Google Calendar is the single best cloud service you're not using. It's been around for years, but I know plenty of people who still don't see the point of a calendar that lives on the Web.
Trust me: Once you start using it, especially for things like keeping tabs on family members' hectic schedules, you'll wonder how you got along without it.
And talk about convenient: You don't need to be sitting at your PC to do things like adding new events. All you need is your mobile phone and a few seconds to tap out a text message.
In other words, Google Calendar lets you add events via SMS. (Standard messaging rates apply, natch.) All you do is compose a plain-English message (see below), then send it to GVENT (48368).
Lunch with Bob at Crunchy's 12:30pm tomorrow.
Brendan Benson concert at Blind Pig 9pm June 3.
Send a text like that and presto, Google Calendar will create a new appointment with all the pertinent details.
Before you can take advantage of this slick feature, however, you have to configure GCal to work with your phone. Here's how:
1. Sign into your Google Calendar account and click Settings.
2. Click the Mobile Setup tab.
3. Enter your phone number, click Send Verification Code, and wait for a message to arrive on your phone. It should get there in just a few seconds.
4. Find the verification code within the message, then type it into the corresponding field and click Finish setup.
That's all there is to it. Now you can add stuff to your calendar just by texting the details to GVENT. Neat, huh?