I’ve been hearing about the Chandler project for years. It’s one of the things that Mitch Kapor funded through the Open Source Applications Foundation. Some people thought it might be an Outlook killer. My friend Ted Leung worked on it and I’ve always wanted to check it out.
A few days ago I got my chance when I was invited over to meet Mimi Yin, project designer, and Katie Capps Parlante, general manager to get a look. They explained to me that Chandler is aimed at small groups who want to work together in a way that email doesn’t afford.
This interview and demo combo is pretty long, but we need that length to get into some depth about this project.
What do you think?
UPDATE: Ted Leung, who works on the project, added a lot more detail onto his blog and reponded to some things he saw on the interview.
Hey, Gary Price, can you slow down and let the rest of us catch up? You keep coming up with the coolest stuff. What’s he up to now? He has a great review of real-time flight trackers. You know, if you wanna know whether aunt Mary’s plane is on time, you just enter her flight number and these things will show you where her plane is in the sky, among other things.
Microsoft’s fontblog’s Kevin Larsen is reporting on a Clemson University study that shows that Cleartype makes words easier to discern. I know this pretty intimately. I can’t use a computer that doesn’t have Cleartype anymore. I saw a lady yesterday using Windows 2000 on the plane and I just couldn’t believe how bad the type looked on it.
Jeremy Hague of Skylook (which lets you record Skype calls inside Outlook) has been sending me WaxMail’s. What’s that? It lets you send voice from right inside Outlook. So, if you are tired of typing you can send a voice message. It’s an MP3 generator, basically. Hmmm, I wonder if I could use this to record a podcast? I’d love to be able to record a WaxMail, and then email that to a podcast service and have it put up.
Ahh, the New York Times is covering Life Hacking. You know, how to wring every bit of productivity out of your life. This is a topic that interests me greatly. I was one of the attendees in that Danny O’Brien talk that’s covered here. I don’t always follow David Allen’s program, but I’m very close to being back on it.
I have only five emails unanswered in my inbox now. A week ago it was more than 500. How did I dig out? ClearContext. How did that help? By putting things in a priority system. That helped me get a handle on the job ahead and gave me almost a game to play. “Can I get to the next level?”
Another thing that helped me get going? Having a wifeless week. I just stayed up until 4 a.m. a few nights this week until I powered through my email stack. Another way? Have a reward waiting for you. Today’s Toyota 400 race was my reward for getting caught up. And I wanted to be caught up so I could enjoy this weekend without the nagging thought that I had so many emails I hadn’t caught up with yet.
How do you get more productive?