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Welcome to the latest edition of “Ask the MACist”. The column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need.

You may have noticed that today is Monday and not Saturday. Well, as of this week "Ask the MACist" will now be appearing every Monday here at LAist instead of Saturday. So, mark your calendars!

Plus, my apologies for not having a column last week. Too many things all coming together at once. All fixed now though. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up!

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And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac or Mac-related, send it to me, The MACist, at: themacist at gmail dot com. Ok, let's get to the questions.

The first question comes from Steve in Los Angeles. He asks, “I have a blackberry 8700g. Is there any way to sync my blackberry with my Mac so I can get my contacts and calendar and all that or am I out of luck?”

Good question and one that I run into all the time. To many people, Blackberry is synonymous with Windows, mostly due to so many companies and individuals that use Blackberries being Windows users as well. The Mac didn’t have much of a place in the business world so consequently, Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) never gave much thought to making sure its products would work with a Mac.

All that changed when a little company called Pocketmac decided that there were Mac users who would also want to use a Blackberry. More importantly, those users would want be able to sync their address book contacts and iCal calendars just their Windows counterparts. So, Pocketmac came out with a program called Pocketmac for Blackberry and the rest was history.

Over the last few years, the Mac has begun to carve out a nice in the business market and Pocketmac has updated its application right along the way as well. In fact, they did such a good job on their program that RIM decided to license their software and provide it free to all Mac using Blackberry owners. As of recently, they released version 4 of the software and that’s the version we are going to talk about here. If you don’t have version 4.0 yet, go and download it here. Go ahead, I’ll wait.