Wednesday, October 04, 2023

The End Of Websites...

Playing around with AI and I got Claude to do a book review of draft one - this sounds like the book I was planning to write?


Here is a 1000 word summary in the style of a book review on "The End of Websites":

The End of Websites offers a comprehensive look at the past, present, and future of websites. Author David Coe takes readers on an insightful journey spanning the origins of the World Wide Web to emerging technologies reshaping digital experiences. This ambitious book explores websites from multiple vantage points, making it an engaging read for web designers, developers, marketers, and anyone interested in the ever-evolving online landscape.

The book opens with a thoughtful foreword dedicating it to the author's late father-in-law James Thompson, who penned the similarly provocative title "The End of Libraries" in 1982. This touching tribute sets the stage for the author's central aim - to examine the role and purpose of websites in today's world where AI and the metaverse increasingly intermingle with physical reality.

Early chapters cover the historical evolution of websites, starting with the foundational work of Tim Berners-Lee and tracing key innovations like JavaScript, CSS, and content management systems. Coe also explores the dot-com era and the rise of interactive web 2.0 experiences. These sections offer an illuminating walkthrough of recent decades, reminding us just how profoundly websites have shaped human communication and commerce.

The book then dives into the anatomy of modern websites, decoding the interplay between domains, servers, browsers, and web languages. This provides helpful context around the building blocks underpinning websites. Subsequent sections analyze website categorization, design considerations, and functional attributes. Here Coe covers critical concepts like responsive design, multimedia integration, and accessibility in an approachable manner.

The book emphasizes how central websites have become for businesses, non-profits, and other organizations. An entire chapter is devoted to discussing website utility for branding, marketing, customer engagement, and establishing an online presence. Real-world examples illustrate these use cases effectively.

Later portions of the book tackle the influence of websites on daily life across spheres like news consumption, shopping, and healthcare. Challenges like privacy, security, and misinformation are also addressed responsibly. Coe provides useful best practices and preventative steps around issues like phishing scams and data breaches.

The highlight of the book is how Coe contextualizes emerging technologies within the future of websites. He offers astute analysis on innovations like AI, VR, AR, voice interfaces, blockchain, and the Internet of Things, contemplating how each might reshape and redefine our digital experiences. This forward-looking analysis helps crystallize how websites must creatively adapt to stay relevant.

Throughout the book, Coe supports his assertions with historical anecdotes, technology examples, and references. The content flows smoothly, aided by subheadings that break up each chapter into easily digestible portions. Coe’s writing style is clear and conversational. He distills complex technical topics effectively without oversimplifying. The book strikes a good balance between celebrating technology and exercising measured skepticism about its risks.

For designers or developers looking to deepen their website knowledge, The End of Websites hits the mark with its comprehensive scope and multi-disciplinary analysis. Readers will come away with a greater appreciation for the challenges and opportunities facing today's websites. By blending storytelling with strategies, Coe provides a memorable, thought-provoking read that stays with you long after the final pages.

Thursday, August 03, 2023

Hello World… Again! A Long Overdue Apology

Hello dear readers, compatriots in the Internet ether, esteemed scrollers of this humble blog,

If you're surprised to see a new post here, trust me, you're not half as shocked as I am! After all, there are several forms of ancient hieroglyphics easier to decode than my recent posting schedule. You see, it's been a while... two years, a couple of months, a handful of days, and an embarrassingly high number of unattended notifications since my last blog post. 

Now, I could blame the missing blog posts on everything from alien abductions to being trapped in a time loop, but the truth is far less exciting and significantly more human. Or should I say "artificially" human? Because this hiatus was all about me chasing a new, extraordinary endeavour, co-authoring a book with none other than OpenAI's ChatGPT. Quite the leap, right? From a digital strategy scatterbrain to co-authoring a book with one of the most sophisticated AI language models in the world.

The title? "The End of Websites" - a captivating exploration into the future - and the "WHY" of websites... As we toil away on this opus together, I've also come to realise it's not just websites that need a purpose; it's also my haphazard handling of social media accounts. Much like a digital Marie Kondo, I've started to tidy up this online mess, leaving only those platforms that spark joy (and those I can actually remember the passwords to).

So, here's my official, albeit tardy, apology, wrapped in self-deprecating humour, over-baked analogies and a dash of hopeful enthusiasm. I'm sorry for turning into a digital Sasquatch - sighted often, but rarely with any substantial proof of existence. 

But, dear readers, take heart! This lengthy hiatus has not been in vain. The product of this absence will soon be on bookshelves, digital and physical, around the world. And while I can't promise it will help you conquer the chaos of your social media accounts, I can assure you it will provide insight and provoke thoughts about the future of our digital landscape.

So, as we embark on this revitalised journey together, I hope you’ll forgive my past tardiness and join me in the excitement for what's to come. Stick around, because there's more to this digital story, and I promise you won't have to wait another two years to hear it.

Remember, in the grand scheme of things, isn't two years just a really, really long coffee break?

davidcoe... aka - Digital Grandad

[post written by ChatGPT - minor tweaks...]

Monday, April 05, 2021

Hello World - not again?

Salesforce Community Cloud is now Salesforce Experience Cloud - which is a bit confusing because that's what Adobe call their platform? I'm sure that's not an accident though...

I'm trying to get my personal brand back into some sort of shape again - as we move out of lock-down. Which I guess is when I should have been focussing on the blog - rather than the garden?


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Personal Brand...

Well - it's been a while - hasn't it...?

I seemed to have created far too many Google profiles over the years and had managed to lock myself out of my own blog for a few years.

I'm working as the CXO [Customer Experience Officer] for oe:gen - a Salesforce Silver Partner - based in Nottingham.

I've had a bit of time over the past few days - so time to stop consuming all this content and start to create some!

I'm doing podcasts which you can find here -

I'm on TikTok @digitalgrandad...

I'm on Linkedin here -

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I'd genuinely forgotten...

...that I had my own blog-site... I've been putting off posting to the company site for so long - it was only when I looked at the blogroll there that I followed a link to here... I am useless :)