Adobe Chief Software Architect has an iPhone, says “ask Apple” about Flash

So, I’m sitting with Kevin Lynch, Chief Software Architect at Adobe, is proudly showing off his iPhone. That led me to ask “will we see Flash on the iPhone?” He said that I’d have to call Apple to find out about that.

UPDATE: a little later I was trying to play one of Kongregate’s games and it is taking a long time to load cause our wireless network in the bus is not consistently good (that’s how a corporate employee would say “it sucks”). So I turn to Kevin and say “if the iPhone DID have Flash, how would you make games load fast on it even when you’re using AT&T’s Edge network?” He quickly answered “I’d use AIR [Adobe's Integrated Runtime] to cache the game locally.” Then we had a good laugh as he realized his words were going out over the Internet over the streaming video here and that his words might be construed as something official on behalf of Adobe (it’s not, but it was a fun moment nonetheless).

Why do I keep talking about the iPhone? Well, there are six iPhones on this bus. That shows how quickly Apple has excited the top geeks inside Adobe.

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Coming into Portland on the Adobe bus

We’re rolling into Portland, Oregon. The ride has been mostly boring so far — I’ve seen very little of the scenery, been head down in email and feed reading. Some geek talk. But not much going on other than trying to answer some email. There’s a few people building apps, but it took some time just getting the infrastructure of the bus (wireless, GPS, etc) working well. Now everything has settled in and we’re about to pick up Kevin Lynch, Adobe executive. That’s when I’ll turn on my camera and get an interview.

Anyway, you can track our progress, we have about three more hours to go to Seattle so we should get in at about 10 p.m. tonight. We’re on Twitter, on live streaming video, and our progress is being tracked by an app that gets data from the GPS on the front of the bus.

Call us up and say hi. 425-205-1921.

UPDATE: here’s a TwitterGram (30 second MP3 audio clip) where I ask four geeks in the bus what they think about Twitter vs. Pownce.

Hottest game site on the Web on my show

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Rocky just got up the videos I did with Jim Greer, co-founder of Kongregate. They have more than 1,000 games up. Really great stuff. Their traffic in May was 300,000 unique visitors and in June it was 750,000.

Anyway, Jim was the technical director Pogo.com, now owned by Electronic Arts. That site has my brother-in-law totally addicted. Jim and I talk about that, and other video game trends. Women. Casual gaming. What Steve Jobs might do with the iPhone. (At one point I hint that Steve Jobs should buy Kongregate, which gets us both to have a good laugh, but in hindsight that would be an awesome idea).

There’s three videos:

1. Interview with Jim and his sister, who also is a co-founder.
2. Demo of what Kongregate is along with some of his favorite games so you can see what all the hoohaw is about. (Embedded here).
3. An Editor’s Choice video where Rocky gives you just the highlights of the above.

Jakob Nielsen says “don’t be like Scoble”

Jakob Nielsen’s Web 1.0 post today sends lots of gestures:

1. Don’t do quick posts like Scoble.
2. Don’t risk being an idiot like Scoble.
3. Don’t put comments on your idiocy like Scoble.
4. Don’t link to other idiots like Scoble.
5. If you want to seem like you know something, unlike Scoble, write long ass white papers with lots of charts.
6. Don’t have fun like that idiot Scoble.
7. Don’t you dare put pictures of cats or babies or other personal details up like Scoble does.
8. Don’t add Web 2.0 mechanisms to your Web site like Scoble does. Definitely no “del.icio.us” or “Digg” voting graphics.
9. Don’t get caught dead inside an Apple store like Scoble does.
10. Don’t give Fake Steve or Valleywag a reason to deride you like Scoble does.
11. Definitely don’t get close to Twitter/Jaiku/Pownce/Facebook like Scoble does. If you can say it in 140 characters you shouldn’t say it at all.

OK, he didn’t quite say all of those things on his Web site today.

Well, I wish I could tell you the truth about Jacob (he worked for me back in the 1990s at one of our conferences — we never hired him again) but Steve Wozniak taught me to never say anything if I can’t say something nice about someone.

Yes, I am a sucker for good link bait. Sorry. Guilty as charged. I’m not the only one.

I will say this, it’s amazing that we’re listening to a guy who has an uglier Web site than I do.

Oh, wait, he just wrote a post worthy of Valleywag or Fake Steve except he doesn’t have comments, doesn’t have trackbacks, and used about 2,000 words to say something a better writer would say in about 300 words.

Heh!

On the Adobe AIR bus

Adobe invited me to come along on part of its On AIR Bus Tour. I’ll be making the trip today up to Seattle. We leave at 6 a.m. from Adobe’s buildings in San Francisco. There’s going to be a live video feed. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. AIR stands for “Adobe Integrated Runtime” and is Adobe’s competitor to Microsoft’s .NET and Sun Microsystems Java. Basically it lets you move Web apps onto the desktop and out of the browser. Offline and all that fun stuff.

On my Facebook Profile I’ve been asking people what they’d like me to ask the Adobe executives. I’ll get those questions, and any that are left here in my comments, answered. There’s also going to be a Twitter feed, but looks like that, and a Flickr feed, are reposted on the On AIR tour page.

I’ll post some stuff from the road. Of course I’ll have my Nokia cell phone with me, so you’re welcome to call us on the bus tour at 425-205-1921.

Unfortunately I’ll be in Seattle only on Monday night for a few short hours, so can’t shoot any video there. I’ll spend more time in Seattle around Gnomedex, so if you have something cool to show me, let’s get together then.

Oh, and the Adobe bus will be the first vehicle I’ll have been in that has its own API. You’ll be able to track our movements every step of the way.

Blog designs that catch my eye

I’ve been looking at a lot of blogs. Usually just in Google Reader. But when new blogs come along I have to visit them in a Web browser. Blognation, over in the UK, caught my eye. Nice simple design. I hate the small font, though, but I don’t really care about the fonts anymore. If a new blog catches my eye I instantly subscribe to it and never visit the Web page again.

That brings me to a point. It’s time to redesign my blog. Mark Lucovsky at Google was making fun of my “ugly” design recently. I said it was scientifically designed to get people to subscribe and put it into Google Reader. I was just trying to be funny, but I do admit that my blog is looking a bit “old school” now when compared to things like GigaOm and Blognation.

Mark was threatening to get Google’s designers to redesign my blog. That might be interesting, especially since Google’s custom search engine is getting better now that it lets me search not only the words on my blog, but every blog I’ve linked to.

Of course I’ve gotta bug Mark for not updating his own blog since May of last year. Heck, that’s so long ago that I was still working at Microsoft then.

What do you think? Should I redesign? What’s your favorite blog design and/or designer out there?

Is 2008 finally going to be “year of Linux on the desktop?”

On Saturday at the iPhoneDevCamp someone was showing me his computer. It was running Ubuntu. Linux. I noted to myself that it finally got over some of the ugliness that turned me off of earlier Linux-on-the-desktop attempts. He showed me, and a few other people some of the cool things (much nicer 3D switching than even OSX has, for instance). Damn, I thought to myself, it’s time to give Linux another look.

Then, tonight, I see another article over on ITPro about the future of Ubuntu and Linux as a desktop platform.

I should credit several readers lately for bugging me about Ubuntu. I forget them all, though, and don’t want to cause any hard feelings. Thanks for staying on my case. It sure is looking nice!

Anyway, it’s time to get an interview with Mark Shuttleworth. Anyone know him and want to introduce us?

Looks like Dell is seeing the same thing, too, Digg is linking to a report that Dell is expanding its line of Ubuntu-powered computers.

What do you think? Is this finally Linux’ time on the desktop? Is it getting good enough to get more than a tiny number of geeks to switch?