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Damn you, Steve Jobs...

Updating the address book database in conjunction with sending out Xmas (New Year's, Twelfth Night, Candlemas...) cards. Some things had been updated on the desktop computer, some on my iPhone, and some on the laptop. I can synch the phone and the laptop easily enough, but my phone no longer talks to the desktop computer. And I haven't shelled out for a MobileMe subscription. And the ONLY approved way to synch Apple AddressBook databases or calendars is through iTunes (what a music player has to do with address books or calendars, I don't know); Apple doesn't even want you to know where your AddressBook database IS. I can figure it out, but I don't want to directly copy databases between a machine running 10.4 and one running 10.6, because the file format has probably changed in between.

So I borrowed shalmestere's iPhone, which hasn't yet been updated to the latest operating system, so it's still willing to talk to iTunes version 9.x, which is what runs on the desktop computer. Synched it with the laptop, taking the option to "replace" the contents of the phone's address book with those of the computer's, then synched it with the desktop machine. But the great majority of the entries in the address book are of no interest to shalmestere, so I went through the database making sure each entry was in the correct folder(s), then synched her phone again with only a few of the folders.

It seems to work. Knock wood.
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So I borrowed shalmestere's iPhone....Synched it with the laptop, taking the option to "replace" the contents of the phone's address book with those of the computer's, then synched it with the desktop machine.

Never. do. this. again. EVER.