I have worked with software for a long time, I have guys on my team that are now younger than some of the software I have written. I love software its exactly what it says its soft, I love hardware as well, but hardware, is hard to change, design and create. Software is the most flexible thing you can imagine, you can take your imagination and just run with it and create something unique, new and exciting. Sometimes you can create something that helps people get a job done.
I read and consume a lot of information. This enables me to stay one step ahead. I find my mind sees things very clearly when it comes to software. I can read a paragraph on something new and my brain creates a visual design, I can see how it works and how it must have been created. This has been happening to me since I was a kid. So I find technology and specifically software easy for some reason.
Coming back to software, getting these ideas out of my head has always been the issue for me. My written English is poor, even thou I have contributed to 4 published books and patents and many many conference presentations. I find sometimes I sketch the idea on the wipe board and another engineer writes up the patent application. So the written form of communication is hard, but its also a legacy. Last week I was visiting my team in Raleigh, one of the engineers said to me, Matt those patterns you wrote on your blog really were helpful for the way we designed… It made me think, that maybe I should get more ideas out of my head.
Another thing has happened ! Finally my tool of choice for blogging has become available in the MacOS App Store. Blogo. I transferred to a Mac from Windows over 5 years ago, and have never look backed. MacOS is so much more advanced for a user in so many ways than Windows. It does not get in my way of getting something done. My issue with blogging up to now is that I struggle with web apps when using them in a Sovereign Interface mode. I like a good old fashioned sovereign optimized user experience. Blogo is now free in the App Store and has a load of features that make me now want to write. Although I will say the new Zen-hub tool is helping me feel different, using it everyday with my team allows me to see what is going on across 7 different squads.
Another area I am going to bring back is PodCasts, I dipped my toe many years ago when the idea first arrived on the internet. What I am finding is that I am consuming PodCasts across all my devices, from iPhone, iPad and Mac. Anyway lets see how I get on with that wait and see might be 10 more years before you see one published.
Here are few I am consuming at the moment.
I am consuming videos as well, I will sit with a beer on the sofa and AirPlay the video from YouTube to my Apple TV and listen and consume information. Love it, I find this reading thing is way too time consuming sometimes.
Anyway lets see, love the new Blogo tool love the user experience. I have loads of cool stuff in my head, One of the issue for the last 5 years is that I have been working on confidential things or secret projects. Now I feel the changes that are ahead of me need to have a few ways for me to communicate them. Some of them will be through the official IBM blog that I have an account on Bluemix Developer Blog , this personal blog will carry some of my more less official views of stuff, after all my views are my own as they say in IBM social media education.