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Computerworld Gets It Wrong About Google Calendar

Sorry, had to put this right - Google Calendar is a good choice — provided that you don't mind being tied to a web browser

They say:
The strengths of Google Calendar come in its connectivity. It's easy to share your calendars with other Google Calendar users, or even embed a Google Calendar widget on your web page. You can set the permissions others have concerning those calendars-whether they can see your events, edit them, or just tell whether you're free or busy. But people you share calendars with must have Google accounts of their own.

Of course, the biggest strength of Google Calendar — its online existence — is also a potential weakness. You won't be able to view your calendar when you're not online, not yet anyway.

I say - wrong!

Google supports the industry standard way of sharing any calendar information between all modern calendar system - I use it to see my Google Calendar info in my Ubuntu clock (via Evolution). It's even in the Google Calendar Help - why did the reporter, Dan Moren in San Francisco, not check, doh!

You are NOT tied to the browser ... it's just best.
And Google Gears is coming to allow off-line web browser access.

[Updated] Removed the ' in the title ... thanks anonymous


  1. I'd like Google Calendar a lot better if Gmail were better, but despite all the hoopla about Gmail, the new Yahoo mail is far superior. Yahoo email addresses and google calendar do not play nice together unfortunately.

    As far as the calendar being available off line, its a little clunky, but I can access my Google Calendar from my iphone. You really can't make updates (which would be very helpful) but at least I know if I'm in the right place.

  2. Please remove the apostrophe in Get's

  3. james: fair call ... don't agree re: Yahoo! mail (it's a good online Outlook contender but doesn't do anything that differently - IMHO).

    anonymous: not a chance - the spurious "'" are there to annoy and disturb

  4. I use 2 Macs and an iPod touch and Sony ericsson K800i cellphone, along with Google Calendar and iCal. These are all kept brilliantly in sync by the inexpensive but superb software called Spannning Sync.

    I set it up once and now add edit and remove appointments on any device. The iPod syncs when I plug it in to my Mac - as I routinely do for transfer of music etc. The cellphone's the catch as I only remember to sync it once a week or so. The Macs sync every few minutes.

    Google Calendar works brilliantly for me.


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