Google Calendar

So I’ve been using this for a few days now — and I’m loving it. A calendaring system that deals coherently with the web:

I keep finding little things that make perfect sense, and just feel more logical than what I’ve used elsewhere. This rocks!

One thing still needs work, though: the links to Mapping fail spectacularly, for non-US addresses at least. But that’s pretty minor.

By the way, I have a feeling that had parts of this, but really, you had to drink a lot of Apple kool-aid to use that, and I just didn’t go for that. Sorry Jobs fans.

Do you know what would be cool now? If published venue/location-specific iCal feeds. Oh look, they do! Awesome…

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  1. Posted April 15, 2006 at 16:10 | Permalink

    Yes, Google Calendar is really terrific. I’ve made an oath not to talk about an IT event in Ireland which I’m going to attend without first making it available as a Google Caledar event for one click addition from my blog to your own Calendar.

    But….. tha Greasemonkey script isn’t installing for me – I’m getting an exception error and I am using the lastest version of Greasemonkey. Did it work for you Justin?

  2. Posted April 15, 2006 at 16:22 | Permalink

    odd; I’m using GM 0.6.4 too and it’s working fine as far as I could see. If I go to a page with a hCalendar microformat — such as — the button appears, and I can click on it to get a working appointment addition page.

    btw there’s an alternative script at – maybe that works better? (it uses a better image for the user-script-added button, too ;)

  3. Posted April 15, 2006 at 21:41 | Permalink

    Thanks Justin but no, that one didn’t work either – same error message when trying to install that script. I also uninstalled and reinstalled a fresh new Greasemonkey and still no good. I’m using Firefox Damn, this is frustrating :(

  4. Posted April 15, 2006 at 23:07 | Permalink

    Eureka! A bit of about:config hackery has saved the day. This script is f**king cool B-)

  5. Brian Ewins
    Posted April 16, 2006 at 23:09 | Permalink

    Justin – the location searches work best if you format them like so:

    a search string that will work (a label)


    York, UK (Bloody eck its yooorkshire) 55.991229 -5.142117 (The really steep hill I couldn’t cycle)

    I find the lat/long/label variation, like the second one, is a reasonable compromise; its human-readable and precise. I’d prefer if google supported ‘geo’ in ical, and provided a box for it in their UI; then we could type the lat/long separately, and location would be just a label. But then I also want google to support labelling of locations in google local, so that I can re-use locations in calendar.

  6. ct
    Posted April 21, 2006 at 13:55 | Permalink

    Hey Justin. So I get a little bit of time to cobble a Ruby script together to munge the RSS feeds into iCal format and look what happens… Google open up a Calendar API

    If you wait long enough…

  7. Posted April 21, 2006 at 14:01 | Permalink

    sorry to hear it Ciaran! is the script usable anyway? ;)