Friday, June 18, 2010

Google Calendar...and phones...

For those not in the know, Google Calendar works well, and (like a lot of things) seems to be becoming the norm.

I find it easy to upload and sync .ics files to the web based calendar, but getting the data to my phone wasn't working 100%.

First I used this webpage to set up a Sync using Activesync and Google.

But still quite a few calendar items were not showing up...for example the US holidays...then another calendar that I subscribed to didn't show up.

And by "show up" I mean it wouldn't sync to my was on the webpage but not on my phone.

There is not 'clean' way to do this, but the work around is to download the shared calendar you want to add to your calendar, then import that calendar back into your Google calendar.

It is clumsy but works.

Here are the directions.

Level 1

ok this is how you do you import this calender to you calender its the US 2009 Holiday Calander once you do this you can sync and load the holidays to you device.
you can either use the link or download it to your computer and upload the calender to your own via HTML or FILE.
That is what I did, and now all that stuff syncs to my phone...

...unfortunately there is no way to update the imported calendar...if the shared one changes, you have to re-import it, and remove the dupes yourself.

But it is better than either typing in each entry...or individually importing each entry.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

iBluever screenshots

I thought I would show some screenshots of how to setup iBluever, and how to operate.

This is what you first see when iBluever starts...note the "Connected to Bluet00th daemon."

Now we turn iBluever ON
Note "Bluet00th initialized successfully"

Now it starts populating the list with visible bluetooth devices.

Now it has named all the visible bluetooth devices.
click on the device you wish to use (or hit the (>) if changing settings)

Here is the settings screen, these are the only settings I used for my Sprint phone.

Now go back to the main screen, and tap on the device you are connecting to. (all the visible devices will still be on the screen)

The script will start, and will take longer the first time while your phone is linking to the iPod your phone for pop up messages about PIN or data access.

Now script has successfully completed, and it shows a green checkmark and the mac address etc below the device name...

...if it doesn't successfully complete, the last script step will still be showing below the device name.

After you have successfully connected to your phone, and then turned iBluever off, your settings will be saved, and from then on just click on the device name to connect...

BTW, on my sprint phone I needed to change a registry setting to share data over the bluetooth...see previous posts on the subject.