not so flashy

There’s a thread on that I’ve been posting to about simple designs for web sites. I’ve gotten into a debate with another guy that posted concerning the use of Flash. He argues that Flash is widely accepted and useable, I argue that there are an estimated 18 million Linux users who only have Flash 4.0 (myself included) and his site requires 5.0 to work, so I can’t view it. By using only Flash, there are 18 million people that won’t be able to view your page. It just doesn’t seem to be worth it. It also requires the people who make the Flash sites to pay a few hundred dollars for the software. With HTML, JavaScript and CSS you can do it with tools that are free. I guess I just don’t understand.

I’ve been looking at some web hosting sites and I can’t believe how cheap they are getting. Aletia Hosting gives you tons of features. The only limitation I can see is the bandwidth cap that I don’t have to deal with. Everyone wants to get more traffic to their site, but I might think otherwise if by achieving internet popularity I had to take out a second mortgage to cover the bandwidth charges. Then again, with my simplistic design I’m not taking up a whole lot of space. I guess I just like having the knowledge that if I ever wanted to run a high bandwidth site I could, without having to pay extra for it. Maybe I should move over to the cheaper one until that happens. Decisions decisions.

I’ll be heading to San Diego next Thursday for the 2002 Photoshop World Conference. It will be nice to spend some time in the sunny weather that I’ve come to love.

Now I’m off to watch The Singles Ward. Some friends have told me it’s funny, but film critics have been less than complimentary. I’m interested to hear my own opinion about it after I see it.

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