On my flight over to Europe this week, I read Clive Thompson's column and was intrigued:
When we get to the last week of February, open your Google Calendar and choose the Month view. You'll see the previous three weeks grayed out. Only the next few days will be "active." If you want to see what you've got planned for more than the next couple of days, you have to flip forward to March.
Now ask yourself: Why does Google Calendar--and nearly every other digital calendar--work that way? It's a strange waste of space, forcing you to look at three weeks of the past. Those weeks are mostly irrelevant now. A digital calendar could be much more clever: It could reformat on the fly, putting the current week at the top of the screen, so you always see the next three weeks at a glance.
Interesting - this is exactly something we are working on for Lotus Notes Social Edition, a scrolling monthly calendar view. Beta coming later this quarter.
The article itself is interesting for raising the question, and the answer -- skeuomorphs. I have explored this topic similarly without using the clever word... it's the prisoner-of-the-installed-base situation. Years ago, I wrote a theoretical question -- what would a traffic signal look like today if we didn't have the historical example of a red/yellow/green light? The blog post is so old that it doesn't have the comments from the first iteration of edbrill.com. But it's the same line of question -- how do you get away from the things already established?
IBM 2014 Beacon Awards: Outstanding mobile enterprise solution
Wed, Nov 6th 2013 8:50a Ed Brill Nominations are open until November 15, 2013 for the IBM 2014 Beacon Award for Outstanding mobile enterprise solution: This award recognizes an IBM Business Partner who has helped customers become a mobile enterprise, by providing business-to-employee (B2E) or business-to-consumer/business (B2C/B2B) solutions designed for mobile, first. Nominated solutions will be comprised of IBM MobileFirst solutions, with a primary focus on the MobileFirst platform. IBM offerings that are considered as the [read] Keywords: ibm
Mon, Oct 28th 2013 7:10a Ed Brill October has been an incredibly busy month. I am headed to Europe now for the third time in a 75-day period; the intervening time has also featured trips to Austin and Toronto. Additionally, I had the opportunity to be part of IBM InterConnect 2013 in Singapore earlier this month, my first time over to Asia this year. As such, I was determined to make the best of it. The InterConnect conference was excellent. Our IBM MobileFirst sessions went well, drawing several hundred attendees to learn a [read] Keywords: ibm
Busy week: Two mobile acquisitions and a major new market study
Thu, Oct 3rd 2013 7:10a Ed Brill When it rains, it pours. This week has been a busy one in the IBM MobileFirst arena, with two acquisitions plus a new market study out today. All of these are wind in the sails of activity heading into two key core events next week: IBM InterConnect in Singapore (where I will be), and Gartner IT Symposium. The first acquisition, announced Tuesday, is The Now Company of Dublin, Ireland. The Now Company offers analytics tools for Communications Service Providers (CSPs, or typically, teleco [read] Keywords: ibm
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 12:53p Ed Brill Bruce Elgort has been a friend of mine for nearly fifteen years. He has been a mentor, an advocate, a sounding board, a cheerleader, and even a therapist. :-) Today, Bruce is stepping down as chairman of the IBM Notes-related open source community called OpenNTF.org. Bruce and Nathan Freeman conceived of OpenNTF a dozen years ago. I didn't quite know what to make of the guy and the idea, and at the time wasn't in a position where I could put any of IBM's energy into the effort (other than hav [read] Keywords: ibm
Continental and IBM Enter Connected Vehicle Collaboration
Tue, Sep 10th 2013 4:30a Ed Brill This morning, at the Frankfurt IAA International Auto Show, Continental AG and IBM announced a collaboration agreement to jointly develop fully-connected mobile vehicle solutions for car manufacturers around the world. From the press release: Dirk WollschlÃ¤ger, General Manager Global Automotive Industry, IBM said: "Realization of the fully connected vehicle requires technology expertise across Big Data, embedded intelligence and the ability to deliver services over a highly scalable cl [read] Keywords: collaboration
Tweetchat this Thursday- Catching the Mobile Wave, Thinking Beyond the Device
Sun, Sep 8th 2013 7:50p Ed Brill I've, uh, tweeted some info about this, but thought it might be useful for those of you watching the blog to know about this upcoming Tweetchat. I've never actually hosted a Tweetchat before, so I'm excited to be the emcee for a People for a Smarter Planet Tweetchat this Thursday, 12 September, at 12:00 noon US EDT (6 PM CEDT). The Tweetchat is, as you might expect, about the future of enterprise mobility. Specifically, the questions we will examine include: What's your definition of a [read] Keywords: ibm
Six months in
Thu, Aug 1st 2013 7:20a Ed Brill It was January 31 at IBM Connect 2013:This week has served to remind me what a special community we have built, and continue to grow, around these products. You are all like family to me, and I will remain a part of the family as I move into the mobile space. I hope you will likewise all take the opportunity to come along on that journey, one of the most exciting areas of technology across the entire IBM portfolio. Six months ago. Time has flown. IBM Notes and Domino 9 Social Edition shipp [read] Keywords: domino