Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Suite of PIM Applications "PIM Suite"

The concept is like an office suite, (in that the applications are full featured and primarily offline). The applications revolve around expressing ideas in a personal capacity, rather than a professional one.

  • Brainstorm Speed-Mapper
    • a thorough, directed mind mapping application built specifically to prioritize the emergence of ideas' structure with the greatest possible speed - the shortest amount of delay from conception to expression.
    • enforcing hierarchical structure is off by default.
      • (key to this emergence)
      • (key to the more personal approach) 
      • (differentiates it from most mind-mapping applications)
  • Personal Wiki
    • built around the logical and fluid presentation of information to yourself
      • Your version of the world - your take on the world - your perspective and individuality.
    • creations range from scrapbook - to PIM - to logically structuring any and all visions of the Universe and everything ever
  • Lesson Presenter
    • Variation of presentation software (i.e. perhaps literally a reworking of something like LibreOffice Impress)
    • built around staging information to an individual
    • asynchronous (rather than built for a group meeting)
    • for non-linear ("relational" structured) learning
    • nested/embedded
      • slideshows
      • audio
      • video
    • 2d menus
    • 3d widget menus
    • .pptx format as well as a compression format that packages all related offline content in a single playable file

Application Interoperability

  • Brainstormer can produce
    •  an outline for a paper
    • menu structure for the wiki
  • Lesson presenter can produce .pptx files, compatible with standard presenters simply by opting out of extra feature-set.
  • Wiki can produce
    • mind map
    • lesson structure for presenter
    • menu structure for wiki
    • easy meta data from wiki tables and custom fields etc. 
  • Secondarily, the applications can produce web-based exports

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Microsoft Distributes Mods and Custom Game Versions

Microsoft needs to provide a central repository for exceptional Minecraft mods and custom game versions, much in the same way that Valve does for Elder Scrolls, but with tighter control and more concise versioning.

YouTube - View Any Content

What if YouTube could become a way of consuming practically any type of digital content that can fit in a window on the Internet.

How are other types of content so different from video? (Most types of content require less bandwidth and hard drive space, barring games.)

  • Interactive .pptx presentations.
  • Office Documents
  • Simple games
  • Audio
  • Interactive lessons

  • embed YouTube content in other YouTube content
    • e.g. embed YouTube videos in a YouTube .pptx slideshow
    • e.g. embed/nested YouTube slideshow in another YouTube slideshow

Personal Lesson Creator

Could also be thought of as:

  • personal lesson creator, for teachers and students
  • .ppt presentation based around the individual, rather than a group
  • .ppt presentation intended to be non-synchronous, rather than synchronous
  • an interactive, non-linear .ppt presentation
  • a reworking of LibreOffice Impress, with new addins, to easily create non-linear, interactive lessons

Features include:
  • embedded slide-shows within single slides
  • triggered panes for displaying information pertaining to widget menu options
  • 2d and 3d graphical wizbop widget menus for creating memorable structure to navigation, that is pertinent to whatever subject is being taught
    • interactive objects that represent different structures in information
      • stages
      • tiers
      • drill down depth
      • layers
      • alternatives
      • opposites
      • contradictions
      • similes and metaphors
      • illusions
      • time-sensitive concepts
      • changing and transitional concepts

Larger Plan

Create sharable center on the web, or encourage Google/other to enable interactive viewing of .ppt presentations on YouTube.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Next Linux Phone

Perhaps the Linux community does not need a new Linux phone.

What they need is a package of drivers, tools, and apps that can be installed on a phone that has Linux on it.

And . . .

A community like XDA that ports full Linux distros to phones.

Or . . .

Nokia needs to make a come back with an actual n900 followup.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Voice AI Phone with Small Screen

I personally would buy one of these, and it would be a marketable device.

The concept is to have a phone like older style folding phones, or slider phones, but with a voice AI built in.

A voice AI would be the central interface of the phone. Apps for the phone might have visual aspects, but the focus would drastically shift away from touch screens that are as large as possibly usable.

  • better portability
  • more pocket space
  • less phone-zombie effect
  • more Jarvis, iron man effect
  • bring back physical keyboard option (yes, that is a benefit)
  • durability and other material design benefits
  • more creative variability of hardware design
  • more niche market options overall
  • new app possibilities
  • fresh market disruption
  • different dev job opportunities
  • different type of interactive immersion 
  • watch possibilities
  • new marketable hipster possibilities
  • potential for streamlining presently messy usage scenarios

Friday, June 23, 2017

Killer Gnome Apps

Digital Public Domain Library

  • Repository with ebook versions of old and free literature
  • Public Domain Photo Library
  • Any other free/open media worth providing

 P2P Manager

Gnome Sharing is on the roadmap.
  • by-the-moment web server / sandboxed browser
  • by-the-moment P2P social network app
  • by-the-moment personal wiki

Wiki Processor

The convenience of a word processor, but for web style writing
  • Abandon paper-based features (of a word processor)
    • paper layout
    • paper margins
    • page breaks 
    •  - 
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  • Add interactive features
    • expand/collapse on lists and headings
    • expand/collapse sections
    • popups
    • breadcrumbs
    • multi-page options
    • linking options
    • navigation options
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  • Add other features
    • indentation on lists and headings
    • indentation on expandable sections
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  • Table features
    • sorting
    • data interfaces for analytics
    • multi-column sorting
    • db and query options
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Usage Scenarios

LibreOffice Integration?

  • not sure, but seems logical somehow
  • possible as a LibreOffice project?
  • loose OneNote equivalent?

3D Game Built for Integrated Graphics Chips

 I. Game Engine

II. Game Builder

III. A Game Made with Game Builder

  • KISS (keep it simple sweety)
    • linear-to-no plots
    • game art facilitates clear, concise gameplay but cuts fat
    • straight forward gameplay
    • medium learning curve
    • hardcore gamers buy dedicated chips for Steam
  • Mass appeal
    • works out of the box
    • works on standard computers
    • builds affinity for Gnome and Linux
    • clean art
    • hardcore gamers buy dedicated chips for Steam
    • fun, fun, and fun . . . and fun
  • Common simple engine and solid component base.
    • Like modestly updated Doom engine used for plane games and shooter games
  • Solid base games with user expandability
    • simple P2P multiplayer functionality (max ~12 players)
    • common map creator
    • common level creator
    • common skin editor

Game Example 1: War Drone Mech Game (see MechWarrior 4)

  • vast weapon combo options in game
  • flight hardware options
    • wings
    • jets
    • drone props
    • hover boards
  • build options and concerns
    • weight distribution
    • power sources
    • weapons
    • flight
    • optional legs
    • landing gear legs
  • chassis options
    • heavy
    • medium
    • light
    • hollow (for flight)
  • weapon management concerns
    • heat problems (or some type of time sensitive bottlenecking limit)
    • time sensitive weapon charging concerns