Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Great Sailing Video

This is one of the best sailing videos that I've ever run across. There's a lot going on including trimarans, catamarans, monohulls, sail boarders, and kite surfers all interweaving each other at high speeds.

So, are there any CF_Sailors out there?

More on Flash Activation

Continuing with my last post, SWFObject is another script that can be used to automatically activate a flash movie. I prefer this as it's a bit more flexible when dealing with menus that can hover above flash movies.


Activating Flex Apps and Flash Movies

It amazes me how many flex and flash apps that I run into that don't account for the ActiveX Activation Issue in IE. To prevent making a user click on the flash movie to activate it, and then interact with it, you can include a simple JavaScript file to automatically activate all flash movies upon load.

Learn more and download the necessary files from http://www.sitepoint.com/article/activex-activation-issue-ie. Then go ahead and add the following line to your application:

<script type="text/javascript" src="objectSwap.js"> </script>

Monday, December 11, 2006

Organizing your flex apps with code behind

As your flex apps get bigger and bigger, you may notice that many of your mxml files keep growing at an astonishing rate. First you just have a few component calls, then a couple of events, next thing you know it's ballooned to an mxml page with hundreds of lines of code. While this might not necessary be a bad thing, it can make it more difficult for other members of your team.

The following article describes how you can use code behind to help structure and organize your flex apps, all in a very simple and convenient way.


Friday, December 08, 2006

Interesting interview about Steve Wozniak

I just read a good article about Steve Wozniak. It brings out a few little known secrets about him and the hand he had in creating Apple, along with details about what he's really like. Here's a funny tidbit:

There are so many prank stories. I mean, they’re absolutely endless. Steve carries around books of two dollar bills. He actually goes to the mint — I guess if you have enough money, and you pay them enough money, they’ll give you your own sheets of money. And they’re funny, because they’re perforated. And so every time you go out with him,instead of paying like a normal person and giving them the cash; he holds out these long rolls of perforated two dollar bills and says, “How much is it? Okay, let’s count down… 2, 4, 6, 8… Okay, I’ll tear right here!” And at this point, the woman or the man behind the register always says, “That’s not real money. We can’t accept that.” And of course, it is real money, it’s just how he presents it.