Silverlight vs. Flash Battle to Heat Up Next Year

It’s been a while since I last blogged about . So long, I had to search for the post in my blog dashboard (it’s no longer on the first page of results for the tag “Microsoft”). But the news media is covering it again, this time as part of New Year’s stuff (predictions for 2008, duh). PC World’s article from a couple hours ago suggests, using mostly quotes and its tagline, that the battle between Adobe and Microsoft will get hotter next year, as Silverlight battles Flash, Flex, and AIR for supremacy in the rich Internet application (RIA) arena. Microsoft’s…

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Times Square Display Crashes

For some reason, I really like putting equations in my titles… Anyway, by way of Zoli Erdos, here’s a nice high-profile crash for you: Yep, that’s Adobe Flash on Windows XP, just after it “encountered a problem and needs to close.” I love it when stuff like this happens. Here’s a nice closeup of the error dialog: Who knew Windows was so funny? I know I’m linking to Zoli a lot lately, but seriously, where else would I get these amusing little gems now that This Is Broken has gone the way of the Dodo Bird? [Photos taken by Andrew…

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Restart or Not Restart?

Adobe has pulled a fast one with their latest Flash Player update. Just after restarting my computer, I received a notification about an update being available. The update prompt window says it “takes less than a minute over broadband” and that “no restart is required”. That’s wrong. While the program does not incessantly prompt to restart (like Windows Update does), or simply restart when you click “Finish” (like Norton AntiVirus’ updater often does), it pops up and says that “The new version will be available after you restart your computer.” Adobe needs to rethink their text here.

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