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Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 22, 2008 / 21 Menachem-Av 5768

Is time on my side?

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There aren't too many things I'm looking for in life, but one of my continuing quests is organization. Sadly, I'm far from being organized in the way I'd like.


But I keep trying, and the recent release of version 1.0 of Chandler, "The Note-to-Self Organizer," is becoming part of my quest. I like the idea; the performance could benefit from some slight tweaking, in my opinion.


Chandler — and, yes, the name is described from the "Friends" character played by Matt LeBlanc — is intended to collect the scraps of daily life in one place: e-mail, calendar appointments, notes and so forth. File them in a personal information manager on the desktop and sync them to the Chandler "hub" online, free of charge at this point, and then view on other Web-enabled computers or sync to your home PC. The desktop client software is available for Windows, Mac and Linux users, at www.chandlerproject.org.


In concept this isn't a bad idea, as mentioned. In operation, though it'll take some getting used to for die-hard Microsoft Outlook fans. You can either view things from a calendar-centered workspace or one built around a list of events and items. In the list view, a third pane opens to show the contents of a given item, such as a shopping list; you can also edit it there.


Integrating e-mail has been a bit of a greater challenge. I've been trying with an IMAP (Internet Mail Application Protocol) implementation of my corporate e-mail and it hasn't worked so far. If it did, e-mails could be a part of that "list" view and, presumably, applied to dates present and future, where you drag a meeting invite to a specific day and create an event.


Did I mention that all of this, so far, is free? Chandler is the brainchild of Lotus Development founder Mitchell Kapor, whose Lotus 1-2-3 set the standard for spreadsheets way back when, and who made a pile of money in the process. Now, Mr. Kapor is turning his largesse to creating an open source information manager, and, again, it's not a bad idea. Here's something that's truly cross-platform, relatively elegant, and has room for expansion.


So why do I feel hinckey about it? Well, there are a bunch of reasons. One is no seeming way to move this all onto a smartphone, though I suppose there are ways to hack into it, such as syncing the Chandler Web-based "hub" to Apple's iCal and praying it comes through on an iPhone. As to what BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Palm users would do, other than fire up a tiny Web browser, I have no clue.


Another concern is the e-mail thing. The Chandler Web site says the program will only import new messages, and not ones already read. Ugh. Also, it'll only file and index those e-mails created with Chandler, another "ugh," in my opinion. It would be better to have the program import and index stuff from other mail applicaitons, and, for that matter, address book programs. If you intend to have something be a catch all, it would be good to have it, well, catch from everywhere possible.


But my final concern has less to do with Chandler and more to do with Microsoft. If your enterprise (or government agency) is an "Exchange shop," by which your e-mail and group calendaring are handled by Microsoft Exchange, good luck in getting the latter into Chandler. Apparently Microsoft likes to keep Exchange calendars to themselves, and will release same only via Outlook on the Web, and through client programs such as Microsoft Entourage and, of course, Outlook.


That's their privilege, but it locks information away from users. So, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, "tear down this wall"!

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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