By default Ubuntu ships with an ifup script that starts ntpdate in service mode. Not sure why, but in my experience this script often does not work – at least it did not keep the time in sync on any of my machines.
As part of back to root I want to move away from Gmail and with this from its contact management. This is a big step – and maybe a big step back – because Google does a great job. The contact management is very flexible, and easy to use. I never ever had to think about synchronization with my Android devices, not even one single second.