i’m Watch and webOS

Yesterday I received my long awaited new watch. This is a i’m Watch color watch. The i’m SPA company claims that this watch is the first real smartwatch in the world. This watch uses a slimmed down and highly customized version of Google’s Android, called i’m Droid.

First thing I did was upgrading the watch to the most recent firmware version which is 0.5.0. As soon as the new firmware was active I tried to connect the watch to my phone, which is a webOS HP Pre3. The watch communicates using Bluetooth, and it turns out it’s not a problem to pair and sync. I have to admit that I’m using the default installed Mobile Hotspot app which comes with webOS 2.2.4 for the Pre3 but with a minor, but important addition. I had to add a small script to the /etc/event.d directory to allow IP forwarding and added three iptables rules allowing NAT traffic to pass through. You can find this script at the end of this post.

Once there is a Bluetooth connection that supports tethering you have the ability to hit the button ‘Sync Cloud’. As you would assume this will download information for the apps you have configured in the i’m Cloud. There is a limited number of Cloud apps available. Have a look at the list below:

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Upgrading to Zimbra Appliance 8

After doing some testing on the recently released Zimbra Appliance version 8 I decided it was good enough to make the step from my current Zimbra Appliance running version 6.0.14 to the newly release version 8.0.0_GA_5434 (build 20120907144730). Although announced there is no version of the Appliance for Zimbra 7.

The most important thing for me was the availability of the Active Sync (EAS) feature in this release for my mobile devices. A quick test with my HP Pre3 showed it works flawless. It appears EAS protocol version 12.1 is used, so HTML mail is supported. This was not the case with the previous Zimbra Appliance release where I had the make use of the Z-Push connector to enable HTML mail on my webOS devices.

I have described the installation steps below. As a prerequisite have VirtualBox 4.1 installed.

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Zimbra and webOS

I would like to share my experience with webOS in combination with Zimbra Collaboration Suite. For the past two years I’m using Zimbra Open Source edition and I am pretty satisfied with it. It handles my email, contacts, calendar and tasks very well. Call me paranoid, but I don’t like Google or Yahoo! to watch over my personal data. All was working well till I received my first webOS device, an HP TouchPad, which I wanted to connect to my Zimbra server to manage email, appointments, contacts and tasks. Doing some searches I discovered it is possible to use Exchange (ActiveSync) with Zimbra Mobile, but I had the wrong edition of Zimbra. It appeared Zimbra Mobile is available for all Zimbra editions except for the Open Source edition I was using, that’s how they earn their money. I chose to go for the Zimbra Appliance Basic Free Edition. This free edition allows you to create up to 10 mailboxes, which is enough for myself and some family members.

I am using VirtualBox virtualization software, which works with the VMDK from the ZCA zip file. The configuration and migration from one Zimbra edition to the other went relatively smooth. The first thing to test was to setup my HP TouchPad and HP Pre3 smartphone (both collectors items now) and both are connected without a glitch.

One last catch, be careful with the Zimbra default mobile policy. Remote wipe works extremely well if you enter four incorrect your pin codes.

After all I am pretty pleased the way it’s working.

My specs:

  • VirtualBox 4.1 on Debian 5 (Lenny)
  • ZCA 6.0.13 (Installed) upgraded to 6.0.14 (6.0.15 is on it’s way to be released shortly)
  • HP TouchPad 3.0.5
  • HP Pre3 2.2.4