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How to use iCloud with Google calendars

I have a mac mini and an iPhone 3GS. Just updated to iOS5 and iCloud and am at a loss to reconcile my previous life of Google calendars synced to my mac and iPhone with the new found iCloud goodness.

iCloud requires all calendars you wish to sync between your Mac and iOS device to be hosted on iCloud. The first time you turn on iCloud and set up calendars, iCloud copies over all you existent calendars over to Apple’s servers thus iCal displays two of every event. As it stands today, I have turned on iCloud for calendars and contacts and found duplicate calendar entries on my iCal. This is due to the fact that now iCal is showing an entry from both the calendars in iCloud and the local On My Mac calendars. I fixed that issue by unchecking the On My Mac  calendars under the calendars tab. Each Mac and iOS device (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) functions as a client and subscribes to the calendars hosted on iCloud. Therefore it is important that you go into the calendar settings on your idevice and uncheck all the On My Mac calendars that sync with your idevice. The default calendar should also be on iCloud.

Previously I had a Google Home calendar and I subscribed to US Holidays on Google calendar and had them synced to both my iCal on the Mac and the iPhone via iTunes. Unfortunately I am unable to transfer my Google Calendars to iCloud and I do not think that this situation will change anytime soon. Thankfully there is a way to enjoy both services.

The idea is that I now have one set of calendars on iCloud that then syncs to both my mac and iPhone. I then have set up the mac and my iPhone to also sync separately to the Google Calendars so that on my mac and iPhone I see both the calendars from iCloud and also my Google Home and US Holidays calendars. This is how I set it up.

On the mac

  • All calendars are hosted on icloud. Copies of local calendars on the mac have been hidden, so duplicates do not show up.
  • On the mac iCal>pref>accts>caldav was used to subscribe to Google Home calendar. In the CalDav window under the delegation tab, one can also select the other google calendars such as US Holidays etc., that one has on the google account or can do it by subscribing as detailed below.
  • On the mac iCal > calendar > Subscribe was used to get US Holidays on iCal on desktop.
On the iPhone
  • All iPhone calendars are hosted on iCloud and sync with iCloud only and not the On My Mac local calendars.
  • On the iPhone CalDav was used to add the Google Home calendar on iPhone. This was added as described below. The other method to get the same result is to go to pref>mail,cont,cal>add acct>Exchange (leave domain vacant).
  • On the iPhone US Holidays is added by  subscribe under pref>mail,cont,cal>add acct>other>add subscribed calendar.
  • Therefore for the devices and the mac there are two calendar hosting services. Google Home calendars are displayed on the Mac and iPhone via CalDav, US Holidays are displayed on the Mac via Calendar>Subscribe and on the iPhone via subscribe under pref>mail,cont,cal>add acct>other>add subscribed calendar.
Hope this gets your devices working with both the cloud services again.

Does Windows Still Matter?

“Chrome is not going to replace Windows. A computer requires an operating system such as Windows, Apple’s OS X or Linux to make the machine work. It does, however, have the potential to do what Mr. Gates feared: make the choice of operating system less important.”

Does Windows Still Matter? – Business, Power and Deals – Executive Suite blog – NYTimes.com.

Joe Nocera, said it well. The operating system is fast being made irrelevant by the internet. Google leap frogged Microsoft by releasing the chrome browser. The OS is irrelevant or more aptly, Windows is dispensable.

Google Chrome

A fresh take on the browser

Google Chrome

We spend so much time doing our day to day activities on the web, namely, from banking to finding a spouse. The browser is quickly becoming the entry point app to these everyday activities. It traditionally has been and still is Microsoft’s backyard. With Internet Explorer commanding 74% of the browser market, with Firefox at 19% and Safari, at a distant third with 6% marketshare; Google’s Chrome may not have much traction to start off with. Plus Firefox and Safari do get monetary incentives as a result of search boxes in both browsers defaulting to Google search. 

I am not sold as to Google’s track record with software. Only Gmail is successful. The rest of them have languished without much traction. It remains to be seen if ” Chrome” will fare any better.

Some of the technical aspects of the new browser are impressive. It is based on Webkit and open source to boot!

I certainly like “tabs” that do not take up any more of the viewable window space along with the myriad other toolbars and what not. Alas, as a mac user, I will have to wait a while before I use one.

Apple event for next Tuesday, the 9th – Engadget

Apple event for next Tuesday, the 9th

Maybe the much vaunted new iPods are coming. Should be interesting!