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N800 Calendar Sync With Outlook

One of the biggest downsides to the N800 as an Internet Tablet is that Nokia have sidestepped the issue of Calendars completely. However the N800 is the ideal device to carry around as a PDA replacement so why not capture some of those PDA features that make life easier to manage?

The first PDA tool that I needed on the N800 was a calendar. Searching the repositories I found GPE-Calendar, which is part of the GPE-PIM Suite. Its a tiny file so it isn't going to make a huge dent in your available storage and, although a bit basic, it does fulfill the functions that most people will require from a calendar (categories, multiple views, etc.)

And you can even publish your Outlook Calendar to it if you need to keep your work diary in sync.

Its a slightly convoluted process, so bear with me as I outline the steps:

First sign-up for a Gmail account, if you don't have one already, then go to http://www.syncmycal.com/ and download their outlook sync tool for Gmail.

Follow the instructions fo…

Garnet On The N800!!!

Here's something I never thought I'd be writing: you can now run Garnet OS (the OS formerly known as Palm) apps on a N800.

Access have released a virtual machine which runs on Maemo so that users can test the compatibility layer for the upcoming Access Linux for Palm. Its a brave move which benefits both sides: Access gets a huge test environment and the ability to confidently claim backward compatibility a N800/810 users gain a calendar application that will sync with Outlook.

Installation is a breeze and, although it doesn't run full screen (yet?) it does emulate a full hires+ Palm, up to and including a TX. You can even set different apps to start in different emulation modes to ensure that as many as possible can be run as if on Palm hardware.

You can register for the download here.

Did O2 Cash In On iPhone?

Well Apple and O2 have had a full weekend to enjoy the delights of plugging the iPhone to the British public - but did they have much success?

Its clear that the US launch went very well for Apple and US partner AT&T - but then American buying patterns have always differed from what we see in the UK... the Palm Treo is actually quite popular over there, whereas over here its a rare beast.

O2 has partnered with the Carphone Warehouse to retail the iPhone as its own retail base is comparitively small. Apple weren't going to be a lot of help here either, with only eleven UK retail outlets. First indications are that there wasn't a mad rush to either O2 or Carphone Warehouse stores at 6.02pm on Thursday. There was considerably more action at the few Apple stores in the UK, but given their rarity that isn't going to make much of a difference to the overall picture.

There are plenty of places on the web proudly showing photos of empty O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores on Thursda…