It’s been a period of development here at home. I got an idea as far back as 18 months ago, about a logistics service. It’s been incubating in my mind ever since,
and now suddenly I realized it’s time to really put a conscious effort into developing it further. What I’m about to write here is not a pitch or anything,
but about the method of development.
I am very mobile person. Having grown up in a home where my dad taught me a lot
of skills like programming and car washing(!) I always appreciated doing things
myself. Extending the DIY attitude has turned into the craving of mobility:
having the possibility to do information working regardless of time and place.
This is where the mobile office concept becomes essential.
Later on I became frustrated with the sheer amount of micromanaging, so I turned
into developing services. Computer science gave a lot of tools in this area. But
I am not a theorist, so I like to be implementing things and seeing how they
turn out in reality. Two years as a self-made consultant taught the importance
of seeing the customer’s point of view.
I am slightly inclined to be open source person, ie. Microsoft monopoly is
a red flag for me. They have made good products but the world-dominating
attitude is too much for me. Competition and openness rocks. Tools are at best
little golden nuggest that can be combined to allow powerful effects. Google
is of course also having its own world domination plan, no doubt about that.
But they work in a more stylish manner, I think. They think big from day one,
and rely on an intelligent search platform to create new tools.
Hey, we’re off course now. Back to sailing straight. The mobile office is about
making hardware irrelevant, and using networked services and platforms to enable
ubiquitous computing. I realized how mobile I was, at the moment that my
Windows Vista crashed, and left me with no functionality. I was afraid of the
coming day. Then in a week I made a decision: to hell with the operating system,
just install another one and reformat the whole disk. I put Ubuntu on my machine,
and to my surprise: I didn’t end up in a ditch somewhere whining about better
days, but I now had a more responsive machine, and the web was still there: with
my GMail, chats, other messaging, everything! Picture galleries were already in
the net. So were my pals and co-workers. It is already a networked world. If
you’re in doubt, don’t. Just try a new solution boldly.