APPLE’S IPHONE SDK PROHIBITS REAL MOBILE INNOVATION

Last week Apple opened up the iPhone and introduced a software developer’s kit (SDK) to allow third parties to develop software for the iPhone. This was a great step forward in that Apple had, for some significant period of time, suggested that writing software within the browser environment was sufficient, and that no native developer […]

RIP MITCH KAPOR’S CHANDLER

Update: I have posted some of my additional thoughts and critiques 😉 in my most recent post: “Mitch Kapor’s Weekend at Bernie’s.” Yesterday I received an email that I have been anticipating would arrive at any time. The Open Source Application Foundation, creators of the collaborative PIM Chandler, announced that Mitch Kapor, its primary financial […]

THE DEATH OF THE RELATIONAL DATABASE

The relational database is becoming increasingly less useful in a web 2.0 world. The reason for this is that, while the relational database model is great for storing information, it is horrible for storing knowledge. By knowledge I mean information that has value beyond the narrow current conception of the given application. I mean information […]

APPLE FEARS THE KILLER APP

Ok, so were finally getting down to it. On at least two fronts, Apple has now essentially thrown out its draconian rules on what developers can and cannot do on its platform, and replaced them with essentially, no rules. The new “rules” appear to be, “its OK to do what you want in your app […]

John Gruber jumps the shark

I have been using Macs since February 1984. From just about the day the Mac was announced I was writing software for it from my college dorm room using one of the school’s two $10,000 Apple Lisa computers. The Lisa was, at that time, the only tool you could use to write Mac software, and […]

Mousers vs. Keyboardists

Since the dawn of the graphical user interface there has been tension between those that favor the mouse and those that favor the keyboard. I am reminded of this as I explored the new experimental Firefox plugin from Mozilla Labs called Ubiquity. Ubiquity was designed by human interface designer Aza Raskin, who is also the son of Jef […]

Apple Blinks. Flash Tools Now Allowed

As many of you know, I have been fairly agressive in complaining about Apple developer guidelines, and specifically section 3.3.1 of their developer agreement which prevents developers from using any interpreted code, or, essentially, any compiler not created by Apple. Apple instituted the 3.3.1 clause in order to lock out Adobe from offering a Flash-based development […]

Flash 10 p2p and CDNs – Deeper Analysis

Yesterdays piece on Flash 10 received lots of interest and generally a great response. However there were a few complaints about the fact that the Adobe press release didn’t actually say p2p, or that the Amicima technology was only about VOIP, etc. One esteemed member of the Flash community and old friend, Brian Lesser, a Flash server guru […]