May 10, 2002
Weblog BookWatch is yet another mini app from the brilliant mind of pb.
For those of you who found this page searching for a Mac OS X version of Cold Fusion and ended up here, I'm sad to report that such a beast does not currently exist. There is a petition here. As far as I can find, there isn't anything on Macromedia's site that addresses this question directly. One would think that it is only a matter of time before the most widely distributed version of Unix gets support, then again this is a server product not a desktop one.
There has been a rash of chipmunk suicides in my back yard over the last couple of weeks. It's terrible. I check on the pool, and the pool filter system at least once a day, and recently I have found at least one chipmunk in the pool every day. The strange thing is that we have had plenty of rain over the last few weeks, so thirst shouldn't be a motivation for them to jump in the pool. I just don't understand what could possibly be so depressing about being a chipmunk that would make them want to end their little chipmunk lives. I mean they seem so happy in the cartoons I have seen. I just seems so unfair.
Microsoft convicted of software piracy I don't know how this escaped the major news media in this country, but this is a very serious thing. It's terrible that a company that has the opportunity to be the statesman of the industry is continually doing things that are awful for the industry. In this case, it's ironic that they were found guilty of this particular offense in light of their heavy handed software licensing policy and their stand on piracy itself.
May 9, 2002
Dave talks about iChat and Apple. I think people look at these things the wrong way. Yes, Apple is releasing a chat client with the next version of Mac OS X. The complaint seems to be that with their iSoftware applications, Apple is entering the space that independent developers are already in, and stomping all over their efforts. On the other hand, most chat software is free. Having said that, Apple doesn't have the history of taking advantage of undocumented system features with their apps like Microsoft has with Office. They tend to expose the same interfaces for third parties that they use themselves. So, my conclusion is that a third party chat application with better features does have the opportunity to play in the market. These built in applications, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and the online application suite iTools, tend to be best of breed applications. They make the platform more attractive to consumers, without a doubt. I think that the long term gain of market share by delivering applications like these to Apple customers outwieghs the negatives. I do wonder, however, where the line should be drawn. By continuing development of all of these applications, is Apple losing it's focus? How many of these applications does it makes sense for them to invest in? Finally, god forbid they decide to discontinue development on one of these applications if developers have decided to vacate that space.
Flash: Blogging Goes Corporate Wired documents what is going on with the Flash community and Macromedia's weblogs.
May 7, 2002
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." - Pablo Picasso
May 6, 2002
Jaguar looks as if it deals with virtually all of my complaints with the current version on Mac OS X.
I read The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream this afternoon based on Joshua Davis's recommendation in his surfstation interview. I liked it, it's one of those simple philosophy to life metaphysical books that I seem to be a sucker for.
May 5, 2002
Just in time for the NBA playoffs, it's Bill and Shaq.
Digital Web Magazine: SVG: The New Flash
SF Gate: Macromedia survives a decade by reinventing itself Reading this story makes me think that, to some extent, Macromedia still is not coherent as a company. The article mentions Dreamweaver and Flash as Macromedia's most important products, but fails to mention their server line of products, which I think will end up being equally as important to the company moving forward. This, from a marketing perspective, is a really important aspect to their story.