These Lab Notes document my research in progress. My research area is in the future of personal computing.
Notes on time
Gestural view construction
Free and easy organizations and associations
The Messy Desktop
Live items & Contextual notifications
Swappable reference views
Experimenting with the item as the core primitive
Designing systems for computer literacy and evolvability
Personal Computing Network & Devices
Mutations & Item change logs
Services & Item Drives
Today & Daily summary
Cross-reference Navigation in Obsidian
Cross-references & References cloud
The Graph OS
Why is our thinking on computers so restrained?
References box & Topics
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
Composing application interfaces
The Lab Notes
These Lab Notes document the progress, experiments, and concepts in my research, which focuses on the future of personal computing. This work is primarily shaped by exploring the “operating system of the future,” and with those concepts, creating an experimental new environment for personal computing.
The most recent notes are listed on the left starting at the top. As a sort of table of contents, here is a living guide to diving in.
If you're reading for the first time, you can start with LN 002: Universal data portability and progress sequentially, or a good single one to start with is LN 014: The Graph OS. If you want to jump into the more recent stuff, start with LN 037: Gestural view construction.
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.
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 regularly. 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.
One long-form article has resulted from these Lab Notes so far:
The Potential Merits of an Itemized OS is an article that illustrates many of the concepts explored in the earlier Lab Notes, brought together into one cohesive concept.