Month: May 2009


I just switched over from Thunderbird to Evolution because of an issue with our IPSwitch mail at work.  One thing that I had to search for was how to integrate my Google Calendar account with Evolution.

I found a tool called GCALDaemon.  It runs as a service in the background and keeps Evolution calendars synced with Google Calendars.

The installation was pretty easy although I didn’t find a package in the repositories.  The How To gives the instructions for installing.  But, I didn’t find any tutorials for adding it as a service that automatically starts with the machine or with login.

Another How To describes the steps for configuring it for Evolution.  It also helped to looked at the How To for Rainlender.

GCALDaemon looked like it had some other cool features like: Integration with GMail Notifier, Integration with SendMail, and Remote Controlling Your Computer with MailTerm.


Ubuntu Forums: Syncing Evolution to Google Calendar, and devices — How?

Google Talk with Linux

I read this thread today regard Google’s Instant Message service, Google Talk.  I picked up a few tools that appear to allow you to use Google Talk natively in Linux.  I tried both on my Ubuntu 8.10 system, and appeared to work although I haven’t given them a thorough test.

First Option: IMO — an online service that allows you to connect from an online page.  It supports MSN, Yahoo, AIM / ICQ, Google Talk, MySpace, and Skype.

Second Option: Empathy — an instant message application.  I found it in the Respositories for Ubuntu and it installed with no problems.

Empathy on Wikipedia

The one thing I wish empathy would do is Skype.  I have to use Skype for work, and it would be nice to have one tool for both.

Android: How do I get 1.5?

I found this post on Engadget: T-Mobile is beginning to deliver the new version to phones.  To my knowledge, I haven’t gotten the update yet — my phone hasn’t asked me to update.

The new version was announced at April 27th at the Google Developer’s blog.  In digging around, one of the things that I noticed was that the system image delivered with the SDK includes a video camera application.  I finally found the release features here.

Here are some of the features that caught my eye:

  • Refinement of all core UI elements — looking better is always good in my book
  • Accelerometer-based application rotations — I have a couple of games that use the Accelerometer so I know it works.  It will be nice to have more applications that use it!
  • Faster Camera start-up and image capture — The camera is horribly slow to capture pictures
  • Video recording — This will be cool