Happiness is…

Yesterday was actually a nice sunny day in St. John’s, Newfoundland. After nearly 3-4 weeks of extremely heavy fog and rain…we had sun.

Shane and I went to our fave fishing spot for a few hours after work. It was heavenly! Never caught anything mind you but I really didn’t even mind. It was just great to get away from the real world for a few hours and watch the sun go down at what has come to be one of our favorite spots on the Avalon. If I didn’t have to be at airport at 5am we probably would have stayed longer.

I’ll try and post some pics when I get home.

Flash Apps using C#?

http://www.globfx.com/products/neoswiff/

“What is NeoSwiff?

NeoSwiff allows developers to write Flash™ applications in C#.

It includes:
a C# to SWF compiler supporting most of the C# language (ECMA-334 specification), a Visual Studio .NET 2003 add-in supporting Intellisense and integrated help, a .NET compatible SDK. ”

And it also includes an optimizing compiler.

“Optimizing Compiler

· Analyzes the produced SWF code, optimizes it and removes unnecessary instructions.
· Remove unused functions from the final SWF file.
· Inline small functions to avoid the cost of a function call.
· Remove functions and variables names from final SWF, which becomes naturally obfuscated and not readable by decompilers.
· Inline assembler instructions can be included to write high performance or small algorithms.”

Bitman’s Place

Found this gem over on Jeff Sandquist’s weblog. It’s a new portal initiative called Bitman’s Place that is targetted at exposing children / youth to the fundamentals of technology. A great starting ground for those budding little techies we all know and love. I can’t wait to show it to my niece.

Jeff has included a url that allows you to join up. Great stuff guys – way to keep things interesting for everyone!

http://www.bitmansplace.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/&Invitation=NTV8NzMyMDg1ODUzfGJ0V05XSWpSU2NabjdRSEM3WEg5VzNubTRvUT18SXZhbnwy

Xbox 360 HD Videos

Looking for more teasers for the new Xbox 360 – Microsoft has a pile of videos available for download here. The files are rather large so it may take a while if you are on a slower connection.

The minimum requirements for viewing high-definition (720p) videos are: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9 Series, a 2.4 GHz processor or equivalent, 384 MB of RAM, a 64 MB video card, 1024×768 screen resolution, and a 16-bit sound card with attached speakers. For more information and to test your system compatibility, visit www.wmvhd.com.

Thanks to Chris Lanier for link.

SharePoint Site Creation – Step-by-Step – Planning and Sketching (Part 3 and 4)

Note, the entire tutorial from start to finish will be available as a single zip file when it is complete, it will include all source html, css, PSD/Images etc.

This next section of the tutorial is going to cover both the planning and sketching, I feel the two are closely linked.

We’ve already gone over most things and have jot-notes from our brainstorming session, so now we’re going to start taking a more visual approach to planning our layout and key elements.
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SharePoint Site Creation – Step-by-Step – Brainstorming (Part 2)

Note, the entire tutorial from start to finish will be available as a single zip file when it is complete, it will include all source html, css, PSD/Images etc.

In this section of the tutorial we will take a look at one of the most crucial yet one of the most often skipped steps in site creation, “Brain Storming”.

Brain Storming – The idea of sitting down and really “thinking” about what you are doing, who you are doing it for, what works and what doesn’t for the demographic you are developing for is in my opinion the most important step in site creation and one that should be explored in great detail.

The main thing to keep in mind for this entire section of the tutorial is that this is mostly “thinking”. This section was designed to give you a frame of mind for taking notes, and thinking about what you are creating more than actually “creating the site”.
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