Installing Plucker and Sunrise
So you want to install Plucker for your Palm. Most people would say
good luck and here is the software. I ain't like that so you will get
something that you ain't expecting.
Just remember that this process can be somewhat frustrating for the new user.
Don't feel bad as I most likely will answer most of your questions somewhere in
Since Advantgo is no longer
available for general usage, ie Mobile Gabriel, you have a choice now as to what
you will load for your Palm Pilot. Me? I choose Plucker for many different
reasons but I will highlight only the top two. First of all it works on my
operating system which is Windows XP. Second of all the price nothing.
It don't cost a thing to download and run on your XP system. Once you get
the program you can make a disk copy and load it on almost any computer you have
How to install Plucker.
1. You could go to http://www.plkr.org and
search for the download page. Works for me and it gets you the latest
2. Run the setup program which is an .exe not a bit torrent extension.
If you made the mistake of doing a bit torrent download then you might have the
possibility of getting the right program or not. It depends on the torrent
program down load manager. Save yourself quite a few hassles and use the
.exe download and you will be able to run the program right out of the box.
3. Now the fun part begins. Plucker will handle all kinds of downloads
for the Palm. That is great except for the fact that Plucker always
redownloads the whole page instead of updating the page. If there are no
changes then why waste the time doing the page over? You can use Plucker
to download Mobile Gabriel straight out of the box. Here is how you do it.
4. Start the desktop. It will come up in a cute little
rectangle. Click on file Add a new channel wizard. This will bring
up a title page for the new channel. Name it Mobile Gabriel. Click next.
5. The next page gives you the starting address or URL for the page you are
Click on next.
6. The next page is configure Channel Page. Here is where the joy of
programming comes in. The first tab is the homepage that you are
downloading. Ignore it as it should be filled in already. The Second ta is
Spidering tab unless you are real good don't mess with it. The Third tab
is called Limits. This is the first one to mess with. It is here you will
set the depth of the retrieval. I personally set it to 5 pages deep.
Remember the more you add the longer it takes to download. If you set it
to one you only get the top page and nothing below. You want to at least
get to the readings on Mobile Gabriel. This is why I set it to 5 deep.
Don't set any other limits. Formatting tab is fourth set anything you like
there. Most of the time I leave it blank due to the fact that if it ain't
broke don't fix it. The fifth tab is Images. Here you can pick up pictures
or not I choose not to. The sixth one is Output Options. As you read down
the page you can find all kinds of choices I leave the originals in place.
The seventh tab is destination. Here you choose who is going to get this
file when you are done making it. Make sure you are chosen and your
handheld is listed. The eighth tab is Scheduling. Here is where you select
how often Mobile Gabriel gets retrieved. The choices are hourly, daily,
weekly, monthly or yearly. My choice is weekly some folks might want
daily. Your call. Then you click on ok. This returns you to
the desktop and you can start updating right on the spot.
Now you have a problem. You want to not continuously re download the
same page each time you do an update. After all your time is valuable and
it takes a long time to make the download complete. 8 to 14 hours depending on
how you connect to the web. If you want to make a phone call better use
your cell as the internet connection is going to tie up the phone line.
What to do? Most of us use some form of DSL or T rated connection that's fine
and good but those with a phone only connection don't have the luxury of a
There is a program called Sunrise XP. This program while similar to
Plucker is different. It will only update the pages that have changed.
Yes you go through the same steps as when you created Mobile Gabriel on plucker
but no you will not continually re download everything there. For example
how often does the face page change? Whenever the Good Father decides to
do so. Maybe once a year or less. Depending on the Operating system
you have you have a choice of Downloads for this program.
For windows XP and earlier users you need to find Sunrise XP 2.03. I
know the site says 2.04 works in XP but you will get a lot of error messages
before you find out that you need the earlier version. Save your self a lot of
grief and go to http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22903 and
pick up the second answer it is called What version. It is there you will find
the downloadable .zip file. This is for XP and earlier only do not use on Vista.
If you don't have a cheap .zip program check out 7zip at http://www.7zip.com.
For Vista and Later Windows use 2.04. This can be found at http://sunrise.mobileread.com Current
version is for Windows Vista and Later. If you use it on XP you will get all
kinds of error messages to include table21.dll is missing. Sync20.dll is