Hey there, I’m Alexander.

I’m interested in how software can better serve people’s daily lives.

My experiments often involve designing and developing many ideas — some of which I build into publicly available products, which further informs my research.

Below is a compendium of my research areas, projects, and products. The best place to start is the article on how I approach my core work.

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    The future of the operating system

    In my current work, I am exploring new and newly refined ideas for how personal computing can expand what people are able to think and do.

    At the core of this research, I am creating a demo operating system of the future. I regularly publish Lab Notes that document my progress, experiments, and concepts.


    These projects experiment with the concepts from my research on the future of the OS in real-world use cases.

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    Plugin for Obsidian

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    Symphonies Planner

    Digital planner

    Reimagining email

    My career began with reimagining email and finding ways to build that vision on top of today’s existing email protocols.

    Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign in 2012, this work resulted in award-winning products that topped the charts and were frequently featured by Apple in the App Store.


    These products have come from of my research and experimentation in email.

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    Mail Pilot

    Reimagined email client

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    Email throttling service

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    Songs I’m Made Of

    A show I host in which songwriters tell their story in episodes woven together with both their own songs and the ones that inspire their work.

    The show explores the love of music and how creators make it. It’s about the musicianship of songwriters: why people are drawn to it as a medium, and how people do it — their process, their perspective, their inspirations, and their own favorite works.

    Songs I'm Made Of website