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Adobe Abandons Mobile Flash Video (Over Steve Jobs’ Dead Body) 2011/11/10

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Wired Magazine ran an interesting news story that many have been expecting!  “On Wednesday morning, Adobe delivered the eulogy for its multi-media Flash platform for mobile, stating the company would no longer invest resources in porting its once-indispensable cross-browser technology to smartphones and tablets.  It’s a startling admission of failure from a company that vehemently defended Flash and its mobile strategy in the face of Apple’s refusal to allow it on the iPhone and iPad. Adobe even took on Steve Jobs in a war of words over Flash’s viability as a mobile platform, all in the public domain.  But the writing was on the wall for Flash years ago, and Adobe knew it. With no Flash announcements to be heard at its Adobe Max conference earlier this year and with the company slowly beefing up its toolkit of Flash alternatives, Wednesday’s move is in step with Adobe’s broader strategy of migrating its loyal Flash developer base to a new era, one where mobile platforms reign supreme.”

It’s interesting to watch how these advancements will change our archiving strategies as older formats are retired and/or unsupported.  Everyone knows that the H.264 codec is more energy-efficient, but is the quality also better, and is it worth those license fees?!  So  just for fun, you might want to check out Steve Jobs’ “Thoughts on Flash” from April 2010:   “I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.”



Bruce Sterling: Dead Media Beat Digital Preservation When Data Disappears 2011/08/13

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Bruce Sterling wrote this brief piece on digital decay in response to the NYTimes article “When Data Disappears” which mentioned him:
“People who think these knowledge institutions are stable need to go talk to the New Media scene in Holland. A paper book will persist alone in a dark dry closet, but you just can’t do this constant digital migration and curation without a constant budget; it’s like computing when they’ve cut your electricity. And they will cut your budget AND your electricity, because who the heck needs some dumb stack of old floppies? We’ve got emergencies, you know.

*As Stewart Brand wisely surmised many years ago,
 “The system doesn’t really work, it can’t be fixed, no one understands it,no one is in charge of it, it can’t be lived without, and it gets worse every year.”