Valentine's Day, More Than a Week Ago

You will already have seen this, probably. Read this coverage at Aviran's Place again nevertheless. Made it to Digg's front. No wonder. Don't be lazy, read the published patent.

This man, Neil Balthaser got a patent issued on Valentine’s Day that is said to cover all rich-media technology implementations, including Flash, Flex, Java, Ajax, and XAML, when and if the rich-media application is accessed on any device over the Internet, including desktops, mobile devices, set-top boxes, and video game consoles. Neil Balthaser, CEO of Balthaser Online, which he owns with his father Ken is not shy about his patent: “You can consider it a pioneering or umbrella patent. The broader claim is one that basically says that if you got a rich Internet application, it is covered by this patent.”

Methods, Systems, And Processes For The Design And Creation Of Rich-Media Applications Via The Internet

The patent, No. 7,000,180 or 180 for short, is entitled Methods, Systems, And Processes For The Design And Creation Of Rich-Media Applications Via The Internet. It contains 83 claims that encompass a wide range of rich-media Net application methods, systems, and processes.


Kill HTML before It Kills Us

Now that man's neither stupid nor an asshole. An article on the The Interactive Design Forum quoted from a Balthaser "New Media" article with the above title: We must summon the courage to throw away our crutches and rally behind the technologies that will liberate our creativity and open the doors of possibility. Currently, Flash is our best weapon. Drop HTML, pick up Flash, and really learn it — then push it.

Flashkit Australia 2001 participant Tammy Creaser had this to say about Neil: "The conference was great. Neil Balthazar was an excellent speaker - it was really good to hear from one of the high flyers and innovators in the industry. The full-on 3D demo at the end was also a highlight for me.... Can't think of any criticisms, sorry. I enjoyed the whole lot."


Aviran's Place's Fact- 'n Sayfinding

Because he began developing the methods and processes more than a half decade ago, he believes he can prove his invention is novel and nonobvious, two requirements to get a patent, and can fend off any patent challenges from potential licensees who might contend the invention is neither new nor obscure. “Are we ready to defend our patent?” Balthaser asks. “Absolutely. We’re ready to defend it vigorously if we have to. But [litigation is] not the approach we’re taking in terms of licensing.”

What tinytalk analysis says

Licensing fees are going to flow for a while yet (mostly from MSFT, GOOG and ADBE), the patent will be difficult to handle for the Mozilla foundation, but: In the end, the open source software + professional services concept is going to win out because it will be more productive, efficient and more fun. That holds not only for structured computer software, but also for any kind of content, so the Common Creatives will also win in the end. All fundamentals point to that. We also have reason to believe, that in spite of scary symptoms the revolution will be unbloody and televised too, probably.

Notes:
Mr. Balthaser has also been credited as a game developer on the following games:

In addition to that he has been awarded a "demogod of 2001" title by demo.com: Neil Balthaser, chairman and CEO of Balthaser Online Inc. for his onstage demonstration of balthaser:fx, an online tool box for users designing Web sites. Here is his blogger profile

 

this is insane

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what now is insane. the patent or the analysis?

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meant the patent, but now reading and trying to understand the patent, i agree with chris.

and found this from 2001 here: Online Flash authoring system

Balthaser:Fx from Balthaser Online claims to be the first professional online design system for creating and maintaining Flash-based web sites. The system features a drag-and-drop interface and library "of thousands of rich media objects" (Flash animations). The online design system is priced on a pay-per-project basis of US$ 199. 09/03/01 on balthaser.com you see pro:fx - flash design packages for creation of websites via teh net. hm.

reading this in the morning, it sounded like: this guy got patent for the whole internet.

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you're both right, it's mostly about online authoring systems, but many if not most new projects are rich media "authoring systems", and the more things like blogging go from mostly text (and pics) to "rich media" the more they could be hurt. So let us not be to rash.

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did you have

a look at the patent?

seems to cover a very specific kind of application, but of course I'm no patent lawyer.

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i'm half through now

In the first part claims goe mostly for internet based richmedia content production and managment systems, if I may say it in a simple way. But these could be user or professional oriented. I think there are some distribution aspects also. I will be able to say more when I have studied the p.a. more. Detailed interpretation will not be easy. The guy also does not seem to go for us little people's money but getting license fees from MSFT, GOOG, YHOO, ADBE or any future winner in that game.

And here's one example candidate: wufoo from today's digg frontpage: It's about creating forms online now, but rich media shit's gonna be everywhere, surely in online forms.

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with four letters it becomes easier though i am not sure with hafi… anyhoo, inms guessing acronyms or whatever this is. *it’s not my steckenpferd
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Should be
pretty easy to guess from the context and image who HaFi and InTu are. Besides, thx for the hint to the open bold-tag.
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Low hanging fruit
1 comment, lower geht es mathematisch schon aber psychosomatisch nicht.
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da ist wohl ein <b> offen geblieben… und wer oder was sind HF und IT?
by tobi (25.09.21, 10:50)
manche nennen das
low hanging fruits, no?¿
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Freiwillige Feuerwehr
Wie ist das mit den freiwilligen und den professionellen Feuerwehren? Wenn 4 Häuser brennen und nur 2 Löschzüge da sind, dann gibt es doch eine....
by MaryW (22.07.21, 07:06)
Well
That is a good argument and not to be underestimated. I was convinced a malevolent or rigid social environment (the others) posed the largest obstacle....
by MaryW (18.07.21, 08:54)
Und noch etwas
Die Schutzkleidung ist ein großes Problem. Sie verhindert allzu oft, dass mann mit anderen Säugetieren gut umgehen kann.
by StefanL (26.05.19, 07:09)
Yeah
U get 1 big smile from me 4 that comment! And yes, i do not like embedded except it is good like this. It's like....
by StefanL (19.05.19, 16:30)
Mustererkennung
Just saying. #esc #strachevideo pic.twitter.com/OIhS893CNr— Helene Voglreiter (@HeeLene) May 19, 2019 (Sorry, falls embedded unsocial media unerwünscht ist…)
by tobi (19.05.19, 10:57)
Yeah
That's an adequate comment! Und das erste Zitat ein ganz besonders tolles Beispiel für den "Umschlag von Quantität in Qualität".
by MaryW (15.05.19, 19:57)
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In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen people. – Momus You’ll always be a planet to me, Mr Bacchus. – Charon Fußnote! Find ick knorke.....
by tobi (15.05.19, 14:07)
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I think I maybe know what you meant. It is the present we know best and the future we invent. And history is mostly used....
by StefanL (13.05.19, 00:55)
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???
by StefanL (05.05.19, 21:15)
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what about hindsight is 20/20?
by tobi (05.05.19, 14:00)
Ja echt.
Vielleicht schaffen wir es aber ja wieder einmal auf ein Konzert zusammen.
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oh schade, verpasst…
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Als ethnische Gruppe bezeichnete Max Weber eine "Menschengruppe, welche auf Grund von Ähnlichkeiten des äußeren Habitus oder der Sitten oder beider ... einen subjektiven Glauben....
by StefanL (28.04.19, 07:28)
vielleicht aber
hat er auch während des Moderierens seinen Text sozusagen live in die Wikipedia kopiert? (leider wird diese theorie durch überprüfung der datenlage nicht unbedingt erhärtet.)
by chris (30.03.19, 09:08)
d'accord
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