The future of mystery meat

Monday, March 19, 2007

I love watching the old “Home of the future” films and thinking about the ideas they came up with. Sometimes, I am pleasantly relieved.

Many of the “Future Interfaces” I have seen are flashy mash-ups of current metaphors mixed thoroughly with mystery meat (to add mystery).
My PC already organizes my files better than I organize my desk. I guess everyone forgets the time before Align to Grid was added in Windows. The only plus I see is the addition of physics to the computing experience.
Where did I put that bash script to close the Velociraptor cages?
Sorry Tog, but Starfire also fits into this category. I admire many things about the Starfire concept. It has the document centric approach, complete integration with all systems, interoperability of programs, big honkin’ screens, and much more. But, where are the giant lists of verbal commands available to the user? Where is the letter “I" on that keyboard? This system would require as much training as a jet aircraft. (That might not be a bad thing.)
I still would advise anyone interested in feeling depressed about where we are in mainstream computing to watch it and read Alchemi’s blog entry afterwards (

But, don’t take my word for it. (Geordi La Forge)
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Andy Wilson @ Microsoft Research
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