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Sync birthdays from iCal to a Symbian phone Phones
There is a known bug in iSync which prevents repeating events starting earlier than 1980 from syncing to Symbian OS devices (such as my Nokia N80). Since birthdays entered into the Address Book will often have starting dates prior to 1980, this means they won't show up on your phone. Annoying.

Here's a small AppleScript I wrote to create a copy of the Birthdays auto-calendar in iCal, resetting the start dates of any early birthdays to 1980. If you save the script to ~/Library -> Scripts -> Applications -> iCal, and install the AppleScript menu item, you'll be able to create and update your syncing calendar with ease. All you need then do is select the correct calendar for syncing in iSync.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Sync birthdays from iCal to a Symbian phone
Authored by: RussellK on Sep 11, '06 10:59:24AM

As an aside, I must say it's a bit unnerving to realize just how many of my contacts' birthdays are NOT before 1980!

I wonder how old the programmers behind this iSync bug are...?



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Sync birthdays from iCal to a Symbian phone
Authored by: CJYetman on Nov 02, '06 07:03:30AM

It's not an iSync bug...

Symbian phones do not allow calendar entries before 1980. The birthday calendar is composed of events which are recurring events that begin on the birth-date of each person. If their birth-date was before 1980, it is ignored by Symbian, along with all of it's recurring dates.

Annoying as hell.... I wish there was a Symbian update that would resolve this issue properly.



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Sync birthdays from iCal to a Symbian phone
Authored by: sillium on Jun 27, '07 07:30:34AM

Just a reminder for users of other languages than English: You have to adjust the name of your birthday calendar in line 19 of the script to match your iCal calendar. For German users this would be "Geburtstage".



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