Sunday, January 31, 2010


There has been talk about Apple’s new iPad where a lot of the grief comes from the fact that the device doesn’t support Adobe Flash. If I’m not mistaken, I believe everyone already recognizes that this device is meant only for consumption. It is a media consumption device that is not meant to produce media. This is why so many people are upset at Apple’s stance against Flash; it is an integral part of surfing the internet. That said, Flash is a plugin (read: “app”) whose features cannot be approved or disapproved by Apple. As it stands, Flash can do too many things and in a negative way for Apple.
  • Users could play free Flash-based games rather than pay for them.
  • Developers could build apps in Flash rather than on the iPhone platform.
  • Apple cannot regulate the type of apps you use if these apps are Flash and located on a web page.
  • Apple cannot regulate what new features Adobe decides to add into Flash.
  • Flash can theoretically circumvent some iPhone/iPod/iPad security features.
  • Flash developers could create interfaces that mimic and/or confuse –even trick—users.
  • Flash is processor-intensive and might affect a user’s experience on the device.
Apple’s decision to ban Adobe Flash is definitely controversial. However, as a business and technical decision, it’s one that has been thought out very thoroughly. There are a lot of intelligent people at Apple and these decisions weren't made on a whim. Adobe, as with the rest of Apple users, can argue this out, the fact still remains: Flash can do too many things that can negative affect the iPhone experience.

(BTW, I still love my Blackberry)

Sunday, January 24, 2010


A coworker of mine recently sent me a link to a website that showcased what CSS is capable of doing in terms of mimicking Javascript rollovers and basic behaviours. Although the site did appear to work as stated, I opened up the source code to discover extraneous hidden HTML markup that littered the page. With this new information, I’d have to say that the CSS didn’t work as stated.

CSS is supposed to contain the presentation markup. Javascript holds the behavioural scripting. HTML holds the content. When CSS is used to replace Javascript by means of littering on the page content, this becomes a hack. Using HTML and CSS to create behavioural hacks to do what Javascript can easily do. It’s a cool concept to execute, a poor architecture for implementation.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Streaming media

Nintendo recently announced that they've partnered with NetFlix in order to stream on-demand movies from their Wii platform. I'm sure this deal with a lucrative one for Nintendo, but I can't help but think of it as an unsafe business move. With both Microsoft and Sony prepping to release their own motion-sensing peripherals, how will Nintendo stay competitive?

First and foremost, I would think that consoles need to be able to play games and play a large selection of games. I don't need my console to stream movies or produce a slideshow of my vacation photos or connect to the weather channel. I bought it because I want to play games. That said, what has Nintendo done to attract developers to their platform?

Both Sony and Microsoft have put a lot of time, effort and money into creating development tools and packages that give developers the ability to produce games. This is vital for a healthy development community. If there is a limited number of developers creating games for the Wii, there is a limited number of games.

And what is the value in buying a console when there aren't any good games for it?