Gmail IMAP missing

Gmail IMAP missing

UPDATE:  Looks like it’s been re-enabled.  Hopefully for good.  Maybe they were upgrading the service.

Looks like Google may be having some issues w/their IMAP services.  I noticed earlier that my palm pilot couldn’t access my gmail account via IMAP, producing a connection error.  When I log into my gmail settings, the IMAP section from the ‘Forwarding and Pop’ tab is now missing:

No IMAP settings in gmail

Synchronize text files with your palm device and a macintosh

(cross-posted to Palm Addicts Forum)

A note for Mac users:

I thought I’d add a note about achieving a synchronized directory of text files without using Missing Sync. It does require a wee bit of unix knowledge (since the technique relies on running a shell script from the terminal) but not too much!

In order to make this work, your palm device needs to be able to connect as an external drive. Some devices such as the Lifedrive come with a program called DriveMode that provides this functionality. For the rest of us there is the wonderful Card Export II by Softick With your palm device connected to your macintosh, activate the Card Export program and you will see a new drive show up on your desktop! You can now browse the sd expansion card in your palm device directly from your macintosh desktop! Very cool, eh?

So what about synchronizing directories? Let’s suppose that in your home directory (usually /Users/username, where username is the name that shows up when you open Terminal from the Utilities directory) you’ve created a subdirectory called “Textfiles” Within that subdirectory you could have a bunch of text documents or subdirectories containing other text documents. Utilizing subdirectories is a nice way to keep your files sorted by project, subject or however else you like. Now comes the unix magic: in order to synchronize this “Textfiles” directory with your palm’s SD card, open up a terminal and run the following command:

rsync -av –delete /Users/username/Textfiles /Volumes/SD_CARD/PALM/

(remember to replace ‘username’ with your macintosh username)

This command will synchronize the “Textfiles” directory with the “/PALM/Textfiles” directory on your palm’s SD card. Now you can use a text editing program on your palm such as txtMemo to view or modify your files wherever you happen to be!

This is the way I used to synchronize my text files before purchasing Missing Sync. It requires a few extra steps each time you sync your palm device, but it works quite well. However, Missing Sync can do all of this plus a whole lot more! If you are a heavy palm user on a macintosh, you really should look into purchasing Missing Sync! It has simplified my data sync to the point where I don’t even think twice about it anymore!

I keep my second brain in my pocket (usually)

(cross-posted from

On any given day you will be hard pressed to find me without my trusty Palm T|X, neatly enshrined in its silver hard shell case. The standard stylus has been replaced with a multi-function stylus (the kind with a pen in the tip) Behind the T|X I’ve taped a small, modified clear plastic badge holder where I keep a stash of my business cards. I’ve modified the case further with a bit of double- sided tape and some black padding to reduce the amount of movement when the case is closed. But that’s just the shell, the real goodness is stored within the mighty Palm T|X itself. With it’s built-in wifi and bluetooth, I rarely find myself without a network connection of some sort. First thing in the morning, I use Versamail to check my imap mail, then fire up Blazer and head over to to get the latest weather reports for where I happen to be. Next up is a quick scan with the new Google Maps for Palm to get an idea of local traffic conditions. I use Missing Sync on my Macbook to synchronize my calendar, contacts, todos, etc before I head out for the day.

Here’s a bit of a twist for you: I’ve abandoned the palm memo database in favor of text files. I find that the built in OSX applications (iCal, Addressbook) work great for me with the exception of not being able to handle memos. Instead of trying to maintain my memos within the ancient palm desktop, I keep a directory structure of text files ordered by client or project and use Missing Sync to keep the data on my mac in sync with my T|X. Before the Missing Sync came along I was using Card Export II to mount the SD card and then using rsync to synchronize the directories. It was a three stage process, but it got the job done. (Wait, three? Let’s count: 1) Hotsync to get calender and addressbook changes 2) Connect the palm via Card Express 3) open a shell and run a script to rysnc the directories) With Missing Sync, it all happens with a single action!
By utilizing plain text files (and txtMemo on the Palm) I am able to easily create, edit, or search all of my notes regardless where they might be; on the palm or on the mac (or from an off-site encrypted backup residing on a unix box somewhere!) Since the files are plain text, I get the added benefit of being able to use Mac OS X’ Spotlight utility to search my notes on the macbook! My notes contain everything from shopping lists, client information, copies of shell scripts, and any other little piece of information I think I might need during the week.

My T|X sees a great deal of use for reading as well. For ebooks, I have recently switched from TIBR to MobiPocket Reader. I’ve found that the more robust and feature-full MobiPocket provides a much nicer reading experience. For bible reading, I use PalmBible+, a great opensource bible reader.

TCPMP provides all of my multimedia needs, from mp3 player to watching converted videos. The quality is great and you can’t beat the price! (free)

Overall, my T|X serves as a data repository and the central hub for my digital lifestyle. It functions well in meetings where I don’t want to bring a laptop (lunch meetings and the like) and the superior battery life means that its always there when I need it.