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Thoughts and contributions

The multi-function Quick Entry Field (2008-12-04)

  • more like a search field than a notes entry area

Summary first impressions of Chandler Desktop 1.0.2 (2008-12-19)

Icons are meaningful, but only after their meaning has been learnt.

For my purposes, which will include — for multiple users — migration of data from multiple services/applications, and inductions:

  • the learning curve must be as close as possible to zero
  • icons increase the curve a little
  • mixed understandings of e-mail in the current version Chandler Desktop increase the curve too steeply.

Considering the curve, I prefer a naturally constrained (simplified) introduction of users: to Chandler Hub.

A decision, and planning for workgroups (2008-12-19)

I planned for contributions to Chandler Project to occur during the weeks ahead, whilst guiding my work colleagues through migrations:

  • from SchoolTool + iCal (iCalendar publish and subscribe), Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Entourage 2004 and 2008, Outlook, Outlook Web Access Basic etc.
  • to Chandler Hub.

Christmas Day screen shots (2008-12-25)

  • a mysterious Google Mail tasks calendar, reportedly associated with To Do's you created in Mail
  • a combined use of iCal + Chandler Hub + Google Calendar that leads to loss of data; Google Calendar doesn't support storing of "To Do" (VTODO) components.

This calendar is associated with To Do's you created in Mail (2009-01-02)

  • January, August, November and December 2008 references to a mysterious calendar.

Notes, tasks, to do items, CalDAV?: a widget, Chandler Hub and Google Calendar (2009-01-04)

  • follow-up to announcements to chandler-users and in the Google Calendar Help area.

Start-up Options for Chandler (2009-01-06)

Troubleshooting duplicate appearance of events, notes, tasks and to do items (2009-01-08)

  • discovering duplicate CalDAV accounts in the Preferences window of Apple iCal
  • considering all clients of the Sync Engine in Apple Sync Services
  • not forgetting Apple and third party conduits for mobile phones and other devices
  • not forgetting Apple iSync.

A calendar is not a dashboard (2009-01-09)

  • reaching for a calendar view of Dashboard in Chandler Desktop
  • fluffy collective quick entry calendar
  • what's done, is done.

Backup, restore and optimisation routines in Chandler Desktop (2009-01-10)

  • backup and recovery, export and import, performance optimisation, backup optimisation
  • routine at application quit time
  • routine at application launch time
  • periodic routines
  • on-demand routines, whilst the application is running
  • excluding from Time Machine the files that do not lend themselves to this type of backup
  • disaster recovery: selecting from a Time Machine volume the files that are of greatest value
  • focused on Chandler Desktop 1.0.2 and Apple Mac OS X 10.5.6
  • with a little variation, the reassurance and guidelines should be equally applicable to users of other operating systems.

Message threading and subject lines — NNTP, e-mail client and archive views (2009-01-11)

  • some e-mail clients may have difficulty with subject lines.

Review of accel key combinations (2009-01-24)

  • also known as keyboard shortcuts
  • Chandler Desktop 1.0.2 use of alt keys for time travel conflicts badly with Mac OS X use of alt keys for cursor movement.

Typefaces, font sizes and antialiasing in Chandler Desktop 1.0.2 on Mac OS X 10.5.6 with Unsanity Silk (2009-01-28)

  • complementary to Bug 9664 — White text on event lozenges looks washed out.

Performance (2009-02-22)

  • Chandler Desktop 1.0.3 RC1
  • Mac OS X 10.5.6 Mac Mini, 1.42 GHz G4 PowerPC, 1 GB RAM, 4,200 RPM ST9808210A with 42% of 74.41 GB free
  • Mac OS X 10.5.6 MacBook Pro, 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 7,200 RPM ST910021AS with 2% of 92.84 GB free
  • Chandler profile (repository, backup.chex, logs etc.) on USB 2.0 Hi-Speed flash drive with 82% of 1.85 GB free

Background and history

Long ago: my colleagues and I gained a basic education in use of one version of Microsoft Project. Gantt charts look appealing (satisfying the eye and the mind's eye without necessarily assisting management). We enjoyed the vision of a Centre-wide project management umbrella within which groups could flourish, whilst individuals keyed required data into the complex Project software, but ultimately: only one or two champions used the software. Guess what? People manage projects just fine without project management software. In any case, the insurmountable obstacle was that Project data from one group of users was useless to another group; Microsoft did not make possible the required compatibility between the different versions of Project that were suggested/required by computers and/or institutional policies.

Our situation in a collaborative multi-institutional environment greatly reduced my tolerance of endless incompatibilities between systems and applications. Standards and future-proofing became close to paramount.

Whilst SchoolTool has served us well for the past three years, CalDAV was always explicitly on our roadmap (CalDAV at screens 44—47 of the December 2005 presentation; Chandler at screen 44).

Well established since that time: we have a Centre-wide understanding that all individuals should make selected calendar information available to each other. At least, everyone's whereabouts should be known to residents of CENTRIM admin den.

In 2006, amongst a round of introductions invited/offered by subscribers to the Calendaring and Scheduling Admin Discussion list at CalConnect, I summarised the the diversity of approaches that were encouraged and/or observed across the institutions collaborating within Freeman Centre. Some mashes are fine. Other mashes are from potatoes peeled with metal knives. But guess what? Our people manage their events just fine without calendar management software.

However: things should be more graceful! The recent milestones in support for CalDAV were enough for me to make decisions, with confidence.

On 2nd December 2008 I blogged, Group task management and calendaring becomes easier. Think: CalDAV!.

On 19th December 2008, I announced to CENTRIM my decision to move calendar and other data to Chandler Hub.

As we move to Chandler Hub: it's my expectation that:

  • SchoolTool .ics publications, Apple iCal calendar events and a few To Do Items will migrate neatly
  • triage and other well-considered aspects of Chandler Project will be of greater, simpler, more practical use to CENTRIM than project management software
  • interoperability, synchronisation and workflow aspects of Chandler will improve over time, and Chandler Desktop will become not only usable but desirable.

Move along please. Mind the gap … mind the gap … -- GrahamPerrin - 21 Dec 2008

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