Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pandora Console Client

A lot of Flash banner advertisements on Pandora had been slowing down my browser considerably. I installed pianobar and have all of the same functionality I got with the Flash client. It's sweet, and available through MacPorts (http://www.macports.org/): sudo port install pianobar


Monday, August 22, 2011

Flash Does Not Always Render Images in Dynamic Textfields

If you ever need to display an image in a dynamic textfield, you'll need to place some text before the img tag in the HTML you wish to render within the textfield (such as "nbsp;"), otherwise the image will not render.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Repost: BlueCove and Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.6)

After my laptop was recently upgraded to 10.6.8 I started reworking an Air application I developed that leveraged the BlueCove API. Last time I left it, the application was able to discover Bluetooth devices, but on the first run it failed to detect any. After some Googling, I discovered the post below. It's a solution for OS X 10.6.6, but have confirmed that this also works for 10.6.8. You can find Java Preferences.app in /Applications/Utilities.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Getting Started with the Microsoft Kinect SDK

Recently I developed a NUI (Natural User Interface) prototype using the – recently release by Microsoft – Kinect SDK using C# with WPF. I also leveraged the Kinect Toolkit library for recognizing some basic gestures. The library simplifies the process of recognizing gestures immensely. Since the SDK was just release a month or so ago (as of this post), there aren't many (if any) similar libraries out there. Although I suspect we should see an influx of libraries and frameworks for the Kinect SDK in the coming months – fingers crossed.


Convergence Doesn't Really Exist

I thought the same thing, "What? Of course it does". Unfortunately, the fact that I can rig my phone to change the channel on my set-top box doesn't really qualify as such.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Read Excel Documents Directly from Flash

This library just works. Read Excel documents from your Flash application.