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Solution: iCal, gCal, and iPhone. A happy threesome

If you followed my previous post about wanting to trade my Kingdom for a way to sync my iPhone, iCal, and gCal, you know that the current situation for an iPhone owner, with a gCal account is pretty much W.E.A.K.

the blackberry definitely one ups the iPhone in this category.

While I’m not 100% happy with my current solution (Thanks commenter Toby), it’s the best solution I’ve come up with so far. My environment is convoluted for sure, but can’t be unique.

Toby pointed me to nuevaSync, which let’s you sync a gCal account through an exchange gateway, which you can then sync to the iPhone. Unfortunately the iPhone can only handle one exchange sync, no idea why.

So I’ve got 2 way Sync from gCal to the iPhone through nuevaSync. Then since I like using iCal when on my mac, or not connected, i use Google’s new calDav support to have 2 way communication between iCal and gCal.

ok mostly there. gCal is my hub, and iCal and the iPhone can talk to it, and get updates back and forth.

Unfortunately since I’m using my single exchange connection for nuevaSync, I had to disconnect from my EUI account. Solution, just as convoluted.

I connected my iPhone directly to the mail server via IMAP, and have entourage (blech) syncing to iCal in an Entourage, which then, mostly, sometimes, will make it up to the cloud that is MobileMe.

I can only imagine what kind of trouble I’d have if I was trying to sync contacts across all these services.

So there we have it. A mostly good solution, to a really stupid problem to have. Thanks Apple, this kind of stuff reinforces why RIM is the business choice still.

Trust the cloud

I saw a post on lifehacker about it, and it sparked some synapses.

(knocking on wood) I’ve been lucky, my gmail accoutn has never been deleted or locked out, my MobileMe data has never been erased, etc. My biggest headache is the occassional Time Machine DMG corrpupting and having to start over again. Painful, but not end of the world.

But this recent Gmail outage, reinforced a long time fear I’ve had. The cloud isn’t fool proof, and “do no evil” can stop being a mantra at any minute. Who knows if the Gmail outage was a true FUBAR, or jsut a gSlap to show us all how much we rely on Gmail. A gSlap heard ‘roudn the world as it were.

I can’t argue that the convenience is not incredible. my two laptops, my iPhone and my iNewton, all sync across mobileMe, google docs is available offline, thanks to their google gears app, so on or offline, I’ve got that. It’s all just there, all the time.

But what happens when the cloud fails for longer than an hour? or Google, god forbid, goes Huggy Bear on us all and holds our data (lives and business) hostage? 360Conferences is 100% online, 100% in the cloud. I sync locally, so I’d have data current as of the last time iDisk didn’t fail to sync, but what then? Tom and I can’t collaborate on docs? Jeff and I can’t work on interview questions for the next episode of The Flex Show.

I’m mainly just thinking out loud since I have no proposed solution. I could set up a server room (again) though this townhome doesn’t lend itself to that, and run my own email. but what about things like gDocs? buzzword? MobileMe? For better or worse, I suspect there’s no turning back from the cloud.

What do you think?