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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

connecting the .com’s

January6

if you care about synchronizing contacts and calendar events across, Apple’s iOS, Android and Microsoft’s Outlook(s), rejoice.

take note of, http://www.markspace.com.

I’ve been complaining for eighteen months (and bitterly so) to just about anyone within hearing-range about Microsoft completely dropping the ball with importing contacts intact with pictures. Microsoft stiff-arms vCard formats and will only accept .csv files. that essentially means NO contacts pictures.

this is ludicrous in the digital age. and, everyone uses vCards.

I only really care because the deficiency strikes me as shoddy and inefficient. the idea is good, but it’s lacking for polish.

this is an obvious barrier for anyone that might want to move productivity efforts over to Outlook, Outlook.com, and Office365 (they are now essentially the same).

Microsoft appears to set the poor standard for innovation. by the way… what’s very telling is that it’s almost impossible to get Microsoft to answer questions unless you want to buy something. I drove all the way down to Lenox Mall to the windows store to see if someone there had any insight. NO THERE EVEN KNEW ABOUT THE PROBLEM.

…most of them use Gmail.

however, I am coming up with solutions – Gmail just about gets us there, but when contacts go over to anything Microsoft they are stripped of pictures (that csv vs. vCard matter). but, the aforementioned Mark/Space, Inc.’s “MissingSync” makes it all come together.

all that said, a real epiphany occurred today with my discovery that you can sync contacts, calendars (even email) between Macs, Android devices, and the Outlook(s) using the sync tools found on the Linkedin interface!

solution:

once logged onto Linked, go to “Contacts” (under “Network”), then “Settings” (look for the cog wheel in the upper right corner).

timing is important. first, link Gmail with Linkedin. you will have some duplicates but Gmail makes it simple to merge them. that then syncs back to Linkedin.

note: I found that I had contacts for some people that I was not Linkedin with. in some cases I realized I was Linkedin with people I did not need to be connected with (more on that later).

with that accomplished, if you have [the] Outlook(s) lined-up you can sync those with both Gmail and/ or Linkedin.

at this point all three platforms should have synchronized contacts (and calendars). it looks like you can now sync all of this with Apple’s iOS (mobility) as well. that means iCloud will indirectly sync with the others.

Diane Poremsky, if you are reading this, I can now get off your case.

this is very cool. well done, Linkedin.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

apple has my back (up)

December8

Readers know that I’ve set aside my beloved Apple-oriented hardware (iMacs, Powerbooks, and iPhone) and have been working enthusiastically to drop the Android Operating system onto desktops. Never mind it’s already being done on a few laptops, and now tablets. I wanted a fast-starting and nimble desktop with a LARGE screen. So, being me, I set forth to make it so.

Along the way I started experimenting with different Operating Systems like Windows 7 and the Linux-leading Ubuntu (the truest form of Open Source that also works for the non-geek community).

All of this necessitated a broadening investigation into numerous applications for productivity and peripherals.

Apple was (well… is) great with everything wonderfully integrated in terms of how all your computers, iPhone, iPad, and iPod(s) can sync flawlessly (more on that in just a moment). But, I had already had to start using MissingSync for Android to sync my HTC EVO 4G to my Apples. In fact, much of this started because I was so fed-up with AT&T’s failing network I did not hesitate to jump over to Sprint and try an Android device. Thusly, the transition, or migration to other Operating Systems was really quite systematic, adventuresome and revealing.

So… The Ubuntu Operating System is pretty cool, and has become quite refined. You can’t use widely recognized email clients like Outlook or Thunderbird with it – although it comes with it’s own unique product called Evolution that is reasonably robust and packed with great applications. I’ll go into details around that some other time, maybe. And… Aside from the fact that it really does represent all things evil that are Microsoft (beginning with it’s foundation having been blatantly stolen from Steve Jobs) Windows 7 is actually pretty good. I’ve gotten accustomed to it, and I feel very comfortable.

Well… That was until I tried to use another third-party application called: syncing.net to sync my contacts, calendar events and tasks to my HTC EVO 4G. Things worked pretty well until we maxed-out our initial license (I have twelve people with about sixty PC’s and other devices) and needed to upgrade. Somewhere in the process data got crossed or corrupted and we found our computers involved with a horrific cascading event of lost data and information. All twelve of my people were stuck with contacts, calendars and other information getting erased when their newer PC’s went on-line and synced (this never happened with Apple’s).

Fortunately we had one lone PC in my own office that had not been synced for a few days. It had fairly recent information residing on it’s Outlook. Santi (yes, the very son of Raymond St. James, himself) suggested that I turn-off the office router and harvest the information from Outlook. That worked-out fairly well and we set ourselves to rebuilding other files. But, we were unsure how to sync all of our information around the world and rest assured it was safe.

It was starting to look like we might have to go with (gasp!) Microsoft Exchange – and, my people were quickly preparing to rebel against the insanity, clamoring for their Apple’s).

Out of desperation I tried Mobileme (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL769). Check it out. Do it! It comes with a Windows version (that halo effect continues to work it’s magic [read more about that here. seriously. do it now!]). I don’t know how many computers it will cover. But, for the moment, it appears to be working pretty darn well – all Apple-like.

Ironically, this means I’ve temporarily jumped off the Mac platform to Windows in an effort to expand my technology utilization horizons, and now find myself now requiring an Apple product to save my butt, and make things work.

Oh… And, I’m sure you have, collectively, followed Apple’s stock and know that it broke through three hundred and twenty dollars ($320) recently (and, thanks to the aforementioned halo effect, will continue to move North). Every day we draw closer to the Bank of brian (more about that later).

Apple always has my back.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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