After wiping the infrared port with a screen cleaner thingy, I tried syncing my Palm to my laptop with infrared and it WORKED... making me wonder why it couldn't beam.
So I went downstairs and tried beaming something to J.P. No good. He tried beaming something to me. Nothing.
"This doesn't make sense," I thought. If I can sync via infrared, there's NOTHING wrong with the infrared port.
So I reset the Palm with the little reset switch in the back. A moment later, tried again, and beaming worked both ways.
Now I have no good excuse to buy a new handheld. :-)