My wife’s sense of humor and Beta News

My wife’s sense of humor:
Glen: “There were two peanuts walking down the street. One was assaulted.”
Katie: “My goodness. I hope everyone was ok.”

Beta News:
Yahoo Maps has launched a Google Maps knock off with their Yahoo Maps. The interface is strikingly similar, except they are using Flash rather than Ajax. I think the choice of technologies is good, and there is some definite interaction design improvement. I like the upper right scroll window. I like the Live Traffic feature alot. However, there are some downsides. First of all, it seems slower than Google maps. I think this is an issue with infrastructure, but I can not be certain. Maps do take longer to resolve than Google though. Additionally, there are no satellite maps. These are super cool. Microsoft Teraserver maps have them as well as Google. Why doesn’t Yahoo have that feature?

Also this is an important step for Flash as a development and application platform. I think Flash can (if all the moons aligned right, which they won’t) become a very popular application platform. It really depends on how Adobe and Macromedia can woo the developer community. I think they should give a years worth of free development software just to get people hooked. Also, they should make it easier to make stand alone apps. They need to break out of the browser.

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