Archive for the ‘tech’ Category

Holy crap

Monday, May 5th, 2008

The world’s data centers are projected to surpass the airline industry as a greenhouse gas polluter by 2020, according to a new study by McKinsey & Co.

Now, I’ve heard a lot about data centers using gobs of power, but this is incredible. Hopefully, knowing this beforehand will help influence the industry to become more efficient. Maybe even building new data centers in colder climates and reusing some of that heat.

In the meantime, if you use web hosting, go with a green provider, like dreamhost who buys credits to offset it’s carbon emissions.

A promising calendar sync solution?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

All I want is to be able to sync my apple iCal, Outlook 2003/exchange calendar, google calendar, and blackberry. And I want to selectively sync these, since there are home calendar items that don’t need to be seen on my work account, but work items i’d like on my calendar at home. I’ll need to do the same for contacts and todo items as well.

I’ve tried several solutions, including the missing sync, spanning sync, and google mobile sync. None of them do quite what I want.

The best way I have to do it now is to sync iCal with google and blackberry, and blackberry with gcal and iCal. A big happy two way sync triangle. The real bitch of it all is that the categories don’t always come across right, so I find myself adjusting things on each calendar. And none of it makes it’s way to work/outlook on the exchange server there.

I want to enter something once, in any media, and have it show up the same way everywhere else (so that an item placed in my ‘work’ calendar will show up on the work calendar on google calendar, and make it’s way to my outlook calendar at work). What I need is some kind of glue to hold it all together. A web app that will pul all of these calendars, compare differences, and update each as necessary, according to rules I have set.

I just read about a new site called fusecal. It offers to combine many calendars into one place, either to publish on the web or to sync those into your personal calendar. I can import that calendar into most major calendar apps (iCal, yahoo, google, outlook, etc) but I can only pull web calendars. For this to work, I’ll need it to get info from my desktop iCal and outlook as well.

I just found another one called ScheduleWorld. It looks pretty promising. Basically what I described: glue. But…no iCal or blackberry support yet. Damn. I might try it using google calendar as intermediary. But then I am lust using ScheduleWorld to sync Outlook/google, and I might as well find something that does it directly.

And wouldn’t you know that this exists as well: Google Calendar Sync

I just added something to do at work tomorrow. It’s funny. that was a very roundabout way to discover an easy solution, but I learned a lot in the process.