Archive for November, 2006

London Flash Platform User Group November 2006

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

We’ll be back at the Play Bar this month with 2 great sessions and then some late night debautury.

First up Adam Robertson will be showing us all how to produce and view Flash content on Linux. Following Adam, Steve Webster will be delving into the world of E4X.

Big thanks to Rob Bateman for a fantastic presentation last month (video is now online) and thanks to friends of ED who are constant supporters of LFPUG.

London Flash Platform User Group 30th November 2006 (30/11/2006).

In December we won’t have any presentation and instead we’ll just have a social. I’m interested to know how much people are willing to spend (I’ve been thinking we could go to a comedy night and have Xmas dinner etc. looks about £40 + drinks). Can you leave a comment if you would be up for that, or if not any ideas you might have.

Ubuntu is for Humans?

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Well obviously I aint one. After 6 installs over the last 2 days I give up.

The install goes fine, but all I’m trying to do is set it to the native resolution of my macbook pro. Each time I bugger something up and then Ubuntu won’t start up next time.

Feels to me like Ubuntu has a long way to go before you can install it and use it. Setting the screen resolution should be a real simple task (at least it has always been in Windows and OSX).

Ubuntu is far from being for humans, its still for terminal geeks (no offence meant).

My Flash on the Beach Schedule

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

I last mentioned Flash on the Beach back in July when I was confirmed as a speaker. Since then the more and more speakers have been added.

I thought I’d make a quick list of the sessions I’m most looking forward to (I’ve just noticed Peter Elst has done the same thing on his blog here).

Day 1
08:30 Flash and the Adobe Engagement Platform – Mike Downey
13:30 Understanding Apollo – Mike Chambers
15:00 Revolution 2 – Nicolas Cannasse
16:30 Create Unique User Experiences With Custom Flex Components – Mark Anders

Day 2
09:30 – Contains one scene of sheep skinning – Brendan Dawes
11:00 – ActionScript 3.0 Design Patterns – Joey Lott
15:00 – ActionScript 3.0 for Animation – Keith Peters

Day 3
11:00 – Accessible Flash: Oxymoron? – Niqui Merret
13:30 – Creative Evolution: Behind the Scenes – Hoss Gifford
15:00 – Artificially Intelligent Actionscript – Chris Curzon
16:30 – Mashup Baby! – Mario Klingemann

Looks like I’m going to be pretty busy! You can see the full schedule at Obviously in between those days I’ll partying hard and look forward to seeing some old faces as well as meeting new ones..

Flash on the beach

If you haven’t got a ticket yet, don’t miss out.


Friday, November 10th, 2006

Friends of ED keep churning out great books. At the last 2 LFPUG meetings we’ve had a copy of Foundation Flash 8 Video to give away.

To celebrate this latest title FOED have a competition to showcase what can be done with video using Flash by creating a piece of work that promotes the FOED brand and/or their books, as well as showcasing what the Flash platform is capable of when it comes to incorporating and delivering interactive video content.

They have some great prizes, the grand prize including a Apple MacBook. Submissions are open until 31st December.

You can find the full info on the competition at

Parallels and the Flash Player

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

I’ve had Parallels set up for a while and everything is (nearly) sweet. My workspaces are on OSX and I used Eclipse and Flash on Windows and access the workspace through the shared folder I have set up. Neither Flash or Eclipse have any problem accessing or modifying the files, but the Flash Player can’t open an SWF through the shared folder.

Any tips to why, or how I can fix it would be great, cos at the moment I have to set up a folder on Windows to publish to, then keep copying the files over.

Media Temple Grid-Server

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Last week I upgraded to Media Temples new Grid-Server which was rather painless.

The grid server has Features Include:
100 GBs of premium storage
1 TB of short-path bandwidth
Host up to 100 individual sites
1000 email accounts
64 MB Ruby/Mongrel container
and (whooohoooo) Subversion and more…

They have also added a great new interface for managing the site (just a same it wasn’t done in Flex).

If your hosted by Media Temple you might be interested in a new forum set up by Brajeshwar specifically for people using MT hosting at