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Archive for March 2004

Oh no, no more postings on Flex anymore!

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Monday, 29th of March. The software engineers can have some sleep again, the product managers can leave their time-schedules alone, the Q&A engineers can stop working in bugbase and the marketing department can do it’s job now. Anyone who has ever shipped a 1.0 release knows the excitement and yet the stress. Macromedia Flex is out. Well done Flex team!

You, the one who is reading this, might have clicked the link to that page. Had a quick glance on the pages, might even went through the Breeze presentation. Downloaded the white-papers.

Ssssttt..

I know what you’re thinking. Yes, that 12k figure. Forget it. It’s only money, and not relevant to this post. As part of any beta-program, you usually have to sign a NDA, a Non-Disclosure Agreement. It’s usual legal jibberish to me, but it bottles down to the following. If you are participating in a beta- or alpha program, you can neither deny or confirm the existince of such program, or your involvement in it. So let’s just say in relation to Macromedia Flex, i was very privileged. You see, my posting on Laszlo on Friday wasn’t really a coincedent, i posted it for very fine reasons. Maybe the same reasons why Laszlo introduced their new pricing scheme. Timing is key.

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March 29, 2004 at 8:08 pm

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Laszlo, Flex and the design of my blog…

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laszlo_logo_web_sm.gifI just found out that Laszlo Systems now have a Non-Commercial Edition for their Laszlo Presentation Server. This is great news for non-commercial educational and research organizations. Besides that, the company also released new pricing and deployment options for the smaller compagnies in the industry. With the release of Macromedia Flex about to come out, rumours have been floating around that pricing will be an issue for small and mid-sized studio’s, as Flex is targeted for the enterprise IT departments. It will be interesting to see how this market will develop itself within the next 6-12 months.

I just put up my first Laszlo application, right next to this post. A nifty little application called Laszlo Blogbox, eliminated the long list of URLs, and instead shows them through a slick looking User Interface. I did some minor chances to this layout too, but i hope to have a new site soon. I have the design ready, but i still need to learn a little more about the Typepad Template system. If the layout goes wonky, try and hit refresh in your browser. If it doesn’t work, feel free to leave a comment.

For now…happy weekend. 🙂

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March 26, 2004 at 10:55 pm

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Project X, Number 65.

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As posted in my previous posting, i’ve been busy with several versions of the Flashplayer, codename “Project X”. After all, this is the starting point of all technologies and tools based on the Macromedia Flash File Format. Flash, FlashCom, Flash Remoting, Central and Flex wouldn’t be anywhere without this important, but often overlooked, piece of software. In my research, i found some interesting stuff which i will share with you.

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March 19, 2004 at 2:49 pm

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the Macromedia Flash Player

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Since i can spend some time on R&D instead of project work, i can do some things i wanted do to for a long time. Better use that time wisely. I’m gonna bug you, the Flash Community, the next couple of days, with some questions.

If you have a new fresh computer, or just did a major cleanup, you could help me by going to the following page:

Macromedia Flashplayer Project.

I’m trying to find more information on what version of the Flashplayer is installed after a default installation of a browser, an Operating System or a Macromedia program. If you know anyone who could help me with this information, do not hesitate to forward that url. Thanks for helping me out!

If there are any Macromedians reading this. I have some questions for you too!

  • On this page, could you please add the following revisions of the Flashplayer: 7.0.14.0 and 7.0.19.0
  • While there, is it possible to add the original CAB files for minor versions instead of the EXE files
  • Is it possible to have a link to the FULL changelog for every minor version on that same page? I had to dig through blogarchives and rely on the Wayback machine to dig these up ( and yet still didn’t found every version )
  • Are there any penetration stats available, divided into Major/Minor revisions?

And to keep you interested, here is a screenshot of things to come…

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March 17, 2004 at 6:13 pm

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Having a blog = free Macromedia goodies?

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Macromedia CentralI was working on-site at a client for the past two months, so I hadn’t been in the office since the beginning of 2004. I read the postings from the Central Community about the infamous Central tube full of goodies, but didn’t pay much attention to these, since i wasn’t really into Central, nor had i developed a Central application. My only real life experience was beta-testing Ted’s Icon Builder ( well..bugging him through email ).

Yesterday, my first day back in the office, i was really surprised to see a package from Macromedia with the famous tube included. How cool is that? I got the shirt, the posters and the Memory Stick with the SDK on it ( great idea! ), the whole shebang! Also included was a letter from Mike, a thank you note for my contributions to the Flash Community. I started this blog 8 months ago and never thought it was interesting enough to send me free goodies…

Thank you Mike and the Central team! I really appreciate the way you guys work together with the online community on Central. Keep up the good work, and you have a new Central enthusiast, me!

My company gave me some time to invest in new technologies coming from Macromedia ( how cool is that ), so expect some real postings to come!

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March 16, 2004 at 5:58 pm

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Backing up your Flash MX 2004 settings ( and Dreamweaver and Contribute… )

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I’m in the luxury position that i have multiple workstations. I own a little, shiny new 12″ Powerbook ( WA-7 ) that i use for writing articles, preparing presentations, answering email, playing around with Processing and Garageband and such, the usual stuff. Being BSD-based, i also use it to compile and test stuff and administer my Virtual Private Server ( thanks to Joe Cheng for the tip ). I got Airport too, so i am writing this on the couch with a vodka on the rocks right next to me. Nothing beats Wi-Fi for sure!

I also have some old boxes with Linux installed, one ( SP-4 ) runs as a private FTP and File server ( IG-88 ), and one ( R4-P17 ) keeps me safe from the outside world being a Firewall, DHCP server and router. SP-4 also serves as my test and deployment server, as it runs Apache and Tomcat and JBoss.

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March 13, 2004 at 5:05 pm

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