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  1. ame
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    I have posted little random bits since I joined last week and surely of little use to anyone

    So...HI!

    i currently have the Samsung A920 which I do like a great deal, and when I receive my Centro (Im told it ships on Thursday!!) it will be my very first Palm of any kind. So...obviously Ill need to play with it to figure it out. But 2 years into the A920 and Im still kind of "slow" with figuring out some of it's features. I use what Im used to and that's about it. (web, messaging, recently figured out Opera...yknow, slow and steady I guess)

    Would any of you nice folks like to help a Palm nOOb figure out how to make this gadget work well for her?

    You all talk about these programs you put on there--what are some good ones and how do you 1) get em on there 2) do you save them to the phone itself or the memory card?

    Anyone a Mac user? Do you suggest I get that Missing Sync thing to get everything hooked up? Or is the Palm Mac Desktop sufficient. Really all Ill need to do is get my iCal synced probably, and don't get me started on syncing since I have yet to ever try that.

    Thank you!
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    I would highly recommend Missing Sync if you have a Mac. The default Palm Desktop for Mac is not very good, and many have issues with it - it basically hasn't been kept up in a long time.

    Not only does Missing Sync provide more stability, it also adds some extra features as well, that don't come along with the Palm Desktop.
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    oh boy, I smell a virgin

    you download the prc file and double click to install while Centro is connected to computer.

    Programs - ?
    Depends on what your needs are, please explain first.

    Popular ones are:

    Chatter - email
    Agendus - PIM
    4cast - weather
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    Quote Originally Posted by fkjr2 View Post
    oh boy, I smell a virgin

    you download the prc file and double click to install while Centro is connected to computer.

    Programs - ?
    Depends on what your needs are, please explain first.

    Popular ones are:

    Chatter - email
    Agendus - PIM
    4cast - weather
    Yes definitely a virgin in this dept. At least I can still be one somehow. HAH

    Ok what does the line "you download the PRC...etc" mean. Help the girl.

    Chatter--is that like a PUSH email thing? Where I can check my Yahoo/GMail stuff? please 'splain that one for me

    My needs are really...I need to keep up with my iCal, and I like the internets and email and tv related/you tube etc. Other than that Id like to be able to put music, movies and tv stuff onto my memory card and watch them. (so please splain how I do that too)

    I like games as well. Mostly in the casino type situation--roulette blackjack etc. oh and tetris

    I knew you would be a wealth of info when I got referred here. My friend Adam is sick of me already.

    Oh and someone told me to get a launcher like the ZLauncher thingie, why do I need that again? Is there a launcher that emulates a mac style by chance?
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    your funny

    when you search for palm apps, they will be displayed in prc format - thats just the format palm uses for install files.
    Try these sites: Handango, Mobihand, Palm gear

    Chatter is great for emails - yahoo,gmail,aol,etc.

    I would suggest Initiate for a launcher - its more than that actually - you start typing in it and it searches names, web links, files, etc. - check it out here - www.hobbyistsoftware.com

    good luck virgie
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    Quote Originally Posted by fkjr2 View Post
    your funny
    Yes, but looks are not everything


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    Before you download anyting (other than Missing Sync), live with the Centro a week. There are a ton of apps on it that are suitable, and most of which you might not use as much. From there, and if you have specific issues that those apps cannot handle, then come on thru and we'll point you to various applications that will help you do what you'd like to do (and hopefully it will be a simple solution).
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    Ok that's logical. Thanks!
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    also...yahoo has a decent web app to check email. sites like google, yahoo, and aol have developed or are developing good mobile interfaces for email, searching and the like, so if your email needs are simple and not immediate, you might not need the built in versamail or chatter (which you'd have to pay for).
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    And go slow on installing 3rd party apps. -- it's a double-edged sword. Yes, having a smart phone like this opens up numerous possibilities, but also be careful to not install anything simply because "you can"... they're not all created equally (think quality assurance), and it won't be long before you install something that causes conflicts with another application, or impacts the stability of the phone itself.

    Good news is, you can always back out of the problem, by doing a hard reset to bring the Centro back to its "virgin state" -- he he.
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    actually, one thing I'd say to install first is a microSD card and a backup program. This way if you do decide to install 3rd party software you can do a backup to the card first. If the program creates any problems you can restore from the card to its previous state. In general, a card backup program is essential.
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    Can you suggest a good and stable backup? I already have a microSD now so that's taken care of and Ill probably get a "bigger" one soon.
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    backupbuddy vfs has been a popular one for many including myself. I have it schedule a backup every day at 2am on top of doing random ones when I have done a lot of updating throughout the day. Here's a link: http://www.bluenomad.com/bbvfs/prod_bbvfs_details.html

    Quote Originally Posted by ame View Post
    Can you suggest a good and stable backup? I already have a microSD now so that's taken care of and Ill probably get a "bigger" one soon.
    Pixi: Sold. Pre: Passed off to another rep. Touchpad: Just a toy until Cloud syncing arrives, and a better doc editor.
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    All the freeware to get you going with your new Centro can be found at http://tinyurl.com/2kv4ow

    All of these apps have been tested on the Centro.
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    Another n00b here...

    I've been a basic Palm user for a long time first a VIIx (never activated PalmNet service) and for several years now, a Zire 31. It's time to make the leap to a smartphone. I've been reading like crazy since the Centro was first announced and have a few questions.

    The single biggest thing I use any Palm device for is the calendar. We need to keep track of a family of four people with three cars. The daily schedule can change at the last minute so having web and email access will be a big plus. (No more calling home and having someone there check the web for recent changes.) If DH and I both get a Centro, will Dual Date work? If not, is there another recommended app for sharing and/or merging calendars? Our entire color-coded life is on the Palm calendar so re-entring onto Google calendar or Outlook <gah!> are not options I want to think about.

    We've had VRZ for 10+ years with no complaints but I do not want to wait and see if they will eventually get the Centro. Not to mention, their data costs vs. Sprint SERO make the change a no-brainer.

    Re: number portability - If I read correctly, I should order the Centro with a new number and once it is received <i>then</i> I call to have my VRZ number ported to avoid being out of contact while the Centro ships, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leef View Post
    If not, is there another recommended app for sharing and/or merging calendars? Our entire color-coded life is on the Palm calendar so re-entring onto Google calendar or Outlook <gah!> are not options I want to think about.
    You don't have to re-enter it into the Google Calendar, GooSync enables you to sync it OTA with Google Calendar. I have my Treo calendar synced at home with the Palm Desktop, at work with Outlook, and OTA with Google. I only entered the data once...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leef View Post
    Re: number portability - If I read correctly, I should order the Centro with a new number and once it is received <i>then</i> I call to have my VRZ number ported to avoid being out of contact while the Centro ships, right?
    I'm curious about this too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leef View Post
    Re: number portability - If I read correctly, I should order the Centro with a new number and once it is received <i>then</i> I call to have my VRZ number ported to avoid being out of contact while the Centro ships, right?
    When I ported my number from Alltel to Cingular (now AT&T), it was easy and painless. I ordered the phone and requested my number be ported. It shipped, but wasn't activated. Once I received the phone, I activated it and Cingular contacted Alltel - that's when my number switched over. I kept my Alltel phone and plan until I had the Treo in my hands.

    The problem they're talking about is porting the number in between plans of the same company.
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