The browser is supported but is the OS?
Last month Yahoo! began an open beta of Yahoo! Canada Mail. I’ve been using it for a little bit now and have to say I’m really digging the new drag and drop functionality and pane based layout. Some real nice improvements. What baffles me though is the operating system requirements for using the beta. If you want to use Yahoo! Canada Mail Beta you need to be running Windows 2000, XP or Mac OSX.
Really? I can understand requiring a modern browser but a web based app running in a supported browser with OS requirements?
This is pretty forward of me but I think someone needs to introduce Dave Winer and Kevin Lynch.
Why? Because they’re both saying the same thing.
Of course they’re on different paths and are both describing it in their own ways but you can’t tell me the goal isn’t the same. What finally clued me in was Dave’s comment today when he had this to say about Yahoo’s calendar:
“The interface is clunky, but I can’t see how it could be better and still run in the browser.”
Heh, Dave, check out Kevin’s presentation from Max last fall. It’s a bit of a pain to get you to the right place in the video but once you watch it I think you’ll agree with me. The video is here. Choose â€˜Day Oneâ€™ > â€˜Platform Futureâ€™ (3rd thumbnail from the right), then jump ahead to about 1:08:00.
At one point this afternoon nearly the entire front page of MXNA was discussing Macromedia’s upcoming Eclipse based development tool for the Flex framework, codenamed Zorn.
All due to a post from Mike Chambers in which he explains that Zorn will allow users to build swfs with MXML, ActionScript and the next generation of the Flex framework (all without requiring a server).
And I though only Mac users were obsessive ;-)
Dax Phandi has been downloading the Windows Vista beta 1 since July 27. With just under 9 hours to go it would seem he’s in the home stretch. He’s also posted a great list of tasks he’s managed to accomplish while waiting.
Folks in the Authorware community will surely be familiar with Apurva Lawale and the excellent collection of Authorware resources he has compiled over the years.
It seems that Apurva recently launched Learning @ apurvalawale.com where subscribers can access his library of resources …which contains code examples, articles and plugins (activex, u32, xtra) to help you do the various tasks that you might need to do in your eLearning project. As part of the launch he is offering alPicView and alTooltips for free to those who purchase subscriptions ($88) prior to the end of August.
Sure it’s a little sad when an excellent resource for newcomers to Authorware becomes less accessible. Overall though, I feel that if this provides an extensive collection of quality articles and samples then it is most welcome. Authorware suffers from a severe shortage of quality documentation and manuals.
(I’ve often wondered if a CommunityMX style knowledge library could be viable in the Authorware community).