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Sat 14 Jan 2006

Getting organised, Part X: enter the Palm

Category : mac and the internet

With the office workspace is just about cleaned up and most of my books back in the shelves (to be organised later), my cabinets are next. I have to repopulate the new ones but try to throw as much of the contents of the old ones as I can.

I'd best be careful - more than once I have resuscitated and re-used maps, plans, notes and drawings from projects conceived a decade or more ago. Some things are relevant institutional memory that needs digitising, so a scanner is on my shopping list.

I finally admitted that an organiser would help me cope with the plethora of appointments, tasks, meetings, ideas and deadlines that have threatened to suffocate me. So another birthday present for 2005 was a Palm Tungsten E2.

Finally had the Palm sync with Entourage 2004. Its not an out of the box operation but there was enough on a couple of webpages that helped me get it done. Two critical things were:

  1. install the Handheld Sync Installer in Microsoft Office 2004> Additional Tools and
  2. Go to Hot Sync Manager> HotSync menu > Conduit Settings > Entourage Conduit and select the "Enable synchronization with these new handhelds" check box.

Already it is looking to be a very helpful device - if I don't break it! I have to reorganise my Address Book though. It uses a decades-old system that lists a person's category under surname, e.g Bio'93 indicates biograds who got their BScs in 1993; this even appears in emails.

I have used Entourage and its predecessor, Outlook Express, for more than a decade now, I think. There have been no improvements since 2004 and I had been wondering about jumping ship to OS X's Mail since it is Spotlight searchable and has threading. But there are too many conveniences in Entourage I am used to, and hesitated.

So related news from Microsoft at the current MacWorld was good to hear:

"Microsoft is putting the final touches on a number of Entourage 2004 enhancements scheduled for delivery in March 2006. Since the release of Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), the Mac BU has worked with Apple to enable Sync Services integration with Entourage information and data. Customers will soon be able to sync their Entourage calendar, address book, notes and tasks with handheld devices that also work with Sync Services.

Support for Spotlight, another Tiger feature, will allow customers to more effectively search Entourage e-mail messages, as they are already able to do with their Office 2004 for Mac Word, PowerPoint¨ and Excel¨ files."

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