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Handheld Device (PDA)

Postby varaonaid on Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:05 am

Hello,

I used to use my Pocket PC rather religiously until I moved over to Linux almost two years ago. I tried to get the sync programs to work at that time and never was successful. I've been waiting for the new Linux based Palm's to be released but that was supposed to be sometime in 2008 and there doesn't seem to be any new info about it so I'm guessing that it's either been pushed back (again) or tabled.

So, this is my question. Are there any devices or software or tips and tricks or 'net based services that would allow me to sync my information and take it with me? I need basic functions (calendar, to-do, contacts, notes) nothing particularly fancy but I hate that I've had to go back to carrying around a notebook because my Pocket PC is basically useless with Linux.

Any thoughts that you have would be really, really appreciated! Thanks so much in advance!

Rae
PS If this is posted in the wrong area, please feel free to move it - it seemed the best option at the time.
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Re: Handheld Device (PDA)

Postby varaonaid on Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:52 pm



Hi!

Thanks so much for the reply and the links. Unfortunately, those methods were the ones I initially tried when I switched over to Linux. If you look at the dates, they are almost all from 2005. I was hoping something new had been developed in the meantime or perhaps folks knew of "end around" methods of syncing data, even if the solution was via an online service.

Thanks for trying. Wish I could have gotten them to work...
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Re: Handheld Device (PDA)

Postby AK Dave on Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:40 pm

Thank Microsoft.
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Re: Handheld Device (PDA)

Postby ronnoc on Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:58 am

I use Linux Mint on my office and home PC's and I have a company-issued Palm Treo 750 running Windows Mobile 6. Here's what I did to easily (and for free) get all this to work perfectly...

* Moved all mail accounts to Gmail, including main work account
* Moved Calendar to Google as well. (I really like Gmail and Google. I could write a post entirely about this alone)
* Cut office and use Google Docs for all but the really heavily formatted docs originally designed in MS Office
* Added Gmail on the Palm Treo as a POP email account - WM6 auto-configured Gmail (sweet) so now work emails are visible on the phone's inbox
* Signed up for Plaxo online account at http://www.plaxo.com/
* Synchronized my Google calendar with Plaxo online http://help.plaxo.com/al/12/1/article.asp?aid=1093&tab=search&bt=4n
* Downloaded Plaxo for Windows Mobile http://help.plaxo.com/al/12/1/article.asp?aid=1545&tab=search&bt=4n (This says it's a premium service but it is now free as well 8) ). This will sync contacts and calendars with Plaxo, which in turn is synced with Google. This puts your Google calendar on your Today Screen (main screen) in WM along with your emails.

So at this point, you would have email, contacts, and calendar all working on ANY computer ANYWHERE you are, including your phone. With the added benefit that all your contacts and your calendar are automatically backed up. This really saved me last week when I accidentally deleted all my contacts from my Treo!

All this leaves is then is tasks. If you go the free route (like me) there is no way to sync WM / Outlook tasks. So what I did was create an account at http://www.rememberthemilk.com. You can read about it here: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/about/
I also added the remember the milk Gmail Firefox plugin from here: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/services/gmail/addon/#install. It's awesome.

The only downside to my system is that to see tasks on my mobile phone I have to go to m.rememberthemilk.com. They will not auto-sync to Windows Mobile tasks. If this is a must have, rememberthemilk does offer a premium service that adds task sync to Windows Mobile and BlackBerry. You can find it here: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/services/milksync/

It took me a while to get all this together but it's really simple to set up and use. Hope this helps some of you - It certainly caused me to drop yet another thing that many people cling to windows for.

Addendum: By moving to Google, I also have access on my phone to every doc, spreadsheet, and presentation without taking a bit of storage on my phone, and without document syncing issues. For notes (since you mentioned notes) Google Notebook is where mine are kept. Again, all accessible from my Palm's Internet Explorer on my homepage at igoogle.com.
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Re: Handheld Device (PDA)

Postby salmaklak on Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:34 am

My Palm TX works fine with Mint 6.
Here is what I did:

I installed J-Pilot with Synaptic, including the backup module.
In J-Pilot, click on File, Preferences, Settings.
Select usb: from the drop down menu for Serial Port.
Exit J-Pilot.
Start it up again and click Sync in J-Pilot.
Now tap on Sync on the Palm.
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