I can’t stop thinking about this, mainly because I’m convinced it’s a key turning point in how mankind interacts with computers. Yeah, it’s joints after midnight stuff, and it’s only six pm on a Tuesday night, but what the hell. I’ll put a place holder here and get back to it…
Readers of this site and others like it are already well versed in the ongoing conversation around the “Google OS.” While that’s a fascinating topic, it’s one layer below what is presenting itself to us on an almost daily basis now – the interface level. The Web is the OS. Fine. So what does the UI look like?
One point of departure for me has been Firefox and its endless flexibility. A good thing, no? We can add all sorts of cool shit to it, and new stuff keeps coming out, from mainstream stuff like Google Notebook to custom Greasemonkey scripts.
Well, I’m sorry, but none of that is going to matter. It’s all way too hard, way too kludgy, and way too complicated. I can’t figure out Greasemonkey, and I don’t want to (nor do I know why I should). And even when you do get it to work, it’s pretty lame, as interfaces go. It’s kind of like the early releases of Windows – based on DOS, and not very elegant. I want something that blows all this away. I want the Mac OS for the Web. A sea change.
Don’t you all?