ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Google Calendar's SMS feature for B-Mobile subscribers

If you're using Google Calendar - the free online calendar that comes with a Google account - you can receive SMS event alerts to your B-Mobile phone. And it's 100% free.

Here's what to do:

  1. Let Google know what your number is by registering your mobile phone.
  2. Customize your settings to receive event reminders via SMS.
The reminders are quite flexible. You can request Google to send you an SMS (or an email, by the way) any number of minutes, hours, days or weeks before the event. The default reminders apply to all newly created events, unless you change the reminders for a specific event.

So, from now on, there are no more excuses for being late to those boring meetings! This nifty feature is also helpful for "remembering" important birthdays or anniversaries. And your phone can also double as an alarm clock: Create a repeating daily event with your wake-up time, and then set an SMS alert for 1 minute before that. You'll get a daily SMS just in time for your morning tea. But then again, most phones already have an alarm clock...

Note: Google Calendar SMS reminders only works with B-Mobile phones. Alas, TashiCell subscribers are not supported. 

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