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Old Sep 15, 09, 3:07 pm   #1
 
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TripIt & Google Calendar - time zone issues

I sync TripIt calendar with my Google Calendar. The problem is that Google thinks the TripIt calendar is in GMT, while my actual timezone is Pacific (PST/PDT). This results in all TripIt events showing up 7 hours earlier than they should.

E.g., a flight leaving SFO at 11am shows up in Google at 4am.

I don't see any way to change the Google Calendar's specific timezone if it's an imported webcal such as TripIt, it's not an editable field.

I reported this to TripIt and they seem to be able to reproduce it, but then say it's a Google issue. They are probably right.

I reported it on Google Help Forum but no official response for several months.

Is anyone else experiencing this issue? I would think that these days TripIt and Google would be a common combination of tools, but I can't find anyone else discussing this problem anywhere. A fluke in my account? Am I mad?

Thanks for any help or suggestions!
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Old Sep 15, 09, 3:45 pm   #2
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What timezone is your Google calendar set to? My import from TripIt works just fine.
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Old Sep 15, 09, 3:53 pm   #3
 
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In Calendar Settings > General: GMT-8 (Pacific), as I want it.

In Calendar Settings > Calendars > My TripIt Cal: GMT and I cannot change it. This is the problem.

In Calendar Settings > Calendars > My regular/default Cal: GMT-8 (Pacific), as should be.
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I gave up using google calendar because it doesn't understand that people move from tz to tz when they travel. Works great if you're a coder locked in an office.
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Old Sep 16, 09, 11:33 am   #5
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In Calendar Settings > General: GMT-8 (Pacific), as I want it.

In Calendar Settings > Calendars > My TripIt Cal: GMT and I cannot change it. This is the problem.

In Calendar Settings > Calendars > My regular/default Cal: GMT-8 (Pacific), as should be.
Mine shows up in the correct time zone (Eastern) in Google. That is interesting.

In your TripIt account, go into Settings | Publishing Your Calendar Feed. Do you have the box checked for Automatically adjusting the time zone (second box on that page)?
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Old Sep 17, 09, 4:50 am   #6
 
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Time zones and calendar apps are always a nightmare, lose-lose for developers and users.

Many who travel just want to use an online calendar like an old fashioned diary - Put a meeting at 1pm in the diary, if you intend to meet someone at one, irrespective of where you will be, as the diary come with you and it's 1pm where you are. Your flight leaves CDG at 5pm - you don't care it's really 4pm in MAN.

Some people want and need to enter stuff in local times and are happy to have the calendar shift with them - but it does take some getting used to. I guess it's a little like getting to use the 24hr clock all the time. Initially, it can be hard to equate 14:00 with 2pm, but with practice, it becomes easier.

I now try to enter all my diary stuff in local to the event time - as my phone shifts my diary when I move time zones.

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