Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

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Why computer calendars suck...

It's quite simple - they don't think you move around. Or at least they assume you never leave one time zone. But what if you're scheduling a meeting in the US, while you're in the UK? And what if you change the time zone setting on your PDA - what happens to all your alarms? It's something that I find very very annoying. And I know I'm not alone here. Though I have yet to persuade the Outlook folk at Microsoft of the fact...

Jon Udell explores the issues.

As Udell says, "When a computer in one timezone schedules an event in another timezone, the computer doing the scheduling needs to be able to accept and display both. Since the feature usually isn't needed, it should ideally be hidden but easily accessible. That's admittedly a thorny user interface problem. I'm sure programmers could solve it -- if they weren't so indignant about humanity's perversion of astronomical time. And now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go. It's 0100 UTC and the sun's coming up."
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