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Cleaning up Google Contacts

I'm not sure about you but I have over 640+ contacts stored on my mobile device and on my Nokia Ovi Account. And since I now have an Android mobile device I was wondering how would be the best way to move all these contacts from my Nokia Ovi Account to my favorite Google Mail Account. Where everything is basically centralized. I did my research few weeks ago, and found that there was a way to do it automatically from the Symbian mobile device instead of saving and uploading and all that tedious work. 

 

This video will show you in a nutshell what is the idea behind Google Sync.

I will not repeat what is already available on how to sync to the mobile device, incase your interested it works on BlackBerry, Iphone, Windows Mobile and Symbian devices. Read more here for how to set up your Nokia device to Sync

Basically both services offered by Google and Ovi are similar. It allows the users to back up Contacts, and Calendar (Schedules) everything else is not really important to me. Just that I have been using my GMAIL account at least for the past 5 years with no issues. 

I knew I had my job cut out for me when I realize my phone contacts have grown in size, and I know there are duplicates, just sometimes its not easy to hunt them down on a small screen. I tried to clean it up using Ovi but the server response was pretty slow. Gave up

NOTE: you can access Contacts from Gmail or go to Google Contacts

After synchronizing my mobile device with Google Contacts via Mail For Exchange (MfE) I had 643 contacts. Yikes!

As u can see I have circled the (+3) that means that there are 3 variable there. It applies to email as well if you have more than one it will show (+1) and so on and so forth. 

The first thing I did was to click More actions (call it a hunch, I wanted to see what options was available)  which I highlighted in red in the image above. 

AH HAH! There is an option called FIND & MERGE duplicates! I was very happy that I poked around before going thru all the 600 odd contacts. So what did it turn up?

You can merge them after making sure they are actually duplicates. In my case, they all were. So I merged them all. 

Then I ran the command again. 

YAY! NO DUPLICATES! 

Not. This showed me a few things, the algorithm will check to see if the numbers are the same, if they are it will be flagged as a duplicate. Even if you have the exact name it will not be flagged as a duplicate (good thing). So in the end I still had to go thru line by line. Which was ok, it was easier to read the contacts than to compare digits. 

And since I was at it I decided to clean up the contact even more. Properly putting the First Name, Last Name, even linking the email accounts to the contacts if any. I also grouped them by contact type.

In the end, I ended up with something like this. I was pretty proud of myself that night two weeks ago. Then last week I lost it all =( but thats a story for another posting =)

If your reading this and you do not back up your contacts, you should. Back up your phone data to your computer and to the CLOUD.

 

Gimme a shout if I missed out anything in this post!

 

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New Gear

It was something unexpected. Yesterday I came home after going out to have breakfast, and saw Yeo's facebook status saying something about the Sony Cybershot DSC-T90. I was looking to buy a compact a few months ago, but decided against it during that time as it there was no good deal around.

When there was a pre-launching sale at the Sony Center, where by the purchase of the newly launched Sony Cybershot DSC-T90 and a free Sony Ericsson w595 was given. I could not pass up on the opportunity. The catch was that it was only for the first ten buyers. The eleventh till the fifteen would get a J series phone.

I went to the Sony Center at Boulevard to queue, when I arrived at 12:45pm Yeo was the first in line(he was there since 10am), and I was the ninth in line. So I had to sit and wait for about two hours, not being able to leave the seat. Because if anyone who leaves the seat to go pee, eat or what ever, the place would be lose and others would gain it! What a gimmick. Well thankfully Kuching people were not so kiasu. So in the end, only about twelve people were in queue, some were just sitting down to watch the Blue-ray movie.

This was taken at home with my DSLR.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T90

Specs (stolen from DPreview):

Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Low resolution 4000 x 2672, 4000 x 2248, 3264 x 2448, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 12.1 million
Sensor photo detectors 12.4 million
Sensor size 1/2.3 " (6.16 x 4.62 mm, 0.28 cm²)
Pixel density 43 MP/cm²
Sensor type CCD
Sensor manufacturer Unknown
ISO rating Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Zoom wide (W) 35 mm
Zoom tele (T) 140 mm (4 x)
Digital zoom Yes, up to 8x
Image stabilization Yes, Lens
Auto Focus TTL autofocus (9-point)
Manual Focus Yes, 5 steps
Normal focus range  
Macro focus range  
White balance override 10 positions
Aperture range F3.5 - F10.0
Min shutter 1 sec
Max shutter 1/1600 sec
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash range 2.9 m (Auto ISO)
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Exposure compensation -2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV Steps
Metering Multi-Pattern, Center-Weighted, Spot
Aperture priority No
Shutter priority No
Focal length multiplier  
Lens thread No
Continuous Drive Yes, 1.8 fps 100 images
Movie Clips Yes, 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps, 640 x 480 @ 30 fps
Remote control No
Self-timer Yes, 2 or 10 sec
Timelapse recording No
Orientation sensor Yes
Storage types Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage included 11 MB Internal
Uncompressed format No
Quality Levels Fine, Standard
Viewfinder None
LCD 3 "
LCD Dots 921,600
Live View Yes, (LCD)
USB USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Wireless Unknown
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Lithium-Ion Battery & Charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 148 g (5.2 oz)
Dimensions 94 x 57 x 15 mm (3.7 x 2.2 x 0.6 in)

 

I was quite excited about the DSC-T90 because of the Super Macro mode and the 720p movie mode. Heh~ for all the wrong reasons I guess. In any case I think I will have a lot of fun with this purchase. The camera did not come with memory card. It uses the Memory Stick Pro Duo. Lucky for me, I have 2 Memory Stick Pro Duo for my  PSP. Both 4GB but one is not original one. Was using the original one on my  PSP, the non-original one is usable but transfering stuff from PC to PSP takes 30 mins while the same files takes only 5 mins on the original Memory Stick Pro Duo.

Here are some images taken last night.

As you can see from the pictures, the colors are quite natural. Unlike the previous Sony CyberShot that I had which had really strong reds and greens. This one overall seems to be less saturated. I had to slightly increase the saturation in one of the pics. Everything was shot in full auto mode. I want to test how well it copes. It even detects what sort of mode it should be in best to shoot in. From twilight mode to protrait in twilight to macro mode and many more. With face detection and smile detection. It even told me that a BLINK was detected(!!!) when it captured the smile and my mom blinked. ~_~ Do I need to have a camera tell me that the person in the image blinked?

Sony Ericsson w595

 

Specs can be found at Sony Ericsson website. Well, I'm not so impressed with this Walkman phone as compared to the w800i which I bought many many years ago. In terms of packing, presentation and build. I would not say much about the phone as I gave it to my Dad. LoL

Well time to go get ready to go to the airport. I'm leaving Kuching for about a week. Hopefully will have time to update during the week!

And happy birthday to me! HAHA!

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shrunken trunks or me?

Shrunken trunks.

heh~ yesterday I went for a swim with Stephen at Stampark. Have not been swimming for at least 6 months. And when I put on my trunks, it felt loose. Hmm… Didn’t think much of it. So got into the water, and realise its really loose. After a lap~ I realise it was not the trunks which were the problem it was me.

In December 08, I caught a bug, which got me coughing for about a month. And I lost a lot of weight. About 6-7 kg worth of fat. Where at the end of the sickness, my jeans were falling off when I do not use a belt.

I thought it was just my waist that got smaller… Didn’t realise my thighs also got smaller. o.O” the reason I came to the conclusion is because my swimming trunks were just nice fit at the thighs. Now, its about 2cm gap. Didn’t really dare to swim much as I was scared my privates came out for a breather. >.<

The best part was when I got out of the pool, the back end of the trunks were loose too…… LOL… I feel like a kid who have worn someone else’s trunks! ROFL!

No more trunks for me till I put back some of the weight!

 

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Okay enuf about the embarassing outing of mine yesterday.

Today I finally took my Mighty Mouse to IT Fusion. My mouse have refused to scroll down few weeks ago. After searching on the net for a while. It appeared that this was a very common problem. Apple had built their mouse, NOT to be serviced.

Here is the official page from apple on how to clean the Mighty Mouse.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1537

If your Mighty Mouse is covered in fingerprints or its surface has become soiled, it can be gently wiped with a clean lint-free cloth. If necessary, moisten the cloth using only water, making sure not to over saturate it. Be aware that the mouse contains electronic components that may be damaged if water drips from the cloth into the mouse via the seam around the scroll ball or around its underside.

The same procedure can be used to clean the scroll ball on your Mighty Mouse if it has become discolored or dirty. Use a clean lint-free cloth lightly moistened with water. Wipe the ball and the surrounding area, making sure to rotate the ball itself to ensure complete coverage. If the scrolling feels rough or if the scroll ball isn’t scrolling up, down, or side-to-side, hold the mouse upside-down and roll the ball vigorously while cleaning it to help dislodge any particles that may have collected on the internal hardware.

For a QuickTime movie demonstration, click here (the movie is approximately 600 KB).

Well apple… it does not work! Do a search online for “mighty mouse cleaning” and you will find there are many frustrated users like me.

And the most common solution out there is to crack the mouse open. But by doing so, the mouse would have to be re-glued back together again. As its by design NOT to be serviced.

Anyways the kind folks at IT Fusion cracked my mouse open and gave it a wipe and now its clean. I’m waiting for the super glue to set back in before I use it. *cant wait*

The mice on the left is mine, reassembled.

 

 

Today they had to “rescue” 3 mice from the dustbin. Thanks guys. Much appreciated.

 

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[ps] In case your wondering what mice I was using during my miceless weeks… I was using my thrusty Microsoft Intelli Explorer 3.0!

nokia maps mac loader

This post are for those mac users out there who uses Nokia symbian smart phones. Well I know a few amongst my friends. If anyone ever explored their fones enough they would know that the software that comes with the phones PC-SUITE, as the name implies does all kinds of neat things like back up phone data, duplicate phone book, sync with MS Outlook, update phone software, install new applications and much more.

For us Mac users, we don't have much choice. When we connect our phones to the mac, all we get is i-Sync and all I can do is back up and sync addresses & calenders. Nothing major.

Yup~ simple and clean.

Nothing fancy here.

So largely I dont do much back up on my Mac, I use my office laptop which has PC Suite.

Then about a week back I was checking out the beta labs. And I noticed something interesting. Nokia Maploader for the MAC. I was thinking to my self, hey! Wait a minute! Since when!?

So I clicked the link and found that it requires a Nokia Multimedia Transfer software. Another new thing which I have missed when I was busy travelling. While its not as polished and feature packed as the Nokia PC Suite, its still something to start with. It will sync your media files with iPhoto & iTunes. While I dont use those services I'm sure there are many out there who does.

My main goal was to try the Nokia Map Loader for the mac. Which looked nothing like its PC counterpart. Nicely done betalabs!

The first screen I hit, whoops! I need a Nokia device connected :P

Note that the maps I had was only 1.1MB, I loaded it using PC Suite it was suppose to be 12 MB or so. Strange

So the next step is to select the Continent, and country. Of course if you wish to load maps of other countries, by all means, as long as you have the memory space. And hit Start Download.

Like any good story, we have hit another snag! The maps didnt come! But of course this is not an issue of the software directly. During the time when I was trying to load the map, our dear internet provider decided to play with my internet connection especially with international servers.

So a few days later I tried again.

Finally success, 13.8 MB. If your familiar with the map loader on the pc side, then u would have noticed that there is a history list going on here. Hmm.. interesting.

Why am I posting about this ? Well to me its quiet significant, it shows that phone manufacturers like Nokia are not or have not forgotten about us poor mac users. Everyone is so " I AM A PC " now that we have become sort of forgotten. Sure mac's are not the most popular platforms in the world but it feels good to have a manufacturer remember us :P

By the way, if your looking for a good local Apple Authorised reseller click HERE. :P

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