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MaxIBoy
August 19th, 2008, 11:09 PM
For keeping track of homework and stuff. Preferably in the repositories. Any suggestions?

gn2
August 19th, 2008, 11:30 PM
I use Sunbird which is in the repos.

fwojciec
August 19th, 2008, 11:48 PM
calendar.google.com

It's a better solution than an application installed locally on a computer, IMO.

MaxIBoy
August 20th, 2008, 12:31 AM
I kind of need it to be installed on the hard drive. I'll try that sunbird thingy.

unix1980
August 20th, 2008, 12:38 AM
I use Evolution.

Cheesehead
August 20th, 2008, 12:58 AM
Evolution works great.

If you love the command line, 'cron' or 'at' work with practically no overhead....

Mateo
August 20th, 2008, 01:05 AM
calendar.google.com

It's a better solution than an application installed locally on a computer, IMO.

Can it remind me of appointments without a browser window open?

fwojciec
August 20th, 2008, 01:07 AM
Can it remind me of appointments without a browser window open?

Yes, it can send you an email or a text message (to your phone).

Xzallion
August 20th, 2008, 01:13 AM
Thunderbird with the Lightning extension. Add the Google Calendar Provider and you can have it both locally and on googles calendar web app.

Links:
thunderbird - Homepage (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/) - apt:thunderbird
Lightning extension - Homepage (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/2313) - apt:lightning-extension
Google Provider extension - Homepage (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/4631)

Mateo
August 20th, 2008, 01:26 AM
Yes, it can send you an email or a text message (to your phone).

Fail.

pluviosity
August 20th, 2008, 02:03 AM
KOrganizer, the calendar component of Kontact, works great for me.

FFighter
August 20th, 2008, 02:08 AM
Chandler

fwojciec
August 20th, 2008, 02:19 AM
Fail.

Huh? What if you're not at the computer to see the reminder pop-up? What if you use multiple computers (laptop and desktop, for example), how do you make sure that you have the same calendar data available on each of them? I used to use a traditional calendar apps before but the google solution is infinitely more practical. Think about it...

Plus, if you really want reminders without a browser window opened you can always use something like Songbird, which can be configured to serve as a local frontend to goolge calendar.

Keyper7
August 20th, 2008, 02:20 AM
Fail.

Care to explain that failure?

At least on my phone, "email" and "text message" are different concepts.

On topic: the Evolution calendar synchronized with my Sony Ericsson phone works wonders.

MaxIBoy
August 20th, 2008, 02:52 AM
The failure is, how are you going to get at an email client without Internet access?

smartboyathome
August 20th, 2008, 03:14 AM
I use calendar.google.com to host my calendar, but use Sunbird as my main calendar. Its really easy to use them both together, and I am happy with it. :)

LookTJ
August 20th, 2008, 03:19 AM
The failure is, how are you going to get at an email client without Internet access?As far as I know, Google sends text messages free of charge. So what's wrong with SMS instead of just relying on email?

Keyper7
August 20th, 2008, 03:34 AM
The failure is, how are you going to get at an email client without Internet access?

That's why he mentioned and even emphasized "to your phone".

Any phone has SMS and usually you don't pay nothing for just receiving.

lyni
August 20th, 2008, 03:40 AM
qOrganizer is a student calendar which you may be interested in having a look at.

klange
August 20th, 2008, 03:47 AM
Sunbird / Lightning (Sunbird integrated into Thunderbird) is quite nice.

(OT: I get charged for receiving SMS messages on my cell plan... :( )

Mateo
August 20th, 2008, 03:48 AM
That's why he mentioned and even emphasized "to your phone".

Any phone has SMS and usually you don't pay nothing for just receiving.

i don't know about that. my carrier doesn't have free incoming SMS and i don't know of one that does. most carriers even charge you for spam SMS.

Mateo
August 20th, 2008, 03:52 AM
Huh? What if you're not at the computer to see the reminder pop-up? What if you use multiple computers (laptop and desktop, for example), how do you make sure that you have the same calendar data available on each of them? I used to use a traditional calendar apps before but the google solution is infinitely more practical. Think about it...

It's a crappy solution, that's why. I hate the idea of the web browser becoming like an OS. It's not nearly versatile enough to do all the things some people now want it to do. Having to keep a dozen different tabs open all the time for various functions is just flat-out lame.

Google calendar would/will be a great sync tool between apps on different platforms. But I don't need google calendar to get reminders on my cell phone. My cell phone has it's own calendar program which can do just the same. I want them on my phone and desktop. Google fails in the latter.

smartboyathome
August 20th, 2008, 04:04 AM
It's a crappy solution, that's why. I hate the idea of the web browser becoming like an OS. It's not nearly versatile enough to do all the things some people now want it to do. Having to keep a dozen different tabs open all the time for various functions is just flat-out lame.

Google calendar would/will be a great sync tool between apps on different platforms. But I don't need google calendar to get reminders on my cell phone. My cell phone has it's own calendar program which can do just the same. I want them on my phone and desktop. Google fails in the latter.

Actually, for me it doesn't. Just use the calendar in Sunbird as an iCalendar feed, and it will let you control it like a calendar which was made by Sunbird itself.

gn2
August 20th, 2008, 08:55 AM
Yes, it can send you an email or a text message (to your phone).

If you are receiving calendar reminders on a mobile phone, why not just use the mobile phone's own built-in calendar?

Dragonbite
August 20th, 2008, 02:25 PM
As far as I know, Google sends text messages free of charge. So what's wrong with SMS instead of just relying on email?
I'm pretty sure it costs money. Just be careful because my Google Calendar was set to send a text message by default and until I figured this out and turned it off I kept getting those messages.

Does Apple's MobileMe cover most of what you are looking for?

I can't wait for when Google will include the calendar and contacts with the IMAP connection! That would become the MS Exchange killer! (Notes and Journal optional).

jespdj
August 20th, 2008, 02:30 PM
The great thing about Google Calendar is that you can access it from any computer that has Internet access.

Google also provides an API (http://code.google.com/apis/calendar/) for it, so no doubt there are people who write software to synchronize your local calendar software with it, or a small desktop reminder program.

poliltimmy
August 20th, 2008, 04:01 PM
How about for 8.04 AMD 64 edition. I use thuderbird but cannot get lightning to add new tasks.

LookTJ
August 20th, 2008, 06:06 PM
If you are receiving calendar reminders on a mobile phone, why not just use the mobile phone's own built-in calendar?I would if I had a qwerty keyboard that came with it or a sync cable so I could use the computer to put things in the mobile's calendar,
I just don't like typing with a keypad, takes long time to finish your whole setup of a calendar.

LookTJ
August 20th, 2008, 06:13 PM
I'm pretty sure it costs money. Just be careful because my Google Calendar was set to send a text message by default and until I figured this out and turned it off I kept getting those messages.
http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?answer=37173&topic=15302
Standard SMS rates may apply in US and Canada. Other than that, it's free(at least for me)

FuturePilot
August 20th, 2008, 06:18 PM
It's a crappy solution, that's why. I hate the idea of the web browser becoming like an OS. It's not nearly versatile enough to do all the things some people now want it to do.

Totally agree.

fwojciec
August 20th, 2008, 07:20 PM
Here is how you can have Google Calendar reminder popups without having a browser opened:

1) Install a small python app called gcalcli (http://code.google.com/p/gcalcli/). It should be in the repos.
2) You also need to have notification-daemon installed, but it should be installed by default on Ubuntu, I think...
2) Create a cronjob like this:

crontab -e
and add a line that looks something like this:

*/10 * * * * gcalcli --user [username] --pw [password] remind 30 'notify-send "Google Calendar Reminder!" -i /usr/share/icons/Tango/48x48/actions/appointment-new.png -t 150000 -u low %s'
Add your google calendar login and password, and feel free to change the notification parameters as you see fit ("notify-send --help" for info).

With these settings gcalcli will connect to your calendar every ten minutes, and if there is an event within next 30 minutes it'll display a notification on your desktop.

It looks like this:
http://www.loka.pl/outgoing/gcalreminder-thumb.png (http://www.loka.pl/outgoing/gcalreminder.png)

duanedesign
May 28th, 2009, 07:19 AM
Chandler

+1

Chandler is a great app. With cross platform desktop clients I have it at work on my PC and at home on Ubuntu. With Chandler Hub syncing the different clients is easy. The iphone app makes it possible to take noted on the go.

This is a great open source app and I hope more people will give it a try.

duanedesign
August 16th, 2009, 06:58 AM
There is now a .deb to run Chandler on Jaunty.

http://downloads.osafoundation.org/chandler/releases/1.0.3.1/


if you are unfamiliar with Chandler here is a brief 3 minute video introduction.
http://chandlerproject.org/pub/Projects/FeatureTour/3-minutes.mov

TheNessus
August 16th, 2009, 08:48 PM
Rainlendar. It sits on your desktop and you can see all the events and to-do's. It can be synced with both Sunbird and Google calendar.

Cam42
August 16th, 2009, 08:59 PM
Lightning/Thunderbird+Google calendar through CalDAV (http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=99355)

MaxIBoy
August 16th, 2009, 09:46 PM
By the way, if anyone is interested, my final solution involved never leaving the house, thus rendering a calendar app unneeded.