I have had some readers ask what is to become of this blog. Well, it started out discussing Office Development, then it covered Threat Modelling, and most recently it has been about HDi. There have been several posts about the Pet Shop Boys and then there was this little post, too. That's the cool thing about Microsoft; you work on one thing for a while, and if it doesn't work out (or if you decide you want to try something new) then you just go do it.
One thing's for sure – I'm not about to start posting about BD-J authoring :-)
I still have a few script-based posts to finish, but after that I don't know how often I will update the blog because most likely I will be working on the Next Big Thing, and most likely that won't be public (and thus not blog-able). Anyway, thanks for reading and if you choose to stick around then maybe I'll post something cool again in a few months...
Always in my heart, you and the hddvd
I'm still in shock that this format lost, and so quickly.
No Java love? Hehe. I hear yah. This is Zac, from the Mono Project.
Could always mod J#'s Java class converter to load BD-J content on top of .NET or just support IKVM.NET. :-)
Sigh... I always thought Blu-ray was a better standard except for the whole requiring Java thing. It put me in the middle and I decided not buy either.
You can read more on my annoyance of Java creeping into "standards" on my blog.
Microsoft backed HD-DVD to try to infect HD-media with HDi technology and to fend off Java
As usual Microsoft will never support a technology not made in the firm (the ¨not invented here syndrome¨), and it´s willing to go to great lengths to bribe, convince or talk hardware developers into acting as proxy agents in its fight against competitors...
Too bad that when things go wrong, as they did in this case, Microsoft only loses pocket change, while hardware vendors get burned BAD.
To the Zac Mono advocate above, I wonder why do they bother with their silly effort?? Why not just embrace .Net on Vista, kiss Gates picture every morning and be done with it?.
The Mono brigadists strike me as a bunch of Java-hating zealots with a holy mission on proving they´re better than Sun, while kissing MSFT´s rear end in the process. They´d be nothing if Java weren´t the industry standard for cross-platform apps.
In case you weren't aware, the technical committee of the Blu-ray Disc Association voted to use HDi instead of Java, because it was a better technology. HP also asked the BDA to adopt HDi, because it was a better technology.
It was the "executive" branch of the BDA that went against those decision and voted for Java, despite the technical folks telling them it was the wrong choice.
I'll let the facts speak for themselves: Every HD DVD player from Day 1 has been able to play every disc, including all the advanced features such as bookmarking, network downloads, on-line shopping, "community screenings", games, and more. No current Blu-ray player can perform any networking operations, and some of the stand-alone Blu-ray players take several minutes to load even basic discs.
I welcome your explanation as to why this is a better experience for the consumer :-)