Michael Specht

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Using Google Calendar

August 29th, 2006 · 5 Comments · Technology ·



I recently upgraded the version of Norton Internet Security I have running at home, this has meant that I can now use Google’s Calendar on my home PC.

Now I am looking into how to use Google Calendar for our household calendar.  My vision, if you call it that, is to have a family calendar editable by both my wife and I.  Then we can both also have a personal calendar, synchronised to work calendaring systems and PDA’s.  This way we can both keep up to date on what is going one.  The final piece of the puzzle would be to get a mini-tablet PC attached to a bracket in the kitchen/family room so that we can view the calendar’s in the morning an evenings to ensure we don’t forget anything.  The mini-tablet PC would replace the old fashioned paper calendar that typically hangs in our kitchen.  (The other uses for such a device are massive but let’s keep to the calendaring side of things!)

So far I have achieved the following:-

  1. Got my work calendar sync’ing with my very old Palm Vx (very easy)
  2. Set up a personal calendar on Google (very easy)
  3. Set up a family calendar on Google (again very easy)
  4. Got my wife to use Google Calendar (a bit harder)
  5. Shared all 3 calendars so that we can both view each others personal calendar but both make changes to the family one (very easy)
  6. Tested Companion Link to see if I can sync my work calendar with my personal Google Calendar – FAILED.
  7. Now waiting for feedback from CompanionLink support.

I am not sure where the problem lies but my some of work calendar items are not appearing in the right time on my Google calendar, and my Google calendar items are not appearing in my work calendar. :-( 

I know I am not the only one looking for such an integrated solution.  Alex King has recently put a call out for an end to end calendaring solution.

 

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Des Paroz // Aug 30, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Michael, I’ve managed to get my work email (Lotus Notes) syncing with my Palm Treo 650 (and all previous PDAs – both Palm and Windows Mobile). I’ve got the same Palm Treo syncing with Palm Desktop at home.

    And, I’ve managed to get CompanionLink to sync my Palm Desktop to Google Calendar!

    Now, the only problem is that some appointments seem to change times. I reckon its a timezone thing, but I haven’t been able to spend the time to work it out yet.

    One day all this should become simple. I just want my info available to me…..

  • 2 Michael Specht // Aug 30, 2006 at 6:43 pm

    Des I have the same problem with Google Calendar with the times moving, I agree it must be a timezone thing.

    And yes all I want is my info available to me as well…. oh and to be able to share the work appointments with work and family appointments with my wife.

  • 3 Des Paroz // Aug 30, 2006 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Michael, its amazing how simple desires remain so elusive…..

  • 4 Chris Breitner // Oct 7, 2006 at 1:32 am

    Here you go:
    http://www.airset.com

  • 5 Michael Specht // Oct 7, 2006 at 9:18 am

    Airset is almost there but it just does not feel right not sure if it is the UI or the performance but it still feels like a web app. Another issue is getting the family to now convert from Google Calendar, it was a big deal to get them using it. The final pity is the mobile edition will probably not work in Australia :-(

    Having said that I will give it another go.