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Now Microsoft Attempts Alchemy

Posted by Sravan | July 7, 2009 | Comment

Some of you may remember that Adobe started a project called Alchemy towards the end of last year. The toolkit can be used to cross-compile C/C++ code to ActionScript. Doom was ported to Flash by Mike Welsh and it remains the single most glorious use case of Alchemy. (Mike’s Doom version recently won the FHM’s 2009 Web Game Awards. Unrelated: Official iPhone Doom is coming soon.)

According to the Adobe Alchemy page they “are making this software available to gauge community interest in Alchemy and welcome your feedback.” Alchemy sounded like a great idea. Porting legacy libraries, old games written […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up a Quiet 4OJ Week

Posted by Sravan | July 6, 2009 | Comment

David Tucker announced the availability of the Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook for Kindle. For those new to AIR, this is a wonderful resource recommended by the Adobe AIR development team itself.

Rich Tretola is giving away one Flex Builder 3 Professional for free in a Twitter contest. For a chance to win tweet, “#freeflexbuilder3 from @richtretola” and keep your fingers crossed until EOD 12th July EST.

Scott Barnes is touring Australia evangelizing Silverlight, Expression and WPF, and receiving feedback.

Google rounded up the spam trends it noticed in Q2 2009. And in a bizarre turn of events, The Pirate Bay was […] Continue Reading…

What’s With the Firefox 3.5 Hype?

Posted by Sravan | July 2, 2009 | 1 Comment

I am testing Firefox 3.5. The hype surrounding this version, the expectations that Firefox automatically gets in users’ minds, and my poor perception are possibly the major reasons why I am not yet impressed.

Decline: Slower startup time

Saw this before: Tab Tearing in Google Chrome, Private Browsing in Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 8, Smarter session restore in Maxthon.

Improvement: Tagging URLs for Awesomebar, Memory usage

Interesting: Location-aware Browsing

Neat: Recently closed tabs and windows

Very neat: Forget this site

Cool: 70 languages

Super cool: Audio and video tags (Apparently Apple Safari 3.1 has this feature too.)

I tried to insert a video but it didn’t work. […] Continue Reading…

Yahoo on AIR Twittering

Posted by Charles | July 2, 2009 | Comment

Like it or not, believe it or not, it seems Twitter sticks with us now. As social animal we human being seems very unsecure about social or communication. We’ve got phone, cellphone, emails, IMs, blogs, SNS and now up to twitter to maintain humanity’s social status. Anyway, why not, right? Guess that is Yahoo’s attitude when they released this Sideline, a Aodbe AIR twitter desktop tool.This is a typical AIR application and it does what it does. It is also something that you will try it and forget about it, either because it’s from Yahoo or because you give […] Continue Reading…

Colabolo For Team Task Management

Posted by Sravan | June 30, 2009 | Comment

Back in February, I used to waste a lot of time on time management. I took a couple of courses and tried a couple of tools, until I returned back to the good old text document. Reasons could be that I don’t plan a very long time ahead and my life is not complicated enough.

Anyway, I had to try this new AIR app called Colabolo which Rob Christensen recommended. It is worth trying for everyone looking for task management software, especially for those who collaborate with others for their tasks.

Colabolo uses a Mac theme that can cool you a […] Continue Reading…

All in One Social Network on AIR Failed my Test

Posted by Charles | June 30, 2009 | 3 Comments

I just spent good half hour playing with the Adobe AIR application Nomee. It’s a all-in-one social network desktop application. I’m very impressed by the radical idea/concept (shared card) and the number of sites it searches to collect your online social life. However, even though Its first tag line is “simplify”, my experience is everything but simple. After half hour with it, I’m still having no idea what this nice AIR tool could help me. In stead, I’m a bit of upset about the waste of my time.Only because it’s an AIR application I tried my best to understand […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up a Mournful Week

Posted by Sravan | June 29, 2009 | Comment

Towards the end of last week, Farah Fawcett was followed by Michael Jackson was followed by Billy Mays. Gawker has some interesting statistics about how the news about MJ’s death melted the entire Internet, and Lee Brimelow tweeted that he was thinking about approaching Billy Mays for a joke infomercial for Adobe.

The first Android smartphone with Flash is here. That was fast. Ryan Stewart thinks it’s going to be a good year for Flash Platform developers who want to get into the mobile space. And Rob Christensen is already busy collecting wishes from everyone to push for Adobe AIR […] Continue Reading…

A simple, lean, useful and beautiful software

Posted by Charles | June 27, 2009 | Comment

I’ve seen people are very easily in agreement with major principles but each one might practice them differently. Lots of developers claim they do like to put “Simplicity” on the top of their RIA design approach check-list, but in the end there are still just way too many of complicate “rich” applications. That’s the reason when I saw fizy, a music search/player Flash app(not 100% though), it strikes me that it’s a perfect example for the talks about what is a simple, lean and useful software.There is not whole lot to talk about this site. When you on it […] Continue Reading…

I Love Traffic

Posted by Sravan | June 26, 2009 | Comment

Not really. But the Armor Games website has a simple game called I Love Traffic which I recommend to all the fans of the boy who never grew up. I have been playing this for more than a couple of hours and have stopped only to tell you about it.

The idea is to control traffic using a set of traffic signals that are controllable by the user. The objective in each level is to clear X cars within Y seconds. There are cars of three sizes and of a few different speeds. A simple idea but it gets more […] Continue Reading…


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