2005-12-04 Gadgets

I’m considering to add 512MB or 1GB of RAM to my little iBook. It has 256MB at the moment. iPhoto is taking way too long to start up these days with a bit over 700 pics in it. Once iPhoto started, it’s comfortable to use, but switching to any other application takes forever because of all the swapping.

And I’m planning on buying a Bluetooth/USB thing so that I can try to sync my mobile phone with my laptop. That would be an excellent way of backing up my mobile phone.

Update: Bought it, and now iPhoto starts in a few seconds only. Got to test the Bluetooth thingy now. I got a Nokia 6230i before leaving to India, as the display of my old Nokia 6610i broke when I dropped it. It turns out that these phones are Bluetooth capable (nice to transfer pictures from the phone to the laptop), but not iSync compatible. WTF!? Why not?

Oh, and since I have OSX 10.3 instead of 10.4, I get to use iSync 1.5 instead of iSync 2.1, therefore I have a different list of compatible devices. ARGH!

Using non-free software seems to have no great effect on my periphery hassle. This is exactly the kind of thing I kept hating about Linux.

Strangely enough it seems that I can download iSync 2.1. But it won’t help. The Readme file says that it is for 10.4 only. :(

And I don’t even want real syncing. All I want is to get my address book from the phone onto the laptop in some useful form so that I can use it as a backup. vCards sounds like a fine format, for example.

And here I was thinking that Bluetooth had been designed as a standard for all to follow and to solve exactly these kinds of problems.

I also noticed that my Airport Extreme (WiFi) range has been severely reduced after adding this 1GB of RAM. Did they damage it? Is the new RAM obstructing the radio waves somehow? Damn. I don’t think it’s the base station or the cablemodem, because it works just fine from my desktop... Download speed over 76 KB/sec. So they must have done something to my Airport card.

Welcome to the real world, I guess.

Just before going to bed I removed the iBook keyboard, removed the Airport card, put it back, unplugged the antenna (?) – and it worked!! :)



Ging mir ebenso mit genau der gleichen Ausrüstung. Konnte das Nokia noch umtauschen und habe das Sonyericsson K750i gekauft. Damit bin ich zufrieden. Nur das «Sony» im Namen gefällt mir gar nicht.

StefanBucher 2005-12-05 21:00 UTC

Habe gerade im c’t gelesen, dass gnokii auch mit meinem Nokie 6230i klar kommen sollte. Das werde ich daheim auf meiner SlackWare Kiste dann mal ausprobieren.

AlexSchroeder 2006-01-04 14:59 UTC

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