I’ve been trying to get my Palm pilot to sync with Outlook. The problem and potential solution is fairly straight forward. My Palm pilot, who I’ll refer to as Pops, is a vintage 2003-2004 Sony Clie’. It was the bees-knees back in the day and served me well over the years.
Starting the MBA changed my work habits a great deal and Pops wasn’t necessary since my laptop was always with me. Well, time and situations change, and I’ve found myself on a lightness kick. The less stuff in my hands the better so instead of my laptop always in toe, I thought it would be nice to have my handheld as a useful device again.
So I found it, cleaned off the dust, charged the ye’ old batteries and prepared to sync the little fella with my X41 (also known as Shaggy – got a Hanna-Barbara thing going on with computer namings). Let the problems begin. First, I have lost the files for the full version of Hotsync I bought back in 2004. Bummer. This is when I start to find out that the hand-held world has moved on. Intellisync is now part of Nokia, and if their level of support can be an indicator – Nokia hates Hotsync and wants to see it die.
I have Hotsync light so I installed that on Shaggy. The problem is this version doesn’t work well with MS Exchange. Bummer duo. This starts a search for some other software. Finally I find something called Pocketmirror that says it helps sync Palm pilots. Woohoo. I install, the software syncs. All is good.
But wait … now any reoccurring appointment in my date book won’t open. And, I can’t click on To… for addresses. These actions give me some cryptic error message. Bummer Tres.
The entire thing wasn’t bothering me until today. For some reason, having Outlook blow up each time I click on To… started to get to me.
I finally found a way to restore and repair Outlook. This discovery was made as I watched the NCAA Tournament selection show. Bummer Quatro.
Now my computer is working again, but my little Palm pilot is out of sync. For now, that’ll be okay. I may have to invest in a little paper calendar and call the entire thing a draw.