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Palm and Treo Hacks
By Scott MacHaffie
October 2005
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How do these hacks stand up? Comment on a hack from the book by choosing the associated "Discuss" link below. You can also view the code from any of the hacks by clicking on the "Listing" or "Code" links. A number of hacks have been selected to be featured online in their entirety; you may view those hacks by clicking on the hack titles that are linked.

Jump to: Managing Information  | Palm Applications  | Play Games  | Multimedia  | Treo  | Communications  | System  | Hardware

Managing Information

HACK
#1

Maximize the Date Book
Time—we all look for more time in our busy schedules. Tweaking the built-in Date Book application may not actually create more time, but it can help you manage your time better
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HACK
#2

Get the Most Out of the To Do List
Everyone already knows what you can do with the To Do List. This hack covers things that go a step beyond that
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HACK
#3

Extend the Address Book
Just names and phone numbers, right? What could there possibly be to hack in the Address Book? Several small hacks allow you to do more with the Address Book
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HACK
#4

Add Pictures to the Address List
If your Palm device supports it, you can be sure you'll never have trouble putting a name to a face again
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HACK
#5

Get More Out of MemoPad
Write text and you're done—that's what MemoPad is about, right? Well, yes, in the same sense that music is just vibrations in the air. These hacks let you go beyond MemoPad's basic capabilities
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HACK
#6

Show Palm Desktop Who's Boss
As with the standard Palm applications, the Palm desktop is a fairly simple program. Don't mistake this simplicity for inflexibility, though; you can usually get it to do what you want even when the solution is not obvious
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HACK
#7

Find Anything
Do you ever have trouble finding something on your PDA that you know is there? There are replacements for the Find tool which provide more flexibility in searching
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HACK
#8

Annotate Everything
Do you ever have trouble remembering what To Do items or addresses mean on your PDA? Here are some tips that will make sure that never happens again
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HACK
#9

Become a Better Student
Use your Palm device to help you keep track of assignments and organize your time to become a better student
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HACK
#10

Keep Track of Your Collectibles
If you are a collector, you can use MemoPad or a specialized utility to manage your hobby
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Palm Applications

HACK
#11

Manage Projects
You can use a Palm device to help you manage complicated projects with resources and dependencies, such as a software development project
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HACK
#12

Lose Weight the Palm Way
The best way to lose weight is to count calories and exercise regularly, while tracking your progress. Your Palm device can make this easier
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HACK
#13

Watch the Stars
You are outside looking up at the stars, and you start to wonder what constellations you can see. Your Palm can help you identify the stars
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HACK
#14

Get Creative with a Spreadsheet
A spreadsheet is a useful tool—a hack in its own right. Spreadsheets can function as calculators, list managers, web layout tools, and more
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HACK
#15

Replace the Calculator
Programmers and scientists have specific calculator needs that the built-in calculator doesn't come close to meeting
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HACK
#16

Turn your PDA into a Flashlight
When darkness falls, you can engage the backlight on your Palm and light things up
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HACK
#17

Run Linux on Your Palm
Although it's not the Palm version of Linux that will no doubt blow our socks off when it eventually arrives, uClinux is a good way to play around with an alternative operating system on your Palm
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Play Games

HACK
#18

Master the Dungeon
There are several programs that can help you with many chores associated with role-playing. These include dice rolling and mapping programs. But there are also adventuring kits (for players) and Dungeon Master (DM) aids
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HACK
#19

Discover the Best Palm Games
You don't use a Palm the same way you do a desktop computer, and games are no exception. Find out what you can expect from the gaming offerings for your Palm
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HACK
#20

Play Multiplayer Games
Looking for more of a challenge in your mobile gaming? Try playing against another person for that extra edge
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HACK
#21

Play Classic Games
Do you want to relive the early days of computer games? It's easy to find emulators that let you play the real thing, or remakes that kick the originals up a notch
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HACK
#22

Boost Your Online Gaming
A Palm device can be a useful tool when playing online games on your desktop machine
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Multimedia

HACK
#23

Read Books and Articles
On most Palm devices, MemoPad is limited to notes that are 4K or less. That is fine for writing short notes to yourself, but you wouldn't want to read a large document in 4K chunks—instead, you need another solution
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HACK
#24

Improve Text Entry
Everyone has their own techniques for entering text, but some simple techniques can make you more effective
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HACK
#25

Listen to Music
Turn your Palm into a portable music player
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HACK
#26

Record Voice Memos
Sometimes it is faster and easier to speak a memo than it is to write one
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HACK
#27

Take Great Pictures with Your Palm
Anyone can point and shoot, but how do you get really memorable pictures with your Palm or Treo? This hack provides some simple tips to make your digital photos more interesting
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HACK
#28

Watch Videos
Palm devices can display scaled-down videos—entertainment on the go
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Treo

HACK
#29

Take Charge of Ringtones
Set up your own ringtones on your Treo and skip the part where you pay your wireless provider lots of money
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HACK
#30

Dial with Your Voice
Use your voice instead of your fingers to dial your Treo. This can be useful if your hands are occupied
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HACK
#31

Use Your Treo as a Modem
Use your Treo to connect your laptop to the Internet. You can also use your Treo as a backup Internet connection for your desktop machine
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HACK
#32

Join Conferences on the Move
If you have your Treo with you, you can participate in conferences anywhere. With a few simple techniques, you can feel as if you are in the room with everyone else
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HACK
#33

Set Up a Master Application
Depending on how you primarily use your Treo, you can set up different applications to be your master (or primary) application. This involves configuring your chosen application to provide easy access to the Treo's other functions
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Communications

HACK
#34

Connect to the Internet
Just because you aren't at your desktop machine, it doesn't mean you have to be disconnected. Depending on your PDA, you have several different choices for getting on the Internet
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HACK
#35

Get Your Email on the Road
You are on the move and you don't have your desktop machine with you. Are you going to let that get in the way of your email fix? Of course not; you have your Palm device with you.
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HACK
#36

Receive Alerts on the Go
How can you find out if your web server is down? You can set up your desktop to notify your Palm device when something happens.
The Code
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HACK
#37

Surf the Web On- and Offline
You can surf the Web even if your Palm device is not connected to the Web
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HACK
#38

Read Syndicated Content
Have a favorite RSS feed? Wish you could read it on the move with your PDA? There are several RSS readers available for Palm devices
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HACK
#39

Post to Your Weblog
Ever have that perfect thought for your blog but forgotten it before you got back to your computer? With your wireless-enabled PDA, you can post as fast as you can tap from wherever you are
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HACK
#40

Control Your Computer Remotely
Have you ever wanted to do something on your computer from across the room? How about from the other side of the world
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HACK
#41

Control Your Home Theater
You know that stack of infrared (IR) remotes that's always spilling onto the floor? Your Palm can take the place of all of them
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System

HACK
#42

Simulate a Palm
Are you looking at acquiring multiple Palm devices? If so, it is useful to know which Palm OS versions will work with the applications you want to run. It is straightforward to test applications against a range of Palm OS versions
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HACK
#43

Make Upgrades Less Painful
Upgrading your PC or switching to a new Palm is fairly easy, but there are some things you need to keep in mind when you migrate your data
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HACK
#44

Reprogram the Hardware Application Buttons
Do you use some applications much more often than the built-in applications? Assign a hardware button to them for easy launching
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HACK
#45

Improve the Launcher
You can tweak the built-in launcher a bit. However, the built-in application launcher lacks some features found in various third-party launchers
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HACK
#46

Tweak Every Setting
Scattered throughout the system and in the built-in applications are some options you can set to make your Palm device easier to use
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HACK
#47

Extend Your Palm
HackMaster isn't just the name of an RPG, but is a collection of system extensions (hacks) for your Palm device
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HACK
#48

Investigate Your Palm's Databases
Every file on your Palm is a database associated with an application. Find out what databases are installed on your Palm device and get more information about them
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HACK
#49

Write Your Own Programs
Writing programs for your Palm is not as hard as you might think. You can write programs on the desktop and download them to your Palm device. You can also write small programs directly on your Palm device itself
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Hardware

HACK
#50

Find Cheap Palms
So you've come up with a cunning plan—the laser sharks are ready and all you need are a couple dozen Palms to run your battle robots, all without breaking your evil overlord bank account
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HACK
#51

Find a Better Stylus
The stylus is the most important accessory for your Palm device. It is important to choose the right one
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HACK
#52

Find the Perfect Keyboard
Entering significant amounts of text with the stylus is a pain—that's why external keyboards were invented
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HACK
#53

Must-Have Accessories
Palms are powerful out of the box, but for specialized uses you might want to look at adding hardware
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HACK
#54

Repair Worn Contacts
If you sync too much, you can wear out the contacts on your Palm device. This hack shows how to repair these contacts
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HACK
#55

Replace Your Batteries
The rechargeable batteries in Palm devices don't wear out very often. If they do wear out, you can change them yourself
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