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24 Ways to be More Impressive, or not

Posted by Charles | January 30, 2008 | Comment

This is a typical less is more kind site, the 24ways.org. This site only has three landing pages so far for 2005, 2006 and 2007. Each page list 24 ways to impress your friends, um, actually your alpha geek friends who living online and surviving on cans of Rockstar. If you don’t know what I mean, here are the 24 ways in 2007: Transparent PNGs in Internet Explorer 6 : Makes alpha channel PNGs work in IE6 Get to rips with Slippy Maps: creating interactive, draggable maps using the Mapstraction library. The Neverending Background Image Story : manipulating an […] Continue Reading…

A Flash online Desktop with style

Posted by Charles | January 29, 2008 | 2 Comments

I’ve been talking a lot about Flash based desktop sites such as yourminis.com. Web Desktop or webtop used to be a crowded area for startups. There are whole bunch of them in AJAX such as netvibes, which is still kicking and thriving. Of cause, Gazzella iGoogle is in everybody’s way. But I should say, in terms of UI, Flash based webtop is still in the lead. Here is an example, myGoya. MyGoya is created by MAGIX, a very creative company and is good at Flash development. MyGoya is just one of its Flash based online services. Once you registered […] Continue Reading…

Books That Make You Dumb Visualized

Posted by Charles | January 28, 2008 | 1 Comment

It’s interesting to see hundreds of hours of research can be visualized on a image without a lengthy scientific paper to read. Here is an example. Virgil Griffith did a research (not sure how much science behind it though) by linking SAT score to the books people read. The result of cause is focusing what books could make you dumb. You can view the result from a image he came up with: (click to view the larger one) If you pay attention to the color scheme you would find some interesting linkage such reading erotica material can […] Continue Reading…

If You are a Gamer on the Go and Creative

Posted by Charles | January 26, 2008 | Comment

After following my posts and trying cartoon and comics drawing, it’s about time to relax and play (or create) some games. Now, Playyoo is out in the public beta mode, allowing everyone to download, share and even create Adobe Flash Lite-based mobile casual games. Playyoo is a social network for playing casual Flash Lite games on your mobile devices. Think it like iTune of games. What ever you played, there will be “game stream” showing and other people or friends will see what’s you’ve been playing and what the sores. You play list (for games) can be interesting to […] Continue Reading…

Lovely Charts is Just Lovely

Posted by Charles | January 25, 2008 | 1 Comment

The startup Lovely Charts came out with limit beta this week. I just love it. I really want to use some great words to show my affection about this Flex site but eventually end up stealing the word, Lovely, from the site. It’s just lovely!

It’s said the office productive tools are leading the SaaS trend. I believe it. They are all over the place on the web, Google Doc, Google Presently (Powerpoint clone), Zoho Office tools, Microsoft Office Live, Adobe Buzzword, Flash/Flex Powerpoint clone Empressr.com, to name a few. How about Visio replacement online? Well, that’s what Lovely […] Continue Reading…

Learning Java in Flex Way – at Parleys

Posted by Charles | January 24, 2008 | 2 Comments

From time to time the failed life of Java Applet flashes back to my mind and I’m always amazed on how technology comes and goes. I’ve got such moment when login to the site called PARLEYS.com, a Belgium e-learning site that utilizing Flex and Adobe AIR applications as platform to be a Java learning place. You would think the site made of Java would make more sense, again, you would think. Parleys.com is a new BeJUG initiative where the different recorded talks from JavaPolis, BeJUG, SpringOne, JaZoon, JavaZone and EclipseCon and get published on a regular basis. The Parleys […] Continue Reading…

Become a Comics Sketch Artist in 2 Minutes

Posted by Charles | January 23, 2008 | Comment

If you still can’t find your cartoon God inside as I showed you, let’s try to be a comics artist. That’s the same route as to be a Jazz musician if can’t play music well, or to be the next Picasso if can’t draw well. It only takes your 2 minutes depends on how ambitious you are. First, heading to Comics Sketch, a Flash online application, to start drawing. Even though the Flash UI is not the greatest, actually kinda need more works, but it’s simple enough to allow you sketch out your artistic spirit in half […] Continue Reading…

Do We Need InsideRIA?

Posted by Charles | January 22, 2008 | 1 Comment

There was this small hype about InsideRIA when the rumor was out that O’Reilly and Adobe were gearing up a RIA portal. Now, during this long weekend, it’s out and its name is all over the RIA space. It’s a blog, to start with and there isn’t a big bang. I know and we all think the more RIAs, the more mere. But do we really need this InsideRIA? First of all, what is InsideRIA. As InsideRIA states, “InsideRIA.com is an online community developed by  O’Reilly and sponsored by Adobe Systems Incorporated. Our goal is to create an invaluable […] Continue Reading…

When a Digital Home is in Trouble

Posted by Charles | January 21, 2008 | Comment

Have you tried to count how many digital devices you have at home? The phones, computers with broadband connections, TV set with remotes full of buttons, etc. How frastrated when one of them is broken! And they do. That’s where the home it support comes in. The BT IT home support is leading provider of communications solutions serving customers throughout the world. Doesn’t matter if you need computer repair, need fix your internet connection or the TV, they are there to help you out. There are two ways to use their services, one is the call in, which is […] Continue Reading…


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