Skills shortage hits games firms. “The games developers say that they are struggling to find in the UK the kind of high-powered mathematicians and computer scientists that they need to build increasingly sophisticated products.” It is never as easy as point-and-click, though software vendors’ marketing materials make you want to believe so. You don’t create “Toy Story” out of the box. I used to use form*z and Electric Image to create 3D renderings in the mid-90’s. Complex packages both, and it took a significant amount of time investment then to come up to an acceptable standard. I loved form*z as a modeling environment. Highly recommended.
Firefox 3 supports colour managed web browsing. But it’s not turned on by default; Rob explains how to turn it on. Obviously, a widget that allows one to turn it off and on is handy ... and he mentions one.
Speaking of attracting gobs of investment cash ...
Just downloaded FF3.
Identical tabs open, Win XP SP 2: FF3, 83K. Safari, 77K. Flock, 85k. No endless, mindless RAM eating. FF3 does seem to start very fast.
Further: Mine downloaded very fast. I must have hit a sweet spot. Took me less than four minutes to get it.
Nine ways to wipe out spyware. The ones you may think rule the industry, may not even place. Wish they’d included software suites in this.
Why does everything suck?
Adobe Introduces P2P Flash Player, Kills CDNs. “... baking p2p into Flash means *all* web video sites will be able to deliver video using minimal central server bandwidth. As a result, the largest and best CDN customers will disappear, or at least will radically reduce their needs because, in effect, every video website will have the low cost of operation of Joost.”
Windows XP SP3 Sows Havoc, Users Complain. Always happens with an SP release.
Why does everything suck?
I am so sick of “Social”. Oh, I agree. I agree so much I’m bashing my keyboard as I type this. As I’ve mentioned before, as a small business, I’m competing now with firms who wish to market ‘social networking’ to everyone and their unborn children ... whether it is appropriate for their audience demographic or not. Bloody waste of time for most. Apparently some feel I should be martyred for being a heretic ...
Remembering the stink
over Yahoo!‘s acquisition of Flickr ... can you imagine the bloviation over a Microsoft purchase of Facebook?
Extreme Tech seems
to like the beta of DropBox for file sharing and syncing.
Dr. Dobbs Portal:
“Languages without automated garbage collection are getting out of fashion. The chance of running into all kinds of memory problems is gradually outweighing the performance penalty you have to pay for garbage collection. Another language that has had its day is Perl ...”
Shared code snippets ...
Snipplr. Some EE and other weblog stuff in here.
Behold WordPress, Destroyer of CPUs. As the man says, if you’re using WP, consider yourself warned.
“When Facebook came along I was one of the developers at the launch and what struck me was how there was this new form of persuasion. This mass interpersonal persuasion.”
Uploaded a quick 320x240 video from my Canon G5. The snow as it began to fall last evening. Flickr ‘automagically’ resized it up to their default. That should be an option, clearly.
I tend to believe that video belongs on other services. Unfortunately, every time I’ve dug in my bootheels, innovations like this take off and leave my predilections behind. We as webloggers have little influence anymore ... question is, will the cellphone-video-camera-toting-teens adopt it?
NY Times Business, DealBook:
Yahoogle? Yoogle? Gahoo? Goohoo?
Why does everything suck?
The Money Losing Conundrum of Twitter and Other Communications Apps. I’ve been wondering myself when the metaphoric yachts of the big players will lose interest in purchasing such little outboard motors. They use fuel but don’t necessarily add to the major thrust of the ship. Eventually they’ll stop buying ‘em, because they’re pure drag and no revenue. How many times have we heard that ad revenue will drive these neat little apps? More and more, ad revenue seems like a house of cards waiting to collapse. It can’t support every keen idea out there.
Later: Some highlights noticed: 64-bit support, better integration with PS, burning and dodging, multiple monitor capabilities.
Turning over a new leaf at Quark. “It may well have been down to some pent-up anxiety over the level of customer service we were delivering, particularly in Europe, but we are fixing this. We may also have been perceived as expensive. I mean, people probably looked at Adobe’s products and probably felt that they had to buy PageMaker and Illustrator, so they pretty much got InDesign free anyway.”
Woof. They’re still not living in the real world. I, and everyone I know who utilized Quark, purposely and intentionally moved away because InDesign was simply a better product, no matter the price ... and could export PDFs without grief, which more and more printers were requesting. Quark killed Pagemaker because of the precision of placement, thousands of an inch (Pagemaker couldn’t). You could enter measurements directly by keypad in the interface. That single feature converted more people than any other in the early days. Printers loved the precision, hated the increasing quirkiness with every update. Quark got too big for its own boots, buying Strata 3D and making other wacky business decisions. I have a feeling the inertia of existing code and interface will remain daunting, and unless they make better strides with PDF creation, they will remain at the current marketshare.
From 2.3 to 2.4:
New OpenOffice is available for download.
Image editing plug-ins the centrepiece of Aperture 2.1, released today. Much better, it seems. Still doesn’t read XMP sidecar files, apparently.