The problem is that, at my present location, download and upload speeds are so slow that syncing seems to time out. As a result I cannot sync my calendar, surely the most useful file to sync. But I can create a photo gallery even though I don't use iPhoto or Aperture. Here is a screen shot of the result:
I am not sure what I do next with the gallery - I guess iWeb would be used to create a web page. I can't even make a full window slide show (or at least the limited help facility doesn't mention such an option). I can double click on individual images, though.