In the past the man has been first; in the future the system must be first.
This in no sense, however, implies that great men are not needed.
On the contrary, the first object of any good system must be that of developing first-class men; and under systematic management the best man rises to the top more certainly and more rapidly than ever before.
-Frederick Winslow Taylor
So my grassroots social networking campaign to win the Supernova Future of Work award is almost coming to an end as tomorrow is the last day of voting. I've been paying close attention to the traffic analytics since they are probably a good indication of the amount of votes I'm getting. I figure since analytics and the future of work go together like cornflakes and milk I'd share what I've been looking at.
- The concepts that we have put in to place at Industrial Mold related to the future of work being based around mobile information portals are fundamentally sound.
- You can always count on your friends.
- I actually got zero clicks from my ad campaign.
- LinkedIn jacked me for twenty cents.
- I should have gone the pay per click route. (which LinkedIn actually recommended)
|Today, imagine 10 years from now.|
Here is the link direct to vote: Constellation Voting Page
Here is some background about the nomination: Voting Profile
The UPS driver told me he couldn't see any use for it. He held up his iPhone and went on to talk of his laptop. I couldn't argue with him, if he couldn't see the use of it then it wasn't useful to him. I know plenty of people who don't think computers in general are useful. I asked him how many he was delivering, he replied that his entire truck was filled with iPads to be delivered. Usefulness it would seem, is relative to the user.
The "why use it" argument goes back to the devices introduction. Apple calls it a "middle" device, it's not portable computer like a laptop, nor is it a device you can pull from your pocket and use anywhere like a phone. True but middle device is a bad label. After using it for the last day it seems that it's more like an imperfect next generation computer. Let me lay out a few things I learned while confirming that the iPad is neither a phone or a laptop.
It is not a phone:
It's way to big to be a personal communication device. It's socially acceptable to pull out a phone size device and tool around on the Internet, but the iPad's size makes it obvious that you are ignoring the situation around you. An iPhone allows for casual surfing while waiting in line or generally disinterested in your surroundings but the iPad sticks out like a sore thumb.
It is not a laptop:
The iPad is not a laptop class machine mostly because it is not a computer the way we understand them today. A laptop is a computer, it's a crunched down version of that huge gray box humming next to our desk. It's size enables us to be mobile, free from our desks and offices so to speak. An iPad can't do everything a computer does but it is portable to an extent that has never existed in the computer world. Laptops are mobile but they are not portable. Laptops are big clunky beasts that need to be booted up, put to sleep, charged, plugged in, opened up; they are not portable by any stretch of the imagination. The iPad is portable, it travels with the convinance of a small book.
I started this blog entry on the iPad, but writing on it got old quick so I switched to my laptop. I have grown up on a keyboard and it still remains a fundamental piece of computing. Getting used to the keyboard on the iPad I think will be my biggest challenge. I would be interested to see what is like to use a hardware keyboard with an iPad.
The iPad operation system has effectively killed the mouse cursor. The keyboard is here to stay but the mouse, and it's touch-pad/JMouse/trackball counter parts are all dead. I say good riddance (and if Flash is reliant on a mouse cursor then I say good riddance to it as well). Touching the iPad screen it feels elegant, it's right out of Minority Report.
So what is the iPad?
To me it is a portal to the Internet, nothing more. At a certain point in my computing life accessing the Internet trumped all other uses of a computer. One thing the iPad can do, is access the Internet. I will take that first and wait for everything else to catch up.
Kevin Kelly compares the entirety of the Internet to a single entity, the only machine created by man that has never stopped working. I am a fan of "the Internet" and the iPad is the best tool for using Internet since "Hello World" so I am by default a fan of the iPad.
- My iPhone now seems like an iPad nano. It's seems really small now compared to three days ago.
- I can hold it to read and watch shows with little effort but typing of any length is notably uncomfortable, so far I use my thumbs while holding it up.
- Twitter + the iPad = Happiness
- It handles web browsing so well that no App is really needed for Facebook, you can just use the full site. (Except for one little detail, no local file system means that you need an app if you want to post pictures and stuff like that.)
- The battery is hardcore. Lasts all day under heavy use.
A very cool video of flight patterns.
A great look into how the Web is currently taking form.
This video was put together by an anthropologist. When I think of an anthropologist I think of some guy wearing a safari outfit watching a a local tribesman hunt a boar. Judging by all the anthropology gurus putting together these type of videos it would seem that the Internet is now the best way to study humankind.
In case you have never defragmented your hard drive before this simple tutorial will walk you through it.
Here is a nice 3 minute video which explains the BCC field in your email client.
RT @rrxrr: Marc Andreesen @singularityu, "We're going to live in a world where everyone has a supercomputer"
@ashleymayer I've heard it said that denial is an indulgence.
RT @anildash: Microsoft responded to Xbox complaints, but this will only reveal that the fuss wasn't rational & thus can't be calmed by log…
Great conference, content & people! “@ConstellationRG: #TED meets enterprise & brands? #CCE2013 Oct 30-Nov 1, SF https://t.co/qEM0c2E3j0”
@alanlepo That is the post that inspired my question.
@alanlepo Do you know of any utility that will tell you which twitter accounts you follow have a Google+ account?
This is right is the wheelhouse of Google Chromebooks: http://t.co/yW4bz3Q98k
“@RichMcCourt: Ericsson Software Automates Wi-fi Vs. Cell Choice in Mixed Networks http://t.co/7fomf0YK5v” <-- A much needed feature.
The adapter GOAT! Plugs a cassette player into every song on the Internet. http://t.co/l39ipLO7qp
@whiteflavors "I'll take a Stupid Rapper and soda, extra limes, and a Jack n' Coke."
RT @mikko: PDF file format version 1.0 was released in 1993. Version 1.7 was released in 2006. We're still at v1.7 today. http://t.co/vc ...
RT @blinkdaddy: The Unbelievable Photos Taken by the Crazy Russians Who Illegally Climbed Egypt's Great Pyramid http://t.co/Tqh5hOnuCP
@igotan Thanks for the tweet. How is your test run working out?
@jennerwein @igotan I have had luck using tablets. The biggest issue is moving from standard file sharing to a web based information system.
“@annabeloakes: After sifting through stereotypes & statistics my I came up with this: people are bad drivers. Humans shouldn't drive cars.”
@ashleymayer I've always felt it has been an underrated protocol. I may have joined in. Chanting something along the lines of "Port 21!"
RT @alanlepo: Please take (and RT) this short survey on the use of mobile applications at work. http://t.co/WiuHvxQR #socbiz #mobile #co ...