January 2003 Archives


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I bet there's going to be a lot of people using this really handy "Window Application Control Kit" aka. WACK. Developed by Coma2, this comes very handy if you need to work on "windowed" apps in one single screen.

Adopt a modem

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Yahoo! BB goes crazy - they are urging the population to take home with them ADSL modems by all means.

If you've been downtown Tokyo in the past weeks, you surely have bumped into these armies of 'men in white'. Annoying as hell, they keep on running behind everyone with free ADSL modems to take home. They don't care if you have a digital or analog line - even if you have a phone line. They don't want to know if you already have ADSL, not even if you are credit worthy.

Before that, a couple of months ago, they where (snail) mailing modems to everyone. I was sent a Yahoo BB modem back in December, not that I asked them to send me one; they just sent it. I got a call a week after that - "oh yeah, by the way, we sent you a modem last week, just plug it to your phone line and computer, and...welcome to the broadband world!". I was really sorry to disappoint them telling them I don't really needed it, that I already had ADSL at home (and through a different provider), but since then, they haven't even bothered to pick it up.

Well, I guess they will eventually come pick it up one day. Maybe when they realize they can't produce these modems as fast as people are demanding them, they'll remember about that huge stock they have spread around and is now being kept from going into the wild.

By adopting one of this modems for one year, you will be helping towards the running costs of the Joey Joe Joe jr Shabado Trust for Modems in Captivity, which provides riding therapy for modems with special needs and disabilities.

geoTracker 1.0 goes live!


So this is what I've been up to for the last month. Escaping the office at 5 and working on this project until morning has never been more fun.

Ok, so what is geoTracker? geoTracker is an application that provides a visitor-based snapshot of the global weather in near-real time.

Each user will contribute to generate this partial view by accessing the available weather stations worldwide. Most importantly, each user will be able to view in real time where are the other users accessing this application coming from geographically, and which station's weather information are they accessing.

geoTracker combines a light local database with several web-services and APIs from which it pulls data to resolve the user's geographical location and bring in the weather reports for each location. All data requests will get distributed to all connected clients through a persistent connection made to the server.

launch geoTracker

learn more about it

It is my first try with hands on ColdFusion, Remoting and MySQL, and let me tell you something; it was super simple!. Everything integrated so nicelly I had all the backend code up and running in a couple of days, and I was able to fully concentrate in the frontend code the rest of the time. FlashCom was also very sweet - although I did have some trouble in the beggining - when I started working on it, I realized the hard way that buidling something for a single user, is completely different than building it for several users at a time. The application logic turns to be completelly different, and it gets way much more complicated than expected sometimes.

Anyways, hope you enjoy it.

Any questions or feedback are mostly welcome.

No more starving for Torrone's Aibo

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Having such a bussy master, it would simply thank heaven for one of these...

So today I'm hanging over at the computer store down in Shinjuku and stumbled over this:

[ iSeePet : "communicate with your pet anytime, anywhere from the internet " ]

I just couldn't help but start cracking on it... it's amazing!
Just plug it straight into your router with a LAN cable (no need for it to go through your PC), and zip! your dog is online. You'll then be ready to feed him through a web-browser or your cell-phone, wherever you are.

view the online promo movie

Oh, of course you can also watch him through the web cam it comes with, or call him over playing a tune.

I know it has been blogged around a couple of months ago... but believe me seeing the live demo at the store made me want to go get a cat so that I have an excuse to get one of these.

ZoomPane Component 1.0

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Ok, so I finally got sometime today to fix the couple of bugs i had pending from the beta version. Wrote and packaged al documentation (which shouldn't be really nessesary to learn how to use it ) aaaand, here you go:

view the working demo

or get ZoomPane 1.0 over here (MXP)

This will be the first release of a component library I'm working on - that's why once installed, you'll find ZoomPane under the TOK Components tag in the components panel and the Reference panel.

More components to follow depending on how this one works for everyone.