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Thursday
Aug262004

Excellent Myssing Sync 4.0 Review

If you're a Mac user who's considering Missing Sync, Jeff Carlson has an excellent write up on The Missing Sync 4.0 in the latest issue of TidBITS. While I kind of knew it had some nice features, I was surprised to see how well integrated The Missing Sync is, with such features as SD card mounting, internet connection sharing, iTunes and iPhoto integration.

Of course, The Missing Sync ain't cheap at $40, but at least it offers some compelling features to justify the price. Right now, the HotSync software bundled with Palm Desktop 4.2.1 works reliably enough. However, if there's an OS 6 device in my future, that will likely change.

UPDATE 2004-08-27: There is one significant thing not mentioned in Jeff's article, pointed out today by Matt Henderson. Matt just picked up a copy of Missing Sync 4.0 and found the licensing restrictions are incredibly strict — it apparently uses the Mac's ethernet address and (possibly) other criteria to limit Missing Sync to a single machine.

This is maybe no big deal if you have one machine, but if you have a desktop and a laptop as Matt does, it forces him to buy another full copy for the other machine. I think Mark/Space should consider offering current owners of Missing sync 4.0 the option of buying an additional sub-license for maybe $5 or $10.

Update 2004-08-28: Good news!! Matt has written back, to mention that Missing Sync 4.0's license allows use on up to 2 Macs! Mark/Space support says you can enter the same serial number on both machines when registering the software! Kudos to Mark/Space! :-)

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