Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:48

Google Contacts gains Mulligan option


One of the problems with synchronising data between devices is the opportunity it presents for a major foul-up. Recognising this, Google has added a 'do over' feature to Google Contacts.

A common mistake when initially synchronising a new device with an existing data source is to overwrite in the wrong direction. Instead of getting all the data on the new device, the (almost) nonexistent data on the device replaces your carefully curated information.

This is a nuisance rather than a major problem when the intended source is an application running on your computer, because you can always restore the most recent backup. You do back up important data at least once a day, don't you?

But it's trickier when your primary data is stored in the cloud.

Google has addressed this issue in Google Contacts by adding a 'restore' feature that allows recovery to any point in the previous 30 days.

If you do make a serious mistake that would be time-consuming to unscramble manually, the Restore contacts command in the More actions menu lets you recover to an earlier version. Among the choices are 10 minutes ago, yesterday, and a custom setting that lets you specify the numbers of days, hours and minutes that you want to rewind.

That last option doesn't sound very convenient - wouldn't it be more natural to be able to enter the date and time that you want to restore from?



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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.



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