Hanselminutes Podcast 58 - Synchronizing Internet Calendars
My fifty-eighth podcast is up. Scott and Carl chat about the pain of the DST change and how they manage their calendars over the Internet with things like SyncMyCal and Google Calendars, and the mysterious ICS file format.
UPDATE: An interesting comment in the comments of this post leads to me to add one little bit of extra info. The comment was:
"However I couldn't help thinking that you can purchase great calendars in Borders and other places which with a "version control" pencil and eraser you can write in all your important family events for the month / year and hang on the wall in the kitchen. Lets face it you can even create your own with some software and use family pictures for each month. No data corruption issue, no battery issues and no synchronization issues and its a pleasure to look at."
And I totally agree. We use the Boone "Week over Week" Rolling Whiteboard Calendar" for our kitchen refrigerator for most large-scale life planning. It's SO much more useful than a Monthly Whiteboard. You move each week - Week Over Week - so you don't have to update it every month. We have two, so we've got 8 weeks of life on our fridge.
To be clear, the electronic version works famously. Perfectly. We're always traveling and distributed, and being able to schedule each other with ICS Meeting Requests is a fantastic way to stay in touch. We've done more family events and visited more friends in the last month since we started this system than in the previous year. We each know when we're free and when we're not. It's brilliant.
The Boone board is for "big picture" stuff.
Links from the Show
Sync Google and your Smart Phone (nn3)
The Holy Grail of Calendar Sync (nn6)
Google Calendar (nn0)
Another PocketPC to Google Calendar (nn4)
Outlook 2007 and iCal (nn7)
RemoteCalendar (Sync Outlook 2003 to iCal) (nn5)
Syncing Google and Outlook (nn8)
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