I’ve recently acquired a Treo 650. It’s quite neat. What follows is a collection of a few useful resources and lessons learned, getting the Treo working with Mac OS X Tiger:

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I’ve recently acquired a Treo 650. It’s quite neat. What follows is a collection of a few useful resources and lessons learned, getting the Treo working with Mac OS X Tiger:

  • Synchronizing the Treo 650 through iSync: Method 1:
    • Despite what various sources will tell you, you might consider getting rid of and/or back-up any previous Palm-related software, library files in ~/Library and /Library, and other data and configuration in ~ and ~/Documents.
    • Try performing the entire installation process as an admin user, with your Treo 650 plugged into the USB port. I believe this is most helpful for the “Enable Palm OS Syncing…” step in iSync. The first time selecting this option appears to trigger Tiger to try to install some components, and it would appear Apple forgot to check and ask for Administrator privileges.
    • setup iSync: If you’re using Tiger, you’ll need to download the
      latest Palm Desktop from Palm (the one on the CD-ROM is not
      compatible with Tiger). Install that, then in isync find the “Enable
      Palm…” menu option under devices, and select that.
    • using the usb cable, sync once from isync (click sync in isync,
      then click hotsync on the treo).
    • follow these directions to get bluetooth sync working
  • The Bluetooth aspect of Method 1 did not quite work for me. It’s worked fine for other people. So your mileage may vary. To make a long story short, HotSync Manager was unable to show me a Bluetooth-PDA-Sync-port connectivity option. I did have a Bluetooth-PDA-Sync connectivity option. Despite my monkeying in Bluetooth preferences, I couldn’t get the Treo to Sync over Bluetooth. Method 2 saved me.
  • Synchronizing the Treo 650 through iSync: Method 2: Buy MarkSpace’s “The Missing Sync” for Palm OS. It fixed all my issues, is far simpler and more elegant. After pulling my hair like a mad man throughout tribulations of Method 1, Missing Sync was a most welcome breath of fresh air. It’s $39.95. Check out their side-by-side comparison. Note: when they mention “Internet Sharing”, they’re talking about enabling your Treo to leverage your computer’s Internet connection. I’d love to find a way to somehow pipe the Treo’s Wireless 3G data connectivity over bluetooth, to the laptop, thereby giving me “in-a-pinch” Internet access just about anywhere. Has this been done? Either way, my Treo 650 doesn’t allow me to create a “New Connection”. I believe it is locked.

I’ve started to explore the following Palm applications:

  • pssh – Free, Open-Source ssh client. Supports SSH2. To import an RSA private key, open-up the Palm Desktop application, create a Memo entry, paste your key into it, sync the Palm. Open PSSH on the Palm, click the Menu button, select Public Keys…, Click [Import...]. Select your key from the listed Memo Pad entries.
  • UpIRC IRC client. Works well.

Which other Palm apps should I be using?

Finally, I have to mention that EarthLink Total Access for Treo is quite cool. EarthLink also ships a more stable mail program with the Treo 650, called “MailBox”. All Treo650s otherwise ship with a program called “VersaMail”. While toying around with it, I’ve noticed it has a nasty habit of adding a semi-colon ; after each e-mail address, which is thoroughly non-compliant with the SMTP protocol, and causes many SMTP servers to choke over emails it sends. VersaMail does have a couple of interesting advanced filtering features, which I personally find don’t make-up for its shortcoming.

I would expect most companies who carry the Treo 650 offer their own mail application, be sure to ask ahead.

  1. Elizabeth Webber Thursday, September 22, 2005

    I own a treo 650 and my FAVORITE program is
    Directory Assistant which you can find here http://home.triad.rr.com/rlwhitt/palm/#da it’s a free directory lookup plus can do driving directions etc. it is great

    Also Ringo to customize ringers

    check out http://www.treocentral.com and http://www.everythingtreo.com it is where I get most of my treo info!

  2. I’ve been able to use my T-Mobile GPRS data connection, via bluetooth, on my Powerbook. It’s awesome. A bit slow. But with T-mob’s move to a faster wireless connection, I expect that will improve.

    If I can dig up the links that helped me out, I’ll post them for you.

  3. The Sprint Treo has a Bluetooth setting to allow the phone to be used as a modem. I used this in Napa Valley last month and was very useful! Easy to setup on the Mac as well…

  4. Joel: Yes, I’d really love to get those links!!!

    I remember trying to do something similar with my sony ericsson t610, i’m also a tmobile subscriber with T-Zones Pro, and i remember OS X Panther Bluetooth assistant offering me an option to do that, but it was asking me for information I didn’t know or have, and concluded at the time that to obtain that information I’d need to actually buy T-Mobile’s GPRS computer data plan. But i’ve always had a hunch that if the t610 can do GPRS on its own, there ought to be a way to pipe this connectivity over to the powerbook.

    I’m wondering whether these things are easier on the Treo.

  5. Daniel: mm interesting. i’m guna poke at Prefs again. My phone might be locked in some exotic ways too.

  6. Daniel oh wait, you’re talking about Dialup Networking, ah yes, I’ve done that on the t610, very useful in a pinch indeed, and i think i can also set it up on the Treo, and that’s a good start.

    Being greedy for bandwidth, I wish I could tap into GPRS or 3G/data connectivity instead of going through analog dial-up.

  7. Elizabeth: it does look way cool. Adding it now :) THANKS!

  8. I know Sprint has disabled dial up networking in the Treo 650, which I’ve had about 6 months(?) http://www.Shadowmite.com made a tiny 4KB patch which revealed the “DUN Networking” in the Bluetooth menu ( it was still there but invisible). He has instructions, and lots of ways to delete ad’s & such from ROM.

    Anyway, we dial using the modem in OS X called SprintPCS (cool huh?) dial #777 and we get about 80 – 130 Kb/sec – which isn’t heaven, but I’m on it now.

    Term for “Dial up networking” is “DUN” so, google it & find all you can imagine, Shadowmite should be in the top 10 like so:

    You’ll love it!

  9. use handbrake to convert movies to mpeg4 (and reduced fps and resolution). then use tcpmp as a movie-viewer on the treo. it looks gorgeous and is wonderful for watching movies on the go. and best of all, both are FREE!

  10. Using bluetooth to transmit the internet from a TREO 650 to your machintosh no longer requires shadowmites rom hack. The firmware update that was relased a few months ago fixed the problem. Go to Bluetooth on your phone and turn on Dialup netowrking. Youll need firmware 1.12 if a sprint phone.

    YOu can email me and ill help you out more. The hurricane here in Lousiana keeps dropping my internet and power.


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