Tuesday, February 27, 2024


This blog has always been about calendar and schedule sharing, but apparently, Calendly pioneered something called the calendar management and scheduling category. Now there's a Calendly competitor called TidyCal. Here's a review. Free to try, $29 for lifetime access. Advanced stuff requires programming skills, and as always, who knows if the API access included today will always be there. History says it will end someday.

Monday, February 26, 2024

That calendar-sharing service you use may be harvesting your personal scheduling data for artificial intelligence purposes

A Facebook friend of mine just posted that "Calendly is now data harvesting for 3rd party IA features. Guess it's time to cancel it."

Read those privacy policy updates closely folks.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

CalDAV remains the standard, but compliance still varies

Around the 1:55:00 mark, this week's Windows Weekly podcast hosts discuss CalDAV, but we are reminded that although CalDAV is a standard, complaince various from product to product, and implementation to implemenation, discouraging adoption and use.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

David Mills, R.I.P.

I never met David Mills, but like you I've been a beneficiary of his work, which underlies calendar and schedule sharing on the internet, and a whole lot more. Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols just wrote an obituary about David.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Cupla rates five shared calendar apps for couples - you'll never guess who won

I guess it's okay to do this kind of marketing these days. Cupla, which I just posted about, posted a comparison of five different shared calendar apps. Of course, Cupla's own app wins. Your milage might vary. Also, some of these are free AND ad-free. So exactly how do they make money?

A romantic shared calendar for iOS and Android

Romance is in the air - courtesy of a new shared calendar app called Cupla, featured in yesterday's Wall Street Journal. It's $2.50 per person per month. I hope their privacy policy keeps it privacy-safe and ad-free. There's a two-week free trial available. No word on a thruple version.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Long lost and lamented: private, portable calendars

Last Sunday's episode of Ask the Tech Guys (#2006) includes an interesting discussion about the fact that most modern mobile calendars have some sort of cloud component. In particular, Windows users have to use cloud-enabled Outlook to sync with the iPhone calendar. The long-gone, long-lamented Palm Pilot arrangement came up. It predates the cloud and the sync between the Palm Desktop and Palm OS never shared your data with data sellers or brokers. The hosts couldn't name a modern equivalent. (Although, if you have a Mac paired with that iPhone, it's cloud-free calendaring, correct? Anyway, check it out starting at the 1:22:51 time stamp.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

A tribute to Dave Thewlis

Dave Thewlis retired early this year as executive director of CalConnect, the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium, on whose board I serve for several years. Back in January, CalConnect wrote a tribute to Dave. I offer my own belated congratulations to Dave for a lifetime of service to the calendaring and scheduling community, which basically includes all of us.

Tools for time zone management

No sooner do people start talking about sharing calendars and schedules, then they have to deal with time zones. This Wall Street Journal story from February 2023 offers some tips.