Address Book

MyPhoneExplorer - Part 2

After a short burn in period involving multiple 2 way syncs with both my desktop and my laptop, I was ready to wean myself from Gmail.

MyPhoneExplorer - Part 1

Bottom line: It works as advertised!

At first glance the name MyPhoneExplorer was a little misleading as it seemed like a solution to look at the file system on your phone. Not so. It is a true 2 way synchronization tool. It is capable of talking over WIFI, Bluetooth or USB and can sync Contacts, Call Log, Calendar, Notes, Messages (email) and Files. I only tested Contacts and Calendar.

Personal Clouds

As part of my quest to wean myself from Gmail, I discovered that I needed a Personal Cloud. The Great Marketing Machine has invented yet another buzzword.

Additional research indicated that unlike IMAP, there did not seem to be simple WebDAV / "personal cloud" solutions. Everything I found was very large and complex with many fragile dependencies that involved several kitchen sinks.

Email is not an Address Book (or a Calendar)

Weaning myself from Gmail was not as simple or obvious as I first thought it should be.

Someone has your password!

Gmail hates me...

Well not me personally. I am fairly sure Google is not aware of me as an individual. I am not that important. But "in order to serve me better" it has  always made my travel life a misery. And now it has raised the bar to a personal hatred level. I have had enough...nothing personal, but I want a Gmail divorce!

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