Google Calendar : The Skinny if you will.

Google Calendar
Do people still say the skinny? Not sure. Anyhow here is my in depth review of Google Calendar.

Google Calendar does for online calendaring (and calendaring in general) what Gmail did for e-mail. They revolutionized the ease and usefulness a calendar can have. It’s visually appealing, and simple to use. So what would make you want to use it?

Google Calendar features several ways to add events to your calendar. The most simple of which is ADD EVENT. From here you can simply just add the event with the details you want. You can also add repeat options for any occurrence of repeats. (Ex. every day, every 2 days, every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Every Tues and Weds of every two weeks, every year. ) You can set a location for the event in the way you would search for one on Google Maps. And it will give you a map link to that location. You can set up reminder options for events via e-mail, or SMS to your cell phone.

Google Calendar has the option for multiple calendars so if you wanted to keep your work life and personal life separated, you can. You can overlay both calendars with two different colors to see how they coincide.

A feature for those on the go is QUICK ADD. You simply type “Dinner tomorrow 7 PM at Mom’s House” or “Happy Fun Day March 16” and it’s there.

You can view your calendar just as you can in Outlook. By month, week, work week, next two weeks, etc. It also has drag and drop functionality for viewing, or moving events.

Now where Google Calendar really shines is the options you have for sharing your calendar with other applications and other people. You can share your calendar with anyone you’d like. You can make your calendar public, or private. You can also set admin rights on your calendar so to speak. If I would like my brother to see what I’m doing when and where, I can do that by adding his e-mail address for rights to view everything on my calendar. But say I have a friend who I want to know only when I’m available or busy, I can do that too. If you have a group you can set it up for multiple people to have the right to add or change events. But don’t get worried, all sharing features are off by default. The neat thing is you can overlay other (from other people or services i.e. Eventful, Upcoming) calendars on top of your own for comparison.

You can make your calendar public to everyone showing only your busy times and available times. You can also do this per calendar. So if you want people to know when you are working or not, you can make your work calendar public showing only busy and available, and leaving your private life calendar private. Does that make sense?

The other sharing feature of Google Calendar is the event invite option. Having a picnic in May? Just add the e-mail addresses of who you would like to invite. They don’t have to have Google Calendar in order to respond or comment on the event page. They can respond to their attendance as “Yes, no, and even maybe”. If they do have Google Calendar they can add the event to their calendar.

The other goodies of Google Calendar include, Printable PDFs of your calendars. Adding an event via SMS text message, RSS feeds, and great integration with Gmail. The Gmail side automatically extracts text from messages and will have a handy dandy link on the right side if it believes there is an event you would like to add to your calendar. Also you can add event information when composing a message.

So that’s it. It does all that. Nothing to install. All on the web. Your calendar will be available anywhere with Internet access, and even to your phone. Syncing (with programs or mobile devices) will be rolled out soon as it is one of the number one requested features for Google Calendar.

Please check out the Google Calendar tour so you can see what I’m talking about. And let me know how you like the service.

Google Calendar Tour

Google Calendar

Nintendo Wii

Maybe it’s my nature to counter what everyone says about things that they don’t like. If you haven’t heard Nintendo has finally released the name of their next generation system. Nintendo Wii. Pronounced “We”. First off, I don’t care what you think about the name. Nintendo is taking a bold stand with a name that is going to be memorable. When you think about it you have GAMECUBE, PLAYSTATION, and XBOX. Playstation and XBox just like to throw numbers on it. So look at those words… you’ve got a Cube, Station, and a box. Along with Play and Game. There is absolutely no cool meanings to these names. It’s the gameplay experience that drives people to these consoles. Previous to these we had Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo (Entertainment Systems). Wow those are some astounding names. Honestly the Nintendo name became popluar from the games not the name.

Nintendo has said they’ve thought hard about the name. There are some simple reasons behind their name as well as some meaning behind it. First of all, people come in to stores all the time asking if they have “Mario for Playcube, or Halo for the Gamebox”. It happens more often than you think. Nintendo claims that this name is simple and original. No need for abbreviation. Simple.

The meaning behind the name is more about Nintendo’s new mission in gaming. They are trying to make games for everyone. They tailor to the hardcore as well as the new. The new controller is an example of making gaming more intuitive and fun. The downloading of memorable games from Nintendo’s past kindle our fond memories of the system. They are trying to make it for everyone, you and me. The two lower case “i”s look like people with heads. “Wii” will be for any language. Nintendo’s release of “Brain Age” for the DS has brought a wide crowd of older games to the DS. And we all know the DS is revolutionary, and much better than the PSP.

I know we thought Revolution was a cool name. But it was a code name. Much as Windows Vista was once referred to Windows Longhorn. That was a lame codename. We use things like Google, Yahoo, Flickr which all have odd names that we may not have liked at first. This system will be revolutionary. But I think with this step we can count on more revolutions to come from Nintendo going forward. Plus if they named it Revolution, would the next system be called Nintendo System To End Systems? No. So I would say for the naysayers to wait for the release. If you are a Nintendo fan, or not you will love this system.

Final thought:

Innovation, gameplay, and the fun that will come from the Nintendo Wii will probably be the best thing that’s happened to Nintendo in a while. The controller just seems like a great idea. Playstation and XBox are NOT innovative. They up graphics, and media capabilities of the systems. That’s IT!

So until we know more details this May, I’ll be thinking “Wiiiiiiiiiii”.


Update 4/29/06 -Sources I’ve read say that it will simply be known as Wii, not Nintendo Wii.

Save The Internet

Generally I want you to know something that is important to me. The Internet is obviously something important to me. Currently congress is trying to supress network neutrality. Basically ISP companies are complaining that companies like Google , eBay, and Amazon are making money by using large amounts of bandwidth that the ISPs have to pay for. So basically they want to charge the consumer extra for using those services at the speed you experience now. Otherwise those connections will be low priority for access. The Internet has proved to be a major resource in many peoples lives where speech and information has been free. has more to say about what I’m trying to iterate here.

Dear Myspace Users:

Can you please (is it even possible to?) turn off your crappy little music players so that they don’t play every freaking time I load a page. That is the most annoying thing ever. And don’t you even say I could turn down my speakers or I’ll slap you upside your head.


Before the “Sledgehammer Of Truth” starts, I’ve been posting audio from forever ago. If you can guess who the star of this skit is… I’ll give you a cookie.