Google Calendar

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard,
And their like
It’s better than yours,
Damn right it’s better than yours

Milkshake, Kelis

Well, since I was so excited (and subsequently disappointed) by the release of the Yahoo Mail Beta… I feel obliged to post about Google’s launch of Google Calendar.

While I have continued to be re-astounded by Gmail (after being disappointed by the new Yahoo Mail), Google Calendar hasn’t hit me the same. Yes, it’s fast, and I like the invitation system built it, but it hasn’t made me want to switch over from AirSet yet. AirSet is just too robust and well designed. Google Calendar doesn’t feel as solid yet. The fact that I can’t get notifications from any calendar except my primary one is also a deal breaker. The ability to set reminders on other calendars is something that will probably come when they address getting more notifications, but it was something that confused me a lot at first (until I realized I wasn’t getting reminders for those events anyway).

On the plus side, I was able to import my calendars from AirSet quickly to allow me to evaluate Google Calendar very easily. The Agenda view is, for some reason, nicer than the same sort of view provided by AirSet, but the starting day seems to jump around a bit at random. I also like the ability to set the custom view to a smaller number of days than the next week. The biggest plus is that it shows the coming events starting with the current day. For some reason, AirSet doesn’t do this (although I have suggested it to them), and it’s pretty annoying to be checking the calendar on Saturday and have the past week of events in the view instead of those coming up.

I imagine that in another few months – maybe when the contact management and to-do list have been built up and added, respectively – I will be ready to switch over to Google Calendar. Until then, I’m sticking with AirSet (and not maintaining 2 calendars… tried that for a couple days and it was not fun).

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Posted on May 1, 2006, in AJAX, Google, Productivity, The New Web. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nels, are you aware of anyone providing an Airset plugin for wordpress? I’m trying out Airset and liking it a lot (especially how it plays nice with Outlook at work) but one of the main things I want in a calendar app is to be able to plug it into my blog, which is pretty easy with Google.

  2. I don’t know of any Airset plugin for wordpress. I think they provide RSS feeds, though, so I guess you can try that…

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