Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Palm Desktop 4.2.1

Thanks to Earl, who sent the news to PalmAddict, I have just installed the latest version of Palm Desktop for Mac.

The only obvious things to report so far are:
    (a) When the Hotsync starts the first 'conduit' is not 'Conduit Conflict Notifier' - which is presumably a solution for people who want both the old and the new PIM conduits on their Mac because they Hotsync with several devices.
    (b) Even with the new Conduit Conflict Notifier, I still get a horrible mess with repeating Tasks.
    (c) The problems I have mentioned before with the Hotsync running very very slowly, especially when upadating Radio Times, seem to be cured when Hotsync is in the foreground (lightning fast Hotsync) and improved when it is in the background.

I must admit that I have almost stopped using Palm Desktop. Calendar, Contacts and Tasks I can do as quickly directly on teh Palm as on teh desktop and I read and edit Memos exclusively in iPalmMemo now.


Sammy at PalmAddict and Shaun at PDA24/7 both kindly mentioned this Blog at the weekend, but both said that I was updating daily. This is patently untrue! So I thought I would explain myself for any casual visitors: this is not a news site. The site is updated several times a week, as and when I have something worth writing about. The front page should always have at least one week's posts, and there is an xml feed, so why not pop by once a week or add me to your aggregator?

My aim is to post mini-reviews and other comments about the hardware, software and accessories that I use on a day to day basis. Currently I use a Mac and a Tungsten E (though I rather fancy a Zire 72), so there is a clear bias towards those devices. In the time I have been writing this Blog, I have used an m505, an SL10 and a Tunsgten T, so there are posts about them in the archive. I also used to use Windows 98 and still us 2k and XP at times, but no longer have any inclination to write about Windows software for the Palm. My wife still uses her Psion 3c on a day to day basis, so I have an indirect interest in 'retro-computing'.

Because of the years I spent writing for Foxpop, I sometimes get invited to review stuff by manufacturers or developers. Here my policy is that I only accept if I think I would find the software or accessory useful myself, and I only write it up if I have something fairly positive to say; though an on-balance positive review will often include several critical points. For obvious reasons, negative reviews require much, much more work, and it is more efficient for me to send my criticisms straight to the developer and wait to see if they improve the product.