Friday, November 26, 2004

Shameless Self-Promotion

Zero Seven Operating System (

Here's an excerpt from one of my other sites. It's a step-through online book that describes a new kind of computing experience where you don't sync files between devices -- you swap out the actual guts of your operating system and files between the devices.

Imagine a block the size of a PC card. The block would contain the operating system, all of the enhancements to the operating system and all of the documents, music, images and other data files. It would also contain a set of smart batteries. Whatever other device the block was connected to would contain a CPU, display, input devices, modem, networking devices, optical drives etc. It would also have firmware to match the operating system to its display type and input method.

So the block would be the heart of the system. The block would be "Me." The block is also the switch to turn on the other devices. Insert the block into the faceplate of the desktop device and the desktop device turns on. The desktop charges the block's smart batteries while you check your email and update your pages.

You pull the block from the desktop, turning the desktop off and insert it into your combination phone and PDA. The display automatically adapts to the PDA screen size and pen input. Once in your car you slot the PDA into its cradle and the car tops up the battery. The car stereo now adds the music in the block to its playlist. A call comes in and its routed through the stereo as well.

At work you plug the block into your wifi tablet. When you checked your mail at home the desktop dialed up, in the car the cellular phone dialed up, now at work the tablet fetches mail from the company server. The block knows where it is by what its plugged into, you don't have to do anything. Meanwhile back at home your son plugs his block into the desktop. Nothing that you did remains on the desktop so there's no way your son can damage your operating system or data.

Click on the link at the top to go to the actual book. And feel free to develop the idea...


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