"You don't even need a computer to get started. Jack Dorsey, CEO of two multi-billion companies, doesn't even own a computer, yet he is successful."
Jack is one of those socially awkward people who you see on the street with their head glued to their smartphone. Is that actually better than being someone who uses a computer at a desk, and then completely disconnects the rest of the time?
Modern smartphones are more powerful computers than most capital-C Computers. This is far more of a semantics thing than anything else.
Great headline though.
"Producing" is a lot more than writing 15 line emails.
Depends of your job really, there's a lot of people for which writing emails & replying to people is the main part of their job.
I don't suggest to do 3D modeling or writing a 100 pages document on a phone but there's a lot of middle ground between the two.
I think my longest "original production" on my phone is less than one page long.
Nothing fancy phone wise, S7 Edge. It can take USB sticks, wireless keyboard and mouse, and almost everything I do is just in Firefox or Dropbox.
What language(s), do you use an online IDE, etc?
I do Arduino projects using an OTG cable to plug the Arduino directly to my phone, then Arduino Droid for the code.
RPi projects are done using Termux to SSH into the RPis and write code in VIM. I also do some general daily tasks this way, SSHing into a dedicated RPi where I run various services for myself.
I use the GitHub editor to edit/write code there, but I'm not a heavy GitHub user in general other than via commanding in the RPis.
iA Writer to write formatted documents in Markdown, synced to Dropbox for sharing (and various online services can sync Dropbox folders to blog posts, or other things).
Dropbox editor for general text files (my personal notes, brainstorming, etc).
The rest is just using Firefox, as most of our interaction with the world these days is just through the browser, and I find Firefox Mobile to be incredible thanks to the tab syncing and tab forwarding (wife can send me a tab, etc).
All this is done with a cheap "RK61" Bluetooth 60% mechanical keyboard, which is honestly the thing that made this all possible (including this post).
It had/has everything a travelling hacker needed/needs.
That said, my MBA is lighter, faster, has longer battery life, and is a lot easier to work with in general. It just can't take a SIM, which my version of Galaxy Tab could.
(But if so, I'm with you. I was using a Samsung DeX with my S8 recently while my laptop was broken, and it's incredible how much it can do. I had my Focusrite 2i2 USB audio connecting my S8 to my studio monitors, and even that worked.)
My eyes thankfully haven't degraded as fast as my hearing so far.
Being a wireless 60% keyboard it's quite small, so I can use this setup anywhere I want just on my lap. It's very convenient.
Edit - I realized you are probably using an online one.
First, the idiosyncrasies of the rich and powerful are way less important than the amount of space given to them in the press, even for this extremely short article. Very few of these "Jack doesn't use a computer" and "Tim Cook wakes up at 4 o'clock" are actually useful, aside from the voyeur aspect. For all we know Jack has some pretty brutal RSI and Siri is the only way that he can actually type, or whatever.
It's pointless, is what I'm saying.
And with more snark: it's not like he's running all those companies well. Twitter is a garbage fire that's probably propped up by bots that Twitter is ignoring for their ad revenue. Everyone I know resents what Twitter does to their mental health and wants to spend less time on it and talking about it, myself certainly included.
And about twitter bring dumpster fire, somebody a few days back commented in the context if uptime reliability- if a payment gateway goes down, it hurts global economy, if a non-descript site goes down, nobody cares and if twitter goes down, people heave a sigh of relief. Or something along those lines.
Regarding whether or not Jack Dorsey is running these companies well: Square is up a nice 5x over the last five years. That's a $32b market cap now. It's a big company. Their credit card readers are _everywhere_.
Twitter is more controversial, sure, but it's certainly been improved over the last two years. I actually quite like using it.
With regard to Twitter, what is being done to staunch the bleeding of users? I stopped using it in favor of Mastodon, which is starting to eat into my Reddit usage as of late. The ability to chat with interesting people who can hold a high caliber conversation reminds me of certain subreddits & IRC to a degree.
Note that with the iPad, Apple is doing everything they can to hamstring the ability to code or replace the Mac.
Now expand your field of vision to Surface and Pixel Slate, and now you have two fully featured computing devices that act like a tablet, but readily convert to full on productivity machines complete with nice keyboards and pointing devices. Both support external monitors (why on earth can I not use airplay like this?!).
This hasn’t caught on yet, but for the average office user, and event many developers, these tablets with external keyboards provide more than enough computing power to get all of their work done.
For now I’m staying with my iPad, but Google has really made that choice a lot more difficult with the Pixel Slate. Had I been less bought into the Apple ecosystem, I’d be ordering it immediately.
EDIT: Forgot to mention eGPUs - if I could run a Thunderbolt3 eGPU on either Surface or Pixel Slate, probably would have switched by now.
I doubt he expected ever bike cops talking to a street sweeper to both be carrying a laptop to make the dispatching work. So, between square and twitter, it seems less hipster and more like using his products to their apex intended purpose and the among the best way to find holes.
I can picture him thinking about their internal systems: "if a system like this can work for hurricanes and 911, it can probably handle kanye ranting or quitting twitter without me being chained to a laptop."
Standard Oil hit a market cap of over $1 trillion without computers. Maybe it was a coal-industry-disruptor start-up...?