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    November 18, 2021

    Notifications in the OS of the future

    October 28, 2021

    Actions and automations in the OS of the future

    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

    October 28, 2021

    Actions and automations in the OS of the future

    As I begin developing the concepts I’ve laid out in my Lab Notes so far into an environment anyone can use, some thinking needs to be ironed out around how the system works internally.

    That’s what we’re exploring in today’s lab note. It contains ideas that build on top of the system’s itemized fundamentals.

    Read it here:
    LN 018: Services, Actions, Automations, and Item Drives »


    Any of the prototypes you’ve seen within my Lab Notes so far are just that — prototypes. But what I’m working on now is an app that you can run on your existing computers and devices that serves as a personal computing environment implementing these concepts, letting you use them with your own data and use cases.

    The biggest question I have at the moment is: how do we measure success? It’s an experiment, but one without clear, objective outcomes. For example, if the goal is increased productivity, the measurement might be clear. But if the goal is expanded creativity, the measurement might be much less clear.


    Last week I launched Songs I’m Made Of, the half-discussion, half-music show that explores the craft, process, and inspirations of some incredible songwriters that I had the pleasure of interviewing.

    You can tune in now on Spotify. The first three episodes are up, and you can expect new episodes every Friday this fall.

    Check it out here:

    Songs I’m Made Of »


    As always, I hope you’re well.


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