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The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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Project Planning and Group Calendars

Forget the tattered kitchen calendar. Forget the assorted Palm handhelds, on which everyone on the team wrote down a different time and day for the next meeting. With online planning and calendar software, you can keep everybody literally on the same page—a Web page, to be precise.

The modus operandi for using this sort of online service should be pretty familiar by now: find a site that you (or y'all) like, sign up for an account, and log in when you need to use it.

The beauty of an online calendar is that people all over the building—or country, or planet—can share the same calendar. And because they're online, Webbased calendars are cross-platform and networkable (so you and your spouse can see each other's calendars).

In some cases, the site can even send you little electronic shoulder-tap reminders of your looming appointments by email or instant messaging program.

Google Calendar

Google Calendar is beautiful, fast, and simple to use; it feels like a regular piece of desktop software, not like a Web page that blinks every time you make a change.

For example, if you already have a Gmail account (Section 14.1.4.2) and you sign up for a calendar (http://calendar.google.com), Gmail recognizes messages that mention dates or events and offers to add such events to the calendar. You can import your life from other calendar programs like Microsoft Outlook or Apple's iCal program into your Gcalendar in just a few steps, too.

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