I have to admit that I have been feeling a bit down about the Palm world the last several months, but this week really started to lift my spirits with the news that Palm is developing their own Linux-based OS since it shows me that Palm still has vision for the future. I started using Palm devices back in 1997, thus my online name of palmsolo, but my last daily Palm device was the Treo 650 that I stopped using in 2006 when I found the Nokia E61. To end the week, I read some other good Palm OS related news on PalmInfocenter. Palm is beta testing a new OTA backup solution for Palm OS devices called Palm Backup.
I travel quite a bit and for people like us that rely on the data stored on their handhelds having a good backup is critical. I discovered how valuable a hosted Exchange service can be and rarely sync directly to a computer anymore. The new beta of Palm Backup does even more than a hosted Exchange service can do in terms of backing up your data. Palm Backup saves a copy of your contacts, calendar, memo, tasks, browser bookmarks, speed dials, and call logs to a secure server from anywhere you have wireless coverage. You can setup a backup schedule or perform manual backups when you want. You should still perform regular backups to a storage card for your applications and other files, but this is a great way to know your vital data is backed up. The service is available from Palm for free for now, but there will be a fee structure when the service rolls out of beta. The Palm Backup service works with the Treo 700p, Treo 680, and Treo 650 Palm OS based smartphones.