15 million Android users… still want Flash Player?

That can’t be right, can it? Absolutely it can. In the mere 2 weeks since Adobe published the how-to “How do I manually install Flash Player on my Android device?” on their community forums – the article has been viewed 15 MILLION times. That’s from June 18th to July 1st. That is amazing. Do I think this will have any effect upon Adobe’s view of mobile Flash Player? No. I wish it would though.

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Some notes on the price of Absinthe vs. the price of Wine

When speaking of absinthe, people are often shocked by the price of a 750ml bottle – generally around $65 USD. Compared with a standard bottle of wine running at $15 or so, this understandably sounds expensive at first… but is it really? Let’s do some math. Here, we are comparing a standard size bottle of absinthe with a standard size bottle of wine – 750ml. 750ml bottle = ~25oz Next we take a look at at how many ounces constitutes a normal glass of each. Note that absinthe is traditionally prepared with ice cold water added in a ratio of

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Flash Builder 4.7 – useFlashSDK

[okay… not really – the new compiler is just really picky] This is another rant – but like most of my rants… there is useful information to be had! This one came about as I needed to employ some UI assets created in Flash Professional and published as a SWC for use in an AS3 project in Flash Builder. I haven’t re-published the SWC for weeks… yet when I compiled my project in Flash Builder, IĀ receivedĀ a SWF that was just borked out of any human understanding. In fact, it looks exactly like this: Understand, it isn’t supposed to look like

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flashservices/gateway and ColdFusion 10

Hey! A post on ColdFusion! (I’m so pissed at you, ColdFusion…) So it appears that Adobe changed /flashservices/gateway* = cfusion to /flashservices/gateway/* = cfusion in uriworkermap.properties for ColdFusion 10. Why is this a problem? Well, I have a lot of legacy content that makes AMF calls to CFCs in a system that is being upgraded to ColdFusion 10 from ColdFusion 9. And with this little change – everything is broken. I spent an entire day of work troubleshooting this and dropping mad F-bombs at CF and IIS for no good reason. I’m sure this must be buried in documentation somewhere…

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The media seriously needs to get their sh*t together

I saw this poorly researched atrocity when it was first published the other day and immediately wrote CNN asking that they correct the numerous factual errors in the article. I have yet to hear back. Unfortunately, tech reporters can get away with all sorts of lies and inaccuracies without doing any actual journalism. Honestly, reporters; we are experts, we are out here, we don’t bite, and we are happy to talk to you about our passion. Do some real reporting and stop writing whatever will get you the most traffic. Here follows my response… “Wallaby” is a tool for advertisers

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Steve Jobs and Apple: Insane? Or Just Evil?

At this point we’ve all seen the unfortunately worded, revised iPhone Developer Program License Agreement banning Flash, Java, Mono (and really any non-Apple-tooled) apps: 3.3.1 Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are

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Really, Really Bad (damned irresponsible) Design Decisions

Every once in awhile, I receive postcards and such from my undergraduate institution, Worcester State College. I hold a BA in Communications Media from this school and have no complaints about the degree or the classes I took while a student there. I do, however, die a little inside each time I see one of the horrid visual clusterf@#ks that always accompany these publications. Below is a good example of what I’m talking about: Got this one when I arrived home this evening. So we have a horrible stitch-job of seemingly random people all crammed together in what might pass

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