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Blog posts made on 18-Oct-06
18Oct
2006
Nitobi Ajax Components Now With ColdFusion Support

Nitobi created two very cool Ajax components, a sophisticated data grid, and a very powerful combobox (demos online). And Nitobi has just announced a ColdFusion wrapper for these components.

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18Oct
2006
RIAForge Is Live!

I've been working with Ray Camden and others on a hush-hush secret project for the past few months. Well, it is secret no more ... Welcome to RIAForge.

RIAForge is a place to host open source projects built with Adobe technologies - from ColdFusion applications to Photoshop plug-ins to Flex components and more. And of course the site is built using those same technologies.

RIAForge features:

  • A unique project URL (eg. http://cfyahoo.riaforge.org/)
  • File hosting
  • Bug tracking
  • Forums
  • Blogging
  • Basic stats
  • Subversion access
  • ... and more

This is not an official Adobe project, although the site is Adobe supported. Ray Camden did the primary development work with a lot of help and support from others, including Brian Rinaldi and Rob Gonda (SVN support is all from Rob, and will be a hosted project shortly.)

Let us know what you think!

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18Oct
2006
My Next Phone, Perhaps

I've finally found a phone to replace the Treo 650 I love/hate so much. Perhaps.

Nokia's new E62 is a thing of beauty. It's a smart phone with a similar form factor the Treo and Blackberry. It comes loaded with all the right applications (including e-mail, Good client, IM clients, Office compatible apps, a superb SMS client, and more). It also multi-tasks properly, if you are in the middle of a text message when the phone rings, when you switch back to the SMS client you'll be exactly where you left off (something the Treo has yet to get right). The screen is bright and easier to read than any Palm or Windows Mobile device I have seen yet. The keyboard feels better than the Treo's, and it supports Blackberry style one-hand navigation (something the Treo and Windows devices don't do very well). There's a dedicated voice dial key, spoken caller-id, and much more. There is no camera (that's a good thing for me, I don't want a camera on my phone, I visit too many locations that won't allow camera phones on their premises). The device runs Symbian, and there is a Flash player available for it (there's an Adobe PDF reader, too). It uses mini-SD cards which I don't care for, but I can live with that. And of course, it supports Bluetooth (10 profiles), and is quad-band GSM (absolute base requirements for me).

The phone is almost perfect. Why almost? The E62 is the Cingular GSM version of what is also called the E60 and E61. The Cingular E62 version is the E61 with two significant changes: 1) WiFi has been disabled 2) 3G has been disabled. The official reason for making these changes is that this allows Cingular to keep the device cost down. But, cynic that I am, I suspect that it has a lot more to do with not wanting users to be able to run VoIP software on the device.

Still, I have to give this one a try.

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