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Will Ajax Spring A Leak?

As AJAX becomes more an more popular, will the browser providers move to fix problems with memory leaks? Programmers are working hard to plug the leaks — but considering the simplicity of the technology and its broad usage, there will be leaks.

Flash advocates will use this as an argument in favor of vector animation over AJAX. Corporations will be susceptible to AJAX FUD — and this may slow its uptake.

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Happy Birthday Steve

It’s Steve Reich’s birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday Steve, happy birthday Steve, happy birthday Steve, happy birthday Steve, happy birthday Steve.

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Authentication As A Utility

Yahoo’s new BBAuth — Browser-based Authentication service is another building block for the coming wave of Web-based small businesses. No one wants to run a server farm and no one really want’s to deal with authentication. Between Amazon’s virtual computing and storage, and Yahoo’s authentication service, it’s going to be simpler and simpler to assemble a online business.

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Apple “Phone”

The buzz about an Apple iPhone has hit the streets. Personally, I’d like a new cell phone, but I don’t like much of what I see. I want a phone, but I’d like much more. I carry an iPod, a Palm and a Cell Phone, that’s two devices too many. The Treo tries to do all three — but isn’t quite right. The issues around CDMA and GSM (Apple + Cingular) are very interesting as well.
The problem is one of narrowing the user interaction to the set that hits the utility needs and desires of the largest group of consumers. I’m a terrible example, I like Palm’s PDA because I can SSH in to my Web space — not exactly a feature that the market is crying out for. But some method of mobile blogging or Web site content updating is part of the killer app for a mobile device.

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