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Chapter 6. HotSync, Step by Step > Getting Ready to HotSync

6.1. Getting Ready to HotSync

HotSyncing requires two components: hardware and software. The hardware, of course, is the cradle that came with your PalmPilot. (When you're ready to HotSync, you set the PalmPilot firmly into the cradle's socket.)

The software is available in two versions—one each for Windows and Macintosh. The Windows version comes with every PalmPilot; the Macintosh software is a different story. It comes on the CD with this book, or you can download it from the Palm web site. (Either way, you'd be wise not to pay the requested $15 for the full Palm MacPac kit. It contains nothing more than the Palm Desktop software, which you already have, plus a Mac modem-port adapter for the end of the HotSync cradle's cable—which Palm also sells separately for $6, as described in Appendix B. Also remember that current Macintosh models require a USB adapter as well. (The $40 Keyspan PDA Adapter is a good choice, because it doesn't even require the $6 Palm adapter.)


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