Shout out to the web.

This posting is for other victims of Oracle Calendaring (an enterprise calendaring system) who are trying to get it to work on the Mac and their Treo (or Palm) synchronization.

Mac:

  • I was unable to get it to play nice with iCal, so no more iCal.
  • So you have to use their 1987 quality calendaring application on the desk top.

Treo:

  • You need use Mark/Space’s Missing Sync because iSync won’t allow you to disable the calendar only; so switch to that before the following steps.
  • The task and address book synching are said to be lousy.
  • You need the Oracle conduits.
  • After they are installed remove the address book and task conduits and restore the Mark/Space conduits.
  • Don’t try to run both the Oracle calendar conduit and the Mark/Space event conduit; since they are both trying to sync the same data.
  • If you get this error: “Out of storage space during update of database CTimeSetupPrefsDB” in the log on the treo then you need to upgrade your Treo’s firmware.

There may, or may not, be a Mac release of the Treo firmware updater for the Mac. If there isn’t on then you need to a window’s box. Virtual PC will work, but you need to manually kill the Mac processes running in the background listing for the Hot Synch request that comes in from the Treo; you can find those using the application known as the Activity Monitor.

That said this thing is junk.

I am assured by other users that it does not consistently move appointments created on the palm onto your main calendar. Those users then give you the sardonic smile of a fellow traveler and report that they have been trained to enter appointments only into Oracle calendar.

There is no work around for that problem on the Mac. I gather on the PC you can force a “full” syncronization and their conduit will then, very slowly, get the right answer.

It is a documented bug with the Mac conduit. Repeating events move over only the first instance of the repeating events.

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