The most important thing to get right at the outside is that it is an historical document now. I mean it was written in 2005, it was published in 2006, and so it may retain some value. But it is essentially a snapshot of the way we thought the technological future was unfolding in the mid 2000's. Reality has turned out otherwise. The book starts with the work of a guy named Mark Weiser. Mark Weiser who is the Chief Technologist at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center in the mid 1990's. And he saw very clearly that we are removing from the mainframe with its one machine to many user relationship through the one-to-one relationship of the personal computer towards a place where there be many computational devices and services addressing the needs of a single human individual. And as the transition from the mainframe to the personal computer required a new mode of user interface, a new way of understanding the human interaction with that computational power, so to, with the transition towards what he termed ubiquitous computing, requiring new modes of thinking about interface, new ways of thinking about human beings interacting with this computational power.
And there were many many phrases that were used by a variety of institutions that were active in that field in the 1990's and early 2000's, and there is pervasive intelligence and ambient intelligence and pervasive computing and ubiquitous computing, and network awareness, and all of these other very technical, very... you know the words kind of stuck in your mouth. They did not really convey very much of anything at all. And I thought that what if there were a term that the people who would be exposed to this technology, ordinary everyday people, could use to help them think about it. And I came up with this umbrella term 'everyware', everywhere as in software and hardware. And to be honest I am not sure how successful it was as a coinage, I am not sure that it ever really caught on or conveyed much of anything itself, so I regard that, at best, a partial success. Nevertheless I am still... I think the book was more successful than the term itself.