I think I must be walking around with some sign on me. “Bad stuff happens here”. Is there such a thing as a bad magnet? Not a malfunctioning one, but a magnet that attracts badness.
I griped about my arm a couple days ago. I’m sticking with the doctor’s orders, pretty much. Taking the Aleve, not icing it down like I should, but definitely keeping the elbow splint on. Those instructions were “take it off to shower”. I shower at night, and wash my hair again in the morning. Both of those I do with an unencumbered arm. As I was working today, I noticed that my hand was swelling. The splint was too tight and fluid was building up. Then I noticed my fingers were cold on that hand – bad news indeed. I loosened the splint, and it’s improved in the last fifteen minutes – swelling down and fingers about the same temp as my other hand. Lesson learned.
I’m not sure what lesson to learn from my other badness. I have a Palm Tungsten E that’s about five years old.
Works Worked well until last Sunday. I could pull up scriptures just fine during church, but trying to power it on after lunch gave me nothing – complete zilch. It wasn’t the battery – that was fine. Somehow it had completely reset itself to an out-of-the-box condition. My calendars, notes, addresses, everything was gone. I was so happy to have my information backed up – BackupMan is the best $15 I ever spent. I was right in my very first Cool Tool Tuesday – backups are important. I had backed up Saturday night, so wasn’t missing a thing.
The other important thing is to be sure your backups are good. I had not done a test to be certain that the backups worked. There are problems with my launcher software – I can live without that. What hurts worse is that I can’t change the screen brightness – PowerBright doesn’t work. So whenever I’m seeing what meetings are coming up, or playing Pyramid, or reading the Bible, I’m burning through the battery. I don’t like that, and it’s awful bright at night. I want something more conducive to quietness and sleep, something that doesn’t imprint itself physically on my eyeballs.
So the plan is to re-crash the Palm down to the metal (after another backup). Then I’ll start reloading all the applications I want from scratch, not from the backup. Next is data from backup – all those contacts, and calendars, etc. Finally I’ll drop in the databases from the backup, the stuff that remembers the Bible notes I have made, and my high scores in Pyramid.
This is not fun, nor quick. But I need to do it. I had considered walking away from five years of Palm goodness and switching to an iPod Touch (an iPhone with no phone). Plenty of applications, and wifi connectivity. But at $229 for the low end? I think not. I’ll put in the hours on the Palm.