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Blog posts made in March 2008
31Mar
2008
Linux AIR Player Is on Labs

Title says is all. Go to Adobe Labs for the alpha version of the Linux AIR Player. We've also posted an update to the Flex Builder 3 for Linux alpha, adding support for AIR creation.

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30Mar
2008
On AIR European Tour Starts Tomorrow

Just a reminder, the 11 city On AIR European Train Tour starts tomorrow in Madrid. The team is already there setting up (although, unfortunately, I am not joining them this time around). So if you are in (or near) Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Stockholm, Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Munich, or Milan, be sure to drop by!

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30Mar
2008
My New Favorite Bluetooth Headset

I've been wearing Bluetooth headsets for about as long as they have been around, and have owned lots and tried even more. And I have a new favorite, the BlueAnt Z9. Here's the scoop:

Pros:

  • The Z9 is small, one of the smallest and lightest headsets I have tried.
  • It is also extremely comfortable to wear, even for very long periods. It is so comfortable that I often forget I am wearing it.
  • Sound quality is superb, at least based on what the people on the other end of the connection are telling me.
  • Many very lightweight headsets have optional ear loops, but they often feel like afterthoughts, not fitting the devices well or coming apart (Plantronics devices seem very prone to this). The Z9 ear loops (there are 3 of them, all identical, or so it seems) fit well and stay in place properly.
  • Battery life is really good.
  • It comes with both an AC charger and a USB cable. The latter is an absolute must for anyone who travels, and I automatically rule out any Bluetooth headset that does not include this necessity.
  • The Z9 comes with a built in clip, making it easier to carry the headset in your pocket or attached to your shirt and so on.
  • The headset is firmware upgradeable. The actual upgrade process is convoluted and horribly unfriendly (yes, I tried it). Still, it's nice to know that firmware updates are an option if they are needed.

Cons:

  • I have only found one downside with the headset, and that is that I find the volume too low. Others hear me fine, the problem is me hearing them. It's fine in most environments when cranked up to the highest volume, but in noisy environments the volume is definitely too low. I contacted BlueAnt and they suggested that I update the firmware which I did, and unfortunately it did not make a difference. This is a shame, and hopefully they can release another firmware update that really does fix the problem.

The verdict? The BlueAnt Z9 is definitely the very best Bluetooth headset I have owned, and is highly recommended (but keep that one negative in mind). It is available from Amazon.com.

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29Mar
2008
ColdFusion Position In CA

Just one this week:

  • Amcom Computer Services (San Ramon, CA) is looking for a senior ColdFusion developer. Requirements include 8+ years of software development experience, ColdFusion 7 expertise, familiarity with frameworks and design patterns, and advanced use of SQL, CSS, JavaScript, Web Services, and XML. Flex experience preferred. Details posted online.

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28Mar
2008
Call For MAX 2008 Speakers And Sessions Is Open

Click here to propose MAX 2008 sessions and speakers.

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27Mar
2008
Boston Has A Flex Usergroup

Boston is now the proud home of the newest Flex usergroup - BFUG. Their inaugural meeting is April 8th, 2008. If you are in the area, be sure to drop by!

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27Mar
2008
ColdFusion 8 Nominated For Great Indian Developer Summit Award

Hot on the heels of a Jolt Award win and a CODIE nomination, ColdFusion 8 has been nominated for a Great Indian Developer Summit Award (the only nominated Adobe product).

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27Mar
2008
Tchau, Brazil

I am in the Rio de Janeiro airport, waiting for my flight back to the U.S. (I'm home for the weekend and then head to India next week). This morning I presented Flex 3 and AIR and a launch event here. And like the events in São Paulo and Brasilia earlier this week, this one was a winner. A standing room only crowd of close to 200 packed the auditorium for a lively and highly interactive event (bringing the total attendance for the launch events here to over 700!). Brazilians are a lively and passionate bunch, and are most definitely not shy. The questions and comments came hard and fast, and good questions and comments at that. 3 hours flew by, and once again I had to omit about half of my content. The rest of the day was spent meeting with customers and partners, right up until I had to head to the airport.

So, 4 days (with no more than 5 hours sleep each night), 3 launch events, 2 press interviews, 5 partner meetings, 8 customer meetings, 1 video shoot ... all fueled by more cans of Guaraná Antarctica than I can count.

Tchau, Brazil. And muito obrigado!

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26Mar
2008
Hello From Rio de Janeiro

I just arrived in Rio de Janeiro, several hours later than planned. I spent the day today in Brasília, first meeting with customers and partners, and then presenting at the Flex 3 / AIR launch event. Over 160 people crammed into the hotel conference room for 3 hours, and the event was amazing! The crowd was so involved and interactive that half way through our allotted time I had to ask them to stop asking questions, I was still on my opening slides - I don't think I have ever had to do that before! The energy and enthusiasm at this event was truly incredible, this will be a tough one to beat. Although, we'll try - we do it again here in Rio de Janeiro in the morning.

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25Mar
2008
São Paulo Was Great, Next Up Is Brasília

I just wrapped two jam-packed days in São Paulo. Yesterday started early, my flight from the U.S. landed at 6am, I got picked up from the airport at 7am, arrived at the Adobe office at 9am, in time for my first meeting at 10:0am. Then back-to-back meetings and presentations (and even a video shoot) until after 9pm! I asked the local team to fully utilize my time in Brazil, and they took my request really seriously!

This morning I presented Flex 3, AIR, and Data Services at a 3 hour launch event. Almost 200 people filled the room, and another 150 joined in via Connect from 5 other Brazilian cities (ones I'll not be visiting). As I have come to expect from the crowd in São Paulo, the event was lively, highly interactive (despite the language barrier), and I did not even get through all of my prepared content. This was my 5th trip to São Paulo, and the city has never disappointed me.

It's now after 11pm local time, and we just arrived in Brasília, the capital of Brazil. Tomorrow morning we host a similar launch event here, and then I'll meet with several customers and partners before flying to Rio de Janeiro to do it all again there on Thursday.

If you plan to attend the events in Brasília or Rio de Janeiro, here are details.

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