Friday, October 15, 2004

Synchronicity

Ever since I first connected a mobile phone to a computer, c. 1998, I've been looking for synchro-nirvana, with a single view of all my contact and calendar info from computer to mobile to web. this is actually much more important to me than email which i'm not that bothered about. my various experiences with sync'ing mobile phones have been very frustrating, and the lack of investment in sync software from nokia (my preferred phone supplier ;-) ) has been very disappointing, to say the least.

Well, I've now gone and done it - bought myself a smartphone. sync'ing with the computer is great, as you'd expect. Activesync has been the bane of my life for a long time, but the latest version seems very stable, though that might be the USB cable, which is a little more reliable than irDA!

The more complex sync is from desktop to desktop. If I add up both client-site and home computers I've probably had five or six different 'main' sources of PIM this year alone. Sync'ing these is a lot more complicated, and has until now involved a CD with a 500MB .pst being burnt / imported at various intervals.

I've decided to end this nonsense, and have consequently settled on Plaxo as my central reference for all calendar and contact info (task and notes too, though these aren't so important). I now simply synch Plaxo with my work computer, home computer, parents' computer, laptop, AND smartphone.

Am i now the most synchronised man on the planet?

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