AlwaysOn with your Treo
In order to save battery life our Treo switches off automatically after either 30 seconds and up to 3 minutes (below left).
In principle this is great but in a few situations such as when you’re using either a Wireless Keyboard or GPS navigation unit where you need to have your Treo turned on for longer periods of time or with Enfora’s WiFi Adapter which powers off and closes the connection every time your Treo is turned off you will prefer to set the Auto-Off timer past just 3 minutes.
As is invariably the case whenever there’s an issue that Palm or PalmSource have not accounted for there will be a resourceful developer who will step in to deliver a solution. In this particular case I came across a free application called AlwaysOn (above right) which replaces the standard Auto-Off function and allows you to set its timing to anything from as short as 10 seconds to as long as 1 hour or even leave it at Always On.
Since I use a wireless keyboard, TomTom GPS Navigator as well as the Enfora WiFi Adapter I have found AlwaysOn to be absolutely essential in saving me from the hassle of repeatedly turning my Treo on. Even if you don’t yet use a keyboard, GPS or the adapter and as long as you have enabled Auto-Keyguard (Prefs > Keyguard) there is no reason that you couldn’t use AlwaysOn and then simply turn off your Treo with the red Power Off button.
[Separately, I have received a bunch of emails from Treonauts asking me about the MacOS X skin that appears in my screenshots. This is called PalmRevolt ($12.95) and I reviewed it in ‘A Skin Revolt’ a couple of weeks ago.]
Treonauts are always switched on…