I don't remember the first time I watched Dr. Who, but I have many fond memories of watching it as a young child. I would set up our VCR to record the show (it aired way late on Sunday night on PBS) and watch the episode Monday morning. I can remember hoping I'd have enough time before I left for school.
Summary: My initial impression was very confusing, frustrating, but after some hiccups I'm pretty damn excited. Read on for more details.
Sorry folks - slow blog week. A few weeks ago I got a letter saying our household had been selected to be a Nielsen Family. For my readers who are international, this is a private company that for half a century now has been surveying the American public and what TV shows they watch. I've never known anyone who was part of the system, so to be honest, I thought it was kind of cool to be selected. About a week or so I got a small package from them and then promptly forgot about it. I just opened it now and - wow - talk about a company living in the past.
I've got something of a soft spot for dashboards. That's why I was pleasantly surprised recently to discover Happy Metrix. Happy Metrix, currently in beta, is an Adobe AIR based desktop application that lets you build dashboard reports for a variety of different datasources. As an example, you can integrate with Google Analytics, Twitter, and YouTube to see how your content is performing. Here's my main dashboard (click for a larger size picture):
Ever since day one at Adobe I've had an odd issue with Outlook on my Mac. About 3-4 times a day it would 'forget' my password. As soon as I entered my password it worked, but it bugged me that I had to keep re-entering it. I Googled but never found the right answer. I deleted and recreated my profile numerous times, but it never helped.
Finally, Terry White (fellow Adobe evangelist!) made a simple suggest. Instead of entering my password in Outlook, I should be doing it in the Exchange settings via System Preferences.
So first you go here...
And then click Details:
That was it. Seriously. I can't believe I didn't figure that out earlier, but every single time I tried to fix it by Googling around I never came across this solution. (Probably because it was too obvious. ;)
Due to a problem back home, I have to leave the conference early. I'm giving my Mobile Web Debugging session in the first slot this morning (this schedule change will be announced this morning). Dave Ferguson will be covering my CF10+HTML5 session and Matt Gifford will be covering my PhoneGap session.
Ok, maybe "poetic" is a bit much... but you can listen to my Nerd Radio interview here:
Ray Camden, Adobe Creative Cloud Evangelist, talks with us about his sessions at MAX covering topics like PhoneGap Build and web development tools.
Thanks to Leif and and Garth for inviting me!
I've never understood the appeal of "unboxing videos". Don't get me wrong - I love to get new tech and I love the open it up and play with it. But watching someone else do that? Lame. But I just had to share my own personal experience with this. After my first MAX presentation today (demo assets will be posted tomorrow, sorry, this was far cooler), a woman walked up to me and handed me her "business card". Here is what she gave me:
A long, long, long time ago. Today I turn 40 and thankfully I don't feel a day over 39. ;)
A bit late for this entry, but here we go anyway. My speaking engagements for this month are...
- March 13th: Introduction to PhoneGap at the NYCFUG. Details here: http://www.meetup.com/NYC-ColdFusion-Users-Group/events/105550232/
- March 19th: Introduction to PhoneGap (again ;) at my local UG, the Acadiana AUG. Details here: Ray Camden on PhoneGap, March 19
- Also on the 19th, I'll be giving a TechLive talk on Brackets. This is an online, open to everyone presentation. Details here: Using Brackets to Level Up Your Web Development