Why is ActiveSync so slow?

I’ve probably said it before, I’ll say it again:

Why does Microsoft ActiveSync take such an inordinate length of time to synchronize Outlook 2003 with Outlook Mobile?

My Xda Orbit is currently doing an initial sync with Outlook. It has taken 75 minutes so far and it still says “Processing”.

My Psion Series 5mx or Series 7 on the other hand will do an initial sync in less than 10 minutes. Using software from the turn of the millennium!

Update #1: that’s the two hours mark now … still “Processing”.

Update #2: … and three hours passes … still “Processing”.

Update #3: … and four hours passes by. The really annoying thing is that there is no feedback other than “Processing”. The rest of ActiveSync is working fine, e.g. Explore and Connection Settings … but is it synchronizing with Outlook?

Update #4: I eventually cancelled the synchronization, deleted the ActiveSync profile on my O2 Xda Orbit and within Microsoft ActiveSync and then reconnected.  I then set it to sync only Tasks — that completed; then Tasks and Notes — that completed too; then Tasks, Notes and Contacts — that’s completed.  Just Calendar to do now, and I should be done. At last!

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible

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Apologies for the lack of updates and blog posts recently, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

While I’ve been able to throw a few updates at the other place I’ve just not had the time to sit down and write a proper blog post in ages. There has just been too much on; or put another way: I’ve taken on way too much!

As well as work being incredibly busy just now — and getting busier by the day, which wasn’t helped by my PC playing up and a few hitches getting me a replacement one that either worked at all, or worked with my extra graphics card — I’m also resuming Sunday clerical duties in the run up to Christmas, including preaching at the Alumni Carol Service at St Salvator’s Chapel, University of St Andrews on Tuesday 18 December.

This week I have Powerpoint Edinburgh on Friday, which also means rehearsal on Thursday evening and so leaving our work Christmas do early.

Most nights I’ve been working late at the office, trying to clear my work-load (or reinstall all my applications on a clean machine) and then working late into the evening at home getting stuff done here, getting up again at 06:00 to continue it.

But … do you know, that all said, I’m really enjoying life just now. It’s busy, it’s full, it’s fun and challenging all in equal measure. I’m just glad that I have an organizational system that allows me to track everything and keep on top of everything that I need to do.

In other news: Jane is on the mend, recovering well at home. Some days she has more energy than others, but series 6 of 24 is more than keeping her occupied. That and online Christmas shopping and Christmas card writing.

How are you? What have you been up to this past week?