4 posts • joined Sunday 7th February 2010 00:58 GMT
That's just the thing this is addressing: the fact that a lot of people end up using tabs just like bookmarks, because bookmarking is more of an archiving activity with no capability of saying "this is what's currently on my radar." There needs to be a happy medium available for things that are still "open" but not "actively being looked at this second".
I myself experience this conundrum all the time, but the difference is that if i run out of time/desire to look at all of my open tabs, i neither leave them open nor properly bookmark them, but rather drag them into my Bookmarks Toolbar, which is the closest thing to the tab bar but of course doesn't bog down the performance :). Needless to say, my solution is also quite disorganized and unsatisfactory.
I think you make a quite valid point however that there is a lot of overlap between this new interface and good old bookmarks. In fact, once this thing matures sufficiently, I wouldn't be surprised if it negates the need for bookmarks entirely for many users. However, it is undoubtedly better to let the users ease into this new paradigm and then realize that bookmarks are no longer needed, than to force them into it by removing bookmarks from the browser at this early stage.
Not comparable to ipad
The advantages eBooks have over the iPad in terms of longevity are ridiculous--measured in weeks, not hours.... They are also much easier on the eyes and viewable in more conditions. So for the price of an e-ink device, which is *usually* less than an iPad, I'd say there is a niche.
This device justifies its iPad-like price, on the other hand, by adding something the iPad *doesn't* have--stylus input. This is really something where there is no contest with the iPad--if you want to not only read, but also annotate stuff and take notes, there is no contest--this is the better device.
The main thing the iPad has over this device for the foreseen use cases (reading and taking notes) is the ability to present the internet in all its scrollable, messy glory. On the other hand, the scrollable, dynamic nature would be a challenge to integrate with annotation anyway, so in that sense it's not a huge loss...
Apple proves nothing
Sorry, but I think it's yet again a case of short-term vision. Apple's valuation is way overblown, even if its long-term prospects are really as good as you seem to claim (of which I am seriously doubtful). It's just a case of what happened to Microsoft in the 90's all over again... and it will end the same way.
The reason they are continuing with the "white elephant" of JavaFX is that (despite the way it is marketed as an RIA) it is *the way forward* for Java on the desktop. Look at it this way: JavaFX is to Swing what .NET/WPF is to Windows Forms-- long term it is a replacement, that ushers in a new way of developing desktop app UI (declarative instead of imperative, with built-in support for animations, effects, transforms, multimedia, etc). And it's not just about the desktop--JavaFX is also *the only* reasonable way forward for Java on mobile platforms--and that includes interactive TV and Bluray.
In other words, had they killed JavaFX, they might as well have declared their complete exit from all consumer segments of the market. And honestly, that would just be dumb, because they still make a decent chunk of money on licensing that stuff, and more importantly, there is a lot more money to be made yet.
It's actually kind of ironic that Java, for all its popularity in the enterprise today, actually started life in the consumer segment, being envisioned as a simple language for set-top boxes and other embedded devices.... yet many in the industry downplay the importance of this aspect of its success.
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