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Re: [trinity-devel] Re: TDEPIM status and possibility to extend it to support syncevolution

From: "Timothy Pearson" <kb9vqf@...>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2015 13:27:11 -0600
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> Timothy Pearson wrote:
>
>> As I don't generally use / sync mobile devices for various security and
>> privacy reasons I don't know what would need to be done to get this
>> working correctly.  What is your general use case?
>
> Thanks for the reply!
>
> My problem is (I don't know if use case is appropriate), that I was able
> to
> sync my phone and Palm III without issue until 2005. Palm broke and phone
> was replaced some time after and sync stopped working, because newer
> phones
> were using SyncML already.
>
> I'm not sure what you mean by saying privacy - I want to have my events,
> notes, todos in sync on TDE and my phone - I don't see any problem if I
> sync up via USB cable between PC and phone.

And from my perspective I wouldn't ever want my private notes uploaded to
the NSA/<other three letter agency>/Google/<other corporate busybody> over
the baseband connection after they are on the phone.  That's generally
private information (raw unfiltered thoughts), similar to the contents of
a personal diary, that in a civilised society only I should ever see. 
When anyone else starts reading your raw unfiltered thoughts, especially
when those same entities can take action against you, it introduces severe
chilling effects across the entire population that are long-term damaging
to democratic societies.

tl;dr: I never put anything on a phone that hasn't been thoroughly thought
through and is ready for public scrutiny.  It's an old policy, and one
that has unfortunately been proven correct over the years.  Now Microsoft
is even snooping through everyone's personal files looking for who knows
what to make money.

> So I am looking for a way to sync up few devices. Tablet, 2xPhones, TDE
> etc.
> What should be synced is the trivial once (cal, event, address, todo,
> notes) and possibly all the rest possible to be synced via syncML (images,
> mp3 etc - but this is nice to have - I'm sure it will work as the syncml
> library is pretty good - we  just miss an interface in TDE for it).

I am unfamiliar with syncML.  Do any of these phones / sync solutions use
a standard interface (similar to CalDAV, CardDAV, etc.) or are they all
proprietary / device class specific APIs?

Thanks!

Tim
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