Last night our time a 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, quickly followed by a tsunami. Evolve Systems’ hearts and prayers go out to the people of Japan and the Pacific region as the devastation continues. We hope everyone will stay safe, and encourage as many as people to help Japan and the Pacific region through donations, giving blood, and other relief efforts. A few of us here in the Evolve Systems offices have friends and relatives over in Japan, so we appreciate whatever support you can lend them.
By now you’ve probably heard of HTML5, the platform that every browser maker from Microsoft to Mozilla to Google can’t stop heralding as the savior of the Internet. Buzzwords aside, developers are excited about HTML5 because it creates a more elegant online experience, enabling users to enjoy the the best aspects of the web–audio, video, multimedia–without having to install external applications like Adobe Flash. In other words, HTML5 allows us to experience the Internet natively, and escape what Mozilla VP of products Jay Sullivan calls “plug-in prison.”
Because we here at Evolve Systems frequently do consulting for graphical and design work on websites, may we just encourage everyone out there to think twice before using lots of Flash animation on your website? For one, it slows down your website considerably, as many machines can’t use Flash efficiently. Second, it does not contribute in any way to your SEO, and in fact may hurt your search rankings. Third, search engines don’t see Flash at all. Fourth, good Web 2.0 design hates Flash. And five…it is very time consuming to program.
Do you remember that scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, where the evil Dolores Umbridge tells Harry Potter that, deep down, “you know you deserve to be punished”? Time Warner CEO Glenn Britt weighs in on tiered and capped broadband packages.
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Have a safe weekend, everyone, and remember Japan and the Pacific Region.