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Watching this sent a shiver up my spine. We have not been to the moon in a very long time. Since Concorde was retired we no longer have supersonic passenger aircraft. It almost feels like all of our technology is being focused inward. Where are the great dreams of exploration. Where are the moon bases? As a species we need to get off planet. More on NASA's plans to return here
We have not been to the moon in my lifetime. The last manned landing was in 1972, 35 years ago. Concorde first flew in 1969. Manned flight has been stagnating for far too long. I recently read Warren Ellis's Ministry of Space and felt a certain pang of jealousy. I was jealous I did not live in an age where we had boldly marched into the stars. With Burt Rutan's team winning the XPrize in 2004 and NASA looking serious about a return to the moon, maybe I will live in that time after all.
Mark Pilgram tells it like it is in a wonderful and delicious rant. I've already written about the low esteem in which I hold flash in general. Apollo, Silverlight, Flex and friends sink far below that.
From johnlittle.org, It would appear that Dell are about to offer supported, pre-installed Ubuntu on their machines. This is a huge step forward for Linux, I am a little cautious until I see the machines showing up on dell.com, but it does make sense that they are choosing Ubuntu as Michael Dell is already reported to be Ubuntu (at the time of writing it shows him as running Ubuntu Feisty on a Dell Precision M90). Hopefully with a manufacturer as big as Dell on board more and more hardware manufacturers will be forced to provide good (and with luck open) drivers for the platform.
Press release and video interview with Mark Shuttleworth on Dells website.
Wrong. This is a smart move by Adobe to enhance the popularity of the still closed and proprietary Flash runtime. But even if the Flash runtime was free and open I would still have problems with the platform.
I remember when Google Maps and GMail first launched, hordes of excited techies crawled all over it until its tricks and secrets where spread far and wide. The Pragmatic Ajax book even uses a Google Maps style interface as one of its examples. Google has lost nothing from this, no horde of competitors has sprung out of the night to steal its business using the code. But the concepts have enriched a thousand other web applications. News of the beauty of their code and their innovative techniques has reached every potential hire. Compare this to something like YouTube. Are the web developers of the world crawling all over its video playing Flash widget? No, because its a closed world.
Look at this great little mashup, its syncs Google Map with video footage of a car racing through the streets of Paris in the early morning. But whats the mechanism used to integrate? "Hit play at the 4 second mark". Smooth integration is impossible, because Flash is a closed world. If streaming media was a transparent, extensible technology such a crude bridge would be unnecessary.
The One Laptop Per Child project considers this to be such an important concept that they are building a view source button for all running applications right into the keyboard. This may turn out to be the greatest stroke of genius by an already overwhelmingly impressive project.
SVG is promising us a path for rich graphics. Firefox, Opera and others are promising us native video streaming in their next versions. We should focus our energy and passion on the technologies that allow us to work and learn together, rather than in lonely workshops and walled gardens.