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Doom with Flash

Posted by Charles | August 27, 2007 | 3 Comments

Still remember the excitement when Doom came out and we started playing it on PC. The dude at Brokenfunction make Doom to Flash. It doesn’t a full game yet but the 3D environment is very impressive. Even though you have nothing to shot at or with yet, it indeed give you the Doom feeling. The performance is quite good too, considering everything is load in as Flash, about in 1.7MB. There are good lesson to be learned from how the creator tried different ways to get the game playable. Something like this: It took some trial and error […] Continue Reading…

Flex Business Ideas – 9 – Flex Context Advertisement

Posted by Charles | August 24, 2007 | 1 Comment

You might have noticed that I’m on the roll with Flex or Flash advertisement platform. Both of the Idea 7 and idea 8 had something to do with it. The reason is very simple. The current web 2.0 more or less is driven or sustained by web advertisements. Do I need mention how Goolge make its living? From Flex888 you’ve been seeing more and more Flash or Flex based web sites. One problem is, which is very critical, how to distribute content/context sensitive advertisement within Flash/Flex site. No body is doing that now. Then here comes the idea, which is […] Continue Reading…

Try Flex Code at CodeIDE without Flex Installed

Posted by Charles | August 24, 2007 | Comment

If you are a person who is still dealing with code, you might want to try this. If you are a person who wants to learn some code but don’t know where to start or what you’d like to start, you need try this. If you are a person who want to recall what those codes you’ve done look like, you want try this too. Better, CodeIDE just added Flex. Not sure how should I call or categorize this site. In a nutshell, it allows you write codes in its code editor, all UI in AJAX, and run your code […] Continue Reading…

Microsoft Silverlight Live Search Site – Good RIA

Posted by Charles | August 23, 2007 | 1 Comment

Started from Popfly, Microsoft startes using separated (from microsoft.com) internet domain names (even domain, i.g. *.ms)  to prompt its products and technologies. Here goes again with Silverlight. They released the beta version of the Silverlight based Live Search, Tafiti. Once you tried you would know that you won’t use it any further for your daily internet search. The whole site really just for the sole purpose, demonstrating Silverlight technology. For that matter, it does a very good job. Once you are on, just type in a word, the search results will be brought back on a popping board in animated […] Continue Reading…

Flash Makes Designer Flashing or Vs Versus

Posted by Charles | August 23, 2007 | Comment

As a computer science guy I spent way too much time on designer’s web site. It’s just fascinating to me that how creativity and imagination have been delivered through boring technologies. Let me start introducing some of those designers, especially Flash designers. You won’t be disappointed visiting Dave Werner’s Flash site where he hosts his portfolio. If the traditional big binder portfolio the designers carried around is Honda Civic, his online Portfolio is a Lamborghini. Even though I’m not in that line of business and probably won’t hire anyone from there (maybe I should), I still spend good chuck of […] Continue Reading…

How Fast Your Connection – This Flash Does It Right

Posted by Charles | August 22, 2007 | Comment

I can’t think of a better tool to do this job, real time network speed test, than using a RIA platform such as Flash, as this site does. I’m sure you can find (or have used) quite some speed test tools. It’s around since the day one. One problem persist is that the speed counting is not in real time  and the result sometime contains the latency occurred at the server. Ideally the speed test processing is happening at the browser. HTML won’t cut it. AJAX (Javascript) might do that job but it’s not visual enough to be appealing. Once you are […] Continue Reading…

Flash Earth the All in One Mapping Utility

Posted by Charles | August 22, 2007 | 1 Comment

Lately I found myself more often head directly to flash earth for my mapping needs. There are not whole lots to talk about this mapping site except it pulls 8 online mapping tools under one roof, in Flash. The UI is very simple Flash with radio button to toggle the choice among Google Maps, Microsoft VE (aerial), Microsoft VE (Labels), yahoo! Maps, Ask.com (aerial), Ask.com (physical), OpenLayers and NASA Terra. As I said before, anything not for show but daily utility should be very simple and straight forward. This is one of the utility.

Flash goes HD

Posted by Charles | August 21, 2007 | Comment

Today Adobe announces that it is integrating a standard format for high definition video into the newest version of its immensely popular Flash video player. Flash players currently sit on 98 percent of all desktop computers and hundreds of millions of portable and handheld devices. Sites like YouTube, ABC.com and NBC.com favor Flash over competing players like Apple’s QuickTime and Microsoft’s Windows Media, since Flash is relatively easy to develop for and videos play directly in the browser. The high-def standard that Adobe is embracing is called H.264. It is the same video format used in Blu-Ray […] Continue Reading…

This Flex Music Player Site Is a Keeper

Posted by Charles | August 21, 2007 | 2 Comments

This Flex application site is not just for reviewing, admiring or merely an example of Flex RIA. Anywhere.FM is a keeper to me for my daily music dosage. The criteria for a keeper application to me are simplicity, right-to-point functionality, focusing on the only major features and do them right. Anywhere.FM does those well. Anywhere.FM is funded by YCombinator, the interesting seed money VC that has been very successful lately. The signup is extremely easy. Just give the email and password then you are good to go. The music functions are limited, which is good. There are just Play, Upload your own music and playlist, […] Continue Reading…


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