Blog posts tagged "calendaring"

Google Calendar nee CL2

April 13th, 2006

My favorite Google calendar feature: Daily Agenda, a daily email overview of the days events. Though when you’re in there looking at the nofitications tab you’ll notice no notifications via IM support. (even for those of us using Jabber/GTalk)

Least favorite: Search public calendars is wrong wrong wrong, not the least because it shows me calendars for 2005.

Feels more done then recent Google releases, but what will make it is the GMail integration. (or break it if we all migrate away from GMail at some point)

Bonus: a new Google syndication namespace with event elements:

<gd:transparency value=""/>
     <gd:feedLink href=""/>
 <gd:eventStatus value=""/>
 <gd:when startTime="2006-04-14T15:00:00.000Z" endTime="2006-04-14T16:00:00.000Z"/>
 <gd:where valueString="100 Somestreet St., Jamaica Plain, MA"/>


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April 12th, 2006

Brian, Rod, and glenn have launched the Boston Web Technology Forum, a group blog documenting (and hopefully instigating) innovation in the local Boston web scene.

Their initial article is on the relaunch of Ajax calendar startup Kiko (the original!), and how its new features stack up against 30Boxes (the contender). Biggie vs. Tupac style.

Looks promising, Brian’s coverage is deeper then the Techcrunch patented drive-by review, and Rod in particular brings the biting insight which is shaping up to be the UK most successful 21st export.

The topic being calendaring I couldn’t resist going all pundity in the comments.

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The More Things Change

April 3rd, 2006

Corporate culture is a funny thing, certain ideas get ingrained, others get discarded, practices are repeated forever even after everyone who remembers why they were put in places have been laid off, or cashed out.

But what I can’t understand is why, dear god why, Palm, ostensibly a company with calendaring as a core competency, has never in its long history been able to get timezones right. Several operating systems (not to mention web properties) later, they’re still screwing them up.

I remember sitting in a conversation at Anyday post-acquisition discussing whether we should break timezone support to make it work work like Palm Desktop.

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Your Calendar is Watching You

March 29th, 2006

Calendars are not interesting because they show us a grid of dates with things happening. Calendars are interesting because more then our inbox, more then our todo lists, more then ourcontacts, more then our phones, they know things about us. They fundamentally intersect the social and the geophysical. If I’m attending an event (say in Austin) you have a powerful hint about when and where I am to a degree inaccessible to other facets of my digital support system.

All of which is an overblown way of saying 30Boxes are smart, and seem to be the only people doing calendaring that seem to get calendars, or the next rev. of the social web for that matter.

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Briefly on Google Calendar

March 8th, 2006

Yup, I saw the Michael’s coverage of Google Calendar aka CL2. From what little information we’ve got sounds like they’re doing a huge amount of it right.

Personally most intrigued by the idea that they’ll “combine their event creation feature with a web crawl and parsing of event data”. We ask a number of things of our calendars (well at least three), and one of the most important and least served to date is synchronicity.

update [6 hours later]: Well, some of it right at least.

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When 2.0

December 6th, 2005

I’d submit that the $1,200 Esther Dyson shindig at Stanford today was actually When 2.2, having coined the term to describe the Saturday morning calendar track at Foocamp.

The big news is the Google Calendar no-show. Also on people’s minds where is Chandler?

Perhaps the most striking feature of When 2.0 at Foocamp was how different the understanding of events each person brought to the table. Some people where talking events as social objects, others time management, perhaps as part of data management sync problem, and Esther was excited about time aspect of search. There was much talking past each other.

Oren’s weblog has the best coverage to date.

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Dealing with the Time Change

November 1st, 2005

Les and Russell are talking about how much the lack of light this time of year sucks. (Russell living in the Bay Area has got a lot of nerve, but whatever) Here is my strategy.

Rise early. No really, keep your body on daylight savings time as long as possible whatever it takes (cutting the caffeine at 3, night caps, exercise) but get to bed early, and get up to catch that early morning light. Once you’re up bathe in it, go for walks, open all the curtains, you get the idea.

Then in the afternoon, while its still light out pull the curtains, and turn on all the lights. Cut off all contact with the outside world. (helps if your office is a remodeled closet.) Crank the music up, turn the screen brightness up, and try to ignore the outside world for as long as possible.

Doing this I can generally get a full days work in before the “I can’t believe its dark already” blues kick in, and sap my will to live.

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Upcoming to Yahoo

October 5th, 2005

Congrats to Andy, Gordon, and Leonard, and about damn time. I first saw Upcoming almost exactly two years ago and thought “Wow, now that is how to do calendaring.” (and apparently I was jealous even back then!) Good luck!

Now we can all speculate on what will be, but I’m thinking this round might be going to Yahoo.

update: And dear god, where I can get some of whatever Gordon is on, Upcoming and Ning!?!? No kidding “bred for skill in magic.”

update2: Flickr, Upcoming, and Ning, all built on PHP.

TZInfo – Ruby Timezone Library

September 19th, 2005

TZInfo is a Ruby library that uses the standard tz (Olson) database to provide daylight-savings aware transformations between times in different timezones. The tz database is compiled into Ruby classes which are packaged in the release. No external zoneinfo files are required at runtime.

Sweet! Another item off the todo list I don’t have to do. And Scott has written an article about how to use it as a replacement for Rail’s “so-broken-its-negligent” TimeZone implementation.

As a hacker (is it a universal feeling?) its always an ambiguous feeling to see someone else cross an item off your todo list, a little sense of a loss (I was looking forward to solving that problem) with a bit of glee (Now I get to solve more interesting problems!)

August 29th, 2005

I just MLP’ed Gnat’s new, a custom Web 2.0 Business Plan service, with the commentary,

I’m looking for engineers to work on my AJAX multi-device emergent social network web-app that leverages developing nations.”

But then I hit reload, he suggested I get into

monetized Web 2.0 aggregated calendaring web-app that leverages the acquisition fever of Google and Yahoo!.

Um, that’s actually a really good idea, so much so that I can think of a half a dozen people already working on it. Don’t let Gnat fool you, it just seems random.

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