Your Gilbert would love to fill you in on the last city council meeting, but to our annoyance we find that somebody somewhere on the city website or with the video feed provider has “updated” their technology. Instead of being able to view the city council meetings online, we get a box containing the following message, “Get Microsoft Silverlight.”
We click, as instructed, and are informed that the necessary update is available only to persons with the latest, greatest operating system. This class of person does not include Your Gilbert.
So, alas, there will be no granolapark report on the last city council meeting. Hurrah for technology!
A reader asked if the problem might be at our end, seeing as how this reader had no problem accessing the city council videos with using Windows XP.
We are using Macintosh computers with operating system X 3 and have changed nothing in the last month that would cause this. The “Get Microsolft Silverlight” box popping up instead of the video stream is a new phenomenon. It definately says it requires Macintosh operating system X 4.8. So we conclude the changes are at the other end.
A news release (below) on Silverlight’s site touts it as a wonderful cross-platform tool. Note that the release date was Sept. 5. Up until this week we had few troubles accessing the pre-Silverlight version on our Macs. Our Mac version of Windows Media Player has been perfectly adequate. The cross-platform hpye is just that as far as Macs are concerned . Each new operating system for Macs has been increasingly accomodating to PC software, so this is not a case of Microsoft making Silverlight more Mac-friendly, they just waited for Mac to be more PC-friendly.
The system requirements http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/system-requirements.aspx are for Mac operating system 4.8. Not many Mac users will have this one. In fact, a quick survy of the Mac site and the Macconnections computer store show that the most recent operating system for home use sale is 4.6! (cost $125). A commercial OS X 4.7 version is available for $500. Microsoft/Silverlight has apparently built a “cross platform” tool for use with a future Mac platform. Meanwhile most Mac users are locked out.
We don’t consider that an “improvement”, do you?”
PS. The link to download a (Windows or Apple) Windows Media Player plug in on the city website leads to an “error 404” message.
Download the Final Release of Silverlight 1.0!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Today Microsoft announced the release of Silverlight 1.0, the fully supported version of its cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media and rich experiences on the Web.
Microsoft and Novell Partner to Deliver Silverlight on Linux
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Microsoft is committed to making Silverlight a Web client that runs on all major browsers, and the commitment extends to Linux. Microsoft and Novell have announced they are working together on Moonlight, a Silverlight implementation for Linux.