Saturday, December 30, 2006

My first desktop widget!

Some time ago I asked the guys at the Widgipedia to open a section for web widgets but as the Widgipedia is still in beta, they told me:
Flash widgets are coming soon, as part of our goal to host "the best widgets and gadgets across any platform"
so I continue with my web widgets and put them in Widgetbox.
On the last day at Flash on The Beach I was the lucky winner of a MDM Zinc copy which allows you to create desktop applications from flash including screensavers and WIDGETS!
So I did my very first desktop widget today, after few days trying to understand the tool that for any strange reason doesn't like vector images... and uploaded it to the Widgipedia!

It is a very simple Skype Analogue Clock but I think is cool, specially because is my first desktop widget :)


Thursday, December 28, 2006

in the top 5!

Alex Iskold from AdaptiveBlue, has posted on his blog the top 5 widgets every blogger must have and to my supprise, one of my widgets is in the list!
The post R/WW Christmas - Widgets, not Cheese is mainly a tutorial on how to install and use widgets from widgetbox but has as well many interesting points about the importance and use of web widgets.
I know I promissed not to write about my widgets on this blog, but hey! I'm really exited to know that my Flash mini Digg viewer is a must have!
I'm already working on a 2007 version of it, so if you have any suggestion, I'm all ears (well, eyes...)


Monday, December 25, 2006


PICT0046, originally uploaded by ernesto.quezada.

Last week, Ewa (my partner) and me went to Barcelona for a week. It was just great!
Eventhough it was a bit cold but the beauty of the city let us walk through all the streets we could.
It was so cool that I even want to move over there!
we will see...


Saturday, December 09, 2006

my widgets on widgetbox

I've decided to stop posting about my little experiments -widgets, eventhough I think is important for me too keep a record of what I was experimenting with and when... as for instance playing with php to get rid of the XML crossDomain policies was a good fun and for sure something new will come accross when continuing experimenting with flash and other technologies; I might post something about the solutions if any.
So, if anyone is looking for my widgets, they are available at Widgetbox, although the ones I've released here will continue working as usual.
You can see my widgets from this link.
I hope you like them and if you have any comments or suggestions, I will be very happy to read them ;)


Sunday, December 03, 2006

Off to Flash on the Beach!

In few hours I will be heading to Victoria Station in Central London to get a train to Brighton, where Flash on the Beach will take place.
For those of you who don't know what Flash on the Beach is, quoted from their website:
Flash on the Beach conference is the first major Flash conference in the UK for over 6 years! Over 40 of the world's most talented Flash designers, developers and artists presenting on 3 tracks over 3 full days with mixer get togethers each morning and evening for essential networking opportunities.
For the next three days I will be attending different sessions related to new media and specially flash!
CamCorder ready, some miniDV tapes on my bag, off I go...

Saturday, December 02, 2006

LFPUG November Meeting

6:30pm, Daniel Todd and me said goodbye to all our colleagues at work as both of us were heading to the London Flash Platform Users Group November edition and after a long weekend we both are heading to the Flash On The Beach conference so we won't be at the office for almost a week!
No Flash Developers in the office for almost a week? oh Jesus!
well, is for the good of the company that we are going to all these events as we can apply all our knowledge to the applications we make!
Anyway, we got to Play, the usual pub in Old Street, when the first conference had already started. A great presentation from Adam Robertson on Linux and Flash, where he showed us all the power of the open source technologies and how we can create flash applications, including flex-MXML, using only free open source tools.
After the presentation he gave us a copy of UBUNTU, the most human friendly Linux distribution so far.
A couple of beers later, Stefan Richter gave us a presentation on the new fullScreen features introduced on the new Flash Player 9. Showing us nice examples and good practices on how to use this feature, Stefan closed the November sesion and as usual, all the troop headed to the nearest pub to continue the chat mostly about the big event Flash On The Beach.
Was nice to see you guys and hopefully we will have a great time next week!
I can't wait! :)