Archive for Interesting Thought

Interesting Thought: Art is whatever moves you - and Roger Ebert, video games move me

April 19 2010

So if you have not read this post Video games can never be art by Roger Ebert, please start there. So Mr. Ebert says quite a bit on why he doesn't think video games are not art, and man, I totally disagree. To me, art is what moves you. It invokes emotion. There are many things out there that I feel lack taste, but are still art. For instance, the live performance art of naked people sitting in a chair - I don't get it, I think it's dumb, but I still think it's art. Just not my taste. But Mr. Ebert specifically calls out video games. I can think of many games that provoked as strong an emotion as any movie, painting, sculpture, statue, or building I have seen on this planet. Seeing much of the stuff in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg caused me to stop and stare. So did the first time I saw the Cyber Demon in Doom ... and then two seconds later got my first rocket in my face and red screen. There are movies out there that make me emotional, such as E.T. or Shawshank Redemption. I've

Interesting Thought: DOLS and the Weblicator are hot again

April 14 2010

So I find myself thinking back to the time when we had the Lotus Weblicator; it took web pages offline; and Domino Off-line Services (DOLS) and they were pretty active and hot technologies. The ability to take web applications off-line with no Notes client installed? I remember being very impressed - seeing as this was the R5 time frame. The DOLS Manager gave us a client-front end to manage those applications and even allowed admins to have some level of control. Click a link on an applications and it was added to my DOLS Manager list. Replication was supported too. The problem with DOLS is it basically ran a Domino Server (nserver.exe) with the HTTP task on the client machine. Hardware couldn't handle that back then. Have you tried using DOLS today? On some of the new hardware, like an i5 or i7 desktop, it screams! Yes - DOLS is still supported and ships with Domino 8.5.1 ... even if DOLS Manager seems to dislike Windows 7 64 Bit OS. With all of this talk about off-line Web 2.0 appl

Interesting Thought: Why should Adobe keep releasing Creative Suite for the Mac?

April 12 2010

(Note to the reader: I am starting a new "Interesting Thought" blog type. These are mostly quick thoughts I want to get out there for discussion but feel that Twitter and Facebook make the discussion difficult. Enjoy) Interesting Thought: With what seems to be a permanent desire to not support flash on the Apple mobile (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) platform, going all the way up to Steve Jobs himself, why would Adobe not decide to cease supporting OS X Operating System for it's Creative Suite? Creative Suite is just as good on the PC (so I am told, I have not used it on either platform for about 2 years). Why focus on a platform where the company is not willing to work with you on other areas? And frankly, CS is one of the top three reasons people purchase Mac desktops these days (video editing, music recording and processing, and desktop publishing being the top three uses of the Mac desktops) - would it put pressure on Apple to work with Adobe? Yes, I know, its reactionary and negati