Odd, with the adaptor and using the Palm Desktop 4.0+ software it should have synced. Never had an issue with my Treo, but that's another story.

You should deffinitly make use of symbols (like decals) and clear coat it if you paint it. Make it look like some advanced super-palm from the not-so distant future. Sand it down so it doesn't have any of those texture points on it, or fill it in with a little Bondo. Make the Palm case into something that looks nothing like a Palm, but looks like it should have always looked like that.

Maybe a flashing LED? (j/k)
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