I’ve Been Saved

by Cy Caine on February 2, 2010

My surprise was followed by confusion, dread, panic and relief, in that order.  It started this evening when I picked up my iPhone to call Alex, my oldest son.  Turned on the phone, hit the favorites icon, and I was staring at a list of phone numbers.  Odd, given that normally this would show me a list of names.  I then tapped the phone book icon and saw….nothing.  My contact database was wiped out.  And not just on my iPhone, but on my Mac too. As you might guess, this is about when the dread and panic kicked in.  The source of relief?  Knowing that I had taken out an insurance policy called Plaxo.  I was very glad this evening that I am a subscriber to Plaxo’s premium tools, a key benefit of which is a 90 day history of all changes to my contacts.  With a few mouse clicks everything was restored to normal.

The culprit, or so it seems, is a new software application I installed recently called Spanning Sync. I installed this about a week ago and configured it to do a one way sync with my Google contact and Google calendar. One way meaning push information from my Mac to Google, but don’t change anything on my computer.  Didn’t quite work as planned.

As long as I’m on the subject of Plaxo, I highly recommend it for synchronizing contacts and calendars on multiple computers.  Using Plaxo I am able, for example, to enter an appointment into the calendar on my Mac and within a few minutes have it appear in Outlook on my PC.  Works just as well in the other direction.

  • Andrew Gelman

    Have you tried the linkedin toolbar? Has this amazing feature called “grab” which allows you to “grab” someone’s contact info from anywhere and turn it into an outlook contact.

  • Cy Caine

    Andrew – Thanks for taking a look at my site. 😉

    I have used the LinkedIn tool bar off and on over the years, primarily for access to this very feature. However, I have found that it causes stability issues with Outlook and so don’t have it installed right now. The 3rd party developer that created that function for LinkedIn also has an app that the sell so that you can grab addresses from anywhere, not just from email. I think it also worked with calendar entries. I can’t recall the name of the developer, but I did give them my contact information so that they can let me know when they introduce an equivalent offering for the Mac.

  • Alex

    I used a similar program on my Mac

  • Andrew Gelman

    Have you tried the linkedin toolbar? Has this amazing feature called “grab” which allows you to “grab” someone's contact info from anywhere and turn it into an outlook contact.

  • Andrew – Thanks for taking a look at my site. 😉

    I have used the LinkedIn tool bar off and on over the years, primarily for access to this very feature. However, I have found that it causes stability issues with Outlook and so don't have it installed right now. The 3rd party developer that created that function for LinkedIn also has an app that the sell so that you can grab addresses from anywhere, not just from email. I think it also worked with calendar entries. I can't recall the name of the developer, but I did give them my contact information so that they can let me know when they introduce an equivalent offering for the Mac.

  • Dloz

    Hey did you ever find out about that app thats grab contact info for the mac, I am scrambling to find something that can do that now that i no longer use windows.u00a0 nnI can be reached @dloz twittern

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