These Lab Notes document my research in progress. My current research area is on the future of personal computing.
General purpose personal computing software
User-created application and system views
User-created item views
Browsing contexts & recent paths
Universal reference containers
Universal data portability
Building apps in minutes, not months
Introduction to these Lab Notes
Published each week on Saturday or Sunday, these Lab Notes document the progress, experiments, and insights in my research on the future of personal computing.
As a sort of table of contents, here is a living guide to diving in:
These two articles help set the stage for these Lab Notes:
How I approach my core work is an article that discusses how I approach my core work as independent research, and the purpose of these Lab Notes in how they contribute to that work.
The future of the operating system is an article that introduces this research, discussing the importance of the questions being asked and specific aims for the research going forward.
It is the goal of these Lab Notes to explore how personal computing might be improved in order to expand human capacity to think, create, collaborate, and do. For more, read the introduction to this research, in The future of the operating system.
Much of what we explore will revolve around new and renewed ideas for the user environment of the operating system of the future. We will also explore how software is built, the business of software development, and a few other related topics.
These Lab Notes will be published each week on Saturday or Sunday. In general, they will be short, seeking to quickly but meaningfully illustrate a discrete topic, insight, or experiment that has come out of my research. I hope to as often as possible include demos, live or in video, that bring the topic to life on your screen.
Some of the Lab Notes will build on each other, and some will present new starting points for exploring possible answers to our key questions.
A primary goal of these Lab Notes is to open up meaningful discussion on the topic areas being covered. If you think of something interesting, or see how work relates to something else you found curious, please reach out.
For more, read the article on How I approach my core work, which concludes with a discussion on how these Lab Notes contribute to that work.In sum, I believe that there exists a better way forward for personal computing. I do not purport to have all the answers, but I am coming at this equipped with some intriguing starting points, and motivated by a lifelong obsession with what potential personal computing presents to the future of our society.