[ngw] Funny Sidenote / Datasync

Gregg A. Hinchman Gregg at HinchmanConsulting.com
Mon Mar 26 23:19:02 UTC 2018

I love hearing these stories!!  Thanks for sharing.

We played with Siri when we first got our iPhone 4 --then I turned it off and have never activated it.  I have an iphone 8 now and still disable it.  Never did the "Call me...." one but that is awesome!

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From: Matt Weisberg<matt at weisberg.net>
To:NGWList<ngw at ngwlist.com>
Date: 3/26/2018 6:27 PM
Subject: Re: [ngw] Funny Sidenote / Datasync

I made Siri call me "My Lord" (this was during Downton Abbey time) and when I shared my contact info with someone over air drop it went into their address book as "My Lord."    So, I know the feeling.  Luckily, it was a friend, but now he teases me about it all the time.

But I sure like Siri calling me "My Lord"! (



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On 3/26/18, 6:21 PM, "ngw-bounces+matt=weisberg.net at ngwlist.com on behalf of Marvin Huffaker" <ngw-bounces+matt=weisberg.net at ngwlist.com on behalf of mhuffaker at redjuju.com> wrote:

    Funny non technical story about GroupWise/Datasync and iPhones...


    I saw a post on facebook today regarding Siri and Nicknames that

    reminded me of something funny that happened to me a while back. 

    Background:  I used to have an iPhone 4.  I believe Siri was introduced

    with the iPhone 4. And I believe Datasync was introduced around then as



    If you recall, the thing going around when Siri first came out is that

    it was funny to tell Siri "Hey Siri, call me xxxxxxxxx"   In the post I

    saw, it was "Call me Big Daddy". And so naturally everybody had to try

    it and laughed a couple times and then moved on with their life..  For

    me, I told Siri to call me "Your Highness"..    I did that and never

    thought about it for another second..This was probably 2010-2011ish.


    Well.... probably 7-8 years later, after changing my phone twice, first

    to a Samsung and then to an iPhone 7, I was talking to one of my best

    customers. And I was floored by what he told me.   He said "Yeah, I

    always know it's you calling because it comes up as "Your Highness"... 


    I had a total WTF moment.. I was blown away. I actually had to

    investigate where it was coming from to figure out even what he was

    talking about. Then it all came back to me. I remembered putting that

    into Siri on my iPhone 4.  


    I don't really know how this happened but I can speculate:


    Apparently, Siri took the "Call me xxx" and assigned it as my nickname,

    attached it to my contact info, that then propagated up to Datasync,

    which made it into my GroupWise address book, which then got attached to

    every email I ever sent out via the vCard vcf signature file..  I

    confirmed this by looking at the vcard on current emails as well as my

    contact in my iPhone 7.  Sure enough, "Your Royal Highness" was right

    there...  I had no idea it went this deep.  My customer must have

    imported that into his contacts at some point from one of my emails.


    So in summary: 

        ●  Looks like the iPhone will use the Nickname on the incoming

    call screen instead of the first/last name. 

        ●  I have no idea how many people saw this over the course of

    maybe 7-8 years.

        ●  I was so embarrassed that this happened to my business

    email account.

        ●  We had a good laugh but who knows what other people may

    have thought.

        ●  I'm so glad I didn't put something vulgar, offensive, or


        ●  I am now very careful with this function and check my vcard

    fairly often just to be sure it's clean.


    I wonder how many other people have had something similar happen. 





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