Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock…..The end is here…..

Flash, html, HTML5, Javascript
Okay maybe this is a bit dramatic, but I really think the days of flash as a web media presentation platform are numbered. HTML5 is coming on strong, you can already do video streaming using the new canvas tags and now here is Akihabara, a set of libraries, tools and presets to create pixelated indie-style 8/16-bit era games in Javascript that runs in your browser without any Flash plugin, making use of a small small small subset of the HTML5 features, that are actually available on many modern browsers. More info and a half dozen demo games are here. Let the old-skool arcade games begin :-).
Read More

Hide your Email from Spambots…..

Javascript, Research
Have you ever put your email online in a comment for example. Were you concerned about Spambots harvesting your email address? If so, did you use some weird trick (eg: replacing @ with "at") to try to hide your address from spambots? That's where Albion Research's Email Address Obfuscator comes in handy. Follow this link, type in your real email address in the field and click "Obfuscate". Their program will spit out two different "encodings" of your email that will be readable to humans (and clickable), but will cause havoc for email harvesting spambots. Really cool and innovative.
Read More

Diagram editor right in your browser…..

Ajax, Javascript, Technology
So today I had a choice to make. You see I had to draw a small diagram and needed a editor. Now I know visio is the end-all-be-all of editors, but I needed something fast and simple. Oh and I really didn't want to go down to the office to pick up the install disks for visio (on vacation). That's where web2.0 came to rescue again. After a short google search I found two online services that allow you to edit/share Diagrams right in your browser:Gliffy Online: Gliffy allows you to create many types of diagrams such as Flowcharts, UI wireframes, Floor plans, Network diagrams, UML diagrams, or any other simple drawing or diagram. Gliffy Online brings you a familiar desktop application feel in a web browser. Features such as…
Read More

Texty: The Simplest CMS……

html, Javascript, rss
Well maybe a bit too simple. I couldn't decide if this one was totally evil --under a cutesy name and interface-- or just simply useful and cool, so I'll let you guys decide. Hop on over to Texty and give it a whirl.This new webapp allows you to create Texty's (which are HTML snippets) through their WYSIWYG editor. The Texty's get saved on their server and all you have to do to publish the texty on your web page is to include the one line javascript code on your page. Every time you log into their site and change a texty's content, all pages that contain the javascript code will also automatically update.Now the immediate problem with this is that if enough people start designing texty powered sites, then the…
Read More

Photoshop on the Web….

Ajax, Javascript, Photography
Just came across this site Fauxto.com (read it like it's french.....Phau-to....ie: photo). Anyways, great web 2.0 application. It has all your standard photo application funtions/features (including layers for all you PS guys). Maybe it's just me, but a couple more applications like this and well, we won't need the OS anymore (be it OSX, WinXP, Linux, etc...). Google (and others) already do word processing, spread sheets, presentation (ie: powepoint)....add photo editing to it and you've got a pretty good arsenal of applications that are truly platform agnostic. TIC TOC...TIC TOC...TIC TOC...I wonder if the OS guys are listening....
Read More

Bill, google is coming to getcha…

Ajax, Firefox extension, Gears, Google, Javascript, Microsoft
Well, here is my prediction after digesting most of the content that came out of G-Day. Google Gears will soon make MS Office (and for that matter most "installed" applications) obsolete. Google’s Gears homepage explains that Gears is ... Google in a press release states that Gears “marks an important step in the evolution of web applications because it addresses a major user concern: availability of data and applications when there’s no Internet connection available, or when a connection is slow or unreliable.” They go on to say that making the browser environment more powerful is increasingly important (Google snatched up a couple of Firefox developers – this makes even more sense in the light of this announcement).Well I guess at this point we can just wait and see. Let's…
Read More