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Lior Messer
08-12-2010, 09:13 PM

Ive been using DJO for a while, mostly for contacts and notes. I use Outlook calendars only to track birthdays and I want my phone to remind me of them. I was not synching the calendar previously because DJO 1.5 could not handle recurring events very well. Now, after using 1.6 for a couple of days, I found some interesting issues.

First of all, I'm using DJO 1.6.3, CLUSB 4006, Outlook 2007, Samsung Spica with Android 2.1. I dont synch with Androids native calendar app.

All birthdays were loaded in Outlook with the year 2009. I configured CLUSB to look back 800 days so that I could cover 2 full years (is there a smarter way to do it? If I load a birthday from, say, 1980, CLUSB would have to search back 30 years, is it so?).

Issue 1: After loading just a few birthdays in Outlook and synching, I open DJO calendar in List view and it does not draw the screen completely. DJO only draws the two first records on the screen (on Aug 11th and 12th), even though I had another birthday in the database, on September 17th. After I scroll down a few records, the screen draws normally.

Issue 2: Outlook shows three birthdays: Allan (5/oct), Lior (12/oct) and Barbara (12/Nov). All were loaded the same way in Outlook (and all have a 15 min alarm). However, even though Allan's shows as a single record in DJO, Lior's shows as two records, spanning two days (the correct date and the day after) and Barbara's also shows as two records spanning two days (the correct date and the day before). I could not find any pattern here to determine the exact nature of the error. My computer and my phone have the same date/time and timezone.

Issue 3: In DJO's List view, I scroll down until the end. The last record shown is Jose's birthday, on March 17th 2011. However, in Outlook there is another birthday (Eduardo's), by April 25th. If I switch DJO to Month, Week or Day view, Eduardo's birthday is there. But not in List view... I did a test: I changed Eduardo's birthday to April 15th and now it shows in List view. It shows not only Eduardo's but the following ones, on April 26th and 27th.

My conclusion is that, when events are spread apart too far (over a month), List view cant find the next event. After I populated Outlook with all my friends birthdays, List view works flawlessly.

Apart from these (minor) issues, DJO works perfectly!

Hope it helps.

Lior Messer
08-13-2010, 07:46 AM
Additionally: I took screenshots of all the issues above. However, I had a hard time posting them to the forum: the bottom part of all JPG's got cropped... I tried to resize them but did not work. I then tried to zip them but I could not open the ZIP file I posted (always returned an error message). So, I gave it up. If there is another way to send my screenshots (e-mail?), just let me know, they are available.


Lior Messer
08-13-2010, 11:30 AM
Some news: now that DJO 1.6 can edit recurring events, I tried to edit some birthdays listed in issue 2 above. What I found is that for those spanning two days, the event started at 23:00 on the first day and ended at 00:00 at the second day. So, I edited them this way:
I unchecked the "All Day" box. This showed me the 23:00 and 00:00 times above.
I then changed start time to 00:00.
I checked back the "All Day" box.
Finally, I corrected the "From" and "To" days, making them the same date.

So, the end result is that those events now appear as single day, all-day events. Just like it should have been. Synching back with Outlook did not change anything on either sides, so it looks good now.

Looks like the error is in the start day/time (end day/time looks ok).


08-13-2010, 04:18 PM
Lior - You are exactly right. Issues 1 and 3 are caused by having too much time between events. Issue 2 is caused by events whose creation time spans midnight. These will be fixed in our 1.6.4 release, which I anticipate will be available by the middle of next week.

Thanks for the detailed analysis.

Lior Messer
08-20-2010, 06:47 AM
Kudos to the DJO team. I just downloaded 1.6.4 and all my issues were solved. Working perfectly!!!

Thanks a lot!