Free Ringtones

I have known about Phonezoo for a long time, but could never get it to work with a Palm Treo. Well, I know how now and I’m enjoying being able to use more than the few standard Treo ringtones!

First set up your account and verify your phone.  My son sends sets it up to go to an Envy instead of a Palm, and that works. Next, save the text message as a sound, which will save it as a Voice Memo.

Next open the Voice Memo program on the Palm Treo and play the sound. Click on the preferences button on the phone while it’s playing and select “copy to ringtones”. Now when you look at your list of ringtone choices, you can select from the free ones you downloaded!

You can save them as calendar reminders, text message alerts or phone calls!  On the Treo 700p, you can assign different ring tones to specific people and even have a picture of them come up with their call!


Updated USDA Food list

I posted about this last year, but it is worth mentioning again and providing a link to the newest food list.  The USDA website has links to download nutrition information free.  You can search for foods on their website, download it to your computer or your Palm-based PDA.  Go to this USDA page for more information.

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.

Figuring out carbs – see this example

For those of us with a child or loved one with Type 1 diabetes, you have to count all the carbs they eat in order to know how much insulin they need to take. The more accurate you get the carb count, the more exact you can give insulin, therefore keeping their sugars more in range. Counting carbs was VERY frustrating in the beginning of Type 1 for us, and I’ve since heard from many parents with this frustration. After about 20 months with Type 1, we learned how to use a food scale and figure out how many grams of carbs are in ONE weight gram of the food, which is the “carb factor.” By knowing that, you can weigh the food on a scale that weighs in grams and multiply by the carb factor to know the exact number of carbs being eaten. It is EASY to do and much more accurate!!

One of the moms on the parents board posted this comment, and it is VERY true! “An average apple generally is around 25 carbs when weighing and using carb factors. I generally get 23 to 27 carbs after I cut out the core. But most days it is exactly 25. I can’t believe at diagnosis we were told to count an average apple as 15 carbs and also 15 carbs for a small banana – nearly every banana I weigh is 27 to 30 carbs. If we dosed with those averages we would be almost a unit short a lot of times – and that would make for HIGH numbers.”

To explain insulin doses for those who aren’t familiar, the doctor figures out the amount of insulin needed to lower their blood sugar based on how much the person’s blood sugar raises by the carbs eaten. Some people have 1:15 or 1:25 or 1:18, whatever the individual needs. So for example if it is 1:10, they take 1 unit of insulin for every 10 grams of carbs eaten, and in the above example of the apples, they would be 1 unit short on their insulin dose, which would leave their blood sugar too high. If you do not know that it is because of inaccurate carb counting, then other insulin rates are changed (basal) instead of carbs, and they will still be off. Since we’ve been weighing and getting a more accurate carb count, it has greatly improved my son’s blood sugars!

Using carb factors, we know that if you weigh the “edible portion” (which means no apple core and no banana peeling, only the part of the fruit you eat) you can multiple the grams of weight by .138 or .14 for an apple with skin and .228 or .23 for a banana to know the exact number of carbs! Strawberries and watermelon are .08, pears are .15, pineapple is .13. For Thanksgiving day, we knew pumpkin pie’s carb factor is .26, so my son just weighed his pie and knew the exact number of carbs!

See my blog entry Food List with Carb Factors to see where you can download the entire USDA food list to find out the carb factors.

Palm Backup

If you have a Palm, you really should back it up regularly. If you lose power, or something just makes it act up, you might have to do a hard reset and could lose everything on it. First of all, make sure you regularly sync it to your PC. I purchased a back-up card for my 1st Palm, which I still use, but recently found a free program that does an automatic back-up to your SD card! You can set it up so that it rotates every few days. What I mean is that I have Backup A, B & C, and every day it rotates, first A, then B, then C so I always have the last 3 days’ backups to recover.

You can also do an instant backup at anytime you want to. I suggest before you load new software on, do the backup. Then if it messes up, you can restore to right before that.

NVBackup can only be used with certain Palm models, so be sure to read the directions. I have a Treo 650 and I can use it with that. If this program doesn’t work for your Palm, you can try Backup Buddy (have to purchase) or another type of program. Do a google search to find them.

Syncing the Palm — Tips & Tricks

This is an explanation of how the Palm and PC match information (sync). I will give you tips on what to do if it isn’t matching, or if you “mess up” one of them (say the Palm) and want to let the PC overwrite it to correct it!

The Hotsync program puts a small red & blue circle with arrows in the tray by your clock on the bottom right of your PC. In order to make these changes, you need to Right click on that icon. Then click “Custom.”

On that screen you can see how your Palm & PC will sync. These are the default settings. It will list the programs like Calendar, Addresses, To Dos, etc. on the left, and then one of these next to it: do nothing, desktop overwrites handheld, or handheld overwrites desktop, or synchronize the files.

Ok, say you messed up your PDA, and deleted someone’s address, or erased some calendar entries. If you sync the normal way, it will be deleted from your PC also. In this case, you want to click on the Address line so it is blue, and then click on “change”. Select “desktop overwrites handheld” and OK.

Sync your Palm, and it will fix the information!

NOW .. what you just did is a ONE TIME ONLY thing! After you sync, it will go back to the default setting automatically!

But, say you want to change something ALL the time. For example, if your hotsync says the handheld overwrites the desktop for addresses and you make a change on your PDA, the next time you sync, it will be gone. To change the DEFAULT setting (to synchronize the files), do the above … right click on hotsync icon, go to Custom, click on Address and Change. Select sync the files, and THEN below that, click the box that says “set as default.”

From now on, it will be set to that setting.

One thing I found, some people have 2 sets of entries, and one will say Do Nothing, and the other sync. This is the difference:

Palm Desktop and Outlook have 2 different names for the same thing:
To Do


So if you use Palm desktop, all the above should say “syncronize files” and the Outlook ones should say Do Nothing.

Preferences & Options in Palm

Preferences and Options in Palm

If you want to check preferences of ANY of the Palm software, be in that program and then click on the top blue bar where the name of the program is, and it will drop down menus (just like at the top of Word or an internet page). There will almost always be a Preferences or Options command there.There is also a Preferences command on there. I have moved mine to the category Favorites. To find it, click on the arrow in the top right on the Home screen, and select All.

Also, within programs, you can select the preferences if you have an icon near your graffiti writing area that looks like a list.

To MOVE programs to a different category, be on the Home page, click on the top menu bar and have it drop down. Select Category and it will give you a list of all the programs on the Palm and the current category they are in. You can change individual ones by selecting the arrow next to the category and selecting a different one.

This is the same menu you use to DELETE software from the Palm (be sure you want to first!!), COPY something (to an SD card), or BEAM the software to another Palm user!

On the main Preferences icon, you can also change the buttons that go directly to specific programs. For example, you have a button that takes you right to the calendar, another that takes you right to addresses, etc. Say you have another program that you want to be on that quick button … just go to Preferences>Personal>Buttons and select a different one to be linked to that key!