Chandler, Mutt’s best friend.

I started using Chandler this week. So far I like it. Chandler is mostly a PIM (personal information manager) and a calendaring tool and TODO list manager and a way of working.

I’ve stopped using Mozilla Sunbird and migrated all my calendar data to Chandler. My mobile phone syncing still works. I run Chandler on my Mac laptop and Debian desktop. Syncing and roaming works nicely.

I’ve also been sharing one of my calendar collections with an arbitrary user on the Frogfoot LAN.

I like the underlying design philosophy of Chandler. It seems to be based on GTD. It’s like a central point for work-flow management for the knowledge worker. It gets around the “open loops in the mind problem” created when you know you need to do something but you’re not sure where to put it to remind you.

Chandler uses open standards and open protocols to interact with other users and other services. It comes with a (CalDav) calendering and syncing server. I really like the idea that it does not try to be an email client but it is email aware. Chandler shares IMAP folders with your MUA. No-way I would stop using Mutt (-:

I’ve also started using Chandler for TODO list management grouped into collections on a per company basis. The TODO list has a simple Now, Later and Done flag which seems to come from the GTD thinking.

What’s with the dog? I’m guessing it’s because the developers work in a dog-friendly building.


543 is the first fully “green” office building in San Francisco. It is also a dog friendly building with a dog run on the roof and dog friendly lease terms. Visitors may be greeted by dogs at the elevator. If you are nervous around dogs please let your contact know in advance.

Now all I have to do is read the book about GTD.

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