March 10th, 2006



I love my new job.

I'm officially on call this week - which perviously would have been an embuggerance, only here they actually pay you for it - and quite well, too.

But this is the best part - if you're on call you frequently do get called up to deal with stuff. Do they expect you to sit at home waiting to be called? No, they give you all the equipment that the bleeding-edge has to allow complete access from anywhere. So I've got a solid laptop, with an Ev-Do air card that can connect broadband from anywhere in the world, wireless - and a functioning VPN. I could be huddled in a snowbank dying of exposure in the middle of nowhere -- but still log in and fix a kickstart script. And get paid to do it.

I worked really late yesterday - another 12 hour day, but I didn't mind at all .. the work is interesting, the coworkers are great and knowledgeable, and it's all together a great experience here.

But few things turn my crank quite like a really hot new gadget that lets me do something I couldn't previously do. I know Ev-Do has been around for a while, but this is the first experience I've had with it. Future generations of these devices will solve, i think, three problems - charge time, portability, and interface. Right now you have to lug around a big device that doesn't carry a charge for too long because you need the full-sized keyboard. Some breakthrough in user-interface will occur soon though, I think - allowing a much smaller device. I picture several technologies converging to make this solution - imagine the touch-sensitive screen that I linked to earlier, on a roll-out display mat, attached to a small, cellphone sized device. All it would need to do is establish connection with a central processor, and translate graphical data - bingo, instant, ultra-portable full-power workstation, suitable for work anywhere.

Ten years, maybe, I give it. Assuming someone doesn't figure out how to implant it in your skull, first.