Outlook 2007 and task craziness

Having recently set-up a new machine, it’s all the little configuration settings that you forget and that annoy you the most!

Take, for example, Outlook 2007’s annoying “feature” of making any mail that is flagged anything appear as a Task in Task folder.  For a GTD nut like me, this is really annoying.

Luckily, howtogeek.com has a great tutorial on how to use the filter function to set the “In Folder” field to be “Tasks” and that will solve the problem.

Back to actually doing those tasks now…

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Fun with Funambol

Funambol is an open-source synchronisation platform that supports, among others, Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows Mobile and RAZRs (via Java).ย  It’s quite an impressive system, but not the easiest thing in the world to get up and running onย  your own Ubuntu server.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Some of the important links and tips and tricks I found:

When I followed these (today) I was installing version 7.0.6.

Synchronising Linux and PocketPC with FinchSync

I’ve had to put Dan’s Guardian to one side as I have made some serious progress with getting my Pocket PC (iPaq 2210/2215) syncing with Linux – specifically Mozilla’s Thunderbird on Ubuntu. This has long been considered the holy grail of synchronisation in Linux…by me at least! ๐Ÿ™‚

How does it work?

  1. I installed the Lightning extension into Thunderbird. This brings the power of the Sunbird calendar application directly into Thunderbird, thus making it more like Microsoft’s Outlook sans bloat.
  2. I then installed GCalDaemon which is a Java application that allows for two-way synchronisation with Gmail calendar. I set this up (as per the page) to use file-based synchronisation so that it would bring back an iCal file that Thunderbird Lighting could access. I saved this in
    file.ical.path=/home/thecrane/Documents/calendar.ics
  3. Then I installed FinchSync. This application rocks! Seriously! It runs as a client on the PocketPC and syncs up over WiFi (or other network connection) to the server version running on the server – totally bypassing ActiveSync altogether! Brilliant!
  4. I made both FinchSync and GCalDaemon run on startup by adding them to init.d. Basically, I created a file called gcald and one called finchsync and put them in /etc/init.d. I then ran
    update-rc.d finchsync defaults

    as root and did the same for gcald.

  5. Now we’re off and running!ย  I then added the calendar to Thunderbird Lightning by adding a new calendar, pointing it at the iCal file and it appeard.ย  I also ran the finchsync gui with java -jar finchsync.jar and set it up to look at the same source file.

Done and done!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Now, whenever I add an appointment to GMail, it appears on my Thunderbird calendar and when I sync my iPaq, it appears there too.ย  Sweeeeeet!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚