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Re: [IP] carelink usb what is it?

I guess, I just figure since all my printers, scanners (Of course with  
their hardware drivers), cameras and so on work in either 'world' I  
just don't understand why it is so hard for the USB and such to also  
be carried over to Mac or another browser.  With all the grief folks  
have had in IE 6-7 and now with VISTA, it just seems odd that even  
another browser is a no-go.

Ah, sounds like you would appreciate this one:
Q: "How many 'software engineers' does it take to change a lightbulb?'
A: "None... that's a hardware issue"

On Apr 27, 2008, at 4:39 PM, Felix Kasza (lists) wrote:

> Hi Jenny,
>> Another solution; hire someone smart enough
>> to write software that is multi platform.
> Doesn't work for hardware drivers. Those are of necessity tightly
> ties to the OS they are written for and, somewhat less tightly, to
> the computer's hardware. (The second restriction is not so much a
> development effort, but it doubles and triples the testing
> effort.)
> In the particular case of Carelink, the major reason why it needs
> Windows is that Windows (rather, IE) let web-based apps break out
> of the "sandbox": Normally, such apps are not allowed to do things
> that could alter the computer's state in major ways; that includes
> directly accessing hardware. One of IE's features is to allow just
> that in certain cases. It brings risks, too, but for Carelink, it
> means that you don't ever have to actually install software, yet
> it can still talk to the radio transmitter/receiver for the pump.
> Anyway, the "multi-platform" part only works for apps, and even
> there only for a fairly small segment of apps. :-( This is one of
> the many reasons why I refuse to call programming "software
> engineering" -- because engineering, a predictable application of
> scientific principles, is far beyond current programming
> techniques.
> Cheers,
> Felix.
> .
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