1 year ago for day 39, 2021 with 332 words.

The personal computer 2.0

scrap notes on ideas around the personal computer:

Not driven on apps but on intent, moving to completion rather then productivity. Almost everything that has a physical place in this world also has a digital equivalent. Early on we called this skeumorpishm. That macOS and the desktop interface have not changed that much in the last 50 years. When the first computers appeared in 1973 the primary goal of the interface was to make people familiar with their online space. The desktop was originally designed to mirror digital content with its physical equivalent.

The way we store all this data is mostly scattered across companies with a profit motive.

Apps are the way to divide all that information. How we make sense of the world is through apps. Apple pioneered the personal computer. It’s only now that I realize how logical the apps are. They gave everything a world in the digital stratosphere.

Apple has:

  • Contacts
  • Notes
  • Podcasts
  • Health
  • Photos
  • Etc.

And while it does an okay job of providing everyone with a digital equivalent is does a poor job in bringing all that data together in coherent interfaces.

What we must create, are new systems that bring/make the data more coherent.

Example: Why can I not see one coherent log of what I read, write, pictures?

We need a personal computer 2.0

Why is that? Our communities, co-workers, and lives are spread between different services—and the work of combining them is left to the user. It’s completely up to you to remember all your passwords, who sent what message where, what files are on which platform, and so on.

As a user we need to be extremely careful about where we store what. If we decide to store something in the same place. Or better to say, store with the same company. There is some advantage. But you lose that advantage at the same time because companies ‘know’ about us.

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