Monthly Archives: March 2008

Sync Google Calendar and phone

I really like Google Calendar. Shared calendars, good interface, it’s becoming my calendar of choice. Except of course the calendar I always have with me is in my phone, a Nokia 6230i.

So I was looking for a way to sync them.

Via Outlook would be pretty easy. Nokia have well-established Outlook syncing software, and you could use Google Calendar Sync between GCal and Outlook.

But I don’t use Outlook since switching to Thunderbird. Ideally a solution would sync with Thunderbird Lightning, but it’s not that important.

I went looking for options:

Open source: GCalSync — for Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Blackberry and a few others that run Java. One weakness: does not update entries that have been modified on the phone. Not updated since 2006 though.

Open source: GMobileSync — for Windows Mobile 5.

Open source: PrimoSync — details vague at the moment.

Commercial: CompanionLink (US$29.95, free trial) — for Blackberry, Windows Mobile via Outlook, Palm OS, Apple iPhone

Commerical with some free options: Goosync — the free option is limited to 7 days past, 30 days future, 1 calendar only. I had to refresh my Internet Access Point settings to get it to work. Seems to work okay… the question might be how much the Net access from my phone costs. But it’s handy that it can be initiated any time from the phone, so I’m going with this for now.

Some other options

Apple pushes Safari

Watch out, Windows iTunes users: Apple is pushing, via its security updates feature, Safari 3.1 onto Windows users. You can opt-out of it, but if people just click OK on the default, they’ll get it. Ed Bott rants about it here. (Amusingly the report, at least for me, is accompanied by an Apple advert.)

I’ve got IE7 and FF on my PCs already. I don’t need or want another web browser. It was rude enough that Apple insisted Quicktime be bundled with iTunes… no wonder the size blew out from 19Mb to 33Mb.

But now they’re pushing Safari onto people as well?! No thanks.

Remembering the Beeb

For those of you who owned or used BBC Micros, a couple of articles just popped up on BBC Online:

Creators of the BBC Micro re-unite to look at the micro and its legacy — Acorn were working on the Arm chip as a result of the BBC Micro and BBC Master project. It’s a wonderful British success story; Arm chips are in practically every small mobile device that are in the world today.

David Braben (co-author of Elite) looks back at the BBC MicroIt would be great to see the spirit of the BBC Micro live on today; perhaps the excitement of being part of perhaps the most important entertainment sector of the future can be used to entice students into Computer Science, Physics and Maths?

Update: More memories, from those who designed and built the Beeb.

Lotus Notes Sucks

I’ve written before about Lotus Notes… to my surprise, there’s a whole web site dedicated to documenting how much it sucks.

Wow. I thought dealing with correspondents using Notes email was bad. Looks like it’s absolutely hideous if you’re trying to actually use the interface.

(via Coding Horror)

Help needed for retired computers

The Australian Computer Museum Society is looking for benefactors to help them keep their collection intact. They had moved to an empty warehouse a couple of years ago, but now need to find somewhere else to store all their gear, some of which is a century old. Evidently they need about 400 square metres.

Freebie database dev tools

I used TOAD for a while for browsing around Oracle databases. Good stuff, though the free version is a bit limited, and Quest Software, who sell it, have the annoying thing of not selling it retail, but negotiating licence prices, making purchasing it a long drawn-out process.

Turns out there’s now an alternative: Oracle’s SQL Developer, which does a pretty good job at doing the same thing, and it’s free. It runs on Windows, Mac and Linux, and it uses Java and the JDBC client and apparently doesn’t need the humungous Oracle client software (though I haven’t actually verified that yet).

(Tony found the SQL Server equivalent some time ago, though it’s moved slightly. MySQL? MySQL GUI Tools.)

Another random LEGO part

If you’ve got 18 tiny cardboard boxes, all labelled 4508197 – they contain a cape, from the Dwarve’s Mine. That should be in Google now.

IE8 about-face

Web developers are rejoicing, as IE8 is to be standards-compliant by default.

IE Blog.

Mary Jo Foley’s report.

By the way, Long Zheng has a preview of the IE8 toolbar. I like the way the domain is highlighted… I wonder if FF et al will copy that feature and get it out the door before IE8 is ready for general release?