O'Reilly logo

Palm Pre: The Missing Manual by Ed Baig

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

The Missing Credits

About the Author

Edward C. Baig (author) is is the weekly Personal Tech columnist for USA Today and a contributor of tech trend pieces in the newspaper and at usatoday.com. He is co-host of USA Today’s Talking Tech podcast and a weekly contributor to ABC News’ Tech Bytes, which appears on ABC TV affiliates around the country and at www.abcnews.go.com/technology. He is the author of recent editions of Macs For Dummies and co-author of iPhone For Dummies.

image with no caption

Before joining USA Today in 1999, Ed was on staff at Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, and Fortune magazines. He is passionate about music, politics, and all sports, especially his beloved New York Giants. Contact him at .

About the Creative Team

Peter McKie (editor) is an editor at Missing Manuals. He was graduated from Boston University’s School of Journalism and lives in New York City, where he researches the history of old houses and, every once in a while, sneaks into abandoned buildings. Email: .

Dawn Frausto (editor) is assistant editor for the Missing Manual series. When not working, she plays soccer, beads, and causes trouble. Email: .

Nellie McKesson (production editor) is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lives in Brighton, Mass., and spends her spare time making t-shirts for friends (mattsaundersbynellie.etsy.com). Email: .

Jan Jue (copy editor) enjoys freelance copyediting, a good mystery, and the search for the perfect pot sticker.

Fred Leise (indexer) provides consulting services in taxonomy design, and indexes books and journals in a variety of fields. Slightly Auspergian, he loves small, repetitive motions, which is probably why he is an avid knitter. Email: .

Will Honey (technical reviewer) is a Palm Pre fanatic and an administrator of and avid poster to the Palm Pre Forum (www.palmpreforum.org). He has written several reviews for Pre-based products and publishes them on the forum. You can contact him there as Tibfib.

Jesus Novoa (technical reviewer) is a computer technology student at NJIT. He’s a fan of new music, so he often listens to Pandora when out with his Palm Pre. Jesus travels to Japan every few years, and associates with many indie Japanese bands. You can usually find him in New York City’s indie music venues, checking out (or hanging out with) bands.

Acknowledgments

This book would not have been possible without the creative people at O’Reilly Media whose names appear on the previous page, as well as those at O’Reilly who toil under the radar. You have my full appreciation.

Special thanks are in order to my especially talented editors Peter McKie and Dawn Frausto for their dogged pursuit of excellence and for guiding this Missing Manual newbie through the entire process. I also wish to thank Peter Meyers for trusting me with this project. Technical reviewers Will Honey and Jesus Novoa made sure I didn’t miss anything and were responsible for uncovering several of the tips you’ll read in this book.

I’m especially grateful to Palm Inc.’s Paul Cousineau, Matt Crowley, and Tina Hampton for diligently and thoroughly answering my queries at all hours of the day and night and on weekends. You were all quite simply a pleasure to deal with. Several other people at Palm deserve thanks: Lynn Fox, Jon Zilber, Leslie Letts, Wendy Collier, Michael Leslie, Margarita Roehricht, Kristin Schwarz, Caroline Bressler, Paul Araquistain, and Lally Narwal.

At Sprint, I’d like to thank David Owens, Mark J. Elliott, and Stephanie Vinge-Walsh.

Thanks also to my USA Today colleagues Jim Henderson, Geri Tucker, and Nancy Blair for supporting this project. I also appreciate the guidance provided by my agent, Matt Wagner.

Mostly I want to thank my amazing family—Janie, Sydney, Sammy, and my “canine son” Eddie Jr. You gave me love and kept me (somewhat) sane through the long hours. Thanks for understanding why I was all-too-frequently at the keyboard working and not spending more time with you. I love you always.

—Edward C. Baig

The Missing Manual Series

Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index; cross-references to specific pages (not just chapters); and RepKover, a detached-spine binding that lets the book lie perfectly flat without the assistance of weights or cinder blocks.

Recent and upcoming titles include:

Access 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald

AppleScript: The Missing Manual by Adam Goldstein

AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual by Jim Elferdink and David Reynolds

CSS: The Missing Manual, Second Edition, by David Sawyer McFarland

Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by Matthew MacDonald

David Pogue’s Digital Photography: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

eBay: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner

Excel 2003: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald

Excel 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald

Facebook: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer

FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey and Susan Prosser

FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual by Susan Prosser and Geoff Coffey

Flash 8: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer

Flash CS3: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer and Chris Grover

Flash CS4: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover with E.A. Vander Veer

FrontPage 2003: The Missing Manual by Jessica Mantaro

Google Apps: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner

The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and J.D. Biersdorfer

iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

iMovie ’08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

iMovie ’09 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and Aaron Miller

iPhone: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by David Pogue

iPhoto ’08: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

iPhoto ’09: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and J.D. Biersdorfer

iPod: The Missing Manual, Seventh Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer and David Pogue

JavaScript: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

Living Green: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner

Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue

Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition by David Pogue

Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

Netbooks: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer

Office 2004 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Mark H. Walker and Franklin Tessler

Office 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover, Matthew MacDonald, and E.A. Vander Veer

Office 2008 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Jim Elferdink

Palm Pre: The Missing Manual by Ed Baig

PCs: The Missing Manual by Andy Rathbone

Photoshop Elements 7: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage

Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage

PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer

QuickBase: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner

QuickBooks 2009: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

QuickBooks 2010: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue and Adam Goldstein

Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition by David Pogue

Wikipedia: The Missing Manual by John Broughton

Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by David Pogue

Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by David Pogue, Craig Zacker, and Linda Zacker

Windows Vista: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

Windows Vista for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

Word 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover

Your Body: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald

Your Brain: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required