Google Calendar

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There were screenshot leaks. There were expectations. And then it released.

Does it have Add Quick Event ?
Yes!

Does it support Sharing?
Yes!

Is it integrated with G-mail?
Yes! But not yet. Soon to be.

Does it send reminders?
Obviously.

Does it support Tagging?
No. But it is possible to Color code.

Familiarity breeds contempt, they say. After the likes of 30Boxes, it is going to be difficult to embrace Google Calendar. However, the best thing about Google Calendar is the integration with Google Maps. There is a “where” field and when you enter an address and it’ll be integrated with Google Maps. But more and more people are creating Mash Ups and it’ll only be a matter of time before some one else offers that functionality too.

Om Malik created a Poll on Google Calendar. Despite the fact that it is almost similar to any other Calendar Application, not so surprisingly, many people have voted in favour.

If Calendar will be compatible with Mobile Devices, though, it’d be another story. So it would be for Yahoo, if they integrate with Upcoming.org. Listening, anyone? ;)

Open Federation: Order of the Day

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“One small step for man, a giant step for mankind” Or something to that effect.

This blogpost was created using Zoho Writer. I’m quite used to Blogger Dashboard. Familiarity breeds contempt. Which is why I’m not very comfortable with WordPress interface. Which is why I thought I’d try it from here. It reminds me of “Open Federation”.
I’m not a fan of Star Trek or jargon for that matter. Only yesterday I came to know of something called “Open Federation”. (via) I understand that it has been the underlying concept behind the success of E-mails. Imagine someone having 3 blog accounts, one at Blogger, one at Typepad and one at Live Journal. (One might argue that people don’t possess three different accounts, but heck, I said “imagine”) It’s pretty tiresome to log in and post to each of them.

The simplest way to explain Open Federation is the idea of Food Courts where several restaurants have their stalls. Comparing the menu (a la carte or whatever), price, variety and then choosing where to dine happens under one roof, instead of entering and leaving several restaurants with dissatisfaction.

Such a facility for IM exists with a provider called Meebo, but there too it’s not possible to have several IM clients open simultaneously. So it’s not “Open Federation” in the truest sense. But for PC to PC calling options, there is no centralized location from where you can handle it. Although, the idea of having several people from several points across the globe calling your PC simultaneously and having to manage those calls is quite appalling. It might mean a lot of trouble for lot of people ;)

In “One for all” principle I trust.

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