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Software Update

In the mid-1990’s I worked for a telecommunications firm that was trying to make a set top box for interactive television. (This was even as the internet was exploding. Read Michael Lewis’ The Next Next Thing to find out what the “B Team” was working on.) One of the things I spent a lot of time on was “software update.” We needed a way to securely update the operating software in the device, and we wanted to do it while connected to our network, because the cost to roll a truck and have a technician do it was prohibitive.

A few years later, I was working for a different company trying to innovate in the electrical power industry. (I know, it was hopeless. But I was young and naive.) Anyway, we had the exact same problem: securely updating the software in a networked device. It’s a problem that’s fraught with difficulties.

As it happens, both of those ventures flamed out, so I never got to be part of solving that problem. But this morning, as I was eating my oatmeal, I saw that someone else seems to be doing it:


Not only solved, but untethered. Yay Apple.

Sync iOS Calendar with Multiple Google Apps Calendars

In a previous posting, I said I had problems connecting with more than one Google calendar per Google app.

I assumed that was a misfeature of the syncing capability of the iOS calendar apps. But I was wrong.

The problem was with Google — or, really, with me.

Google provides an interface called iPhone Select. If you want to sync more than just a single calendar with your iOS devices, you have to change a setting there. (By “there” I mean in the iPhone Select interface. You can’t change it in the regular Google Calendar settings page.)

You can find out more about iPhone Select here.

Kudus to BusyMac, which alerted me to this feature of Google Apps when I actually RTFM‘ed their documentation.

Google Docs on Mobile Devices

This is cool: you can now edit your Google docs on your mobile devices.

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I’ve become quite the fan of Google Docs. That whole cloud thing beats emailing a spreadsheet back and forth between me, the church secretary, and the clerk of session. To say nothing of automated offsite backups, and (now) mobile access. Also, the price is right.