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Free Address Book and Calendar Server
Authored by: fulmar2 on Jul 08, '11 09:10:50AM

The skeptic in me sees this as a great way to collect email addresses. Regardless, you can do this for free without installing any software on your computer if you already have a (free) Gmail or (free) Yahoo! email account. Both of these accounts come with calendars, so you can sync your calendars as well. This is how I keep everything synced amongst 3 computers and a smart phone.

Here are instructions for Snow Leopard, This technique also works for Leopard, but not sure about Tiger.
Go to the accounts, via iCal > Preferences, and then choosing "Accounts" in the window pane.
At the lower left, click on the "+" to add a new account
In the next dialog box, fill out this information:
[**]Account Type: CalDAV
[**]User name: <your GMail address>
[**]Password: <your GMail password>

Then, enter server settings
[**]Server address (for GMAIL): google.com
[**]Server address (for GMAIL): /calendar/dav/YOUREMAIL@DOMAIN.COM/user
[**]Server address (for YAHOO): caldav.calendar.yahoo.com
[**]Server address (for YAHOO): /principals/users/YOUR_YAHOO_ID/

Replace in this URL the part in bold with your full E-mail address.
Leave the rest of the URL alone, even the "user"!
Click "Create"
If ever prompted for Kerberos authentication, leave it unchecked.
In the account info, you can select all calendars you can see in iCal under the delegation tab.

Now, for Contacts - even easier!
Go to the accounts via Address Book > Preferences, and then choosing "Accounts" in the window pane.
Check the box that says Synchronize with (google or yahoo), and then click the configure button.

Now, to get it all working:
1) Go to Applications > iSync
2) Go to iSync > Preferences.
2) If it isn't already checked, check "Enable Syncing on this computer" I always check Show Status in menu bar (if you right click the sync wheel in the menu bar, you can sync at will). Also, I always show data change alert when any of the data will be changed.

Enjoy.



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Free Address Book and Calendar Server
Authored by: LostInSpace2011 on Jul 08, '11 05:43:23PM

This is exactly the point of Address Book Server. Rather then me or anybody else hosting a server for you. You can host your own server on your own computer. So your data never leaves your network. You obviously haven't tried it otherwise you would have seen how it works. You suggest to use a service which hosts your data on a server somewhere on the internet where you don't even know what jurisdiction it falls under. Nor do you know who has access to it. I don't want to start scaring people too much, but like you suggest these are all valid considerations.

Might want to give it a try.

Have fun



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Free Address Book and Calendar Server
Authored by: wallybear on Jul 09, '11 05:53:32AM

"The skeptic in me sees this as a great way to collect email addresses"

But the client and server apps resides on _your_ computers, so it's unfair to say such a thing about this program.



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