Saturday, December 04, 2010

Sync Multiple Google Calendars on iPhone/iPod Touch

I use Google Apps with a custom domain.  I have long found it frustrating that when I set up the account on my iPod Touch it only sets up the main calendar to be sync'd.

I have other calendars in that domain but the option to select or specify them never showed up.

I found that this is, in fact, doable.

On your device (iPhone or iPod Touch) go to:

Just follow the instructions from there.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Nifty little feature in Yahoo navi

This post will only make sense to people living in Japan.

Just found a really nice feature on my cellphone using Yahoo Japan's train navigator 路線情報 (rosen jouhou = route infomation ).  It allows you to enter your stations of departure and arrival, and it suggests a few routes and upcoming train times.   The information is pretty comprehensive.

Of course, comprehensive information is a double-edged sword in that it's difficult to read.  It's enough of a pain in one's own language, let alone Japanese!  I just discovered today that there is a small text link at the top of a suggested route, 停車駅一覧 (teisha eki ichiran = list of stops).  Clicking this gives you a simple top-to-bottom list of the stations your current train will stop at, followed by a list of the stations the subsequent train in your route will stop at, followed by the next list if there is another train in your route, and so on.

One really cool thing I found was a little train icon with blinking red text that says 今ココ! (ima koko! = currently here!), beside the name of the station you're currently at, or will soon stop at.   I'm still not sure if that is given based on the current time (since the route info is specified right down to which train at what time) or on your phone's GPS information.  Next time I've got some serious time on my hands (yeah right!) I'll try an experiment whereby I will just get off at a station and wait for the next train and see if that "currently here" indicator readjusts itself based on where I am, or if it just advances on its own according to the time.  I'm pretty sure it's based on GPS, since it would be inaccurate to tell someone they are some place they are not.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Twitter client questions

  • I can't find an easy way to add my profile page as a column to the main window.
  • Selecting "Open Link" from right-clicking a link in a displayed Tweet doesn't work.  In the Settings I don't think I saw a place to specify a browser.

Twitter website
Why are re-tweets no longer editable?  Perhaps the concept is more about just spreading their tweet around, than quoting them.  But why don't they provide an interface to support the quoting concept?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Official company rep with two Facebook accounts

Here's a question I just mailed to Facebook. Anyone know the answer?

Dear Facebook,

I have a question on behalf of a client, regarding Facebook Pages (with a capital P).

Their marketing representative created a Facebook Page for the company, from an initially logged-out state. This results in a business account being created. He then clicked the "Create Your Profile" button at the top of his business account. This resulted in a personal account also being created.

Problem is, he already had his own personal account. From the link below it sounds like an individual is not allowed to have more than one account, and that he should have set up the Facebook Page using the account he had.

However, the account he had to begin with was his own, as an individual. The one he created next was as an employee in a company. It is not a small company, like a cafe or anything, but a Fortune 500 multinational with tens of thousands of employees.

Would the rule against multiple accounts apply here? If so, is the solution to first delete that new account, then have the company assign the job of managing that Facebook Page to an employee who doesn't have a Facebook account, and doesn't plan to? Are there any other workarounds?

N.B. I assume that the use of separate mail addresses does not legitimize multiple accounts. You explicitly say that it's a violation for a person to have multiple accounts, which is not possible using a single mail address to begin with, so your rule must be referring to cases of multiple accounts using separate mail addresses.

Thanks in advance,
Arka Roy