Writing on Palm Addict with a healthy dose of skectpicsm, Peter Wolchak recently posted a news release from Symantec announcing a new anti-virsus solution for the Palm OS. Anti-virsus software, on a Palm, is a classic case of a solution without a problem. No real viruses have infected a Palm device. They may exist in theory, but not in the wild. There was one Trojan horse program, of note, that was limited to a specific application, the Liberty emulator, and was quickly withdrawn. This trojan arrived as a crack for PalmOS application called Liberty, claiming it would convert a shareware version of the application to a registered version. Anti-virus software for the Palm is doing one thing and one thing only, cashing in on people’s paranoia of viruses. At this junction I would not waste my time or money to install any anti-virsus software on your Palm.
Archive for January, 2006
I have made several small changes to the Crystal DIA skin. Basically I fixed the size of the status icon in landscape mode and in portrait mode made the bluetooth icon move to the right a little farther than the default skin (on the T3 at least) to cover up some of the background space. The updated Crystal DIA skin can be found here.
There are many sites on the web that allow the user to set up a personal, customized homepage. Google has recently jumped in the ring, becoming more and more competitive. The Google Personalized Home lets you add your own customized content, such as news, RSS feeds, stocks, weather, etc.
I am not a heavy user of the Google Personalized Home page but do use it to quickly get several pieces of information. What makes the Google Personalized Home page stand out is:
- The Google Personalized Home page is clean and fast with no adds.
- There is a mobile version that works very well on small devices such as a Palm.
- The Personalized Home page is extensible. Besides the functionality the default addons (modules) give, you can also add different modules that allows each individual user to customize their page to their liking.
While the Google Personalized Home Page has the standard modules such as a weather forcast, Gmail preview, and RSS feeds, several other modules are worth having. They include the following:
- Personalized Home – This module allows you to change the look (skin) of the Google Personalized Home page. A user can change the background colors, the column spacing, link and text color, and add a background.
- Weather Map – Provides a weather map for a given zip code region.
- Photos from Flickr – Provides a photo gallery/slideshow from Flickr. One large photo or nine smaller photos can be shown at a time.
- Date and Time – Places a small calendar and clock on the page.
- UPS Package Tracking – Tracks a UPS package.
- Del.icio.us – Displays a user’s del.icio.us links with a favicon.
- US Traffic Information – Displays Yahoo traffic information on a Google map for a given location.
- Almanac – Calculates the sunrise, sunset and current moon phase.
- Free Text Message – Send a free text message (US only).
- Module Manager – A module that allows the user to save their favorite modules in cookies.
Note: There are many more modules available at Google Modules, an unofficial directory of modules to add to your Google Personalized Home page.
Joel, from 1src, has posted an excellent Opera Mini on the Palm LifeDrive, review . Read the mini review here.
Opera has released Opera Mini worldwide. Opera Mini is designed to allow web browsing on mobile phones which are otherwise incapable of using a web browser. Besides working on mobile phones, Opera Mini runs well and is an excellent browser on newer Palms which can run the IBM JVM. Changes to the earlier builds I believe include include two screen modes (compared to three) and smooth scrolling.
You can download Opera Mini from the product’s homepage or directly for the Palm from here. While the download page only lists the Treo 650 and the Tungsten C, I have ran Opera Mini with success on a T3 and others have reported success on other Palms. For more on how to load the IBM JVM on your Palm see the first part of this post.
Update: The file can be found at http://mini.opera.com/global/opera-mini-advanced-us.jad. The easiet way to get this on your Palm is by using the IBM Java VM application. Open the appliction, click the install button and enter in the above URL, and the Palm will then download the file and convert it into PRC file for you.
Note: For those concerned about privacy, a word of warning. Opera Mini uses a remote server to pre process the page before sending it to the phone thus it will store the cache, cookies, and passwords for pages visited on the service provider’s server.
News via Opera Watch.
The following is the second part of my â€œPalm Best Ofâ€ series, laying out what I feel to be the best free Palm software, the best Palm developers, and the best Palm websites. Listed below are the best Palm related websites on the Internet and, also, the mobile versions of some very popular websites. The best free Palm software was presented earlier and an article on the best Palm developers is still to come.
Palm Related Websites
1src – Palm related forums and news. They have the best help and discussion forums on the web for the Palm T and Sony Clie handhelds.
MobileRead – Palm and PPC related forums and news. They have excellent ebook reading and mobile web reading forums.
TreoCentral – Palm Treo orientated forum and news. Probably the best Treo forums on the web.
Palm247 – Palm news updated daily.
PalmAddicts – Palm news blog which is updated on a constant basis. Any Palm news worth mentioning will probably be posted here.
Software and Ebooks
Memoware – Large listing of free ebooks. These ebooks are compiled by members of the site and are available for downloading in many different ebook formats.
PalmOpenSource – Directory of open source Palm software.
PalmGear – The largest directory of commercial Palm software on the web. The complaints of users and application developers about Palmgear is long and varied but their mere size makes them hard to ignore.
Palm Friendly Website Portals
Palm Friendly Websites