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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

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Thursday April 13, 2006
03:18 AM

Timezone hate

[ #29310 ]

There's a bunch of online calendar applications. I've been happily using 30boxes for now - I like the quick response times. The new kid on the block is Google Calendar, so I try it out. Looks nice and fast too. When I sign up, it asks me (as 30boxes did) what timezone I'm in: London baby yeah!. I export my events from 30boxes in ICS format, which looks a little like this:

...
BEGIN:VEVENT
SUMMARY:Andrea arrives
DESCRIPTION:
DTSTART:20060413T140500
DTEND:20060413T140500
DTSTAMP:2 0060413T025702
UID:X-30Boxes-32476
URL:http://30boxes.com/index.php?action=hig hlightDate&date=2006-04-13
END:VEVENT
...

and I import the ICS into Google Calendar and all the times are off by eight hours!. That 2.05pm event is now at 10.05pm. Pesky dates! Pesky software!

So I try to work around this, set the timezone to be GMT-8, try to reimport and GCalendar won't let me reimport the events. It's beginning to be a hateful day, but at least Andrea is arriving this afternoon...

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