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Old 09-21-2008, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After using various Palm devices (most recently Treo 700p) for the past 8 years, I have made the big switch (to a Verizon Curve 8330 using BB Internet Service). I have hundreds of records, notes, memos, contacts, etc. and have now made the transition. I am glad I switched, but I learned a whole lot in the process. For a detailed discussion of my discoveries, and why I love my BB now, see my blog post: charlesgoldman.wordpress.com/2008/09/21/going-paperless-and-getting-organized/
[I can copy-and-paste the contents of the blog post here, if anyone would prefer.]
I very much welcome further discussion of ways to make the best use of BB and "cloud" computing. I would also be willing to share specifics of how I actually transferred the data over (the snyc app included with BB desktop did not work at all).

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I read your blog post. My suggestion would be to keep back ups of all the data you have "in the cloud". Personally, I'm not a fan of "cloud computing" because when data is on someone else's servers, there is always a risk of security breaches, lost data, etc. I have much more faith in my own hardware and my own security practices than in anyone's "cloud". JMO.

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Welcome back to the zen of handheld devices. And welcome to the forums.
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"daphne", you make a good point, and one I have thought a lot about. However, I really hate the process of backing things up regularly and then deciding where to store them. I even put my backup hard drives in a safe deposit box when I leave town, because the biggest risk is probably someone breaking in and stealing all my hardware! It becomes a nightmare to juggle backups of PDA, desktop and laptop files, photos, videos, etc. But, trusting the cloud is risky, too - especially in today's business climate. I do keep local backups of very critical data, but most of my data is ultimately expendable.
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There are apps for backing up synching the BlackBerry on a Mac, in case you hadn't found them.

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And there is one called Missing Synch, not free. There are theads here about them, you might look in the Mac users forum here.
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Rexwireless' Ideamatrix is my main app for most of my data; it works extremely well on the BB and is a pleasure to use (I have no connection with that or any other company; I am a retired physician). It beats having to sync by hand on 2 different computers. Does anyone know about this company and how trustworthy they may be? Since I am not an Enterprise BB user, and just a lone individual, it is wonderful to have a place to "store" my data, and still have offline access to it on my BB Curve (and online access anywhere else).

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I've had no issues with RexWireless - they've always been very responsive to any questions I've had. I ran into trouble with a backup that would hang up and error out, and they got that sorted pretty quickly. They were also able to restore my data after a goofy upgrade wiped me out.

If you read their documentation, you'll see there's not much in the way of securing individual records - marking something private, for example, does not make it secure.

If you can live with that, then you should be fine. I have no reason to question their trustworthiness, and I rely on them to handle sensitive (client-related) data.
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Rexwireless' Ideamatrix is my main app for most of my data; it works extremely well on the BB and is a pleasure to use (I have no connection with that or any other company; I am a retired physician). It beats having to sync by hand on 2 different computers. Does anyone know about this company and how trustworthy they may be? Since I am not an Enterprise BB user, and just a lone individual, it is wonderful to have a place to "store" my data, and still have offline access to it on my BB Curve (and online access anywhere else).
I am a user of both IdeaMatrix and ToDoMatrix. They (RexWireless) have pretty good security goals and principles, and I believe that their head and actions are in the right place. Having said that, however, I am careful that anything that would be covered by the NDAs I sign with clients is not placed in either of the products and stored on their servers. For me, the vast majority of the time that is an acceptable solution as the detailed information typically covered by the NDA is not something that I will work with on the BB itself.
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RexWireless has a good reputation from what I've read. I don't use their products because I really have no need for them. Going along with what djm2 said about not having NDA data on their servers or on his BlackBerry, I'd include at least two other types of info in that category -- health information subject to HIPAA regulations, and financial info that would include your ssn, bank logins, and the like.
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RexWireless has a good reputation from what I've read. I don't use their products because I really have no need for them. Going along with what djm2 said about not having NDA data on their servers or on his BlackBerry, I'd include at least two other types of info in that category -- health information subject to HIPAA regulations, and financial info that would include your ssn, bank logins, and the like.
For me, some of that is covered by the NDAs I have but in general I agree with you entirely. Never leave that information in the ether.
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