Re: [NTLK] vCard Puzzle

From: Greg Hankins <>
Date: Sun Jan 20 2008 - 16:13:53 EST

Playing with NewtSync to see whether I could get it to work, I also
wiped my Newt's Names file. I was able to get NewtSync to transfer
all the AddressBook files over to the Newton without crashing,
though, as with the vCard problem I mentioned, it only transferred
one mailing address even though some of my addresses have more than one.

There are a couple of posts in the list archives (search for
"Newtsync") that I ran across last night that mention crashes in the
middle of the sync. I recall two explanations: first, notes more than
100 characters long; and second, multiple email addresses for a
single name. I cannot claim that either actually crashes the program,
but you might want to read those posts.

I do have a couple of addresses in my Mac AddressBook that have two
email addresses. I discovered that these names were simply not
transferred by Newtsync. But no crash.

I have pretty much given up on NewtSync for two reasons: First, I
cannot reliably get new information transferred over from the Mac,
though info from the Newton seems to transfer fine; second, I think
NewtSync may actually delete the second mailing address in
AddressBook entries.

I'm playing with vCard transfers trying to work out a manual system
because no reliable Sync seems to exist.

BTW, I am syncing using wireless; the connection part of the equation
seems to work just fine.


Greg Hankins
Happy Hank's Honey House
Mt. Gilead, NC

On Jan 20, 2008, at 3:30 PM, Jon Glass wrote:

> On Jan 20, 2008 8:34 PM, Martin Joseph <> wrote:
>> If memory
>> serves Vcard wasn't part of the Newton's original software (was it
>> invented yet?).
> Interesting line of thought. This is what the Wikipedia has to say on
> this subject:
> "The vCard or Versitcard was originally proposed in 1995 by the Versit
> consortium, which consisted of Apple Computer, AT&T (later Lucent),
> IBM and Siemens. In December 1996 ownership of the format was handed
> over to the Internet Mail Consortium, a trade association for
> companies with an interest in Internet e-mail."
> So, at least towards the end of the Newton project, it was at least
> somewhat in existence. :-) But most definitely _after_ the creation of
> NCU, and all the other Newton utilities. Always makes you wonder what
> might have been...
> BTW, I tried to import my Names file as a vcard via NCX, and it
> bombed, though the lit. for NCX seems to indicate that it should be
> possible... Anybody succeeded yet in getting a large vCard file into
> their Newton? vCards plural? I've dumped my now _very_ outdated Newton
> names file (dating to 199x or earliest 2K years), and now have an
> empty Newton... :-(
> And NewtSync is _definitely_ not working. It pretends to start, but
> the Newton client disconnects, and then I have to forcequite NSync on
> my Mac.
> --
> -Jon Glass
> Krakow, Poland
> <>
> "I don't believe in philosophies. I believe in fundamentals." --
> Jack Nicklaus
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