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Find Duplicates in Address Book

Ever had the sit­u­a­tion where you have synced your iPhone (to iTunes OS X) and hap­pen to sync both the con­tacts from your Address Book and Google Con­tacts? Or, just hap­pen to add someone’s new con­tact info as another contact-card? Well, here’s how I cleaned and merged dupli­cate con­tacts so that my Address Book per­forms like a champ.

  1. Launch Script Edi­tor (Applications/AppleScript/Script Editor)
  2. Paste the fol­low­ing code snippet
    tell application "Address Book"
        set biglist to {}
        set theGroup to count every person
        if not (exists (group "Duplicate Entries")) then
            make new group with properties {name:"Duplicate Entries"}
        end if
        set the_names to the name of every person as list
        repeat with i from 1 to number of items in the_names
            set this_Name to item i of the_names
            set theName to name of person this_Name as string
            if this_Name is not in biglist then
                copy this_Name to end of biglist
            else
                add (people whose name is theName) to group "Duplicate Entries"
            end if
        end repeat
        save addressbook
    end tell
  3. Save your newly cre­ated script (would usu­ally default to ~/Documents/AppleScripts/), and just open/run it

Now, the eas­i­est way to fig­ure out if its run­ning or not (at least for me) was to run the Activ­ity Mon­i­tor and sort by CPU. I sim­ply just waited to see if Address Book would climb to the top doing 90+, and back down to nil. When this is done, you should be able to see a group called “Dupli­cate Entries”. From there, you may now sort through the details and delete the ones that you don’t need.

Note: You can also do a quick merge via Address Book itself from dupli­cate con­tacts. How­ever, you won’t be able to see which con­tacts are being merged as its just a set-it-and-forget kind of deal. If you do not care and sim­ply just want to get rid of those dupes, you can do so by doing the following:

  1. Launch Address Book
  2. Select Card from its menu
  3. Then, select Look­ing for Dupli­cates… and just go through the fol­low­ing prompts after search results finishes

Incase Slider for iPhone 3G

Sweet­ness! Finally. I’ve heard so much good things about the Incase Slider (case) for the first-gen iPhones. I rig­or­ously tried to do some research if there were any for the iPhone 3G a few weeks ago. I later found out even­tu­ally that it won’t be released till mid-August (now). At least, it’s here and that Incase has kept true to their words.

Here’s a brief descrip­tion that was on the Incase Slider for iPhone 3G:

Our most pop­u­lar case for the first gen­er­a­tion iPhone is now avail­able for iPhone 3G. For the finest in sleek, durable pro­tec­tion, the Slider Case for iPhone 3G is made of hard­shell plas­tic and fea­tures a min­i­mal wall thick­ness of 1mm. Inte­rior rub­ber guardrails pro­vide shock absorp­tion in addi­tion to impact and scratch protection.

Fea­tures

* Durable iPhone 3G pro­tec­tion
* Light­weight hard­shell plas­tic con­struc­tion
* Direct access to widescreen
* Easy access to all con­trols and device fea­tures
* Allows charg­ing while in case or bot­tom cover slides away for dock­ing
* Avail­able in matte and gloss finishes

I think I’ll be grab­bing one of the “black matte” ones soon. Although the “white gloss” ver­sion is look­ing clean too. I’m say­ing this because I have a 16GB Black, and I can always just take out the case if I am wear­ing a suit or some­thing (which hap­pens rarely, but been numer­ous lately due to weddings).

All-in-all, I think it’ll be sell­ing like hot cakes as the case for the first-gen did very well and left a very fla­vor­ful impres­sion amongst iPhone-case fan­boys, and fan­girls. Then again, I might be wrong—different stroke for dif­fer­ent folks.

Update
For a walk­through of the Slider’s func­tion­al­ity, here’s a video review of the Incase Slider for the first-gen:

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iPhone 3G SMS Text Not Working

After 7-hours of hard work (stand­ing in-line and being back at my pad from Apple Store Emeryville), the SMS Tex­ting fea­ture on my iPhone 3G doesn’t seem to work. At first, I thought it was an iPhone 3G issue.

Since open­ing the box, and acti­vat­ing ate with Genius Hugh’s help, it hasn’t been shut­down at all. So I tried re-powering it think­ing that it might solve the issue and have SMS updated and turned on. That didn’t work.

The next step I then took was to call 611 and fil­tered on to iPhone sup­port. After about 30-minutes of hold time I was finally able to get through and talk to a tech. Sec­onds later, I was told that it pos­si­bly is on AT&T’s side and was trans­ferred to the AT&T After-hours Sup­port Line 866–801-3600

Please wait…

That’s the first thing that I got from an auto­mated answer­ing machine Op (as if I haven’t waited enough). Any­ways, the tech sup­port per­son was able to review it and it seems that the SMS plan acti­va­tion never made it, even though it says I have/am on for the 1500 monthly plan.

That did it regard­less. So, I hope this helps out peo­ple who hap­pen to be in the same boat.

iPhone v2 3G+GPS Out on July 11th!

iPhone 3G
Image via Apple

Sweet­ness! $199 for the 8GB, and $299 for the 16GB model of the new, bad­dest iPhone ver­sion 2 with 3G and GPS built-in.

70 coun­tries this year. We’re going to start with 22 of the biggest, rolling out the iPhone 3G at the same time in all of these coun­tries. July 11.” ~Steve Jobs via Engadget