Setting Facebook Status with Flash (The Easy Way)

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Update: As of June 8, 2011, it appears Facebook has killed this functionality. Adina posted a comment below with a link to Facebook's Feed dialog documentation: It's got everything you need to do this there. I'll eventually update this post to reflect these docs. Update #2: As of July 5, 2011, it appears the method I talked about in this post is working again. Just as Facebook killed... + read on

Why Isn’t OGG Video Playing in Firefox from Amazon S3? It might be all in your headers.

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Let’s assume you’re trying to build a site with HTML5 video playback and you use Amazon S3. Good so far, right? Well, depending on how uploaded your video files to your Amazon S3 server, you might end up with video that won’t play back in Firefox. Actually, it’s not that it won’t load, it won’t even load and attempt to play.It has to do with the headers that are set of the file during their upload. I normally use Transmit, the wonderful FTP... + read on

Setting Twitter Status with Flash

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At JMX2 we recently had a Flash banner campaign that had what looked like a pretty typical feature to implement. Our client wanted a small share button for Facebook and Twitter. For most things in life there's an easy way, and there's a hard way. Luckily, when it comes to Twitter, there's an easy way and it worked perfectly for what we needed to do. You like easy? Me too, that?s what we?re going to tackle today. The Easy Tweet from Flash Take a... + read on

A new Mac showing off.

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I’ve been setting up my new MacPro this week. It’s gone smoothly for the most part. I run quite a large number of apps regularly so I keep finding one that I missed and then my workflow get interrupted so I can make a quick addition.Since I was updating from a nearly 5 year old machine, iStat Menus made me laugh when I had it display CPU usage. Since the new machine is a 12-core beast and each core has 2 threads, iStat menu will display the... + read on

iPad Review: Making fonts with iFontMaker

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What do you think of my typeface? I named it SG Funny Face. I made it on my iPad and I want to give you a quick review of the iPad application I used to make it. Before I start, I also wanted to give you a copy of the font. Click here to visit the SG Funny Face page and download your own copy. It's free and you can use it however you want.The font creation app is called iFontMaker by The 2TTF. (Visit The 2TTf site or the application's page on... + read on

The True Cost of a $10 Subscription

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It all sounds so simple. For just 10 bucks, you get a little something extra.$10? That’s like 2 drinks at Starbucks.What can you get for $10? You can get HuluPremium. You can get Netflix On Demand. You can support your favorite podcast. You can get access to the Wall Street Journal. You can extra credits for iStockPhoto. You can get another gigabyte of data transfer for your phone. You can get a larger package of text messages. You can get... + read on

The positive side of technology’s rapid change.

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This is not a post about the iPhone, but I’ll talk about it because it helps make my point.I spent 6 hours and 40 minutes standing in line to get the greatest-thing-since-sliced-bread in the mobile phone world, the iPhone 4. Is it really that great? Actually, it is a very impressive machine. But it was just the one year ago we had the previous greatest-thing-since-sliced-bread, the iPhone 3Gs, before that, the iPhone 3G, and so on. Will the... + read on

BP Math vs Simple Math

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Today’s post is a departure from my usual writing, but it has math at its core. It’s not meant to be taken as a political statement, but you’re free to read into it what you choose. We’ll get back to more typical geeky topics next time.As I right this, on Sunday morning, May 30, 2010, the world is learning the method known as top kill has not succeeded in stopping oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. I initially found out about the failure of... + read on

Delaying a function call in Flash AS3.

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In a number of Flash projects we've done at JMX2 (shameless plug), I've run into the situation where I simply wanted to delay the actual execution of a function. Sometimes it was to tweak an animation so its pacing felt right. Often times I wanted to delay a sound clip by a few beats so that it gave the proper timing to the scene.After writing the same code a number of times, I decided to encapsulate that whole process into a class called... + read on

A case-insensative clickTag for Flash banners

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If you make Flash banners that run across multiple media sites, the lack of a standard "clickTag" can be a huge pain. (What's a clickTag? Read here.) Some media sites use clickTag. The version with that is all lower-case except for a capital T seem seems to be the most common form, but there are sites that use clickTAG, clicktag, or CLICKTAG. What that means is that you can end up creating multiple versions of a banner just to deal with the... + read on

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