[svlug] Microsoft Again?
dmarti at zgp.org
Wed Jan 17 10:30:02 PST 2001
On Wed, Jan 17, 2001 at 10:10:51AM -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
> begin Derek J. Balling quotation:
> > If you want the support, get the bring the users.
> Or ignore vendors who don't want you as a customer. Works for me.<tm>
I went to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and there were
several inexpensive Linux and QNX "web terminals" being promoted as
simple-to-use second Internet boxes for households that already have one
main PC. So site operators can add "dumbass thin clients" to the list of
platforms unable to support certain plugins.
Proprietary plugins don't fly in the long run, just because they're
inconvenient even on supported platforms. The sole exception so far has
been Macromedia Flash, which succeeded because of all the latte-drinking
artists in San Francisco who created content for it because they already
knew Macromedia Director. Macromedia's viewable source license for the
Flash player, intened to make it easy to port to platforms Macromedia's
people don't have time to learn, will probably mean that Flash survives
on non-PC Internet appliances too.
Don Marti "I've never sent or received a GIF in my life."
dmarti at zgp.org -- Bruce Schneier, Secrets and Lies, p. 246.
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