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PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, Second Edition by David Pogue

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Software Troubles on the PalmPilot

Many of the PalmPilot’s potential pitfalls are relatively minor (and very rare). This section covers a few of them.

Mail Messages Deleted

This problem must baffle hundreds of PalmPilot users all over the world. The symptom: You HotSync email from your PC to your PalmPilot’s Mail program. But when you read the messages, any that have the same subject line have disappeared (except one)!

That’s just the way life is with Palm Mail. Only the first message with any particular subject line gets transferred to the PalmPilot; others are ignored. You’ll have to respond to those messages on your desktop PC.

To Do Items Shift by One Day

If you’re using an original Pilot model (the 1000 or 5000), you may be susceptible to this bizarre bug. It crops up when Windows adjusts its clock for Daylight Savings Time, believe it or not. The result: To Do items in Windows Pilot Desktop 1.0 (not on the PalmPilot itself) suddenly appear a day early. (Lord knows we can’t have that—you wouldn’t want to finish your tasks early!)

The solution is to replace your TODO.DLL file with a repaired one, which is available from http://palm.3com.com/custsupp/helpnotes/palmapps/todost.html.

Ignoring the Dial Tone

Under normal circumstances, a PalmPilot modem doesn’t begin dialing until it “hears” a dial tone. Sometimes, however— especially when you’re traveling overseas, where the dial tones sound different—it’s helpful to turn that “wait until you hear it” feature off.

To do so, ...

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