The HTML5 spec won’t be ready for consumption for at least another 2 years.
Flash is a mature platform, HTML5 is just in its initial implementation phase.
Flash is made by a single vendor, HTML5 sees duplicate efforts by at least 5 different companies on at least 4 different platforms.
Flash is built as a multimedia and animation platform, HTML5 is a progressive enhancement over a content centric and descriptive language
Flash is good at what Flash does, HTML5 is good at what HTMLdoes
The Flash vs. HTML5 argument will implode after every Flash feature is ported into an HTML5/Canvas equivalent
“Google has made some major strides in adding new features to Google Analytics over the past year. I used to recommend Google Analytics for basic tracking needs and Omniture(which is expensive) for when custom user tracking or goal conversion was required. After spending some time playing with the new custom variables and segmentation features in Google Analytics, I think I can say that for the vast majority of websites I’ve worked on - even those run by large enterprise companies with complex requirements - Google Analytics is all you need. And the best part is, it’s free.”
This morning @harmonyallen pointed me to this article and initiated an excellent discussion. She and @nickgrobe were discussing the importance of understanding both side of the discussion of Flash vs. Standards Based design.
Here are my thoughts in a nutshell. Clearly standards based design is extremely import. But if a client came to us today for a project, can we eliminate Flash as a go to option? The two important considerations are, which devices support only Flash, or standards, or both? What skills and tools do we have today, which determines costs.
Today Flash, while proprietary, is nearly ubiquitous. HTML 5 and CSS 3 are just now entering the mainstream. But the Apple vs Adobe battle exacerbates this conversation. And it will be a year or two before the dust settles. My view is that we need to do both, and adopt tools as they come online. And remember a quote that the article points out:
"In the end, we’re all just trying to create websites that can be accessed and used, regardless of the tools we use to deliver them."
"… is incorporating the Illumitex LEDs into "a PAR30 replacement," referring to the most popular floodlight-style bulbs used in indoor lighting, that could deliver 500 lumens for only 7 watts. A commercially available compact-fluorescent PAR30 bulb typically puts out 750 lumens of light at around 16 watts, while a halogen version might deliver 600 lumens for 50 watts of power.”
"Twitter’s decision to operate its own data center reflects the growing importance of infrastructure as audience growth scales to “Internet scale” levels. Twitter has grown into the 12th largest site, according to Adams, who shared numbers on the company’s growth:
Twitter’s traffic grew 752 percent in 2008 and 1,358 percent in 2009.
The service now has more than 105 million users, who send 55 million tweets daily.
The velocity of the Tweetsream reaches a daily peak of 1,000 messages per second.
Twitter users conduct 600 million searches per day.
About 75 percent of traffic is from third-party services using the Twitter API, with the remaining 25 perfcent from the Twitter.com web site.
Twitter also has used Amazon’s cloud computing services to store and deploy images, including profile pictures.”
Well, huge growth brings huge demands. It doesn’t say if they will stop using Amazon… I love Amazon S3 for asset storage. Has anyone tried it?
"From Apple’s perspective, the last thing it should therefore do is allow that unique source of customer satisfaction to be threatened in any way."
"No surprise, then, that Mr Jobs has banned programmers from writing iPhone apps using cross-platform programming tools like Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s .NET, which make it easy to write an app for many different devices and operating systems at once. "
No surprise indeed. By not supporting Flash, Apple is discounting and eventually hurting the most successful cross-platform tool ever. I haven’t heard much from open source and standards advocates. Yes, I know Flash is proprietary, but it definitions are open source.
What if you were to build your business systems completely from software as a service, cloud computing, and/or open source resources? What would it look like? What workflow would you use? Take a look this BuzzMachine blog post for one view of this as he talks about The Ben Franklin Project he is apart of.
The first thing he talks about is the importance of a digital first workflow. This is term we have used for years and simply means that you need to consider the needs of production of electronic files first and then be concerned about paper or non-virtual output second.
If you do that and look for cloud based alternatives for your tools, and I mean all, then you immediately loosen the grip on all non-virtual elements of your business. Workplace, location, proximity, geography, space, time and yes, even people become more flexible in your business planning.
Take a looks Jeff’s post and tell me what you think!
Startups and Early Adopters: "Checking In" on Conventional Wisdom http://networkedblogs.com/2Qz1y
"Nevertheless, early adopters can be terrific champions of a product, actively promoting it to their friends. Early adopters are a small, but vocal group. Ignore them at your peril. And focus exclusively on them at your peril."
"Google has announced that it has rebuilt Google Docs from the ground-up. The result is a massive overhaul of Google Docs, including completely redesigned spreadsheet, document, and drawing editors, group chat functionality, and the ability to collaborate with real-time character-by-character mark-up, much like Google Wave. You can preview the new changes, starting today.”
"The one word that describes today’s updates is collaboration. Google believes that “collaboration is broken”: people make revisions to the same document, but one bad save by a late person can ruin the whole document. Thus Google’s belief is that creating a browser version of collaboration software that bridges the gap between the desktop and the web is key to better collaboration and quicker innovation."
THE UK’S FOREMOST “visual search company”, Plink, has been snatched up by Google, the Oxford-based company announced today.
The four month-old start-up provided, until now, visual search results based on artwork photography submitted to their PlinkArt application on your Android handset. The principle is simple: take a shot of a painting, run it through the Plink art database and get the details on the artwork and its author.
While most museums have some serious regulations against photography and not much effort goes into reading the label underneath the painting where the artwork is hung. We can see where the indie artwork scene has enjoyed this technology as barely-known flingers of paint will can potentially become overnight sensations through the use of such applications.
"Built from a grid of components connected via any-to-any topology, the XIV system offers exceptional scalability, performance and reliability"
"XIV’s attempt is to become a next-gen SAN company as opposed to a monolithic SAN company," Duplessie said. "Nextra is designed for Web 2.0 digital content that nobody had a clue about two years ago. This content requires outrageous levels of scale on demand, runs on cheap component-based hardware and is self-healing. I think of it as a commercial adaptation of the Google world."
"IBM’s positioning this in the Web 2.0 space and for new applications is interesting in that they put it in places where it doesn’t compete with anything they’re currently shipping," Webster said. "I think that’s somewhat artificial. In that 4 PB number, it’s unlikely all of that is used for Web 2.0 applications. They don’t want sales of this device to cannibalize anything that’s going on with their current products."
in @eWeek article, Enterprise Applications: Hot or Not: Developer Interest in iPad Ticks up and Down, a survey by tool vendor @Appcelerator shows initial interest waning a bit. This while interest in developing for Google Andriod continues to grow. Predictions anyone?
"Touchpoints serve as the point of contact between a buyer and a seller. As the race to socialize commerce escalates, these touchpoints represent the nodes that define the human network, connecting people across the social Web and uniting them around common interests, themes, and movements.”
Commentary & Analysis by Frank Romano about PDF/VT ISO standards
"VDP volume is less than 10 perecnt of all digital printing and digital printing is less than 15 percent of all printing. The use of variable data (or document) printing has been retarded over the last decade by short-sighted suppliers, specifications, and associations. Now perhaps we are on the cusp of opening VDP to all users, big and small. ISO is about to release a worldwide standard for variable data exchange.”