Trying Google Calendar on for Size
by Tara McGoldrick Walsh, ORN Editor
(I guess I could set up a webcam pointed at my calendar at the office so I could view it when I am working from home.... Nah. Though that might be a good way to pinpoint when the folks from janitorial swipe the
bacteria-ridden water bottle off my office desk to send to the recycling bin. I think they're trying to tell me something there. OK, I'll admit this: to thwart their efforts, I've taken to putting a yellow sticky-note on my water bottle that says "Please do not throw this away!". I figure I should have the right to decide when I've consumed enough bacteria.)
Serious digression aside, it's long been time for me to get a better calendar system. I tried Outlook's version once, played around on my partner's Palm (there's an interesting sentence) to see if I should get one, and way, way, way back, when it was stylish, I carried a Franklin (because they were cheaper than Day-TImers). But everything just seemed like too much work, so somehow I settled into this simpler calendar pad system. Yet when I work from home these days, I always have this uneasy feeling I am forgetting something that I've written down on that giant calendar pad at work.
So, when I read Giles Turnbull's Your Life in Web Apps, I was intrigued by what he had to say about using Google Calendar. When you work in online publishing, you pretty much are always on--a necessary thing for using any of the many web apps Giles covers exhaustively in the PDF--so trying Google Calendar on for size sounded like a good idea for me. Long story, longer, here's what I found out.
Tara, if you use a Mac, you should check out this cool little app:
Google calendar doesn't do the right thing yet.
Try it with Mozilla Sunbird and expect frustration:
You can only upload and not download event/tasks.
|Outlook sync available?|
|Two things - F11 is your full screen mode toggle in Firefox and you can download the ICAL (.isc) files anytime you want as a backup/sync - put them on your website for others to download!|
|Thanks for the comments--more reason to get a Mac here, especially for the iCal factor!|
|I did a search for downloading events from my Google calendar, and stumbled across your blog. I agree that this is definitely a con. However, if I can figure out a way to automatically send an invite to myself via my outlook calendar, I'll be able to use that to update my PDA. Maybe a good workaround until Google realizes the need for that feature.|
I put google on my front page and a bunch of stuff came with it like
"To rearrange your page, drag and drop the title bars."
and two add stuff links at the right. How can I clean the page up? thanks firstname.lastname@example.org