Probably the most frequent complaint about Palm’s LifeDrive Mobile Manager is what’s commonly termed, “the lag.”
This is a delay that happens when this model is opening applications. In extreme cases, the lag can be several seconds.
I’ve recently had the opportunity to use SharkCache, an application designed specifically to deal with this problem.
To understand what it does, you need to understand how the LifeDrive handles memory. If you haven’t read my explaination of this, you should do so now.
SharkCache allows you to specify that certain apps are moved to the cache and never taken out, so they’ll immediately load every time.
You should be aware, though, that this application isn’t eliminating the lag; It just makes it occur at a different time.
Whenever you reset your LifeDrive, one of the first things that will happen is a small delay while the applications you’ve specified in SharkCache are being moved into the cache.
But that’s the only time it will happen. When you go to open them, they come up instantly.
The LifeDrive has only 4 MB of cache, so you don’t want to fill this with every application you use occasionally. However, it’s probably enough to hold the apps you use a lot. For example, if I put my Calendar and Contacts application in, they take up roughly 1 MB, and that includes the databases.
I was a bit nervous that SharkCache would make my LifeDrive more unstable, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Heck, if anything my particular device seems more stable than a lot of other people’s.
If the lag really bugs you, one, you might consider drinking less coffee, and two, you should check out SharkCache.
You can find it on the Ludus Technologies web page. It sells for $10.