You probably stepped through the Palm's Prefs app for the first time
the day you turned on your Palm Pilot for the first time. Which is not a
bad time to do it. But you probably never returned to it. That's a
mistake There are gold nuggets buried in the Prefs app.
The Prefs app has a drop-down menu of sub-apps on the top right of its
screen. The ones that it is profitable to re-visit are General, Buttons/Pen,
Owner and Shortcuts.
- Most likely you have set the Time and the Date
correctly. If you haven't, now is the time to do it. The Date
Book is dependent upon it. Being on time for a life-altering
appointment may depend upon it. While it is not likely that you
haven't set the time and date correctly, I cannot over-emphasize the importance
- Re-think your Auto-off after time quantity.
- Re-think all your Sound volumes.
- Re-think Beam Receive. Beam Receive On is good for
being ready to receive someone else's business card at a moment's notice,
without having to panic through "how come I'm not receiving what this
guy's sending?" And it could be a potential employer. The
down side is: every now and then your Palm will tell you that it is
"Waiting for Sender." The reason is that you have set Beam
Receive On and there may be a laptop nearby with an IR port. Beam
Receive Off is good for living without those surprises, but bad for
those times when you NEED to be ready. Choose carefully.
- Pen... is a button at the bottom of the Prefs/Buttons app. Tap it
and read: "Select a feature you can access by dragging your pen from
the writing area to the top of the screen." The choices are:
Backlight, Keyboard, Graffiti Help, Turn Off & Lock, Beam Data.
The first three choices are useful for beginners. The last two
choices, Turn Off & Lock and Beam Data, are useful for veterans.
You're a veteran. Think about it.
- OK, again it's likely that you handled this on the day you took the Palm
out of its box. But if you haven't, do it now. Remember the
Australian lady who found my Palm in a taxi cab in New York City. She
was a smart lady, she had to figure out who I was. In case you lose
your Palm device, and it gets found by an average Joe, if you locked your
Palm, when the Joe turns it on he will see the Owner information. At
least reveal your phone #. And if you're someone who misplaces things
frequently, get used to locking the Palm every time you turn it off (see
above, Buttons/Pen, for the easy way to do it).
This is one of those features that is hidden away in the guts of the Palm,
a real gold mine. But the number and value of the nuggets you
mine is proportional to how much you bring into the mine. The folks at
Palm thoughtfully started you off with some useful or provocative shortcuts:
br for "Breakfast", lu for "Lunch", di
for "Dinner", me for "Meeting", ds for
[Date Stamp], ts for [Time Stamp], dts for [Date and Time
Stamp]. Instead of lecturing you on how to use shortcuts, let me show
you what I do. First, I created some of my own shortcuts: ny
for "New York City", adr for "230 E 87th Street / New
York, NY 10128" (2 lines), mus for "American Museum of
Natural History", hp for "Hayden Planetarium", pl
for "N Y Public Library", lm for "I left a msg @
". One of my most frequent Notes has the form of "I left a
msg @ 2/3/01 10:45 am." Quite a mouthful for a note I record all
the time. But what I tap into the Palm is "llmldts".
Be creative: create shortcuts for places that are important to you, and make
shortcuts for things you DO.