Wristwatches in the Future

[Int: Moscone West convention center third floor ballroom. A presentation is taking place.]

So that was an update on our existing products, which I’m proud to say have never been stronger. Now I’d like to talk to you about our watch. We think you’re gonna love it.

When thinking about recent attempts to make wristwatches by some of our competitors, you’re probably thinking whatever happened to the retina display?

Eliminate Blake

I’ll tell you what happened: you’re looking at it in the wrong size. The pixel density is fine, but the screen’s smaller than it looks on this projector.

Avon Calling!

No, smaller than that.

Ulysse Nardiaaaaaaaaahn!!!!

Hmm, eye strain doesn’t sound like a future thing does it? Shouldn’t we come up with something a bit more ergonomic?

…actually, no, it’s a reasonable compromise. Centuries of user experience research have shown that future people find it most natural to talk into their scaphoid bones. That’s even true when they’re plastic people who don’t actually have scaphoid bones!

Stand by for wrist action!

[Sidenote: No, I will not be apologising for the alt text on that image.]

The technology was originally introduced as part of the struggle to end the Cold War, when one key application was in the unification of Germany.

Rembrandt's Knight Watch.

After seeing how people tried to use these devices, we came up with the breakthrough form factor: five pounds of computer-machined aluminum and an incomprehensible user interface.

This watch is Bullock's.

So that’s the watch. We can’t wait to see what you do with it!

Where am I going with this?

I recently asked how people would describe this Secure Mac Programming blog were they trying to tell someone else they should read it. Of all the answers, the one that most succinctly sums up the trouble with the old name is from Alan:

@secboffin Not Just Secure, Not Just Mac, Not Just Programming.

I’m probably in the midst of some existential crisis, having spent a couple of years thinking and writing about philosophy, ethics, and the social responsibility of my work and its context. It’s clear that I’m dealing with some conflict, and it doesn’t look like reconciliation is an option.

Often I write about ideas that are still knocking around my head, such that I never come to any conclusion. I’ve used multiple choice conclusions, conclusions that appear to be from a different argument, and have concluded that my entire argument may or may not be useful.

This is just something I need to work out: what do I think I do, what do other people think I do, what parts of that do I like and dislike, are there other things I would like, can I replace the disliked parts with the liked parts, and so on. I write it here as you may have related ideas, or you may be thinking about the same things yourself and benefit from knowing that other people are, too.

What I know includes a list of things that currently interest me:

With all that in mind, I’m happy to introduce the beginning of a slow rebranding of this blog. It is now called the Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programmers, and can be found at http://www.sicpers.info/ in addition to its previous home at http://blog.securemacprogramming.com.

I do not intend to remove the old domain or break existing feed subscriptions. Over time (basically, as I work out how to do it) I’ll migrate links, feed entries and so on to reference the new domain, and the age-old updated mission of the blog.

My use of Latin: a glossary

  • i.e.: I Explain
  • e.g.: Example Given
  • et al.: Extremely Tedious Author List
  • op. cit.: Other Page Cited It Too
  • ibid.: In Book I Described
  • etc.: Evermore To Continue
  • a.m.: Argh! Morning!
  • p.m.: Past Morning
  • ca.: Close Approximation
  • sic.: See Inexcusable Cock-up