Archive for January, 2006

Flex Beta, Free Flex

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

I work for Adobe but I still sometimes hear the new stuff from news sites, like this ZDNews article that says that Adobe will be releasing a basic version of Flex 2.0 for free: Adobe is introducing a free, basic software developers kit that includes the Flex Framework, compiler and documentation. The Flex Builder development […]


Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Digg is a relatively new service, that’s providing some real competition for sites like Slashdot and Fark. Digg is what my Long Tail site would be if I had some cash to put into it. Users submit sites, users vote for sites (they Digg them), and the sites that get the diggs go on the […]

Gmail Delete

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Google added a Delete button to Gmail a little while ago, in response to complaints from users that there’s no easy way to delete a message.  Previously you had to move a message to the Trash, and then you could empty the trash.  Now there’s a Delete button on the main UI next to the […]

Bad Hair Day

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

A blog I found through the Long Tail site:  Bad Hair Day.  Just a blog about celebrity hairstyles.  Fluffy but kinda fun.   

Digital Legacy

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

It’s interesting to think about the future. I’ve been going through my wife’s family’s photos and history and what I have of my own family, and trying to get good digital copies of everything. I’ve scanned stacks of photos, and I’m trying to do a good job of creating a high quality digital archive of […]

Waterfall 2006

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Now this looks like a conference worth attending.  Waterfall 2006.  The software development methodology that’s so good we just keep coming back to it.  Why is that, anyway?  

Uninstall Problem

Friday, January 27th, 2006

One of those Windows things that really bugs me is when I can’t uninstall a program. I ran into that recently with a copy of DevPartner Studio. Trying to uninstall gave me this message: Error 1722.There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish […]

Best Stove Feature: Temperature Probe

Friday, January 27th, 2006

We’ve got a KitchenAid stove, and it’s got a lot of features.  One of the stranger ones is “sabbath mode”, which is designed so that people who are of a religion that prohibits them from operating electronic devices (like stoves) can program them to operate automatically on the forbidden day, so that they can still […]

Adobe’s Generic Image Library

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Adobe has released a new library via, called GIL, or Generic Image Library. It’s an interesting library for a couple of reasons. One is that it’s pushing the power of generics in C++ to let you create generic graphics algorithms that can work on images without having to write a specific version of the […]

Windows Media Connect Not Finding Music

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

A problem with Windows Media Connect has been plaguing me recently, and I just found a solution. The problem is that the XBox 360 wouldn’t play music from the PC. It could see the PC, but when I’d try to get a list of genres or songs or artists, it would look for a while […]