Google Calendar Sync locked my team out

My team can’t edit my Google Calendar anymore. Why? Because it says that it has been edited too many times by the syncing software I’m running (which is both Plaxo and Google’s own service). It was working perfectly until I added Google’s own syncing software. I’ve now changed the number of times that I’m going to sync to see if it lets my team members back onto my calendar. It still is letting me edit it, but Rocky hasn’t been able to edit it for the past day.

Anyway, be warned if you’re testing out syncing systems like Plaxo or Google’s.

UPDATE: A Google engineer wrote me and said that they don’t recommend using Google’s Calendar Sync with other sync systems like Plaxo.

16 thoughts on “Google Calendar Sync locked my team out

  1. I must have been asleep under a rock. I did not know that this had been released until today and have added it to my work and home computers and finally feel completely synced.

    Though I usually access my Google Calendar via a Greasemonkey script through Gmail I might change that if I can get all my applications to play nice together and sync all the way around.

    So far so good.

    Tech Weekly

  2. I must have been asleep under a rock. I did not know that this had been released until today and have added it to my work and home computers and finally feel completely synced.

    Though I usually access my Google Calendar via a Greasemonkey script through Gmail I might change that if I can get all my applications to play nice together and sync all the way around.

    So far so good.

    Tech Weekly

  3. I tried to sync my Outlook items onto my Google Calendar, but only a randomized few made it on. I promptly uninstalled, but that doesn’t remove the items that have already been synced.

    I wouldn’t recommend using Google Sync yet!

  4. I tried to sync my Outlook items onto my Google Calendar, but only a randomized few made it on. I promptly uninstalled, but that doesn’t remove the items that have already been synced.

    I wouldn’t recommend using Google Sync yet!

  5. Plaxo and Goog not liking each other? That’s too bad. Plaxo has the benefit of synchronizing more than just Cal data – i.e. your contacts, tasks..etc. It does not sync to Gmail contacts yet (although I hope it will change now the Google released the API), but at least multiple Outlook instances on several computers are sync’d. So for now Google Sync is a non-event.

  6. Plaxo and Goog not liking each other? That’s too bad. Plaxo has the benefit of synchronizing more than just Cal data – i.e. your contacts, tasks..etc. It does not sync to Gmail contacts yet (although I hope it will change now the Google released the API), but at least multiple Outlook instances on several computers are sync’d. So for now Google Sync is a non-event.

  7. Of course, now that “they” have your data NOT you, “they” can make the rules.

    Go ahead everybody, load ALL your data onto the web and embrace the SaaS model.

    Nuts!

  8. Of course, now that “they” have your data NOT you, “they” can make the rules.

    Go ahead everybody, load ALL your data onto the web and embrace the SaaS model.

    Nuts!

  9. I had the same thing happen with another syncing program.

    The Google folks told me there was nothing they could do and it could be up to 10 days before the system restored itself. It ended up taking about a week.

    So, now I don’t use sync software. I like Google Apps alot, but the calendar is really not enterprise ready.

  10. I had the same thing happen with another syncing program.

    The Google folks told me there was nothing they could do and it could be up to 10 days before the system restored itself. It ended up taking about a week.

    So, now I don’t use sync software. I like Google Apps alot, but the calendar is really not enterprise ready.

  11. I haven’t run into that problem yet but I’m now awash in duplicates. I initially had Plaxo syncing my Google Apps calendar and office Outlook and then added the Google Sync on Blackberry. When that happened, the massive amount of duplicates started showing up and no matter how much “de-duping” went on, nothing changed. I thought adding the recently released Google Sync for Outlook would solve that problem but it just made it worse.

    I’ve uninstalled both Google sync products and am trying to rescue my calendar w/ Plaxo alone. Although, I’m still stuck in duplicate hell.

  12. I haven’t run into that problem yet but I’m now awash in duplicates. I initially had Plaxo syncing my Google Apps calendar and office Outlook and then added the Google Sync on Blackberry. When that happened, the massive amount of duplicates started showing up and no matter how much “de-duping” went on, nothing changed. I thought adding the recently released Google Sync for Outlook would solve that problem but it just made it worse.

    I’ve uninstalled both Google sync products and am trying to rescue my calendar w/ Plaxo alone. Although, I’m still stuck in duplicate hell.

  13. I installed the new Google Sync Service today and also had problems. The first few times, I tried Syncing, it gave me errors that it only works with Outlook 2004 or 2007. Well, I have Outlook 2007 installed so their version check is bogus.

    I next changed the Sync Options setting to 1-Way (Outlook -> Google) and was finally able to get my Google Calendar synced from Outlook. Of course, one of the problems with this approach is you end up with duplicates in your Google calendar.

    BTW, the syncing process is quite slow. My Outlook calendar only has about 500 items and it took a few minutes. I can see why they set the default to 120 minutes :).

  14. I installed the new Google Sync Service today and also had problems. The first few times, I tried Syncing, it gave me errors that it only works with Outlook 2004 or 2007. Well, I have Outlook 2007 installed so their version check is bogus.

    I next changed the Sync Options setting to 1-Way (Outlook -> Google) and was finally able to get my Google Calendar synced from Outlook. Of course, one of the problems with this approach is you end up with duplicates in your Google calendar.

    BTW, the syncing process is quite slow. My Outlook calendar only has about 500 items and it took a few minutes. I can see why they set the default to 120 minutes :).

  15. Magic numbers like this exist elsewhere in GCal too. I am putting together a university-wide calendar for Columbia University and the custom calendar view tool caps out at 30 calendars. This forces me to have to write my own calendar view beyond this limit.

  16. Magic numbers like this exist elsewhere in GCal too. I am putting together a university-wide calendar for Columbia University and the custom calendar view tool caps out at 30 calendars. This forces me to have to write my own calendar view beyond this limit.

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