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MS exec says tablet computing may not be 'persistent' (TUAW.com)

Mar 31st 2011 12:10PM "but apple has it covered ALL ways"

Not necessary. If the server/client future comes (and I am not saying it will) then whoever rules the servers wins. iPad can easily serve as thin client, yes, but it will lose most of its competitive advantages - the apps will be run by server, the gui will be dictated by the server. What will have Apple? A bit nicer square and more solid materials? So will Bang&Oluffsen..

Now that said, in iOS Apple owns very popular device, GUI, design, feel'n'look. Microsoft runs most of computers out there, but when was it last time anyone cared about their newest design guidelines?

So Apple is in much better position to start with their popular thick clients and slowly transform them, defining the protocols on the way, and eventually owning the server too. Will they? They're not very public about their server plans. They may miss an important step just as well as other companies do now and then.

(or it will never matter... the big iron guys are having wet dreams about server-based home computing for the last 40 years and it still didn't happen).

MS exec says tablet computing may not be 'persistent' (TUAW.com)

Mar 31st 2011 11:17AM He attacks, iPad, booo.....

In reality, he probably doesn't. Some people i Microsoft (and elsewhere) believe we'll come to era when home has one "big" server and the other devices will be more or less just simple terminals for it. After all, cloud computing is pretty much the same direction, just pushing the server part further away from home.

If this came to be, something looking like iPad would be probably in everyone's home, but as a terminal it wouldn't really be the same thing what today's tablet are.

What would convince you to buy iPad 2? (TUAW.com)

Dec 13th 2010 3:06PM There's probably few upgrades that might convince to go for it (more RAM, a bit lighter, a bit better resolution... or display that would forever kill the "ok, which e-reader to get" question. Multiple profiles.). But instant purchase would be a wacom-style stylus. Yeah, not gonna happen...

Adobe CTO defends Flash against battery life criticism (TUAW.com)

Nov 9th 2010 2:07PM Disabling flash might be a short term victory. IE9 will be released soon and supports quite fully HTML5. New development (or flash conversion) tools are coming. Apple is whining about Flash and making sure as many apple users as possible cannot see flash adverts.

With all that, it's quite likely that first ad agencies will start producing ads in HTML5 instead of flash next year. Then we'll see, if equivalent code (not just video) done in Javascript+HTML5 eats less or more CPU resources than the same in flash (because of its design, Flash has at least theoretically the potential to beat javascript easily. If they actually will, depends on Adobe, naturally).

Mozilla Labs Gaming launches, browser-based 'Open Web' games here we come (Download Squad)

Sep 8th 2010 6:38AM I had experimented with small seasonal games and animations on our site and the biggest problem usually wasn't the javascript speed as such (of course the projects were rather small) but the speed fluctuation. Here a banner decides to stream more data, there some script fetches more images, over there firefox saves session data. All of that causes random delays in the range from milliseconds to seconds, which is just pain for anything resembling an action game.

I guess with my permanent 15+ tab opens I am not a typical user, but still, this is a huge problem. I don't really see the web being a great gaming platform until this is solved (note: flash seems to be affected by this as well, but to much lesser extent).

MS Announces: Windows XP will be sticking around for ten more years [UPDATED] (Download Squad)

Jul 13th 2010 6:49AM Interesting, Microsoft, interesting. Now, about your refusal to make IE9 for XPs....

UK's O2 to impose 3G data limits for iPhone 4 users (Engadget)

Jun 10th 2010 12:07PM I also had mix feelings about unlimited vs limited
Pro of limited:
- you actually know, what you're getting, since the unlimited have some cap anyway
Pro of unlimited:
- while having the cap, it can be more flexible (they can be more strict when network is overloaded and let it go otherwise, they can also forgive you if you get over the limit just sometimes)

But all in all, going for limited is acceptable, given the current level of technology. That said, I think 500mb limit is ridiculous - I would expect at least double of that (yes I know they have 1gb too, but that's on quite expensive contracts).
I would also like some easy way to buy another unit (100mb/500mb?) when I need it (for a month only, not as permanent bolt-on). And naturally, I would expect every additional unit to be of same price as the basic one, or cheaper - not the opposite, which use to be the norm with telcos

Skype hedges on FaceTime compatibility (TUAW.com)

Jun 9th 2010 4:00PM I had 3d video calling on crappy Sony Ericsson (k810? Something like that), it was free phone on basic contract. It had easy switch between front/back camera, had the small self window (but no possibility to move it around, it wasn't touch phone after all). Camera wasn't super, but it was adequate for the screen size. Worked over 3g, obviously. The main difference in usability was, that you couldn't switch to video in the middle of the call - you had to do video call.

I've used it a few times only, for 2 main reasons - price, and it was just not very practical. I would use it more when travelling, but then the roaming charges kill it completely.

The offering from Apple looks ok, though wifi only limit looks a bit ridiculous (if it's on AT&T request then I don't understand, why they don't block it just in US). What pisses me off is the presentation Apple does of it, calling up future, tears in their eyes. I understand pretty much any company is lying to me at least a bit when trying to sell something, but the better ones try not to make it so obvious.I don't like when others do idiot out of me.

And I hope access to the front camera is open, so Skype can bring video calling using their own protocol (that's what perhaps the guy was referring to?)

Canadian court deciding if ISPs are content providers (Download Squad)

Jun 3rd 2010 3:46AM ISPs should be dumb pipes sending me whatever data I ask for. They should have as much curating power as the electricity company, deciding, during which TV show to cut off the electricity.

Apple patents multitouch gestures (TUAW.com)

Apr 30th 2010 1:10PM But you know, they've spent so much on RnD! I am sure it took at least 1 day of some bored designer and 1 day with photoshop and hand clipart. They definitely deserve protection for 20 years now.