H.264 Support and Chrome

Here is the poignant question posed by John Gruber:

5. Who is happy about this?

-Daring Fireball: Simple Questions for Google Regarding Chrome’s Dropping of H.264

I suggest that every person who has ever watched a video online stop and think about this situation.  Where do you go to watch online video?  Oh, wait, it doesn’t matter because it is encoded in H.264 if it is not in the old VP6 codec or WMV.  H.264 has presented itself as a basically ubiquitous standard, being supported by almost every browser, on almost every platform, including mobile.

To add to this fact, H.264 was just brought to my attention by a non-technical client who is currently piloting flash, encoded in H.264, for the future of their live streaming infrastructure.  They are very happy with Flash, but asked my opinion of the technology behind what they called an international standard,” H.264. Yesterday’s news from Google is the reason why I told them, among other things, that as a conservative organization they need to stick with flash for the time being.  The fact is that moving from Flash to H.264 in terms of hardware is simple (as long as you have to back end to support either standard).  What is not so simple right now seems to be taking the pulse of what is the video standard of the future.  This is a return to the VHS vs Betamax debate, HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray.  The only difference is the fact that the H.264 has a command over the minds of general consumers since it has been used and publicized by numerous companies including the one that holds every person’s interest, Apple. 

I believe that consumers need to start taking a move active role in the technologies that they are using on the Internet, in particular for viewing video, not simply follow Google blindly just because they are Google.

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The Challenges of 2020

TL;DR: Follow this link.

One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.