Swizec Teller - a geek with a hatswizec.com

Senior Mindset Book

Get promoted, earn a bigger salary, work for top companies

Senior Engineer Mindset cover
Learn more

    Services I want to pay for

    For a while now I've been meaning to write a list of services that I need or want, but haven't found. Some of these probably don't exist, some of them just haven't reached my radar.

    Good Dickens! It's a Wenlock! via miksago

    You can read this list as a sort of manifesto of what I'll get up to in the next few years. Feel free to scavenge for ideas as well. I won't mind, in fact I'll be glad because there's more ideas here than one guy can implement :)

    In no particular order:

    • A dashboard for the data I collect about myself either implicitly or explicitly
    • A way to consolidate my social profile - at least change the avatar everywhere at once
    • Some way to keep track of all the profiles I have
    • Stripe for Europe
    • When I write, dynamically predict how satisfied my audience will be so I can adjust accordingly
    • Ability to test different contents of a blogpost in regards to different audiences
    • Tell my users how long they are likely to take reading a story
    • Give me N pieces of news/content that will take X amount of time
    • Send funny pictures to friends offline with a single click [I am SO rebooting this one]
    • Pay for small favours by actually sending a cookie across the world
    • A tool that reminds me to keep in touch with potential clients (some sort of CRM I guess)
    • According to my personal metrics - give me progress predictions with graphs and advice on improving
    • A helper for building good habits so I can just respond to events rather than use my own willpower
    • Unified way of dealing with all the apps/services that have my CreditCard or PayPal info
    • Unified directory of everyone with OAuth access to any of my accounts
    • Remind me to unfollow/unfriend people before the task gets too daunting
    • Some unified way of dealing with all the services I might need like plumbers, sysadmins and food delivery
    • Remind me to eat according to a schedule
    • Create a diet for me and make sure the ingredients are always in the fridge

    While nothing revolutionary, this is a list of projects that deal with the fact that I'm almost as lazy as I am forgetful. Most of all, the proposed services are about predicting rather than reacting. I don't want to react to a problem, I want to predict I'm going to have a problem while I still have time to fix it!

    With the piles of data available, computers are better at making these predictions than I am.

    Machine Learning
    Published on August 28th, 2012 in Google, OAuth, Online Communities, PayPal, Prediction, Twitter, Uncategorized

    Did you enjoy this article?

    Continue reading about Services I want to pay for

    Semantically similar articles hand-picked by GPT-4

    Senior Mindset Book

    Get promoted, earn a bigger salary, work for top companies

    Learn more

    Have a burning question that you think I can answer? Hit me up on twitter and I'll do my best.

    Who am I and who do I help? I'm Swizec Teller and I turn coders into engineers with "Raw and honest from the heart!" writing. No bullshit. Real insights into the career and skills of a modern software engineer.

    Want to become a true senior engineer? Take ownership, have autonomy, and be a force multiplier on your team. The Senior Engineer Mindset ebook can help 👉 swizec.com/senior-mindset. These are the shifts in mindset that unlocked my career.

    Curious about Serverless and the modern backend? Check out Serverless Handbook, for frontend engineers 👉 ServerlessHandbook.dev

    Want to Stop copy pasting D3 examples and create data visualizations of your own? Learn how to build scalable dataviz React components your whole team can understand with React for Data Visualization

    Want to get my best emails on JavaScript, React, Serverless, Fullstack Web, or Indie Hacking? Check out swizec.com/collections

    Did someone amazing share this letter with you? Wonderful! You can sign up for my weekly letters for software engineers on their path to greatness, here: swizec.com/blog

    Want to brush up on your modern JavaScript syntax? Check out my interactive cheatsheet: es6cheatsheet.com

    By the way, just in case no one has told you it yet today: I love and appreciate you for who you are ❤️

    Created by Swizec with ❤️