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You’d Think Google is Algorithm Driven

Posted by Charles | October 20, 2007 | 4 Comments

Google AdSense was down this morning. It’s a rare opportunity to see Google’s error message. We got a screen shot of it. And you would think the “Do No Evil” Google is totally algorithm driven, fair and square and that’ll apply to the error message too. Think again. First observation is that Google support this many languages in its error message. We have no clue what many of the languages are. Aren’t you? Then we noticed that Google treats languages differently. The first is English, of cause. The second is Japanese, um…the later ones are other languages we don’t know. But obviously […] Continue Reading…

Flash mashup with weather, map and locations

Posted by Charles | October 20, 2007 | Comment

Here is a very simple Flash mashup application, Matter of Time. It shows a world map and location point with weather information. If you drag the window size to different directions, you will find the menu icon. From there you can add your own points, a airport location in a country. If you can find the buttons on the sub menu box, you have to drag to resize the browser to find it. Anyway, just you know it’s there. Wish when people showing something on web, make it at least navigational.

Flex Mashup III-Salesforce Pipe Map Flickr News

Posted by Moxie Zhang | October 19, 2007 | 5 Comments

After Flex Mashup I and II posts, here is the meat part of it, the code.

There are really two extra Flex APIs to deal with, Map API and Salesforce Flex API. I’ve tried use Adobe RSS Flex parser lib but it kept giving parsing error when parse Pipe’s RSS feed. So gave it up.


I used ESRI’s ArcWeb Service Explorer Flex API. It’s very similar to Yahoo Flex API, which I’ll switch to later to give a try.

So, the application start with:

1: <?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
2: <mx:Application xmlns:mx=”” layout=”absolute”
3: […] Continue Reading…

Flex Mashup II – Salesforce,Yahoo Pipe,Map,Flickr

Posted by Moxie Zhang | October 17, 2007 | 2 Comments

In last post I started with the overview of what I created this multiple mashup Flex application. Now let’s get to the details.

First, I created two piples with Yahoo Piple:

This one setup a persistent search at Bloglines, Findory, Google Blog Search, Google News, IceRocket, MSFT Live News, Technorati, and Yahoo! News. then do a text extraction to feed Flickr to retrieve the photos. I only extract those geo tagged photos.
mapprs find something near a somewhere
This one is easy, utilize Yahoo Local search operator to find something close to a location.

Yahoo Piple is one of the gang three mashup […] Continue Reading…

Silverlight still Hangs and I’m not alone

Posted by Charles | October 16, 2007 | 3 Comments

I wrote about newer Silverlight froze machines. The latest version of it doesn’t help. It freezes my PC from both Firefox and IE6/7. Have been searching solution but with no success. Here I found a thread of discussion at, where the same issue pinged back and forth. If anyone interested, follow it there and hopefully there will be resolution from the discussion.

Flex Mashup I – Salesforce, Yahoo Pipe, Map, Flickr

Posted by Moxie Zhang | October 16, 2007 | 1 Comment

Tried to make a case study of Web as Platform. Spend my weekend crafted a mashup using Flex as UI. Let me sharing the findings.

First, what is the Web As Platform thing. Well, the world wide web is a giant name and logo soup if you don’t look at it in a orderly way, just like shown in below.

Now, there is another way to look at them:

The above becomes a familiar block is that? That’s because we usually look at that diagram as the following way:

Now you know what I mean the Web as Platform (WAP). I am […] Continue Reading…

Is this Fancy Visual Search Useful?

Posted by Charles | October 15, 2007 | Comment

It’s visual product search to be more accurate. I am not sure if I will use it everyday for my online purchase activities, but surely I enjoyed using it. It’s fun. I’m talking about Oskope Visual Search, a Flash web application that bring back images as search results from Amazon, EBay, Flickr and Youtube. It’s lots more than search and showing animated images. Your experience over there can be configured. There is this slider you can adjust the images size. You can drag and drop a item into your folder. You can adjust the background color if […] Continue Reading…

Who will Buy Adobe?

Posted by Charles | October 12, 2007 | 11 Comments

There are some big consolidations going on lately in the technology and business software world. SAP bought Business Object, the key business intelligence software vendor, in this week. Today, Oracle (ORCL) starts bid on buying BEA System, the WebLogic J2EE application server and a suite of business application management software. So far, BEA is the largest independent application server vendor, all other competitors are from big Family, WebShere of IBM, IIS of Microsoft, and Oracle’ and Sun’s. Of cause there is the huge side of opensource. Now the question is, is there anybody going to buy Adobe? Adobe used to […] Continue Reading…

15+ ActionScript Code Resources

Posted by Charles | October 11, 2007 | 3 Comments

Doesn’t matter you are doing Flash, Flex or AIR, you need deal with ActionScript. Here are ActionScript resources could help you being more productive, or learning Flash based fun development: Action Script Library – A collection of code snippets for use with ActionScript. Library – A collection of over 700 scripts for you to use, a large selection of tutorials and more. Actionscript Physics Engine – A free 2D physics engine for Actionscript 3 from MIT. – An ActionScript 2.0 open source component framework for writing to the Flash player. Animation Package – An ActionScript library (Flash […] Continue Reading…


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