Tech.Luver writes: "Blog at immike.net explains why Flash sucks,
" The ironic thing about Flash is that its use is so frequently self-defeating. overzealous designers try to ?fix? what they see as bad interface models by creating custom Flash crap. This sucks. The fact of the matter is that Flash is pretty much inherently inaccessible. Developers who want to create Flash content first have to agree to the SWF Specs License where you promise that you will ?not use the Specification in any way to create or develop a runtime, client, player, executable or other program that reads or renders SWF files.? While they rushed to include DRM support, the company has been dragging it?s feet on Flash support for 64-bit operating systems. And it?s not like the advent of 64-bit CPUs was a surprise. They should have been working on 64-bit Flash in the late 1990s ? or they should have at least given it some thought! And, seriously, it?s taken a team of coders more than two years to port a plugin from 32-bit to 64-bit? Christ, Apple ported an entire operating systemfrom a RISC to a CISC chipset in less time than that. Sounds like the Flash code-base sucks too. "" Link to Original Source
mjmalone writes: Pownce, web wunderkind Kevin Rose's latest online venture, is "a way to send stuff to your friends." The site held up fairly well to a barrage of traffic after its launch, which made me wonder what makes it tick. Lead developer Leah Culver was kind enough to answer some questions via email. Pownce is built on a variation of the LAMP stack: Debian Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Python. But the site uses a number of less mainstream technologies (e.g., Django, Perlbal, and Amazon S3) to speed up development, improve performance, and reduce costs. Link to Original Source
Is there anything that Vista does right? It's not just that it's more resource intensive, and less stable than XP - it's also less usable. Check out this report, vista is less intuitive, has higher menu latency, and has more "friction" than XP/OS X. This is not just about the OS being "pretty." For a product that is used every day by millions of people this will substantially impact productivity.