Wednesday Oct 24, 2007

Google's Developer Pledge Needs Updating

Having just read ZDNet's piece on the Google's developer pledge of allegiance:

 

I can't help but think that this could be improved:

"I pledge allegence to the web" Why just the web? I love the web just as much as anyone else, but surely this is too limiting? With devices such as mobile phones, Blu-Ray devices, set-top boxes, and the like, I think that pledging allegiance to the Internet makes way more sense.

"One platform" great aspirational goal but is there really only one platform? Each web browser is its own platform, in fact each version of each browser seems to have its own nuances and could almost be considered a platform. As a developer I am also concerned about writing applications that work on way more than one platform.

"DOM" and "AJAX"  Although both these technologies are core to things like HTML/XML rendering and client technologies like Google Maps. These are way to limiting... What about PHP, MySQL, Apache, etc. As a developer I use all of these and, oh yes there is that other little technology out there called Java! How little is Java?

From Java.com: Java powers more than 4.5 billion devices:

  • over 800 million PCs
  • over 1.5 billion mobile phones and other handheld devices (source: Ovum)
  • 2.2 billion smart cards
  • plus set-top boxes, printers, web cams, games, car navigation systems, lottery terminals, medical devices, parking payment stations, etc.

Please don't limit me by having me pledge allegiance to only DOM and AJAX!

IMHO, perhaps they should have used this as their pledge of allegiance?

I pledge allegiance to the Internet,
and to the innovation and ubiquity for which it stands,
one common vision
of creating liberty and opportunity
for all.

-Mark 

Tuesday Oct 23, 2007

Apple joining Sun, Google, IBM, ....

I am eagerly awaiting Apple's next version of their OS, codenamed Leopard. I am not sure I will use all the new features, like spaces and time machine, but I will give it a try! The one feature that I wasn't expecting (and didn't even know about until I read Erwin's blog) was that Apple is joining nearly the whole industry in supporting Open Document Format ODF.

This is quite amazing. Your documents now can be stored in one format that can be edited and modified by a variety of vendor products, across a variety of platforms. Goodbye to those old proprietary formats that forced you to pay a tax (they call it a licensing fee) to open and modify YOUR document. It is now possible to create a document in Google Docs, edit if off-line with StarOffice (part of Google Pack) and send it to one set of colleagues to work on on the Mac. Then take it to work and use Lotus Symphony to make some edits before distributing it to your Linux friends using OpenOffice.org. Now for those of you still in Microsoft Office, we have a great ODF plug-in that allows you to work on this same document in Microsoft Office, or how about downloading OpenOffice.org and taking it for a spin?

Welcome Apple to the fold..

-Mark

Thursday Oct 18, 2007

Are you ready for Medipedia?

With the news today of Google's heath care platform and Microsoft's entry into this market I am getting more and more worried that it will not be the new killer staph bacteria that will wipe us out, but it will be Medipedia

Just try going to Google today and typing in "headache and sore throat" and you get 1.7 million entries! Now how are we going to find out if it is just the common cold, or something more sinister? Surely not by combing through 1.7 million entires, otherwise we will need to add to that sore watery eyes and painful wrists.

So perhaps Medipedia will be born?

All us want-to-be doctors and internet trained surgeons can create our own entries on what the underlying cause and remedy is for any ailment. Medipedia will save tax payers millions by closing down the FDA. Who needs some bureaucracy when the whole internet world can try out our remedies and then vote on them. 5 stars -- it healed me, 4 stars -- I got better, 3 stars -- didn't really work, 2 stars -- it made me worse, 1 star -- oh dear.... While we get rid of the FDA, lets also get rid of medical board exams, I am not sure about the rest of you, but by watching ER and Grey's Anatomy, I think I can handle almost anything!

Perhaps with Medipedia and the new Google medical imaging application, I will be able to take 3D tours of the body, and not just any body, but MY body-- scarey...

Medipedia sure sounds interesting.. quick go get the URL.. OMG.. it is taken!

I for one, am not ready for Medipedia, or for Google and Microsoft to have access to my medical records.

-Mark


Thursday Oct 04, 2007

Why would you market anything but OpenOffice?

I have been sitting on the sidelines too long now and wondering how and when to start blogging. OK, so I procrastinated for ever! So here we go...

I am a marketing guy so perhaps my views differ from the deep technologists out there, but there are basically two options when it comes to office productivity --  Pay for it, and have little or no control, or get it free and have the ability to influence the community on where the product goes. The choice seems simple to me -- OpenOffice it is!

I personally think that this product is the gold standard for a consumer friendly product that has grown up under the FOSS mantra. Now don't get me wrong, there are things I don't like about the product, but overall this product is just wonderful. It makes perfect sense to me why IBM joined OpenOffice.org, they can now be associated with the movement away from proprietary technology to open standards (ODF) based offerings. Similarly when Google started bundling StarOffice (Basically OpenOffice) into the Google Pack it just seemed -- DUH naturally they would do it! What else would come close? I am sure it didn't take the marketing groups at Google or IBM long to decide:
   "Hmmm should we go with OpenOffice, or..um  errr um... urrr.."

So please tell me why Novell is going about trying to discredit OpenOffice.. I just don't get it. Simon has an excellent blog on this, and Jim too goes to great lengths to tell the world what Sun is doing. But, to me the fundamental question is really a marketing one. Does a company want to go it alone (bad idea!) or be part of a bigger movement? You marketing guys at Novell.. can you at least explain to Mr Meeks that this doesn't help Novell?

-Mark

 


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