Synopses & Reviews
Palm OS is one of the most popular handheld operating systems on the planet. From the newest Tungstens and Treos all the way down the family tree, Palms are everywhere. Although the Palm OS is simple to learn and use, there is more to it than meets the eye--from new features in the Palm to capabilities you can get with add-on software, the Palm can be made to do quite a lot.
Palm and Treo Hacks gives you tips and tools that show you how to make the most of your Palm. A few minutes spent reading some of the hacks in this book will save you hours of research. Inside this book, you'll learn how to:
- Find great applications for your Palm and make the most of the ones you're using now
- Get super-organized, getting more from the built-in Personal Information Manager and learning how to manage complex projects with your Palm
- Extend the Palm with must-have software and hardware add-ons
- Take your Palm online, reading email, surfing the web, and sending instant messages
- Get some rest and relaxation with your Palm, whether it's listening to music, playing classic games, or watching video
Written for beginning to experienced Palm users, Palm and Treo Hacks is full of practical, ingenious tips and tricks you can apply immediately. Whether you're looking to master the built-in applications or you want to trick out your Palm to its fullestextent, this book will show you how.
Written for beginning to experienced Palm users, this handbook is full of practical, ingenious tips and tricks that can be applied immediately.
About the Author
Scott MacHaffie has a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington and Portland State University, respectively. He's programmed for 24 years, 17 professionally. Scott studied usability and user interfaces for 14 years. He has spent most of his programming career designing and implementing GUIs for scientific, math, and engineering software. Scott currently works for Schrodinger LLC designing GUIs for chemistry software. Before that, his last job was at Saltire Software, where he worked on geometry systems for a variety of desktop, handheld, and calculator platforms. He has also written several games for the Palm platform.
Table of Contents
Credits; About the Author; Contributors; Acknowledgments; Preface; Why Palm and Treo Hacks?; How to Use This Book; How This Book Is Organized; Using Code Examples; Safari Enabled®; How to Contact Us; Got a Hack?; Chapter 1: Managing Information; 1.1 Hacks 1-10: Introduction; 1.2 Maximize the Date Book; 1.3 Get the Most Out of the To Do List; 1.4 Extend the Address Book; 1.5 Add Pictures to the Address List; 1.6 Get More Out of MemoPad; 1.7 Show Palm Desktop Who's Boss; 1.8 Find Anything; 1.9 Annotate Everything; 1.10 Become a Better Student; 1.11 Keep Track of Your Collectibles; Chapter 2: Palm Applications; 2.1 Hacks 11-17: Introduction; 2.2 Manage Projects; 2.3 Lose Weight the Palm Way; 2.4 Watch the Stars; 2.5 Get Creative with a Spreadsheet; 2.6 Replace the Calculator; 2.7 Turn your PDA into a Flashlight; 2.8 Run Linux on Your Palm; Chapter 3: Play Games; 3.1 Hacks 18-22: Introduction; 3.2 Master the Dungeon; 3.3 Discover the Best Palm Games; 3.4 Play Multiplayer Games; 3.5 Play Classic Games; 3.6 Boost Your Online Gaming; Chapter 4: Multimedia; 4.1 Hacks 23-28: Introduction; 4.2 Read Books and Articles; 4.3 Improve Text Entry; 4.4 Listen to Music; 4.5 Record Voice Memos; 4.6 Take Great Pictures with Your Palm; 4.7 Watch Videos; Chapter 5: Treo; 5.1 Hacks 29-33: Introduction; 5.2 Take Charge of Ringtones; 5.3 Dial with Your Voice; 5.4 Use Your Treo as a Modem; 5.5 Join Conferences on the Move; 5.6 Set Up a Master Application; Chapter 6: Communications; 6.1 Hacks 34-41: Introduction; 6.2 Connect to the Internet; 6.3 Get Your Email on the Road; 6.4 Receive Alerts on the Go; 6.5 Surf the Web On- and Offline; 6.6 Read Syndicated Content; 6.7 Post to Your Weblog; 6.8 Control Your Computer Remotely; 6.9 Control Your Home Theater; Chapter 7: System; 7.1 Hacks 42-49: Introduction; 7.2 Simulate a Palm; 7.3 Make Upgrades Less Painful; 7.4 Reprogram the Hardware Application Buttons; 7.5 Improve the Launcher; 7.6 Tweak Every Setting; 7.7 Extend Your Palm; 7.8 Investigate Your Palm's Databases; 7.9 Write Your Own Programs; Chapter 8: Hardware; 8.1 Hacks 50-55: Introduction; 8.2 Find Cheap Palms; 8.3 Find a Better Stylus; 8.4 Find the Perfect Keyboard; 8.5 Must-Have Accessories; 8.6 Repair Worn Contacts; 8.7 Replace Your Batteries; Colophon;