Even though the datasheet differences between the Palm Pre (offered by Sprint) and the Pre Plus (offered by other carriers) are minimal, the significantly improved hardware of the latter device makes it attractive for hardcore Pre heads.

A group of hackers has now figured out a way to put a Sprint transmitter into a Pre Plus. Minimal requirements are the following:

1. Activated Sprint Pre
2. Palm Pre Plus- It can be Verizon or AT&T, it doesn’t matter. It also doesn’t really matter if the ESN is clean or not, I used a brand new Pre Plus I got off Craigslist with a clean ESN, however the ones with bad ESN’s tend to be cheaper on Craigslist or Ebay. Buy whatever you can get the best deal on.

Given that the hardware changing process is described as difficult by the modder itself, I recommend you to apply extreme caution before following the instructions at the URL below:
http://forums.precentral.net/palm-pre-tips-information…

Traditional Palm OS devices were not able to support Hutchison’s 3G-only USIM modules electrically – this means that users of a non-WM Treo or Centro were left “in the rain”. Palm’s latest batch of webOS devices is 3G-capable, but isn’t available from Hutchison.

Fortunately, getting your Pre configured to take the maximum benefit of the network is easy. But it requires some handiwork, which must first be explained.

Hutchison 3G’s business model is best explained as following: the carrier builds a 3G infrastructure of its own wherever it pays – where it doesn’t pay out, a contract with a large legacy (usually governmental) carrier is sought. This means that the Hutchison coverage in some villages of Austria is provided by roaming in the network of the governmental carrier A1.

From an user’s point of view, this is transparent – but a phone which doesn’t know about these contracts thinks that it’s roaming in a foregin (aka expensive) network. On the Pre, this means that data services are not available while on A1.

Fixing the issue is easy. Start the phone app, open the menu and go to preferences:
pre hutchison Use a Palm Pre on Hutchison   the how to pre hutchison (1) Use a Palm Pre on Hutchison   the how to

There, disable the data roaming lock:
pre hutchison (2) Use a Palm Pre on Hutchison   the how to

Once disabled, the E icon should show up on the top right within a few seconds:
pre hutchison (3) Use a Palm Pre on Hutchison   the how to

As long as you don’t forget to disable this as you get close to the border, you shouldn’t have any extra costs. It may not be the most elegant solution, but it likely is the only one…until Hutchison starts to offer the Pre with an adjusted firmware of its own…

This announcement from Pimlico Software could be of interest for people owning older Palm OS handhelds, as the folks at Palm have dropped support for these devices from the latest version of Palm Desktop:

Palm’s V-6.2 “Access” Desktop syncs with the newer Palm PIM databases (Calendar, Contacts, Memos, Tasks), but not with the traditional/legacy PIM app databases (Address, Datebook, Memo, ToDo).

It turns out though that a number of changes to the windows registry FIXES this issue and allows a traditional/legacy Palm device to sync nicely with the V-6.2 Access Desktop.

I have written a small freeware application which makes all the requisite changes to the registry and also allows you to reverse the procedure should that be necessary.

You can download this application from:
http://www.PimlicoSoftware.com/palmhotsyncsetup.exe
or as a zip file, from:
http://www.PimlicoSoftware.com/palmhotsyncsetup.zip

Just launch the application and select the appropriate database set and click the Setup button. Then hotsync and you should now see your data in the Palm Desktop application.

Palm’s Card Info application has always served new Palm owners well: they used it to check the free space on their memory card until they got their first file manager (or directly switched to Resco Explorer).
0 On the Card Info app

Unfortunately, the release of PowerSDHC marks the end of its useful life. The program is heavily flawed and does not work well with cards that are over 4GB in size. Inserting a 8GB card into a Palm OS device running PowerSDHC and running Card Info leads to borked-up display – the program displays a maximum card size of 4GB.

Even though this is completely insignificant (the handheld can use the full space), it could give some of you a start – which is why I post this here…

P.S: An updated Card Info application is available from Dmitry Grinberg!

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.
 Using vintage handhelds as alarm clocks

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…..
 Using vintage handhelds as alarm clocks

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.

Palm’s recently-released VersaMail 4 for Centro can be installed onto a Treo 680 with ease – I tried it, and must urge you not to do so!

At the first glance, VersaMail 4 is a smooth upgrade. All data is retained, the program runs smoothly and the new background send/receive facility really works a-ok.
0a VersaMail 4   do NOT install it onto other devices 1b VersaMail 4   do NOT install it onto other devices

In case you never sync your emails with your desktop, update to version 4 – you have little to loose and gain the aforementioned new feature. If you use the hotsync conduit though; DON’T DO IT. Once VersaMail 4 is on the Treo, you can kiss synchronization goodbye.
1a VersaMail 4   do NOT install it onto other devices

Centro owners – can you hotsync VersaMail email accounts with the PC using the software shipping on your Centro’s CD? Please let us know!

Foreward — This is just a guide containing a few hardware mods I’ve seen done over time. I’ve talked with the folks who’ve originally done these mods for more info than their original posts, so hopefully I don’t cause too much chaos ;-)

This one focuses on the modifications that can be done to the official Palm hardcase available for the T|X, T|E, T|E2 and the T|T5.

– The Magnet Mod –

My quest for the perfect hard case started in May. I was dissatisfied with the state of my T|X’s hard case, and was looking for an alternative. My main problem was that the chintzy little clasp that held the case shut had snapped loose and would not keep my T|X safe. After a bit of discussion, we decided that replacing the clasp with magnets was a viable alternative.

The first step is to drill out the holes. Since I never really figured I’d be doing this sort of post 7 months later, I have no “in progress” shots, sorry :-) .

Make sure you choose magnets before you drill the holes so that you don’t end up with a big gaping hole in your case. The best thing I have learned is that if you make the hole a tad bit smaller than your magnets, then slowly file it out with anything fairly sharp (Hell, a small flat-head screwdriver works) you will have a nice snug fit that will never require reglueing.

After you drill the holes (I did four, two on each half of the case) you can drop the magnets in. The best ting to do is use a pair of tweasers and coat the magnet with gorilla glue then you simply wedge the magnets in the holes and you are done!

IMG 1199 Ultimate T|X Hardware Hacking Guide    Part I    Case Mods

– Anti Rattle Mod–

“So, uh, Ryan, why do you have pieces of dish towels glued to your case?”

Good question! (I’m sorry, I know that’s bad :-) ) The case is designed just kludgingly enough so that there is a very smaller, probably less than 1mm gap between the T|X and the case lid, just enough to have it rattle around and scuff up the front of the the T|X. Jays333 originally gave me the idea to do this in the above 1src thread, however I didn’t have any of that foam lying around, so I simply cut up a dish towel.

Jays333 did a nice job on his however:

aIMG 0038 Ultimate T|X Hardware Hacking Guide    Part I    Case Mods

This effectively cancels out any rattling that may occur, keeping your T|X unscathed for years to come.

– Headphone Mod –

So, what else can be done to our T|X cases? Well, I have done a few other things to the case in the time I’ve owned it. When I performed the Magnet Mod I also decided to cut away a hole for the headphones so that the case would latch shut when I was listening to music, rather than mashing up my headphone jack.

IMG 1433 Ultimate T|X Hardware Hacking Guide    Part I    Case Mods

The first step is to mark where you want to get the cuts. You can plug in the headphones and put the device in the case so that the headphones are where the cuts will be (at which point, you know where the cuts need to be, or you can wing it with a sharpie cap, like Chris Tengi did.

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That’s all of the mods I could come up with in regards to the Palm Hardcase. Next time we will take a look at alternatives to the Palm Cradle: the design, construction and customisation of our own Cradle kit!

Also, if you try any of these mods please note that I cannot be held responsible if your case is permanently damaged! Perform these mods at your own risk! 

Once again(on the occasion of a few emails from OZ’s legal department): we will NOT provide you with IM.prc! Please do not post further comments asking for the file – we will not respond!

A insider source inside of Palm has provided us with a binary file called IM.prc containing the Palm Centro’s IM client. Initial tests with a Treo 680 confirm the compatibility of the application:
imgt Centro IM client   works on a Treo 680

IM supports AIM, MSN and Yahoo! messaging services – ICQ and Skype aren’t available as of now:
im Centro IM client   works on a Treo 680

The online help states that the program supports the adding of contacts and background mode – making the application a viable alternative to Mundu or Gizmo.

Meanwhile, all else I can say is that the application arrived in a 1.5MB PRC file called IM.prc. Further testing will commence as soon as I am back in Vienna!

Dialer scams were very popular a few years ago. Cutting a long story short, a dialer is a program that calls special premium-rate numbers without your consent and generates income for the ‘scammer’. These were effectively banned in Austria and Germany a few weeks ago…and the Mafia now strikes back with premium SMS.

A premium SMS is an SMS or MMS that you are charged for by the carrier – and a part of the money goes to the sender. Now, premium SMS scammers send out SMS like the one shown below(translated: have fun, you already wasted 10€):
0 Public service announcement: SMS scam running rampage in Austria

This serves two purposes: first of all, outraged user could potentially call back, causing income for the operator. But the scammer even earns money without you calling back -the carrier charges for delivery.

In my case, the price of the SMS was 3Euros(appox 5 UsD)…a sum that many people will not notice on their bill. Given a few thousand ‘sheep’, the scammer can make a nice living.

Defending yourself against scammers is easy, however:

Check your bills
in Austria, there is an old saying that goes along the lines of: vigilance is the mother of the crate full of china. Checking your bills for weird charges as they arrive will protect you from scams – if someone tries to rip you off, just call your carrier. Every somewhat cooperative carrier will then book the charge back…if he doesn’t, swapping carriers is a very good idea.

Consider a premium rate number lock
If you don’t need premium rate numbers(call proxies,…), why not block them all. Your carrier will offer this service for almost nothing – the peace of mind gained by this could well be worth the tiny fee(T-Mobile does it for free after a scam has occurred).

I am currently pursuing an interview with T-Mobile’s on the matter – stay tuned!

Ron Fernandez has posted a very interesting whitepaper to his personal web site. Cutting a long story short, Ron covers the “design history” of the Palm Zire 71′s camera application and its controls. He looks at what Palm originally wanted to do and what happened in reality, giving good insight into Palm SG’s hardware design process.

Ron made it to a conference in Vienna…and the publisher charges $$$ for the whitepaper. However, Ron has it available for free on his web site – enjoy!

P.s. Thanks to the palm-dev-forum posters who informed me about the existence of this document!

The Treo 680 ships with a CD that contains Palm Desktop(among other things). Insert the CD into your computer’s drive, and Autostart automatically begins to install Palm Desktop in the language of your Windows installation.

However, if your Windows is German but all the rest of the apps are English, an English version of the desktop probably will be more useful. But the Autostart menu doesn’t give you a choice.

The trick needed to install a language of your choice is easy. Instead of using the Autostart window, right-click on the CD-ROM drive ion My Computer. Then, navigate to H:Language_Selector and run LanguageSelector…

You can now choose the language of choice!

It has been well documented on how to get PalmOne’s file manager Files working on devices other than the the Tungsten T5 and the Lifedrive, but it’s been a little harder getting VersaMail to cooperate with Files. With Files installed, if you try to save an attachment to your expansion card with VersaMail, most likely your Palm TX will crash. To stop this from happening, you need to delete two files in your TX’s RAM.

MMSDCARD
MMSDCARD_enUS (or whatever language localization file you have)

You then need to replace those two files with the same files, except from a Treo 680. So install from a Treo 680

MMSDCARD
MMSDCARD_enUS (or whatever language localization file you need)

Soft reset your device, and you now should be able to save attachments to your expansion card through the PalmOne Files interface!

What do you think?

p.s. This works with Files 1.0 and 2.0!

After having looked at the Aceeca Meazura developer module a few days ago, vivomobile sent us even more Meazura goodness…aka developer module endcaps. These endcaps allow you to “cover up” your developer module and seal the Meazura back to its waterproof state. vivomobile sent us two kinds of endcaps – read on to find out more:

Normal endcap
0a Aceeca Meazura developer module endcaps 0b Aceeca Meazura developer module endcaps

The normal endcap simply gets screwed on the top of your rev6a module. You can then screw the module into a Meazura as if it were a CF module – waterproofness et al…

Wire endcap
1a Aceeca Meazura developer module endcaps 1b Aceeca Meazura developer module endcaps

The wire endcap usually ships with a set of three cords that can be plugged into the ports at the top of the module. You can then solder a rev6a board to the back of the cap(solder the gold pins onto the rev6a module):
2a Aceeca Meazura developer module endcaps

This gives you a waterproof Meazura – and the capability to route signals out of the machine!

Overall, I still like my own custom way of building circuits best(pictures coming soon). However, Aceeca really does think about its designers…if you still have any questions, feel free to post away – Aceeca reads TamsPalm(and vivo does, too)!

Aceeca’s Meazura is especially interesting because of its MZIO slot that allows hardware to be added without significant effort. Aceeca has created a lowcost developer module to simplify development…and vivomobile sent us a few free samples.

When you first get your developer module(pictured below), you will probably feel overwhelmed by the plethora of contacts and connectors. But fear not – the TamsPalm team is here to help!
DSC05750 Making sense of the Aceeca Rev6a dev module DSC05748 Making sense of the Aceeca Rev6a dev module

Basically, your module consists of three separate PCB’s as shown below. The ‘main’ PCB contains the soldering isles where you connect to the bus. The side PCB usually mates with connectors…but these aren’t present on the cheaper(I prefer this one to the one with endcap) version. Instead, you can route wires through the holes. The IR PCB is completely useless most of the time…it just contains the IR transmitter:
mod Making sense of the Aceeca Rev6a dev module

Essentially, you solder wires to the main PCB and route them outta the holes to your circuit. However, there are a few FAQ’s which are answered below:

Is the IR board always connected to the Meazura
Yes. The signal path is shown by the arrows in the figure above…you can easily trace them on your board. As long as the circuit you build doesn’t interfere with the Meazura’s UART2, the IR system will work like it would with any other module.

Is there any kind of protection for the Meazura on the board
No. 5V or a short circuit…and the Meazura is done for…

Is the Meazura waterproof with the board installed
Nope! Treat a Meazura with a dev module inside like a Palm IIIc or a similar, very sensitive handheld…

If you have a burning question, just post a comment and get it answered!

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