From a Writers Perspective:
Technology provides wonderful opportunities for authors, composers, artists and musicians; from ebooks to multi-media content to who-knows-what will roll around the corner next, but it is also fraught with dangers we have yet to resolve or come to grips with.
The face of mobile media is forcing a change the way we look at everything on the world-wide-web, from e-business sites to websites to blogs, books and music.
And yet the majority of the content on the World-Wide-Web is neither designed for nor meant to be accessed or utilised primarily by mobile devices.
The cry for Mobile Media first design is not an answer, because that face is not static and neither is the technology behind the mobile web.
In addition to the existing complexities of Operating System and Browser specific accommodations for device-dependent functionality, sites that have been built specifically for mobile web technology do not play well with laptops or desktop systems.
… or as we’ve seen in many cases, other mobile platforms.
Additional coding for platform types unnecessarily increases both site complexity and the likelihood of failures/errors.
What all this means is that with device-centric programming, we all loose.
It’s a lesson we in the Information Technology Industry should have learned long ago, yet every time a new class of device appears, we go back to the bad old habits instead of moving forward.
Things Go ‘Round in Circles:
Why is it every time we jump a new generation of technology, we reinvent everything old, give it a different name and try to pretend that it’s new?
There’s nothing really new behind the idea of the ‘Cloud’ except the name. Nor is there anything truly new about virtual machines or virtual clusters or hypervisors or virtual clients….
Except that in reimplementing them in new generations of server technology and end-user devices we try to once-again reinvent the wheel… and in doing so we reintroduce all of the same old problems it took years to resolve.
And with nearly everyone busily focused upon the next big [new] thing, the trail of errors and omissions and things that will come back to bite us squarely in the derriere grows ever larger.
It’s time to try learning from the past without reinventing or having to re-experience it.