Adobe Blurs Line Between PC and Web

We want everything to “work” whether we are connected to the internet or not.

Monday Adobe introduced their technology called AIR:

But most people may never know AIR is there. Applications will look and run the same whether the user is at his desk or his portable computer, and soon when using a mobile device or at an Internet kiosk. Applications will increasingly be built with routine access to all the Web’s information, and a user’s files will be accessible whether at home or traveling.

Looks to me there will be a major fight to see if this technology (based on Adobe FLASH) becomes the standard. Or one of others:

Adobe faces stiff competition from a number of big and small companies with the same idea. …

Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox Web browser, has created a system known as Prism. Sun Microsystems introduced JavaFX this year, which is also aimed at blurring the Web-desktop line. Google is testing a system called Gears, which is intended to allow some Web services to work on computers that are not connected to the Internet.

Finally, there is Microsoft. It is pushing its competitor to Flash, called Silverlight. Three years ago, Microsoft hired one of Mr. Lynch’s crucial software developers at Macromedia, Brad Becker, to help create it. Mr. Becker was a leading designer of the Flash programming language. …

NYT

Adobe Air web page

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are you addicted to internet?

Or addicted to email?

I am.

Americans of all ages can’t go very long without the Internet—in fact, they prefer the Internet over everything else, including their friends and one of nature’s most primal instincts. The world’s fourth-largest advertising agency, JWT, made the findings in a survey of 1,011 American adults, and discovered that the Internet has become such an integral part of our lives that some of us are willing to make major sacrifices for it.

Survey respondents were asked how long they could go without an Internet connection and still feel “OK.” 15 percent of the group admitted to being weak-willed and said that they would only be able to last a day or less without feeling isolated and disconnected from the world. Another 21 percent didn’t do much better, saying they could only go a couple of days, with 19 percent saying they could go “a few days.” Only about 18 percent of the group said that they could go a week or more without being connected, according to the results seen by Ars Technica.

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… read more: “Not tonight, honey, I’m on the Internet”

San Francisco … XLNT !

I dissed San Francisco on my last trip there, summer 2006.

But really enjoyed the tourist trap this time, mid-February, on a jet-lagged stopover from Australia.

The crowds were gone during the off-season, but the weather still good.

I started to change my mind about Frisco after noticing how little traffic the tourist must suffer. Then I discovered the Embarcadero, a most cool urbanscape.

I finally became a fan boy after renting a mountain bike and exploring Golden Gate Park and surrounds.

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more San Francisco photos – flickr

The Palace of Fine Arts is particularly stunning!

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more Palace photos – flickr

Next travelogue on this trip >> United Airlines stinks (sort-of)