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Dave Williamson is a freelance developer with 10 years of industry experience in the production and deployment of RIA's and rich media website development. His work has been focused on the production and integration of Flash and Flash Platform based technologies since 1997, with a special interest in localisation and multilingual content presentation. Dave is also a frustrated surfer based in London UK and wants to live in Costa Rica. Pura Vida.

Amazing HCI Design and Demonstration

After following a few links about possible “true video” versions of the Apple iPod (link) which mentions some of the patents that Apple own in respect to touch display technology. I came across this set of videos demonstrating some truly beautiful examples of touch screen related Human, Computer Interface design. (link).

The mention of dropping the ‘mechanical’ scroll wheel in favour of a touch sensitive screen could be wonderful if the implementation is as classy as some of the examples on show here. Lets hope its not as touch sensitive as those new nano’s :p

Cheap Domain Registrations

My mate Macca blogged this a little while ago, but I wanted to mention it as well. Firstly because I think it’s a darn good deal on TLD registration

[EDIT: Apparently I have used the wrong acronym here, I know what I meant and evidently I am not alone in my incorrect usage. I admit I just copied Macca, from his post Here. Sorry.].

Secondly because I keep loosing the link to Macca’s blog, and hence his post on the matter and third and finnally because once i get to Macca’s blog I can never remember the name of the post he mentions it in. So there we go, i think i have solved the problem now, I only hope Google don’t get medieval on Macca’s blog for rigging in relation to Yahoo content 😀

BitTube is MXNA’d

I think the title probably explains the post. My humble little blog has been added to the Macromedia News Aggregator. I only hope my provider, host and content can take the pressure. For those stumbleing on through for the first time….. Which I would think includes most of you. Welcome to my humble blog. I hope you find something of use here.

The sound of a dying hard drive

So after a previous post detailing the slow painful death of one of my own hard drives, I found some sweet amusement in using these sounds from Hitachi to try and diagnose the exact cause that finally struck my hard drive down.

The closest match was certainly in the realm of ‘Head Damage’ although the quality of the sound files have meant I could not be more specific.

On a lighter note the guys over at Gizmodo offered up a prize for the best Toon to come from these Wavs, the entrants can be heard here.

Interesting Maths Fact

As some one that has real issues with Math, how it works (or in my case why it doesn’t) I found this nugget rather interesting. I don’t know why, or how, but I like its simplicity.

[as]var int_inPut:Number = 12345678987654321;
trace(“output == ” + Math.sqrt(int_inPut));[/as]

A surprising little maths snippet, unfortunately flash doesn’t display the original equation properly so this is how I came across it.

111111111*111111111 = 12345678987654321

Windows XP on an Intel Mac

I must confess the release of the new MacBook Pro really did quite excite me. The possible idea of having the best of both worlds on one machine was just too much. I wan one I really really want one, and as a died in the wall PC/windoze user I never thought I would here myself saying that about a MAC.

It seems however that some people have made false promises in there quest to get said equipment :D. Apparently their desire extends so much that they have convinced employers that this Dual boot of Macintosh OSX and Windows XP is already here and possible.

As a result we have the following contest available with cash prizes, and no doubt the admiration of all computer users everywhere, be they Windows, Mac, or Linux users. And of course a place in computer history.

In addition the site also allows you to make donations to the cause and this in turn adds to the prize money.


Ford Multilingual Micro Site

So I have been pretty busy of late with development of a simple Ford Micro Site. This is certainly one of the most interesting projects i have been able to work on in a while, and I have to say seems to be showing a trend towards flexible, yet visually strong multilingual sites.
Previously i had noticed that if a Flash site or presentation was required in multiple languages then the likelihood was that the creative would be paired down. The main thinking in this seemed to be a direct result of font issues, and also some of the limitations with regard to non-embedded text.

The Ford SAV site will be presented in 16 languages. The content and structure is stored and managed via external XML documents. All images and audio are managed via the xml along with limited control over the colours and ‘skin’ elements such as the background tints and locations.
Continue reading Ford Multilingual Micro Site

Something Cheeesay This Way Comes

Many moons ago, when flash was still young, and this user was in University. Well some days at any rate. I owned a domain. That domain was the focus of a lot of time and frustration. But it was my bit of the net, and I loved it.

During all the kafuffle of the Dot.Com boom I moved flat a couple of times and some where along the line I missed the renewal window on that domain. As a result a nasty search engine swooped down and snuck my domain away from me.

Ten Years on I have that domain back. Evidently the hits I was getting back then, for my flash tutorials, Generator ranting and general young pompish flash behaviour, had died to a trickle of the former glory and so my domain was no longer the prime real estate that search engines like.

And now some how that domain name seems even more appropriate.

Ten years on, let the cheese flow strong.

‘Cos we’re going back.

Back to the OLDSKOOLFLASH !!

Shots of the Spots pt.3

And no trip would have been complete without some time on Praia do Amado. This time the waves on Amado started pretty small but by Sunday they were growing quite nicely. If it weren’t for the on-shore winds i think there would have been some darn fine waves to play in.

I had some good waves out on the right side of the bay this time. The main peak in the centre of the beach proved a little to full on for the pop-out and I. With the pushing tides, and the on shore wind it seemed to fare worse from the closing out of the waves.

Shots of the Spots pt.2

Friday and Saturday bought a third new break, this again a beach break right in the centre of a huge stretch of beach. There were two peaks that we went out into.

First was to the left of the rocks dead bang opposite where we pitched up in the 4×4. This was the more forgiving of the peaks with a good mix of left and right breakers. We only surfed here for the morning of Friday as the tides came in.

After lunch on Friday and all of Saturday was spent on the right of the rocks, in a much stronger and hollowed wave. Friday afternoon brought some of my best waves in small clean barrelling waves.

By Saturday I was a broken man, both from the surf, but mostly from the excesses of the Friday night barbecue. Mother Nature did a fine job of letting me know I was in no fit state for the growing swell on the Saturday.

Shots of the Spots pt.1

On the second day of training we visited a Left hand point break. The first pick here is actually taken from some distance away from the break on a cliff top, the same point that i took the pictures on my phone.

The others were taken at the break. The beach offered a nice Right hand at one end of the beach, a little beach break in the centre of the bay, and then a left hand break on the left of the beach over some rocks.

This was a double first for me, surfing over rocks, and at a point break. Not only that the constant left hand meant huge amounts of practice on my backside take-offs and turns.

Ponta Ruiva

Ponta Ruiva

Ponta Ruiva

Ponta Ruiva

Wave one of the Waves

While I hunt for the required cables and other assorted paraphernalia to post some of the many, many photos of the various secret spots, waves, sunsets, long faces and drunken parties of the holiday here are a few snaps that I have to hand on my mobile. I have to say for a phone the pictures that come out of this puppy still amaze me.

These were taken on a stop off on the way to a different beach that I will post later on. We didn’t manage to surf this beach in actual fact but the view was incredible all the way along the cost. The journey to some of these places was an experience in itslef; I can vouch first hand to the durability of the Landraover Defender TD5. A very impressive vehicle and ideal surfari ride.

Q the pics.

Surfing and surfing

Well it’s the first day back in the really real world after an amazing week. As every one can see the mobile blogging while away surfing thing ran into some ‘issues’. I will try and document my experience of these later in full but in short there seems to be an incompatibility issue between surfing in glorious sunshine and texting photos from a phone on the beach. It seems you simply can’t do the latter while enjoying the former. Go figure.