April 25, 2003
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference

I thought things went off quite well for us at ETEC.

We had 100+ people at the main presentation yesterday. The demo went off without a hitch and Andy waxed very eloquently about Chandler. Thanks specially to Pieter and Ducky for their support. The energy in the room was good and there were many more questions than time permitted.

People seemed to really get the "Chandler as platform" meme, understood there could be enormous impact, and were very supportive. At least a few developers are planning to fiddle with writing parcels.

I met with one former senior executive at a big software firm with a credible idea about a small-scale business around Chandler plug-ins.

Here's a write-up of the demo from Windley's Enterprise Computing Weblog.

Also, here's an entry from Chris Perillo's weblog on Chandler which I thought you'd like to see.

"I've been complaining about Outlook's shortcomings for a while now, but it's the only usable PIM (as far as I'm concerned) for the Windows platform. Jake switched to Entourage many moons ago, but I'm far from ready to migrate my entire digital lifestyle to OS X. Enter Chandler, a promising personal information manager from the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF). I downloaded the Win32 binary, ran the batch file, and in seconds, was staring at a very rudimentary client. Even at 0.1, it's impressive. Whoever's listening to me: you're on the right track. Please, don't stop until you're finished - and ask for feedback every step of the way."

Here's a directory, courtesy of Socialtext, of blogs about the conference.

Posted by mitch@osafoundation.org at April 25, 2003 08:39 AM

Um, unless I'm blind you didn't include the best coverage of the event, which Ducky posted on Friday. Ducky says:

"I've put up a VERY ROUGH transcript of what I think I heard Andy and Mitch say at the BOF and talk at the O'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference at


This is a merged transcript, combining elements from both the BOF and the more formal talk. Note that because it's a transcript, its language will be less formal and more ambiguous [than] your standard written document. In speech, timing, cadence, and emphasis give extra cues.

I have not cross-checked this with Mitch and Andy -- I wanted to get it out -- so there's undoubtedly a few words that I put in their mouths that aren't exactly the way they would have put it. Any miscommunications are undoubtedly mine."

Posted by: Kevin Altis at April 26, 2003 01:14 PM

Posted the link in a new entry I just made. Thanks for the reminder. It had slipped my mind.

Posted by: Mitch Kapor at April 27, 2003 11:42 AM

I just read an article about chandler on silliconvalley.com.

I didn't reallize your intentions where so noble. Nice to know not all rich people put profits before morals. And that the only good way for technical progress, is one where the rights of everybody are respected.

you are one of my heroes

Posted by: Frankie at April 29, 2003 05:32 AM