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It Is Too Soon to Panic on AngularJS 2.0

angularjsSo AngularJS team finally is talking more publically about what they’re trying to do. At the ngEurope conference last week, they talked very opening about their new strategy for AngularJS 2.0 and it has a lot of people freaked out. Sounds a lot like some reaction to Silverlight in fact.

I’m seeing a flood of hate on the AngularJS team at the moment. I am not sure it is justified. Here’s why:

While there are a lot of details about what they’re thinking being shown and shared, the reality is that AngularJS 2.0 comes out in 13 months. A huge amount of time in web development. I am sure they are hearing all the concern and fear and are taking it into account. I suspect it will be fine.

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The Next Application Platform? All of them...

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UPDATED: Added comments on backend story.

I've been knee deep in my book and a super secret project I can't talk about yet but that project and some conversations i've been having (on Twitter and with the Atlanta Pros User Group when we discussed HTML5). It started with the exaggerated death of Silverlight. I was asked at length to comment on what how HTML5 and Silvelright compete and other topics.  But after looking at a lot of different things, I came up with a different idea...

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More On Chrome

Url: http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en-US/privacy...

I usually am not one of those tinfoil hat guys, but the Google Chrome Privacy Policy says that anything I do with the browser is sent to Google with a browser unique id attached to it. From their privacy policy (emphasis added by me):

When you type URLs or queries in the address bar, the letters you type are sent to Google so the Suggest feature can automatically recommend terms or URLs you may be looking for. If you choose to share usage statistics with Google and you accept a suggested query or URL, Google Chrome will send that information to Google as well. You can disable this feature as explained here. 
If you navigate to a URL that does not exist, Google Chrome may send the URL to Google so we can help you find the URL you were looking for. You can disable this feature as explained here.
Google Chrome's SafeBrowsing feature periodically contacts Google's servers to download the most recent list of known phishing and malware sites. In addition, when you visit a site that we think could be a phishing or malware site, your browser will send Google a hashed, partial copy of the site's URL so that we can send more information about the risky URL. Google cannot determine the real URL you are visiting from this information. More information about how this works is here.
Your copy of Google Chrome includes one or more unique application numbers. These numbers and information about your installation of the browser (e.g., version number, language) will be sent to Google when you first install and use it and when Google Chrome automatically checks for updates.  If you choose to send usage statistics and crash reports to Google, the browser will send us this information along with a unique application number as well.  Crash reports can contain information from files, applications and services that were running at the time of a malfunction.   We use crash reports to diagnose and try to fix any problems with the browser.

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Silverlight 2 and Google Chrome

Url: http://www.silverlight-tour.com

LOTS OF UPDATES: Read down to see more info.

I just installed the Google Chrome browser and to no one's surprise, it doesn't support Silverlight 2. Not sure why it doesn't work since it supports WebKit. What I find most interesting is that it thinks its rendering it. It may be Google's Plug-in/Process model that is breaking it.

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Flash One Step Closer to Being Indexable - is Silverlight Next?

Url: http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/06/30/once-nearl...

In this TechCrunch article, they report that Adobe has released a stripped down version of the engine that can parse the swf files and give back info that is useful for the indexing engines.  Its unknown whether Google or Yahoo (the report doesn't mention Live.com as one of the search engines it gave the technology to) will use it, but I expect they will. 

So the question comes up, what about Silverlight apps?  Will SEO for Silverlight become a big bargaining chip?  I hope Microsoft responds though with the .xap and XAML files, Silverlight is already pretty easy to consume.  My one request would be that Silverlight 2 stop embedding the .xaml into the assemblies so that the search engines don't have to double dig to get to the XAML.

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Google for Domains and Image Spam

Url: https://www.google.com/a/

I have been complaining and discussion image spam (spam e-mail where most of the body is an ad for a stock, medication or other ridiculous product) on some of my favorite mailing lists.  In the past few months it has gotten really bad. I've used SpamBayes to rid myself of spam the last few years and it works great...until Image Spam.

That's where Google for Domains came in. At the behest of a number of people (including Steve Johnson, Shawn Van Ness, and Curt Hagenlocher) I moved my domain to Google's GMail for domains.  I now have all of my mail at wildermuth.com hosted by Google.  So far I am very impressed.  Not a single piece of image spam has gotten through. Over the past 2 days no false positives. 

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IE7 and Google Toolbar Aren't Playing Well Together

I am using the IE7 that is installed in Vista RC1 and while the new Google Toolbar does seem to work, it is causing problems with the context menu so I uninstalled it.  Interestingly I can't figure out how to tell Google its not working.  Does anyone know of a feedback mechanism (e.g. connect.microsoft.com) for Google?

 

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Google acting like Yahoo...

I was installing the new Google Earth when I noticed that Google is becoming Yahoo/Real/Microsoft these days.  Why can't we just have options in your setups that don't try and cross-promote?  Its cheap and makes me lose faith in companies. 

This is just like the "Do you want to install the Yahoo Toolbar" that has snuck itself into every shareware/free app i've installed in the last year. If you are going to insist on this kind of promotion, you should make it off by default.  Putting these sorts of options with the hope that the user isn't paying attention and just pressed Finish without reading sucks.

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Google Has Nothing to Whine About

Url: http://slashdot.org/articles/06/05/01/1549234.s...

After hearing about Goggle's concerns about the MSN default search box in IE7, I decided to try and change the default search in IE7.  I have to agree with Balmer on this one

I was able to change the default search for the IE7 search box with 2 clicks and Google was one of more than a dozen choices.  I don't see the fact that it makes MSN the default as a competitive advantage.  When google let's me set the search engine to use in their Google Bar to one of their competitors search engines, i'll listen to them complain again.

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