To tell you the truth, I'm not exactly visualizing what kind of changes you propose for HF's UI. Would you contact the admins directly, or would you post on the feedback forum?
So, if re-authoring is absolutely essential, it does indeed mean that there are significant differences between HTML and Flash. I somehow thought that there would be at least some common points between the two fo them.
A lot of people have been complaining about backwards compatibility of newer versions of Microsoft software, like IE, MSN and such, but the fact is that it does indeed help to move the Windows environment forward.
Well, dial-up is certainly a percentage that's dropping every day, still there are quite some users all around the world. Many countries are trying to raise their connection speed to a 4Mbps average, like what happens on both US of A and UK. And the whole mobile broadband still has a long way to go, as it is far too unstable due to far too mny variables that allow such issues. But ever since the switch from analog to digital TV streams, that we have huge amounts of airwaves just waiting to be properly harnessed, which in fact reminds me of an experiment that Google is doing to provide 700Mbps wireless internet using those same (now) empty channels.
Honestly, I'm still a bit skeptic regarding true on-the-fly site conversion for the destination device. While I do believe it to be possible, I fear it will involve too much processing from either the servers or the destination devices themselves, which ultimately can result in exceedingly lower performance. Though, the way Opera Mini works is quite interesting and proving to be more effective than I ever expected.
Cloud services... Eventually, private cloud services will have to surface all over, both for cost and security reasons. If the copyright lobby wasn't so eager to wage war against any who oppose them, P2P could very well be a viable solution to a lot of current content distribution issues.
But I digress. Along with all levels of tech improving and refining existing tech, I also wish for better audio streaming quality, but that would mean the current dirt quality mp3s out there (128kbps) would start to teach people that such low standards is not the way to go. Good for the audiophile within, somewhat bad for the (evil) music industry.