The contemporary desktop environment, Remixed! – #RemixON
I have been using computers a long time. I remember when I had an Amiga 500 hooked up to an amber monitor in my bedroom, tinkering with things. I remember the fun of being able to do multitasking in a fun windowy environment and all the while ‘sticking it to the man’ and supporting a system I believed in. I know, that last part probably sounds silly, and there are pluses and minuses to anything you wish to back, but if you can feel good about what you are doing, or the tool you are using to do it then you will be better off, and your work will show it.
Fast forward to today. I am typing this on a laptop running Windows 10. I’m not complaining mind you, but I just don’t have that same feeling I had back then. Maybe I’m just old and curmudgeony, but maybe not, maybe I need a new platform, a new thing to believe in, something fresh and not old and stale feeling. Something creme filled… Ok… Stupid diet, I don’t need a donut, I just want one…
Ok, back on track. I don’t think I’ll get past the reliance on standard computers for the work I do, because there is a lack of proper software to perform certain tasks, but I do find myself gravitating more towards writing on my phone on the spur of the moment. I find that inspiration can strike at any moment, and being able to stop what I am doing and follow it is becoming more and more invaluable, otherwise I totally forget what was so inspiring in that moment. The ability to work outside of the confines of my workspace leads me to more easily and efficiently tackle that blog post or game review, which leads me to what I am so excited to be writing about today.
Remix. More precisely the Remix OS. I am a big fan of Android, and use it every day on my phone, much more so than my desktop. I am finding myself getting more done on my phone, which I would not have thought possible or even comfortable a few years back. Remix OS is a fork of Android, geared more towards productivity than simply powering a phone or a tablet. There is a desktop environment that many will feel immediately comfortable with, providing the interface to all of the Android apps that we are fall comfortable using. At the moment there aren’t as many apps designed for tablets available, but I don’t see this as a problem, as it will make multitasking that much easier running several apps in their phone proportions in unison on the desktop will make for a much less cluttered environment than trying to utilize for example a text editor, a web browser, a paint program and a spreadsheet all at the same time on a contemporary PC.
I plan on further investigating the Jide Remix OS in the following months, its potential as a productivity environment and the possibility that it can break the chain I have anchoring me to my desktop PC.