Tuesday, January 08, 2008

One more thing...

If I was doing the MW keynote, I'd want to introduce something so cool that it made CES look like a toilet installation seminar. Wait. No. That's too easy. The campfire scene in Blazing Saddles? Nah. Still no challenge. Anyway, I'd want to introduce something earth-shaking.

I'd like to announce the death of windows (Not Windows, although that would be fun, too).

I want to announce the death of the "windows and icons on the desktop" 20+ year old paradigm. It's time to move on. OS X is cool and all, but I'd like to see the next interface; the user level that makes everything else look absolutely like a caveman's ass by comparison.

I have a faint picture of it in my head. It's smooth and fluid. The monitor screen area is meaningless to the work. The computer can tell whether you're writing the Great American Novel or an email to Aunt Minerva or designing a spreadsheet or writing a song.

A complete entry-level set of applications (iLife, iWork, internet apps) are embedded in the OS. You can run those old windowish-looking buggy-whip and wagon wheel applications if you want, but you don't need to buy anything at all to make your machine do the basic stuff you do.

Oh yeah, baby. Give me that FM wireless mic.

Let's jam.

Oh, and also the featured musician is Weird Al Yankovic, or possibly David Gilmour.