Posts tagged ‘ical’

iCloud and calendar alarms

When I’ve complained about iCloud in the past, it was because iCloud—or one of the apps that sync via iCloud—had failed to do what it was supposed to. In one case, I ended up with duplicate calendar entries; in another, some Address Book contacts refused to appear on my iPhone. Today I’m going to complain…


Ground control to Major Tom

Two nights ago, Chris Herbert (@hrbrt) asked me on the Twitter if I’d seen the International Space Station pass overhead. I hadn’t, but I saw it last night (very bright on a crystal clear night) and again tonight (in the half of the sky that wasn’t overcast) because I wrote a script to add noteworthy…


Fantastical and BusyCal

Back in December, there was a discount bundle that included both Fantastical and BusyCal. I thought it odd to have two calendar programs in one bundle, but it was actually a stroke of genius marketing, because I bought the bundle specifically to test out both calendar applications as replacements for iCal. I won’t keep you…


Awk and calendar events

What follows is another post in which I use some computer-y tools to hammer one of my boys’ sports schedules into a format I can import into iCal. This time it’s my older son’s swim meet schedule, which started as a table on a website and is now parked comfortably in all of my digital…


Another reason to hate iCal in Lion

I’ve been using Lion on my MacBook Air for quite a while, but I didn’t switch my office iMac to Lion until a couple of weeks ago. Normally, I don’t spend much time looking at my calendar on the Air, so I haven’t had much experience with the new iCal until recently. Like everyone, I…


Eliminating doubled iPhone calendar entries

I upgraded to iOS 5 last Thursday, and it went pretty smoothly. The only exception was that most of my calendar events showed up doubled on the iPhone. After a weekend of hoping it was a temporary iCloud glitch that would resolve itself, I decided on Monday I needed to do something to fix it.…


Ghost in the machine

Last week I had a weird experience as my office iMac began working on its own, switching Spaces and swapping windows while I watched helplessly. I soon figured out what had happened, but I’m still not sure why. Let’s start with a little background I use two Spaces: Space 2 is for iCal, and Space…


My iCal/iPhone time zone setup

Today’s switch to Daylight Saving Time1 reminded me that I wanted to write about how I deal with time zones in iCal and the iPhone. Let say up front that this is not necessarily the best way to handle timezones, but it’s what I arrived at after some trial and error—mostly error. If you know…


AppleScript for calendar views

In my post about BusyCal last year, I mentioned a user interface problem I had with both BusyCal and iCal: they seem to think the first day of the week should be the same for both Week and Month views. This drives me crazy, so today I finally wrote a couple of AppleScripts for iCal…


Scheduling to-dos

Geez, it’s been a while since I last posted an original script here, so let’s fix that. One of the things I miss about OmniFocus is its ability to hide tasks until a given date. The advantage of being able to do this is that you can add the task when it comes to you,…