It's been one of those problems that is not quite enough of a pain in the rump-roast to actually spend any time researching except when truly presented with an epic amount of tasks on your to-do list. Everyone knows that once your personal list of shit to do gets stressfully huge, that's when you suddenly find an urgent need to solve that totally non-urgent but mildly irritating issues that have been plaguing you for years, which is how we justify to ourselves that it's now worth it. I have just fallen victim to this yet again, but on the positive side, I have found a somewhat acceptable solution.
I tried syncing various calendars for YEARS without success. Making things like Apple's iCal/Calendar sync with Entourage/Outlook sync with Exchange sync with Google, or any combination thereof has unfailingly resulted in absolute failure. Finally, I decided to give up on syncing... It's clearly just a problem that even the whizziest whizzes... Way whizzier than I... are not themselves whizzy enough to solve, even on their most whizzful day.
Given this total sync fail, yet a fairly universal need to have a calendar that I could access from any device, I went with Google Calendar... A nice, free web-app I can access from anything with a web browser, and it can send alerts via email and SMS. Good enough... But I don't really use my gmail address for communication, since I have a different address I've been using for years and years, and wish to remain consistent with all of my contacts. I thought Google could handle this. After all... They let me use that email address as my recovery address. They allow me to login with that email. However, if someone tries to invite me to an event on Google Calendar, when I click on a response, i get this lame error message:
But there is good news! I finally found the steps you need to go through in order to work around this issue. Yes, it took me years to finally put in the whopping 15 minutes of work to research a solution. Here it is, ladies and gents... Follow the steps here to allow yourself to accept calendar invites on your own behalf! The downside is that you can only use ONE alternate email address, so if you have several you want to use, I'm afraid you are SOL as far as I know. If you've found an answer to that one, I'd love to know how to do that too, so please do leave a comment!
In the meantime, happy calendaring!