Reflection Design

26Mar/090

Week numbers in Google Calendar

Weeks in GCalA feature I have been missing in Google Calendar is a simple Week numbering scheme. Mostly people will be talking about what week they have vacation, or what week number a certain event takes place and I simply hate that my overly used calendar does not display it.

For a while I had a greasemonkey script that added week numbers to my Google calendar. However two drawbacks presented itself with this solution

  • It was a fix local to a specific browser install (e.g. my laptop) and thus had to be installed on all my used machines
  • It had some flaws and I never bothered to find a replacement script (nor code one myself as I'm horrible with dates :p)

Today as we needed to get some week numbers checked for a calendar project, I was forced to find a solution. And by goodness a great solution exists. A calendar you can add to your own, that simply displays the week number. Its both global for all your access to the calendar and it is easy to turn on/off by simply unhiding/hiding that particular calendar.

I am currently also using another public calendar for displaying local Holidays, and I must say I am a bit disappointed I have not done this earlier. But without further ado, rambling, delay, musing and other babble here is the solution Google itself presented when I asked:

Instructions to add week numbers to your GCal:

  1. Add the below calendar, by clicking the URL and accept
    http://www.google.com/calendar/render?cid=g0k1sv1gsdief8q28kvek83ps4%...
  2. Enjoy!

source: http://recover89.googlepages.com/googlecalendarweeknumbers

17Mar/090

The blog is burning!

It is said in Egyptian and Greek mythology that the Phoenix would end its long cycle of life by building a nest, and burning up in a fierce fire. From the ashes a new phoenix would arise destined to live at least as long as the old one. This mythical story and the above dramatic headline is a bit exaggerated.

imageReflection Design simply got a smaller fire but utilizing Feedburner from now on. So its now possible to click the RSS button on the right to follow the musings of me. I decided that since I use Google Reader to follow a great deal of blogs myself, why should people out there be cheated from doing the same from me. I simply love the automatic delivery of content, rather than me having to regularly visit a site to check for updates. Remember back in the days of early browsing I was trying to setup something similar with offline readers, that supposedly check for updates and reported when new stuff was available. Sadly it did not work anywhere near as well as today's RSS feeds.

If you don't know what an RSS feed is allow me to quickly educate you, and provide links to use Google Reader (my recommendation) to get started reading Reflection Design (and others) from the convenience of your RSS Reader.

Feeds are a way for websites large and small to distribute their content well beyond just visitors using browsers. Feeds permit subscription to regular updates, delivered automatically via a web portal, news reader, or in some cases good old email. Feeds also make it possible for site content to be packaged into "widgets," "gadgets," mobile devices, and other bite-sized technologies that make it possible to display blogs, podcasts, and major news/sports/weather/whatever headlines just about anywhere.

Hope you all enjoy this new feature of the blog, or should I say enhanced feature of the blog.