When I travel to the East Coast, I sometimes feel like I’m living in a time warp, as my iPhone and Google Calendar keep notifying me about meetings that had happened three hours earlier. I’ve already mentioned this problem on TechCrunch, in a post about the launch of smart calendar app Tempo , where I blamed the issue on “my apparently idiosyncratic way of dealing with timezones.” (In case you were wondering: I do my best to ignore timezones entirely, and if I’m traveling between zones, I put things on my calendar based on the local time of wherever I’ll be on a given day.) And I can’t deny that I’m pretty hopeless when it comes to using any productivity tool that’s more complicated than email. But I also think there’s something telling about the fact that my Google Calendar gets so damn insistent about changing time zones when I travel. It’s always trying to cajole me into pushing my meetings three hours forward, and as a result, I feel like an idiot and yearn for a simple pen-and-paper planner. Ultimately, all I really want is a calendar that replicates the physical experience, but accessible on any device, and without the messiness of writing stuff and down and crossing it out.
The full story can be read/found on My Calendar Has Gotten Smarter In Really Dumb Ways