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Google phone is out, but…

Posted by Charles | September 24, 2008 | 2 Comments

It looks not as cool as iPhone. Developers might buy it because it’s another sandbox to play with. Consumer? for $25 bucks more, most of them will go with iPhone, I think. How do you think? PS, for an item in and out out our you packet all the time, coolness is worth a lot more than $25, isn’t it?

From Napkin to Flex Mockup

Posted by Charles | September 23, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here is the idea. When you are mocking up an UI design on a piece of napkin, people (users) would think you are just brain storming the UI. They won’t be too nervous about the UI because the sketch won’t imply the final look-and-feel. Now you want to start designing the UI with a more efficient software tool but still like to keep your users’ mental state intact. So you design like sketching. That’s where the Flex tool Balsamiq Mockup comes in. In a nut shell, Balsamig is a flex sketch tool for UI design. You use to come […] Continue Reading…

ReadAIR Not Yet a Reader

Posted by Sravan | September 23, 2008 | Comment

After reading several positive reviews about this new way of reading feeds in Google Reader, I installed ReadAIR, tried it, and uninstalled it before starting this review. I found the post reading too long as I wrote it, and so changed it from a mostly negative review to a list of various issues that I faced while using the AIR app.

That is not to say that this app has no hope. It has keyboard shortcuts (ongoing), a cool look and feel, an ability to sit in the system tray, uses HTTPS, and is a very active open source project […] Continue Reading…

Flash+Songs+Guitar Tabs+Timely Sync = Songsterr

Posted by Charles | September 22, 2008 | 2 Comments

Everyone has a rock star inside. That’s why (I believe) most of us tried played guitar once, even though we haven’t touched it in years, or ever again. Songsterr is a place to call out the rock star inside you. If you know what a guitar tab is then the Songsterr gives you live guitar tabs. The flash application will play the song and the guitar tab sheet will be played synonymously, visually and animatedly.  If you eve played guitar before, you might get the impulse to find that good old who-knows-where-it-is guitar and do something about it. I […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Last Week

Posted by Sravan | September 22, 2008 | 2 Comments

EarthScape, the iPhone App that brings Google Earth to your iPhones, is being offered for free for a “limited time”. The performance might be underwhelming, but that’s only because it has been TechCrunched by Michael Arrington. (I am not sure whether the offer is still open.)

Attention Flex fanatics. Would you like your opinions on anything related to Flex count? You can join a Google Group called Flex Learning Advisors and advise the Adobe Flex Team to do or not do something.

Mike Chambers gives us the wonderful news that Linux users can now ditch the Adobe AIR Alpha release. The […] Continue Reading…

Developers Care About Financial Market

Posted by Charles | September 21, 2008 | 1 Comment

The financial market melting down is on news all of the world. Can we developers on main streets or code streets hide behind duel LCDs and IDEs? We shouldn’t and we can’t. Here is a blog posting on NYT could give you a full view of what’s going on. Forget about the news and those after-fact-wise-ass experts on Wall street who screwing more than helping. Just take 10 minutes of the weekend for a reading and pondering, then prey. Oh, here is the article, Diamand and Kashyap on the Recent Financial Upheavals. Here are some points for thought: […] Continue Reading…

Streaming Flash Movie with Ruby

Posted by Charles | September 21, 2008 | Comment

If you can do that then it means you can create a Rails Flash movie server. Yes, you do, with RubyIZUMI. RubyIZUMI is an open source RTMP Server for Flash Video/Audio Streaming. It is written in (Pure) Ruby and it supports to broadcast MP4(H.264 + AAC). You can watch it on the latest Flash player on your browser. It’s from Takuma Mori at Vixy.tv. Of cause, if you are really into Flash server, the open source Red5 is another great one worth a installation.

Snacks for Design

Posted by Charles | September 20, 2008 | Comment

Every developer is capable of passionately participating a UI design session. But the matter of truth is, realistically, only one out of, um… one hundred of them can really design good UI. That’s the reason from time to time I’d like drop some design snacks here so that RIA developers can get better tastes on UI. One of them is actually named Design Snack. Design Snack is a site collects some web designs that visitors can vote on. It includes XHTML/CSS based gallery and Flash focused designs. When ever you’d like to get inspired by examples, it’s one of […] Continue Reading…

OnionMap for Tourists

Posted by Sravan | September 19, 2008 | Comment

Google Maps is great. But it is gigantic and thus has its disadvantages.

OnionMap is a tidy little alternative to Google Maps. It is a Flash website. Unlike Google Maps, it hasn’t many features and only shows 3D maps of a handful of large cities from across the world. The view too is not realistic, giving a SimCity-esque impression. Having said that OnionMap is not extensive like Google Maps, let us look at the several positives.

OnionMap is cleaner and clutter-free allowing site visitors to concentrate on the landmark or the route they seek. It loads faster. It is not a mapping […] Continue Reading…


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