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November 01 2013

NSA infiltriert Google- und Yahoo-Netzwerke, Adobe-Kopierschutz, iCloud-Schlüsselbund

In den Cloud-Links der Woche: NSA zapft interne Datenleitungen an, US-Dienste wollen E-Mail sicherer machen, neuer Kopierschutz für E‑Books von Adobe, Klage um Streaming-Einnahmen und Passwörter bei iCloud.

NSA soll auch in interne Netze von Google und Yahoo eindringen

Wie zuerst von der Washington Post berichtet, zapft die NSA in Verbindung mit dem britischen Geheimdienst GCHQ offenbar auch interne Datenleitungen von Google und Yahoo an. Im Unterschied zum bereits bekannten „PRISM” soll das „Muscular” genannte Programm ohne Kenntnis der Unternehmen und ohne gerichtliche Grundlage ablaufen. Mit welchen Methoden genau die Dienste in private Netze eindringen, ist nicht mit Sicherheit zu sagen. Die Washington Post stellt mögliche Szenarien in einer Infografik dar. In einer Einschätzung meint Sicherheitsforscher Bruce Schneier, dass auch Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Dropbox und andere Clouddienste in gleicher Weise als kompromittiert gelten müssten.

US-Anbieter wollen Sicherheit bei Mails weiterentwickeln

Die US-Dienste Lavabit und Silent Circle haben sich einer Entwicklungsallianz zusammengeschlossen, die E-Mails sicherer vor Ausspähung machen will. Wie aus einem Blogpost bei Silent Circle hervorgeht, will die neugegründete „Dark Mail Alliance” wohl vorerst keinen eigenen Dienst anbieten, sondern die dem Mailverkehr zugrundeliegenden Protokolle und Verfahren weiterentwickeln und dafür unter anderem auf das bei Chat-Programmen verbreitete XMPP-Protokoll zurückgreifen. Lavabit hatte im August seinen Dienst eingestellt, statt private Schlüssel an US-Behörden zu übergeben. Kurz darauf schaltete auch das von PGP-Erfinder Phil Zimmermann gegründete Unternehmen „Silent Circle” seinen E-Mail-Dienst ab. Nun hoffen die Unternehmen darauf, größere Mailanbieter ins Boot zu holen.

Adobe plant neues Kopierschutzsystem

Wie Johannes Haupt bei lesen.net berichtet, will Adobe in den kommenden Monaten eine neue Version seines DRM-Systems für E‑Books einführen. Kopierschutz von Adobe ist bei E‑Books im Epub-Format und PDF-Dateien das am weitesten verbreitete System und wird an Verlage unterlizenziert. Adobe nennt das neue System „unknackbar”; erfahrungsgemäß ist es nur eine Zeitfrage, bis Kopierschutz-Systeme geknackt sind. Beim jetzigen von Adobe eingesetzten System ist das bereits seit einigen Jahren der Fall.

Streaming-Einnahmen: Schwedische Künstler wollen Labels verklagen

Musiker in Schweden haben angekündigt, gegen die Plattenfirmen Universal und Warner Music vor Gericht zu ziehen. Wie musikmarkt.de berichtet, will die schwedische Musikergewerkschaft einen höheren Anteil für die Künstler an den Einnahmen von Streaming-Diensten erstreiten. In Schweden machen die Dienste – an erster Stelle das dort gegründete Spotify – dem Bericht nach 70 Prozent der Umsätze im Musikmarkt aus. Die Musiker erhielten 6 bis 10 Prozent der Einnahmen, ebenso wie im klassischen Tonträgermarkt. Die Künstler dagegen fordern 50 Prozent.

Heise: Wie sicher sind Passwörter in der iCloud?

Mit Apples neuen Betriebssystemen iOS 7 und Mavericks lassen sich auch Passwörter im Clouddienst des Unternehmens sichern. Bei Heise Security untersucht Jürgen Schmidt, wie es um die Sicherheit steht. Gegen Angriffe durch Dritte sei das System „schon recht gut abgesichert”, „erschreckend schlecht” sei jedoch die Sicherheit zu bewerten, wenn man Zugriffe von oder über Apple selbst in die Betrachtung einbezieht. Für eine genaue Sicherheitsbewertung müsste Apple jedoch entweder technische Details offenlegen oder Forscher müssten weitere Analysen durchführen.

October 11 2013

Safe-Harbour-Verstöße, Tracking bei Mailprovidern, Cloudspeicher im Selbstbau

Datenschutzverstöße bei „Safe Harbour“, Tracking bei Mailprovidern, Streaming aus Musikerperspektive, Gauck zum Datenschutz, Datenleck bei Adobe und Cloudspeicher im Selbstbau. Die Cloud-Links der Woche:

Safe Harbour: Viele Verstöße gegen Datenschutz-Selbstregulierung

Viele US-Unternehmen verstoßen gegen die selbstauferlegten Verpflichtungen der Safe-Harbour-Vereinbarung, die den Export von Nutzerdaten aus Europa in die USA regelt. Das ist das Fazit eines Berichts (PDF) von Christopher Connoly, Chef der Datenschutzberatung Galexia, im Rahmen einer Anhörung im Innenausschuss des EU-Parlaments. So nennt der Bericht unter anderem 427 Verstöße im laufenden Jahr bei den US-Unternehmen, ein knappes Drittel mehr als 2010. Gänzlich neu ist der Befund Connolys nicht, die Safe-Harbour-Vereinbarung geriet zuletzt jedoch verstärkt in die Kritik. Worum es bei „Safe Harbour” geht, erläutert Jan Schallaböck bei iRights hier genauer.

Deutsche Mail-Provider lassen Tracking zu

Das Magazin c’t hat untersucht, bei welchen Mailprovidern Nutzer vom Absender beim Lesen beobachtet werden können. Technisch gesprochen: welche Anbieter Trackingpixel zulassen. Mit den vor allem von gewerblichen Absendern eingesetzten kleinen Bilddateien können diese nachprüfen, wann, womit und wo eine Mail gelesen wird. Demnach ist die Option bei T-Online, GMX, Web.de, Freenet und 1und1 standardmäßig aktiviert, zumindest beim Webmailer von 1und1 lässt sie sich aber abstellen. Positiv kommen in diesem Fall Yahoo und Google weg, bei denen die Option als Standard abgeschaltet ist. Ebenfalls untersucht wurden gängige Mailprogramme. Heise Security fasst die Ergebnisse zusammen.

Streamingdienste und die Künstler: Anbieter bleiben auf Daten sitzen

Der Musikwirtschaftsforscher Peter Tschmuck hat Streamingdienste wie Spotify, Amazon Cloud Drive oder Rhapsody als Einnahmequelle für Künstler untersucht und Statistiken ausgewertet. Sein Fazit: „Realistischerweise können Musikschaffende Streaming nicht als relevante Einkommensquelle ansehen. Nichtsdestotrotz sollten diese Plattformen als wichtiges Promotionstool für die Verbreitung der eigenen Werke angesehen werden.” Perspektivisch würden aber vor allem die von Streamingdiensten gesammelten Daten für Musikschaffende wichtig. Diese behalten jedoch in aller Regel die Plattformen.

Bundespräsident Gauck: Datenschutz so wichtig wie Umweltschutz

In einer Rede zum Tag der deutschen Einheit hat Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck auch das Thema Datenschutz behandelt. „So sollte der Datenschutz für den Erhalt der Privatsphäre so wichtig werden wie der Umweltschutz für den Erhalt der Lebensgrundlagen”, sagte Gauck. Dabei bezog sich der ehemalige Beauftragte für die Stasi-Unterlagen auch auf die Überwachungs- und Spionageaffäre und forderte „Gesetze, Konventionen und gesellschaftliche Verabredungen”, die dem digitalen Wandel Rechnung tragen.

Adobe: Datenleck bei Kundendaten und Sourcecode

Wie zuerst vom Sicherheitsforscher Brian Krebs berichtet, haben sich Angreifer bei einem Einbruch in das Unternehmensnetzwerk von Adobe Nutzerdaten wie Login-Information, Kreditkartendaten, verschlüsselte Passwörter und Programmcode beschafft. Betroffen sind offenbar Nutzer des Programms Coldfusion sowie Konten für Revel und Creative Cloud. Adobe erklärte, für Nutzer bestehe kein erhöhtes Risiko, betroffene Anwender würden benachrichtigt.

Podcast: Wozu Cloud im Selbstbau?

Marcus Richter hat sich mit dem Mikrorechner Raspberry Pi und der Owncloud-Software einen Cloudspeicher im Selbstbau-Modus zugelegt und eine Anleitung kompiliert. Mit erdgeist vom Chaos Computer Club unterhält er sich gut eine Stunde im Monoxyd-Podcast über die Gründe und Erfahrungen dabei. Hintergründe zum Cloud-im-Selbstbau-Trend auch hier bei iRights.

August 26 2013

Four short links: 27 August 2013

  1. Bomb in the Garden (Matthew Butterick) — de­sign ex­cel­lence is in­hib­it­ed by two struc­tur­al flaws in the web. First flaw: the web is good at mak­ing in­for­ma­tion free, but ter­ri­ble at mak­ing it ex­pen­sive. So the web has had to rely large­ly on an ad­ver­tis­ing econ­o­my, which is weak­en­ing un­der the strain. Second flaw: the process of adopt­ing and en­forc­ing web stan­dards, as led by the W3C, is hope­less­ly bro­ken. (via Alex Dong)
  2. Google’s New Play Store Policies on Ads (The Next Web) — the walls of civilisation holding back the hordes of assclowns. Imagine the behaviour responsible for each of these restrictions.
  3. Inside Password Cracking (Wired) — how pros go about cracking your password once they have the encrypted hash. (And gosh, how those “but I used numbers and symbols!” passwords fall)
  4. Brackets (Github) — open source web code editor by Adobe.

November 21 2012

Four short links: 21 November 2012

  1. gboom — commandline tool for making gists.
  2. Pixel Based Websites — great collection of Javascript tools for working with sprites and backgrounds.
  3. Indie Game The Movie: Case Study — lessons learned, lots of detail, about the self-publishing crowdfunding success story of this documentary. Last piece in the series busts the myth that only big name people can make it work. (via Andy Baio)
  4. Adobe Proto — tablet app for making prototypes and wireframes. (via Josh Clark)

September 06 2012

Four short links: 5 September 2012

  1. DIY Spectrometry KitThis open hardware kit costs only $35, but has a range of more than 400-900 nanometers, and a resolution of as high as 3 nm. A spectrometer is essentially a tool to measure the colors absorbed by a material. You can construct this one yourself from a piece of a DVD-R, black paper, a VHS box, and an HD USB webcam.
  2. Mind-Controlled Drones — Chinese demo of EEG to Bluetooth to laptop to wifi to UAV.
  3. Pac-Man in Javascript — in-browser loving recreation of a bunch of original Pac-Man games, with source on github. Cf this article on building Atari Arcade in CreateJS. (via Javascript Weekly)
  4. Source Sans — Adobe’s first open source typeface.

November 18 2011

Developer Week in Review: Adobe sends Flex to Apache

Although Turkey Day is less than week away, things have been distinctly Labor Day-ish around here, at least as far as the weather goes. Following the Halloween snowstorm, it's been mild and sunny, T-shirt weather.

Today is when my day job company does their annual Thanksgiving lunch, with all the fixings. So, before I become comatose from starch overdose, here's a look at the week that was.

Apache and Eclipse: The Salvation Army of software

FlexIt seems as if a week doesn't go by without a major donation of remaindered code to an open-source foundation. But even recent large donations, such as Oracle's donation of Hudson to Eclipse, are dwarfed by the announcement this week that Adobe is donating the entire Flex SDK to Apache.

Considering Adobe's announcement last week that it plans to drop mobile support for Flash in favor of HTML5, this isn't completely surprising. However, the speed with which Adobe is moving to divest itself of its Flash assets is somewhat breathtaking. By shedding Flex in this way, Adobe can concentrate on building its HTML5 portfolio without leaving existing Flex developers out in the cold.

Donating obsolete products to open source is a commendable effort, and one I wish more companies would undertake. Beyond allowing developers to tinker with the code and improve the product, it also can be a valuable teaching tool (either in a best-practices or bad-example function). Unfortunately, patent encumberment and corporate paranoia make it difficult to do.


This year, Thanksgiving dinner includes Raspberry Pi

Raspberry PiOne of the reasons that the Arduino has become such a popular Maker platform is that it's so cheap; if you hose one, you're only out $20 or $30. Unfortunately, they're also pretty primitive, both in terms of memory and how you have to code them. You can buy a Beagle board or similar kin, which can run Linux, but those are fairly expensive.

The Raspberry Pi is an attempt to create an affordable single-board that can run Linux and interface to consumer-level components. The organization building it just celebrated a milestone, finishing the final cut of the first-gen printed circuit board (PCB) design. This raises hopes that the single-board computer (SBC), with a price projected in the same range as Arduinos, may be available in the near future.

The Pi runs standard Linux ARM distributions, has a USB connector and HDMI out, and if it works as planned, should become the go-to board for homebrew hardware projects. The Arduino is a nice board, and it will continue to have an advantage for those who want pin-level I/O access. It shouldn't be hard to jigger up a cheap USB-based general purpose input/output (GPIO) breakout board, however, so this advantage is likely to be fleeting.

Skynet v0.1 is now operational

People hoping for the eventual enslavement of humanity by sentient machines got good news this week. Researchers at MIT reported the development of a chip that contained 400 neuron-analog circuits. Unlike digital switches, these new circuits mimic the ion channel mechanism that is found in the brain.

The MIT team claims that the work will lead to better understanding of brain processes and the development of prosthetics, but we here at DWIR know the real truth. We have photos of Siri entering the building through a back door, and a witness claims to have seen a large man with an Austrian accent in the vicinity, looking for a student named Sarah Connor. Claims that the Tech Square parking garage control system refused to open the gate for anyone named Dave are still being investigated.


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November 10 2011

Developer Week in Review: Adobe raises the white flag on mobile Flash

To err is human, to err publicly is just plain embarrassing. I ran an item in last week's review that turned out to be kinda stale news. How stale? Well, it dated back to the last Bush administration. That stale ...

Moving forward, I'll try to avoid posting "classic" developer news, and keep things on the cutting edge. Such as:

Flash - 0, HTML5 - 1

Flash and HTML5For a long time, it appeared that Adobe Flash was going to become the de facto mobile application development platform. Apple's intransigence to adopt Flash on mobile Safari was considered a major knock against Apple, and when Apple opened the door to AIR-based iOS native apps, it was seen as Apple caving in to the desire for Flash developers to be able to deliver their apps onto iOS.

Somewhere in there, however, HTML5 came along and stole Adobe's lunch money. Adobe appears to have moved on to Kübler-Ross stage five, and has accepted that HTML5 has trounced Flash, at least in the mobile arena. The company has signaled to their employees that moving forward, Flash will not be supported on mobile platforms.

This is a much bigger story than just mobile, however. Mobile web traffic now accounts for 7% of the total, and is growing at a rate of nearly 1% every three months. As tablets become more popular, this number may skyrocket. Web content providers are unlikely to commit to developing web pages that can't be used well by such a growing demographic, and publishers/developers are likely to shift from Flash to HTML5 for RIA development. Adobe has a leg up on other tool chain providers because it has rich integration into tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator, but it will have to fight to keep this position.

On the mobile app side, Adobe can try to promote the AIR-to-native path, but it's going to be competing with a growing number of "write-once, run-everywhere" companies such as Appcelerator, as well as companies that choose to simply develop natively.

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Working toward the one-language-per-developer ratio

Frequent WIR readers will know that I'm no fan of language dilution, the process wherein new languages are developed and promoted with such frequency that software engineering becomes a Tower of Babble. It seems like a necessary step in the developing hubris of an organization that it decides to have the one true language that will make life a programmer's paradise. Google has done this several times, most recently trying to replace JavaScript. Now, the normally staid Eclipse foundation has joined the fray with Xtend.

Extend joins C# in the "looks just like Java, if you squint" language camp. The good news is that as a JVM-based language, it can share libraries with Java, so it's not starting from scratch. New code created in Xtend can be used by Java developers. But still, do we need another pretty-close-to-Java language? I spend my days coding alternately in Java and Objective-C, and the cognitive dissonance set up as I switch back and forth can generate major cranial pain. Is it 'this' or 'self'? Do I send a message with a dot or by putting it inside brackets? It's much easier to switch between languages that share nothing in common because it's the small differences that screw you up. Xtend is going to be another language close enough to one I already know to make me go nuts remembering the deltas between the two.

Because it's the only shape that can't fall into a manhole, that's why!

Work long enough in the industry, and you'll end up interviewing for a company that thinks trivia and brainteasers are a good way to test applicants. Increasingly, companies seem to think that tests and code challenges are the best way to find the "best of the best." Neil McAllister has an interesting essay in InfoWorld questioning if this really leads to the desired outcome.

I tend to agree, somewhat. Tests that require an applicant to pull obscure or advanced knowledge out of his or her head aren't good tests because they are essentially memory exercises. The best "challenge-style" test I ever had was when I applied for a job at ITA, now (ironically) a part of test-junkie Google. They sat me down in front of a system with carte-blanche Internet access and the ability to install any tools I wanted, and to use any language. Then, they presented me with a heuristic challenge: as I remember, it was to find all the possible anagrams of varying lengths you could find in a provided dictionary.

What I liked about this test was that the company seemed interested in my process, rather than my ability to immediately churn out the right answer. I sat with my minder for several hours, refining the code, adding features that he requested — much more like pair programming than a pure test. At the end of the day, they knew how I worked, how I found things I didn't know or remember, and my coding methodology. It was time-intensive, but much more useful, to my mind, than knowing why manhole covers are round.

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February 01 2011

Can Flash and HTML5 get along?

Flash and HTML5As the HTML5 standard evolves, and the technology becomes more capable, it's natural to start examining the overlap between Flash and the new capabilities of HTML5.

One person with a strong opinion on this subject is Duane Nickull, Adobe's senior technical evangelist. He'll be talking about the new world of HTML5, AJAX and Flash at Web 2.0 Expo, and he gave us a sneak peak at his thoughts on the subject.


To what extent do HTML5 and Flash cover the same ground, and to what extent do they play well together?

Duane Nickull: First, let's clear up a common misperception about HTML5. When many people say or think "HTML5" they really are referring to a set of technologies that includes things like jQuery, AJAX, CSS and even plain old JavaScript. Likewise, Flash is more than just the Flash — *.swf — file format. Flash is a complete platform that has server-side components, authoring tools, protocols, binary formats, supported codecs and even side-channel communication features in server products like Livecycle Data Services and the Flash Media Server.

Most of the time, a Flash-based application deployed to the Internet is done so within an HTML container. It uses JavaScript to invoke and instantiate an instance of the Flash Player browser plugin. One could summarize that HTML and Flash always play nice together, and in fact, Flash relies on HTML.

How is Adobe addressing HTML5?

Duane Nickull: Adobe's strategy is to embrace and develop toolsets for both HTML5 and Flash. HTML5 is an exciting technology and in my opinion, HTML, as a standard, has stagnated for far too long. We are participating in the W3C standards group as well as pushing to bring features into our products as early as possible. At Adobe MAX 2010, we also previewed a prototype technology, conceptually similar to Flash Professional CS5, to show designers and developers how simple and intuitive it could be for them to build interactive animations with HTML.

Developers and architects have to make decisions about which technology suits them best. Let's use forms as an example. In many cases, HTML forms are given preference to Flash-based forms for online experiences, as they load quickly and do not require a plugin. If the architecture calls for offline use, then PDF or AIR applications, often Flash-based, start to make more sense. Adobe doesn't tell developers which technology to use. We deliver multiple choices and allow developers to make their own decisions. Developers would refute such arrogance if anyone demand they always use one technology over the other.


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The overlap between these technologies grows as HTML5 is used more, and functions like the video tag are added. There are some real issues, though, with merely pointing a browser at a video source and expecting it to work in all browsers on all devices and bandwidth variations. The Flash platform has a history of delivering a high-quality user experience for video by detecting bandwidth and processing capabilities and then compensating attributes of the video playback to suit that context. This requires server-side components and side protocols to monitor the playback. HTML5 is a markup language, and it may not be able to match the video experience on all devices that Flash Player now delivers unless it adds a comparable server-side option to the equation.

Another consideration is the actual rendering of the video controls and frame. Using Flash Player, the rendering is consistent if developers use something like the standard video control. If you write your own control in HTML and CSS it is possible that it might look different on different browsers. CSS today has issues with rendering across all combinations. You have Opera, Chrome, IE, Safari, Firefox, et al. Most of these run on three to 10 different operating systems, supporting an average of around five multiple concurrent versions of both browser and OS. This means you have a matrix of 5 * 10 * 5 * 5, or around 1,250 variations, which is a fairly large matrix to test CSS against. That's not even the end of it, either. Some people are still using IE6. I have voiced my concerns about this on my blog.

How is the Flash / HTML5 story going to play out in the mobile space?

Duane Nickull: I think it will play out much as the Internet is already playing out. Adobe will give developers the choices to build the way they want to build. The Flash Platform certainly has an appeal for mobile development and the only hitch is that it's not currently running on the iOS platform.

Consumers have a choice, though. Millennial Media recently reported that Android phones in the U.S. accounted for 46% of traffic on its ad network, more than Apple's 32%. Android, which supports Flash on mobile in Android versions 2.2 or higher, has also taken the No. 2 spot in smartphone handsets and is poised to grow even more.

The tablet market is also heating up. Research in Motion (RIM), which will support both HTML5 and Flash Player as Android does, is poised to make a big splash in the tablet market despite Apple's early lead.

Adobe's strategy, again, is to ensure we deliver the tools that give developers choice. We love Flash and we love HTML and its peripheral technologies.

This interview was edited and condensed.



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October 27 2010

Developer Week in Review

Here's what recently caught my attention on the developer front:

Fresh Linux, get yer fresh hot Linux!

Disciples of the Penguin rejoiced last week as Uncle Linus released a new turn of the Linux kernel -- 2.6.36 to be precise. This release includes support for the Tilera processor architecture, the fanotify filesystem notification interface, Concurrency-managed workqueues, CIFS local caching and ... okay, I can't take it. Wading through Linux kernel release notes is like reading scientific papers written about exceedingly obscure disciplines. I've been in the industry for 30-plus years and I've used Linux for at least half that span, and I can't figure out what most of the new features are without 10 minutes of research per item.

Memo to the Linux Foundation: Hire someone to write sexier announcements. Maybe Tom Clancy: "Ryan looked at the display in desperation, watching the new kernel download. He needed the new Out of Memory Killer to take out the process jamming the US ICBM defenses before the terrorists seized control of the missiles."

Deprecated, but not forgotten ...

Lost in the hubbub around Apple's big "Back to the Mac" event was the quiet deprecation of both Java and Flash from the OS X base install. Deprecation basically means that neither package will be delivered as part of the installation DVDs, and updates will not come via the Apple update mechanisms. It doesn't mean they won't be available anymore, it just means you'll have to download them directly from Oracle and Adobe.

The espoused reason for the deprecation is that it's too hard to keep the versions of Java and Flash up to date, and in point of fact, Apple has been notorious for shipping relatively ancient versions of Java. Of course, the assumed actual reason it was done is that if they aren't official parts of the platform, you can't sell Flash and Java apps in the newly announced Mac App Store. That creaking sound you hear is the Mac Store's door closing to anything but an Objective-C-based app. Although I suppose you can still sell Perl or Python-based apps, since they ship with the OS.

It's a good guess that Adobe will continue to support Flash for the Mac, since so many folks use the Creative Suite products on OS X. The big question is, will Oracle provide aggressive support of Java on the Mac?

Fresh AIR

Arguing over whether you should program for iOS, Android or Linux tablets is a great way to spend an evening at a bar. But Adobe, with the release of AIR 2.5, offers a reminder that there is another way.

AIR, which provides a browser-less way to run Flash and Flex applications directly on the desktop, lets developers avoid the whole "locked into a platform" problem. AIR will run on all the major tablet and handheld technologies. Well ... all of them except Apple's.

Going ... going ... gone!

Remember how Microsoft was going to kill Windows XP once Vista was out? And then they were going to kill it after Windows 7 came out? But like a serial killer in a horror film, XP kept rising from the grave, fueled in its undead existence by the scores of enterprise customers who clung to it for dear life.

This week, Microsoft really, truly killed XP. As of October 22, OEMs and vendors can no longer sell a PC with XP preinstalled. After nine years, the reign of XP has finally come to an end, buried and forever to rest in peace.

What's that you say? You'll still be able to get XP if you buy a copy of Vista with it? Nonsense, I told you, it's dead! Dead and gone.

Hmm ... what's that at the door?

That's it for this week. Suggestions are always welcome, so please send tips or news here.


February 04 2010

Apple vs. Adobe vs. Content Creators

Remember when Wired's fancy tablet demo made the rounds a few months ago? That Adobe Air-driven prototype certainly stoked the fires of iPad enthusiasm.

Tools of ChangeThere's just one problem: It won't work on the iPad.

Leander Kahney at Cult of Mac explains why:

Apple has rejected Adobe technologies like Flash and Air — with extreme prejudice. No one at Condé Nast appears to have seen that coming, even though the iPhone OS hasn’t supported Flash since its launch in 2007.

Maybe Condé Nast developers thought the iPad would run Mac OS. Or maybe they just got ahead of themselves.

Time Inc. ran into a similar problem just before the iPad's launch. Its Sports Illustrated tablet prototype was constructed around a wish list, not tech specs.

This is the first sign I've seen that the Apple vs. Adobe spat is spilling beyond the tech space. Content creators accustomed to the Adobe toolset -- particularly Air and Flash -- will have to recalibrate if they want to be on the iPad (and really, who doesn't want to be on that thing?). That means more development and a longer wait for consumers.

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