Amongst them are his seemingly hydra-compiled notes of “Uncle” Ted Nelson’s keynote. It seems to be about the problems of the dominant paradigms in personal computing and the web:
“broken promises of personal computing:
* easy record-keeping
* nothing lost
* simplify life
* easy programming
broken promises of hypertext:
* permanent availability
* deep connnections
* profuse link overlays
* frictionless reuse (with copyright management, transquotation)”
It’s also punctuated with gems like this:
“trying to fix html is like trying to graft arms and legs onto a hamburger. And that’s exactly what they’ve done”
Matt’s asides refer to the things that Nelson claims are failing us in current software, and how in actual fact people get by just fine. We have of course taught ourselves to get by just fine, “early adopters never switch” as Ted says, and subsequent generations of users haven’t even questioned the UI regimes we live within. How do you get to the next paradigm from within the tyrannical bounds of the one you’re operating in?
From the one before?