, posted: 23-Nov-2007 18:15
I flew to Auckland, to check out the very first NZ Girl Geek dinner
There was a great group of women. Karen from Linuxchix
turned up, suitably identified by a Tux pin. There were about 25 women all up, but about 8 were recruiters. That's okay, recruiters can be geeks on the weekend.
It is extremely unusual to go to a "geek" event, and then be served raw vegetables. There were discussions in our corner of starting a riot but there were only sofas and no chairs to throw. I wonder what would happen if we replaced "Thursday Night Curry" with "Thursday Night Raw Vegetables". :-) Also, there was no dessert! maybe i asked too many questions like: "what do you mean it needs to be licensed?".
, a usuability ninja, talked about why you'd want to use silverlight. She spoke about forming an emotional connection with a website. The metaphor of "which do you want, a lada or a beamer" was lost on us Wellington people who can't afford to park either.
I interupted proceedings a few times with questions such as: "which bits are patented?". Nigel didn't give a full list, he was put on the spot, but indicated it was mostly the codecs used: wma, and the microsoft video formats.. to which i asked "can't we just use ogg instead and move on".. That didn't help, because Nigel had never heard of Ogg Vorbis
. He replied that no, you can't use other codecs within silverlight.
This was the show stopper for me. I think the "can't" has more to do with "won't work in Internet Explorer" than a real technological or even legal reason, but i'm only guessing.
either way, my verdict -- silverlight is just another another macromedia. Until it's genuinely open, and not pushing Microsoft only formats, i'm keeping away.
(P.S. why is usuability so hard to type/spell?)
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