By Mick Moignard
Those of you who've been following my Travel Tricks articles will be aware that I'm a user of Palm OS-based PDAs. You might be aware that my last machine, a Sony Clie PEG-N770 was a good bit less than perfect, its biggest problem being that the digitizing would not stay constant, but it did have a brilliant screen. So when I read that Palm had a line of new machines on the way, running with a new version of the Palm OS and a new processor, I decided that I'd replace the Clie.
So at the start of November, when I read that Palm had launched the Tungsten T handheld, I checked it out on their Web site and thought, "Cool." Palm's UK e-commerce site listed them as back-ordered, as did the major UK resellers listed on their site. I figured I would need to wait a while, but the next day as I was passing through Heathrow I saw one in the Dixon's store in Terminal two. Actually they had two, one on the display stand and one in a box. I was short of time for my flight, I really didn't want to carry it all to Germany and back, and to be honest, I'd not yet totally convinced myself that I should upgrade. However, I saw that it looked good, and it seemed really quick, too. I knew now that they did actually exist in the UK. I asked PalmPower editor Steve Niles if he'd seen one yet, and he directed me to PalmPower contributor Jen Edwards. She emailed me and told me to check her comments at http://www.pocketgoddess.com. The Tungsten was really starting to sound good. I weakened some more to the upgrade lure.
The day after I got back from Germany, my Clie digitizer played up again. Then the Saturday paper had a full-page advertisement from PC World that highlighted the Tungsten and claimed that it was in store. I tried calling the centralized customer care phone system, but after about 10 minutes in the call stacker I abandoned that idea and decided to drive to the Oxford store, about 15 miles away, on a hope. Luckily, they had one. Just one. I picked up a USB HotSync/Charge cable for a Palm m500 while I was at it, banking that as the Tungsten uses Palm's Universal Connector it would work just fine (it does).
Getting it working with Notes
Once I had the handheld, all I had to do was to get it working with Notes. I've been using Pylon Pro (at https://avantgo.com/products/businesses/workforce/productivity/pylon/pylon_pro.html) for some years now, and I have no reason to change. One particular reason is my expenses application, written up in the April 2001 issue of DominoPower (at http://www.dominopower.com/issues/issue200104/dpexpenses001.html), which I use to record and claim all my expenses. Getting it working with Notes was a bit of an anticlimax, really.