Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Add RSS to Netvibes Flash button

One of my readers asked me to create a flash button to add the RSS feed from any blog to a personal page on Netvibes; so following my add to technorati and add to del.icio.us flash buttons, now we have this free add RSS to Netvibes flash button.
To use it just copy and paste the following code and place it on your blogs code:

<object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" id="netvibes" width="100" codebase="http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=7,0,0,0" height="50" align="middle">

param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess"/>
param value="http://overloadstudios.co.uk/ewa/netvibes.swf" name="movie"/><param value="high" name="quality"/><param value="transparent" name="wmode"/><embed pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" quality="high" allowscriptaccess="always" align="middle" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="50" src="http://overloadstudios.co.uk/ewa/netvibes.swf" width="100" wmode="transparent" name="netvibes"/>

Thanks Gábor!
to be honest, I heard before about netvibes but never used it, thanks to you now I can take advantage on its great features :)


Sunday, October 29, 2006

LFPUG October meeting

"Waste your time, but don't waste your money"
2 or 3 am?
Elmer Zinkhan was telling me that when I was jumping on the bus that took me home from the Angel shoping center where Tink, Carolina, Elmer, Mike and me had the last beers of the night...

This time, for the London Flash Platform Users Group meeting, me and my colleague Simon Lebatteux took a bus from Holborn station and in 10 minutes or so, we were at the Bear, a pub close to farringdon station where Tink and Rob Bateman were getting ready for their presentations.

One beer later (about 20 minutes or so...), Rob started his great presentation about "Optimizing Visual Interfaces for the Human Brain"where he explained us the way that the brain understand what the eyes see and the way the eyes tend to see the things, ignoring things that don't find interesting and focusing on what it's important...
We are still talking about this presentation at work with the colleagues as we really enjoyed it.

Two beers later and after some funny exercises from Rob, Tink started his presentation on "Flex 2 for flash developers", showing us how easy is to do some of the things that in flash actionscript 3 would takes us good couple of hours to do. In a line of MXML code is possible to do something that in AS3 takes 15 or more lines, so less code, less time and very robust applications can be done using flex.
MXML seems to be a very easy language to learn as at the end of the day is only XML (but on esteroids), altough Tink told us that we would still need to know AS3 to do the things...
Maybe one of these days I will start playing a bit with this Flex 2 and MXML

After the presentations, two pubs, some beers, rain and a very nice chat with the guys, I went back home with a big smile on my face (without smoking anything special!)

Cheers mates! and see you next month ;)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Blogger bugs on IE?

I was checking my blog statistics using Google Analytics and when checking the browser versions saw that as usual the browser that most of my visitors use is mozilla firefox what is actually logical if the main subject of my blog is digital media, so most of my visitors come here when searching for things related to technologies...
Just for curiosity, I wanted to know how some of my visitors, the ones using IExplorer (32.26% this week), where watching my blog finding out that not everything looks 100% what is in fact normal as all of us know, IExplorer doesn't support (yet!) many CSS features...
The eolas problem is ok, I actually don't mind if a person has to click first on a flash movie to activate it, but not showing some of the elements is a real problem, for instance my technorati's favourites widget, on IExplorer just doesn't show up. It can be a bug on blogger as for instance sometimes the navigation is missing (only if using IEexplorer) but anyway, is ok with me, there is nothing I can (nor want) to do about the 32.26% of visitors who use IExplorer, is not my fault if they are using a bad browser having so many options out there.


Sunday, October 15, 2006

Digital video production - Juan in the city

When studying Digital Video Production at the University, I was asked to create a short film and in 1:30 minutes to present a story.
So this short is the result of my Adobe Premiere Pro studies:

was fun, filming and editing, even though at the begining I really hated Premiere Pro...


Thursday, October 05, 2006

off to Poland...

this weekend my partner and I are going to Poland, from friday afternoon till sunday night.
I can't wait!
although after watching all these documentaries and movies about 9/11, I'm not too happy about flying...
No Wallop for two days, no emails, forums, etc, don't know if is good or not! I'm so addicted to this virtual world and all this digital stuff, but anyway, I've got my gadgets ready! :)
time to pack...


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Wallop - flash power on our hands


first of, thanks Dan Todd for inviting me to wallop!
although, I don't know if is something good or if is the new devil's tool to keep me in front of the computer for longer...
Something odd is that this great Flash application is being developed by microsoft! and in some of their pages they are using php as a backend technology!
how come?
if they own asp!
if they don't like flash and they are creating a "flash rival"!
well, anyway, seems like Wallop is the new killer app that reunites your blog, your pictures, your friends, network, music and so many other things...
goodbye mySpace!
with its beautiful interface, nice animations, great features, Wallop is here to stay and we, flash developers, have to take advantage on the big chance we have as we can become mods creators and sell our flash applications to the Wallop users, that for sure, soon will be millions!
Well people, I'm off to continue playing with Wallop, and if anyone out there wants an invitation, just leave a comment here with your email address


Monday, October 02, 2006

voIP phone & skype 2.5

that's the only word in my mind now.
I just finished a phone conversation with my colleagues Carmen & Eric and before I talked to my mate Robinson and everything for free!
Yes, I know, these are old news but personally I never had the chance to actually phone anyone as I had no microphone but today arrived to my office my new voIP-USB phone.
As soon as I came home, I started playing with it, not before installing the brand new Skype 2.5 that was released just few days ago.
I can not wait to phone my friends and family from my country!
but now is midnight here and tomorrow I've got to go to work...

nite nite :)