After god-knows-how-long, last week I finally attended a conference. (I guess the last one was MWC and the Digital Dutch, which are more a trade shows then conferences… and before them, some Hungarian mobile related ones and Mozilla Summit back in the early 2010’s… So it was long ago.)
At the time of writing this blog, the typical calendaring situation still is: me, maybe-hopefully you, and a (growing) bunch of other people using Nextcloud Calendar, while the vast majority still uses Google for calendaring needs. Luckily sharing/syncing between these calendars (say, between you and your family member) is possible, and relatively easy — but not trivial. Recently I had to do just this: set up calendar sharing with a loved one to and from Google Calendar. Although this is documented in various forum topics, it can be hard for a non-technical person to parse and understand that, and I haven’t found a good clear explanation I would comfortably share. So I wrote one for my own use.
I’m posting this here so I can simply send it to the next family member when it’s needed, and for you to use if you need a cheat sheet. I also post a “screenwalk” gallery at the end of each sync direction to make things a bit more straightforward, plus here’s a pdf of just the steps, because why not.
Nextcloud announced the Nextcloud Hub last Friday, with a galore of changes. Changes include workflow automation, a new mail client, a Google Docs-like online office client integration, and much more. You need to read the presser to get the whole list.
To me however, the most interesting upgrade so far with this change is the new major version of Calendar.
A lesser aspect of using Google services (in a positive spin: one of the utilities of Google) is contacts. I haven’t even realised I’ve set this up, but of course I did and why wouldn’t I have. When I started using Gmail (I’m gonna say around 2006?…) I, like a good data hoarder, imported my data basically from the start (in my case: ~1997). After this I used if as primary storage for my contacts, adding all the new acquaintances, and Google “enriched” it over the years: they polluted it with Google+ accounts for existing contacts, or simply added Google+ placeholders for people that were never even there in the first place. (This is actually not to mock Google: I was a big believer in Google+ when it was first released, it started out good, minus the privacy aspect, and minus the silo approach that Google took up over the years which also turned into the cloud aspect. It’s complicated.)
So now that I realised it was still set up on my phone as contact sync target, it was time to remove it and move to my Nextcloud. Not only because, well, it’s in the cloud (someone else’s, that is), but for the simple reason contacts on my phone and on my laptops were out of sync. At times I even had to type in email addresses by hand, like some savage! Continue reading A hidden facet of unclouding.
Now that I finally (yay!) exported my calendars from Google Calendar, imported them to Nextcloud and fully made the switch to Nextcloud calendar…
Okay a little side track here. My typical use of Gmail and the Google Calendar lately has been opening them to search for something in the past — times before going to Nextcloud. So clearly, the way to fully uncloud myself is to actually migrate my old stuff to the new systems. In this context, calendar is the easy thing. Email will take longer because of the size. Side track over.