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Chris Tyler is a professor in Seneca College. From his blog, Chris is a ''“Christian, college professor, computer programmer, system administrator, author, and consultant. My specialty is open source, particularly Fedora Linux.”''
In his presentation, Chris Tyler believes that the future of computing is going to the web. This concept is currently being used and advertised by big corporations. One of the most common examples that are seen is "To the cloud" by Microsoft. The advantages of going to the cloud are numerous. Users are able to access their content on different machine anytime which is stored on some servers hosted by companies that sell "cloud" server space.
According to Chris, the future of the web can be sub-categorized into Consumer of content, creator of content and storing of content. As a consumer of content, Chris meant all users of the internet. As a user of the web, we all consume content made by some other individual or company at one point or another. The open source community had been highly active in helping users consume content from the web. Open source software has made rapid progress in this field. Another category that open source software is highly active and has made rapid progress is in the storing of content. Open source software that helps user stores data on the cloud have improved dramatically over the years and can compete effectively with proprietary software.
One sub-category that the open source has been coming up short when compared to proprietary software is the creator of content. According to Chris, creators of content are of many types. Whenever a user creates an email, he/she is a creator of content. The problem with open source software as a creator of content is that they are lacking any good product that caters to multimedia users. I think this is caused mainly due to that fact that programmers have always been bad designers.
Another topic that Chris talked about during his presentation is how computer processors have advanced so rapidly that handheld devices are currently as powerful as their desktop counterparts. This brings up the question as to how content are being delivered to such devices and how those said content are being consumed. The current trend in the smartphone and tablet market is filled with tonnes of “Apps”. Most of these apps are highly customised version of a website, which is designed to work better on smaller screens. Chris argued this by saying that with the presence of HTML5, Apps are useless and waste of resources. He supports this argument by emphasizing that web developers and designers should research and improve their device so that contents are available in both desktop and smartphone browsers.
==What did I learn?==
Both the presentation brought out a lot of good points. I tried to develop an idea with a friend over the summer and the reason for failing in that venture was trying to add more feature to make the product stand out. This was the biggest mistake we made as we kept pushing back the deadline due to scope creep. After listening to the presentation by Mike Hoye, I was able to understand many things that seemed obvious at the time. The reason why I failed in my attempt to create a product out of my idea may be due to my lack of experience.
From the presentation by Chris Tyler, there are number subtle points that I wished to disagree. One such point is that Apps are useless when the web designer can make create a site catered to small screens. The reason for using an App and not a browser on the phone is the usability that is available with the app which is not available when using the browser. I believe that apps are designed to allow a user to accomplish simple and commonly used task, which is laid out in convenient positions within the app, instead of going through a browser on a small screen.

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