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Google's New Calendar CL2

CowboyNeal posted more than 8 years ago | from the ajax-in-action dept.

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pvt_medic writes "Google is apparently working on its own calendar (CL2) program to integrate with Gmail. The closed beta is ongoing with about 200 participants - people involved are not allowed to invite outsiders to see the calendar and are under strict rules not to share any details with outsiders. Here are some leaked photos of the CL2."

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Wild Guess (5, Insightful)

Kickboy12 (913888) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888880)

I'm guessing this will be one, of posssibly many, new things Google will be releasing April 1st. Knowing Google's history for releasing things on this date, it seems logical.

Re:Wild Guess (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14888897)

Frosty posties?

Shit, I fail it again.

Too much stuff (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14888922)

Google has become too prolific. They have lost their focus and their original tenet. They are no longer a search company, they are an advertising company that does search.
I refuse to use any product that Google made, bought, or comes into contact with. If they get into bed with Sun, I guess I'll go over to AbiWord or just use a text editor. Likewise, I'll need to find a new browser if they mangle Mozilla's stuff. Google needs to leave things to the people that do them best. Google is not to be trusted.

Re:Too much stuff (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14888960)

Yeah, those Google mail and map sites didn't really pan out, did they.

What web site do you use for search, by the way?

Re:Too much stuff (5, Interesting)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888983)

Actually, I'd say that they have always been a company focused on a few things. They've hired a good number of good scientists.

Some of this stuff requires fairly complicated techniques from the realm of research.

Need an example. Get the calendar to sufficiently put a short summary of everything that's going on in its cells by extracting that data from your email.

Re:Wild Guess (1)

beoswulf (940729) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889118)

The software Google releases on the first of next month won't be beta; APRIL FOOLS, just kidding, sorry, really had you going there right?

Re:Wild Guess (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14889149)

I'm guessing this will be one, of posssibly many, new things Google will be releasing April 1st.

Guess I won't hear about it until April 2nd then. At least, not from Slashdot.

Based on how brutally retarded Slashdot [and lots of other "news" sites] have been in recent years with posting fake stories - I will be staying off Slashdot on April 1st.

Sites like Digg can self-heal to work around dickhead story posters [unlike Slashdot]. I'm guessing / hoping that Digg will front-page a couple of jokes early on, then the user moderation will deep-six everything else. Meanwhile folks who stick with Slashdot will just get angrier and angrier with the editors for repeatedly posting crap.

Security? We've heard of it... (4, Insightful)

KiwiRed (598427) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888883)

Well, with only 200 participants it does make finding the source of the leak noticably easier...

Re:Security? We've heard of it... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14888941)

Even funnier is that if you take the images into gimp and change the levels to make all the colours really dark, what looks like a username stands out quite legibly in two of the images.

Hope you don't work at google, solomanj :)

Re:Security? We've heard of it... (1)

Saven Marek (739395) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888953)

OK its in the quick add, which is the second image?

can't find it! (0)

malaba (9813) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889151)

I cannot find the hidden name

where it is ?
could you please give more details ?

which image ?
where ?

is it a form of watermarking ?

thanks

Re:Security? We've heard of it... (1)

DrMrLordX (559371) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888944)

It's nice to see how well NDAs work in the wild, wild world of closed beta testing.

I remember the NDA I had to fill out to get into the Everquest beta. Ugh. That thing was monstrous. I'm sure I violated it at least once.

Tinfoil Hat On-Check (4, Insightful)

core plexus (599119) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889003)

" Well, with only 200 participants it does make finding the source of the leak noticably easier..."

You're assuming that someone from google didn't leak it.

It's been said that there's no such thing as bad publicity. Making something 'secret' only adds to the interest.

Did Earth Detox Cause Mass Extinctions 65 Million Years Ago? [suvalleynews.com]

How long? (5, Funny)

From A Far Away Land (930780) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888884)

How long until law enforcement uses the Google Calendar to solve crimes? Say the local QuikEMart is knocked off, they just have to Google it: Knock off QuikEMart at 10PM brings up one hit: Snake.

Re:How long? (2, Funny)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888886)

"'Daily Reminder: Thursday: Purchase feeble public access cable show and exploit it.' Boy, I feel sorry for whoever that is!"

Re:How long? (2, Funny)

nko321 (788903) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888911)

I need more sleep. I could've sworn I read, "Say the local QuikEMart is knocked up..."

Re:How long? (-1, Troll)

Duhavid (677874) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888929)

Well, she is.

She is not so Quik now.

One two many quikies, I guess.

( now if only I had that sig about how school administrators
    dont know what causes student pregnancies.... )

I'll be here all week, tip your server.

Re:How long? (4, Funny)

rob_squared (821479) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888918)

Gcrime is indexing your local hideout, please choose the types of activity to index:

[x]Meth Lab   [ ]Prostitutes
[ ]Jaywalking [x]Gunplay
[x]Laundering [x]Bribery

Snake? Snake Plisken? (2, Funny)

raftpeople (844215) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888964)

I heard you were dead.

Re:Snake? Snake Plisken? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14888996)

I thought you were taller.

Why? (3, Interesting)

Pranjal (624521) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888892)

Does anyone even use an online calendar? Why not use the one on your phone, PDA, laptop? What benefit does one get from using an online one?

Re:Why? (3, Informative)

Nosklo (815041) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888904)

Share commitments? Find out about events and add them? See what other people will do?

Re:Why? (5, Funny)

Adult film producer (866485) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888905)

Because GooCal will obsolete all other calendars!

Re:Why? (5, Informative)

SillySnake (727102) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888906)

Access to it anywhere you have an internet connection. Not everyone has a laptop or pda. Typing events on a cell phone is slow. The other time we've used one is when we share a calendar at work.. say if one of us is covering interviews for another, we'll use an online calender to prevent overlaps.

"stream of consciousness" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14888967)

Is that "stream of consciousness"? What the Hell are you saying?

Re:Why? (4, Informative)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888908)

The same reason people use groupware. They want to be able to easily schedule events with others.

Re:Why? (5, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888957)

The next question is how to synchronize your google calendar information with the cellphone, pda, or latop.

In a perfect (or even reasonably sane) world, all platforms and programs would freely exchange XML calendar records. But who am I kidding? That would be too easy. In my world, a PocketPC can't even reliably synchronize calendar information with Outlook.

Re:Why? (4, Insightful)

Jussi K. Kojootti (646145) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889096)

Amen. Calendar interoperability and network access is appallingly poor.

Finally there is (at least in theory) an answer: CalDAV [webdav.org] . It's big and complex, but there seems to be some real progress in implementing it, just take a look at the interoperability testing events/reports.

Then again, you mentioned Outlook... Just forget everything I said.

Re:Why? (4, Interesting)

wfWebber (715881) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889109)

Well, if we're lucky they'll throw their efforts into OpenSync [opensync.org] , a very good effort to make a standard for exchanging data between (among other things) calendars and pda's.

And you can always "upgrade" your pda to Linux ;)

Re:Why? (1)

westyvw (653833) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889162)

You used reliable and Outlook in the same sentence. This is not possible!

Re:Why? (3, Insightful)

jlarocco (851450) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889215)

Why XML? vCal is already a standardized calendar format that works with Outlook, Mozilla Sunfire, and many others. It's not a buzzword like XML, but other than that, it usually works well.

Re:Why? (1)

Dasch (832632) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889294)

That's so right, I mean, who even uses XML?! ;)

I believe the best thing about XML is its eXtensibility. Allowing for extension (through the use of namespaces) of the calendar language will make it easier to cut to the bone, and only have the most important things in the language itself.

Synchronization the wrong direction (2, Interesting)

Mostly a lurker (634878) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889222)

Prior to a reliable world wide Internet, manual synchronization between different devices using different programs was a necessary evil. It was, however, a messy and error prone approach.

What we ought to have now is a server based approach, where all devices access the same version of the data. For now, this implies a browser solution, though a DAV solution or dedicated protocol would be better. Nothing I have looked at is exactly right, but Yahoo Calendar (full version when on a computer, wap version on a cell phone) is getting there.

Re:Why? (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888925)

Ohhhh.. I don't know.. prehaps people who don't have a PDA or Cellphone? As for laptop, well i tend to use my Home computer more than my laptop; when i do use my laptop, i'm normally near a wireless connection..

Re:Why? (5, Interesting)

Chris Pimlott (16212) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888930)

How about dynamic calendar subscriptions?

Select your classes from a schedule and have each period from now until the end of the year added for you. If the Prof gets sick, your calendar is updated automatically. Subscribe to your local concert club's schedule and see who's coming. Mark a show you're interested on and get automated notice when it's postponed.

Add some classification and filtering (which GMail is already well known for) and now you can just click the "Entertainment" tab and see all the movies, concerts, shows, book signings, lectures, plays, etc going on in the upcoming week.

This could be really cool.

Re:Why? (1)

empaler (130732) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889177)

This is exactly what I want. Yesterday.

Re:Why? (2, Interesting)

modecx (130548) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889296)

Do you have any idea how many people would cream their pants at this idea? Hell, even the soccer coach could have a calendar that all of the soccer moms could subscribe to. I would have killed for this during college. My god, if Google's baby is anything like this, it will blow everything good that Google has done up until this point clear out of the water. Everything.

Re:Why? (1)

Bitter and Cynical (868116) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888934)

I don't have a cell phone, pda or laptop since I'm a poor university student. This will still be handy though, I can update my homework from my labs. Coincidently I was looking for calendar software the other day on sourceforge but nothing was at the user friendly stage.

Re:Why? (2, Interesting)

KronicD (568558) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889090)

try Sunbird [mozilla.org] . its pretty good :)

Re:Why? (1)

Penguin Programmer (241752) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888978)

I don't use an online calendar right now, I use the calendar on my Zaurus instead. However, I also have to put my calendar into iCal at the office so we can figure out meeting times that work for everyone, and I back my schedule up to my computer in case my Zaurus goes nuts. So, if there was a nice calendar that integrated with my gmail account and allowed everyone at the office to share events and figure out meeting times, I'd definitely use it. Also, knowing Google, it'll work better than my Zaurus calendar.

Re:Why? (4, Interesting)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889077)

One word: integration. A good standalone calendar is ok. But if you can get the map where you have an appointment, the exact text of the email that triggered it, a fast search to find anything remotely related to the topic, instant chatting with the people in the meeting if you need to ask something, etc as pale examples of what all combined could be used, you have far more. Of course, google based means that you must access internet to access all of this. A portable pda could be superior if you are on the run and without that access. But now even cellphones have access to gmail and related sites, so in many places access to that information can be done in several ways, and for all will be the same.

Re:Why? (3, Funny)

el_womble (779715) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889185)

The same reason I use gmail. I have three computers, and don't want three email addresses. For that reason its easier for me to sync if I have a central, 24/7 server I can get my mail from.

The same with a calender. I don't use .Macs calander web frontend, but I do sync with they're server so that no matter where I am I have the latest version, and, if I want to, it's trivial for me to share that information with others.

I do use my phone's calander, but more as a viewer than, data entry (if god had meant us to use a phone for data entry he would have given us 9 thumbs). If I do have to create an entry whilst I'm out, being able to use a web interface to polish it makes a lot of sense.

Re:Why? (1)

rtb61 (674572) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889300)

Added to that the security and privacy risks of an online web based "public" calendar system, rather than an internal company based calendar system. There is also the bad feel, of an excess of overlap between a work calendar and a private personal calendar.

Yahoo and MSN provide calendaring services, I have never used them, where and when I am, I Have always considered far to private for anywhere but local storage, anybody wants to co-ordinate can contact me first amd I will decide whether I am available or not (regardless of what is actually in my calendar ;-) )

Data skimming (1)

backwardMechanic (959818) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889318)

To allow Google to skim even more of your data. The calendar bit is just candy to keep the users happy. I still like my ultra portable, battery free solution with freeform user interface. That's right, a little book and a pen. I can use it anywhere. I can even add doodles.

Re:Why? (1)

cyfer2000 (548592) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889358)

Share with others

Data safety, better backup

Equipment/Platform free

Location free, ah..., only if you have internet access

Why I love the internet. (4, Funny)

loconet (415875) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888907)

I dont know about anyone else but I had a good chuckle from this:

"people involved are not allowed to invite outsiders to see the calendar and are under strict rules not to share any details with outsiders. Here are some leaked photos of the CL2."

I love the internet.

Re:Why I love the internet. (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888995)

It's all part of the Google hype machine. Do you think that people would really want these products so badly if they didn't expect them to be great?

In all honesty, gmail is pretty good, as are other Google services. They have to live up in some respect, but, in another, the hype means that they themselves don't have to do much advertising.

They also get a lot of the best people.

The great mysteries of Google. (5, Interesting)

keilinw (663210) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888936)

Google never ceases to impress me. It seems that they always have something new up their sleeves. Earlier today I was reading about a program called, "Wrightly" (also posted on /.) that is supposed to be the killer Google Word Processor App that everyone's been talking about.

Anyway, what I really find amazing is Google's ability to find and promote those technologies that we would never have heard of. For example, Picasa and Google Earth. I played with Google' Earths previous self (KH) but I didn't want to pay $30 or whatever they were charging... and I would have passed Picasa off as yet another cheap knock-off.

I'm not saying that these are great programs in anyway, but they sure are great for free stuff... and that really amazes me -- Google really does have an aptitude for providing quality "free" software.

Matt Wong

http://www.themindofmatthew.com [themindofmatthew.com]

Re:The great mysteries of Google. (1)

billster0808 (739783) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888990)

Writely has actually been around for a while, google just bought them out.

Re:The great mysteries of Google. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14889061)

Oh please. Everything Google's doing today has been done before, and better, by Apple.

Re:The great mysteries of Google. (1)

WhiteBandit (185659) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889163)

Oh please. Everything Google's doing today has been done before, and better, by Apple.

Except for the fact that Picasa beats the living daylights out of iPhoto. (Granted, iPhoto 6 is much improved over iPhoto 5, but it still can't touch Picasa IMHO). Maybe they'll make a OS X port of that some day...

Not BY Apple , per se (2, Interesting)

SmittyTheBold (14066) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889211)

Maybe not by Apple, but in this particular case on Apple's OS.

SubEthaEdit [codingmonkeys.de] is an awesome collaborative editor.

Re:The great mysteries of Google. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14889232)

Earlier today I was reading about a program called, "Wrightly" (also posted on /.)

WHAT?! Google's getting into aviation now, too?

Could be handy (5, Interesting)

svunt (916464) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888937)

I'm a student who uses campus computers at times, I work in an office, and I divide the little time that remains between my own home and my partner's. Between all of these points, any sort of synchronisation with a diary app is extremely unlikely, and with assignments, work events & a social life (yeah, right) all slipping randomly from my mind, I can see the value in this. Sure, an actual diary might be an idea, but I'm used to logging on to my gmail account every time I sit at a desk, whereas over the past few years I've tried half a dozen times to get into the habit of using a proper diary, and I fail miserably, usually after writing and promptly forgetting to check a single entry.

Re:Could be handy (1)

kghoshal (733757) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888951)

It would be interesting to see how this calender application compares to Kiko and 30boxes. Both of these are existing calender applications and make a heavy use of AJAX. 30 Boxes has all features that CL2 is going to have. Since it's still in beta, it lacks the email/sms notification. But the blogs claim that these features are on the way. I'm not sure whether there is an import/export feature in CL2.But history says Google has always won the race-let's see.. Kaustav Ghoshal(http://kaustav.org/ [kaustav.org]

yippeee (0, Offtopic)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888942)

It's nice that slashdot provides a mirror of digg stories, 2 days later.

Anyhow, With google rolling out gmail for corporate users, good calendar integration could put a dent in outlook's market share.

Re:yippeee (1, Interesting)

nicolas.kassis (875270) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888980)

yep and with the aquisition of that Web Office compagny the are going to buid one hell of a office suite.(Can't remeber the name right now) This looks like a all out assault at Microsoft. I like it. Google has the power to fight Microsoft on this one. Only thing is I don't know how I would like all my personal and work stuff to be hosted on a remote machine. I guess Google servers a little more secure than my personal computer. But hey I really wonder how long it will take before corporate espionage stories come out of this.

Nic
======
Homepage [nickassis.net]
blog [nickassis.net]

Re:yippeee (0)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889011)

I wouldn't want my company relying on a remote machine for something as important as email. Of course, there are plenty of companies that use yahoo groups, aim, etc.

But if google sold an email appliance (like their search engine appliance) -- a rack mounted linux box running their email/calendar/chat software -- it would be a lot more appealing.

Re:yippeee (0)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889083)

I second that - a rackmountable organization-wide PIM would be neat. Especially if you could run a mirror at remote locations (preferably on existing hardware) that automatically syncs.

Re:yippeee (1)

Jords (826313) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889251)

yet you still read slashdot?

Execute Only? (4, Interesting)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888943)

Will Google let people use their application logic without requiring we store our personal data on their servers (subject to cracking, government requisition, backup tapes "lost in the mail", etc)? For that matter, how easy is it now to connect our own Jabber networks to Google's version?

No. (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888985)

You want everything for free, right? Google needs to get some value out of it, they are a business after all. And, as we all know, targeted ads are their business. So, no, I think they want to run their fingers through your data, that's the whole point.

Re:No. (0)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889026)

Who said it has to be for free? And who says they can't run their fingers through our data as it passes thru their servers?

The fact is that you don't know whether they'll allow public access to a calendaring API, or nonretention of our data. But yet you insist that the only business model possible is the one you can think of, that you think won't work.

There are many possible business models available to Google without their retaining our data. Many of which allow targeted ads. And many of which don't work that way at all. I'm sure Google will find one that works.

Doesn't have to be that way. (2, Insightful)

zCyl (14362) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889330)

Google COULD, if they want to, have a calendaring system in which the data is encrypted the entire time it is in transit, and the entire time it is stored on their systems, and only decrypted locally by a java applet within the browser of the user accessing the data. They could also still support this with advertising, and people would be more inclined to use it with the knowledge that their data would be safe.

Do you think businesses are going to want their employees scheduling confidential meetings on a calendaring system which Google has full access to? But if it were fully encrypted and only accessed by password locally, this would suddenly be a potent and secure tool which makes the PDA a lot less useful in a networked world.

Re:Execute Only? (0, Redundant)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889017)

Why not just use SunBird... if you think that SunBird is inadequate... why not just join the team and hack in some features?

Seriously. Don't like what's available? Make an open source product :-D

Re:Execute Only? (-1, Flamebait)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889060)

Sunbird is not a server. If you don't like my questions, and keep getting their sense entirely wrong in various threads, why do you keep challenging me?

Re:Execute Only? (0, Redundant)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889099)

It was nothing personal, honestly. The only thread that I can recall getting involved with that you were involved with was yesterday.

I wasn't challenging you anyway. I was offering an alternative. Don't like the Google Calendar... eh, ok, why not go with an open source one.

SunBird not good, why not start a project.

I'm not attacking YOU.

Re:Execute Only? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14889087)

how about if you're not a programmer? or if your time is worth more than the cost of developing an adequate solution?

Re:Execute Only? (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889101)

Well, life is a pain in the ass like that, isn't it?

You want to use Google's products, you're going to do it on their terms. Don't like their terms? Use a different solution.

Mirror (5, Informative)

Shimdaddy (898354) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888947)

I found the page was a little slow, so before it goes down completely, here are the screenshots. Also works for the lazy. 1 [imageshack.us] 2 [imageshack.us] 3 [imageshack.us] 4 [imageshack.us] 5 [imageshack.us] 6 [imageshack.us] 7 [imageshack.us] 8 [imageshack.us] 9 [imageshack.us] 10 [imageshack.us]

warning - goatse pic (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14888977)

#6, the rest are legit.

Re:Mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14889070)

Or you can just go to mirrordot.

Groupware BAD, Calendars USEFUL (4, Informative)

Chris Pimlott (16212) | more than 8 years ago | (#14888961)

This reminds me a interesting article JMZ wrote on the subject of groupware [jwz.org] . It's worth reading just for the quote "How will this software get my users laid", but it's got some good points that are relevant here. I daresay Google's been reading it too.

With their talents and GMail's strengths, it looks like they're ready to come out with just what JMZ is proposing. Which may make Hula [hula-project.org] dead in the water, but we'll just have to wait and see...

Re:Groupware BAD, Calendars USEFUL (1)

killjoe (766577) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889032)

JMZ? You mean JWZ right?

Anyway if JWZ is talking I think I have to go and pluck my nose hairs or something equally more interesting then listening to his drivel.

Whoops, yes, JWZ not JMZ. (1)

Chris Pimlott (16212) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889046)

Yes, that should be JWZ; typo on my part, sorry.

FINALLY!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14888975)

Yessss this is AWESOME. Now I can seriously use google as a center for organizing my communcations and tasks. I've been waiting for this calendar for some time. Thank you google!

Personal Security (5, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889021)

Everyone is saying "the point is so that you can access your calendar from anywhere."

Whatever happened to the popular Slashdot meme: Don't access [Online Service that requires a password] from public places?

About the only places I would consider 'secure' are home, work, or a friend's house. And I wouldn't be so sure about the friend's house, because some of my friends are sneaky bastards like that.

Taking the Calendar away from a fixed computer, or appt. book or laptop/pda seems like it'll encourage people to check their schedule everywhere. Because, if the point is not to check it anywhere, then why not keep your schedule with you? Home ---> work doesn't seem very troublesome to me.

BlackBerry (3, Interesting)

SecretAsianMan (45389) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889034)

Anyone else here think that Google should throw some cash at RIM to get CL2 and GMail doing full wireless sync with BlackBerries? I would gladly pay money for that feature.

Google/Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14889067)

Wanna rename it? It is disgusting. How about full disclosue for those schmucks who actually paid for your "subscription?"

i soooo have this figured out. (0, Flamebait)

grahagre (459342) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889068)

man, the crack team at /. thinks they have to give an update posting on every thing that google works on from random crap to irrelevant shit. because of this, if i were one of the founders, i'd totally just start giving random employees uppercuts and roundhouse kicks to the face. then people would be like, "OMG Larry just totally assulted that man and give him a world class cleveland steemer, i SOOO have to post this on /.". Then you'd have slashdots regular audience (13 year olds who think they know C++), posting things in the comments area like, "d00d digg had this story like 3 hours ago man", and i'd totally laugh my ass off and go eat some crackers.

Re:i soooo have this figured out. (-1, Offtopic)

Widowwolf (779548) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889095)

yes well i am a 26 year old who doesnt know any programmin languages, i run my leet box on windows xp! I still readin slashdot..Especially if it means they are takign down Microsoft..As soon as linux gets enough market shares with gaming corps(without haveing to use any extra programs to emulate windowz) i will switch..Until then..my work, and me are stuck with em!

Re:i soooo have this figured out. (-1, Offtopic)

anzev (894391) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889169)

But most of all you're a 26 year old who doesn't speak english and provides meaningless comments. GREAT WORK!

Re:i soooo have this figured out. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14889281)

But, most of all, you're a [age of above user]-year-old who is anti-social enough to criticize others about grammar yet ignorant enough not to capitalize "English," and one who provides meaningless comments. GREAT WORK!

Offtopic (but not...) (3, Informative)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889115)

Has anybody tried Caledarhub (http://www.calendarhub.com [calendarhub.com] ? What sets Google apart from this? I was a pretty staunch Yahoo calendar user until I found Caldarhub.

Why a new calendar? (5, Funny)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889129)

Before we went to the Julian calendar, a lunar calendar more than sufficed. Just add a leap second for every 1200 years or so, to compensate for lunar drift.

Ironically, we wouldn't have had to deal with all of these end time religious types (who decided to ignore the difference between the two) today, since their end of the world prophecies would have been scheduled for at least a few hundred years from now, rather than based on the year 2000.

Missing Mars due to a glitch in converting imperial to metric is one thing, destroying the Earth to speed up various religious prophecies due to a glitch in calendar systems is another.

Re:Why a new calendar? (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889147)

Ohhhhh, wait, you said calendar as in, erm, SCHEDULER. My error, the relevent news was slashdotted. Maybe they could have said scheduler or organizer to avoid confusion? I mean, there was that whole thing about 8 years back when Swatch tried establishing their own custom "time" standard.

VLAD FARTED (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14889136)

holy cow, is vlad ever a sorry son of a fuck. woof! smell that?? that's vlad. raw and ripe and HOLY FUCK but does that man stink

also he rape's baby's

cool (4, Insightful)

l3v1 (787564) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889139)

I will really like this. Mail, chat and calendar all in one place, with a nice interface and enough storage. I usually do work from 3 different places, from 4 computers, and accessing everything from Gmail will be a fine indeed, easier than always synch.ing calendars, and sometimes forgetting to do so. What we could spend quite an amount of time talking about would be privacy and security related issues, but I'm willing to lower some bars if this thing will be as functional as I expect it to be.
 

Fry, origami (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14889188)

Once all of the google apps are out of beta, the office apps, chat, blogger, search, etc. the origami frier will be activated. a portable wifi terminal, able to access all google tools all of the time. This is especially obvious considering google's work towards city-wide wifi in philly, and work towards creating their "own internet". With the fewer resources required to create such a "dumb" device, everyone will have one.

URL (5, Informative)

degraeve (780907) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889152)

http://www.google.com/cl2 [google.com] yields a login prompt that says:
"Sign in to Google CL2 with your Google Account"

Re:URL (2, Informative)

rathehun (818491) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889332)

Ah - well, but it says that it's an invalid page if you try and login.
Nice try though.

Awesome! (5, Funny)

Godji (957148) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889157)

So now that Google already knows what we're searching for and can read our e-mail, it will also be able to know what we're doing at any given time? I'm definitely signing up!! What's next, Google Personal Diary? Google Thought Recorder?

Remember the quote, "We're moving to a Google that knows more about you" ? You'd better.

Re:Awesome! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14889270)

WTF? yahoo has that facility too. it has had it for more than 3-4 years now. (could be longer don't remember) why dont u complain about it? just because bashing google or MS or FF is almost a fashion? i use my yahoo calendar for social life (like b'days and bill due dates and family events) and outlook at work. and will use Galendar when it is available.

Sweet (3, Informative)

pato101 (851725) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889206)

Now we need to find out how to share/copy/integrate/syncronize this calendar with Evolution.

Wow, too late, seems that they are offering ICAL format :-))

mmm sleepy about google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14889207)

i dont know. Yahoo, MSN, and everyone has had calendar. What's the big deal about Google? Nothing innovative here.. a little dhtml? Tired of these guys.. Everyone wants to complain about MSFT but really looking to act like them. I like google, but copy cats. That's all. My 2 cents.

manage myself? (2, Funny)

dartarrow (930250) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889234)

Hmm.... I suppose something like this could help me better manage my social life...


..oh wait...


Hmm... (2, Insightful)

Jords (826313) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889243)

It's really getting fairly old 'leaking' screenshots etc to raise some easy hype :D But anyway, this calandar program looks neat! Maybe if they stopped adding new features every week gmail could come out of "Beta" (ie, if it stuffs up don't bitch to us) sometime this century.

What AJAX library does Google use? (3, Informative)

wysiwia (932559) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889261)

What I'd like to know is what AJAX library they use. Does Google build its own library and do they plan to release it to the public (OpenSource) or do they use another? I guess they don't use Yahoo's library and probably also not Zimbra's, so what else?

I'm starting to use the Dojo toolkit (http://dojotoolkit.org/ [dojotoolkit.org] ) which might become the top free AJAX library. See my first easy samples "tree?.html" at (http://wyoguide.sf.net/test/ [sf.net] .

O. Wyss

What If... (1)

All Your Name Are Be (931301) | more than 8 years ago | (#14889297)

... CL2 doesn't stand for CaLendar2 but CL2. What if this is the begining of Client releases for google? Each version number introducing a new network oriented utility. What if this is just wishful thinking?
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