On Wednesday, 12 March 2003 at 1:29 AM, I launched TextEdit and jotted down a few software ideas that had been floating around in my head. The way I saw it, if I didn’t write them down I’d forget them; and they’re pretty good ideas as far as I’m concerned, so they warranted some keyboard time. I saved them there in my Documents folder, and not here on decaffeinated, because I didn’t want anybody else to see them. My reasoning being, of course, that I can’t actually build this software, so I may as well maintain a secret “software ideas diary” to keep for when I can turn my ideas into reality.
Now, a year later, I’m studying Computer Science at UWA and, being a lowly first–year, the time when I’ll be able to realize my ambitions is several years away. But, as always happens when you have a good idea and lack the means to follow through… someone else gets there first. Graham Parks, creator of Shrook, is the first to roll out an RSS/Atom feed reader with an iTunes–like interface complete with smart groups, type–ahead find, and something close to column–view. I doubt he’ll be the last. Congratulations are due, though I’m secretly pissed as hell that somebody got to my idea before I could.
Let that be a lesson to you. And to me. Act, for inactivity is akin to death.