December 17, 2008

Synch an iPhone with Google Calendar and Contacts

I didn't re-install Outlook when I re-built my laptop a couple of weeks ago. Gmail has been my preferred email client for years now and (almost) all my email addresses point to one Gmail account.Nuevasync It works well with the iPhone and having Outlook is really superfluous, except... Contacts and Calendars.

When I started using the iPhone, I started using Apple's service to synchronize contacts between my iPhone, iPod and Gmail, but was very disappointed, it's slow and unreliable. What is more, it doesn't work with Google calendars.

While there are some solutions for the Mac to sync with Google Calendars, it took me a while to find a solution which works under Windows. After a bit of Googling, I found which emulates Microsoft Exchange and lets you wirelessly synch Google Contacts and Calendars with iPhone and iPods .

While the registration site is a bit slow and clunky, once you get it up and running, it works like a dream. Enter an appointment in my iPhone and it shows up on my PC within minutes, ditto the other way around. Brilliant. And it's cheap: free.

The procedure for setting it up is pretty straightforward, just make sure you start with the right contacts and appointments on Google when you set it up, because the iPhone software will wipe everything before downloading Google's contact and calendar information.

There is a good description about the install at The iLife

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May 22, 2007

Wicked cool in Nashua

I''ve been flat out setting up ektron's Australian subsidiary over the past 6 months and haven't had the time or energy to contribute much down here. Therefore the silence. What do you write about when you don't have the time or don't have anything to say? I guess I could always use a cop-out like this...

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February 17, 2007

The pot calling the kettle...

Interesting article in the SMH about a Telstra executive who is pouring scorn on the iPhone and telling Apple to stick to its knitting...

Presumably, Apple has decided on Optus as its local partner for the iPhone, a natural fit in the light of their long relationship. Of course Telstra has a real shortage of interesting handsets, due to their decision to adopt an unusual 3 Generation network configuration, not supported by mainstream handsets.

As far as any company sticking to its knitting is concerned, I've been waiting for a Telstra Broadband connection in our new office for the past month. And its mobile broadband network went down in our local area for over 24 hours and they couldn't tell me when it would get back up. We gave up and worked from home.

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January 24, 2007

Just Letting It Happen

This excellent post by James Snell touches on some core issues around corporate blogging. Blogs are about chaos and serendipity. About standing back and allowing it to happen. Thanks Sam.

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January 18, 2007

Corporate blogging

Simon Phipps brings up one of the challenges of corporate blogging: when a staff member leaves, what do you do with his/her blog?

While Sun clearly has a policy, many companies still haven't thought through the consequences of having employees with their own "voice". At the other extreme, I admire the hands-off policy with which Microsoft deals with this issue. Many Microsofties have their own blogs without "adult supervision". The overall effect is to make Microsoft look more human and "plugged-in" to opinion leaders.

I have always thought that adding blogging to a Content Management System was superfluous, with excellent low cost blogging tools around, why bother? And in any case, corporate blogs are easily suspected of astroturfing. So now that I work for Ektron, a vendor which has a blogging tool integrated with its CMS... I just started a CMS400 based blog.

Hold your derisive laughter please, I started the blog on Ektron's intranet. It lets me "tell the inside story" of Ektron's new office down here, and gives me a voice around the office of a company which is at the other side of the world. And the setup costs were close to nothing, the security and privacy are managed by the "host system" and it has seamless integration with other Intranet based sub-systems.

19 Jan: Update on the IBM story which Simon Phipps referred to (IBM restored its former employee's blog).

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January 17, 2007

Fifteen Web Principles

Brendan Quinn posted a link to the BBC's fifteen Web Principles to the CMPros list today. Well thought through and well worth a look. In the early days of the web our local ABC was ahead of the curve and the BBC seemed to lag. That is no longer the case.

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