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I need better PIM solutions and integration

Right now, my contacts and calendar information are very spread out, I need to integrate and organize them. Currently they look like this:

  • Personal email addresses in Mutt alias file on my server
  • Consulting clients information in Mutt alias files on my server
  • Personal, consulting, and photography contact info in Apple’s Address Book on my PowerBook, in different categories
  • Phone numbers on my cellphone, a Samsung A530s with no Bluetooth
  • Photography and consulting schedules in iCal on my my PowerBook, in different categories
  • M$ Outlook: Calendar for meetings, business contacts, tasks, notes
  • Palm Vx that syncs with M$ Outlook, but I rarely use the Vx anymore
  • emails in M$ Outlook, consulting and personal accounts on server under Maildir fromat, accessable via IMAP over SSL and mail reader like Mutt on server

I wonder if there is a device on this planet that would help me organize all this. Ideally, I want something that allows me to sync Outlook calendar and contacts onto the device under their own category (I’ll prolly call it Outlook), sync my personal stuff under personal category, so I can have all contacts info in one device… I think with Missing Sync I could do that on the PowerBook.

Emails, that’s a tough one. I don’t really care if I have access to my Exchange emails when I’m on the go. But it’d be nice to have my personal and especially my consulting emails. I will need something like Crackberry that pulls my IMAP accounts and post them to my handheld, or have a Treo with internet connection and a native IMAP client that handles multiple accounts nicely.

Ability to do IMs will be a big plus also… That’s one thing I really love the SKII for.

Maybe I’ll give the VZW Treo 650 a try and see if it can fullfill my needs…

Ecto new release

Kudos to the Ecto development team, the new version is way better, this came when I got 3 days left in my evaluation. Very nice! I’ll probably get it when it expires. I wonder if they upgraded the Windoze version or not, I’ll find out when I get into the office tomorrow…

Schneier on Security: Blowfish on

Schneier on Security: Blowfish on “24”

I immediately thought of Bruce Schneier when I watched 24, which is probably my favorite TV show. (I only TiVo 2 TV shows, 24 and OC, yeah, don’t laugh)…

I was like, damn, they know their shit, Blowfish algorithm… but then they said they had proprietary algo to crack it, I was like, damn, maybe the gov’t got a backdoor in this one too, but then she said brute-forcing it, LOL! Too funny!


I got an Daily Feedback Report from Xanga. I don’t even know I had an account there. After trying several usernames and passwords I got in, turn out my Xanga name is andrewyng. HAHA! Apparently I registered about 2 years ago so I could search something.

Anyway, I got the email coz some chick with a web cam left a message in my Xanga guestbook. I’m sure it was just a spider that goes through all Xanga guestbooks and leave messages to advertise her cam site. I went there and she’s actually not bad looking!! I’m not linking to it coz it’s sorta borderline pr0n, I’m sure you perv can find the link yourself…

I feel so young that I actually am a Xangan. I don’t really understand why people use it, it sucks, can’t teenagers tell that TypePad is way better? More often the not I can’t even see the text in their Xanga pages, the background music is usually pretty anonying coz I can’t stop it from playing in Safari. Maybe I’m getting old, I’d rather use RSS and better blog site-software. With RSS feeds I keep up with all my friends’ blogs easily, I trackback or make comments easily. Xanga actually has RSS feeds but of course they don’t tell you as they didn’t bother embedding ads in the RSS feeds like Feedburner does, so they lose money if people start using RSS readers to read the free blogs on their site. Well, enough ranting about Xanga…

Well, I think the $100 512MB Shuffle is the real seller

I agree that the $199 4GB mini is a better deal than the 1GB Shuffle, but the big iPods are way better deals if you care about GB/dollar.

I believe research and focus group have shown that $100 is the sweet spot for consumers. They don’t look at GB/dollar, as most of them really don’t need more than 512MB.

Now, it will be interesting when flash prices come down so they can sell the 1GB Shuffle for $100.

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