November 21, 2004
Updates on Treo, Moveable Type

I've confirmed that there are quality control problems with Treo 600's. I'm on my third unit. The first two developed defects in the screen fairly soon after receipt. So far the third one is holding up. Palm One replaced the defective units without charge so I was happy about that at least. I've pre-ordered a Treo 650 which I'm told by an insider who wishes to remain anonymous is the first Handspring unit being manufactured for quality at high production volumes. The 650 reportedly has a better keyboard (that would help) and Bluetooth support.

I find that when I synchronize my calendar (Macintosh iCal) with the 600 many events show up twice on the Treo. Can anyone point me to the best forum or discussion board for this type of problem? I suspect there's some particular condition or issue related to the specifics of what I'm doing which is causing this problem. These are not repeating events or multi-day events, just plain vanilla events.

I've also made progress in controlling spam in the Weblog comments at the cost of having to manually approve them which gives me the opportunity to delete the spam before it's ever published. Seems like a less laborious solution should be possible. Probably there is one and it's just not obvious how to me to how to set it up.

Posted by at November 21, 2004 10:43 AM

I guess I'll be your knight in shining armor. Or a geek with a few free minutes.

Regarding comment spam:
Jay Allen's MT-Blacklist is *THE* way to do it on movabletype.

The fact you haven't shot yourself rather than deal with the spam is amazing.

For your Palm related problems:

Brighthand is by far your best bet.

Posted by: Robert Accettura at November 21, 2004 11:22 AM

MT-Blacklist doesn't cut it for me anymore. I seem to get about ten times the blog spam as many of my friends, probably due to a high Google Page Rank (no idea why), and the spammers are registering enough new domains quickly enough that I've got between 30 and 100 spams to deal with every morning.

I would like to use a CAPTCHA test to make sure that the poster is human (, but I couldn't get the code to work in my MT 2.64 installation (

I'm probably just going to upgrade to MT 3.1 and require TypeKey, so I can at least track who is posting. I've been involved with evolving the email infrastructure to deal with unwanted spam there and like with blogs, authentication is a good first step.

Posted by: Rand Wacker at November 22, 2004 01:02 PM

The image verification plugin ref'd above stopped comment spam cold on our group blog. Haven't had a single one since.

It doesn't work with MT Blacklist, so uninstall that first.

You can modify it to work with words rather than numbers, which is friendlier.

Posted by: Xofis at December 1, 2004 02:31 PM

So I'm not the only one.

I purchased my Treo 600 in March. After about 2 months of use, it wouldn't accept a charge and it died.

The replacement was completely D.O.A.!

I'm now on my 3rd. A week ago, it read 100% battery -- for about 4 days of relatively low use.

I didn't understand what was happening. I tried not charging it to see if it would at least go down a bit -- not the usual desire.

On the 4th or 5th day, it died!

I put it in the charger. It came back to life.

P.S. My 3+ year-old PC died weeks ago and I didn't have the data on the Treo backed up yet onto my new laptop :( .


Posted by: Dennis Jaffe at December 3, 2004 12:13 PM

I too have had 3 of them. The first two just failed on me for no reason.

Still, I love the functionality so much, I don't mention this detail much. And I suspect others aren't as well because after recommending it to a friend of mine he told me months later that he was on his third one.

Then, on a flight back from Shanghai recently, I talked with a flight attendant who had one and raved about it after seeing me use mine. But then I asked her, "how many have you had?". Her answer? Three.

No joke. I hope the 650 is more robust. They can't be making money this way. Sprint replaced my 2 as fast as Apple replaces iPods, which says that there are a lot of replacements running through the system.

Posted by: Gary Lang [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 25, 2004 08:04 PM


I've long been something of a nut on calendar programs (usually PIMs).

What I would find ideal would seem easily accomplished, but is extroadinarily difficult to find.

I am dependent on dated *tasks*, not appointments. Unfortunately, PIMs tend to emphasize timed appointments and relegate tasks (ToDos) to a minor section of the screen rater than devoting the screen to them.

What I would like is a program that devoted the entire screen (save for a toolbar) to prioritized tasks. The tasks should be capable of being recurring and the other features usually reserved for appointments. Possible priorities should be numerous (e.g., 1-99) and, of course, automatically sorted by priority.

There are a couple of programs (not Outlook) that come close to this: Covey Plan Pro and the old Ecco Pro. But Covey does not automatically order by priority (and has few priority choices) and Ecco uses too much of the screen for a "values" column.

The program that comes closest, and the one that I use, is Office Accelerator (actually the slightly earlierInfo Accellerator by Baseline Connect.

Accelerator is pretty good, except its priority range (while the best available) is limited to 27. It's not that I often have more than 27 entries on a day; it's that the range is not enough to leave big gaps, so priorities have to be constantly renumbered. (I once used a demo--which was never released as a commercial product--by ProKey that had 1-99 priorities, so that's certainly possible.)

I've sent Accelerator many suggestions for improvements, but it's clear that they are concentrating on other aspects of their PIM and don't want to spend time on their calendar.

Hope this has been some help in your thinking about your PIM.



Posted by: Steve at January 20, 2005 09:23 AM