From: Craig Phillips []

Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2012 8:33 AM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Personally Syncing


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Cocktail Talk


December 2012

Cocktail Talk


Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Personally Syncing


Cocktail TalkWith the proliferation of smart devices and home offices there's a lot of talk about syncing our personal data. Not that it's really "personal", because the idea behind syncing it is to share it, and then it would no longer be personal. Besides, its business data, if it was personal we'd just use Facebook wouldn't we? Anyway, Evernote, Google, and iCloud are possibly the top three, when it comes to syncing and sharing personal data.


Evernote has its own way of doing things. Notes, Notebooks, and lots of ways to organize them. You can sort and search by date created, date last modified, content and source. There's sharing and syncing too. 


Evernote isn't going to share or sync your calendar, or contacts, email or notes. It has it's own way of doing things, which may not be a good fit for business people.


Google has one of everything, everything, and you can share. Keep your calendar in Google, documents, personal profile, news about you, personal events, your feelings, and share them, like with Facebook. Again, not necessarily a good fit for business people.


Apple on the other hand, whose Mac you almost never see used for business*, has iCloud.  iCloud is Apple's tool for syncing iPhones, iPads, Macs, and yes, PCs. iCloud seems to be a really good fit for business people.


The iCloud Calendar, with Reminders, Projects, and Tasks syncs right into Outlook. Outlook Notes sync too, and have their own icon on the iPhone and iPad. Make a change on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC and it gets pushed up to iCloud and out to your other devices.


iCloud has a website you can log into and manage those items if for some inexplicable reason you're without one of your toys. Unless of course your iPhone / iPad has been lost or stolen, then it is explicable. Using the Find My iPhone feature you can send a sound or message to your device, lock it, wipe it clean, or just find it. If its not online at the moment you can have it email you when it comes online. 


You've got mail, a new account when you sign up for iCloud. You can have it delivered to your Outlook as an address or forward it to one of your existing Outlook email accounts. You can even make 3 aliases for the address. Someone at Apple may have actually used Outlook, because they made setting an Out of Office (Vacation) message really, really, easy too.


If you're using a PC with Outlook, like a business person, iCloud hooks right in. Calendar, Contacts, Notes, even email. If you're not a business person using a PC with Outlook, what information are you syncing anyway?


You need an iPhone or iPad to use iCloud, if you don't have one what devices are you syncing anyway? Maybe you're a business person that wanted an iPhone but settled for something else to avoid using AT&T and now you're stuck trying to fit the square peg into the missing hole. Good news, that's over, Virgin has iPhones now too, at $35 a month, and Christmas is less than a month away. 


You can use iCloud to sync your important stuff with a Christmas iPad or iPhone , or not, but that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.




Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.


* Don't get snippy if you're a Graphics Designer type, we both know you have to use Microsoft products to play with others.



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