November 7th, 2011 by Steve Nelson
I'm seeing a trend for the smartphone to be more always-ready. Three examples of this include:
- iPhone Camera at the ready: "You can open the Camera app right from the Lock screen" in iOS 5
- iPhone Siri at the ready "There’s more than one way to talk to Siri. When the screen is on, simply bring iPhone 4S up to your ear. You’ll hear two quick beeps to indicate that Siri is listening to you."
- Galaxy Nexus Face Unlock at the ready: "With Face Unlock on Galaxy Nexus you can now unlock your phone with a smile. No complicated passwords to remember, just switch on your phone and look into the camera to quickly unlock your phone."
The app-centered phone computer suffers from how many steps between idealizing and realizing a task. By the time you unlock your phone, locate and launch the photo app, aim and shoot the UFO is gone.
Smartphones should add these to this sense of ready:
- Unlock and Go App: combining Face Unlock with voice to confirm your ID and launch a specific app.
- Siri APIs: Developers can create apps on a Mac that are Spotlight-aware, giving semantic capabilities to the OS X search engine (find all files that are images in landscape aspect ration taken with ISO 800 speed since last year). It would be nice if iOS apps were Siri aware so that you could trigger specific apps to launch in a specific state based on Siri responding to your request. Much like launching Apple's built in apps like Calendar, Contacts or Safari, you should be able to write an app and register its semantics (somehow) so that Siri could take you there.
- QRCode Ready: This is the app that got me thinking about the above. I attended a webinar on mobile marketing with a focus on QR Codes, and clever ways that they are leading people from an encounter in many online and offline contexts to a specific app or web-based action. But when I see Jimmy Fallon holding up a QR Code on his show, (yeah, I know that's what the pause button is for on my DVR) and I fumble for my phone, enter the code, unlock it, find the icon for my QR Code app, launch it, chose the right mode to scan the barcode and aim and focus it on my TV screen, the moment has passed. Adoption and use of QR Codes would be greatly increased if I could aim my phone at the code and click and there it goes:
What else would make your mobile device ready-to-go?
November 1st, 2011 by Steve Nelson
The earliest artifact I can find that marks my presence on the Internet is 30 years old today. The fact that it is still there should tell you something about the longevity of your posts and tweets. (It may not have been my actual earliest post, just the oldest that has survived until today.)
Thanks to Google, we can see my post to the fa.editor-p newsgroup. "fa.editor-p" is descried as an "Interest group in computer editors, both text and program." The "fa" means "From ARPAnet" and the "p" stands for "people".
November 1, 1981, 9:50 pm
At 9:50 pm I was probably at home accessing the PDP-11/70 at Zehntel via a dumb terminal (not really as perjorative as it sounds) over a modem of somewhere between 300 and 1200 baud. Even my email address at the time looks like something out of a badly written movie: menlo70!sytek!zehntel!steve@Berkeley - some ungodly combination of UUCP mail gatewaying into ARPAnet.
For even more fun, go to http://olduse.net tonight after 9:50pm and nav your way into fa.editor-p you'll see my post in all its green phosphor on black screen glory. This project is described as "Olduse.net is Usenet, updated in real time as it was thirty years ago."
And I love this Q&A from its FAQ:
Q: What about privacy? I posted something 25 years ago that I regret.
A: It's not like this is the only copy of this archive of Usenet. Not a lot can be done about something that has by now echoed its way across the net for decades.
Think about that next time you tweet!
Via Google Groups
First Internet Post via http://olduse.net