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Re: Isn't it time for a reliable run-everywhere Palm Desktop+HotSync?

__/ [ Luc Le Blanc ] on Wednesday 24 May 2006 02:47 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [ Luc Le Blanc ] on Tuesday 23 May 2006 02:43 \__
>>> When I bought my T3, I was never able to sync it with the Palm Desktop
>>> on my Win98 box, even though that PC could already sync my previous Clié
>>> and my girlfriend's Clié (both USB). Since I never succeeded installing
>>> the T3 CD on the Win98 box, I had to install everything on my XP laptop
>>> instead. But when I was given a boxful of used Palms, friends to whom I
>>> gave m130's had lots of problem syncing with their XP boxes and the most
>>> recent Desktop available on Palm's Web site (even though one of them
>>> used to sync his m105 fine); in fact, they've been regularly
>>> re-installing ever since, as thinks work on and off. And a friend just
>>> told me his TX had suddenly stopped syncing on his XP box and he now
>>> thinks he has to re-install everything. Yet another friend bought a
>>> IIIxe on eBay, but hasn't been able to install its CD at all!
>>> Isn't it time Palm cleans up its act and provides us with a reliable,
>>> fail-safe Palm Desktop that properly runs on all Windows versions? And
>>> given they only publish one single version, supposedly suitable for all
>>> device models, shouldn't they actually test it on various devices? And
>>> if they think it's Windows' fault that it loses the USB drivers over
>>> time (I've seen that for my printer and GPS), maybe a simple "re-install
>>> driver" button would be a good idea.
>>> After all, the Palm OS on the device is just one part of the equation;
>>> if you can't even back up your device, what good is it? I personally
>>> have a hard time coaxing new people into the "Palm economy" when I think
>>> of the Palm Desktop/HotSync miseries I'm taking them into...
>> No missing syncs over here. I use KPilot and, in the past, I used to be
>> using GPilot without any issues. The problem may be with Windows' handling
>> of ports and drivers, so you are urged to explore platforms that integrate
>> better with your handheld. Speaking of which, it is a commonly-voiced fact
>> that Windows Mobile devices do not integrate and communicate too well with
>> Windows, either. Linux can do both just fine.
> But if I have to convince people to first move to Linux to get a Palm...

Well, my 3 years with palm Desktop on Windows 98 were unpleasant. Many
reboots and retrials to get synchronisation to work at times... it has been
iffy on other computers, too.

Best wishes,


Roy S. Schestowitz 
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