Linked by David Adams on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 08:37 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While it's been a low-level grumbling for years, the issue of Flash on mobile devices (and particularly the iPhone/Touch/iPad ecosystem) has reached fever pitch over the past few weeks, with Steve Jobs as self-appointed Flash basher-in-Chief. The OSNews crowd, that is, dyed-in-the-wool technologists have, by and large, not been big fans of Flash, with its spotty availability and performance on alternative platforms, resource hogging, and instability. And though it's quite useful for web video and other specialized interfaces, it drives the tech savvy crazy when it's used for utterly superfluous multimedia bling. So we've had a lively discussion of the pros and cons of Flash, and whether device users should be free to make their own decision about whether it's worthy to install on their iPads. But we're leaving out an important detail. As Daniel Eran Dilger, a Flash developer, points out, almost all the important existing Flash infrastructure won't work anyway. Update: A worthwhile rebuttal to this point of view.
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Apple and floppies
by 3rdalbum on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 14:07 UTC
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Apple didn't exclude a floppy drive from the iMac because they wanted to "save money".

Few Mac users were using floppy disks anymore. On the Mac, Zip disks were rapidly becoming the norm with their 100 meg capacity. Let's face it, when you've got a 100 meg pocket-sized disk, what use do you have for a 1.4 meg pocket-sized disk?

Apple didn't want to push USB anyway, they wanted Firewire; but they needed USB for interoperability so Mac-compatible peripherals were easier to buy.

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