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Color Your Music With Moody

Posted by Sravan | October 31, 2008 | 2 Comments

We often want to listen to “soft music” or “party tracks”, more often than to listen to a particular artist or a genre. When there is a large music library, selecting these tracks is especially tedious. The simple solution is to use Moody.

With Moody, you can mood-tag your music.

Moody is an iTunes app that has a multitude of features. Let the X-axis go from “Sad” to “Happy”, and the Y-axis from “Calm” to “Intense”. Now fill the little graph with colors, from the palette, that mean something specific to you. To make it easier on your memory of these […] Continue Reading…

Graphics Going Mainstream Helps RIA

Posted by Charles | October 30, 2008 | Comment

Stacey Higginbotham from GigaOM had a post titled “Why Computing’s Future is Gaphic”. I think it makes a good case for RIA technologies too.

As Higginbotham put it, “That emphasis on graphics is what’s leading to a rise in the number of GPUs shipped — they achieved a 17.8 percent growth rate for the third quarter of 2008, the highest quarter-over-quarter growth rate seen in the last six years, according to Jon Peddie Research.” And of cause we all know the coming Flash 10 player taps into GPU to improve graphic rendering big time. Thus, the growth recognized here becomes […] Continue Reading…

More Websites Use Flash Than AJAX

Posted by Sravan | October 30, 2008 | 3 Comments

Everybody knows that there is a lot more Flash than AJAX on the web. But how much exactly is that “more”?

MAMA aka Metadata Analysis and Mining Application, is a structural web-page search engine that trawls the web for various details. Key findings of MAMA’s crawlings have recently been posted on the Dev Opera community resource site.

It examined 3,509,180 URLs in 3,011,668 domains. Of them 1,176,227 (33.5%) URLs used the Flash plugin; 112,277 (3.20%) URLs used the XMLHTTPRequest Object. That is a significant difference.

Flash usage was determined by looking for any PARAM element or scripting content containing the substrings “.swf” […] Continue Reading…

Actionscript Errors Got Roundup

Posted by Charles | October 29, 2008 | Comment

Judah’s Blog introduced a simple but needed web tool, the ActionScript Error Repository. This is really the beauty of a community. We should all support such endeavor that helps everybody within the Flex, Flash and ActionScript family.

“There are numerous types of error messages you may run into. The first is Compiler errors. These appear during design time (or for us coding time). Next is Runtime errors. These appear when the project has been compiled and is up and running. There are additional errors that occur in the browser, in your development environment and numerous related areas. Also included on […] Continue Reading…

Habitual Thinking, An Obstacle

Posted by Sravan | October 29, 2008 | 2 Comments

Being a part of the RIA community, I sometimes wonder whether we tend to forget the basics of usability while concentrating on the rich user experience. Here, I thank Jono for reawakening once again that thought with a nice example. (I apologize for not knowing his last name.)

Take a paper and draw a triangle and a quadrilateral. Now.

How many of you have drawn an equilateral or an isosceles triangle, and a square or a rectangle? I used to during most of my school days, and often misproved something because of such assumptions and the ease of constructions that they […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week

Posted by Sravan | October 28, 2008 | 3 Comments

<head> conference closed the tag this Sunday with a </head>. There was so much to take in, it might be too early to start waiting for the next round. Mark Grossnickle of ickydime has a day by day review. And thank you for the show, Aral.

Google Earth is now officially on iPhones and iPod Touches (or is that iPods Touch?). It is available in 18 languages and 22 countries in the iTunes App Store.

Google now has another example it can follow to understand betas. SlideRocket, that rich app for rich presentations, has apparently removed its beta tag within one […] Continue Reading…

Cloud is getting Gloomy

Posted by Charles | October 27, 2008 | 2 Comments

When  I said Cloud Gets more Cloudy with YAP I didn’t know what’s coming next. I know now.

Microsoft just announced at PDC the Windows Azure, the Microsoft cloud platform. Here is what Microsoft says:

“Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft® data centers.

To build these applications and services, developers can use their existing Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 expertise. In addition, Windows Azure […] Continue Reading…

Cloud Gets more Cloudy with YAP

Posted by Charles | October 27, 2008 | Comment

I bet 2009 will be a fruitful Cloud year. We’ve got Amazon EC2, Google App Engine, etc and now Yahoo Application Platform, the YAP. Here is what Yahoo says: The Yahoo! Applications Platform (YAP) is the software and services that enable developers to build web applications that are available throughout Yahoo! The Yahoo! Applications Platform has the following components: Development environment – A browser-based tool that enables software developers to quickly create, preview, and publish web applications. APIs and web services – Programmatic access to OpenSocial functionality and popular Yahoo! web services. Distribution and discovery […] Continue Reading…

All in one File Format Converter

Posted by Charles | October 25, 2008 | 50 Comments

Normally I don’t talk about offline desktop applications unless it’s something coming from online such as Adobe AIR application. But this one is just too good to hold from you.

Yes, the all in one file format converter, FormatFactory. And of cause, it’s free. It covers all the media file types I can think of or I know plus the types I don’t know at all. Over time I have accumulated a good collection of media related software and be very proud of I always have something in my bag of trade when needed. Man! this one replaces a long […] Continue Reading…


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