed� logo�) is shown on startup (useful for speeding-up starting sequence)
� disable/enable the confirmation message after a reset (if it is unchecked Lightspeed will return to its setting as it was before the reset)
Now, when you have set all necessary values don�t forget to switch the state to �Enabled� (simply tap on the red �Disbled�, it will turn green to �Enabled�)
But how big is the effect on the applications?
Well, if you assign a low speed value to applications like PIM programs you won�t feel any difference. But if you assign it to e.g., a game, then you can loose performance if it is too low. I switched a lot of apps back to 208 MHz and I mostly didn�t have any problems with it. Even in zLauncher it doesn�t lag when trying to popup the virtual graffiti. With other overclockers it seems as if it recognises a long tap on the graffiti button when lowering CPU speed but Lightspeed doesn�t. I�ve measured the speed change with a benchmark and obviously Lightspeed does its job. Also using Lightspeed as a battery saver works very well. My TX lasts additionally several hours on a speed of 208 MHz.
In addition the stability is very high. The most thing I like on Lightspeed is its great stability. Crashes caused by Lightpeed are very rare, other, similar apps are more unstable (at least on my devices).
All in all I would say Lightpeed is a great app for improving your Palm’s performance, battery life etc. In addition the ratio between price and possibillities is OK. A demonstration version is available at the developer’s website.

Have you ever found a program which does not run on your device because of not enough dynamic memory heap? Such programs are emulators or PDF viewers (like PalmPDF). When you run them, they could cause crashes or run in a ‘limited’ mode just because there is not enough heap storage. Dmitry Grinberg (www.palmpoweups.com) wrote a program called ‘UDMH’ which allows you to increase the size of the heap artificially. When you first run UDMH you simply see a checkbox for enabling/disabling UDMH and two buttons – ‘Config’ and ‘Info’.

UDMH - main

When you press ‘Config’ you can add or remove applications for which UDMH uses a special configuration (e.g. whether UDMH is disabled for the app or not) because by default UDMH is enabled for all apps and assigns the heap automatically. When you want to add a program to UDMH�s custom settings list you just press ‘Add’ – a screen with a list of all installed application appears.

UDMH - list

Once you have selected your program, a setting window appears. Here you can decide whether
- UDMH is enabled for the application
- UDMH cleans memory up (use this setting when the program doesn�t do it automatically)
- UDMH skips quit (this option is recommended when the program opens several other programs in background – like Documets To Go. In this case the settings are not only used for the main app also for the other DTG-parts (like SlideShowToGo) so that there is no need for configuring them separately. Use it for apps launched from card per shortcut, too. Otherwise it won�t work either because UDMH applies the memory only for the shortcut and drops it when starting the real program)
- a field for the amount of dynamic heap you want to assign – leave it blank or fill in ’0′ and UDMH will make this setting automatically

UDMH - settings

The same screen comes up when you want to modify UDMH settings for a program
So, what are the advantages? For example you can run PalmPDF in color mode instead of gray or even black-white mode. Emulators like LJP become more stable, you can play DOOM or HEXEN ports on your palm. So many applications which need a lot of dynamic memory are now able to run on your Palm. For newer Palm PDAs like the Tungsten E2, T5 or TX UDMH is recommended. These devices have got a very little dynamic heap so that they come earlier to their limit than older Palms like the Tungsten T3 which has got a multiple heap than the e.g. T5.
On the Info-screen you can check how much heap you currently have � when UDMH is enabled or disabled.

UDMH - overview

A 7-day trial version of the program is available at www.palmpowerups.com. Though UDMH changes the whole system relatively much it is very stable.

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