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Treo 650 [Sep. 22nd, 2005|09:29 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I wanted to build a "My Business Card" feature for LiveJournal, where each user can enter in all their vCard contact info (address, city, state, mobile, home, work, etc, etc.) and for each field, choose which friend group to share it with, or choose one global group for all of it.

Then a user could go to mobile.livejournal.com/vcards and get an aggregate *.vcf file of all their friends' vCard data, optionally complete with userpics (since you can put those in vcf files).

But my phone (Treo 650) doesn't support vCard 2.1's UID property, which is supposed to prevent collisions on import/merge, so every time I download my aggregate vcf file I get duplicate records of anything I had from the previous import....

Useless!

Baby jesus cry.
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[User Picture]From: wcu
2005-09-23 04:39 am (UTC)
dude get over here were all gonna cuddle on the floor and watch the oc

KBYE@
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-09-23 04:53 am (UTC)
dina says she has her cuddling clothes on
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-09-23 04:40 am (UTC)
hey brad, I'm in San Francisco for a couple days (stupid wedding on Saturday).. Me and the girlie leave Monday. I heard Rode was down here somewhere now too (I'd need his contact info) so maybe we could grab a drink Sunday night or something.
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[User Picture]From: chuck
2005-09-23 04:41 am (UTC)

woops

forgot to login for that anonymous comment..
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[User Picture]From: taral
2005-09-23 05:57 am (UTC)
It's a real shame vCard is so poorly supported...
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[User Picture]From: teferi
2005-09-23 06:04 am (UTC)
Tell me about it! My phone (Motorola V551) only supports a small subset of vCard, and it rejects all vCards containing things it doesn't understand. The only reliable way to get vcards onto it is to use Motorola Phone Tools, which is irritating.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-09-23 06:16 am (UTC)
and it rejects all vCards containing things it doesn't understand

I think Motorola missed the RFC 760 memo.
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[User Picture]From: teferi
2005-09-23 06:21 am (UTC)
Don't get me started. Every day I wish I'd gotten a Sony-Ericsson or something else that doesn't suck as badly...
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2005-09-23 06:16 am (UTC)
*sigh* I hate it when useful technology can't be useful :(
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[User Picture]From: bobmonster
2005-09-23 07:03 am (UTC)
Technically what you're trying to do is synchronisation, which Palm does not support via vCards (only by hotsync AFAIK). SyncML (not supported by Palm, but used on several phones) uses vCards and should do what you want -- but it's more complicated than just using an aggregate file. That said, being able to sync LJ friends which your phone would be quite usefull, and I can give you some help on the syncML bits if you're interested (via email'd be best).
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-09-23 07:12 am (UTC)
I was excited about SyncML for a bit until I discovered it's a patent-encumbered mess and its licensing committee is a bunch of dicks or something.
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[User Picture]From: chauffeurs
2005-09-23 08:21 am (UTC)
duffey and I think there should be a highschool dropout feature. It would be so cool.
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[User Picture]From: idonotlikepeas
2005-09-23 02:25 pm (UTC)
What an excellent idea. But yeah, most vCard reading software is terrible.

You could always retain data by user for each vCard you've already downloaded (including a timestamp) and have a tool that only downloads the new or updated ones, to minimize the duplication. Which is a shitty hack, but you know.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-09-23 03:23 pm (UTC)
Then I'd have to write software for each phone. I want the phones to do it.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2005-09-23 10:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe instead of pointing this stuff at the phones themselves, you could point them at various address-book apps? Because synching from address-book to phone is already solved N different ways.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-09-23 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's probably what'll happen. Just not as sexy.
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