-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Calls for a return to Browser Balkanization
,----[ Quote ]
| Expand Microsoft lock-in. This is part of
| the âlock-inâ problem: generally speaking,
| Microsoft technology is designed to work as
| smooth as possible with other Microsoft
| technology, and as difficult as possible
| with non-Microsoft technology. This means
| that once you start down the road of using
| Microsoft technology it becomes ever more
| difficult to step outside of that
| Thus, Team Apologista must constantly
| replace other parts of the development
| ecosystem with the Microsoft solution. If
| you learn a Microsoft language (C#), you
| canât be using a non-Microsoft language in
| your browser â have to get C# in there. And
| that means implementing .NET in your
| browser. So it goes.
| Move from Opt-in to Opt-out to No-opt.
| Everyone in the world who deals with
| telemarker calls or shovelware on new
| (Windows) computers (or uses Facebook and
| cares about privacy) knows that âOpt-Inâ is
| far more preferrable to the user than âOpt
| So, the defense that âif the user doesnât
| want Mono they can just remove itâ is bogus
| from the start â âOpt Outâ is always the
| defense offered by those peddling things no
| one wants. It becomes more bogus when non-
| Mono apps are replaced by Mono apps, and it
| explodes in a mushroom cloud of nuclear
| bogosity when you start sticking it in
| their browser.
| Miguel de Icaza has proven over the past
| decade from day one that he intends to make
| .NET ubiquitious â if he gets his way it
| will be a crucial component of your
| desktop, your application choices, and even
| your web browsing experience.
Microsoft, Apple Will Never Allow An Open Web
,----[ Quote ]
| There were high hopes with HTML5. It was
| expected to set the Web free of locked,
| closed, proprietary formats. That may not
| be the case anymore. Apple and Microsoft
| seem determined to put locks on this
| Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch, General
| Manager, Internet Explorer, has made it
| clear that "In its HTML5 support, IE9 will
| support playback of H.264 video only."
| Apple's Steve Jobs has already written at
| length supporting H.264 and bashing Adobe
| for its 'closed' Flash for his own
| 'airtight' products.
| The high-profile blogs by the two
| proprietary companies of the world hints at
| a conspiracy. It seems an environment is
| being created to 'distract' developers and
| users from true free formats like Ogg
| Theora and prepare the ground for a
| proprietary H.264, in which these companies
| are stakeholders.
| In a typical Microsoftish manner Dean
| wrote, "H.264 is an industry standard, with
| broad and strong hardware support."
| No, it is not an standard. Industry
| standard it may be because more companies
| use this format. It is not even an ISO
| standard. The way Microsoft's OOXML was
| approved at ISO raises doubts about such
| standards. How many standards does
| Microsoft really respect? CSS standards in
| IE is a nightmare for web developers. That
| is a different topic. Let's steer clear
| from it.
Who Needs Flash?
,----[ Quote ]
| In just months, from seemingly nowhere,
| Appleâs solo campaign to dethrone Flash as
| the de facto standard for web video has
| gathered enough momentum to get over the
| top. The question is no longer whether
| HTML5 will or should do the job, but when.
| Last week signaled the tipping point, when
| Microsoft confirmed HTML5 video support
| would be included in the next version of
| Internet Explorer, which is due later this
| year. That move will swing the percentage
| of browsers supporting the nascent standard
| well above half, and will rapidly
| accelerate adoption by publishers, despite
| lingering technical and legal issues.
| The shift is already happening on the
| mobile web, and eventually â in perhaps as
| soon as two years â HTML5 can be expected
| to serve most new video online.
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
Version: GnuPG v1.4.10 (GNU/Linux)
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----