Sync your Windows PDA with Mac Address book and Mac and Google calenders

One of the downsides of being a Mac user is the difficulty in synching a Windows PDA phone to your Mac. You can resolve that two ways

  1. Buy an iphone – no good if you are still on a contract paying off another phone
  2. Get Syncmate from Eltima software

Syncmate is now available with a free edition that allows you to sync your contacts and calendars – including Google calendar. The expert edition allows you to sync itunes and iphoto plus some other goodies as well.Syncmate screenshot

I have had this up and running quickly and the support questions I had were answered super quickly.

Here is a feature list and a screen shot from their site:

  • Synchronize Favorites, Contacts, Calendar, Notes in mobile device accordingly with their analogues Bookmarks, Address Book, iCal, Stickies on Mac OS
  • Ability to work with iTunes and iPhoto
  • Synchronize separate folders
  • Build-in converter, which compresses video to MPEG4
  • Synchronization via USB cable and WiFi
  • Compatibility with Windows Mobile Pocket PC 2005/2006, Windows Mobile Smartphone 2005/2006

How the Apple Macintosh was named…

I could be wrong here but it seems like an amazing co-incidence to me. I am happy to stand corrected but have not been able to find anything that indicates how the name was created.

In November 1965 an episode of Get Smart called “The Two Chiefs featured a Kaos agent who was a master of disguises dresses up and looks identical to the Chief and impersonates his way into Max’s apartment.

The dialogue goes like this:

Max “Chief, what is the countersign?”

Chief “The new countersign or the old countersign?”

Max “I didn’t know there was a new countersign! What is the new countersign?”

Chief “I say Apples, you say MacIntosh. Ready?”

Max “Apples”

Chief “MacIntosh”

So, there you have it – another case successfully wrapped up. The old “name the product from a password in the spy sitcom trick”.

The Mac was launched in January 1984, 19 years later. And, no coincidence I’m sure, in the magazine that launched the Mac a Tandy TRS80 Computer with 80186 chip was on the back cover….

The back cover contains an ad for the Tandy TRS-80 Model 2000, perhaps the only PC ever designed around the 80186 processor. Tandy claimed the 8 MHz true 16-bit CPU was a big improvement over the 4.77 MHz 8088 (with an 8-bit bus) that IBM used. And for just $1,500 extra, you could buy the Model 2000 with a 10 MB hard drive (See http://lowendmac.com/history/1984dk.shtml or Wikipedia for more Mac history)

My father bought a TRS 80 – so when it comes to the earliest Mac, you could say we “missed it by that much!”