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Tuesday
Jul122011

Teething issues?

It's probably just me...I seem to have a talent for finding edge cases and issues with things :)

SquareSpace's blogger.com importer doesn't seem to be working for me, have sent a ticket and will see what drops out. My guess at this time, having gone through their post and video relating to Importing Blogger Entries - it's related to my turning on 2-step Google authentication. 

Time will tell, worst case - I export 16 or so posts manually.

Tuesday
Jul122011

Moving

To peterjs.com

So I've decided it's high time to finally move off Blogger onto something more powerful and customisable. Normally I'd take the time to consider a large number of competitors in the industry, you know - evaluate different solutions for their strengths and weaknesses.

But since it's basically just for me, I planned well for this year of honours study and well we can really only make so many decisions in great depth, I'll +1 ThisWeekInTech (TWiT) and go with hover.com and squarespace.com

So far, pretty painless :)

Now of course there are other things on the to-do list, like redirecting Twitterfeed, performing the full import, and building something of my own instead of a hastily modified SS template, verifying email addresses work and pipe into GMail and so forth, but on the whole very happy so far.

Thursday
Jun022011

REMIX11 Sydney Highlights

Vaughan Knight "Game on with HTML5" was IMHO the star with this gem of JavaScript (serendipitously discovered of course):

while (zombies) {
    run();
}

He demoed how easy it is to use HTML5 game development frameworks to build cool stuff, and fast too.

Russ Weakley "CSS3 is everything we used to do wrong?" of Max Design gave a very solid presentation on how much he loves CSS3, how it's another powerful tool for the arsenal (but like all tools - there are the right times and the wrong times to use it), the importance of object-oriented CSS and knowing CSS2.1 thoroughly before a deep-dive into CSS3, and how to make a site's CSS more faster and more maintainable through resets, frameworks and other neat tips.

Aaron Powell "Chasing the evolving web: things you need to know to be a web developer" explained with live code demos how to actually use JavaScript's this in different contexts (something like that featured here):

var x = 10;
var o = { x : 15 };


(function f(){           // self invoking function f
   console.log(this.x);
})();


f();                     // Global variable x
f.call(o, "foo", "bar"); // Takes any number of additional args
f.apply(o, ["bar"]);     // Must have array as 2nd parameter

And other little titbits like how CoffeeScript compiles to JavaScript and how JavaScript functions can be polymorphic in that they can rewrite themselves from inside.

Speakers here if you're looking for more info.

I'd definitely recommend REMIX to anyone looking at the future of web development...now how to make it to Melbourne next year?

Thursday
Jun022011

PREMIX11 - Keynote to REMIX11 - Highlights

My first time at the web conference REMIX - Sydney 2011, and PREMIX is apparently having its first year (REMIX has been running for four).


I'd say pretty good so far, the keynoters (not quite speakers - but I'll explain) were excellent.
  • Mr Percival is a wizard of sound, not my kind of music but very superbly performed and very entertaining. Not sure how to explain this, but he used real-time recording and playback, then sang to the playback. A few iterations of this and his track is sounding like it's recorded by a half-dozen people at once. My guess is excellent use of a shotgun microphone and/or some great software and hardware behind the scenes.
  • Dan Ilic, self-styled hypocrite (working in network television); of Hungry Beast fame is predicting that TV will be dead by 2013 due to the rise and rise of internet TV with companies like Next New Networks.
  • Gordon Bell of Microsoft Research gave a presentation on his fascinating MyLifeBits project - could you record everything a human being has ever experienced? I got the impression he was predicting that by 2020, it may even be the norm.
  • And well it wouldn't be a Microsoft event without some Windows Phone 7 and Kinect goodness. Looks like some really cool stuff coming down the pipe - there was a hybrid dancer / musician who performed on a good dozen instruments for our pleasure, and a tech demo of a high quality CAD of a Toyota concept car, running in real-time, e.g. the demo guy changed the colour, rotated at will and what looks like exploded the car...by which I mean the car parts flew out in several directions so you could see how they fit together. There was also a Qantas WP7 app which really reminded me of Paul Thurott on Windows Weekly - the phone is really designed around the user more than the corporate brand. It's looking like it will be more and more difficult for me when my Android phone contract comes up for renewal soon enough. 
I'm happy I decided to go after all, and hey - free food, drinks and networking is always good as well!

Friday
Mar252011

Chrome to Phone is awesome

Soooo fast, and cool!

More details via the official Google Blog:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/20-percent-time-spent-coding-in-clouds.html

Starting to get a little scared though, if Froyo is the requirement, hopefully Gingerbread/Honeycomb don't become requirements too soon for these new features (or HTC and Telstra update more frequently). Still this was heartening:
http://www.androidcentral.com/three-uk-suggests-original-htc-desire-will-get-gingerbread-update

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