This is one of those posts that has little to do with SQL Server and more to do with helping to make life in technology just a bit easier.
I recently changed phones and needed to find a way to transfer my contacts from the Blackberry platform to another platform. After some research I found a really easy way to do it. Google has an app called Google Sync. This can be downloaded and installed on your cell-phone. Once installed you can then synchronize your contacts and calender from the smart-phone to your gmail account. This is useful for other reasons as well.
I had not stored all of my contacts on the sim card nor on an additional media card but in the phone memory instead. Once I had everything sync’d to GMAIL, life became much simpler. I was able to much more quickly group and organize the contacts as well as edit them. A word of caution though – do not delete a contact that is duplicated. The contact may get linked behind the scenes and deleting one of the linked contacts will delete the other if a duplicate is detected. Instead use the merge option in GMAIL. Now, I can make changes through GMAIL to a contact and it can be synched to the phone rather rapidly. NO more need for an additional software on every computer to keep those address books in sync.