Google Calendar

It took me a couple of weeks to discover that much-rumoured Google Calendar has finally been released. I have tested it, and it looks and works very well. As many other Google services it is ajax based, so that the whole page does not have to be reloaded every time you do an edit. Not entirely as functional as a standalone application, but a dream to work with compared to other online calendars. The best thing, however, is that is easy to share calendars in ical format, and I had no problems making it synchronize with iCal on my mac. Apparently it should also work with Sunbird, but that software is still in alpha version and was very unstable when I tried it the last time. At the moment it is not possible to do two-way synchronization, but I will be very surprised if this is not coming.

The only problem so far is that it did not want to import all my events. I tried to import some thousand events, and only abour 1/3 was imported. A bit irritating that it didn’t tell me which events were not imported, but after an inspection in iCal it seems like everything in 2005 and 2006 has been imported, while only parts of the earlier events. Not really sure why a bunch of my older events did not make it through, but it might have something to do with formatting. I have been the information between so many different calendar programs on various platforms throughout the years, so I am actually surprised that it worked as well as it did.

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.