Today, I missed that a meeting that I run was about to start, because while all the other attendees knew about it, it wasn’t on my calendar for this week. It’s a biweekly meeting, and my calendars show it as happening next week.
This is not a new problem. It’s not even a rare one. Calendar sync is a problem that has continued to almost uniformly suck beyond words since people first started carrying gadgets around. Interestingly, it seems to have gotten worse, rather than better. Problems with my calendar being out of sync were rare back in the days I was carrying a PalmPilot around, syncing it using the good-old-trusty HotSync® protocol and a cradle. Nowadays, though, it seems to be the norm for my calendars to be entirely out of whack.
This is, of course, probably because I expect my calendars to be accurate in more places. Web apps, my iPhone, my iPad, two desktop computers, and a laptop. I use them all to update calendar information. Perhaps I need to give up on this expectation and hope, and just use one gadget for all my calendar information from now on.
I shouldn’t have to do that, though. This shouldn’t be an impossible problem to solve, especially since the information is being maintained on a server.
I’m tired of not being able to trust my calendar to be correct. Why hasn’t this been solved yet? I’ve been using electronically synchronized devices to keep track of my schedule for almost 20 years now (I started with a Newton MessagePad 110 in 1994). There’s no reason why this should continue to be so frustrating after all this time.
I’d appreciate tips on what you do to reduce these problems!