In 1997, I worked in a development job about as removed from web-delivered content as one might imagine. I sat in a gray expanse of cubes, and programmed microcontrollers. My computer interface looked like this:
One day I got an email – a novelty still in 1997 – that contained a link to this site on the World Wide Web. Back then one could click on links with impunity, so I did. I saw this:
That probably doesn’t look like much today, but to people accustomed to all the web you could cram through 28.8 dialup (viz.animated GIFs, flashing HTML text, etc) this early appearance of Flash was pretty cool. To my eye, accustomed to command-line compilers and pointer arithmetic, it was a complete revelation.
Thus began my journey out of embedded development, through the peripheries of the video game industry, and into the world I inhabit today at Enspire Learning. Until recently, Flash figured prominently in Enspire’s business.