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RSS+events app/palm and coldsync for Mac OS X

From: Libby Miller <Libby.Miller@bristol.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 3 Aug 2002 23:18:58 +0100 (BST)
To: www-rdf-calendar@w3.org
cc: connolly@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.44.0208032304280.21103-100000@mail.ilrt.bris.ac.uk>

I've improved my little rss+event calendar agent a bit, fixing some bugs
and allowing preloading of data and searching.


I've also managed to get coldsync working with Mac OS X which has been a
struggle to say the least, not because it wouldnt compile (it does,
though with lots of warnings).

The problem was that that the Palm software for Mac OS 9 (which I need
for my palmpix stuff at the moment) didn't backup to pdb files, so I
couldn't grab my palm events using Dan Connolly's PalmAgent or my

I have a serial Palm cradle, connected to the iBook USB port using
Palm's serial to USB connector. Unfortunately it seems that this
connector is not well documented, and drivers aren't available for it
for Mac OS X. Anyway, you can do it: you need a serial (not a USB)
cradle, and you need a *Keyspan* serial to USB connector and the relevant
drivers: http://www.keyspan.com/support/macosx/usa/

When you connect your palm via the Keyspan cable you get a new port
under /dev/

Then you run coldsync with the -p option and do a backup, e.g.

/usr/local/bin/coldsync -v -p /dev/cu.USA19QI11P1.1 -mb palmbackup/ DatebookDB.pdb

I thought I'd write a note to here because it took me so long to find
out the information myself.



On Fri, 2 Aug 2002, Libby Miller wrote:

> hi all,
> It's nice to see such interesting work here, after a long spammy gap
> (btw, there is no spam now - so feel free to join the list...)
> I've been working on a little app which runs as a little (Java) server
> on the desktop and which can download and display RSS+events files,
> including encrypted ones if you care to give it your passphrase (but use
> a test one - this is alpha software).
> There are a bunch of UI issues - I was trying to see whether it would
> work or not really.
> http://swordfish.rdfweb.org/rdfquery/downloads.html#rdfcal
> http://swordfish.rdfweb.org/rdfquery/rdfcal.tar.gz
> it looks like (and uses the same servlet code as) the RSS+events demo I
> did:
> http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/Europe/events/view/
> but making it a server means we can do secure stuff with gpg keys. I was
> thinking also it can load up Palm Datebook files off my local computer,
> which should be easy, but I'm having some MacOsX related difficulties at
> the moment.
> Someone popped up on the mozilla calendar list talking about RSS and
> events
> http://groups.google.com/groups?dq=&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&safe=off&threadm=Pine.GSO.4.44.0208010806570.13022-100000%40mail.ilrt.bris.ac.uk&prev=/groups%3Fhl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26safe%3Doff%26group%3Dnetscape.public.mozilla.calendar
> so any RSS+events feeds people know of would be useful to try and get
> them interested. Mozilla has RDF stuff in it, and can also manage your
> gpg passphrase, so this would be ideal, if we can persuade them.
> cheers
> Libby
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