It all started in school when my CSS obsession first kicked in. Back then Internet Explorer was still a thing and for most Windows users there was no need to switch browsers. Around that time I first noticed how much more capable Firefox was, especially when it came to bleeding edge CSS features.
One thing that stood out to me was 3D transformations in CSS; most notably the
transform-style: preserve-3d attribute. While not completely new I had never worked with those things before and they still where quite experimental at that time. As I had no real use-case for this feature I did what every rationally thinking engineer would do: I made one up.
A couple of days later Homecube was born.
While the use-case was mostly made up, it did also solve a tiny problem I had: No matter how hard I tried I always forgot where I saved my bookmarks.
This tiny problem combined with the desperate need for something I could use my beloved transformations for let to the birth of homecube.
It's a cube object that allowed you to store your bookmarks on it. Not very reasonable, not very useful and quite limited in bookmark storage capacity. You could rotate the cube by using drag & drop, touch or your keyboard's arrow keys.
(write something about how Homecube was my browser start page here)
While nobody ever used Homecube it was a neat little showcase of my skills at that time and it was presented at the open-door day of my school for the next 7 years or so.
Once I realised that Homecube was not as useful as I had hoped for, I decided to move on. It took a couple of yours and a couple of side projects until I got to my next big thing: Homelery.
Homelery, like Homecube, allowed users to store bookmarks. This time around, however, I got rid of the cube thing and instead added some more features: Labels, Widgets and automated icons.
The website worked great for my personal use but my assumption that users would spontaneously show up and start using it without me doing any marketing didn't quite check out in the end.
(write something about how Homelery was my browser start page here)
I retired homelery.com a couple of years later but kept the domain. Some more years later I (at least) sold the domain for 1000 USD.
Homecube and Homelery where mainly developed during my school time and I gotta say I didn't have much clue of how the world worked back then. (And I probably still don't)
After finishing school and after freelancing for a couple of years I suddenly felt the need for a new tool. A tool that didn't yet exist. It seemed that the universe had chosen me to build that tool.
I heard angels singing and the crowd around me cheering.
This was it, the project that I had been waiting for:
As a freelancer I repeatedly had the problem that each of my clients used a different tool for writing down what's to do. One used Github, the other one used Jira, I personally used Todoist and so on and so forth. I wanted to build a tool that takes all those inputs, merges them and puts them out in a uniform manner. So I build boostful.io.
One thing that I didn't realise while making Boostful.io happen was that I was building yet another tool that should serve as my browser homepage aka new tab page aka a personal dashboard. Coincidence? I think not.
The question that remains, however, is if Boostful will actually prove to be more useful for users than it's predecessors? Stay tuned.