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    October 12, 2021

    Web browsing in the OS of the future

    October 3, 2021

    How can the OS of the future be a better companion in our day?

    September 26, 2021

    Dates in the OS of the future

    September 19, 2021

    Why does personal computing matter?

    September 12, 2021

    Bringing these concepts to life

    September 5, 2021

    How can the OS of the future tailor itself to you?

    August 28, 2021

    Constructing the OS of the future

    August 21, 2021

    Let’s explore The Graph OS

    August 14, 2021

    Charting a new course for my products

    August 7, 2021

    The need for art

    July 31, 2021

    As a kid, I found two things that were pure magic to me

    June 26, 2021

    Why is our thinking on computers so restrained?

    June 6, 2021

    Everything I’ve learned about my OS so far

    May 2, 2021

    How will we organize our things in the OS of the future?

    April 10, 2021

    General purpose personal computing software?

    April 6, 2021

    What if users could build their own OS? Part 2

    March 20, 2021

    What if users could build their own OS?

    February 27, 2021

    Email & Slack & SMS, Oh My!

    February 22, 2021

    Beyond the GUI

    February 17, 2021

    No more compromises

    February 6, 2021

    How the OS of the future might really help us out

    January 31, 2021

    Navigation in the OS of the future

    January 24, 2021

    The Inverted OS, Part 2

    January 16, 2021

    The Inverted OS

    January 10, 2021

    What if you could build apps in minutes?

    January 2, 2021

    Let’s start at the beginning

    December 26, 2020

    The future of the operating system

    September 19, 2021

    Why does personal computing matter?

    Last week, I demoed one of the concepts in my Lab Notes working within Obsidian, the notes graph app. If you missed it, you can see the demo video here.

    I’ve now open sourced the plugin, and will work on polishing it up before submitting it into Obsidian’s Community Plugins directory. If you want to test it out, head to GitHub and follow the instructions for testing.

    To acquaint the new subscribers joining us this week:

    I’m exploring the future of personal computing by way of conceptualizing, designing, and building pieces of a futuristic operating system.

    You can see these concepts, designs, and prototypes in my lab notes so far:

    Read the Lab Notes »

    Why the operating system? Why personal computing?

    Personal computing is one of the most important things humanity has ever built, and it’s on every desktop and in every pocket. It’s surprisingly ubiquitous: right around half the global population has a smartphone, which is a personal computing device; people who don’t have electricity have smartphones, people who don’t have homes have smartphones.

    It’s the foundation on which we conduct much of our lives today: it’s where we do much of our life’s work, it’s where we capture and develop our thinking, it’s the medium through which we connect with our loved ones and peers, it’s often where we learn new things, and it’s our connection to the internet and world at large.

    Personal computing, along with the operating systems that foster it, is one of the most important things we’ve ever made, and it helps people in nearly every cross-section of the global population.

    How will pioneering and trustworthy personal computing be made available to the world’s population in 50 years? In 100? What should it look like? Who should be charged with directing its future, and how?

    It’s up to us, as a collective industry, to make sure we build on the rich legacy handed to us by continuing to build towards the future that the next generations deserve from ours. For me, that means constructing the concepts for personal computing’s next phase of life that continue to push it radically forward, and ensure that it does not become an adversary to the people who use it.

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