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Prevent SkyMACMate from locking up on Intel Macs Phones
If you purchase any Yealink product and use it with, say, Skype on your Mac, you must install a program called SkyMACMAte. At the time of this writing, this program is compiled for PowerPC only (version, and has been the cause of my Mac locking up reliably every couple of days. I have emailed Yealink several times about it, but only get Japanese replies.

From lots of testing, searching, and reading, I have learned that some people believe the program locks up because of a problem with dual-core CPUs, while others think it is a bug in the code that if it runs for longer that 24 hours at a time, it dies. Either way, it kills my system.

With the combination of some Automator and AppleScript scripts, and a little help from cron and iCal, we can minimize how often this thing locks up our machine. I say minimize, because I have only been testing it for a couple of days.
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Send .Mac email from a Windows Mobile smartphone Phones
I've always been able to check my .Mac email on my smartphone using the IMAP4 server, but sending had never worked: either rejected all mail recipients when authentication wasn't used, or rejected my login when it was.

It turns out that the solution is simple: in the account set-up, you need to ensure that 'Outgoing server requires authentication' is activated, and in 'Outgoing server settings' you need to select 'Use different user name for outgoing server' and re-enter the exact same details as for the incoming server (making sure you don't included the '' on your account name).

kirkmc adds: I haven't tested this.
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10.4: Use an official Nokia plug-in for iSync support Phones
With versions of OS X 10.4 prior to 10.4.9, it was possible to use not-officially-supported phones with iSync. There are several hints here that show how to do this (it usually involves copying an existing iSync plugin for a supported phone and modifying it slightly to match the unsupported phone). I had happily been syncing my Nokia E60 in this way for many months.

So I was very unpleasantly surprised to notice that after the OS X 10.4.9 upgrade I could no longer sync my unsupported phone. After spending hours trying to make this work, I crossed the pain threshold and bought a set of plugins from, but they did not work.

Finally, after hours of searching, it turns out that Nokia now provides iSync plug-ins for a whole slew of phones, including models that Apple doesn't list as supported. From the Nokia site, you can now get plugins for all these phones:

E50, E60, E61, E61i, E62, E65, E70, N70, N71, N72, N73, N76, N80, N90, N91, N93, N93i, N95, N-Gage, N-Gage QD, 3230, 3600, 3620, 3650, 3660, 6021, 6102, 6103, 6111, 6131, 6230, 6230i, 6260, 6270, 6280, 6600, 6620, 6630, 6670, 6680, 6681, 6682, 6820, 6822, 7370, 7380, 7610, 7650, 8800, 8801, 9300i

They're all available, for free, from Nokia's own iSynce page on the European section of their website. Very straightforward to install, and now my E60 syncs again...bliss!
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Use the Nokia PC Suite via Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop Phones
I recently found this blog entry, which explains how to use the Nokia PC suite on a Mac (via VirtualPC or Parallels):
I know there are Mac users out there like me who are complaining that Nokia does not have a Nokia PC Suite for Macs (or Nokia ‘Mac' Suite). I don't want to get into a Mac versus PC argument, but it should be made available even if we are only a small percentage of the market. So far, we resort to the iSync plugin to synchronize just the contacts and the calendar. The Nokia PC Suite offers a lot more. Fortunately, nothing is impossible. There is a way to use the Nokia PC Suite on the Mac.
You'll need to download the script from the above link to your home folder, make it executable (chmod 755, and then do this in the OS X Terminal:
sudo sh
This temporarily unloads some conflicting USB kernel extensions, until the next reboot. Full details are available at the above-linked blog entry, of course.

One could maybe even write a script which reloads the same extensions, if necessary, after having ended the VirtualPC or Parallels session: just edit the script in TextEdit, replace all the kextunload entries with kextload, and save it with another name, i.e.

Anyway, I have tried it in VirtualPC 7.0.2 on a Mac OS X 10.4.9 PowerPC, with the latest Nokia PC Suite and a Nokia 6630 phone connected through the USB cable: it works, even if sometimes the connection seems to drop. On a PowerPC Mac, of course, it is rather slow! Now, if only one could use also the Bluetooth connection through VPC...
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Add iSync support for the Nokia N95 Phones
I modified a Nokia E61 plug-in to make it work with the new N95 (download 55KB), thanks to some hints from a German web site.
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10.4: Add iSync support for the Nokia 6233 Phones
I created an iSync plug-in (30KB download) for the Nokia 6233, based on tips here on macosxhints (v 10.4.6) and on .mactomster. Please download and unzip the folder into your machine's top-level Library folder (don't overwrite an existing PhonePlugins folder, if you already have one).
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Add iSync support for the Sony-Ericsson W880i Phones
The Sony-Ericsson W880i is not supported on iSync 2.4. The workaround, as usual, includes modifying the metaclasses. This time, however, the info.plist file should also be modified.

Just duplicate the SonyEricsson-W810.phoneplugin (located in /Applications » iSync » Control-click and show package contents » Contents » Plugins » ApplePhoneConduit.syncdevice » Contents » Plugins), change the info.plist and metaclasses.plist entries in the duplicate to w880, and you must also change the to 0xD068 in order for USB to work.

Rename the duplicated folder to SonyEricsson-W880.phoneplugin. You can just create PhonePlugins within your top-level Library, or place it with the others as bove. Don't forget to make your black or silver metal TIFF icon.
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iSync and internet modem use for the Nokia N93 / N93i Phones
Here are some simple instructions to get the Nokia N93 or N93i working with iSync 2.3 in Mac OS 10.4. (Other iSync versions might work, if they have SyncML, but I haven't tested them.)

First download this .zip file for the Nokia N93, and this one for the Nokia N93i. (For the paranoid: you can simply unzip it and look at its contents in your text editor. It consists only of configuration text files and some small graphics). Now follow these instructions...
  1. Select the following maroon text and then pressing Command-C:


  2. Open the finder. Press Command-Shift-G (that is the Go » Go to Folder keyboard shortcut). Paste what you copied in step two into the dialog box.
  3. Drag and drop the downloaded .zip file into the folder that is opened in step two.
  4. Unzip the .zip archive by double clicking on it. You should then have a folder named Nokia-N93.phoneplugin (or Nokia-N93i.phoneplugin if you downloaded the second file). You should then put the original archive into the trash, or somewhere else for backup, as you won't need it anymore.
Now you will be able to add the Nokia N93/N93i like any other Bluetooth device. It would be perhaps wise to remove any older Bluetooth pairings which might cause conflict. Also, you will have to select the option Always Allow Connection on the Nokia for the Mac to connect without intervention from your part in the future. (see on the phone: Settings » Connections/security » Bluetooth).
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Add iSync support for the Sony Ericsson W300i Phones
Even in 10.4.9, there's no support for the Sony Ericsson W300i. So just open /Applications » » Contents » PlugIns » ApplePhoneConduit.syncdevice » Contents » PlugIns » PhoneModelsSync.phoneplugin » Contents » Resources » MetaClasses.plist and insert the following lines:

          <string>Sony Ericsson+Sony Ericsson W300</string>
                <string>Sony Ericsson+Sony Ericsson W300i</string>
                <string>Sony Ericsson+Sony Ericsson W300-1</string>
                <string>Sony Ericsson+Sony Ericsson W300i-1</string>
          <string>Sony Ericsson+Sony Ericsson W300</string>
                <string>Sony Ericsson+Sony Ericsson W300i</string>
                <string>Sony Ericsson+Sony Ericsson W300-1</string>
                <string>Sony Ericsson+Sony Ericsson W300i-1</string>

[robg adds: These are basic instructions; try this search if you'd like to see many other examples, some of which may provide more detail.]
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10.4: Add iSync Support for the Nokia E60 Phones
Here are the instructions to get iSync Version 2.4 (501.2) (on Mac OSX 10.4.9 - Build 8P2137) working with Nokia E50. The Bluetooth pairing is smooth and should not create any problems, but natively you are not able to Sync with this device.

In the Terminal:
$ cd /Applications/
$ cd ApplePhoneConduit.syncdevice/Contents/PlugIns
$ sudo cp -R Nokia-E61.phoneplugin Nokia-E50.phoneplugin 
$ cd Nokia-E50.phoneplugin
Change all occurrences of E61 to E50 in Info.plist:
$ cd Contents
$ mv Info.plist ori.Info.plist 
$ sed 's/E61/E50/g' ori.Info.plist >Info.plist
$ rm ori.Info.plist
Read on for the last few steps...
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