Yes, it seems both cables I have for my Treo 700p always charge all the time no matter what. I agree this is somewhat off topic but still relevent to CardReader vs. Card Export II for some I guess.

So CardReader software is the way to go it seems for a software solution.

I did pick up a small hardware SD card reader from Tiger Direct for those cases where I'm at a location where I don't want to drag along my cabled multi card reader. Tiger Direct Part number GEN-5001.