[Freedombox-discuss] Synchorize (or backup/save to computer) SMS, voice mail, pictures, etc...

Peter Kozej daddy at autistici.org
Sun Nov 4 09:16:19 GMT 2018

Hi Augustine!

Just a quick note from me:
Don't be afraid of Syncthing! After a bit of a initial setup, it runs worry-free and requires almost no maintenance. 
Personally, I consider it most easily used and maintained long term solution out of all opensource cloud (dis)service replacements I've tried through the years.

It may also be all you need to help you with syncing your SMS / voicemail messages, if you manage to export them locally on the phone. But of course, this requires obligatory warning: "Sync is not backup!" (although syncthing's "send-only" setting may be closer to it).


> On 04 November 2018 at 01:45 "A. F. Cano" <afc at shibaya.lonestar.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been very happily using radicale to synchronize the contact list,
> calendar and to to list (required the Tasks android app, that I got from
> F-droid) between computers running KDE (Korganizer, Kaddressbook) and
> the old android phone (galazy S/ Cyanogenmod android 4.2.2 with nothing
> google on it) using the radicale server on the FreedomBox.
> Now I'd like to also synchronize (if possible) the SMS text messages and
> the voice mail messages.  Is this possible with Radicale?  If so it
> would be ideal, but I see no indication that this is possible.
> I have tried SMSbackup+ but it requires an imap server.  Since the
> FreedomBox has no mail server, I tried it with an internal dovecot
> imap server but it doesn't work.  I probably did something wrong but
> I get no error messages, just "No items found" even though I have a
> few text messages.  Has anyone used SMSbackup+?  Everything I've found
> on the web is at least 4 years old.
> How are voice mail messages handled in android?  Is it possible to
> synchronize/save them to a computer, by sending them as an email
> attachment for instance?  Are there some android apps that can deal
> with voice mail messages, hopefully compatible with radicale?
> After the experience I've had with verizon (just dumped them and I
> lost 17 messages that might have been important, and the tech support
> person just about laughed at me when I asked how I could recover them)
> I'm never again leaving my messages or other data hostage and
> inaccessible in someone else's computer.
> The only way that I was able in the past to get and archive the voice
> mail messages (on a non-smart phone) was to connect the earphone output
> to the audio in of a computer and record everything as I went through
> the voice mail maze ("Press 1 to play the message, 7 to delete it",
> etc.)  An experience I don't want to repeat.
> I have tried kdeconnect, but it requires that the phone and the KDE
> machines be on the same network.  I have the phone set up in a different
> network so kdeconnect won't do.
> I have found MAXS but know nothing about it yet.  Since it uses XMPP
> and the Freedombox has an XMPP server... Is anyone using it? how
> exactly? What can it do?
> I have installed syncthing, but it's not yet configured.  It appears to
> require quite a bit of configuration and moving around the files
> that are going to be synchronized with the phone.  Is there a better
> solution to synchronize pictures? notes? preferably in combination with
> KDE apps that perform thsse functions.  I have found Kolab Notes for
> android but haven't set it up yet.  Anyone using it?  I also found
> Orgzly.  Is anyone using this app?  In combination with the Freedombox?
> Any other suggestion? Have I missed an obvious (android) app? a KDE app
> that is particularly well suited and/or compatible with the Freedombox
> apps?
> Finally, I've been looking at how to set up a mail server, but it's
> quite involved, so I'm not surprised there isn't a solution for that
> on the Freedombox.  I certainly would be happy if that happened.
> A really heartfelt thank you to the Freedombox developers!
> And thank you for reading this far.  Any suggestions will be greatly
> appreciated.
> Augustine
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