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Sync Samsung smartphones with Macintosh computers

After keeping steady pressure on Apple and Samsung to address their lack of support between iSync and Samsung phones (especially the i300, i330, and the i500) I managed to squeeze this connection guide out of Samsung. It basically states that you CAN sync if you use the Palm Desktop software but that:

"Synchronization with any other programs, including iSync® & .Mac Mail®, is not supported."

Here is the full text:

Connecting Palm ® Devices to Macintosh Computers


All Models

The latest version of the Palm Desktop ® is strongly recommended, and can be downloaded from the following site: http://www.palmone.com/us/support/macintosh/mac_desktop.html

When asked to specify the model of the device, select “Zire ®”

An email will be sent to the email address specified shortly thereafter containing the actual download link.

Macintosh OS 10.2.1 (or higher) & Stuffit Expander ® v8.02 (or higher) are required for installation of Palm Desktop® v4.2.1.

For operating systems prior to 10.2.1, the latest compatible version of Palm Desktop® is v4.1.

Disabling of certain conduits, required on earlier versions, isn’t necessary with Palm Desktop® v4.2.1.

Older versions of Palm Desktop must disable the following conduits: Notepad, Photo, & Voice Memo.

When a serial-to-USB adapter’s use is required, only Keyspan® brand is supported by Samsung.

HotSync connection via an infrared port is not a supported on Macintosh computers.

Palm Desktop® is the only supported program for synchronization on the Macintosh platform.

However, Microsoft Office 2004® includes a conduit for synchronizing Entourage®
with Palm Desktop that functions correctly.

If this conduit is installed, ALL other conduits in HotSync Manager® must be disabled.

Synchronization with any other programs, including iSync® & .Mac Mail®, is not supported.

If another Palm device was previously used with the computer, locate the Palm user’s folder (usually found in “Hard Drive\Users\Current
User
\Documents\Users\User Name” directory), open the user’s folder, & re-name the “Backup” folder to “Backup_old” prior to synchronizing with the new device. Failure to do this could result in a “Memory full or corrupt” error on the device. If this message is displayed, the device must be hard-reset.

i300

The i300 uses a serial connection, so a Keyspan® serial-to-USB adapter is required for both the supplied desktop cradle & the HotSync cable.

Verify that only the Keyspan® adapter is selected in HotSync Manager®.

i330

The i330 also uses a serial connection, but the supplied desktop cradle contains an integrated serial-to-USB adapter.

Unfortunately, there is no driver available for this adapter to be used with the Macintosh® operating system.

The only supported connection is an i300 cable used in conjunction with a Keyspan® adapter.

Also, the i330 will not fit properly into the i300 desktop cradle to allow it‘s use in this configuration.

Verify that only the Keyspan® adapter is selected in HotSync Manager®.

i500

The i500 uses a USB interface, so either the supplied desktop cradle or HotSync cable may be connected directly to the computer.

No adapter is required for the i500, unlike the i300 & i330. Verify that only USB is selected in HotSync Manager®.

Note: The i500’s radio (phone) must be turned off for all HotSync operations.

Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on July 20, 2004 | Comments (1)

Review of Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard

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So I've been using the Tactile Pro Keyboard for a few weeks now and here are my thoughts:

PROS:
- power key on keyboard
- mechanical key switches really do let you type faster
- reasonable effort made to match design of current apple peripherals
- I think this very well may last as long as it's warranty -- which will be about 5 times longer than my previous 3 Apple Pro keyboards


CONS:
- A neighbor joked that he could hear me typing all the way down the hallway in my building. This keyboard's clicking does take some getting used to.


SUGGESTIONS FOR MATIAS:
- beef up the flip out feet on the back! I'll bet 99% of all warranty requests will be from people who put a little too much weight on those weak and brittle legs. Make them solid plastic blocks! it will still look good and you'll be able to sit on the keyboard w/o breaking it.
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- The overall shape/form factor is a bit "loose" -- the designers could trim off a good 1/3 inch around the sides, in the thickness, and get rid of extra "ridges" to make for a tighter, smoother looking device (you'll have to get a good manufacturer who can hit those tolerances)
- lose the advertisement on the spacebar

Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on July 20, 2004 | Comments (0)

KVM Mamma

If you've got more than one desktop computer I can't tell you how useful having a KVM (Keyboard-Video-Monitor) switch is -- even if you rarely use the second machine.

While they have a tendency to be a bit expensive, I'm the second I know who has had good luck with the inexpensive Linxcel USB 2-port KVM.
Here is the good (+) and the bad (-):

(+) GREAT value ($40 includes the device AND cables)
(+) completetly plug-and-play on Mac OS 10.3.x
(+) power supply not needed as Mac USB is powered (though it comes with a power brick)

(-) USB ports in rear can lose connection. Here are repeatable instances in which it did:
(1) when machine 1 was booted off external HD
(2) when computers "sleep" (you can turn sleep off in the System Preferences)

(the only way to address #2 is to unplug the mouse from back ports into one of the ones in the front, use it to shut the machine down, and start over)


TESTED WITH:
- 2 G4 'Sawtooth' towers
- Sony 19" LCD @ 1280x1024
- M$ Explorer mouse
- Matias Tactile Pro keyboard
- Belkin UPS w/Bulldog software (USB)
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Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on July 20, 2004 | Comments (0)