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Here I am blogging again – having stopped many months ago. This was because:
The company is called “Interface” and that’s what I’ll be focusing on for the next – well it may be a decade or longer. Meanwhile I’ve stopped reading RSS feeds – and pretty much get all my “news” by what flows past me on Facebook. Don’t really troll Twitter that much. Even less time on G+.
We don’t even have a website yet – but coding of a mobile demo has commenced.
In this age of context why create static content at all?
Content needs to embrace dynamic authoring so that creators can express themselves in a fluid manner so that input from readers and contextual changes in the world and — wait for it — can change the ideas themselves!
Forceful argument or seductive underpinnings may influence you so much or so further piss you off — that you go ahead and SHOW US that chart your prepared last week (in researching this issue) or convince you to expose that scandalous rendering — which you were afraid to show prviously.
(This was written in reaction to Ben Werdmuller’s https://medium.com/indie-web/your-audience-isnt-your-social-network-ab25ccc1f33f )
Counselors. These are one of the kind of people who would utilize ThingFace to create custom Apps for their clients.
ThingFace Apps will feature authored “smarts” (that can run in the background ) and “foreground” interactive sequences and mobile interfaces, which would have media playback and record, points, leaderboards, cloud based Content publishing all built into the experience.
The tool is designed to work with IFTTT, SmartThings, Nest, HomeKit, Fitbit, Galaxy Gear and any other coolio wearable liveable Wink kind of platform thingie that’s gonna be important to work with moving forward. We want to be friends to all and deliver something nobody else is doing – authoring tools that non-programmers can utilize to do sophisticated kinds of media rich, highly interactive mobile based contextually aware on-line experiences.
We think of it as the Instagram of Authoring. The ThingFace authoring tool environment would be utilized by ThingFace authors to create customized, one-off Apps for their clients.
Each client could have their own instructional materials, interactive tools or interfaces, on-line media and on-demand relevant information – crafted exactly to their needs.
I can’t wait to get our tool into the hands of creative, media savvy, informative Counselors. Julie Albright clued me into this target demographic.
Big shoutout Thanks – to Julie!
Halt and Catch Fire looks like an incredible new show from AMC – which will replace Mad Men – as their “period piece.”
It appears that this new show will focus on the nascent PC industry – circa 1983 – which I happen to have lived through – oh those many years ago. In fact in 1982 – I was working with Tracey Kidder’s brother – when “The Soul of a New Machine” won him a Pulitzer. In those days IBM, DEC and Data General were slugging it out – and none of us had any clue as to what was gonna happen next.
All we knew was personal computers held great potential in both business and entertainment – and that prices were dropping and distribution was expanding. For those of you who don’t know – the Soul of a New Machine brought us into the team who created the Data General Eclipse – which was done in reaction to DEC’s VAX. Data General lost, and then DEC lost and then COMPAQ – the company that bought DEC lost – and now Dell – the company that kicked COMPAQ’s is – is losing.
Moore’s Law, Metcalfe’s Law and mobile have brought us to where we are today – but more importantly – the VCs, Wall St. and Internationalism has created our world of today. For every new bubble economy, a rush of startups, enthusiasm and greed teaches us another set of lessons learned about how humans adopt technology and the fear and loathing that surrounds this phenomena.
Since the Cave Man – technology has moved forward in an on-going rush of progress. Those who can adopt to utilizing and exploiting technology prosper – while the ‘Luddites’ fight to “keep us back.” What we’ve seen recently is how technology has directly influenced and disrupted the entertainment and “content” industry – in big ways.
Once it became clear that software was the new Rock & Roll, being Bill Gates was no longer was a geeky thing. Hollywood started to figure this out when movie goers turned motion pictures that combined technology with story telling and human passion (Blade Runner and Star Wars) into legends, while TV viewers turned commercial failures (Geeks and freaks and Space Cowboys) into cult classics.
All of a sudden a “technology influenced aesthetic” came into fashion.
Now we’re seeing the next generation of this new kind of “exploitation” – the Silicon Valley-docu-drama. Zuckerberg’s sister tried to a reality TV series (burp!) and HBO currently has a pathetic series called (literally) “Silicon Valley” – but I gotta say that I can’t WAIT to see Halt and Catch Fire!
I’m hoping it will capture the true insanity of that era, educate the youth that they’re repeating many of the same dam mistakes we made before – and run for many years. Cause I need something to replace Mad Men.
Now the only question is: “what mistakes will be made, and what insights will be told?”
Happy May Day to everyone. Whether its a May Pole or rioting in the streets – spring brings with it a re-vitalized sense of life.
Meanwhile here in Charlotte, NC – I’m working on a new company – which will……. [ooops now I'll have to kill you if I reveal the secrets....] Its about Fitness and Wearables….. If Amazon has a store – that makes it legitimate – right? And if ‘the Well’ creates a special section – then it’s REALLY legitmate!
Trust = Security + Reliability + Delight – Gabe Mac at his best
DoNotTouch.org – is another Gabe Mac project – straight outta Utrecht
I drove to Asheville, NC yesterday to attend the opening party of MoogFest – which is this AWESOME Festival based on “analong synths” – which (of course) are all digital nowadays. Met some old friends, met lots of balding, gray haired analog aynth nerds – just like myself!
Meanwhile doing weekly blog posts seems about right…..
The new public profile page by Twitter makes things come full-circle. This is EXACTLY what I assumed Twitter would do – day one. Only the had a few things to do first. Now 10 years later and they finally have what they should have had – day one.
The rise in value of “website creating sites” continues – Weebly - WordPress - Squarespace – Conduit - one has to wonder what’s up with Eightly - the first of the NEXT generation, IoT creation sites.
I find it fascinating to watch the Nike-Apple dance around Nike Fuel. Its as clear as day to me – that Apple will take over making thw HW and support Nike’s SW standard. DUH! Look at the fact that Nike just OPENED a SW office, while firing HW people. Makes sense to me.
- Oh goodey Facebook just bought a Fitness App – can you say “Fitness Bubble?”
Digital City related
I asked on Facebook how many people remember all of AT&T’s previous attempts at Video On-Demand services? This latest move to clone NetFlix – is just too much for us old timers. What goes around – comes around.
So here I am blogging in Charlotte, NC and we did a Seder last night – with some friends who came down from NYC.
I’ve been so pre-occupied with starting our new company – ThingFace – and moving down here – that I’m afraid I haven’t been blogging – too much. </excuse>
Red Hat has announced a marketplace, but they’re ignoring OpenStack. And there’s no mention of any source code – whatsoever.
25 companies who only hire virtual workers. This is the kind of company I want to build. Fuck overhead! Fuck commuting! I’ve been working like this since the beginning. It was only when the VCs came into my life – that I had to go “into the office.” Done with that!
Digital City updates:
Digital City celebrates 10 years growth – great success story coming out of teh Tees Valley in the Midlands of England
ThingFace related (I’ll tell yah about my new startup – l8r):
Way back when I realized that instead of isolating functions into singular websites or apps – that what a user REALLY wanted was a website or App that brought everything together. Sometimes these kind of interfaces were called “start pages” or “portals” – and this is where folks focused a LOT of attention and investment.
NetVibes was always a digital lifestyle aggregator (DLA) – starting off with just links, but branching into all aspects of one’s on-line life – and they’ve continued to evolve considerably since then. Tariq Krim – the founder of NetVibes – has gone onto doing something called JoliCloud - and that’s a digital lifestyle aggregator – as well.
The general notion of this kind of thinking has been referred to as “digital lifestyle aggregation.”
Along the way – the word “style” has got lost. Its now thought of as “digital life aggregators.”
So the purpose of this post is to connect my past term DLA – with the current day term – which I have NO links to – and have no current connection to. Simple because of the loss of “style.”
Oh well I guess I have my own style.
There are a whole BUNCH of these kind of “digital life aggregators” nowadays. They’re the modern day customizable “dashboard” – your OWN start page. Mobile phone are by design – a customizable “launch page” or whatever each platform calls it.
And I just thought I should propound the basic principles under which I’ve been pitching DLAs for over 12+ years now:
- a DLA must integrate as many services, content and social networks – coupled to some sort of tool/util capabilities – all in ONE interface (the dashboard.)
- this interface must aggregate all sorts of content, people and services – into one place
- and the whole thing is highly customizable – so when decides WHAT stuff to integrate, WHAT stuff to aggregate, have it appear in exactly the form, state and aesthetics – as THEY choose – and have it work across of their “digital devices”, places, contexts, activities and experiences.
Ideally – an open source platform will emerge – which every nation can utilize to deliver DLA “Citizen Dashboard” to each and every citizen of that sovereign nation.
And each and every constituency, affinity group, club, team, groups of fans or any clustering of human beings – can EACH have their own DLA social networks.
All of this software would work “together” – forming an international global distributed open meta-network.