Wednesday, August 31, 2005

More LifeDrive Issues

Ah - the never ending story... The LifeDrive has been much more stable since last updates/removal of prob apps, but I've had an issue with Documents To Go that took a little bit to sort - couldn't load powerpoint files in DTG 7.006. DTG kept complaining that it had found an earlier version on the LD. So... I downloaded & installed the DatavizTechTool to LD, used it to unistall DTG, then from DTG on Mac, chose reinstall handheld applications, did a hotsync, and HEY PRESTO - SlideShow To Go works again!

One Tutor is having issues with LD not shutting down properly & consequently draining battery - LED contues to blink every few seconds when LD 'off'. I can't find a solution to this in any forums, the closest guess is that the LD is being shutdown before the harddrive is fully parked, OR IR or BT or WiFi services are trying to connect somehow - keep posted for outcome!

Monday, August 29, 2005

WiFi in Dunedin

I spent 3 days in COLD Dunedin! While there I checked out WiFi access - over 24 access points within 100m of the Octagon several were open! Cool.

Friday, August 26, 2005


Blogging on LifeDrive in Dunedin - it s COLD down here!

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Posting via BT & CSD on Cellphone

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Palm Saga

LifeDrive appears more stable now. However I suspect Endnote v8 is problematic on LD. Will try v9

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Quest for a Stable LifeDrive profile!

I've found crashes caused by the following apps: QuickNews v1.08, Plogit v 0.22, and Documents To Go v 7.005.
I've removed Plogit, and replaced with uBlog and Vagablog (now open source), and updated both DTG & QN to versions 7.006 & 1.1 respectively. Hopefully this has fixed these crashes - Stay Tuned for updates!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2005


originally uploaded by thomcochrane.
Tims new car!
Subaru Legacy B4- very cool, great to drive. Value for money

Friday, August 19, 2005


Getting frustrated with the instability of the LifeDrive.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Palm Wireless Network

I've setup the WiFi network for the School of Sport Palm trial - using an Apple Airport Extreme hub. I've configured it using MAC address filtering & WEP to make it secure - only devices with MAC addresses listed in the database can actually connect to the wireless network! By locating the WiFi access point centrally ( in one of the SOS Tutors offices) - we're getting coverage of both the admin/lecturers offices and the classroom, and a little outside coverage as well. All for $300 NZ! Both Tutor laptops and Palm Lifedrives are connecting successfully to the wireless network.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Palm Presentations

Another solution for demoing Palm PDAs to a group is to use a document camera attached to your powerbook/desktop tat is then connected to a video projector. An iSight camera works ok - easiest to use powerbook monitor clip to hold the iSight in place, then pull up a video preview window in iChat, and resize to fit screen. Downside is: picture is REVERSED! To get around this, use the new direct video recording feature of QuikTime Pro7 - the display video is not reversed as in iChat, however you can't resize the preview window, BUT using 'zoom' feature of OSX (alt+command+'=") you can zoom in on the video window - PRESTO!.

Thursday, August 04, 2005


A cool application for PC (no Mac support :-( ) that is basically a remote desktop app for Palm devices. Great for demoing the use of a Palm device to a large crowd. An alternative is to run the Palm OS Simulator - once again PC only - BUT it does work on a Mac in Virtual PC! Main downfall of Palm Simulator is the need to reinstall Palm apps whenever it is run - easiest way is to hotsync to a user backup or Profile to get back your apps and settings. Be careful though - the simulator is prone to crashing and sometimes a soft reset will hang it!