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September 14, 2002 10:39 AM   Subscribe

iCal weblogs via the iCal weblog. *head explodes*
posted by sudama (21 comments total)
No relation to Cal from iamcal.com I presume.
posted by riffola at 10:52 AM on September 14, 2002

Not only that, but you can publish your weblog to iCal, or use iCal to publish to your blog. *reels*
posted by machaus at 10:57 AM on September 14, 2002

I wonder when Apple will announce "iBlog".
posted by timeistight at 11:06 AM on September 14, 2002

posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:00 PM on September 14, 2002

posted by saturn5 at 12:52 PM on September 14, 2002

An iCal is actually an iKcal.
posted by gazingus at 1:06 PM on September 14, 2002

I'm lost. That might have something to do with the fact that I don't have a blog and don't exist in the blogosphere aside from my daily visits to metafilter.

[Am I supposed to credit someone for saying blogosphere? Didn't I read that the other day? Way to go, clever guy! That should cover it. Don't shoot me now, please.]
posted by The God Complex at 1:29 PM on September 14, 2002

It might be a great blogging tool, but it ain't much of a calendar app.
posted by stonerose at 1:31 PM on September 14, 2002

Au contraire -- it ain't much of a stable calendar app, yet. The interface is close to perfect, and the stability will only improve. Prediction: version 1.2 will be all that and a bag of chips.

Of course, chances are good it's another trojan horse of sorts. Will it be one year, or perhaps two before you're so invested in iCal that you actually consider paying Apple $100/yr just to continue using it as you're used to?
posted by sudama at 1:52 PM on September 14, 2002

posted by luriete at 2:16 PM on September 14, 2002

Am I supposed to credit someone for saying blogosphere?

No, just stop using the word, it hurts our ears and we usually only use it when we're being sarcastic or making fun of people that use it. ;)
posted by yonderboy at 2:18 PM on September 14, 2002

i meant it hurts our eyes...plus it makes the baby jesus cry
posted by yonderboy at 2:22 PM on September 14, 2002

i don't think it's much trojan horse, I mean for a lot of the functionality (web publishing your calendars) to be easy you really need an idisk already. I think they are just making more people want .mac
posted by rhyax at 3:02 PM on September 14, 2002

What I want to know is how to get multiple people publishing to the same calender. Anyone know how? Blogs are fine, but I want collaboration tools.

As for the bugs -- there's only an uproar because Apple usually hits a homerun the first time rather than waiting until version 3.
posted by jragon at 3:07 PM on September 14, 2002

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posted by saturn5 at 3:53 PM on September 14, 2002

The main gist I get here is that with enough tweaking, the iCal weblog projects could act as Swiss Army Knife for the Mac L337.

F'rinstance: Using voice recognition, anyone could dial into their OS X based system, speak out their content into iCal, and then export it onto their website as a daily journal of their rants, etc. In addition to being given a chance to respond to a post in the modified iCal/weblog, visitors to the site could participate in a "What ___ Are You?" quiz hashed out from another modified iCal within the original iCal/blog. Based upon the results of the exam, the iCal/blog could play iTunes on another server and use the "Track Currently Playing" script to serve as the exam's result.

Meanwhile, interesting weblinks culled from other users' posts could be imported via iCal into the address book plugin feature of a friend's (remotely networked) iPod. At the same time, the iCal could be scripted to check on other "newsworthy" items (band press releases, software updates/advisories, etc.), and automatically update the 'blog with the information.

And all that could be done while the iCal/weblog's creator is with friends in a club, during the first round of drinks.

Social life, here I come...
posted by Smart Dalek at 3:54 PM on September 14, 2002

saturn5, I guess the bottom line is that Apple is taking all kinds of opensource ideas and protocols and wrapping them in purty graphics. The end result is great apps that are pretty amazing due to their ease of use and customizing ability.

iCal is just a calendering program, but has all kinds of hooks into other interesting technologies. One example is Apple's iCal library page, where you can subscribe to calenders that show up in your calender. Want to know what season premieres are coming up? Add the season premiere calender. Want to know about NHL games? Get the NHL calender.

What I'm excited about is the ability to post milestones for some CMS software I'm working on, so people can see "oh, version 1.3 is slated for release next week" and plan accordingly. I'm also building one for my upcoming wedding so everyone can stay updated easily.
posted by jragon at 5:19 PM on September 14, 2002

Hmmm, I don't think this an app where they can do lockin very well. After all the Mozilla Calendar already supports most of iCal's featureset. If you don't like iCal for one reason or another you can just share your calendar into MozCal. Open standards are brilliant like that.

p.s. go to the iCal library page mentioned in the post above in Mozilla, click on a calendar. It works seamlessly. Cool eh, thank OEone and the volunteer hackers.
posted by nedrichards at 5:55 PM on September 14, 2002

thx jragon.

posted by saturn5 at 11:10 PM on September 14, 2002

>No, just stop using the word, it hurts our ears

Actually, I think 'blogosphere' is a marvellous neologism, playing as it does on 'logos' and the 'logosphere'. All pre-McLu(train)hanified for your shopping comfort.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:25 AM on September 15, 2002

Thanks stavros, you said it better than I ever could. :)
posted by yonderboy at 10:02 AM on September 15, 2002

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