Archive for January, 2007

What’s That Music?

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

We’ve had a number of people ask us what that awesome music is in the background of our demonstration movies. It’s a song called “Chick A Boom” by Mocean Worker. Mocean Worker has long been a favorite at the Humanized office and Chick A Boom has been at the top of Andrew’s list for as long as I’ve known him.

It was with considerable surprise that Mocean Worker gave us permission to use his song. In exchange, we will be working in collaboration with Mocean Worker on a little project for his upcoming album. Stay tuned.

While I’m on the subject of thanking people, there are a couple people and projects that have been extraordinary in helping us get Enso to launch.

Enso Released: In Memory of Jef Raskin

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

It all started with one man’s dream for a computer that worked the way people did; a dream for a computer that he could compose music on. That man was Jef Raskin. And the dream became the Macintosh.

Jef never could accept the status quo. When something didn’t make sense to him—whether it was in mathematics, aerodynamics, nursing, or musicology—he pressed until he either understood it, or discovered that it actually didn’t make sense. This is how he was able to formulate the philosophy underlying the orginal Macintosh design: That computers should make tasks easy for people, not the other way around. Jef’s talent was in realizing when something was flawed, challenging it, and inventing something significantly better.

Jef did not dwell in the past; he focused his energy on moving forward. He felt that, while inventing the Macintosh was laudable, there was much work left to be done and many ways to make computers more humane.

Enso Launch in the Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Today is a great day for us. We released Enso and ate great Indian food. And, for dessert, the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg covered it (Enso, not the food). Walt’s video review is below and you can read the full article here.

Please note: Since January 15, 2008, all Enso products have been free. To get the latest version of Enso, free of charge, see the main Enso page.

Enso Trailer

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Watch the Enso TrailerWe’ve been quiet, at Humanized. Too quiet. That’s about to change.

For the last year-and-a-half we’ve been working on a piece of software we think will change the way we use computers. Now we are weeks away from its debut. We call it Enso.

Enso is a new idea in computing that brings true universality to interfaces. It makes Windows, and everything in it, more humane. It breaks down the walls of applications. What does that mean? See for yourself. First, read this link then watch the trailer for a sneak preview of Enso.

Are you good at finding bugs? Then there’s barely enough time to sign up for the Enso beta.

Please note: Since January 15, 2008, all Enso products have been free. To get the latest version of Enso, free of charge, see the main Enso page.