If the tech shrinks enough to fit in what are today normal glass frames, then it will be everywhere. Until then I feel like it's more like the camera was before it merged with the phone: a device you use when you want to capture an experience. Some people would carry their camera everywhere, but most would take it on a trip, to a concert, to a party, etc.
Depending on the data being analyzed the app could have a use for sports organizations as well. But that's a more difficult market to break in to directly.
A company I helped with on a few apps had a table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference this spring. One of the apps looks at boxscores to provide custom sports news for fans and identify interesting plays. I'm guessing it is much less involved than this project but a number of club officials found it intriguing because it could surface numbers from across the league.
There are so many options once Dropbox can theoritcally be accessed through an inbox interface...
Mailbox could be a first step to competing with Messages/gChat. Instead of rolling out their own email, Dropbox can be another type of account Mailbox works with to send pictures, videos, files over data rather than texting or emailing. An odd feature to roll out without acquiring a popular product, but making Dropbox the goto rather than the link attached to something else.
Why should Dropbox have a message client (or email client). I fail to see how they are connected. I feel the same about Twitter launching a music service.
There used to be the joke that every software expands until it can read mail. Nowadays I think we need a new saying. Every software company expands until... it has rebuilt every other software product (not as catchy).
Not messaging per-se exactly, but making Dropbox an account that could be accessed through Mailbox. The standalone messaging without sending a file as well is just a wacky idea of a different direction Dropbox could decide to take things.
I've always thought it was a combination: a thank you that the person took time to talk to you and with you about the position (especially a non-HR employee), a follow up to the interview if there were other questions or to send a work sample as discussed during the interview, and to state again something that marks you as a fit for the position.
This is exactly what I am striving for. I don't want to program full-time, but I like to be able to understand enough and be able to muddle through somewhat if there's a project I feel like working on.
Maybe I end up doing more than that, but it's nice to have, like learning a foreign language. Not everyone becomes fluent, but a lot of people know enough to get something out of their studies.
I like restoring old computers, replacing capacitors etc. to get them running again, keeping my bike in order (though not my car), and messing around with HTML for simple things on a blog. I'm working on learning Ruby and slogging along iOS tutorials while designing my own board game.
I did take a few CS classes in college but was a liberal arts major. If I had known more, might have flipped it, but at the time thought programming would mean cooped up in a cube all day.
"programming would mean cooped up in a cube all day"
Unfortunately, I think for most programmers, it still does.
My guess is Atwood was once of them.
When I started to reach some sort "enlightenment" (series of epiphanies, ah-ha moments or whatever you want to call it) with respect to "programming" I found that I wanted to share my knowledge with others. I think I still have that urge now and again. (And even now I'd still be happy to show you or anyone what I've learned if they were really interested. However I must admit I've never had much interest in computer games or understanding how they work, and I prefer using Lua over Ruby.)
When I keep seeing these ridiculous blog posts like Atwood's I have a hard time seeing his sort of thinking as helpful to anyone (even himself). That's just how I see it. But then, what do I know? (A chorus of underappreciated programmers in cubicles responds: "Not much!" ;)
They're right. But so am I. In the grand scheme of things, none of us really knows much. That much, I do know. (Credit: Socrates)
As an Apple user with an Android phone I've really tied with pointless bashing from either side. Android is successful and Apple fans need to live with that.
At some point with it's like athletes who shout political/religious beliefs until it overshadows their play on the field. I just stop following them. Which is too bad because I liked what Marco said about other tech issues and coffee.
Cyanogen is still harder than jailbreaking an iOS device, but the gap is narrowing.
As that edge reaches more casual users, who aren't just tech-heavy people, there's no reason Cyanogen couldn't be the Ubuntu of Android phones. It could have a large base of converts who want an alternative but don't want to have to spend all their time learning how to use their software in (for us techies) awesome ways.