Monthly Archives: December 2006

Flash Player Auto-Update : Quite a good news !

IE Flash AutoUpdate

I got a nice surprise when trying to solve some connection trouble on the pc of my future wife, after installing Internet Explorer 7 and rebooting the pc, a pop up appear at the start of the pc : A new Flash Player is ready to be downloaded. Woaaw, seems that Flash Player auto update is working great (at least for Internet Explorer) and so can assure an even better penetration of the Flash Player. I’m sure that people will tend to make the update more confidently when it’s proposed in Windows itself. It’s only quite a good news because it install the new Player only for Internet Explorer and not for Firefox… but that already great.

P.S: Happy New Year and best wishes for 2007 😉

Ahmet

 
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KeyCode doesn’t work equally on Mac & Win

Something quite frustrating I just notice today, the keyCode aren’t the same on a mac and on a pc…
This little code will work correctly on my pc but not on my mac (with ActionScript 3.0):
if (e.keyCode == F_KEY && e.ctrlKey == true) {...}
Seems that the command + KEY is always reserved to the browser and is not shared with the Flash Player (9) in mac. Or am I missing something here ?

Ahmet

 
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When viral marketing backfire on Sony

psp logo
[via Digg] Sony asked to “Zipatoni” (it’s a marketing company, or should I say WAS, because I wouldn’t like to be in their position) to make a viral marketing campaign. All webmarketer even young students like me, know that web marketing is nearly impossible to control and should be used very carefully. Nevertheless Zipatoni marketer decided to develop a false blog for a false friend with false cousin and so on. Everything was just false and it was noticed and propagated by some web user (but who ? Nintendo counter marketer ?). The only reaction they could have : put everything offline and hope that the cache from Google will soon disappear (the wayback machine didn’t archived them yet). The bad is already done, so why put it all offline ? They could have try to use that backfire in a better way like a video with the author telling how you were smart to discover it and if you are smart you will love the psp or something like that.
But well, let’s say that I’m a student and I’ve still a lot to learn…
How would you have react if you were a Zipatoni marketer ?


More info:
Digg
Business Week
Whois
alliwantforxmasisapsp.com


Ahmet

p.s : btw Zipatoni website is really unusable, strange for a company willing to make people act…

 
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CSS Advisor beta : An Online CSS Cookbook

Adobe LogoThe news was nearly unseen with the release of Photoshop CS3, but Adobe has also release a new web tools as beta : CSS Advisor. We already heard of if during presentation of Dreamweaver 9 (or CS3 ?) but I didn’t knew it was out. It’s a “cookbook” style site, with problem, solution and Detailed description. It’s quite empty, but it’s social and it will be linked with DW9 (wondering if we will be able to post solution directly from DW9).
You can access it from here : http://www.adobe.com/go/cssadvisor

Ahmet

 
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100 seconds: Mobile TV News

TSR 100sSince middle of November I’m working as a Multimedia Operator for the 100 seconds a service proposed by Swisscom and created (content) by TSR. The idea is to get the news as soon (or nearly) as they arrived in the Media Channel (EVN, Swiss Ring, …).
From 6 am to 23 pm, you get alert(sms with link to the updated video) of breaking news, and every hour a new Mobile Video News of … 100 seconds.

It’s in French or in German and by now you can have a free 30 days test, after you’ll have to subscribe. Unfortunately you must be a client of Swisscom, which is very unprobable for most of you as you don’t live in Switzerland (according to my web stats), but if you from here and are a news maniak this service can be for you!

Now what I think of it: I’m just afraid that it’s just to early for Streamed Moblie TV, the cost are just to expansive for data-transfer in Switzerland for now. But at least it’s a try to damp the invest in 3G / EDGE tech, now time will tell. As soon as I get some stats I’ll post them here.

Ahmet

 
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Flash FullScreen Video Player

Ratatouille screenshoot
Since the new version of the Flash Player (at least version 9,0,28,0), we can do Flash without the chrome of the web browser. That mean true fullscreen, not just the Javascript popup. For me it’s one of the most important step in web diffusion, web outside the box 😉
So to test it I quickly done a Flv Player that go fullscreen when your press play, just test it!
This is just a quick test so don’t take too much importance about some button behavior and so one… Also the video is set fullscreen so that the pixel ratio can be non conform depending on your screen size (apparent pixel) and as I don’t have a streaming server it can be slow sometimes.

Link to the video player

Ahmet

 
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FOTB Note List

metah logoNo time for me to assist to FOTB, but I’ve found some resources about it on the web. The first I wanted to share is the note presentation of Francis Bourre about “Everything you always wanted to know about a game development but were afraid to ask”. Full of information and links, an useful reading.
Geoff Stearns presentation note are also online : “Flash in a Web 2.0 world“, or how to integrate Flash project in web dev, a topic that always interested me.

I’ll post more links here as soon as I found them, if you got some please share 😉


Links:
Game Development (F. Bourre)
Flash in web 2.0 ( G. Stearns)


Ahmet

 
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GPS loves GSM :)

Helio
Telko from J2Mobile has write a post about the fast introduction of GPS in mobile, and also point out the passage from JSR82 to JSR179. But all these news are for J2ME, I hope that Adobe Flash Lite developers will create for us an API for bluetooth/ GPS with Flash Lite 3.0. But I guess there are still plenty of time before FL3.0.
By the way, Flash Lite 2.1 player for Symbian are now available for free (via Alessandro ). It’s an excellent news that finally the player is free (and without IMEI lock), just spread it.


Links:
J2Mobile
Biskero
Download Flash Lite Player 2.1 for symbian


Ahmet

 
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Premiere Pro 2.0 Lessons

Premiere Pro 2 This week I’ll give at “Ateliers Nomades” lessons about Premiere Pro 2.0. It will be in French. There are still room so if anyone is interested in it please contact the Nomades as soon as possible as it begin Monday at 2pm. It’s a 5*3 hours Premiere pro tour from the workspace to advanced use and video editing with a bit of theory about compression and diffusion.
I hope that it will go as well as it went with the actionscirpt lessons, it will be my second public lessons 😉

Ahmet

 
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Mobile Registration Process

I had to create a simple system to validate the user of a mobile phone, for our social-Gps based soft. The main point to be validate is the email and the phone number.
So here’s how I did it :

Process Pattern

Subscription Process

  • The new user have to fill a form with different information (phone number and email).
  • A new row is created in the database with all information and a random temporary password.
  • Then a mail is sent to the new user with his temporary password
  • Validation Process

  • The user must send a SMS to our SMS-gateway
  • The gateway send to a PHP file the Phone Number and the temporary password
  • At this point we are sure about the user email and his phone number
  • PHP send a new mail, with the final user ID and the final password
  • Registration process

  • The user enter in the soft his userId and his final password
  • The application information can now be trusted
  • For the SMS-gateway I use Truesenses and it cost a monthly fee of 5.- Chf ( +/- 4€). It’s really simple to use as you receive two values : $Number and $Message (Post) in a Php file.

    If anyone got an idea about a more simple & powerfull way to “trust” mobile user please tell me 🙂

    Ahmet

     
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