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.


    Symphonies is a series of products that experiment with the concepts from my research on the future of the OS in real-world use cases.

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    Symphonies Planner

    Digital planner

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    Symphonies Thinker

    Tool for thought (in research)

    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

    Thinking in Progress

    Short snippets that reflect my current thinking on various topics which I cite often in my articles and other works.

    On creation: Quantity is the journey to quality · The dots connect later · The merit of ideas and ideation

    On software: Build and rebuild · Pioneering users · Gather a community · Form is function

    The Weekly

    Updates posted weekly on Saturday or Sunday. To receive these updates by email, sign up at the top of the page.

    June 26, 2021

    Why is our thinking on computers so restrained?

    June 6, 2021

    Everything I’ve learned about my OS so far

    See the archives