Adobe Creative Cloud

Solutions, Visual Design, Web Development
Adobe today announced the update to their popular software Adobe Creative Suite, replacing it with Adobe Creative Cloud. With the new release, you no longer have the ability to buy the software outright. It's a good move but you're completely tied to a system paying as much at $49.99 / month on a yearly contract for the complete collection or $74.99 if you just want to use complete on a month to month basis, and $19.99/month for a single application. Either way I'm pretty excited about the new tools Adobe has introduced which are part of the Creative Cloud, Adobe Edge Tools, namely: Edge Code, Edge Reflow, Edge Animate and Edge Inspect enabling you HTML5/CSS3 and Javascript responsive design, coding, animations and let you inspect your designs on the several…
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Why a Retina Display on Mac’s makes sense.

Programming
We've all been reading rumors about Retina displays for Mac since December 2011, and with the arrival of the new iPad with a retina display, the updates to the current OS X (Lion to include @2x icons) hardware specs aiming for graphics with very high resolution capabilities. It's no wonder why the rumors make sense. WWDC 2012's icon displaying the tons of screens representing iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads is another hint. From a developers point of view and looking at the resolutions of iPhone 4/4S and iPad (3rd gen) we're some trouble designing for retina iPad with a resolution of 2048x1536 which is higher than any display smaller than a 30" apple cinema display to show the entire view of the retina iPad. We've having to design for a…
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Mobile Web Browsers

Programming, Web Development
With all the explosion on Mobile Web and Applications. Theres' several offerings that let you create mobile web. Some great things to keep in mind is how your application will look like in the several mobile browsers that are out there, such as Mobile Safari (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Mobile Firefox (Android and others), Mobile Opera (Several platforms). 37 Signals goes into details on how to watch out for these issues and the solution of-course. What they learned from building UI from 37Signals.com
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Happy Hour 9 to 5

Lifestyle, Programming
What is a Happy Hour? "Happy hour" is a marketing term for a period of time in which a restaurant or bar offers discounts on alcoholic drinks, such as beer, wine and cocktails. Which is practically ridiculous as consuming alcohol doesn't specifically make one happy. After all it was a marketing effort. But the REAL happy hour should be the time which you spend most of your day doing and infact most of your life. And this should be from 9 to 5. So literally Happy Hour is 9 to 5 as the book titled with the same name suggests.
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Facebook Launches FBC (facebook chat)

Web Development
The new facebook chat recently launched, as in this morning. As I was greeted with a "hello! facebook chat is ready to involve you more with the people you know on facebook" I got to use the little application and its pretty amazing, its done similar to the gmail-chat with the list of people online also on the bottom bar. The interface is clean and usable, and lets you surf the website without any hiccups. Good work facebook! Way to increase pageview times :o)
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Got iPhone Pwned?

iPhone, Lifestyle, Programming
Well after reading articles and dugg stories of the iPhone Pwnage Tool first being in existance, then being delayed from released, then being completely closed-out and shutdown and sold to a private company to finally being released on April 3rd, 2008. I was in complete awe and amazement. So I did what everyone who is an early adaptor and downloaded the tool, loaded it up on my MacBook Pro as quickly as I could. I ran into one issue which caused me a little delay (my home Mac was the primary sync point for my iPhone). If I were to use the tool on the iPhone from my MBP it'd erase my music/videos and this would cause me to listen to nothing on my way back home. This is where AFPd came…
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Automatic Plug-in updates!

Programming
Oh my!! I just upgraded my WordPress to version 2.5. It is beautiful! and its got this new awesome cool thing going for it... more like for me. After I copied over all of the plug-ins that I had on my older wp 2.3.1, I went to check the plug-ins section and it showed me all of the plug-ins and they were showing up properly. Then the new thing that I noticed was that there were some plug-ins that were old and their new-counterparts are available to download, there is a link to either go to the download-page and manually do the stuff, OR I can simply click on the "update automatically link" and wordpress fetches the download file and updates the plugin! all under 5 seconds, where as the…
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Multiple Digg submitted articles solution.

Solutions
Yes we've all noticed multiple digg submitted articles, one from each site that would like to talk about the same topic, and they also make it to the digg frontpage. How about Digg merges all of the similar submitted links into one comment page. It would list the multiple stories on the same page with their different digg-submission times along with who submitted it and the ability to share or favorite or bury either or article. I know it seems kinda dumb, but this would mean we'll be able to see more legit diverse stories of the front-page. Here is a screen shot that I compiled using an existing story which is found on two separate websites.
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Using AJAX with PHP & MySQL

Programming, Web Development
Today I started reading the book: PHP & MySQL for Dummies. I figured that since I've been using web services, creating websites for so long and using a group of different technologies, why not learn the underlying programming languages that make the dynamics of the web. Hence the book PHP & MySQL for Dummies helps me out. I'll admit that I'm a dummy in the area of PHP, but I'm not that dumb, I understand the context and how the systems work. This book should help me in learning the powers of PHP and MySQL and give me the ability to create a more customized web solutions for my clients. Lets get this done and make it happen.
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