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Using Google Calendar to Organize the Family

For many families (and some busy individuals), getting a handle on one or more calendars can become taxing. If you don’t use a calendar at all and you still find that you are more effective than most then it’s time to look at publishing your own best-seller. The truth is, most of us don’t have the mental capacity to keep all of that information in our heads and remember it with any sort of success rate.


That’s where using Google calendars can become invaluable. I am both cursed and blessed with something called ADD. For those who are familiar with it that means there are flashes of brilliance mired by terrible follow through. Having a family calendar help get everyone on the same page and keep them there. While I have issues with the way that Gmail can work sometimes, the calendar feature is has been way more useful to me. Everyone is going to use it differently so I’ll provide the links I’ve used in the past when tweaking things instead of reinventing the well.

I’ve included some resources below that should prove helpful. I didn’t want to reinvent to wheel. When it comes to getting things working smooth with your iPhone or mobile device then that can be a different issue and if there’s interest in that I’ll be glad to point to some resources for that. Hopefully, this will give you enough information to want to check out that Google calendars has to offer. And hopefully you will take it to the level of sharing a calendar between more than one person (spouse) and improve coordination.


Updated 12/05/13:

Another handy link: https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/151674?hl=en&ref_topic=13950

Comments { 0 } Posted on April 2, 2012 in Blogging, Google, Productivity

Microsoft releases Lync for iPhone

I’m a pretty big fan of OneNote, and although I have debated switching to EverNote I always come back to it. I’ve been using it on the iPhone with some success and now Microsoft has released Lync shortly after porting OneNote over to the iPad and add SkyDrive functionality (limited) to the iPhone. IMHO, this opens the floodgates on what a business can do with iPhones and iPads as laptop replacements. I’m currently working on getting an iPad to use in this format so hopefully I can have plenty of test cases to write about. Maybe they will port Management Studio over so that we can use it as well. That’s going on the wish list.

I’m still waiting to get an iDevice on the domain to test with, but if you happen to try Lync on an apple device let me know how it is working out for you as I will hopefully be doing the same thing pretty soon.

Comments { 0 } Posted on December 20, 2011 in Education, GTD, iPhone, Productivity, SSMS, Tech

Don’t sit up straight at your desk

Going in a slightly different direction than a previous post on “The downside to being in IT”, I saw a post by Michael Hyatt (Blog|Twitter) recently that had an infographic about why sitting down so much is killing  us. The biggest part about the graph for me was sitting at a reclined angle was actually less strain on  your back than sitting upright.  I guess you could argue that sitting that far back is going to put more strain on your eyes, neck, and other important body parts so maybe it’s a wash. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you do to help your body handle all this “desk stress” that we put on it in the office.

image courtesy of visual.ly

Comments { 1 } Posted on December 8, 2011 in Education, General, Life, Productivity, Tech