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Posted by apb123
Sep 9, 2017 at 01:20 PM


I love tinkering with Scrivener and Devonthink on the Mac.There are lots of other good powerful Mac programs Tinderbox, Curio etc. I know for windows users there are some good programs also..

However are these operating systems doomed? Is touch/voice the future. With my iPad Pro I can do 95% of my work.However I love using Devonthink on the Mac and it is way more powerful than the iOS version.I feel more productive at the desktop…but is that because I am just used to it and old.(48)

My three kids prefer iOS. They haven’t known any different…I think Apple is putting all its resources into iOS and Siri as the way of the future…

What will CRIMPing look like in 5 or 10 years…we are in a time of immense change although ti is difficult to see

I envisage voice or some kind of heads up display. You will say something like “Siri, show me my Car Insurance Certificate” and it will appear on the display…I don’t think we are that far off.


Posted by Dellu
Sep 9, 2017 at 03:35 PM


For me, ios is just over rated junk. I find it so frustrating to do tasks on the ipad.
I have an ipad since 2011: I doublt if I have accomplished a singel serious task on it. It is just laying around collecting dust. I pick up, charge it, configure it (install some up) thinking I will use it this time—finally drop it after some tinkering. This has been going on for years.

Sycing between mac os and ios is just so inefficient. I sometimes feel that the cloud and syncing stuff is just a hype: not a truly functional system.

Dropbox and icloud work: but, they store just files.

I tried to sync my Bookends; or, sync 10,000 pdf files across the two systems: it is just broken. It will not work. It takes ages to sync. A simple transition from Mac to the ipad, and vise versa,  is just nightmare.

Pdf files I have been annotating on the mac rarely show up in the ipad (which ever system I tried) immediately.

For me, the future is to completely drop ios—sell my ipad in the flee market; simply stay with the mac.

The macs are getting lighter and more efficient. I can carry them around; I can take them to my bed. Why do I have to worry about the sync; why do I have to pay extra for Icloud (dropbox)?


Posted by Paul Korm
Sep 9, 2017 at 03:59 PM


First, I don’t think CRIMPing qua CRIMPing goes away or changes.

Yes, phones and mobile devices are and will continue to be more prevalent—but look at what most people do with phones: text and images (photos or videos).  That’s not really the focus of CRIMPing. 

I think the important change that will affect what we CRIMP is not something like Siri or Alexa—those are just voice-controlled data entry with limited AI and search in the background—and they will always be too lightweight for serious long-term working sessions.  The ongoing change will be what Google calls “fluid movement between devices” or (not the same thing) Apple’s “handoff”.  Eliminating the friction of moving data, function, and features between devices is what is needed to make computing ubiquitous. 

The current state of the art in ubiquitous computing is still lame.  What I want to see is the computing portrayed 8 years ago in Avatar (and others—such as, recently, The Expanse): what I’m working on with this screen I swipe over to another screen I pick up and carry with me, and when I get to work I swipe that app and data over to another screen.  In other words, the device is irrelevant—the flow is everything.  Coupled with augmented reality and microchip implants - that to me is an exciting future that is not very distant.  No one playing Atari Pong in 1972 would have imaged it evolving to the Switch in 2016.  So what will fiddling with ConnectedText today be like in this new world of computing in 10 years? 


Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 9, 2017 at 07:56 PM


Paul Korm wrote:
>Eliminating the
>friction of moving data, function, and features between devices is what
>is needed to make computing ubiquitous. 
> >The current state of the art in ubiquitous computing is still lame.

Ubiquitous computing is already here and working quite well, as long as you can survive living within the Chrome OS + Android system.

I have several Chromebooks, two at home and one at work, and it’s quite amazing how seamlessly I can move between them.

They are almost exact copies of each other (I say “almost”, as not all three have Android integration yet), with all the relevant data synced automatically.

And I would expect the Android integration to improve further, as Chrome OS gets more broadly accepted. All new Chromebooks come now with Android enabled by default.


Posted by jaslar
Sep 9, 2017 at 08:17 PM


As I understand it, CRIMPing is a psychological condition. It is the restless urge to manage one’s affairs by diverting energy to management systems rather than to the tasks themselves. Sadly, at least in my case, I don’t think that’s liable to change whatever the operating system or underlying technology.


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