The MIX conference is currently held in Las Vegas, just as last year. The reports are pouring in and they mostly contain the word “Silverlight” in one way or another. Flash is the most popular choice for graphics-intense presentations on the web today.
Posts of year 2007
Matt Harding was a game designer at ActiVision who got tired of his work. Four years ago, he decided to do what many of us dream of but never get around to: He simply quit his job and traveled around the world.
I recently wrote a post about free subway maps. As we all know, good subway maps are a visual guide to the system and not by any means an accurate map of the real city. What seems close on a tube map could very likely be a large distance in the real world.
During the golden age of demo coding, people were in awe if you managed to produce a large 3D cube in 50 fps. These were the days before graphical APIs so you had to write everything by hand, including line drawing routines and polygon clippers. To avoid hardware limitations, there were illusion tricks to create a seemingly endless parade of cubes across the screen.
A while back I mentioned the new set of icons for the CS3 family. Today the suite is launched and it contains several goodies. Scoble has made an interview with the Flash team about what’s new in the CS3 suite, which includes a demo of Flash CS3.
Not very surprisingly, Microsoft has dropped the horrible codename “WPF/E” and chosen an easier name for their upcoming “Flash killer” technology. But I didn’t expect it to be “Silverlight”? It sounds too much like “Flash” to my ears. On the other hand, I suppose “Blue and white electromagnetic discharge” was unavailable for registration. Anyway, I’m happy that the new name lacks an “X” as well as a year number.
Twitter has come a long way since its first incarnations in Jack Dorsey’s notebook. Even though it may be ignored by the most, it is still extremely popular with over 11 000 requests per second. As anyone with technical sense would guess, this leads to massive scaling issues.
I just read an article by Paul Graham entitled Microsoft is dead. He claims that Microsoft is no longer a threat to other companies and mentions four things that supposedly killed the company: Google, Ajax, broadband and Apple.
About a year ago, I was involved in a report predicting the future of browsers and operating systems. Today I had a look at browser statistics for March 2007. IE7 is up to 30%, at the expense of IE6 going down to 48%. Firefox is the eternal number two, with 14% of the market.
I just got back from a Nine Inch Nails concert in Stockholm. It was so great I started to cry. But even more interesting than the concert is the marketing hype surrounding this tour. It all started with letters in concert t-shirts from the current tour, spelling out a domain name: iamtryingtobelieve.com. A visit to this odd site introduces the mystical substance “parepin”, a fictional additive supposedly added to the water in the future.