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Digg API contest Apollo application – DLite

Posted by Charles | June 5, 2007 | Comment

Digg holds a its API contest. In the final list, Adobe Apollo applications draw great attentions. DLite is one of them. It’s quite a simple application. Once it’s running, it feels like widget runs on the desktop. I don’t think it’s hard to write application like this using Apollo. That’s why when the links on the app don’t work I think the developer did a lousy job. Bug digg really likes all the helps from RIA people to visualize its contents, won’t hurt put it in the final list.

New Windows Live Writer Sucks!

Posted by Charles | June 4, 2007 | 2 Comments

I’d been using the beta version of Windows Live Writer. It was one of few offline blog authoring tool that is useable. It was slow but good enough and the main feature kept me with it was the image handling. Anyway, Microsoft upgraded it and gave a lot more feature. And it sucks! Every time I start it, it starts a svchost.exe process along with it. That process eats up 98% of CPU time and the whole computer just hangs. To use it I have to bring up the Windows Task Process tool first and kill the svchost.exe process […] Continue Reading…

backup, backup and backup

Posted by Charles | June 4, 2007 | Comment

There are several times a year that I wish I had latest backup, hard drive crash, switch to new computer and clean up the hard drive. Good thing is there are plenty backup services available these days and many of them are free. Check out the Online Backup company Here is what you got 2GB for free:
Remote backup – Hands-free automated backup. No complicated scheduling procedures
Easy drag n drop restores using Windows Explorer like interface
Fast and efficient backups by compressing data during transmission
Directly add your files / folders from Windows Explorer to […] Continue Reading…

Google map goes SaaS – Mapplets

Posted by Charles | May 31, 2007 | Comment

Software as a Service (SaaS) is THE thing that every software related company is working (or worry about.) Most of Google’s applications are SaaS based. Google Maps is a exception that it just servered, until now. Google Mapplets changes the game. Google’s ultimate goal is to index all the data they can touch. Just serving map really didn’t give them too much in term of geo data and large amount of free geo developers. With Google Map API, all sorts of geo applications are developed but they are all somewhere else outside of Google’s data center. Now with Google […] Continue Reading…

Going offline indeed a trend

Posted by Charles | May 31, 2007 | Comment

In my post four things that matter the most for the next web I mentioned that many lines are blurring such as the line between online service and offline application. It’s trend and the enabling technologies are available now, such as Adobe Apollo. Now Google proves that going-offline indeed a trend. Google starts offer Google Gear. It’s Google’s offline enabling technologies that, overtime, will offline most of Google’s applications, such as Reader, Gmail, etc. It now allows you create offline database and do offline reading. It provides API to allow build applications using this offline technology. Not surprised the API is […] Continue Reading…

New virtual globe startup with Flash- everyscape

Posted by Moxie Zhang | May 30, 2007 | 1 Comment

EveryScape is a new geoweb startup. It could become a new member in my top 5 globe explorer post. This one hasn’t opened for business yet. But from the working demo on its front-page, you can find it’s a very interesting and exciting production. The virtual tour piece is written in Flash. I like it the best is the map and the virtual tour are synchronized. If something like this can be used from a mobile device such as my Nokia N95, it could be a killer app for traveling people. If it gets integrated into all these GPS […] Continue Reading…

Microsoft releases new product – surface computing

Posted by Charles | May 30, 2007 | Comment

  Picture a surface that can recognize physical objects from a paintbrush to a cell phone and allows hands-on, direct control of content such as photos, music and maps. Today at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer will unveil Microsoft Surfaceâ„¢, the first in a new category of surface computing products from Microsoft that breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology. Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, dynamic surface that provides effortless interaction with all forms of digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Beginning at […] Continue Reading…

Top 3 gadgets I am with everyday

Posted by Charles | May 30, 2007 | Comment

I was asked what gadgets I carry everyday. Here are the 3 of them I “carry” daily and have so much fun with them. 1. Toyota Prius I am carried by this gadget in this case. You must know what it is. It’s fun to drive. People have been hacking this big toy and sharing ideas. And the 50MPG certainly make me smiling when passing by a big H2/3.   2. TomTom 910 Once you have a GPS you can’t live without it. Except all the usual GPS features, TomTom 910 has 20GB hard drive to store lots […] Continue Reading…

Top 5 tools to explore the 3D virtual globe – our Earth

Posted by Charles | May 25, 2007 | Comment

 Location matters. Geo matters. So born the new hipper and trendy term, geoweb. We’ve been bookmarking web URL since the day one, actually that’s where yahoo came from. But really just recent year ordinary people start browsing our planet, the Earth, as a 3D globe. Here are the 5 major 3D free map applications that allow you play with Earth in 3D globe: Google Earth – Google bought Keyhole, a desktop 3D mapping application and turn it free. You can download it here. It’s fun play ground with open markup language, KML, allows you add your own data layers. Along with […] Continue Reading…


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