Sunday, November 30, 2008

Adobe Futures?

Some more cool features coming from Adobe [well maybe coming]:


Interactive Video Object Manipulation from Dan Goldman on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

DirST Beta Release

DirST BETA release!

Project Description
Allows one to replicate a DIRectory STructure without copying files. Written in C#.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Freetards

Another great quote:

"Adobe Systems has spun out an alpha version of its Flash Player 10 technology for 64-bit Linux software users today, to satisfy the needs of freetards everywhere." - theregister.co.uk

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Quick Quote

I thought this quote was interesting, "You're not even wrong".

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

Spore - The Game

Well it's certainly interesting to watch the huge growth of creatures being created by people using the new Spore game. Incredible really! Currently at: 9,212,376+ [Update: As of 09/25/08 @11:16PM EST -> 27,169,403 !!!]

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Infragistics: Net.Advantage 2008 Vol 2 - ASP.NET - Unable to locate license assembly

Problem:
I was trying to install, "Infragistics NetAdvantage ASP.NET" [2008 Vol.2] on Vista. Though the program seems to install properly there were two problems:

1) The components would NOT show up in Visual Studio 2005/2008.
2) After adding the components manually, dragging any of them to Visual Studio's design surface resulted in the error:

"Unable to locate license assembly."

Solution:
Turns out it's a Registry permission problem.

The solution is to create a command file [as mentioned in the article above].

I'm providing it here.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

GUI: Disabling menus

Recently Joel of Joel on Software published this quote:

"A long time ago, it became fashionable, even recommended, to disable menu items when they could not be used. Don't do this. Users see the disabled menu item that they want to click on, and are left entirely without a clue of what they are supposed to do to get the menu item to work. Instead, leave the menu item enabled. If there's some reason you can't complete the action, the menu item can display a message telling the user why."

I could not disagree more. When we disable a menu-item we put a tool tip to indicate to the user why the menu-item is disabled. In fact isn't it irritating when you choose a menu-item and then it says something to the effect of, "Sorry you can't do this because you haven't done x". If Joel had his way we'd all be wasting our time.

Good thing Joel in not in charge of designing any software that has any significant market share. With this sort of advance one can understand why.

P.S. Even more scary he's written a book, "User Interface Design for Programmers". Of course no surprise people don't seem to really like it.

Image Processing

Here's the first time I've setup an open source project and the commands I tried just simply work. Amazing! The project is an Image Processing project called Processing.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

German Kids - Right to Vote

In what can only make sense to German people there is a proposal to allow all people [yes including kids] to vote in the national election. "A bipartisan group of 46 lawmakers made the proposal that would grant 14 million young Germans a chance to have their voices be heard in political matters." Clearly this is completely illogical. And even the Germans appear to agree having tried passing the amendment in 2005 - but was, "rejected by parliamentarians on constitutional and practical grounds since parents would likely cast their own choices and not of their children's.". NO! REALLY?!?!?! So let's examine this a bit a family which has 10 children, would have the parents vote 10x. YA!?!???!?!?!? So why is it back on the table?

Nice quote, "But wouldn’t this make abortion vote-tampering?" --- Don Surber

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Saturday, April 12, 2008

TV ?

It's over the past 4+ years that I stopped watching television. That's right no cable TV for me for over 4 years. What can I say of the experience: 1) The Internet is a replacement [whether that's good or not - it's unclear], 2) I now dislike advertising even more then before, 3) Stopping to watch TV doesn't necessarily make you more healthy or happier, 4) Since world events are a topic of discussion among friends, family and at work - find another source for this information.

There was a recent study mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, plenty of people commented on it and I esp. like this one.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Visual Studio: Performance Tools

After trying get Visual Studio 2008's performance tools to work, it kept reporting that the file, "VSPerfDrv90 is not installed" I finally found a solution. It turns out on the DVD there's a seperate installer called, "vs_profiler.exe". Installing this resolves the problem(s).

From the [root] start of the DVD, there's a folder called, "Standalone Profiler" then choose your, "x64" or "x86" directory according to your machine. Inside there you will find the, "vs_profiler.exe".

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Meet the Femtocell

Motorola has come up with a new piece of technology that hopes to aid consumers with the connectivity problems with cell phones in the house. I like the premise behind this technology. That one can leverage their existing Internet connection, but hopefully there will be better applications for this. Meet the Femtocell.