Comments on: Address Book clean-up? http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/ Blog, news, books Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:01:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: gerry http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16549 Fri, 15 Sep 2006 13:31:28 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16549 This also looks interesting (althugh I have not tried them myself)…
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20051217000214536&lsrc=osxh

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By: Joe Gakenheimer http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16548 Wed, 13 Sep 2006 12:07:00 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16548 Seems like Thunderbird aka Mozilla’s email software has an addin to do such address book “cleanups.”

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By: Chad http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16547 Thu, 31 Aug 2006 18:10:52 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16547 I also use Plaxo, and it’s a much improved service from the spammy days of email notifications from all your friends.

That said, you might start by going to the Card menu in your OS X Address Book and selecting the “Look for Duplicate Entries…” item.

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By: Chet http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16546 Wed, 30 Aug 2006 13:04:51 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16546 I am loathe to trust anyone but me with my own data, and hate the idea that an associate of mine may decide to use Plaxo, and that Plaxo may later decide to use all those contact records for marketing purposes. It really doesn’t matter what they say NOW; it’s only a matter of time until they change their mind, or until someone decides the address lists are incentive enough to crack them.

Ergo: bollox to Plaxo. I’d find a local tool.

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By: woulfe http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16545 Mon, 28 Aug 2006 03:09:23 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16545 According to Michael Arrington, earlier this year Plaxo was malignant, but now it’s benign.

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By: Stephen http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16544 Sun, 27 Aug 2006 11:28:11 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16544 Dear Professor Lessig,

Plaxo is your best bet, and is a fantastic service. I have a similar number of contacts and have neither the time nor inclination to manually manage my address book anymore. While I use OS X/AddressBook as a primary, if you occasionally need to venture into Windows/Outlook, it is truly a fabulous cross platform service. I cannot endorse them highly enough, obvious standard disclaimer applies, no stock, no financial incentive. Merely a very satisfied customer.

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By: David Staub http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16543 Sun, 27 Aug 2006 01:33:19 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16543 Plaxo is probably very good at what it does but make sure that you don’t let it send out constant reminders to your address book to “Update your address book entry!” I have several contacts who use it and I personally find it annoying that I am asked on a regular basis to confirm that I have not changed my address.

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By: Lessig http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16542 Sat, 26 Aug 2006 23:24:30 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16542 Thanks. And I’ll explore the Plaxo option too. Grateful for the help.

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By: Joseph Smarr http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16541 Sat, 26 Aug 2006 17:14:02 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16541 Plaxo has a very good de-duplicator called “Address Book Optimizer” that’s part of our premium package ($49.95, free 30 day trial). We also have a sync plug-in for MacOS X address book. So you’d install the plugin, sync your contacts up to Plaxo, run the de-duper (it does both automatic merging of duplicates and assisted merging of near dups) and the results would get synced back down into your Mac AB. It’s definitely our most popular premium product, and as far as I can tell, it’s got more smarts built in than any similar product I’ve found. Plus, since it syncs directly with your Mac AB, there’s no need to do import/export separately. Hope this helps! js

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By: foo http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16540 Sat, 26 Aug 2006 16:06:04 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16540 Do you know about the “Look for Duplicate Entries…” in the Card menu in Tiger?

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By: Nicolas Toper http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16539 Sat, 26 Aug 2006 15:17:12 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16539 Hi Lawrence,

I had the same issue as you and I used Plaxo (www.plaxo.com) for this task. This is its main use case and people in my network agree with me on the quality of the tool.

Actually, I regret it now that I have switched to Ubuntu.

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By: anonymous http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16538 Sat, 26 Aug 2006 14:20:29 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16538 What version of OS X do you have? Depending on what version and how you upgraded the answer may be different.

Jaguar, Panther, and Tiger have different address books versions. Certain upgrade paths for Panther to Tiger might result in duplicates that can be easily removed, i.e. it renames the old group to all or default, etc.

You’re best bet to resolve this is to post a detailed description of the problem over on the Apple Discussion Boards under your OS version. Post your version of OS, version of Address Book, and explain how the dups are duped (exact copy or not). Someone will come along and help.

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By: Mark http://www.lessig.org/2006/08/address-book-cleanup/#comment-16537 Sat, 26 Aug 2006 14:10:54 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2006/08/address_book_cleanup.html#comment-16537 I have something in “Palm Desktop” app that sounds like that, but have no experience of OS X. Does either of these help? :

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20051217000214536&lsrc=osxh

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20060322202753429&lsrc=osxh

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