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Have we side-tracked from the goal of everyman/woman computing?

Note: I have never done this before, but this is a shared post with my amybeachandme.com/blog as it covers information apropos of both blogs. I have edited it a bit for this blog.

Studio back together – ready to start creating again!

One of the down sides of working with art and technology is that technology has to be tended to a lot, and it is not all that fun. There are days when I just want to create my riffing blog, my Amy Beach book, compose music, make some digital art or a new media piece, but I can’t create because I have to tend to technology.

I am always grateful that I can take care of my own technology – that our digital world has evolved to the point that I can create independently in a technological world – but the technology itself is still an inhibiting feature of creativity. And I do have concern that current software and hardware creators are not keeping their eye on the goal of making technology easier over time, not more difficult.

That sometimes feels like the Lost Goal lately.

Let me give an example. I recently purchased a new computer. Way more powerful, lots of great features, but, as with every computer up-grade, there was a great deal of time consuming technical work involved before I could get back to creating. I had to transfer all my software, connect all my hardware peripherals, deal with items that were incompatible with the new system, on an on.

I discovered last week that my sound hardware was not talking to my music/sound software. I wasted a whole precious creative day in an attempt to fix this problem. Continue reading Have we side-tracked from the goal of everyman/woman computing?

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Part 5: . . . and the Flash, iPad and mobile device saga continues: 1 step forward, 2 steps back

In her Insider Comment column in WEB Designer, Issue 173, Stephanie (Sullivan) Rewis states: “Long, Long Ago (in web years that is) we built our code to work in the browser that was currently the leader . . . . Life was tough. It was nearly impossible to make everyone happy.” She then refers to the “Revolution” that held the promise of permanent cross-browser and cross-device WEB standards, and the end of our frustrations and “Best Viewed in . . . ” WEB designer disclaimer. Standards based CSS and HTML were going to solve the lack of consistency issues and the world ahead looked rosy. Then came smartphones . . .

Rewis lays out an important historical development in WEB design, but the problem dates back even earlier. For many  interactive multimedia began with the WEB. That is actually when I was finally able to explain to my parents what it is that I do! But the current standards issues that many are tearing their hair out about today – because of the “move” from desktop to mobile devices – have multiple historical precedents. Continue reading Part 5: . . . and the Flash, iPad and mobile device saga continues: 1 step forward, 2 steps back

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Part 3. . . and the Flash, iPad and mobile device saga continues

Authors who want to turn their books into basic text (and a couple of pictures) ePub eBook or iBook, electronic device deliverable formats don’t need to be concerned about all the browser and device content delivery wars currently taking place. But those of us writing on the cutting edge of new media must pay attention and participate.

Big announcement this week: Steve Jobs is opening his iPads and iPhone devices to third party compilers. To most people, this means he opened the door to Adobe’s Flash, but it’s important to note that Jobs locked out a lot of developers and companies – and new media authors! – when he first banned Flash via the banning of third party compilers. I’ve blogged about this previously because the impact of the corporate and political decisions falls directly on those of us who are trying to democratize the Internet, democratize the Arts and take control of our own creative work. Continue reading Part 3. . . and the Flash, iPad and mobile device saga continues

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Part 2: The iPAD iPhone Flash Adobe Apple Controversy – this new media author’s take: A Dangerous Retro Blacktop Paved Hole

Steve Jobs is claiming his iPhone and iPad to be the latest in tech, while intimating that Adobe’s interactive content creator, Flash, is something from the past to be discarded by any hip tech person. The opposite is true. The iPhone and iPad are not strong or fast enough to keep up with Flash. Further, content created by Flash would inhibit Job’s ability to control all iPad and iPhone content, including iBooks. And Jobs further made his Flash lock-out move, clearly, to break Flash’s stronghold on web video (Flash is the number 1 video streamer and has been for some time – because it works!) As Lily Tomlin’s comic character, Emily Ann, used to say: “And that’s the truth!”

A colleague of mine bought an iPad and expressed surprise that I did not already have one. “It does not run Flash,” I explained. My book cannot be read on it because my book is full of Flash animations and interactive elements like narration tracks. My colleague insisted that I was wrong. He thought the iPad ran Flash. Check again, I suggested. He did, and learned there is no Flash content on his iPad. That surprised him. Good for Jobs that so many lay people bought these devices not knowing what they were missing. Continue reading Part 2: The iPAD iPhone Flash Adobe Apple Controversy – this new media author’s take: A Dangerous Retro Blacktop Paved Hole

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Part 1: The iPAD iPhone Flash Adobe Apple Controversy – this new media author’s take: A Dangerous Retro Blacktop Paved Hole

Apple Adobe Rift
Apple Adobe Rift

Silly me. I had it all wrong. Since the early 1980s, Steve Jobs and Apple have sold their wares under the moniker of “User Friendly,” and I thought they were referring to the fact that everyman (and woman) could make use of a computer to create stuff and to accomplish just about any task – without being a programmer. Jobs and I either meant different things entirely back then by the term “user friendly,” or else Jobs has quietly redefined the term while my back was turned. Continue reading Part 1: The iPAD iPhone Flash Adobe Apple Controversy – this new media author’s take: A Dangerous Retro Blacktop Paved Hole

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