Sunday, April 16, 2006


Here's an idea, an operating system (really just a GUI) built around productivity principles and meant to maximize the happiness and effectiveness of those who have trouble focusing, on those who tend to procrastinate, and on those whose minds tend to wander.

In some ways, a typical modern OS allows too much freedom -- so it's possible to read Boing Boing while intending to study calculus, for example. What I would like to see is an interface that does more guiding. Obviously, as the user, you have the power to override it but the point would be that if you wanted to study instead of surf, it wouldn't be too easy to surf.

Instead, you get a full screen that allows you to navigate through what it is you actually want to do but keeps you away from temptation.


At 10:17 AM, Blogger Psipsina said...

The fact that I'm sitting here reading your (admittedly engaging) blog when I should be trying to meet a deadline attests to how sorely this is needed by those of us with short attention spans. How do you suppose this would work, anyway? Could I configure it so that the 20th time in a day that I hit the "Random" button on Snopes a big popup appeared saying "Cut that out"?

At 7:51 PM, Blogger John Markos O'Neill said...

Yeah, something like that.

I would configure it so that if I tried to do something I really didn't want to do (because it was procrastinating), the system wouldn't let me. In order to surf to Boing Boing for the 15th time in one day, I'd have to mutter a special incantation and wave a dead chicken over the computer or something.


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