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Google Calendar

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the google-everyday dept.

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rickyb writes "After months of rumors and speculation, Google Calendar is now live. It features integration with Gmail, full iCal support, and a bunch of other goodies I'm just starting to discover. The wait is over!"

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Not quite "live" (0, Flamebait)

muhgcee (188154) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119867)

If by "live" you mean "barely functioning," then you'd be right.

No, but in general it looks pretty nice (assuming all of the functions work).

MOD -=- PARENT -=- TROLL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15119921)

If by "live" you mean "barely functioning," then you'd be right.

No, but in general it looks pretty nice (assuming all of the functions work).

 
You don't know the definition of live. I hope that everyone that you know dies. Hopefully you know Osama bin Laden, too.

MOD -=- PARENT -=- OFFTOPIC (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15120028)

You don't know the definition of "troll". Please go throw yourself in front of the closest moving vehicle. Oh, and hopefully there's an 18-wheeler doing 110MPH down your street right now.

Re:Not quite "live" (1, Interesting)

forgotten_my_nick (802929) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119956)

Yea I am wondering if they should put it back into BETA. Google betas are much more stable. :) At the moment it has taken 3 minutes just to get the calendar screen.

IE and Firefox only for now (0, Troll)

snoozebutton (570866) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119868)

John Gruber over at Daring Fireball [daringfireball.net] made me laugh with this.

"Scheduled to be in beta for the next four years.

Also, it doesn't (yet?) support Safari, and informs you of this with a JavaScript alert that reads:

'Sorry, Google Calendar does not support your browser yet, so things may break in unexpected ways. Press OK to see a list of browsers that we support. Or cancel to try to use it anyways.'

$121 billion market cap and they have someone writing error messages who thinks "anyways" is acceptable English."

Safari is barely functional (0, Flamebait)

Seoulstriker (748895) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119876)

Safari is barely usable with any AJAX application. Hell, you're lucky Gmail works with it.

Re:IE and Firefox only for now (0)

TheComputerMutt.ca (907022) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119878)

Do you undestand what they're trying to say? Yes? That's more important than sounding professional.

Re:IE and Firefox only for now (1)

snoozebutton (570866) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119936)

I don't think so. Spelling should not be an problem for any large company. Perhaps they need a GDictionary. Google define, I guess they're not using it.

Actually, (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119997)

I am surprised that they have not implemented it yet. I use dict.org as well dictd on my home system. But it does not do as good on correction/guessing as Google does. In fact, near as I can tell, they have the best.

Re:IE and Firefox only for now (0)

Rydia (556444) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119950)

No, actually, it's not. They're not only a market leader, they're also a publicly-traded company. There are a lot of eyes looking at every little thing they do, and while nerds may think it's not important, pretty much everyone else in business does.

Re:IE and Firefox only for now (2, Funny)

fufubag (935599) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119970)

I'd say it's the nerds who think it is important.

Re:IE and Firefox only for now (1, Offtopic)

Dis*abstraction (967890) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120080)

Perhaps they're cultivating an appeal to a demographic who's sick of business as beige and natty usual. Pity if the suits in midtown doubt the strategy, but based on a quick and dirty survey of everyone currently in my apartment (me), it's a 100% home run for Google. For all we know, the site was developed in proper Queen's English, and marketing came along later to mangle it for that shoestring/indie/DIY atmosphere.

I admit this doesn't explain why they chose to represent "shoestrting/indie/DIY" with redneck speak like "anyways." Folk is trendy, I guess.

Re:IE and Firefox only for now (1)

x2A (858210) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119993)

What's wrong with them doing both? Anyways (heh) it's not to do with sounding professional, it's to do with not sounding sloppy. Being lazy with your speech demonstrates a laziness of your thoughts. Shouldn't personal pride be enough? I personally could care less (heh) how they've written it, but I would care if I was them.

Re:IE and Firefox only for now (2, Funny)

mtenhagen (450608) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119880)

"$121 billion market cap and they have someone writing error messages who thinks "anyways" is acceptable English."

Most non-native english speakers find this acceptable or just dont care.

Re:IE and Firefox only for now (2, Funny)

senrable (930189) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119894)

Heck, most native English speakers find it acceptable.

Re:IE and Firefox only for now (1)

x2A (858210) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120005)

Native "American" speakers, I don't hear it in England, even by non-native English speakers.

Re:IE and Firefox only for now (-1)

dave1212 (652688) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119914)

That's a troll? How so?

Re:IE and Firefox only for now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15120066)

Modcrack, modcrack.

Scheduled to be in beta for the next four years (2, Interesting)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119998)

Yes, but, once they get all of the kinks out, they can use the application to manage the formal launch event.
So they got that goin' for them. Thanks. I'm here all week.
Meanwhile, I like the completely understated interface.
It will also be fun to dig into the APIs. My biggest complaint against Palm Desktop is that integrating it with other stuff is too challenging. My biggest complaint with Outlook, besides its momma, is that its internals are a zoo.
With Google, one hopes for more opportunity for user add-ons.

Not Quite Slashdotted (1)

TheComputerMutt.ca (907022) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119871)

Even while in the mysterious future, it took a few minutes of lag for my sign-up to work. I bet they'll have to restrict registration soon, so get in while you have the chance!

Re:Not Quite Slashdotted (1)

42forty-two42 (532340) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120026)

Sign-ups are quite slow, but after that it seems to mostly work okay. I've heard invitation and reminder emails are having problems, though.

Cool! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15119872)

But does anyone know how I can sync it with my Palm Pilot?

Re:Cool! (1)

muhgcee (188154) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119877)

Well, with iCal support, I suppose you could hack it somehow to sync to iCal, which would sync to your Palm?

Re:Palm support (2, Insightful)

dave1212 (652688) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119903)

The Palm support (I'm using Mark/Space's Missing Sync) is what I was wondering as well. Hopefully it wouldn't screw with custom fields and/or categories.

GooCal not very responsive right now :-| (2, Interesting)

Adult film producer (866485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119875)

I logged on this morning and created a new calendar, made a few screenshots here [flickr.com] . Looks nice, didn't see much in the way of gmail integration but maybe I wasn't looking hard enough.

Re:GooCal not very responsive right now :-| (1)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119965)

Well, you can't define birthdays in gmail's contact list, so you obviously can't be notified by the Calendar. Didn't test the notifications yet.

BTW, why didn't they call it Galendar?

Re:GooCal not very responsive right now :-| (2, Informative)

Recovery1 (217499) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120095)

Because Galendar.com was already taken. A Melbourne company has it. IMHO, Gcal would sound much cooler. (It incidently is also taken)

At least there's no question about what it is when you call it Google Calendar though.

It's a good thing they beta tested it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15119879)

It originally had 13 months!

Re:It's a good thing they beta tested it (1)

kj0rn (731521) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119904)

What was the 13th one called?

Re:It's a good thing they beta tested it (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119919)

What was the 13th one called?

Undecimber [wikipedia.org]

Do I get geek card bonus points now?

Re:It's a good thing they beta tested it (1)

Panaphonix (853996) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120114)

More geekery:

Among Rich Hall's sniglets [wikipedia.org] is "Decembuary", which is defined as the time in January when you continue to write the number of last year on checks.

And from Treehouse of Horror VI [snpp.com] :

Marge: [voice over] It all started on the thirteenth hour, of the thirteenth day, of the thirteenth month. We were there to discuss the misprinted calendars the school had purchased.
Homer: [shivering, looking at the calendar] Oh, lousy Smarch weather.
[spies the thermostat with a note from Willy over it]
[reads] "Do not touch Willy." Good advice! [cranks it]

Re:It's a good thing they beta tested it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15119953)

Googlember.

Re:It's a good thing they beta tested it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15119980)

but my birthday is in smarch.

Google slashdotted?! (3, Funny)

disserto (817046) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119883)

WTF? Is that possible? Did a traveling salesman just try to cross the road to change a lightbulb?!

iCal compatible (4, Interesting)

dave1212 (652688) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119884)

Nice, you can subscribe to your calendar in iCal, and it imports iCal files. Doesn't seem to have a limit on the number of calendars you can have at once, but I may just be overlooking something.

Hope it works in Safari soon. It doesn't even load unless I use Firefox.

Re:iCal compatible (1)

tylersimon (908040) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119901)

Except it doesn't always work. Tried subscribing to my work calendar and it failed miserably. Back Sunbird then! Simon

Re:iCal compatible (1)

neumayr (819083) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120092)

Interesting. When using Opera it just shows a warning about not supporting my browser, but gives me an option to try anyways.

News Flash (4, Funny)

Fiachra06 (945611) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119885)

"Google awarded patent on time." It was really only a matter of google!

Submitter waited for this? (2, Informative)

Ilgaz (86384) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119888)

erm,

http://calendar.yahoo.com/ [yahoo.com]

There is really something "cheesy" with these Google fans... OK ending paranoia mode.

Re:Submitter waited for this? (1)

mb10ofBATX (126746) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119937)


You know, I thought the parent post was really interesting, so I clicked on his link. Once I got there, though, I realized I'd have to create an account in order to see what Yahoo Calendar is offering me. Bah, whatever ... at least Google gives you guided tours before you actually have to sign up.

Plus, I've been most impressed with Google's interfaces as opposed to Yahoo. Maybe things have changed over at Yahoo from what they were years and years ago (in fact, I'm certain of it) ... but my magic eightball says to not hold my breath that it's better than what Google is doing. Of course, I will never know because I have to create an account in order to see.

Re:Submitter waited for this? (1)

eggoeater (704775) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120067)

Yes, I've been waiting for this too.
Yahoo Calendar (IMHO) has been the only remotely decent web-based calendar. Until now.

I've been dying to close my Yahoo account since they rolled over for the justice department. It didn't surprise me when MSN handed over confidential information because they want to keep on the Justice departments good side but when I heard Yahoo complied with the clearly illegal request, I was very disappointed.

It features integration with Gmail. (1)

raffe (28595) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119892)

How is it integrated with gmail? By the link in the top left corner? I cant find that it is integrated so nice right now.....

Re:It features integration with Gmail. (4, Informative)

lennart78 (515598) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119924)

Google calendar uses your gmail contact list to auto suggest email addresses when inviting other users to an event.
And the same goes for sharing a calendar with other users.

iCal!?!? (0)

ShyGuy91284 (701108) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119893)

I'm rather surprised, but am glad to see them getting alnog with Apple. I like both companies for their innovation or "Don't be evil" thoughts (notice the or).

Re:iCal!?!? (4, Informative)

forsetti (158019) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119957)

iCal is a calendaring file standard. Apple just chose to use the same name for their Calendar product (the obsession with "i*"). Gmail is compliant with the iCal standard, which happens to allow Apple's product (which is standard compliant) to interoperate.

Re:iCal!?!? (3, Informative)

pldms (136522) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120094)

iCal is a calendaring file standard.

Well strictly speaking icalendar (rfc 2445) [ietf.org] is the standard, but (as with vcalendar) it's a bit of a mouthful. iCal (to me) is Apple's software, but ical is the standard.

Re:iCal!?!? (4, Informative)

John_Booty (149925) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119963)

The iCal calendar format (.ics) has been the de facto open calendaring standard for a few years now. The Mozilla Calendar Project (aka "Lightning") supports it as well.

This isn't really a "Google cooperating with Apple" thing as much as it is a "Google using the most popular open calendaring format in the world today, for which there are already thousands of publically-accessible calendars, because it is in Google's own best interests".

Still, it's a great example of the good that comes from open standards. I love the fact that I can add all the existing .ics calendars out there to Google Calendar, such as sports schedules for the local teams.

The slashdot effect? (1)

sfxdude (886947) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119898)

Oooops:

"Calendar is unavailable right now, please try again in a few moments"

Re:The slashdot effect? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119931)

Calendar is unavailable right now, please try again in a few moments

I wish we could fix "Nothing for you to see here. Please move along."

'Full iCal support' (4, Interesting)

mac123 (25118) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119899)

To me, full iCal support would typically mean the ability to publish to google calendar directly from my iCal compatible program, not export each calendar entry and import them.

Full 'read only' iCal support would seem a more apt description.

Re:'Full iCal support' (4, Informative)

generic-man (33649) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119995)

iCal doesn't support two-way syncing by itself (i.e. without iSync). You can either publish a calendar to the web or subscribe to a calendar from the web. Unless you have two records for every calendar for which you want two-way sync, I haven't found an elegant solution that lets you both modify a calendar on your local computer and on the web.

Yahoo! Calendar offered IntelliSync six years ago to synchronize my PalmPilot with their on-line calendar, but that software ended up duplicating every event on my PalmPilot.

Quick report so far (5, Interesting)

lennart78 (515598) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119907)

I have been nosing around in it for a few hours now. The main thing that I still miss is the ability to sync with a PDA, but I'm sure that will be hacked into the app. at some point. Furthermore:
* The user interface is pleasant, at least far more pleasant than any other web-based calendar I worked with before.
* The abilty to search for and import iCal calendars is very nice.
* You can manage multiple calendars from you account
* Sharing calendars with other users seems to work nicely

All in all, a decent start...

Re:Quick report so far (1)

Maelgwyn (838334) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119917)

I've been looking 'round for a few minutes, and I quite like it! I've already found the link for keyboard shortcuts as well. Only thing is that it only responds for me in FF, which isn't my browser of choice. Hopefully they work on this!

Re:Quick report so far (1)

tdvaughan (582870) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119996)

I've been unable to create new calendars - from the Google Groups support list [google.com] that particular feature is rather broken at the moment. Still, assuming Google fixes this, this could easily make Chandler [osafoundation.org] redundant.

Re:Quick report so far (4, Informative)

follower-fillet (140975) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120055)

> The main thing that I still miss is the ability to sync with a PDA,
> but I'm sure that will be hacked into the app. at some point.
If someone wants to make a start on the hacking this might be helpful:

Rough Google Calender Class and Function Reference [rancidbacon.com]

It's a cross referenced and pretty printed version of the Google Calender source code [google.com] .

--Phil.

iCal ripoff (1)

akuzi (583164) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119916)

My first thought are that obviously there are some Apple fans working at Google. Still they've done a good job. Now if you could just schedule meetings in Gmail and it would be a useful enterpise calendar.

Re:iCal ripoff (1)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120000)

Wrong. "ical" the name of a data standard.

Apple actually licenses the name iCal from Brown Bear Software [brownbearsw.com] .

Re:iCal ripoff (2, Interesting)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120098)

How come they own that name when the ical program [annexia.org] which a lot of us have presumably used is something like 15 years old (and predates the web) ??

Wikipedia (2, Funny)

omeg (907329) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119923)

Let's see how fast the Wikipedia article [wikipedia.org] will grow now that it has been released...

OS X Filesystem (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15119940)

I was watching a Divx Video using VLC on my iBook, when I had to do a hard reset (parents walked in)--consequently I am left with a file in my "Movies" folder that I cannot delete.

If I try to delete the file, I get "Some items you are moving are in use by another application. Moving the items can cause problems with the application using them. Are you sure you want to move the items?" -- Then when I press continue I get "The operation cannot be compelted because an item with the name "" already exists."

If I try to open the file, I get a message saying the file "2guys-sofa-18yobareback-mm.avi" cannot be touched as it is currently being used by OS X.

Anyone know how to solve this problem? It's very embarassing. Thanks!

Re:OS X Filesystem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15119974)

Boot to a Mac OS X install disc and run Disk Utility's "Repair Partition/Volume" check repeatedly against your hard drive until it reports no errors. Also take note about what Disk Utility says about the SMART status of the hard drive. If the drive is "failing," replace it.

Re:OS X Filesystem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15119978)

Format the partition and reinstall MacOSX

Re:OS X Filesystem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15120013)

Insecure, now needing formats. Every day it's taking more steps to being the next windows.

Re:OS X Filesystem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15120043)

This is the sort of problem that can normally only be solved if you publish your full name and address, but activate the root account and delete it from there.

It wouldnt be Google if.. (3, Funny)

tont0r (868535) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119944)

If it were Google Calendar and not Google Calendar Beta.

Annoyance (4, Interesting)

barcodez (580516) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119946)

I wish there was a way (maybe there is but I can't find it) to specify which Google applications you want to be automatically logged into. In my case I never want to be logged into the feature that remembers my searches, I find that feature disturbing. However if I log into Calendar or Gmail or Personal Homepage it starts remembering all my searches again until I log out and then I have to log in again when I use gmail or whatever. So I just don't use any of the features right now because it's too irritating.

Re:Annoyance (0, Troll)

Corbets (169101) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120016)

A slashdotter who doesn't want his search history remembered... hmm, what could you POSSIBLY be searching for?

Re:Annoyance (4, Informative)

rjrjr (28310) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120054)

So turn it off--just like you turned it on. Click Search History, then click Pause. While you're there, delete your history. Ta dah.

Little buggy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15119958)

Saw it on digg.com a few hours ago, seems nice (the gui part), but it insists its august 10 today(!). And no, my computer calendar is not aug 10! .. still little work to do I guess. And where is the big gmail intergration everyone is talking about?

Calendar is in Time out! (1)

MediumFormat (771662) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119964)

The calendar is timing out as of 7:15 a.m. central. Guess they're getting working a few things out.

Google did it again ;-) (-1, Flamebait)

michalf (849657) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119977)

Server Error
The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.
Please try again in 30 seconds.

I wonder WHEN will they be able to properly esimate the traffic and prepare for it? Was it not the same with Google Analytics?

Google one of the few companies I can think about that release things that hardly work and easily hit top stories...

michal

SLOOOOOOOOOW and buggy (1)

pcause (209643) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119981)

I am using Firefox to access and it is terribly slow. Also if you click a time slot you get a pop up for a new item, I think. However, I am not getting a clear display. Images seem missing or somehting. Maybe this should be Alpha not beta

HTTPS available (4, Informative)

palad1 (571416) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119989)

for all of you behind a firewall. Be warned though, https://www.google.com/calendar/render [google.com] sometimes redirects to http://www.google.com/calendar/render [google.com] when your session has timed-out. Is there a FF extension that could rewrite urls and force https://www.google.com/calender [google.com] to be used? Cheers, Palad1 ps: this thing does seem to grok webdav, I'll check tonight with iCal

HTTPS issues (4, Interesting)

tyroneking (258793) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119991)

I know I'm being picky, but why does the Gmail link in the calendar page goto the http Gmail site and not the Https version? In fact Google Talk does that too.
Even Yahoo secure email with https by default.

Re:HTTPS issues (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120052)

Watch your security closley. If you start with https, after the login, you will see that you change from https to http.

Re:HTTPS issues (1)

tyroneking (258793) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120103)

Seems to stay at https for me...

No Safari Support (0, Redundant)

bblazer (757395) | more than 8 years ago | (#15119992)

It is interesting to note that while it does support iCal, I get an alert window when I access it with Safari telling me that my browser is not supported and that Google Calendar may break in unexpected ways.

When I tried... (0, Redundant)

HogGeek (456673) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120001)

Calendar is unavailable right now, please try again in a few moments


 
©2006 Google - Google Home [google.com]

Maybe later...

Google Calendar Reviewed in PC World... (2, Interesting)

scrm (185355) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120014)

...Here [pcworld.com] .


Google Calendar has been pretty slow for me this morning, and not all options are always saving correctly, but I guess it will take them a few more days to iron out the bugs and get used to the user load. Seriously neat is the ability to quickly add an entry by typing 'dinner with Chris next Thursday 5pm'.

I don't see any Gmail integration yet, like the ability to identify mails that mention appointments and ask you if you'd like them put into the calendar. But it's mentioned on the features page [google.com] so I'm sure it will be there soon.

Great (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15120021)

Great, another mountain of data for the US Gov't to suppoena.

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15120029)

Time to say good riddance to that old fashioned Gregorian calendar and welcome the new Gcalendar.

Cell Phone Support (1)

EBFoxbat (897297) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120036)

I live on my EVDO cell phone. I check my gmail on it ~10 times a day (albeit I hardly compose any email of length on it).

I currently do not use a celender client, however I see myself using this (as I never have to worry about being on an internet-connected computer and not being able to access it).

Those said, I really hope they make CL2 available via WAP or simple HTML so that I can use it on my phone. I'd LOVE to get a text message to remind me of calender events.

I use google servers to host my aunt's small business email through her domain. It's a gmail interface with her company logo on it. They love it. So I know it's not just for nerds as she's barelly (if at all) computer literate.

Why would you trust Google with your diary ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15120040)

when they can't even be trusted to give uncensored search results.

Bam! Dead from the start. (1)

hacker (14635) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120042)

Sorry, Google Calendar does not support your browser yet.

Why don't they support Mozilla and Firefox yet? That should be their top-level priority, and MSIE second. Sigh.

Re:Bam! Dead from the start. (1)

hairykrishna (740240) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120075)

Works just fine in my Mozilla.

Re:Bam! Dead from the start. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15120083)

Supports FireFox 1.5.0.1 from where I sit.

Re:Bam! Dead from the start. (1)

Mathiasdm (803983) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120091)

They do support Firefox ;-) Don't know if Mozilla works.
http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer. py?answer=37057&topic=8581 [google.com]
Which browsers does Google Calendar support?

Currently, Google Calendar supports the following browsers (which can be downloaded for free):

- Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) version 6.0 or later (for Windows)
- Mozilla Firefox version 1.07 or later (for Windows and Mac)
Note: JavaScript and cookies must be enabled on all browsers.

If you'd like to change your default browser, please follow the instructions below.

CHANGING YOUR DEFAULT BROWSER TO IE

1. Open IE and go to "Tools" > "Internet Options" > "Programs."
2. Check the box next to "Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser" and click on "OK."
3. Close all your open browser windows (in IE and any other browser you're using). When you next access the internet, IE will offer the option for you to set it as your default browser.

CHANGING YOUR DEFAULT BROWSER TO FIREFOX

1. Open Firefox and go to 'Tools' > 'Options' > 'General.'
2. Check the box next to 'Firefox should check to see whether it is the default browser when starting' and click 'OK.'
3. Close all your open browser windows (in Firefox and any other browser you're using). When you next access the internet, Firefox will offer the option for you to set it as your default browser.

If you're using one of these browsers and find that Google Calendar isn't working properly, please let us know.

Security by Obscurity (4, Interesting)

pinky99 (741036) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120048)

Anybody else likes Googles "private" calendar link feature? It's a link with a hash part, which enables someone access to the calendar without any username or password. Google says, that "you should not give away" that link. But that concept at all is complete crazyness!

Re:Security by Obscurity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15120072)

yeah thats kind of stupid.. sure a hash might be hard to match but its not impossible to find one.. it should be a 2 part system, like the link asks for your username

Re:Security by Obscurity (1)

pinky99 (741036) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120085)

yes, of course.
but obviously this can't be integrated so easily, as also the system lacks the ability to use a name and a password for other shared calendars on webservers...
sad!
an absolute no-go!

What calendar? (1)

qray (805206) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120068)

Looks just like the "My Account" screen to me?

Guess they're probably still recovering from the Slashdot effect
--
Q

Tell me more about yourself (4, Funny)

parascott (962903) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120078)

Hi! I'm from Google!
We'd like some more personal information about yourself
and your associates and your company and your business transactions
and your...........

Just enter everything for us here and here and.....

Remember: We fight evil.........

They're right you know.......

Am I the only one scared of this? (3, Insightful)

minkie (814488) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120079)

They already know about everything I search for. If I let them, they would also know about every usenet article I read, and have all my email too, but I'm not willing to give them that. And now, I can add to the list of things I could let them know about me who I have appointments to see, and when. Sure, why not? Perhaps next we'll be seeing Google Bank, Google Dating Service, Google Medical Records, Google Credit History, Google TV, Google Phone Company? All services supplied for free, just let them own everything there is to know about you.

Planzo (2, Informative)

juko (968041) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120084)

http://www.planzo.com/ [planzo.com] works well enough for me.

The Waiting (1)

bostonrobot (948964) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120099)

I love Google (cautiously) but I wish that they would tread a little heavier. They have so many great technologies (sorry for the buzz word) that they are working on, but they move too slow to release them. I've moved to Gmail, Google Home, GDS, Blogger, Groups, and even Pages (just for kicks) but I'm still waiting to use a social network, edit documents online, make 3d models, and much more. I guess I'll just have to give in and start living my life forever beta.

Re:The Waiting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15120125)

Google already has a social networking site, sort of. It is invite only though - www.orkut.com/.

Import does not work properly... (4, Informative)

JTFritz (15573) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120101)

I have exported from Outlook a CSV of my appointments and imported them into Google Calendar and all of my appointments have been shifted 3 or 4 hours ahead. I am in the Eastern Timezone, and I'm assuming this is a timezone conversion issue.

Anyone else have a similar problem?

Does not play well with Gmail Hosted (2, Informative)

marom (917828) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120109)

I have a hosted Gmail solution for my domain, and would have loved to use that account for Google Calendar, but it wasn't letting me do it. The only way to do it was to create a new Google Account using that (already gmail-hosted) email address, and then to create the Google Calendar account. However, doing it this way does not add the Calendar link in the Gmail interface, like it appears in the regular Gmail accounts.

Firefox Extension (2, Insightful)

Gigadafud (413848) | more than 8 years ago | (#15120119)

Someones need to create the Firefox extension to show when I have events now just like the GMail notifier.

personalized home (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15120121)

Too bad it can't be integrated with a personalized home page...
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