Yet another reason that iCal is the worst calendar app ever

As if I needed more reasons. iCal is the SYSTEM app for calendaring. Made by Apple. Should integrate with everything right? Well, it does not respect your setting for 12-hour or 24-hour time. So while my menu bar says 15:46 right now, my appointment for 17:00 on my calendar says 5pm.

Fuck you, iCal. Do you realize the iPhone calendar app is a better desktop app than you?

MobileMe desktop syncing truly “automatic” now

At last!

Since the release of MobileMe, the “automatic” setting for sync preferences has been a bit of a farce — at most, it would sync your data up to the cloud once every 15 minutes. With the release of OS X 10.5.6, finally you can rely on your desktop updates being propagated within a minute very handy for those of us who like to make a calendar entry, put our macs to sleep, and walk out of the house without stopping to worry about manually running a sync to make sure our iPhones get our updates.

From their release notes:

Contacts, calendars, and bookmarks on a Mac automatically sync within a minute of the change being made on the computer, another device, or the web at me.com.

Feel the power

wildsoda sent me this photoset of a man unboxing an Apple //c. That sent me to the Wikipedia article on the Apple ][. Where I read this caption under the picture of the Apple IIGS:

“The Apple IIGS, the most powerful Apple II, featuring a true 16-bit CPU, 4096 colors, Ensoniq synthesizer, a Mac-like GUI and a mouse.”

Ah, the most powerful Apple II. Like the tallest tree in a bonsai forest.

Um. Right, thanks.

According to yahoo answers, this answer was marked “preferred” by the “Asker”. To be fair, asker had one choice to choose from. Still, in this case I think no answer would truly have been better. I’m classifying this “anti-helpful”.

Q: How can I play the Sims 2 in window mode on a Mac?

A: If you bought The Sims 2 for Windows and you have a mac, there is no way of playing it. Look on the game box, in the bottom left or bottom right hand corner their should be an icon where it says what kind of computer it is for. It Should say for Mac or for PC. Whatever one it says, you need that computer, so you can’t play The Sims 2 that is made for a Mac on a Windows Computer. Hope This helps…= )

F*ck you, iCal

Why can’t I have a little monthly calendar in the corner and my incoming appointment notifications visible at the same time?

While we’re at it, what’s up with you reaching some kind of point of no return with being able to sync over .mac? Even long after I’ve deleted all traces of /.*ical.*/ and /.*calendar.*/ and /.*dotmac.*/ from my Library, new appointments in my fresh auto-created calendars wouldn’t sync. You suck.

To regain the ability to sync, I had to export every calendar to an individual .ics files, and scour my Library of every file related to syncing either over .mac or using the isync framework (for devices), and the calendars, and the caches, and all dotmac related files, unregister every computer from .mac, and finally I had a Library that was pristine enough to get test events syncing across .mac. Then I could import all the individual old calendars to get my data back.

iCal, you disgust me. You are the single worst application Apple has ever released, and the best thing that I can say about version 3.0 (the Leopard version) is that you have yet to produce an endless tide of zombie appointment acceptance notifications, which, no matter how you clear your notification cache and reset your .mac sync data, reappear endlessly, eventually featuring duplicate notifications.

ical attendeesPerversely, version 3.0 deletes one ability I used to have — tabbing completely through the fields you may wish to edit while creating appointments. That, apparently, was too convenient. Now, should I wish to invite someone to an event, I have to click on an “Add Attendees…” link, which replaces said link with the field I wanted to type into in the first place.

iCal, you are worse than Cyberdog. Worse than Server Admin and Workgroup Admin. Next to you, the 10.2 Finder is a paragon of system efficiency married to seamless usability. Your consistent mediocrity, punctuated with sharp, stabbing moments of seemingly schadenfreudian behavior, earn you my Harsh Glare of Ultimate Derision.