The time is 6pm. Since lunchtime I’ve tried to reach my Google Calendar to schedule an important business meeting and an opthalmist appointment. This is what I see when I try:
It illustrates the dangers of cloud computing.
I’ve used Google Calendar with few hiccups since 2006 and even wrote about it for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age. It has a neat straightforward interface and, best of all, I can view items on my desktop, on my iPad or on my phone.
In the past I’ve synched Google Calendar with desktop applications, I stopped doing that a few years ago and haven’t seen much disruption.
This outage isn’t a show-stopper yet, but it could be disastrous if, say, I was on the road with a full slate of appointments.
At times like this I have to acknowledge my other half, who always prints important things like schedules on paper, may have a point.