When I read articles like this from O’Reilly I can’t stop thinking about a spoof site that was around (is it still around?) called ‘O’Really’. The author of this article has an interesting point about Google leading the way forward for web based applications, and if Google are successfuly in this space then you bet Microsoft will be following in their footsteps with an exact clone on Google Spreadsheets. Microsoft already dipped their toe in this water a couple of years back with their ‘Hailstorm’ initiative to provide online services for everything (think subscription based on-demand online Microsoft applications), but they never got this off the ground – maybe it was ahead of it’s time? Anyway, Google are making a good go at this and you bet Microsoft are watching.
The author’s point though is a little far fetched, since there is always going to be server based processing of data of one kind or another. Ok,so now he’s got our attention, ‘it’s ok folks, nothing to see here, move along’ – you can all go back to your Eclipse or your Netbeans and continue working on your latest Java project…
Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) was the first out of the gate with their version of Linux for the PS3 available on launch day in the US. Next came news of Fedora Core 4 available for installation. Next up is Debian, with their version of Linux available for doanload and install on the PS3.
Apparently hardware support is limited in each of these distros, but I understand YDL has the best support so far, but it is still limited to access only 1 of the 8 Cell Processor cores, and doesn’t not have exclusive access to the PS3 NVidia RSX graphics chip, so you won’t be seeing any hot home-brew games based on Linux taking full advantage of the hardware just yet. Still, if you’re looking for a running general purpose OS to use from your sofa with a wireless keyboard and mouse, then there are a number of options out there.
There are several discussions around the net right now about the fact that Jobs has stated that the iPhone willl not include Java support. Personally I think this is very shortsighted of Jobs and Apple, but since it seems there will also not be any developer kit based in any language, then their intent is not to exclude Java, but tightly control the applications and content that is available for the phone, similar to the iPod. While they could have benefited from allowing developers and other companies develop content for the device, it seems their approach will be to limit and control the content probably via iTunes downloads or something else similar.
Netflix has announced details of it’s upcoming movie download service, which will be available free to existing members, with limits on the number of hours available to download content based on the subscription level. See here for more info.