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  • snozdop Level 5 (5,800 points)

    I would not suggest you hold your breath waiting for the re-introduction of SyncServices.

     

    It has not been updated since Mac OS X 10.6.8 was released and has become less and less reliable over the past few years. It would take an immense amount of time and effort to get it into a reliable and usable state. Even if that were on the OS X roadmap (it isn't), it certainly wouldn't be done in a .x.1 release.

  • gumsie Level 4 (2,155 points)

    I'll hold out for a while anyway. I was going to buy Mac Pro 6,1 right away but as it'll only come with 10.9, (and if I'm honest I could probably get away with an iMac), I'll wait until next year. My Mac needs updating but it's still perfectly useable.

    If they've not reintroduced it, (or replaced it with a new service that does a similar job), by the time MacPro7,1 arrives I'll probably get a refurb iMac with 10.8 from the Apple Store online instead.

  • Schmalejandro Level 1 (0 points)

    I may be getting part of this discussion wrong, but please tell me what is keeping you all from using wireless Google/CardDAV/CalDAV/Exchange, etc. synchronization. And how is it that iCloud has, all of a sudden, become mandatory? I use Google's synchronization services for nearly all my personal information, and for the rest, iCloud, since it has a better implementation (you cannot synchronize reminders via Google). Turning off iCloud contacts synchorinization is a few trackpad/mouse clicks away.

     

    Cloud computing is here to stay. The other two major mobile platforms all but abandoned tethered synchronization a LONG time ago. Apple was the only one that continued to offer it, until recently. A "friendlier platform", someone said? Well, I am sorry, you are only fooling yourselves. The other two platforms are Microsoft and Google. Are they offering anything in the way of tethered synchronization? Well, you got it.

     

    The way I see it, for some time now, tethered synchronization has been nothing but a backup solution for wireless. You can easily get IMAP / CardDAV / CalDAV / Exchange Active Sync synchronization from many platforms for free or at a very low cost. Think Google, OwnCloud, Yahoo (although contacts sync is not working on Mac OS X, and I, for one, suspect to be Yahoo's fault) and many more. If you have an Exhange account at your place of work, iPhone is very easy to set up for that—and I find iOS to be THE best-performing platform when it comes to Exchange.

     

    Tethered synchronization made sense as long as wireless data remained damned expensive. Now that WiFi is almost ubiquitous, and wireless data rates are growing more reasonable, technology companies are finding it easier to nudge us into the wireless/cloud era more energetically than before.

     

    The "media" you guys are quoting must be terribly misinformed about the implications of removing tethered synchronization.

     

    I might be wrong, but this is only my view. I hope this was a tiny bit helpful.

  • snozdop Level 5 (5,800 points)

    Only people's fear of storing contact details on a remote server they don't control stops them from using any of the other cloud-based syncing solutions.

     

    No doubt most of these same people use standard unsecured email everyday which could contain potentially far more private info than contacts addresses, and gets stored on numerous servers on its travels, but try pointing out the irony of that and it falls on deaf ears.

  • Schmalejandro Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for replying. I would add a lack of technical education to that. For those with paranoia, Big Brother already has you. It is too late to get scared. :-)

     

    I agree that most fears like this one are hardly reasonable, but if I were to provide a sensible argument for using those remote servers, like I said, those servers are often their employers' own. Many companies use MS Exchange (pretty much the corporate standard these days).

     

    As for all those dirty little personal secrets, they should not be of any great value to the proverbial spies and corporations. If they are, then FB/GOOG already have them, and we are all doomed. :-)

     

    BTW, it feels like a MUCH, MUCH bigger issue to me that I cannot get those beautiful, larger-than-life contact photographs from Google! :-D I love to use those with iCloud, but Apple does not provide contacts backup/restoration. With Google, you can restore your contact list to its state at—literally—any single minute for the preceeding thirty days. With Apple, if your contacts are gone, they are gone. :-)

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,982 points)

    The whole thing is so inaccurate it's valueless.

  • gumsie Level 4 (2,155 points)

    Schmalejandro wrote:

     

    Cloud computing is here to stay.

     

    I might be wrong, but this is only my view. I hope this was a tiny bit helpful.

    So what? Cloud computing is not always available. Local is.

  • gumsie Level 4 (2,155 points)

    What is?

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,982 points)

    gumsie wrote:

     

    Schmalejandro wrote:

     

    Cloud computing is here to stay.

     

    I might be wrong, but this is only my view. I hope this was a tiny bit helpful.

    So what? Cloud computing is not always available. Local is.

     

    Local is only available when you're in your house or your office, I work all over the world. Local is completely useless.

     

    Local is gone.

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,982 points)

    gumsie wrote:

     

    What is?

     

    The article linked to, maybe you should read the thread?

  • gumsie Level 4 (2,155 points)

    ......or perhaps when you have a device to sync to?

  • gumsie Level 4 (2,155 points)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    gumsie wrote:

     

    What is?

     

    The article linked to, maybe you should read the thread?

    I see it now, wasn't a link posted by Snozdrop who you were replying to. Given the article is only a few paragraphs long care to point out some of those inaccuracies that make it valueless?

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,982 points)

    So your suggestion is to carry my server around with me so I can sync?

     

    You really haven't thought this through have you.

  • gumsie Level 4 (2,155 points)

    Tell you what, let's leave this here because all those points are going to your head and they've made you deliberately obtuse.

    The option used to exist for both, now it does not. Presently I sync locally at the end of the day and have the option to go remote.

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,982 points)

    Correct, it's gone, and it was never useful to the people who don't work the way you do.

     

    And as there is no alternative, what's your plan now?