Calendars, planners and apps,, Oh my! Do they suck!
Not in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving type,, but mad nonetheless.
This weekend for some weird reason, my palm pilot crapped out on me and though my contacts and memos still exist, I completely lost all distinct events listed in my calendar (my 4th pilot since 1997, love them for their simplicity, kinda frustrated right now).
Maybe I’m just dumb (don’t worry I hit the revert button right away,, nothing), but I’ve been thinking a lot about planning and scheduling apps. I have access to far too many of them, let’s see, Palm, Outlook, Yahoo, Gmail, MSN, Scrybe (yayy the beta is rocking, more on that later) and Evite (yes, I count Evite, it’s a great service that does a specific job very well, but lacks in my main complaint here).
On to my whine (and no, I’m not drinking any @#($* merlot!)
Why has no one created an email-able calendar event notification that is insert-able in ANY scheduling program?!
This has driven me mad for far too long. Half of my events require some other human to be there. I don’t want to “run their life” but I do want them to have a reminder available, no matter how they prefer to schedule their life. The issue we’ve all run into is simple, WE ALL PLAN DIFFERENTLY. However, we all do plan (sort of ).
Yahoo has the closest version of this where their events are easily inevitable, however, once you send an emailed event to someone they still have to add it to their calendaring app directly. No one has bothered to make it a rapidly insertable hotlink that operates in a variety of programs. Yes, Outlook has easily emailed events that work like this, but it ONLY works with Outlook (Kudos for you M.S. guys for getting that much right).
At this point it still seems like everyone has their head stuck in the sand feeling that “their system is the only true system,” yet if “WEB 2.0″ is a reality, then why is it the only thing I cannot do is,,, plan with everyone easily?!
I’m aware both 37 signals, and the Mozilla kids are working on calendaring apps as well (and I’m not a user of either yet, so please do correct me there,) but this doesn’t seem like a difficult thing to do. For that matter (and yes I emailed them about it weeks ago and heard nothing) why can’t I email a del.icio.us link to someone who doesn’t have it, straight from a linking window?
Even if your email editor (gmail, hotmail, yahoo, are you watching) just recognized a simple html/xml included tag that would interact with your calendaring software (no matter who sent it). Wouldn’t that make people’s lives better? (Gosh, if you came up with that first, then people would want to use yours more than anyone else’s!)
My second gripe is that they don’t export easily to PDA’s. Why?! People want to use your online calendar, AND their PDA, make it easy for them already!!!
So now that I’m out of my calendaring stuff, I’m leaning most on the Scrybe beta right now. It’s more or less like everything else, except for it’s clipping (like Evernote, which I like and use) and best of all it has great ways to print out your calendar for when you’re on the go.
I’m waiting! (and if I’ve missed all this, tell me where!)