Forgot your Windows password?

Last week a friend of mine called me and asked if I knew how to get into a PC if you change your Windows login password and then forget what it is? I didn’t know how. Well, TODAY I got an email newsletter from Microsoft and there is an article that tells you what to do if you lose your password! There is a disk you can create to keep on hand in case this happens to you.

I thought I’d suggest to everyone that they create such a disk for themselves, just in case they need it someday! Not being able to get into your computer to have access to anything would be very frustrating!

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PDA hard or soft reset instructions

Sometimes you have to reboot the PDA if something isn’t working right and it is acting really strange!  Usually a soft reset will just clear that problem and not wipe things off the unit, but sometimes you will not be able to fix the problem (like an endless loop of rebooting on it’s own) and you will have to do a hard reset.

If at all possible, first try to hotsync the Palm so that you won’t lose any information.   This won’t be possible if it is doing an endless loop thing, you will just have to do a hard reset.  This is one reason it is very important to hotsync regularly and do a backup of some sort as often as possible.

To do a “soft reset,” you have to find the very small hole on the back of the PDA, and use your stylus to press in it.  Sometimes the stylus doesn’t fit, so you have to turn either the pointing end or other end off (like a screw), and there will be a tiny thing inside of that to poke with.  (Sorry, this is kind of hard to describe!)  Anyway, turn off the PDA and press the stylus or smaller deal in that hole on the back for a few seconds until you see the unit turn off and show the beginning “palm” logo on the front, stop pressing and it will reboot.

To do a “hard reset,” you need to turn the unit off, then poke and hold the stylus thing in the hole on the back.  While you are holding it, you turn the unit back on.  It will ask you if you really want to wipe it all off and start over.  This should restore the unit to factory settings, and you will have to reload all of your information and software on it.

Note:  When you have a clean Palm and want to restore your info to it, follow these steps before you hotsync.  It SHOULD just synchronize and put your info from the PC onto the Palm, but you don’t want to take a chance and have the empty data wipe out your PC info, so what I personally recommend and do is the following (before you hotsync):

In the bottom right of the screen of the PC (by the clock), find the blue and red circle hotsync icon.  Right click on that and select Custom.  Go through each individual program (contacts, addresses, tasks, memos, etc.) and click on the line one at a time, then change it to “desktop overwrites handheld.”  Do not tell it to make this the default, just select it.  When you have changed them all, then sync the PDA.  This should put all the data back on the PDA.  Your hotsync settings will go back to the default setting (synchronize the files).

PDA Memos

If you have a memo that you want to delete, just click on it, go to Details at the bottom of the screen and select Delete.

If you want to move it to a different category, click the memo to open it, then at the top of the screen click on the category name at the top right and change it to a different category.

Using Copy & Paste on PDA

You can use Copy and Paste on a PDA just like on a PC. When you are in a program like Calendar or Memo, drag your stylus over the word or area you want to copy or delete. When it is highlighted, go to the top bar and click, go to Edit and then choose Copy or Cut. Now go to the new memo, address book or calendar entry where you want the data, click on the top menu bar again, go to Edit and select Paste!  This is very handy!

Forgetting password on Palm

If you forget your password on your Palm, there is a way to reset it.

On the Security menu (go to All programs, choose Security).  It comes up with Password (assigned) and Current Privacy.  You can choose to unassign the password and also to Unmask records.

If you say you lost password, it says:  “deleting a lost password will remove all records marked Private.  Previously synchronized private records will be restored at the next Hot Sync operation.  Do you wish to proceed?”  Say Yes.

It will take those records off the Palm, but when you give it a new password and resync, they SHOULD be back.  The reason for this is that if your Palm is lost and someone else says to get rid of the password, the password-protected files won’t be able to be seen.  Since you have them on your PC at home, when you set up a new password and sync, you will be able to see that information.

Write down software codes!

Just a reminder to everyone.  You should write down all of your software codes for software you download, such as for PC or PDA.  If your Palm ever crashes, you can download the software again and then enter the registration code and it will work again.  If you didn’t write down the code, sometimes you can email the software developer and give them the email address you used to download it and they can sometimes provide it to you again.  It is much easier to have it written down all in one place!

Finding foods in USDA food list for Palm

You can get the USDA food list here. To look at it online go here, or download this searchable list to your computer or Palm PDA. Use the “pcs18.exe” for the PC and the “pda18.exe” for the Palm. There is also a user’s manual for either one that you can download to your computer.

First be sure to leave the USDA program on the Palm. It will not work on a memory card. To navigate in the program, with the PDA stylus, click on the icon to open it. Next click anywhere in the center of the program window. This will bring up a screen that says USDA Food Search at the top, the next line says Name contains:______ and the cursor will be there blinging, and a Find button at the end of that line, and under that will say Food Groups:.

At this screen you can begin a search several ways. If you want to just put the food name there, you can do that. I have a Treo so mine has a built-on keyboard and I just type the food name. If you have a graffiti writing area, you can just start writing there. Otherwise, you can go to the food group and manually search through the different cateogories.

When you are looking up a food, you will have a very LONG list that comes up. It may be broken down into categories like fast foods, baked, snacks, etc. and there may be 1 or 30 items in each of these categories. Select the one that is closest to what you are looking for. For example, if you are looking for apple, it may be pie in the baked foods, or juice in the beverages, or raw apples in the fruits. Otherwise, you can always say “all.” After you click on the general category, find in that list what is closest to your item. It may show specific brands or at a specific restaurant, but if you do not know, you can check several for comparisons or select one that is the closest to what you have.

So after you select your food item, now you have a screen that shows a few more choices. It may say 1 serving, or small, medium or large, it may show in a measurement like 1 cup, and it will show “100 grams edible portion.” If you use carb factors to weigh items, this is the one you want to look at. If you are in a restaurant, then you would want the 1 serving size because it will tell you the amount of carbs.

100 grams edible portion will have a number like 68.3. The carb factor of that is how many carbs are in each ONE gram, so you need to move the decimal 2 places to the left, or .683 in this case.

After you look at the food item, it may not be exactly what you wanted. Instead of starting over, look at the top and use the “back” arrow to go back one screen at a time.