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  • Blog Post: Tim putting the sizzle in Adobe’s fizzle.

    I got a few emails this week about Adobe’s executive shooting his pipes off about how Microsoft has fizzled in comparison to the mighty Adobe, basically the usual ranting by Adobe staffers outlining that Silverlight doesn’t exist and it’s failing propaganda that would make the most devoted politician...
  • Blog Post: The twists and turns this industry takes.

    It's been an extremely interesting past week. I and a few of my colleagues decided to check out the Adobe MAX 2008 conference to see what the other side has to say about the future of the web (much like their folks come to MIX conferences). I've got a bunch of notes and a lot of what I saw was simply...
  • Blog Post: Adobe's CEO using FUD, but got caught out.

    I often read various press releases regarding Silverlight, namely it's always curious to read what our "competitors" often say about us. In a recent interview with The Guardian , Adobe's CEO was quoted saying: "If you look at the number of partners who are signing up [to use Flash] despite the...
  • Blog Post: SEO, Nothing changed.

    Gilbert (one of the original guys behind prooving Silverlight + SEO) of  had a great write-up outlining some depth thought around this whole SEO buzz that Adobe unleashed early this week. http://bits.samiq.net/2008/07/seo-for-ria-status-few-days-later.html I like this quote: Microsoft has .XAML...
  • Blog Post: Let's play this by the numbers..

    I had to laugh tonight, as the Adobe folks decided to burst Mozilla folks bubble around the whole Download Mozilla Day event (classic gimmick to get Mozilla penetration numbers up, nice marketing ploy though..). Ben Forta @ Adobe.com: There have been over a billion downloads of Flash Player this year...
  • Blog Post: POC #1 - Project Harmony (pt1) (Silverlight & Flash)

    I've been enjoying the overall experience of what Silverlight has to offer since I started with Microsoft back in January 07. That being said, I've often been an internal "goto" person at times for some Flash advice on behalf of Microsoft customers around the world. In light of this, recently...
  • Blog Post: Mozilla, Adobe and Silverlight. Shall we dance?

    No doubt you've seen the Prism announcement by Mozilla. Quite an interesting move in this chess game we call "The Software Industry". Personally, I'm not sure what the end game for Mozilla is anymore and I'm sure If I look hard enough I'll find that answer. Mike Chambers at Adobe put up a post...
  • Blog Post: SilverlightAIR - Silverlight + Java Webstart.

    I got a question the other day that kind of threw me. In that, someone asked if we were going to do a Silverlight version of AIR. That's something you'd probably need to ask the executive folks around Silverlight (I'm just a guy whom uses the product, I don't decide on it's end to end features). That...
  • Blog Post: At times I wonder...

    They say a picture speaks a thousands words. In this case, I find it tongue in cheek that Adobe's CEO Bruce Chizen got up on stage, labeled Microsoft as a "monopoly" in one breath, then talked about how great the Adobe products in another whilst doing so on Windows Vista. I also wonder at how...
  • Blog Post: It's all a Buzzword in the end?

    If you've managed to walk away from the blogsphere, the usual Tech writers have written about BuzzWord and how Adobe has acquired them. The main reason they write about this is, well it hints at an Office doomsday signal. It really doesn't in the end. You're dealing with an online tool pushing the Web...
  • Blog Post: What's your story around AIR?

    Last week I was at the Web Directions South 07 Conference . It was a blast and learnt a lot from our customers and non-customers in the field. It was the closing party and I was asked a simple question around "AIR" - in that " What's Microsoft's response to AIR ?" My response is usual...
  • Blog Post: New RIA Comic debuted - "Barely out of Beta".

    Minty (Nectarine.com.au, makers of infamous funny Flash animated cartoons ) just sent me an email letting me know one  of what will be many comic strips centered around the online web is now online. I think the first one is brilliant especially since a few Adobe staffer's and I have gotten into...
  • Blog Post: Adobe vs Microsoft, the comic.

    I'm always amused online when I see the usual Adobe vs Microsoft rant, it always ends up in someone fighting with the author or rogue commenter's shooting shots from the side, echoing the same points. There is hope though in this battle royale, as you see there is a company that I'll happily evangelize...
  • Blog Post: Web On The Piste (New Zealand).

    I'll be attending and speaking at the first " Web On The Piste " in New Zealand next week. This is a conference being organized by both Straker and Gruden , two companies in which I've had a lot of positive dealings with over the years. It's shaping up to being hopefully a permanent fixture on my conference...
  • Blog Post: We gave birth to RIA.

    Adobe's Mike Downey and I were throwing comments back and forth on twitter.com this morning, it was derived from Brad Becker (ex Flash Product guy @ Macromedia and now Microsoft staffer) post on RIA . Brad posted this a few months ago when JD @ Adobe got all fired up over Rich Interactive Applications...
  • Blog Post: Taking on the RIA fight, Adobe, Microsoft and Scoble.

    I stumbled upon Scoble's post around how great it was to see Ryan Stewart being agnostic in terms of praising Silverlight via his blog. I guess I didn't really pay attention to this, as Ryan's always been one of these guys that generally has a great pulse when it comes to what I call the "RIA" movement...
  • Blog Post: Spiderman(Adobe) vs Batman(Microsoft)

    If you've attended some of my presentations on Silverlight lately, you would see a main theme arise, it's called "Choice". Ever since starting with Microsoft, I've been deflecting, dodging even fighting with the Adobe brand over Microsoft's offerings, trying while ever so badly at times, to illustrate...
  • Blog Post: Brand, it's deeply seeded.

    In my role, I've encountered a lot of interesting behavior associated to the brand. I find it scary in some parts but also interesting in others. I've got friends whom I've known for 5+ years suddenly refer to me "you guys" when talking about Microsoft in general. I walk up to others and they throw questions...
  • Blog Post: Writing Silverlight with Coldfusion.

    Vince Bonfanti is the President and co-founder of New Atlanta Communications, LLC - makers of BlueDragon a Coldfusion-compatible web application server that allows native deployment and integration of CFML applications onto ASP.NET and J2EE servers. He also recently spent some time at Redmond , getting...
  • Blog Post: The Art of Evangelism

    I was just talking to Ryan Stewart, whom has accepted a new role with Adobe , as one of their Evangelists headed up by Mike Downey (whom shifted into the owner of these roles earlier this month). I managed to unearth Guy Kawasaki 10 Commandments for being an Evangelist , which is quite useful when...
  • Blog Post: Lightmaker Downunder Doing great things.

    Lightmaker is one of my favourite RIA companies and have quite an impressive portfolio ranging from JK Rowling's infamous Flash Site through to Orlando Magic built in Silverlight . These folks are kicking some nice goals in the RIA space and are quite talented / agnostic in their approach. Last month...
  • Blog Post: Going flex to Silverlight: The basics (easy stuff first).

    Introduction This is going to probably annoy some, and signal mixed messages but overall the approach I am taking is to provide a context driven learning path on how to go from Adobe Flex coding to Microsoft Silverlight. I really don't want these posts to be fuel for the " Flash Killer " BBQ's as that...
  • Blog Post: The Rich Web, The Rich PC & The Rich Device.

    I was going to do a MIX07 wrap-up , but it's been done to death and to be honest, I spent a bulk of my MIX07 experience meeting and greeting a large number of folks whom attended (I counted around 40 business cards at one stage). That being said, the common questions I was given were around where Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Flex Open Source, what's changed?

    I've been getting a lot of requests for comments on this subject and I'll be brief. As I think it's a politically hot topic and I don't want to get into that level of discussion (no good can come from it). Flex SDK was free anyway. Flex compiler is now free for all to use. That being said in the past...
  • Blog Post: RIIA = Rich Interactive Internet Application

    Brad Becker , Microsoft guy gives his run down on this whole scratch match around the wording of "Interactive" vs "Internet' and more to the point some actual reasoning behind it. I'm sure JD @ Adobe will have complaints about it, but none the less Brad's done awesome post on the matter and I'm inclined...
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