Glossary

Sync’Em Glossary

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Term: Access show term usage
An [no-glossary]Access[/no-glossary] is a technical term that, as a kind of Sync Source Preference, defines how Sync’Em can gain access to (e.g., login to or connect to) the entity containing the information to be sync’d. Accounts are accesses that are visible from a User point of view,.

Synonyms: Accesses
Term: Account show term usage
In a sync setup, an [no-glossary]account[/no-glossary] is the information required to enable Sync’Em to log into a computer in order to [no-glossary]access[/no-glossary] an information source that’s sync’d.

Synonyms: account, Accounts, accounts
Term: Add-On ID show term usage
An [no-glossary]Add-On ID[/no-glossary] is a 65-character code that allows one or more add-on licenses, each of which can be used to add one license to an existing License ID containing licenses of the same kind.

Term: Architecture show term usage
In the context of software, [no-glossary]architecture[/no-glossary] refers to multiple higher-level aspects of the software’s design (ala 4+1 Views of Software [no-glossary]Architecture[/no-glossary]). The primary aspect of this involves the underlying abstractions upon which the software is constructed. Good software [no-glossary]architecture[/no-glossary] outlives the implementation because it supports adaptation to technology and requirements changes.

Synonyms: Architected, architected, Architectural, architectural, architecture
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Term: Contacts show term usage
A contact is information on how to contact a person, company or other entity — e.g., an address-book entry. A contact usually consists of a name, postal address, email addresses, URLs and other information.

Synonyms: contacts
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Term: Database show term usage
A ‘[no-glossary]database[/no-glossary]’ is a mechanism for storing information in a structured manner and for efficiently retrieving collections of information based upon its structure. Sync’Em has multiple underlying OS X SQLite [no-glossary]databases[/no-glossary].

Synonyms: database, databases, Databases
Term: DB show term usage
An abbreviation/acronym for ‘[no-glossary]database[/no-glossary]’ — a mechanism for storing information in a structured manner and for efficiently retrieving collections of information based upon its structure. Sync’Em has multiple underlying OS X SQLite [no-glossary]DBs[/no-glossary].

Synonyms: DBs
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Term: Entourage show term usage
[no-glossary]Entourage[/no-glossary] is one of Microsoft’s Exchange-server client applications — i.e., programs that [no-glossary]access[/no-glossary] an Exchange server for mail, contact and calendaring information.

Synonyms: Entou-rage, Entourage’s
Term: Events show term usage
In the context of Sync’Em, [no-glossary]events[/no-glossary] are a kind of information source that’s present in many calendaring and other personal information management programs. For most people, [no-glossary]events[/no-glossary] — things of interest that occur at a particular time — are the primary calendaring elements.

Synonyms: events
Term: EWS show term usage
[no-glossary]EWS and WS[/no-glossary] are abbreviations/acronyms for ‘[no-glossary]Exchange Web Services[/no-glossary]’, the term used to describe one of the interfaces provided by Microsoft’s Exchange 2007 server. [no-glossary]EWS[/no-glossary] provides a modernized way for programs to communicate with Exchange and is used by Sync’Em.

Synonyms: Exchange Web Services, Exchange WS, Web Services, WS
Term: Exchange show term usage
[no-glossary]Exchange[/no-glossary] is the underlying database and server for Microsoft’s email and calendaring products. Common Microsoft client applications that access the server are Outlook, OWA (Outlook Web Access) and Entourage. Sync’Em also accesses Exchange, directly.

Synonyms: Exchange’s
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Term: Filter show term usage
A [no-glossary]Filter[/no-glossary] is a technical term that, as a kind of Sync Source Pref, indicates an optional element that defines a subset of the information to be sync’d (e.g., calendar events not older than a year, contacts with addresses in North America, etc.).

Synonyms: Filters
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Term: GAL show term usage
An abbreviation/acronym for ‘[no-glossary]Global Address List[/no-glossary]’ which is the over-all (i.e., global) collection of contacts in an Exchange server. Normally the [no-glossary]Global Address List (GAL)[/no-glossary] contains a company-wide collection of contacts.

Synonyms: GALs, Global Address List, Global Address Lists
Term: Glossary show term usage
A [no-glossary]glossary[/no-glossary] is a list of terms and their definitions, usually arranged alphabetically.

Synonyms: glossary
Term: Gmail show term usage
[no-glossary]Gmail[/no-glossary] is the brand name for Google-supplied email, calendaring and contact services (free [no-glossary]accounts[/no-glossary] available).

Term: Google App show term usage
[no-glossary]Google Apps[/no-glossary] is the brand-name for Google’s hosted office-style application service that includes email, calendaring and contact services.

Synonyms: Google Apps
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Term: IIS show term usage
[no-glossary]IIS[/no-glossary] is an abbreviation/acronym for ‘[no-glossary]Internet Information Services[/no-glossary]’, a set of Internet-based services for Microsoft servers.

Synonyms: Internet Information Services
Term: Information Source show term usage
In the context of Sync’Em, an [no-glossary]information source[/no-glossary] is a collection of information which can be synchronized with other [no-glossary]information sources[/no-glossary] of the same kind (e.g., contacts, calendar events, etc.).

Synonyms: information source, information source’s, Information source’s, information sources, Information sources
Term: iSync show term usage
[no-glossary]iSync[/no-glossary] is an OS X program Apple provides to utilize certain capabilities based upon OS X’s Sync Services.

Synonyms: iSync’s
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Term: Knowledgebase show term usage
A [no-glossary]Knowledgebase[/no-glossary] is a searchable database of information such as the one accessible via our Support Center.

Synonyms: Knowledgebase’s, Knowledgebases
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Term: License ID show term usage
A [no-glossary]License ID[/no-glossary] is a 65-character code that allows one or more licenses, each of which can be used to activate a licensed set of capabilities for an applicable software application on a single system.

Synonyms: license code, license key
Term: Locale show term usage
A [no-glossary]Locale[/no-glossary] is a technical term that, as a kind of Sync Source Pref, defines where Sync’Em can locate the information to be sync’d (e.g., a pathname, calendar or DB table) once it gains access to the Sync Source.

Synonyms: Locales
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Term: Menu Extra show term usage
A [no-glossary]menu extra[/no-glossary] is a menu that a program places on the right side of the menu bar and is shown regardless of the program that’s currently actived/in front. The Sync’Em [no-glossary]menu extra[/no-glossary] presents status and is the menu from which Sync’Em is operated, once set up (enabled via System Preferences => Sync’Em => Preferences =>Show/Hide Menu Extra).

Synonyms: menu extra
Term: Message Viewer show term usage
The Sync’Em [no-glossary]Message Viewer[/no-glossary] is the application that provides access to messages posted/stored by the Sync’Em Engine. The [no-glossary]Message Viewer[/no-glossary] is accessed via the Sync’Em menu extra.

Synonyms: Message Viewer’s
Term: MobileMe show term usage
[no-glossary]MobileMe[/no-glossary] is the brand name for Apple’s Email, Web and synchronization services for systems running Mac OS X. The original version of Apple’s service was called [no-glossary].Mac[/no-glossary] (dot Mac).

Synonyms: .Mac
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Term: Notes show term usage
In the context of Sync’Em, [no-glossary]notes[/no-glossary] are a kind of information source that’s present in many calendaring, email and other personal information management programs.

Synonyms: notes
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Term: OEM show term usage
An abbreviation/acronym for ‘[no-glossary]Original Equipment Manufacturer[/no-glossary]’ — i.e., software or hardware developer and/or vendor.

Synonyms: OEMs, Original Equipment Manufacturer, Original Equipment Manufacturers
Term: Outlook show term usage
[no-glossary]Outlook[/no-glossary] is one of Microsoft’s Exchange clients — i.e., programs that access the Exchange server. [no-glossary]Outlook[/no-glossary] requires the Windows operating system.

Synonyms: Outlook Express
Term: Outlook Web Access show term usage
[no-glossary]Outlook Web Access[/no-glossary] is one of Microsoft’s Exchange clients (i.e., programs that access the Exchange server). [no-glossary]Outlook Web Access[/no-glossary] works via a web browser.

Term: OWA show term usage
An abbreviation/acronym for ‘[no-glossary]Outlook Web Access[/no-glossary]’, one of Microsoft’s Exchange clients (i.e., programs that access the Exchange server). [no-glossary]OWA[/no-glossary] works via a web browser.

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Term: PDA show term usage
An abbreviation/acronym for ‘[no-glossary]Personal Digital Assistant[/no-glossary]’, the term often applied to small, hand-held computing devices.

Synonyms: PDAs, Personal Digital Assistant, Personal Digital Assistants
Term: Polled update show term usage
[no-glossary]Polled update[/no-glossary] is a term commonly used to refer to an update process wherein an updater (client) regularly queries/polls a supplier (server) for changes — e.g., having Sync’Em poll an information source for changes with the intention of syncing those changes with other information sources. Polling places initiating control with the updater (client) and is often described as scheduled or passive.

Synonyms: polled update, Polled updates, polled updates, polling update, Polling update, polling updates, Polling updates
Term: Push update show term usage
[no-glossary]Push update[/no-glossary] is a term commonly used to refer to an update process wherein an updater (client) subscribes to notifications of changes from a supplier (server) and that supplier then notifies the updater when changes occur — e.g., having Sync’Em subscribe to notifications from an information source that indicate changes are available so Sync’Em can immediately sync those changes with other information sources. ‘Push’ places initiating control with the supplier (server) and is often described as active.

Synonyms: push update, push updates, Push updates
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Term: Schedule show term usage
A [no-glossary]Schedule[/no-glossary] is a technical term that, as a kind of Sync Source Pref, indicates an optional Sync Source Pref that defines when (e.g., the dates and times) a Sync Source can be synchronized.

Synonyms: Schedules
Term: SOAP show term usage
An abbreviation/acronym for ‘[no-glossary]Simple Object Access Protocol[/no-glossary]’, a protocol specification for exchanging structured information via Extensible Markup Language (XML) in the implementation of web-based services in computer communications.

Synonyms: Simple Object Access Protocol
Term: SP1 show term usage
An abbreviation/acronym for ‘[no-glossary]Service Pack One[/no-glossary]’ (or Two, etc.), the suffix normally given by Microsoft to identify it’s major collection of updates for a given software product (e.g., [no-glossary]SP1, SP2, SP3[/no-glossary], etc.).

Synonyms: SP2, SP3, SP4, SP5
Term: Sync show term usage
An abbreviation for ‘[no-glossary]synchronize[/no-glossary]’. Generally, in the context of computers, to [no-glossary]synchronize[/no-glossary] is to make two different copies of information be exactly the same or at least equivalent when the information sources being [no-glossary]sync’d[/no-glossary] reside in entities that have different capabilities — such as an Exchange calendar versus an iCal calendar.

Synonyms: sync
Term: Sync Services show term usage
OS X’s [no-glossary]Sync Services[/no-glossary] is the underlying OS X capability that Apple provides to query and update/synchronize various information sources such as those within Apple Address Book and iCal.

Synonyms: sync services
Term: Sync Setup show term usage
A [no-glossary]sync setup[/no-glossary] defines a collection of same-kind information sources whose information is to be kept in sync (i.e., with each other).

Synonyms: sync setup, sync setups, Sync Setups
Term: Sync Source show term usage
A [no-glossary]Sync Source[/no-glossary] is a technical term that indicates an information source which can be synchronized with other [no-glossary]Sync Sources[/no-glossary] of the same kind (e.g., contacts, calendar information, notes, etc.). Attached Sync Source Prefs provide details of how, where, what and when to synchronize.

Synonyms: Sync Sources
Term: Sync Source Pref show term usage
A [no-glossary]Sync Source Pref[/no-glossary] is a technical term that indicates a kind of information which defines the primary aspects of a Sync Source; i.e., an Access, a Locale, a Schedule or a Filter.

Synonyms: Sync Source Prefs
Term: Sync’d show term usage
A contraction of ‘[no-glossary]synchronized[/no-glossary]’. Generally, in the context of computers, to [no-glossary]synchronize[/no-glossary] is to make two different copies of information be exactly the same or at least equivalent when the information sources being [no-glossary]sync’d[/no-glossary] reside in entities that have different capabilities — such as an Exchange calendar versus an iCal calendar.

Synonyms: sync’d
Term: Sync’Em Engine show term usage
The [no-glossary]Sync’Em Engine[/no-glossary] is a collection of programs that perform syncing operations. The [no-glossary]sync engine[/no-glossary] runs in the background and has no user interface — it communicates via status indicators in the Sync’Em menu extra and by posting messages that can be read via the Sync’Em Message Viewer.

Synonyms: Sync Engine, sync engine, Sync’Em Sync Engine
Term: syncem show term usage
A contraction of ‘Sync Them’ (hey, it’s hard to find a reasonable product name where the domain name — like syncem dot com — hasn’t been taken by some domain-name squatter).

Synonyms: Sync’Em, SyncEm
Term: Synchronize show term usage
Generally, in the context of computers, to [no-glossary]synchronize[/no-glossary] is to make two different copies of information be exactly the same or at least equivalent when the information sources being [no-glossary]sync’d[/no-glossary] reside in entities that have different capabilities — such as an Exchange calendar versus an iCal calendar.

Synonyms: synchronize
Term: Syncing show term usage
An abbreviation for ‘[no-glossary]synchronizing[/no-glossary]’. Generally, in the context of computers, to [no-glossary]synchronize[/no-glossary] is to make two different copies of information be exactly the same or at least equivalent when the information sources being [no-glossary]sync’d[/no-glossary] reside in entities that have different capabilities — such as an Exchange calendar versus an iCal calendar.

Synonyms: syncing
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Term: Tasks show term usage
In the context of Sync’Em, [no-glossary]tasks[/no-glossary] are a kind of information source that’s present in many calendaring, email and other personal information management programs. [no-glossary]Tasks[/no-glossary] are often called [no-glossary]to-do[/no-glossary] lists.

Synonyms: tasks, to-do, To-Do
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Term: Upgrade ID show term usage
An [no-glossary]Upgrade ID[/no-glossary] is a 65-character code that allows one or more license upgrades, each of which can be used to upgrade one license in a compatible License ID to a different (e.g., more capable) license.

Term: URL show term usage
A [no-glossary]URL[/no-glossary] is an abbreviation/acronym for [no-glossary]Uniform Resource Locator[/no-glossary]. A [no-glossary]URL[/no-glossary] is a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) — a compact string of characters used to identify a resource — which also specifies the resource’s location and the protocol for retrieving it (e.g., for web pages it’s http://some-domain.com/some-web-page).

Synonyms: Uniform Resource Locator, Uniform Resource Locators, URLs