Archived entries for future

The Apple miracle

Apple has created a new miracle, but very few have noticed it yet: After more than 20 years  finally someone got rid of the “Desktop metaphor” for good. Say hello to the “Book metaphor”.

To be totally honest, it was Microsoft who first came up with this idea, a long long time ago; but they where too early in the game, and the hardware wasn’t capable of doing what the software was trying to accomplish.

This is the opening chapter of a revolution that will change the whole “computer experience”.

There are yet some gaps between this conception of the new metaphor, and what people are expecting from such a device. As time goes by it’ll improve, and we’ll get more used to it, this is a two ways street after all.

Changing the way we’ve been using computers for so long is not going to be an easy feat, but as productivity goes up, and rejection down, we’ll be every day nearer to what Sci-fi writers have been envisioning for so long: Gorgeous looking PDA’s that can hold more information that we can produce in a lifetime with endless communication capabilities & allowing every human to have at it’s fingertips the whole knowledge since the beginning of times.

Enjoy the revolution, embrace it & talk people into it.

Google is wrong (futurology)

There has been much hype about “Google Chrome OS” the last few weeks, I’d like to state my opinion about it while is still fresh and clear.

It won’t work.

Ok, that was harsh, let me explain myself.

We all know, or think, that cloud computing is “the way of the future“, and that a lot of what’s today considered “desktop applications” will be inside the cloud in the near future. But we can also see that data storage & processing is every day cheaper and physically smaller.

So, if storage and processing is getting cheaper each day, why would anyone like to have all it’s photos, docs, and stuff, in Google’s cloud (or anyone’s else  for that matter) and not in it’s pocket?

What first comes to my mind is availability, but that’s not a great answer. I’ve been carrying a cell phone that can store much of my digital life for a while now, and, if the trend continues, in a couple years I’ll have a device capable of storing many times my life on a gadget the size of a wristwatch. So, if it’s always with me, and as my cell phone, it can always be online… why would I prefer “the Cloud”? I don’t see a clear answer.

Well, I do see one:  So they can mine my data, know what I do, and profit from it. Like GMail and its “ads”, but in a much larger scale. I’m not so sure people will fall for it.

Also there is another problem: An OS is not “a thing you use to surf the web, read your emails, listen to music and watch videos”. I think that’s a myth Microsoft has made all people believe to keep their dominance in the desktop arena. When I was younger I was involved in an open source OS called Syllable, and even if my participation was very small and sporadic, I really liked it and spent many hours using it, toying with it and hoping it’ll defeat Linux (I have to confess I’m a linux anti-fan). It had all the things I mentioned previously, but you have probably not even heard about it until today. That’s because when you start using an OS that is subpar in features or capabilities, you start missing those in a blink.

To finish this futurology session I’ll say that, the way I see it, the iPhone is much near of becoming “the future of desktop computing”, than Google and it’s Chrome OS are. At least for now. There is always time for improvement, and Googlers are not stupid by any means.

Notice: This article talks about future events, and it’s ideas and opinions might not correlate to reality in the long term.

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