Google Calendar: Google wants to be predictive? Well, this change can help them…

Dear Reader,

It has been quite a while since I wrote something very very stupid on my blog.
But after my previous blogpost (about the bug in Google translate) I saw it really works (because they solved the bug) when writing articles.
(Honestly, I never got confirmed they solved the bug due to the article I wrote 😉 )

This being said, in this post I’ll talk about a missing change for Google in their Google Calendar App.

As we all know Google wants to be very predictive. But in my opinion they could improve their Calendar App with the following changes.

What we have today…

Today, when we create a new event in the calendar:

  1. You first have to create a subject/title.
  2. Second, you need to determine a location.

The following printscreen will illustrate it.


Google Calendar Today

This is how Google Calendar looks today.


What should we have tomorrow…

to become more predictive:

  1. First determine a subject/title of the event.
  2. Second, choose the guest you’d like to invite.
  3. Next, you’ll be able to choose a location depending the guests you’re inviting. (But you should still be able to choose another location than one predefined in the list.)
Google Calendar Predictive Future

This is how Google needs to become for better predictability.

But what’s the difference?

Well, in Google Contacts you can create different addresses for each contact you have. By default you can choose a “Work” and a “Home” location. But you can also create custom locations like I did (in the following printscreen).

Google Contacts Example

A Google Contact with multiple addresses.

An example

I would like to Invite the Google Head of UX Research Jhilmil Jain of a meeting.

You provide a subject like “Meeting Google Calender UX” and as guest I provide the name “Jhilmil Jain” (Who’s already in my Google Contacts).
Now Google can propose 6 different locations that may be relevant because they already knows my addresses and those from Jain:

  1. My Home Address
  2. My Work Address
  3. Jain’s Work Address
  4. Jain’s Home Address
  5. Jain’s Meeting Place
  6. Current location (via GPS)
  7. A last option should be: “Choose other”

See Example:

Google Predicts the location

Predicts the meeting/event location depending the guest you’re inviting…

Isn’t that genius from Google?

See you later,
Oele Geirnaert

PS: Do you know what they tell about history?

New Windows Azure portal…

Dear All,

Today I was extending my Electronic Invoicing project for Volvo and for my logging I would like to use a MS SQL Server, but currently I’m waiting till our new App Server is configured by our Swedish colleagues. But as you all know, i don’t like to wait. Thus, I decided to make use of a MS Azure DB to continue my development process. When creating the new Database I saw something strange… It seems there is a new portal available when going to your personal menu.

  1. When you click on your personal menu button, you’ll see a new menu coming up.
  2. The last item in the list shows you a link to your new portal “Switch to new portal”.
    New portal button
  3. When you’ve clicked on it, you’ll be redirected to your new portal.
    New Windows Azure portal image

Honestly, this menu seems to be more attractive and user friendly. It provides also a good overview of the current status of the different services.

Overview status of different services

Looking back to the previous image, there is only one button to create a new service “New”.


So all the services you can have on Windows Azure are behind that button.


After some research, it seems this management portal is already available since April 3, 2014. More information can be found in this MSDN blog from Microsoft.

Keep clouding!

Bug in Google Translate…

Dear All, (Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 4 seconds. Contains 214 words)

As I’m a little freak (A.K.A. perfectionist), I would like to inform Google that there is a little bug in their Translate Web-App. The main problem is, I don’t know how to reach them. That’s the reason why I’m publishing this post.
(Google, if you’re reading my post I would like you to refer to my other post about a missing feature in Android too!)

But I know, all of you want to see this bug. Isn’t it?
Keep in mind, I’m using Google in English and I did not the test in any other language!
In the meanwhile, a friend confirmed. Using Google in Dutch gives the same result…

To simulate the problem, you need to follow this steps:

  1. Navigate to:
  2. On the right, you’ll find a little white star in a black box “Show Phrasebook”. Click on it…

    Phrasebook Button

    Where to find the bug?

  3. If you’ve clicked on it, a new column will appear on your screen.
  4. Congratulations, the bug is now showing up!
    The blue button on the right corner doesn’t have any text (yet).
    I suppose it should be labeled with “Go”, “Search” or “Find”.


    Google is missing text on a button. I suppose it should be “Search” or “Go”…

In my opinion the button is more charming when wearing text…

Solution!Should I be the first person who saw this? If this is the case, Astrid Bryan would say: “Oooh, it’s sooooo amazing!”

Cogito ergo sum,

(Calculate your estimated reading time with

This is a feature I really miss in the Google Android Calendar…


As an intensive Android user (business only), I’m missing one very important notification type as reminder on my Nexus 5.
Currently in Android 4.4 (KitKat) we only have two types of reminders:

  1. Notification
  2. E-Mail


In my opinion, we are missing one very important type. An “Alarm” type.
This type of notification will always ring, even if the phone is in silent-mode!
Furthermore, this type will also keep ringing till the user explicitly deactivate the notification.

Alarm type is missing!

There is a difference between a notification and an Alarm!!!

If this feature ever will be implemented, i would be a happy* man and never miss any important meeting!

See you next time,

(*I am already happy, but more happy 😉 )

Wikipedia: Free knowledge for everyone…

Hello everyone,

Today I was searching some information about web development on Wikipedia. When the website came up, I received a message asking to support the foundation. And honestly, I was never hesitating to help the community with a little donation. By the way, once you start reading articles, it’s realy hard to stop clicking (and reading) related topics.

Thank YOU Wikipedia, to provide us tons of information!

Dear Oele,

You are so fantastic. THANK YOU for supporting the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that runs Wikipedia and its sister projects.

Your donation covers not only your own costs of using Wikipedia, but also the costs of other Wikipedia readers.

Like the retired farmer in upstate New York who’s using Wikipedia to study the science of sludge, and the student in Kuala Lumpur who’s researching organic chemistry. The British mechanic who, after he broke his back in an accident, used Wikipedia to retrain himself as a web developer. The civil servant in Finland who set up an offline version of Wikipedia for a small school in Ghana. And the father in Mexico City who takes his little daughters to the museum on weekends, and uses Wikipedia to help them understand everything they’re seeing there.

Wikipedia’s job is to bring the sum total of all human knowledge to everyone around the world in their own language. That’s a pretty audacious mission, but with 30 million articles and 287 languages, I’d say that thanks to you and people like you, we are getting there.

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, and the half-a-billion other Wikipedia readers around the world: thank you. The fact that you are helping to pay the costs of running Wikipedia means it can stay ad-free and independent of bias, focused solely on helping its readers. Exactly as it should be.

You may have noticed that for the first time this year we’ve tweaked our fundraising so that most people will only see the banners a handful of times, instead of for weeks. That’s deliberate: we don’t want people to get irritated by too many appeals. But it does mean that fewer people will figure out we’re a non-profit, and that we want their help. So if you’re willing, I’d appreciate if you’d help spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to a few of your friends.

And I’d love if you’d try joining us in helping to write Wikipedia. Wikipedia’s written entirely by volunteers — tens of thousands of ordinary people around the world, exactly like us. If you see a typo or a small mistake on Wikipedia, please fix it. If you know anything worth adding, please add it. Some people find it remarkably satisfying, and maybe you will too.

Thank you again. I very much appreciate your trust in us, and I promise you: we will use your money carefully and well.


Sue Gardner
Executive Director,
Wikimedia Foundation


Google denkt gratis aan jouw veiligheid in het verkeer!

Hey beste lezer,

Daarnet moest ik een opzoeking doen op Google Maps…
Ik moest prompt beginnen lachen wanneer ik volgend berichtje las:

Deze aanwijzingen zijn alleen bedoeld om uw reis te plannen. De omstandigheden op de weg kunnen als gevolg van wegwerkzaamheden, verkeersdrukte, het weer of andere situaties afwijken van het resultaat op de kaart. Houd daar bij het plannen van uw reis rekening mee. En niet rechts inhalen of bumperkleven!


Google denkt dus écht wel aan onze veiligheid!
En, waarom plaats ik “Gratis” in mijn titel van mijn post? Gewoon om meer lezers te trekken…

Geniet van jullie weekend!