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I read today a few articles pertaining to Adobe and their release of their new Flash Media Player. One web journal Monsters and Critics (dot) com, has a good article about Adobe's new Flash Media Player. For information on the Microsoft tie in see this article on the Wall Street Journal (dot) com.

My opinion is pretty simple, Adobe has always produced a quality product that usually is portable across platforms, and this seems to be no exception. They are only following a current they have for years to enhance the user experience and the web experience. The press trying to make some allusion to Microsoft as being threatened by this is more for marketing than anything. Is Microsoft threatened by Adobe, they should be, by not just Adobe, but by all other competitors, that's what it takes to be the top dog in the pound. I have used both companies software for years and I have found that each is as problematic as they all are. In my opinion no company makes software yet that even if small and useful at the beginning doesn't suffer from bloat later in its life-cycle. I still use Adobe software, on my Windows computer, as well as on my MacIntosh computers. My only complaint has always been the same, every new pack of software increases the hardware demands, and that to me seems like the wrong idea. Microsoft is famous for putting out less than usable software that is only made usable by hundreds of patches that in the long run makes the software so over bloated that they eventually have to release new software because repairing the old software would render it useless. Adobe is not much different in that respect. I have most of their programs and they all consume way too many resources to be run on anything but my fastest computers. Sure they do some really "cool" stuff, but that does not excuse poor programming. Commercial programs like Adobe and Microsoft Windows (et al) should be held to a higher standard.

I also use open source software. Much of what I use is beta software that is not yet completed. In this case I expect it to be less than complete. I work with many developers to help them improve their software, and I work free of charge. I pay big sums of money to have commercial programs on my computers for my clients, but I usually use the open source software on my Linux run servers and desktops to actually do the work, and then convert it to a format that is compatible with the commercial programs. I am a huge fan of the MacIntosh, always have been, even though it is far more expensive than a cheap Linux server. In my next article I will talk a bit about the new MacIntosh server for video, as this is an area I have lots of interest, and Apple just does it better than anyone else.

I think Microsoft will try to bring up anti-trust law in the case of Adobe, because they know they can not beat them unless they can convince enough average users that Adobe is as shady as they are. This is unfortunate, and will only really benefit the lawyers and big business. My suggestion is that the average user begin to learn how to use open source software (it is not very difficult, really) and let the big dogs fight in the big pound for the other big dog of industry. I have seen some impressive things on the horizon from universities, including grid computing and invasive computing, all of which may make such companies as Adobe and Microsoft, or others like them very insignificant, where as service providers like Google may become more significant, as well as peer to peer assistance will make computing for the masses easy. Can Microsoft leverage anti-trust against Google, good luck Bill, I think you are out of your league here. You wanted the desktop, you got the desktop, and now that Google has provided a better interface and method for delivering applications that do not require the user to have the computing power on their system, it will be difficult for Microsoft to find their niche in that methodology.

The battles will rage on, but I really think that in the next few years the real winners will be the users if they are willing to let go of the fear and take up the banner to promote the service on the web.

So that is my opinion, at least for now, on the whole thing, hope it is useful, although I really don't think it will be. Most people will still look to the commercial software providers to provide them with ready made solutions, even if they don't really fit their needs or suit their uses.

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