On the subject of Adobe and Flash and Apple

I just read a little something by Grant Skinner and what I don’t get is why not open source the player if it’s such a head ache for Adobe that some people make it seem? Because of course its profitable not to. See if it was open source there would be a LOT more “respect” throwed around than when you essentially lock your customers in and dont give them a choice. This is why I am frustrated with Adobe as with many other companies that has any form of monopoly, a history thereof or are part of an ogliopoly. This is why customers used to (and a lot still) dislike Microsoft, AT&T, Vattenfall, ComCast and even my own employer Telia.

This is why I dig companies such as MindTouch and others that have an open source core with Enterprise options/closed source built around it, and has a product that generates an output built in standards readable by all (in MindTouch case XML/XHTML).

To say that Adobe deserve respect and so on is true, all human beings deserve respect (plus Photoshop kicks ass…even though they are really bloating down their CS). To say that Adobe deserves CREDIT for being business savvy, buying up sweet IP, developing this IP and making good decions to get where they are now is equally true. But we are all doing them a HUGE favor by bitching and moaning. This all helps to give rise to popular opinion and in the end – options. For Adobe, just like with any other company that gets negative attention from its customers, it becomes crystal – it’s do or die time. And yes, everyone using a Flash Player IS a customer.

In the end I think Apple are actually doing the web as a tool for communication a favor by NOT including support for a closed prop. system that is A) WIDELY misused and B) a resource hog that for me in 90% of the time is making my browser blink, pop and crackle when I don’t want it too (ads). And I really couldn’t care less about Flash games.

To say that a user can uninstall Flash on their workstation/laptop if they don’t like it..well that’s kind of childish, that’s like me not getting any electricity from a company I dislike – see I can’t.. because I like hot showers .. just like to watch embedded web video. But believe me when those video sites go full frontal HTML5, my Flash player will go the same way Macromedia Shockwave player did a long time ago. Or maybe I won’t, maybe things will shape up and they will kick ass. Just look at what their doing with Flash 5 and converting AS to IPA.

Anyway. I don’t mind the “i-platform”, here I do get a choice because companies are FORCED to open up and build more effecient no-nonsense ways to deliver HQ video. And it doesn’t really matter if it’s Android or Iphone OS, you can bet your ass they will reuse those HQ streams in fast, efficient native apps for those platforms.

Weekend LAN

Weekend Lan

I’ve had a great weekend playing some computer games with my friends. After fucking around with Cider Ports and CrossWeaver for Games and Urban Terror I had enough and this morning I got up and installed Boot Camp. Both Martin and Jörgen did the same, Jörgen however ended up with some trouble and it took us basically the whole day of fiddeling around to get everything working. But this time we are ready for the next LAN.

Apple and Mac might be great for a lot of stuff but unfortunately it is still true that if you want a hassle free gaming experience you have to go Windows. Lucky for us that we had Boot Camp. I went up on Steam and bought Counter Strike Source (again I might add, I have lost one Steam account) and we tried it a bit before packing up. The next time though we are all set up (you reading Zek:) and ready to go.

Macbook Pro battery blows

Man I am ANNOYED. I just checked my battery health in Istat Pro and noticed I had a battery health of 58% and a 103 cycles. That is fucking ridiculous, I swapped to a new battery in june last year. Linda, who has never swapped her battery has a battery health of 100% (!?) and that battery is 2 years old this june. Linda only had a meager 154 cycles though so I’m thinking I will never ever turn my laptop off again since that doesn’t seem healthy for my battery.

Boot Camp experience

Today I did the unspeakable act of installing Windows onto an Apple machine.
It made me feel like a dirty little girl is what it did..is what it did.

Anyway, the process wasn’t exactly painless since I after the first install got the “no disk error” which appearantly popped up because I was supposed to somehow figure out that I was supposed to re-format the partition that the boot camp guide pre-formated for me (uhm..). After I reformated (that is, deleting the partition that boot camp made and re-created it during win setup) I tried again and this time got another error message. Something about hal.dll and so on. Appearantly this could be solved by removing the extra 200mb partition that was there (that had some relation to the EFI..which is nice to have if you’re planning on Vista..which I’m not). Said and done, after I removed that everything went as smooth as silk and my Windows install is actually pretty god darn fast.

Why did I do it? To use a certain VPN client that was only available for Windows (and naw, it didn’t work well through VMWare of CrossOver). XBMC is a fantastic piece of software though…I installed it and noticed that it really doesn’t matter at all to me what OS I run on my “htpc” as long as I have XBMC!

On a side note, I need to get a cleaning cd for my Macbook Pro since it still refuses to burn DVDs (but burns CDs just fine weirdly enough).

iPhoto’09 – exporting tags and multiple sets to Flickr

Faces – I want it to autotag (or add keywords)
Using the new feature “Faces” it would certainly be USEFUL if there were atleast an option in iPhoto to allow it to add in keywords for the person you tagged. As it is now you first identify your peeps using Faces and then you have to manually add the keywords to your “Faces”, if I don’t do that none of my photos will be tagged when uploading to Flickr. Pretty fucking lame!

Exporting multiple events to Flickr – let me make one set of that for you
Flickrexport did not handle it well and the flickr uploader from iPhoto’09 handles it even worse. If you select multiple events in iPhoto’09 and then export them iPhoto will then actually, without asking, merge your events into one single set on Flickr. Not good at all. 

Creator of Flickrexport, if you want to top Apple – please enable me to be able to just select all my events, click one or two buttons and then have all my events into their own sets in Flickr.

Automator folder action upload to ftp

automator-icon
Automator ftw!

 

I haven’t really tried out folder actions all that much but today I decided to give it a whirl. Usually when I write a blog I’ll end up wanting some movie poster..or like with this post, an icon, to go along with whatever crap I’m writing. I don’t really like hotlinking images from others since I wouldn’t really like anyone to hotlink my stuff and steal bandwidth.

So lately I have been downloading whatever image that I want to use and then upload it to a Google Pages account that I have and then linking to that image – this because I don’t really want to host these random images myself.

Today I wanted to make life easier for myself so I wrote a small folder action and used the automator app “Upload to FTP” in order for me to be able to just download/save and image from a webpage to a certain folder and when that image hits this folder it automatically gets uploaded o a free webhost that I signed up for.

Here is a short tutorial how to use Automator to automatically upload a downloaded image to a custom FTP:

  1. Get the Upload to FTP application, install it
  2. Open up Automator and create a workflow that looks like this
     automator_ftp
    but with your FTP/folder details filled in of course
  3. In Automator, Save As Plugin and make sure to select that it’s a Plugin for “Folder Actions” and select the folder you want this action to run on
  4. Boom, there you go

I also modified my WordPress install a bit so that when I insert an image from an URL now it automatically suggests my host and I just have to add in the filename.

No news day tomorrow

I’d rather not read the news from the keynote tomorrow but instead watch the Keynote when it is available. Why  don’t apple just make it available as a podcast? Can anyone please create a service or something that could alert me when the video is available :) ? Maybe I’ll just build a scraper of the Apple Events page. For now I just added the vital parts from that page into a web clip and put it on my dashboard.