The Caboteria / Tech Web / PalmPilot (19 Mar 2003, TobyCabot)
Several years ago my boss and friend gave me a Palm III for a present. I had a Psion series 5 already, so it sat in the box for a few years until the psion bit the dust (the infamous flex-cable failure that they all seem to get), at which point I moved most of my data (well, addresses anyway) over to the palm and started using it. It's really not a bad device for browsing info that you've entered into the PC, but I still think that Grafitti just sucks even after using it for almost a year.

In any case, I like (and use) the GNU/Linux operating system so I've been trying to figure out a good scheme for maintaining contact info on GNU/Linux and the palm.

In the end it seemed that coldsync suited my style the best. It's a simple command-line tool which does what you tell it to do. I tried a few tools (jpilot, coldsync) and when I dropped my palm and lost all of the data only coldsync could restore it, so I guess it's pretty reliable as well.

Coldsync stores its configuration in ~/.coldsyncrc and its data in ~/.palm .

 $ mkdir ~/.palm/backup-{date}
 $ coldsync -mb ~/.palm/backup-{date}

-- TobyCabot - 13 Jun 2002-25 Oct 2002

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