Apparently the biggest hit at South-by-Southwest yesterday is the announcement of a new music service like Pandora and Last.fm called Slacker centered around a device very close to what I described in the PandoraPod post I did about two months earlier.
I still believe the concept will be the next big thing, and a potential iPod killer, and apparently BoingBoing, TechDirt and others are starting to believe in it as well. Too bad I have to have a job, I wish I could work on a ubiquitous internet-connected device like the PandoraPod, but with the ability to connect to any of these services.
This brings up a good point. Ideas are cheap, that’s for sure, but what’s a guy to do when he’s got a dozen ideas but also a load of responsibility to be a provider for his household? It’s not too late for me to be an internet/technology revolutionary (I don’t have kids to take care of yet), so what to do?
I’ve started learning Ruby/Rails with a lot of help from Andrew at Teabass (check him out) and the NW Chicago Ruby Users Group.Â I’ve even lowered my grad class load this semester to get more time to work on learning how to do Rails development.Â I think that will cover the web-applications side of things, but I’ve been coming up with more and more hardware.Â Short of flying to Malaysia and asking people at the airport where to go, how does one get a handheld device prototype / production model created?Â I’m pretty anxious to work on the next generation of product, such as the PandoraPod or my WiMax/Skype RAZR phone.Â Any ideas?
Anyway, it really is great to have some validation that yes, maybe I am tuned in properly to the way things are going, but in addition to my side project to try and get hired by Google as a future applications visioneer, where do I go from here?Â Anyone have some good advice?