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Rumors of Steve Jobs' death greatly exaggerated (Engadget)

Aug 28th 2008 6:31PM I "Hate" my Yellow Teeth

Forget Launchers, Just Do It With Windows! - How To (Download Squad)

Aug 22nd 2008 5:48PM This is good for me because installing software at work is frowned upon. However, it doesn't seem to work for internet shortcuts. Any ideas?

Ask Engadget: Best portable internet device? (Engadget)

Aug 22nd 2008 11:47AM Love my iPhone. Don't miss flash at all.

There's no perfect device, only a device that is perfect for you.

iPhone experiencing GPS problems after 2.0.1 update? (Engadget)

Aug 12th 2008 5:41PM The GPS in the 3G has never been as good as my TomTom at telling me exactly where I am, but I can live with that.

I think it works fine for what I suspect to be its primary function which is to figure out where you are and then do something based on that location. It doesn't matter to me if I am 1.3 miles from somewhere or 1.386 miles from somewhere, just that that is the closest somewhere. I use the geo-tagging feature of a couple of apps, and I really love OneTap because I live on Long Island and go to a lot of movies (there are a lot of theaters here) and not having to figure out the zip code of where I am before I can even begin to look for a movie is really useful. The same goes for Google maps... it is a lot easier to search for "Starbucks" than it is to search for "Starbucks near Hauppauge, NY".

Apple admits to lost MobileMe messages, bad karma (Engadget)

Jul 27th 2008 10:44AM When I saw the preview of Mobile Me, it was my intention to subscribe and transition away from Google Calendar. I figured the feature set wouldn't be as rich, but not so weak that I couldn't cope. As it turns out Mobile Me does not meet my needs. Not even close. However, the "push" is very appealing to me, as I like to have all of my calendars up to date across all devices. This is problematic for several reasons, not the least of which being that my employer uses GroupWise for email, calendar, and contacts.

I managed to work out a syncing solution that includes Mobile Me, Companion Link, and Busy Sync. I am not happy that I had to purchase so much software on top of the subscription to get the desired result, but now that it is in place, I am fairly happy with it. My biggest complaint with this setup is that because there are so many moving parts it takes quite some time for data to make it all the way through the process. Over an hour in some cases.

As for interacting with Mobile Me, I find it to be very slow and cumbersome. There are too few options for customizing preferences. I was also disappointed with the inability to subscribe to external calendars. I find the forgetful nature of the "keep me logged in" feature very annoying.

I had a very difficult time getting my G5 iMac (10.4.11) to sync, but I attribute that to installing Spanning Sync months ago and letting the trial expire. I spent well over an hour chatting with Mobile Me support and was unable to resolve the issue. Rather than taking my computer to the Apple Store, I eventually created a new user profile and was able to sync with no problems. It was a hassle setting everything up again as a new user, but less hassle than dragging it into the store.

Overall, I am happy with the outcome. My first PIM / PDA was a Palm III and I have had some sort of device ever since. This sync setup is the best I have ever had, as it allows me to have my data exactly where I want it, and not where I don't (personal items on work calendar). It took some jumping through hoops, but I'd say it is "hoop worthy".

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