Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/11/05/i_had_a_spreadsheet/

I had a ‘spreadsheet for the mind’, but forgot where I left it…

Lotus eaters

By Andrew Orlowski

Posted in Letters, 5th November 2002 09:20 GMT

Letters Mitch Kapor's resurrection of Lotus Agenda - for his new open source PIM Chandler - prompted some interesting links.

One reader recommends ZOE - which looks very interesting indeed. You can find ZOE
here. "All I will say is that it one of those tools that when you start using it, you wonder how you ever managed without it," says our reader, who prefers to remain nameless but who we know as a good and sceptical fellow.

Any more reader reports?

Joel Crisp suggests Mitch Kapor is trying to reinvent Hyperbole for EMACS.

While John Faughnan writes:

Another app that belongs the Agenda/ECCO pantheon was Arrange/WebArrange (Mac). These are all semantic network applications at base, some more OO than others.

I have a copy of Arrange on an old PowerBook. IT was basically an OO database. [Google groups reference - http://www.macworld.com/1994/12/reviews/301.html" target="_blank">MacWorld review]

There is little new under the sun in software! I hope Kapor succeeds. Open file formats are fundamental to PIMs, the cost of "data lock" is way too high.

Finally thanks (and hello) to Yoz Grahame for pointing out that here you can download a ready-to-roll version of the venerable DOS program. When Lotus made the code available, it was in the form of 720kb floppy disk images, which made installation tedious. Thanks to the link, I'm running it on my iBook now, via Virtual PC - and marveling at how fast Lotus 1-2-3 menus are. What a terrific user interface - does anyone think this could yet replace the GUI? [No - ed.

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