Spring is in the air and all dem Flash Lites are popping

Spring is in the air and all dem Flash Lites are popping:

Ah! It’s springtime again, and all those flash lite hearts are beating faster. As the old saying goes, hope springs eternal in the hearts of those who are truly misguided. What am I talking about? Why, it’s that nemesis of the desktop, that widely-despised technology that powers annoying banner ads everywhere – FLASH.

Ever since Flash relegated the Java applet to more innocuous niches (ie. non-banner ads), Flash enthusiasts everywhere have been targeting the mobile space as the next battleground. Every year, for the past 4 years or so, these misguided souls have heralded the coming of Flash Lite to small devices, promising that it would vanquish Java ME (J2ME) just as Flash on the browser had swept like wildfire – to the dismay of consumers everywhere.

Unfortunately, I’ve always had the opinion that these are a truly misguided bunch, and even 2 years ago I posted some opinions on WHY the battle for small devices would not exactly be repeat of the browser wars.

Have any of my opinions changed? Not really. But it’s always amusing to watch the flash lite faithful fret and moan and hope as the years roll by. Punxsutawney Phil’s got nothing on these spring vigilants.

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