I just paid $29 to make my life slightly more annoying.

The people at Mark/Space finally released their sync application for Mac OS X and the Sidekick, and I of course bought the thing, $29.

It’s necessary and yet very annoying. First, you can only put it on two macs. What the hey? iSync with .Mac works everywhere. Why not restrict it to one Sidekick? No, two macs and two Sidekicks. Which makes no sense.

Second, you can only sync up to 8 times per day. This is funny, because iSync only has “manual only” or “once an hour” as options. So you have to use cron and applescript to say something like “run iSync update every 3 hours”.

This follows the rule that everything involving Apple, and everything involving Danger and the Hiptop, is simultaneously totally cool and so annoying it makes my head vibrate to bits.

I’m glad you care.

6 thoughts on “I just paid $29 to make my life slightly more annoying.

  1. I was kinda waiting for that to come out. It may be the one thing that convinces me to keep this little brick. Is it worth the $30?

  2. Hrm.
    I use Missing Sync for Palm, and I haven’t noticed any limitations.. is there some reason behind this on the Sidekick, or have I just not noticed the limitations on Palm?

    1. Re: Hrm.
      I have to agree–those limits seem kind of weird. I only have Missing Sync/Palm installed on one machine so have not run into any limits there, but have no limits in the number of times I can sync. When I am trying out new shareware/freeware apps, I sometime have to sync upward of ten times until I find one I like.
      The Palm does not have an auto-sync option, though. It only syncs when you press the button on the cable or cradle (or run the sync app if using bluetooth.) There are a couple of programs you can install on the Palm to simulate the button press, giving you a hacked version of auto-sync. Regardless, the synchronization is initialized from the Palm side of the conversation, so auto-sync has not really been an issue, either.
      If you do have to set up a lame cron job, “osascript” is an amazing program.

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