Sunday, January 22, 2023

Excuse me!!! Steve Martin suffers with Apple treatment of time zones

Well-known banjo player Steve Martin appeared on Leo Laporte's The Tech Guy radio show on November 19, 2022, where among other things he complained about the way Apple treats time zones in iCalendar. Transcript Podcast

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Calender spam pours into Google Calendar

Android Police has the story: "Apparently, the crafty integration that lets Google Calendar automatically create events based off of certain hooks in your Gmail messages has gone haywire for a number of users."

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Etiquette of calendar-scheduling services

I just came across this February 2022 essay in the Wall Street Journal about the etiquette of calendar scheduling. It's probably true that people care more about how you try to share calendars, rather than just the fact that you can do so.

Friday, September 02, 2022

Fixing calendaring for fun and profit -- yet again. We pay the bill.

Over on Facebook, Brad Kellmeyer writes: "Marissa Mayer's venture Smart Contacts is moving into Facebook's first office location. The world’s most advanced, intuitive contact manager. Good vibes? Marissa Mayer built her career at big companies reliant on digital advertising, initially at Google and later as CEO of Yahoo. But in her first startup, Sunshine, Mayer has opted to go in the opposite direction. Sunshine plans to charge consumers for subscriptions to generate revenue for its products, which will start with a contact management app and evolve to include appointment scheduling, event hosting and other apps, she told attendees of The Information’s Future of Startups Conference."

My comment: We’ve been waiting for scheduling and calendar interoperability for the length of the history of the Internet. Instead, we get this 💩 again and again.

Oh and here's the wide-eyed story from the "award-winning journalism" of The Information.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Memo to self: People expect default meeting details are in the siloed calendar

A shift happened during the pandemic, and I'm just now realizing it.

Before, if I put my phone number in a Google Calendar invitation, people would expect to call me, or perhaps to have me call them.

After, Google Calendar sets up a Google Meet location, and that's where people expect me to be.

Between Zoom, MS Teams and Google Meet, my laptop is a mess of siloed meeting spaces.