Introduction: How to Keep a Pin With Your Palm

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I recently bought a used Palm IIIe PDA from a friend. After using it for a while, and some trial and error of trying to figure out how to use it, I've finally got the hang of it. Sometimes though, it freezes or gets a major error. In that case, you have to perform a reset (of which there are a few different types). This is done by putting a pin or other skinny object in a tiny hole in the back. I have run into a small problem though. Whenever I need a pin I have to travel to the other side of the house to get one. But no this isn't my major problem, what is if, say I'm driving somewhere and I have to do a reset, I'm stuck helpless. Not a pin or toothpick to be found! So I've come up with an idea. OMG!

(I wrote that entire paragraph on my Palm! :D)

TAPE, any kind

Step 1: TAPE

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Place a piece of tape on the back of the device

Step 2: PIN

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Now emo-fy *gasp!* your Palm by stabby-rip-stab-stabbing your palm with the pin. Stick it through the tape until only the head is visible. Yeehaw! You're done. Do you feel special? Now the pin can't fall out. And you'll never be without! :D


carl969 (author)2011-05-03

FYI the Handspring styli had a Phillips head screwdriver as well.

sk8erdude (author)2008-01-20

this is great because i am not gonna pay 5 bucks for a special stylus. i have 1 of those old palm m125's and i can do evrything with it(tv remote, e-mail, web browsing)exept reach the reset

Kasm279 (author)sk8erdude2010-12-21

Oddly enough, the m125, bsides not being rechargeable, is much better than the m150 (Zire.) Personally I prefer my m515 here, much better than even the m130. Blech, horrible passive matrix screen on the m130 btw...

Rokko8652 (author)sk8erdude2008-04-25

Really? where did you get your programs for it, if it would work with a Palm Tungsten E

zack247 (author)Rokko86522010-03-04

what about a zire 31?

krazy (author)2007-01-19

my treo's stylus fits in the reset hole... you would think this is how they would have made them all

zack247 (author)krazy2010-03-04

unfortunately for me and my zire, they didn't

mikesty (author)2007-01-18

I'm a balla and carry 3 sizes of paperclips in my wallet ;)

Aeshir (author)mikesty2007-01-31

What's a balla?

MadMechanicMike (author)Aeshir2008-05-09

some obnoxious term used by "gangsters"

CaffeineHouse (author)2007-07-04

I used regualr scotch tape to tape a pin on the underside of the battery door. it works well and doesn't look as ugly (no offense but a big pink piece of tape is a bit ugly)

xNewkirAjx (author)2007-05-03

LOL! emo-fy! "and my favorite song, stabby-rip-stab-stab"!! (from Youtube's "I must be emo" vid. if u havnt seen it go search it!

Aeshir (author)xNewkirAjx2007-05-03

Actually, the song is called "Emo Kid" by Adam and Andrew. That video is unofficial. Lol, I love that song.

Official Adam and Andrew Site

Aeshir (author)2007-04-03

OMG!!!!! I FOUND MY STYLUS! YAY! Well actually I didn't find it, my dad did while he was vaccuming the van. Lol. Whoopsy!

Spencer (author)2007-01-18

on my palm stylus you can unscrew the top part and it has a hidden little plastic poker to reset if needed... go pick up one of the newer stylus's and it should work

Aeshir (author)Spencer2007-01-31

No way i'm gonna pay 5 bucks for three stylus'.... the shipping probably costs more than them.

Myself (author)2007-01-17

Or just enlarge the reset hole with a drill bit (spun between your fingers) until it's large enough for any ballpoint pen to fit through. Undersized reset holes are stupid. I hate manufacturers who won't just put the reset switch in the battery compartment so it doesn't get bumped accidentally, and be done with it.

Hungry_Myst (author)Myself2007-01-18

Except some of us (i.e. me) would go into a cold sweat at the idea of taking a drill bit to an expensive (new) electronic device. I realize that you can get palm III's pretty cheep, but still, drilling the device just to make the reset hole bigger seems, well, like a bad idea. Read the comment by bones.

Aeshir (author)Hungry_Myst2007-01-31

Only the metal stylus' have the screw top with the pin, as per Bones' comment.

binnie (author)Hungry_Myst2007-01-26

thats why they make the reset button on the computer soo small ( or on any other device ) so it isnt triggered accidentally

Aeshir (author)Hungry_Myst2007-01-19

The stylus that comes with it doesn't have a pokey thingy and i lost iiiiit...aaaagh

binnie (author)2007-01-26

lol before reading THE VERY TOP ONE i thought the pin was for a weapon

Aeshir (author)binnie2007-01-27

Maybe that is what it's for...if i'm in an alley and some thug tries to steal my palm and i'm like "wtf mofo!?" and i own him witht the pin! Mwhahaha

binnie (author)Aeshir2007-01-27

you should just empty all the electrical stuff in it all together then make it into a knife holder

Aeshir (author)binnie2007-01-28

Why would I do that? It's a perfectly good little PDA and you're a retard.

italianscallion (author)2007-01-18

Good idea, except that the instructions on palms (and i assume most other similar devices) say specifcally that you aren't supposed to use a sharp item such as a pin-- it puts a hole in the switch you are resetting, damaging it. ... and a toothpick is liable to break off. you should use a straightened paper clip or other flat/dull piece of metal, which of course can be taped on to the palm, as per your suggestion.

Or you could dremel the end of the pin so it's not sharp :)

Aeshir (author)FrenchCrawler2007-01-20

good idea. Next procrastination item....

Aeshir (author)italianscallion2007-01-19

Paperclips don't fit in it, even the instructions say to use them.... xD

Aeshir (author)2007-01-19


bones (author)2007-01-17

Oh my god what a pain. Or maybe you could use the stylus that came with it. Or if the hole is too small maybe you screw the end off the stylus and it has a smaller pin in there to reset it. That is what it is there for!!!!! No sticky tape, pin or tooth pick.

Aeshir (author)bones2007-01-19

I lost my stylus. And only the shiny metal ones have the screwoff top with the pin thingy.

eviloverlord (author)2007-01-19

My Palm III had a plastic 'pin' in the stylus but it eventually broke. I replaced it by pushing an old pin into the plactic of the stylus then cutting it off at the required length and reassembling the stylus.

PetervG (author)2007-01-18

I have one of those really old black and white palms but they are so much fun. You can put on lots of random games or drawing things and have lots of fun in school without sounds. I had to reset it a lot because something finds it way to freezing at one point or another.

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