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30 Boxes

I’ve been really digging 30 Boxes, as reviewed by Mr Hawk here and Mr Malik here, I’m moving all of my calendaring (online and off) into it. They’re doing some neat stuff with profiles and sharing that I think will take people a while to fully grok. The only thing I think it needs is better timezone handling (I travel a lot). Check out their blog. (Powered by WP.) Update: I keep finding cool features like it automatically detects when you enter a birthday and offers to repeat it every year. The whole site is like a giant easter egg.

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This seems like a really cool site. Oh, wait. This isn’t even in BETA yet! There’s nothing there! AArgh!

But seriously, what good is a calendar that only has 30 boxes. What was it like using this lame app on January 31?

I still prefer the free and full-featured http://www.Airset.com as it allows me to create multiple calendars that I can see all at once, separately, or in various combinations. My family shares one account with a calendar each for mom at work, dad at work, mom at home, son at home/school, and “fyi/maybe.” I have it set up so I can see all the “at home” calendars at once and when I’m at work, I can view my work calendar and my personal calendar only. The possibilities are endless. PLUS, Airset offers a blog, contacts, tasks lists for each calendar. (Another Airset-using mom has her son’s homework assignments emailed to his cell phone while he’s on the bus going home from school.)

[…] Yesterday I was able to sign up to be a beta tester for 30 boxes which is a new online calendaring site.  I first read about it on Matt’s site and since then the buzz leading up to the public beta this past weekend has been deafening.  Just look here and you’ll know what I mean.  I tried it last night at home and found that it didn’t work quite as well with my installation of Firefox and I actually had to use IE to be able to enter new calendar items.  Fortunately though when I got to work this morning I was able to use Firefox with the site without any difficulties.  You can see my profile page here.  I’m going to try and put the HTML/Javascript badge on the sidebar here to see how it looks.  They have a lot of neat features planned like custom feeds based on tags/dates/whatever as well as an API for developers to leverage.  They added iCal/ICS support over the weekend so that people can download their 30 boxes calendar into their desktop calendar applications (Outlook, Mozilla Calendar, whatever).  Interoperability is key. […]

[…] The next evolution of calendars are finally starting to surface. 30 Boxes, the shiny new web 2.0 venture that made the rounds a few months ago took me some time to fully grok (partly because it couldn’t import my data until very recently), but now I love it. And here’s why: I can set up my calendar and share it with my friends in a simple, straightforward interface. No tabbing through a dozen fields: their one-field user interface lets me enter plain-English events such as “Dinner with Sarah’s Friends on 4/13 at 6 PM to 10 PM” and 30B figures out what I mean. I can set up “buddies” who can see all of my calendar, or only certain events that I tag. I can get reminders on my cell phone. It’s web-based so I can use it anywhere. It supports iCal, so, when the Village Church supports it (real soon now), I can subscribe to the church calendar and have their events show up in my own calendar. And, perhaps most admirably, it doesn’t lock up my data in a proprietary format in case I want to jump ship and try another product (unlike Palm and Outlook). This kind of thing almost makes me wish I didn’t buy a smart phone: if I can interact with my calendar over SMS, who needs to sync annoying devices with lame user interfaces? […]

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