Andrew Pollack's Blog

Technology, Family, Entertainment, Politics, and Random Noise

Have you tried Google Calendar?

By Andrew Pollack on 09/12/2006 at 09:14 AM EDT

It's not new, but for the first time I've tried out Google's calendar application. I like it a lot, and not just for work. Barb and I both work full time. On top of that, I have the fire department work that keeps me busy with meetings and training; between my three kids we have school, tennis club, 3 soccer teams, karate, and Brownies. I travel about once a month, and Barb travels about twice a year. To keep up with just our family activities -- coordinating transportation for the kids mostly, requires a pretty extensive calendar.

In the past, we've used a white board calendar in the kitchen that Barb put together. It has four color listings covering the activities for each of us looking ahead about a month. It's full on every single day with at least two events. A computer based calendar would be great, but there are problems with using one. While Barb has Notes at home, she doesn't have it work. Her Exchange based calendar isn't realistically available for integration with a home schedule. I use Notes for mail and applications, but don't use the Calendaring features -- mostly because I have nobody else to exchange the data with
and find for one person it isn't an effective tool.

Google's calendar application took me about 15 minutes to learn, and within 30 minutes I'd created a shared Calendar with all the information on our white board and sent Barb a link and full access. This family calendar is distinct from my private one, and can be viewed as an overlay in a combined view or on it's own. It handles repeating events extremely well, and you can do pretty advanced things quickly. In one case, I hadn't realized I was adding items to my personal calendar instead of the shared family one. I was able to edit the event, and simply move it to the correct calendar without having to re-enter the information.

You can overlay not just your calendars, but other people's and even public ones. I quickly overlayed one of US Holidays. There are public calendars which list professional sports schedules, game software release dates, and other more obscure things.

I don't see any features I need that this doesn't offer. In fact, Lotus Agenda users will rejoice at seeing the "Quick Add" feature in use. As you can see in the picture, a plain text entry point allows you to add items to your schedule without any hard work at all. I used this quite a bit, even using multiple dates for repeating events.

Notifications to cell phones, email address, and other features make it very powerful. I especially like that a brief "Agenda" will automatically display and stay updated on my customized Google home page, along side the news feeds and blogs I keep up with. The agent can also be sent to you each day by email.

Overall, I'm finding this extremely easy to interact with. It is a truly unobtrusive way to work and because it is integrated into my normal home page, works in real time between my laptop and my workstation with an update process. With Lotus Notes version 7.02 support for iCal, I should even be able to subscribe so that my Notes client can pick up these Calendar entries as well when I replicate -- then I can sync them to my cell phone.

For my next steps, I plan to introduce this to the people I work with, so that I have shared Calendars related to Penumbra, Cumberland Fire Department, Client project teams, etc. By overlaying these calendars, each of us can have just what we need to see ready at our fingertips. A one-click toggle adds or removes an overlayed calendar from your current view from the list of all calendars you subscribe to so it's never too cluttered.

I can see where I'll be using this as part of daily routine - and that makes it the first calendar tool I've ever been comfortable enough with to say that. I've had so much success, that I'm going to take a look at the ToDo list application from Google next.


There are  - loading -  comments....

Been using since Day One!By Chris Whisonant on 09/12/2006 at 11:00 AM EDT
I had started using and then within a couple of weeks Google
launched theirs. I decided to try it and it has worked very well. I don't
really travel (maybe 2 conferences per year), but we use it to keep track of
church and family stuff. It's really user friendly and there are other public
calendars you can add (holidays, etc...).
Been using it for some time with the family...By Chris Miller on 09/13/2006 at 08:47 PM EDT
re: Have you tried Google Calendar?By Eric Romo on 05/30/2008 at 09:42 AM EDT
Have you been able to sync your Notes Calendar with Google's?

I've tried using GCalDaemon (very cool!) with Rainlendar (also very cool). What
I've tried to do is export my selected Notes calendar items into an *.ics file
(ex: calendar.ics) into the GCalDaemon directory.

Maybe I'm using the wrong approach to get my Notes calendar sync'd with a
Google calendar.

Any ideas?

Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Anyone? :-)
re: Have you tried Google Calendar?By Eric Romo on 05/30/2008 at 09:48 AM EDT
I forgot to add that I have gotten GCalDaemon to sync my other Google calendars
with RainLendar. So that isn't an issue.

Other Recent Stories...

  1. 01/28/2020Copyright Troll WarningThere's a copyright troll firm that has automated reverse-image searches and goes around looking for any posted images that they can make a quick copyright claim on. This is not quite a scam because it's technically legal, but it's run very much like a scam. This company works with a few "clients" that have vast repositories of copyrighted images. The trolls do a reverse web search on those images looking for hits. When they find one on a site that looks like someone they can scare, they work it like ...... 
  2. 03/26/2019Undestanding how OAUTH scopes will bring the concept of APPS to your Domino serverWhile a full description of OATH is way beyond what I can do in this quick blog entry, I wanted to talk a bit about how "SCOPES" interact with the already rich authorization model used by Domino. Thanks to the fantastic work by John Curtis and his team, the node.js integration with Domino is going to be getting a rich security model. What we know is that a user's authorizations will be respected through the node.js application to the Domino server -- including reader names, ACLs, Roles, and so on. The way ...... 
  3. 02/05/2019Toro Yard Equipment - Not really a premium brand as far as I am concernedDear Toro Customer Service, I arm writing about the following machine: Toro Power Max 1120 OXEModel:38654S/N:31000#### Specifically, bearing part #:63-3450 This is the part ($15 online / $25 at the local dealer) that caused me to raise my objections on-line. This piece of garbage is supposed to be a bearing. It carries the shaft which drives both stages of the auger. The shaft passes through the bearing (which is what bearings do) after the auger drive pulley as the shaft goes through the back (engine ...... 
  4. 10/08/2018Will you be at the NYC Launch Event for HCL Domino v10 -- Find me! 
  5. 09/04/2018With two big projects on hold, I suddenly find myself very available for new short and long term projects.  
  6. 07/13/2018Who is HCL and why is it a good thing that they are now the ones behind Notes and Domino? 
  7. 03/21/2018Domino Apps on IOS is a Game Changer. Quit holding back. 
  8. 02/15/2018Andrew’s Proposed Gun Laws 
  9. 05/05/2016Is the growing social-sourced economy the modern back door into socialism? 
  10. 04/20/2016Want to be whitelisted? Here are some sensible rules for web site advertising 
Click here for more articles.....

pen icon Comment Entry
Your Name
*Your Email
* Your email address is required, but not displayed.
Your thoughts....
Remember Me  

Please wait while your document is saved.