I hadn’t really cared much about bluetooth technology until I purchased a new cell phone. 

Earlier in June I blogged about the sad death of my Treo smartphone and the reasons for switching over to Cingular as a wireless carrier. I enjoyed several weeks of bliss without the connectivity of an electronic leash (personal cell phone), but that season of life came to an end yesterday when I purchased a new personal cell phone (a Motorola V551.)

Thankfully, my son was there to help me select the phone, and we chose a model that includes bluetooth networking technology. When I ordered my most recent computer, I chose to include bluetooth because I knew it could prove handy for connecting to peripherals– and even though I did not have any bluetooth devices at the time, it seemed like a strong possibility in the future.

What bliss to have purchased a bluetooth capable phone, have a bluetooth capable Mac, and have discovered, installed and configured (relatively easily) the inexpensive shareware program e2Sync which allows all my Entourage 2004 contacts and calendar events to seamlessly synchronize with my new cell phone.

Thank you Apple Computer for releasing the Tiger OS which includes better iSync capabilities than ever before. And, thanks to the e2Sync developers for making it so easy to bring Entourage info to my new cell phone.

This is computer use exactly as it should be: extremely powerful, very simple and user friendly, and relatively cheap! What a bonus to discover that I can use the Bluetooth File Exchange application to send graphics to use as phone wallpaper and screensavers, as well as shortened mp3 files that I want to use as ringtones, directly to the cell phone from my computer. The setup of Bluetooth from the Mac was fast, intuitive and easy.

If Windows users could actually experience how simple and pleasurable computer use like this is, would there be anyone left running the Windows OS besides employees in Redmond? Gosh I love my Mac. :-) 


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