Hey there, I'm Alexander.

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

In my research, I explore interesting questions that seem to go ignored. My experiments often involve designing and developing many ideas — some of which I build into commercially available products, which further informs my research.

Below is a compendium of my research areas. 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 researching and building the operating system of the future for personal computing to bring it closer to the “bicycle for the mind” tool for advancing human thought and ability.

    Products

    Symphonies is the testbed for the ideas from my research on the future of the OS. These products have since spun out.

    Symphonies Planner Logo

    Symphonies Planner

    Digital planner

    Symphonies Thinker Logo

    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.

    Products

    These products have spun out of my research on email.

    Mail Pilot sails logo

    Mail Pilot

    Reimagined email client

    Throttle lightning bolt logo

    Throttle

    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.

    April 10, 2021

    General purpose personal computing software?

    April 6, 2021

    What if users could build their own OS? Part 2


    See the archives