m505 Contrast Hack a Hoax
The supposed m505 contrast system hack that was published a week or so ago is simply a well done hoax. None of the various sets of instructions for performing the hack actually do anything.
The hoax has moved on to a new form and sites are starting to claim that they have applications that will do the same thing. These are all fraudulent. There is an application called bright505 on both PalmGear and Handango which is simply GlowHack with a different file name.
If you still wonder whether these might be real, the developer, Supernova Software, also makes m505 emulator 1.1 which "permits testing color applications on a grayscale Palm." It isn't known whether PalmGear and Handango are in on the joke or if they simply don't know what they have.
There is also a website claiming to have bright505 but it doesn't even have the fake application, just a lot of mildly funny comments from users talking about how great it is.
In its original form, this hoax was a set of instructions on how to put a series of phrases into the Memo Pad which was supposed to increase the contrast on the new m505 to the same level as the Visor Prism's at the cost of decreasing battery life by about 35%.
From the beginning most people who tried it reported no change but enough people claimed it worked to throw the whole question into doubt. In fact, Steve Bush, Editor-in-Chief of Brighthand, said, "I performed this on an m505 manufactured in Hungary and it worked."
The supposed Hack was covered by all the top Palm related websites.
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