November 1, 2007
Adobe ColdFusion 8 Video Interview With Tim Buntel

Just posted Nov 1, this is a great little 7-minute interview with Tim Buntel, CF's Sr Product Marketing Manager on 'What's New' in Adobe ColdFusion 8.

Check it out:

http://www.builderau.com.au/program/coldfusion/soa/Getting-to-know-ColdFusion-8/0,339028378,339283179,00.htm

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Go CF!

Damon

October 31, 2007
Adobe Senior Product Manager, LiveCycle Data Services

We have an immediate opening for a Senior Product Manager of LiveCycle Data Services (aka "Flex Data Services"), and we're looking for the right candidate with the "right stuff". Full job description and Req details are here:

Adobe Senior Product Manager of LiveCycle Data Services

If you or someone you know think you might be a good fit for this demanding and rewarding job, please do let me/us know! (There is an "Apply Now" button on that link).

Thanks!

Damon

October 29, 2007
ColdFusion 8: A Force To Be Reckoned With...(like the Boston Red Sox!)

In the TechRepublic.com/ZDNet article by Brian Kotek just posted on October 26, 2007, he describes Adobe ColdFusion 8 as:

"...a force to be reckoned with in the application server space. I’ve been using ColdFusion for 10 years, and I haven’t seen the community this excited about a new release in a long time. The recent release is by far the most compelling version since they moved to the Java platform — and possibly even the most compelling version ever."

...just like the 2007 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox!

More here: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/programming-and-development/?cat=467

Lots of goodness came out of Boston in 2007!

Damon

October 15, 2007
Native Apple iPhone Applications with 1.1.1

Or...How I Spent My Saturday...

I had an unlocked (using iUnlock) Apple iPhone running 1.0.2, with a bunch of 3rd part apps, but I wanted the 1.1.1 update and I didn't want to lose anything, and I DID want the security fixes and new functionality Apple added in iPhone Update 1.1.1.

So..what to do?

I first spent an hour or so researching online, and then took the plunge.

Because I had SIM unlocked my iPhone using the free iUnlock utility, I needed to first "brick" my phone and "unbrick it", so let me just say, it's not a process for the meek. But here are the results: I'm SIM unlocked, on 1.1.1 and I have 95% of all my previously cool 3rd party apps running on 1.1.1. It did cost me $59 for the iPhoneSimFree utility to SIM unlock 1.1.1, but hey, cheaper than paying $4.99/minute international roaming charges, etc.

Some screenshots (aka "The Proof", as they say):







Key were the Guides at ModMyiPhone.com (the iPhone "Dev Team"'s main website. These guys are relentless and meticulous in their work, and I have to hand it to 'em, they have done a great job here.

My previous post on mod-ing the iPhone is here.

EDIT: The ONE thing I don't have back from my 1.0.2 iPhone install is the ability to create my own custom ringtones out of audio clips I already have (ie the Sesame Street "Yip Yip" aliens) but I understand there are folks working on that. iTunes 7.4.x does allow you to create/buy custom ringtones frm some music available via Apple's iTunes store, but you can't create custom ringtones via the old method that worked in 1.0.2. Currently, you can PLACE the files (.AAC, .M4A or .M4R files) in the right spot on the iPhone's OSX filesyetem, and they WILL show up in the list of available ringtones on the iPhone, but they won't actually play any sound, sadly.

But not a showstopper by any means, and again, there are folks working on that.\

EDIT #2: Ok, they've done it. There is a way to get free customized ringtones on the 1.1.1 iPohone. However, one small snag right now is that after each iTunes sync they disappear from the list of available ringtones, since iTunes (7.4.3.1 at least) re-writes the the Ringtones.plist evertime you sync (whether or not you have Ringtone sync-ing enabled). The workaround is: install the "Tapp" app that lets you run OS commands with one "tap", and after each sync run a command to copy your Ringtones.plist back. So sync, then two clicks. The Guide is here:

http://modmyiphone.com/wiki/index.php/Free_Custom_Ringtones_on_iPhone_1.1.1

(I love my Sesame Street Yip Yip aliens! :)

Damon