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Mobilizing Google Calendar

A while back, I jumped into the Google Calendar world - and brought a handful of people with me.

Of course, I have my own calendar, where I note various meetings, lunch dates and birthdays. My wife and I share a separate calendar where we mostly note activties for the kids and I share another one with my colleagues on The Post's technology team, noting important upcoming news events, as well as staff vacation schedules. What I've not been able to do is get all of these important dates synchronized to a mobile device - a Treo 700p, in my case.

Until now.

Toffa, a UK-based company, is releasing tomrrow the final version of a product called GooSync, which allows you to synchronize your personal calendar (for free) or all of your shared calendars (for an annual fee) to your mobile device. I coughed up the $20 (converted from the British pound) and started messing with the synchronizaion settings. In my situation, I also had to install a small piece of sync software to my Treo. But, it worked.

No, it's not perfect - the Web site could really use a facelift to make it a bit user-friendly, but if you click around long enough, you'll find what you're looking for. (It took a while for me to find the shared calendars and mark them for synchronization.) But the bottom line is: it works.

It would have been better if Google had just come up with this on its own and incorporated mobile synchronization into the calendar. And it probably will, eventually. But for $20 (a rate good only through today, because it's technically still in testing), I have it now - which is really the way we early adopter techies like it.

By Sam Diaz  |  January 31, 2007; 12:15 PM ET  | Category:  Sam Diaz
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It would have been better if Google had just come up with this on its own and incorporated mobile synchronization into the calendar. And it probably will, eventually.
Nope, they probably won't- they are just waiting for the point where everyone always has internet. Probably not unreasonable, either- much easier to do that than to cope with the ungodly number of different PDAs and phones out there.

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