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Using a Palm PDA to Control Your Windows PC




Thanks to AT&T Labs' free desktop utility, VNC (Virtual Network Computing), and Harakan Software's free program, PalmVNC you can take control of your Windows 9x or NT desktop with your Palm device, either wirelessly or through a modem connection. ,


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1.You will need a Palm device that can make a TCP/IP connection. That means you can use PalmVNC using any Palm modem. You can also use PalmVNC with a wireless modem such as the Omnisky device, which is available for the Palm V/Vx and for Handspring devices.


Unfortunately, PalmVNC will not work with a Palm VII, because the Palm VII cannot make a TCP/IP connection to the Internet. It will work on color devices, though, such as the Handspring Prism and the Palm IIIc. It runs in 8-bit color and looks terrific.


2.Download PalmVNC from PalmGear and run the Setup program on the desktop you want to view.


This setup program installs the VNC client and viewer, and loads PalmVNC ready for HotSync. For more information on how to set up the desktop, visit the VNC homepage. Note: VNC must be running properly on your desktop before you try to use PalmVNC.


3.HotSync your Palm device.


4.Tap on PalmVNC in your Applications menu and set up the connection. You can save and edit connections to different computers. You will need to know your computer's IP address. To see the IP address, hover your mouse over the VNC icon in your system tray. Note: The IP address will change if you are using a dial-in connection.


5.Once you have edited and saved your connection on the Palm device, connect your modem or wireless modem to the Palm, load PalmVNC, tap Open, and select the computer you want to connect to.


6.You will see a corner of your Desktop on your Palm device. You can move around the desktop by tapping on the slide bars at the bottom and side of the handheld's screen.


You can change the perspective to view more of your desktop by tapping on the Palm Menu silkscreen button and selecting View from the menu. Available ratios range from 1:1 to 1:4.


7.PalmVNC lets you place files on the Palm clipboard using the Send command. Best of all, you can execute programs on your desktop by double-tapping them on the Palm screen.


8.For NT users, you can perform log ins, log outs, locks, and reboots.


VNC can also be used like PCAnywhere to view your desktop from another desktop.


The view of your desktop, especially on a standard grayscale Palm, isn't great. But being able to remotely control your Windows PC from your Palm device is cool.