Back in February of 2010 I was coding in the offices of our customer – a semi-big Finnish company. It was interesting from a technical perspective, but the project had changed directions about half a dozen times in the past 6 months. I guess it lacked someone with some backbone to lead it according to one vision. Instead they were bending over to anyone with an opinion and we had a veritable software Frankenstein on our hands. Despite being a neat programming challenge the product itself was a mismanaged collection of random features in which my own faith was close to zero. It’s at times like these you start looking elsewhere for something that would bear more meaning.
I’ve done my own random software projects now and then and the last few years my interest had shifted to products that could make some dough. I had often taken ideas to the implementation stage, but most of these projects ended up fizzling out due to lack of motivation, becoming cute tech demos in the corner of my hard drive or in a forgotten code repository. In spite of that I was getting that urge to create something of my own again.
A MOBILE FUTURE NOT TOO DISTANT
I had read about the fortunes some lucky developers had managed to make on the AppStore, but the real gold rush seemed mostly over. On the other hand the Android platform was gaining traction and it had a serious lack of fart applications; and I reckoned those fart applications needed developers. I had a crappy old Symbian based Nokia phone and thought it might be time to get one of those new fangled smarty phones. The iPhone was only available from one operator (not mine), and developing for it required a Mac, which was an even steeper investment. This made me hop on the Android bandwagon. I ended up scouring an auctioning site for an HTC Hero and on the 28:th of February 2010, I had the winning bid on a white HTC Hero. In the beginning of March a package of used mobile electronics had arrived much to the glee of a new owner.
I played around with the Hero – and compared to my Nokia it was night and day. I came to the conclusion that these smart phones were going to be our overlords very soon. We’d be fiddling with these buggers updating our tweetbooks, fouring our facesquare, reading, chatting and playing on the go. In fact I concluded the gold rush was far from over, it was merely beginning. It wouldn’t be over until most people were conducting most of their online time on their phones. I don’t know where we’re now, but if we’re not there yet I think it’s pretty safe to say we’re getting closer.