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Syncing Google Apps calendars with iOS 6

For some time I had been baffled why my new iPhone 5 did not include my all my Google Apps calendars, even though my old iPhone did.  I went through the standard synchronization process, and still only the main calendar showed up in the list.

After seeing that many people had the same problem, I tried a variety of suggestions and found that the following works.

Create a new Gmail account using the Google Apps credentials.  Turn off the Mail option in the account settings, but leave Calendars and optionally Notes on.  Contacts are not available, so we will create another account for that. Use the new Google “Syncselect” website ( option to select the calendars that should be synced (Google support reference).  Only the calendars that are checked on this screen will be available in the Calendar app.

If you want to synchronize your Google Apps contacts with your iPhone, then create another Exchange account using Google Apps credentials.  Turn off the Calendar option, as that is handled above.  Turn on the Contacts option.  Turn Mail on or off depending on how you are handling your Google Apps email.  If on, then mail will show up in the iPhone Mail app, or turn off to use the Google Apps Mail shortcut app (which I prefer).

Copying Events from One Google Calendar to Another

From time to time, it is necessary to move events from one Google calendar to another.  Because the process is not obvious (and I can never remember exactly), I thought it would be helpful to have it here.

  1. Login to the Google account with the calendar that has the events you want to get.
  2. Go to the Calendar section.
  3. Click on the downward pointing triangle next to the calendar name that you want to copy, and select Calendar Settings from the pop-up menu.
  4. Click on the ICAL button next to Private Address.Google calendar ical export option
  5. This brings up a window with a complicated link that ends in “basic.ics”.
  6. Click on the link, and select the “Save file” option, and save to your desktop.
  7. Now close that Google calendar, logout, and login to the Google account that contains the calendar where you want to move the events.
  8. Go to the Calendar section.
  9. Click on the downward pointing triangle next to Other Calendars on the left, and select “Import Calendar”.  This opens Import Calendar window.
    Google calendar import step
  10. Click on the Browse button to select the file “Basic.ics” that was saved on your desktop.
  11. Click on the drop down to select the calendar that should receive the events.
  12. Click the Import button.
  13. The events should now all be copied over to the new calendar.

Christmas 2.0

This is a very funny video – new technology meets old:

Strange characters in FeedBurner

This is a problem that I have seen in a number of feeds and e-newsletters that I receive: the “” instead of extra space and “’” instead of slanted quote. I believe it has something to do with character set encoding (UTF and the like), but I have not found a clear answer.

Here is an example.  A WordPress post that has a text line that appears on the web site like:post-webview

I received the html-formatted email from Feedburner as follows:post-feedview

When I look at the html source, I see:post-source

The code is in a <p> with a couple of <div> tags – nothing unusual.  The document type is XHTML 1.0 Transitional, and the meta tags are:

<html xmlns=”” dir=”ltr” lang=”en-US”>
<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=UTF-8″ />
<meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=EmulateIE7″ />

The obvious work-around that suggests itelf:

  • avoid having 2 spaces in a row after a period between sentences
  • replace slanted quotes (left and right) with straight quotes
  • replace slanted apostrophes with straight apostrophes

If the article is being composed on Word (for example) this means that the auto-format option to “replace straight quotes with smart quotes” should be disabled.  In fact most of the auto-format options should be disabled, but that’s a question for another post.

In the meantime, I will investigate this issue to see if there is a better solution.

Hourly Google Installer

After installing the latest Google Earth update, I noticed that “Google Installer” was running about every hour.  While I like and use Google products, I don’t know that they need to be updated every hour.

I went in to Windows Tasks and found:

  • GoogleUpdateTaskMachineCore
  • GoogleUpdateTaskMachineUA

and changed them to run once a month and once a week respectively.

Why clutter up the background with all these update tasks?

Thanks very much to the WinMatrix forum for the suggestion.