There is no secret that I love my iPhone. I really do - I written several
articles about how cool it is. So why am I thinking of getting rid of it. The
Bit-O history here. I was one of the first few idiots who purchased iPhone
1.0 the same week it came out. Yes, I shelled out $600. I thought it was a
good deal as I was writing about the phone and could (in my head, not so much
my wife's) justify the cost. I also had to purchase the $85/mth plan from
AT&T. So, now it is over two years later and I still have the same phone and
I am still paying $85/mth. And I want to stop paying the man.
There are several reasons why I want to get out of the contract I am with. I
live in NE Wisconsin, along with 1.5 million other folks. For some reason,
AT&T has decided we are too small to support 3G. Why upgrade my iPhone to a
3GS when the G bit won't work?
Also, if I do ... (more)
At the moment I am working on what I think is a very cool project: a book on
There is so much news about HTML 5 that I thought I would use this blog to
kind of pull together some of the emerging features. If you are new to HTML
5, then let me give you the nickel tour.
HTML 4 and XHTML were the last official versions of the HTML language (you
know, that code you view when you right click in the Web browser and choose
"show code"). It has been 12 years since the last upgrade. In that time we
have had AJAX (or Ajax) for Web 2.0, Flash and SilverLight for Rich Internet
The "Got Talent" franchise is world wide and is running in dozens of
countries (Simon Cowell must be making a fortune!!).
The Ukraine winner is Kseniya Simonova who won with this amazing animation.
If you look you will see that she is using only sand on top of a light
table. It is breathtaking.
It used to be so easy to slam Microsoft. There are the 800lb gorilla with all
the money that have done some shady business deals - but that is very much in
the past. Today Microsoft keeps doing things that make it hard not to like
them. They are going Open Source and being transparent and even making
mistakes (Vista, anyone?) and the 800lb almost appears humble.
Or maybe I need to stop drinking the cool aid.
With that said, there is a very cool tool that MSFT is using to determine
what will be in the next version of Silverlight. Called the "Silverlight
Feature Suggestion" site, y... (more)
If you've upgraded to Flash MX 2004 Professional or you purchased the FireFly
Data Connection Kit for Flash MX, then you've probably read a lot about how
easy it is to have Flash pull data into a Flash Movie. The only problem is
that this is not how applications work in the real world.
In the real world there has to be a constant conversation between the client
and the server application. I am going to use e-mail as an example. If you
have a traditional POP3 e-mail client (one you get through your ISP or Web
hosting company) you have to actively connect to it and check if you have ... (more)