Archive for January, 2009

Chandler Users discuss Things 1.0

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Things recently released their 1.0 and there’s been some interesting discussion about it vis-a-vis Chandler on the Users-List.

Some interesting analysis of relative pros and cons include:

– Things’ more native Mac OSX experience
– New ability to sync Things with Apple iCal
– Chandler’s ability to share and sync across multiple computers
– Always present notes pane (Chandler) versus separate pop-up (Things)
– Lack of printing in Chandler

Have you tried out Things? What has your experience been? What do you like about Things that you would like to see incorporated in Chandler?

Things and Chandler

Screenshot of Things was taken from the Culture Code website.

OSAF update

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

I have been fairly silent on the blog and mailing lists so I thought I would follow Eugene’s lead and post an update. My role over the past several months has been largely behind-the-scenes to tackle administrative and operational issues that support our transition to an all volunteer organization. Those activities are soon coming to a close and I look forward to resuming more outward participation in the project and engaging with our growing community. It has been great to see all the activity on the users list particularly from newcomers stepping up to help answer questions, log bugs and engage in discussions.

As Eugene mentioned, the new board met for the first time in mid-November. Also in attendance were the remaining OSAF staffers, Mimi, Grant and Jeffrey. Katie was also on hand to help provide some context for the new board. This meeting was an opportunity for all the new board members to get to know each other and meet in person. We also talked about where the project is today, the assets we have and what we might want to achieve in new year. For me, it was a forum for soliciting feedback on wide range of administrative issues that needed to be taken care of. Both Grant and Jeffrey provided an update on the architecture project and we agreed to let them continue to build out the data and interactions models and we would access our progress in early 2009. Last week Mimi posted our plan through the end of Feb 2009 on the dev list.

Our next board meeting is scheduled for February 6th, 2009. Our agenda hasn’t been finalized but will likely focus on the state of the architecture work and nailing down a plan for evangelizing the progress we have made so far. Both Grant and Jeffrey will be transitioning to volunteers at the end of February but will remain active members of our community, joining many former OSAF staffers.

I am still using Chandler on a daily basis to manage my kids lives. I blogged about this earlier in the year. Since then, my collections have expanded to include a number of other personal projects. I am very proud of what we accomplished in 2008 and am energized to help further build out our community in 2009.

News for the New Year

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Late last year, I had the distinct pleasure of joining the OSAF board. I had gotten to know Mimi, Katie, and several other OSAF staffers over the years and had watched the project evolve with some interest. Chandler had gone through a very public awkward period, but it had also gone through a less public maturation period. Chandler had become something that was very cool, something that I’ve been using every day for almost a year now. More importantly, I found the larger vision exciting and the unique development process compelling.

All that said, I had a bit of trepidation when Sheila and Mimi approached me about joining the OSAF board. OSAF was in the process of transitioning from an organization with paid staff to an unfunded steward of the Chandler code. The Chandler code was in the process of being rearchitected, something that was much needed, but wouldn’t be complete before the OSAF transition. I wasn’t sure what the future held for the project.

The more I talked to the Chandler team, the more those fears began to dissipate. Everyone in the community — developers, designers, and users alike — was excited about the project and its future. So were Andre Mueninghoff and Alex Russell, who ended up joining the board with me.

Last November, the new board spent two days together in San Francisco, where my enthusiasm reached a new high. Chandler has a ton of things going for it:

  • Chandler is unique in that it’s a task-oriented tool for managing your information
  • You can access Chandler anywhere, thanks to the lesser-known Chandler Server and its superior support of standards, such as CalDAV.
  • Chandler works with the iPhone. It plays nicely with Apple iCal, Google Calendar, and Evolution. And again, because of its support of open standards, the mashup possibilities are endless.
  • The Chandler community is active. New versions of the Server and Desktop were released last September and October. The user community is active, friendly, and growing.
  • The Desktop rearchitecture is going swimmingly, and it’s going to get Python developers excited, not to mention users who will benefit from its new design.
  • The people are great.

I can’t reiterate that last point enough. OSAF’s transition to an all-volunteer organization will soon be complete, thanks to thebehind-the-scenes effort of Sheila and Jared. The future of the project rests not only on the power of the ideas, but on the passion of the participants.

With this in mind, for those of you already participating, thank you! For those of you thinking about participating, please engage with us! Join our mailing lists or come on our IRC channel, and find out how you can help!

Happy New Year!