Vesper, a beautiful “huh” receptacle with Balls.
Being a long time Mac user, it’s possibly inevitable that I follow those who talk about Mac and Apple, John Gruber being one of them. So when he and his collaborative team at Q Branch LLC, created Vesper, I did take a peek at the app concept and I had to say, it appears to be a well designed app that never really needed to be created.
The premise of the goal of this app was to solve the problem of:
What’s the difference between a thought, an idea, and something you want to do? I don’t know exactly. That’s why we made Vesper.” – John Gruber
First off, that is one of the weakest concepts I’ve heard pitched. I’m really curious as to what Merlin Mann, Gruber’s friend, thinks about this app. Being a GTD practitioner, if we aren’t making front-end decisions on these sort of things as to “what is it?”, “why am I letting it into my life?”, “what am I going to with it?” then this sort of stuff just goes undefined and piles up. Now thanks to a beautifully designed app you can cram all your thoughts into this app, and never deal with them again! YAY!
So you’ve got a collection basket, that’s digital. You put all of your thoughts, ideas and potential to-dos into. How do you sort with, deal with, and handle these? Not very effectively or efficiently. The app doesn’t sync, so you’re SOL if you hope to get a bigger screen to look at in order to systematically process and organize this pile of “stuff” you’ve collected. So in terms of GTD and really any sort of true productivity process, Vesper is a sunk ship.
Ok to the gem of all… the reviews. I’d like to personally call out “Marco Arment” for a very butt kissing, nay, butt slurping review of the app. Why? Read on…
Balls?! Yes, that’s right Balls. Love it! It also took balls for Microsoft to launch IE5 or to continue with IE6. You know what else? ZUNE had huge balls!
So a group of creative and talented people got together and developed a very good looking app that did more harm than good by digitizing raw data (something David Allen strongly advises against), and in turn, cripples things further by not being able to sync a device, and further softens the front-end will power of making decisions because we just keep stuffing things into a digital pile. Why? Because it takes balls!
Seriously, the best review I came across was this review
Well the world still has Lance Armstrong, he’s got ball!