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June 11th, 2007
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I've lately been using Google Calendar to keep track of plans. I don't have that many plans, and not everything goes on there (like last-minute stuff), but I generally try to put things on there that I know about, as it helps me remember them and not double book and whatnot. In the past I've been kind of bad about keeping track of things, but this seems to be working for me. What probably makes it most useful is that I use Google for my email, so all I have to do to get to the calendar is click a link at the top of the mail page.

So, the default behavior is to have the week start on Sunday, which is not so useful for me for looking at the coming week, since I like to know about my Saturday and Sunday plans, and having to go to the next week to see what's going on Sunday is not ideal. So just now I realized that there should be a way to change this, and indeed there is. You can have the week start on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, so I set it to Monday.

Of course, this makes me wonder why you can't arbitrarily set any day to start the week, since I assume that it's just as easy to program the week to start on Thursday, say, as Monday. I guess it's probably a UI thing. Pretty much everyone will want the week to start on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday (the only situation I can think of where someone might want the week to start on a different day is if they work a different schedule, with their weekend on a Wednesday/Thursday, for example). So if you give these people more choices, some might get confused, or at least start to worry that maybe they're doing something wrong by picking Monday as the start of the week. I'd be curious to hear other people's thoughts on this.

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From:rikchik
Date:June 11th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Google seems to have a policy of not providing more customization than most people need, in order to keep their products usable/not confusing.
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From:surrealestate
Date:June 11th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
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This prompted me to check my calender. iCal has a drop-down menu for that that contains all seven days.

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From:bubblebabble
Date:June 11th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm especially amused that one of the unix time functions (or maybe it was cal?) also allows you ambiguity as to which day the week starts on, in the ever-user-friendly command-line unix way.

That is, you can count your week as going from 0-6 (Sunday - Saturday) or 1-7 (Monday - Sunday), and either is correct use of the function. It just ends up interpreting two different values as both meaning Sunday.
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From:queue
Date:June 11th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
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So as long as you're counting mod 7, you should be able to pretty easily start with any day, right?
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