Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Popcorn" Video integrated to Web @ TED

Ryan Merkley: Online video -- annotated, remixed and popped | Video on

Videos on the web should work like the web itself: Dynamic, full of links, maps and information that can be edited and updated live, says Mozilla Foundation COO Ryan Merkley. On the TED stage he demos Popcorn Maker, a new web-based tool for easy video remixing. (Watch a remixed TEDTalk using Popcorn Maker -- and remix it yourself.)

Windows Phone 8.0 SDK

Download WPSDK 8.0 from Official Microsoft Download Center:

"Modest" requirement: "6.5 GB of free hard disk space"

A HTML5/Javascript editor can be done (and are available) as single web page...
kilobytes, not megabytes or gigabytes. And in 80% of cases it may be sufficient...

Online editor, plus online PhoneGap Builder (or similar),
it is time for "unified mobile web platform"

Windows Phone 8: "Compiler in the Cloud"

Finally, the obvious optimization is done for .NET, in this case for Windows Phone 8 (only).

Programs build on Microsoft .NET platform are deployed in "IL" code,
and "JIT" (Just In Time) compiled on the computer where are running.
That takes (sometimes long) time, and and most computers identical anyway...
Maybe a good idea when Java was used for small applets and slow connections, not anymore...

Announcing the release of the .NET Framework for Windows Phone 8 - .NET Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
"For Windows Phone 8, we adopted a new code generation approach that is much better suited to the phone, both to deliver higher performance and to save battery life. Windows Phone 8 apps are compiled to high-quality ARM code before they are downloaded and deployed on end-user devices. They are compiled in the Windows Phone Store, with an optimizing compiler that does not have to satisfy the time and power constraints of a just-in-time (JIT) compiler. As a result, end-users will enjoy very fast app launch times on Windows Phone 8."

Microsoft is not Apple...

Chris Sells used to work for Microsoft, and he is well respected and opinionated software developer.

Microsoft will never be Apple, and they should stop trying - SD Times: Software Development News:

The way Microsoft is currently trying to do it is by imitating Apple with secrecy, flash and thrills, all of the things that it has spent the last decade weaning out of its culture; enterprises hate those qualities. Unfortunately, while Microsoft is trying to be the next Apple to regain the traction it lost in the consumer space, Apple is busy increasing its foothold into the enterprise.
Apple has consistently failed to beat Microsoft on the desktop or in the server room, so Apple changed the game. Instead of imitating Apple to get back into the game, Microsoft needs to embrace its enterprise focus. Don’t be secret, be open. Don’t be flashy, be solid. Don’t be thrilling, be trustworthy.

Don’t be Apple. Be Microsoft.