Monday Jun 30, 2008

Back to Berlin

I am travelling to Berlin via London City airport for the first time. I am flying with Lufthansa. Its a longer journey to the airport than Heathrow but hopefully the airport experience is better and Lufthansa's flights to Berlin from Heathrow are somewhat limited. The overground journey is pretty OK. Taxi, Train and DLR, at least I am not driving. I leave at 6:20 am and arrive at City at 8:30 am. The queues are not well advertised; it seems you must use the automated check in machines so it may be best to do it online before you set out; Lufthansa have only two kiosks and today one was broken. The queue was longer than I'd hoped.

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Thursday Jan 17, 2008

Being at the right place at the right time

I have been very busy over the last couple of months, and my diary management has been poor, so since New Year I have been making more effort to do better.

I got a new laptop PC last week, a Toshiba Tecra M5 and propose to write up my build; it will have a dual windows/solaris boot partition utilising Nevada, aka opensolaris and windows XP. I rapidly discovered the new windows build comes with Thunderbird 2 and an uptodate version of Lightning, with the wcaps calendar plugin for Thunderbird. This turns Thunderbird into a calendar client for the ical compliant calendar server,  which I use as my business diary.

At first, I thought that's the last thing I need, I already use Java Calender Express, an internal http browser hosted reader and Evolution, and my phone, do I really need a fifth, however today I discovered that this client permits some very slick inter-calendar invitations. One of my Mac using colleagues issued a meeting invite from their ical client to my mail box, which I received, pressed accept, and the software wrote the invite into my calendar. What's cute is that this is client to client invitations.

I can now sync this with my phone, a Sony Ericsson K610i. The connection parameters are what you would expect, but the syncml URL is site specific, so you need to find it out. I also am not sure if the 'database names' are mandatory or configurable. Anyway, its changed my life. Now I only have double entry, once electronically, and once to my Filofax.

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