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February 28, 2007
Forget RoR...Java developers should look at ColdFusion...

Great little article by Kola Oyedeji, on the "Java.net" web site, as Ben pointed out.

The article begins with,

"Forget Ruby on Rails; in this article I outline why, as a Java developer, you should be perhaps be looking to another technology closer to home to leverage your existing in-house skills and infrastructure..."

I couldn't agree more, especially with what's in the ColdFusion Scorpio release coming later this year!

Damon


Adobe MAX 2007 Dates

This fall, Adobe will host customers, developers, and partners around the world at MAX 2007. This year’s conference will extend the MAX brand to encompass all of Adobe’s offerings. Therefore, all Adobe users will have content and programs available to them to learn new skills and explore emerging technologies, while connecting with peers and industry leaders.

This year's MAX dates:

North America MAX 2007
September 30-October 3, 2007
McCormick Place West, Chicago

EMEA MAX 2007
October 2007
Barcelona, Spain

Japan MAX 2007
November 2007
Japan

I'll post more info when it's made available, but for now, please mark your calendars for the MAX near you.

(HINT: Adobe ColdFusion will surely be a significant part of this year's MAX event!)

Damon

February 23, 2007
Jawbone: Noise is Nothing...It's True

I just received my Jawbone Bluetooth micro-headset and it's awesome.

If you'd like to be able to be heard on your cell phone normally in a convertible with the top down, going 105 MPH, the stereo at 98dB, radar detector going off and a police car with lights flashing and sirens screaming coming up fast in the rearview....this is the headset for you.

$119 bucks and worth every penny.

Check out their demo online:

http://jawbone.com/index.html

Damon

February 22, 2007
Zoom Zoom Zoom...SCCA Spec Miata Racing

For anyone who wonders if SCCA Spec Miata Racing is really exciting or not, check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm__88baUyI

(My own, slightly less destructive SCCA Spec Miata race in-car video from last spring is to the right in the Nav Bar).

Enjoy :)

Damon

February 19, 2007
Magical Scorpio CFUG Tour Dates Published

The first four weeks of the ColdFusion "Scorpio" User Group Tour have been finalized and published on the Adobe Labs Scorpio page.

Scorpio

Find a location near you and check it out for sure. We'll be showing some amazing stuff that will seem truly "magical". Arthur C. Clarke's 3rd law of prediction states:

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

To be sure, Adobe Scorpio will definitely seem that way to many users.

February 8, 2007
Pretty Cool Phone: Cingular 2125 with Windows Mobile 5 + FlashLite 2.1

Microsoft is unveiling Windows Mobile 6 in Barcelona next week, but let me just say for the record I'm pretty happy with my current Windows Mobile 5 + Flash Lite combo.

My Requirements
I'm an "open faced phone" kinda guy (no clam-shells please, although the Cingular 3125 is the same phone but the clamshell form factor for anyone who prefers that), and I need a phone that syncs with my Outlook client to keep track of meetings and keep me on time.

Full browser capability is also a must, and running Flash Lite is a requirement too.

An abundance of 3rd party apps is a must, as is a form factor that isn't the size of a shoe (fits very nicely in my hand or on my waist), and isn't the weight or width of a large brick are all good too.

Of course, quad-band GSM and the ability to unlock the phone to use 3rd-party GSM SIMS is also a must, since I don't like paying $200/min for roaming charges from various parts of the world when calling local (and I like being able to use my own phone with my own phonebook, Outlook client, etc when in other countries).

Anyway, I've been using the Cingular 2125 with Windows Mobile 5 for some time now and I'm pretty happy with it.

The Cingular 2125
Made by the company HTC, the Cingular 2125 is a really very good design and form factor, and Windows Mobile 5 runs very well on it. I added a 2GB min-SD storage card, which holds the 20-30 or so 3rd party apps I have installed on it + data and the essential music from my iPod's "workout" play list.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. Will I jump to iPhone? I'll look at it, but without Outlook sync, 3rd party app development or Flash, the excitement begins to fade. But, yeah, I'll take a look for sure.

Here's are a few screen shots of my phone, including one of the phone running a Flash Lite app (Omega Media's Wine Steward) in this case, my favorite app, where I learned about how good 2003 red Bordeaux's really are. :)

                    

You can download Adobe Flash Lite 2.1 for Windows Mobile 5 from the Adobe website here: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/index.html?tab:downloads=1.

Hopefully this is helpful to someone out there who may have similar requirements.

Damon

February 6, 2007
Three Adobe ColdFusion TechNotes on DST

There are now three Adobe TechNotes WRT Adobe ColdFusion and DST. Please refer to my original post on this topic HERE for more info on the 2007 DST (Daylight Savings Time) change.

Ok, so you have no excuse not to be informed :)

The Adobe TechNote articles are:

For ColdFusion 5: http://www.adobe.com/go/kb400365
For ColdFusion 6, 6.1, 7 and JRun: http://www.adobe.com/go/d2ab4470
For general info on DST with CF6 and up: http://www.adobe.com/go/tn_18310

Damon