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What is Adobe Air?

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – A few of my friends joined me on Skype last night to discuss some of today’s hot Tech topics. This video covers the release of the second beta of Adobe Air.

Four of my friends joined me for this discussion: Kat, SC_Thor, Wirelesspacket, and last but certainly not least… Datalore.

In this video, we discussed the newest beta release of Adobe Air. Adobe Integrated Runtime is a cross-OS runtime environment for building Rich Internet Applications, using Flash, Flex, HTML and Ajax, that can be deployed as a desktop application.

Users interact with AIR applications in the same way that they interact with native desktop applications. The runtime is installed once on the user’s computer, and then AIR applications are installed and run just like any other desktop application.

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World's Best WordPress Plugin

I’ve been pimping my WordPress – hardcore. From spilling a little SpotMilk over my admin interface, to getting an admin toolbar for when I’m looking at my own blog. I’ve been looking high and low for fun and functional extensions for WP, but I think I’ve found the mother of all plugins tonight. It’s called Edit N Place – and if you have WordPress installed, you must install this plugin immediately. Its name is exactly what it does – enables you to edit your post’s title, categories, and/or body inline! No need to load up the admin page to tweak a word or two anymore! Yes, it’s accessible with a little sprinkle of AJAXy goodness. I sent Matt an instant message the moment I had it running. He didn’t even know about it, so it’s a fair bet most of you WordPressers don’t, either. It’s so simple to configure to your liking, even a caveman could do it.

Ajax, Google and Microsoft

AJAX is fun, but… this Gnomie hits the nail on the head:

It’s interesting to me how we keep coming back to “old” technology and treat it as “new”. All web-based programming, be it an OS or application, is the same as Star LAN with each workstation being only alive when connected to the server and able to run programs only when connected. The choice for most has been peer-to-peer with each workstation being alive on its own and able to shared with another as desired.

Both general systems have security and operability problems unique to their configuration. With the advent of the internet, security became tougher as an unwanted member of the network could join in without invitation or special connection whenever and however it wanted.

But the article you referenced had some very good, although generic, ideas of how one should approach the security issue when writing AJAX applications. The question seems to me to be the application that talks between the user and the server, so it is therefore a server-side issue. You and I, as users, can only choose to use or not use AJAX applications at this time.

I am still old school – I want control over my OS, my applications and my data! I am not interesting in farming it out to some unknown corporation and assume that they have my interest in mind. I love to be able to communicate my data and my ideas through the medium of the internet, but I am very aware that the US Postal Service works very well and will also perform the same service – just a LOT slower. Sometimes it is good to take a little time and be a bit more secure. But someone can intercept my letter, can’t they?