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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Scheduled Hotsync on Palm

I have been looking around for some solution to perform proper scheduled hotsync on my Palm for quite some time and finally found the answer after listening to the latest 1src.com Podcast about scheduled VFS backup. It uses a free app called Crony which can schedule simple tasks like playing back alarm or executing your apps at predetermined times. And best of all its FREE! :)

Once you have installed Crony, you setup a new task. Set the checkbox to start app and select Hotsync as the app, click button and use 1003 for ID(I took some time to trial and error just to find that ID). Set the times accordingly and set it to "ON" in the main screen. You may like to test it at least once by enabling "ALL" for the times to see if it works properly. Remember to reset the time after you have successfully tested it.

There are probably other dedicated apps out there that work just a well but so far this is one of the best apps I have found. You really can't beat FREE. ;)


Treo guy said...

That's pretty cool. I'd like to invite you to check out Everything Treo. It's a Treo resource site that features news, reviews, software and a Treo forum. It would be great if you could include in your links section.

maceyr said...

There are other freewares that can schedule a hotsync. Syncer, and WarmSync. I haven't tried them so I don't know how well they work.

Also check out my Palm blog which focuses on the new Palm users and recent converts.

Roy said...

Yes, thanks for those recommendations. One of them is oh-so-old. :P Crony is not limited to only doing hotsync so I am quite happy with it.

Mike Patterson said...

I'm wondering how exactly did you find the button id number? Did you have some idea what the range of possible button number might be?

It's hard to imagine you tried a different button number every 5 minutes starting at zero...

I'm trying to figure out the button number of my syncml program.

Roy said...

hi mike, you can use a resource editor like Bird (http://www.ppcompiler.org/) to locate the button ID. The IDs are usually four digit values. For hotsync, I could see some of the menus starting with ID 10XX so I started trying from that value and got it on the 3rd try. :)

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