Flash Player 10.2: Stage Video, Multiple Display, Sub-pixel Text

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Yesterday Adobe announced the release of their new version of the Flash Player, version 10.2.

Included in the update:

  • Stage Video – Full hardware acceleration to the complete video pipeline.  Check out the Getting Started with stage video tutorial.  Web developers need to make changes to take advantage of this.
  • Custom native mouse cursors
  • Multiple monitor full screen support
  • IE9 hardware accelerated rendering
  • Enhanced sub-pixel rendering for text

You can install the latest version, or if you have Chrome the new version is included in the next browser update (which is available now I believe).

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jQuery 1.5 Released: AJAX Rewrite, Deferred Objects, jquery.sub(), and Performance

Monday, February 7th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

I’ve been snowed in and busy working, but in the last week jQuery 1.5 was released (on January 31, 2011).

You can see the announcement here:

Right on schedule jQuery 1.5 is ready for consumption!

This release has been a long time coming and has been a real team effort. Please take this opportunity to thank members of the jQuery Team and the jQuery bug triage team for their help in getting this release out the door.

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TED: Alexis Ohanian on Social Media

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Some good quotes:

  • Be genuine.
  • … it’s okay to lose control.
  • It’s okay to take yourself a little less seriously.

You can find Alexis on the web at:

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Brower Market Share: Chrome at 10.7%, IE 6 at 12.03% – Companies upgrading from IE6

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

ConceivablyTech has done a good job summarizing the data from NetMarketShare.

From The Third Double-Digit Browser: Chrome Blasts Past 10%:

Google’s Chrome had another successful month and ended 2010 with 10.70% market share, according to Net Applications and almost 16% according to StatCounter. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continued to lose market share on a fast pace while Mozilla’s Firefox is fighting and tightly holding on to the market share it has.

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Facebook Like Button: It says “likes http://example.com/page/to/like on example.com”

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

If you’re implementing a Facebook Like Button, and copied the code from the Like Button page to paste generically into a template, then you may have a problem.

Using the iFrame code, by default, you will end up liking the same page that hundreds of thousands of others have liked, an example button.

You need to insert your current page’s URL into that.  If you’re working on a dynamic site, it’s pretty easy to insert your current page URL in many languages (ASP, PHP, ColdFusion, etc).  Otherwise, just  type your URL in statically.

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The First Verizon iPhone Commercial

Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

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Mobile: App or Website? Which one works?

Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Business | 3 Comments

Mobile web usage is growing.  I’d say 20-30% of my overall web surfing is mobile.

Quantcast’s January 5th 2010 (yes, it’s even a year behind) says that global and North American mobile usage is skyrocketing.  Between December ’08 and December ’09 mobile web share was up 110%.  At that growth we can expect that last year went from 1.26% on 1/1/2010, to somewhere around 2.5% in 1/2011 (this is just an estimate, I think it’s conservative).

My mobile web traffic (on this site) went from 0 in December 2008, to 4-5 a day in November 2009, to 180 mobile visitors in June 2010 (coinciding with iPhone 4 launch).  Mobile usage is spiking.

How does your website address mobile users?

Do you use an App?

Do you just make sure your website works with a mobile crowd?

We will discuss the options web site’s have in today’s world for engaging the mobile community with the following options:

  • Mobile Compatible Website
  • Mobile Targeted Website
  • Release an App

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$20 Amazon Gift Card for $10 – Living Social

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 | Personal | No Comments

An interesting twist on marketing.  If you buy it, you can share a link — and if 3 people buy from your link, you get it for free.

Brilliant if you ask me, especially on what is already a great deal (who doesn’t use Amazon anyway?)

So, get your $20 Amazon Gift Card for only $10 on Living Social.

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Notepad++: Unknown exception on launch with NppFTP

Saturday, January 15th, 2011 | Business | 24 Comments

When working with sites that use “FTPES (Explicit)” as the connection type, I find after accepting an invalid certificate (code 20) for a connection, I cannot relaunch Notepad++ with the following error:

Unknown exception

This prevents you from using NppFTP the next time you launch.

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Internet Explorer 9: New browser, Same Problems – IE9 HTML5 Failures

Friday, January 14th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Way back when, in the times of HTML 4, and CSS was just getting started we worked with IE6.  IE6 required us to do everything differently, because of the ways things were implemented.  They just had to be different.

Fast forward to 2011.  The world is rapidly expanding use of an incomplete spec, HTML5, and things seem OK. Browsers support it, the implementations seem pretty consistent.

Enter IE9.

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