When I switched to a Mac, I couldn’t find any calendaring system I liked, so I moved over to Google Calendar (or, as the guys in my office call it, GooGooCow). Took a while to get used to, and I still don’t understand why they don’t mark full-day events as actually “busy” data, but that’s neither here nor there. One ridiculously useful feature they introduced a few months ago was the ability to get SMS reminders. Now my $49 Samsung phone is in synch with my calendar (and it does video, all for much less than $499).
The combo was great, as 10 minutes before any appointment I’d get a text message on my phone. All was good in the world.
Until about 3 weeks ago. When it started getting unreliable.
Now, I get some alerts long after events are over. I get others just as events begin. Some I don’t get at all.
Which means I have to go look for a new solution, because in the world of alerts/reminders, unreliability is about as bad a problem as anything I could imagine. It’s weird too, seeing as how it’s (1) a very easy technology, and (2) Google usually scales well. Very very annoying. I think the only worse solution would be hiring Britney Spears as my administrative assistant. Yes, I went there.