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Steve just lost a customer Thursday, April 29, 2010
My Mac Pro is starting to get kind of dated and I've been lusting after some of the newer/faster systems out there. I'm ambO/Sdextrous and spend my day working back and forth between a pc and a mac and had started to get tired of the minor issues I have working between the two systems so I had considered a tricked out pc with Windows 7. I wasn't too happy with Apple when they decided to change their licensing agreement and shaft Flash developers... that wasn't very cool of them.. Then I saw that Keith Peters went back to the dark side... and now.. well.. let's just say Steve's little rant sealed the deal for me.

So I'm enjoying some of the comments on his "pot calling the kettle black" tirade like this one, and this from icrontic. ha. And it's good to see some of the comments like the ones on this article... lolz.. some people do understand that while HTML5 is a great improvement, it's a very different tool from Flash.

I figure it might be Christmas before I slow down enough to go through the hassle of switching files and everything over to a new system, but when I do get that time I'll probably be getting a nice high end gaming system. One that can play Crysis.



Adobe Open Screen Project Thursday, May 01, 2008
wow..... the announcement today from Adobe about opening the Flash Player up to the market to be placed on any imaginable device is just stunning. This is going to place even more demand on people with Flash skills as these companies begin to produce handheld devices using the Flash Player.

The only thing in the press release that set off my BS detector was this.. "“The Open Screen Project will make it simple for Verizon and our partners to deliver rich mobile experiences to more devices,”" .. yeah, and how big of a fee will they charge developers before they can develop for the Verizon network?

I also noticed that there was no mention of Apple in that press release.

encrypted data storage in Adobe AIR Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Way back in the days of Macromedia Central some of the Flash community were requesting some things that at the time we thought were huge..
- the ability to have the apps show up in the Start menu, shortcuts on the desktop, etc like a real app
- the ability to totally skin the app window (remove the Central chrome)
- a lightweight, built in database for handling large amounts of data, extra bonus if it handled SQL
- a way to securely store data on the system on a per user basis
- better performance both in video and in ActionScript
- free (as in beer) like the Flash Player instead of buying licenses for Central

and others.. I can think of these easily though because these are some of the requests that the folks at Macromedia sat down with us and listened to. The result is AIR, and most of those features I listed above are pretty well known features of AIR already. Here Christian Cantrell gives some info on the "how to securely store data" part in AIR. It might seem like a small feature, but it's a big win for some folks. It's certainly possible to roll your own solution, but it's nice to have a standard, built in method.
Flash Player and H.264 - still abuzz Monday, August 27, 2007

There’s a (somewhat) new Flash Player in beta.  I saw all the buzz about it last week (it even hit front page of digg..).  I was just looking at the post Tinic put on his blog to see what people had to say about it since quite a few people went there.

Wow.  There’s a lot of noise there from the Linux folks wanting a 64-bit version of the Flash Player and other “special interests”, but also lots of opinions on the pros and cons of H.264 and Flash.  It’s worth perusing to see other perspectives on this new and rather huge development in Flash/Flex/Air.

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