Continuing the tradition common to all blogs, here is a first post. In it I’m supposed to articulate my goals and desires, all that can be and will be through the molding of bits and bytes, letters, and words…
First posts are tough, you need a goal, a direction, a manifest. Some projects are launched with clear goals, others are launched with somewhat fuzzy goals. Some are launched with a direction and the goal becomes obvious over time. This will be the latter.
I have always operated under the following principal when embarking on new projects or when solving new problems. The solution will present itself in time. First we wade into the problem, explore it, play with it, learn about it, and given enough time and energy the solution will eventually become apparent. I’ve spent a few months considering what the goal of this blog should be, and I can only come to the following conclusion. The goal will present itself when it’s ready.
So, we have no goal, but we need a direction. Otherwise we will have no way to know whether we are getting closer to or further away from our destination. Luckily the direction seems much more obvious to me. My goal in starting this blog is to explore how to make technology better. As I type this, my phone is spinning off into lala land, burning up my thigh and it’s battery in the process. I have no idea how to fix it. The email I just tried to send on my iPad crashed the app, twice. I have no idea how to fix it. I can’t connect to the wireless internet service I purchased on the Washington State Ferry. I have no idea why.
I’ve grown up with technology, wrote my first program when I was 8. Son of a programmer. I have no idea how to fix these problems with my technology, and I think most people are in the same boat as me. We have technology that works… kind of… enough to make it worth the money, but rarely is that technology delightful. So here we are, at the intersection between people and technology, trying to understand how to make them work together.
This is the problem that consumes me. I’d like to solve it… one app at a time.