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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.

My phone is my Personal Cloud

I had a simple problem:

  • Synchronize my Contacts and Events across an Android phone, a laptop and a desktop.

I already had this feature by the use of Gmail. But I was dumping Gmail.

My Gmail account had provided a centralized synchronization point. It was obvious that any viable solution would also rely upon a single synchronization point.

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.

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