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Old 06-14-2009, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had a blackberry and a mac for about a year now, and my blackberry recently coped out on me and I had to replace it- since Verizon can only update my contacts to my new bb (covered under warranty, thankfully) but I would have lost my calendar if I hadn't JUST put google syn on my phone but I lost everything in my memo pad (I kept a lot of notes there), password keeper, applications, etc.
Now I'm weary about putting anything JUST on my blackberry- as it doesn't sync with my mac, it is the sole location / source of anything that I put on there. I'm starting law school soon and just downloaded studentdocket hoping that that helps me keep track of assignments- but now I'm all worried about my BB breaking and not having another source of that information.

I think if Verizon had an iPhone, I'd switch hands down. Only because it would make my life and syncing sooo much easier!
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Use hosted Exchange services, use Windows on a virtual machine, or just use a Windows machine. Three options for keeping your data backed up and safe.

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I dont have a windows machine, and I am not quite sure how to use windows on a virtual machine??

I have google sync, but its only the calendar and contacts...
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Google Calendar and contact sync is available for the MAC
I think he was looking for a full backup of his BB using his Mac, like DM for Windows does. Aside from getting a windows machine, the only thing you can do is:

If you are running Leopard, use Mac boot camp program and set up your Mac to dual boot to both Mac and Windows [you will unfortunately need to buy a copy of Windows]

Buy a program called Parallels. This program allows you to run Windows inside of your Mac OSX. You would need to buy a copy of Windows for this as well.

Until RIM realizes that not everyone uses Windows and puts out their Mac version of DM that they have been promising, then this is basically all you can do to get the same level of backup that Windows users get.

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Old 06-20-2009, 08:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey Ruffian I think you may want to look into a full back up solution like I did. I had the same thing happen to me last October, only my Mac HD crashed. I searched for a good overall solution to ensure that my email would be backed up, as this is imperative to keep due to legal reasons (I am in sales, so quotes and all that need to be archived). I found the perfect solution to be a Microsoft Exchange hosted account. (I gave up synching my BB to my mac after wasting $50 or so on a different synching program that didn't work. I will not name names.)

I use Entourage on my Mac and Exchange hosting allows the contacts and calendar to be synched up to it wirelessly. There is no need to plug in the device. On my other windows computer at work, calendar, notes, tasks, and of course contacts are all synched up to it. If I change a contact on my PC it changes on my Blackberry and on my Mac. If I add an appointment on my Mac it adds it to PC and Blackberry. The information is always stored on a separate server with built in backed up redundancy. I can't say enough great things about it. It also allows me to leave my laptop at home when I am on the road, as I can login from any web browser and it turns the web browser into a virtual MS Outlook. I can add/edit/see all of the tasks, notes, calendar, and contacts on it.

Since October I have had 3 BB Pearls die on me. It must be fate that I had this back up solution, as I just called my Exchange hosting company and they walked me through what to do and within 15 minutes of wirelessly updating the device (1 minute of your time) the device had all of my contacts, notes, tasks, and calendar on it.

There are many MS Exchange hosting solutions. I use Mailstreet. The person I spoke to was Andy Hosler. You may want to check it out. I know there are others out there, but this company has been bulletproof. The customer service is great. Let me know if you have any other questions and good luck.
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