Have you ever danced with your software?

If Windows, Linux, Ubuntu or Mac OSX were dance partners, how would they dance? Would they lead, or would you?

More importantly, would you accept a second dance if any one of them offered?

I bet you could recast the whole Greeks vs Romans civilization clash as something very nearly resembling today’s Windows vs Mac relationship. There seems to be the Trojan horse (when Gates invested in Apple) and now, with OSX essentially cannibalizing Windows applications, we’re seeing the story come full circle (I certainly don’t see the visually superior Mac apps running on the PC anytime soon). Fascinating to see history repeating itself yet again.

So Moore’s law talks about the speed of processors doubling every so often (specifics aren’t that important at the moment). Invariably, games, apps and whatnot other myriad things come along to suck up that juice necessitating upgrades, new hardware and so on. It’s essentially a personal issue, however, one that, so long as Moore’s law stays unbroken, you can overcome it by buying or upgrading your computer or being conservative about the technology you use.

The bandwidth problem, however, has no equivalent Moore’s law. Even as faster wireless standards emerge, the series of tubes that make up the internets aren’t getting any fatter. And yet more and more race horses, poker chips, blow-up dolls and lottery balls will be being sent thru the tubes the more people go online. And already, at least in the states, our bandwidth is retarded compared to Europe (as in “being late” or “behind”). So I’m kinda sittin’ here wonderin’, y’know, what’s the big plan moving forward? Are we just waiting to turn on the dark fiber? If so, turn it on already! If not, ok, what? Lay more fiber? I mean, what’s to guarentee that, as we rely evermore on the cloud, that the pipes that we rely on to access it are going to be able to bare the burden? I mean car makers don’t built the roads — what is our civic interest — nay, duty — in making sure that we have unhindered, unthrottled bandwidth into the future?

Y’know what they should do? They (“they” being RIM, the Canadians who make the Crackberry I’m writing this post with) should add gyroscopic scensors to Crackberries so that I can just “roooollll” my Crackberry side to side to scroll sideways and up and down. Then, like an Etch-a-Sketch&trade, I should be able to shake it to clear the form field that I’m in.

Yup, they should.

There’s no reason why the of future of travel sites can’t include a service like CanICrash.org. I mean, they’re in the business of travel, right? Maybe I *don’t* want to stay at hotels but with people I know (or who know me). Ignoring the obvious naivete quotient on this concept, why can’t I, when I book a flight, also send out an email to my remote friends and create an instant blog post announcing my travel plans and need for housing?

Speaking of, Tara and I are looking for digs in North Carolina this weekend and Boston the week of August 4. 🙂

I want the ultimate away message. I want to communicate my presence (or lack thereof) selectively, openly, or to whomever, across multiple media and networks, from wherever, whenever, to accelerate serendipity and study my own being-around habits. Crossing up twttr, dodgeball, plazes, AOLIM, skype, blackberry is logically and practically only the beginning.

Realizing that there a lot of folks who post awesome screenshots on Flickr end up NIPSA‘d… wouldn’t it make sense for someone to create a Flickr of Screenshots? I mean, hell, use Flickr as the backend and just aggregate semi-interesting uploads with the screenshot tag.

I mean, there’s a lot of potential use for this kind of thing — from software developers to designers to companies trying to get feedback and interface ideas. Anyone, anyone?

Microrant: Basecamp needs OpenID. It’s already on someone else’s wishlist, but I’m going to put it out there for posterity’s sake. I work in no less than 8 different Basecamps — all with whack-ass URLS (x.projectpath.com, y.updatelog.com, etc) and different usernames, depending on who set it up and whether I had the time to go and tweak my username.

PBWiki implemented centralized identity — why can’t Basecamp? Better yet, why doesn’t it use OpenID and let me use one the personas I’ve already set up somewhere else? Seriously — this is a major hurdle for spreading inter-organization Basecamp use.