category: computer

06
MAY
2009

Flash Header Online

Posted by Shane

The very first draft of the flash header for this site is now online! If you do not have Flash 10 installed, it will ask you to download Flash 10 and install it.

If you don’t have flash at all, you will get the basic image version. I have yet to convert the static image to the same height. So you are wondering how I got this done? Well read on to find out!

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26
APR
2009
23
MAR
2009

I have always been interested by flash, yet I never dove into doing it. And of course this this blog design that I have, this design would benefit from a flash header. So this series is going to be two things. Me learning flash, and designing the header. I am going to have bits of code posted on what I figure out while working on the design.

So I have many requirements for my flash header for me to have it. A sample list of these things are below for the header background portion.

  • Action Script 3.0
  • Header “Background” must at real time change colors based on the time of day of the zip code I provide. Total Dark, Dawn, Sunrise, Daytime (Including High Noon), Sunset, and Dusk are the periods in which I must show.
  • The Sun and Moon must “rise” and “set”. With the moon showing the correct phase that it’s currently at based on the zip code I provide.

So far in my adventures today, I read up on gradients and how to automatically create boxes based of hex values I provided the system. This was a great way to start, but I wanted it to change based on the time of day. So I figured I could use the same formula and make it so the blending of the two colors in the scale change proportionately vs. having an background that would have to move over the course of 4 million flash frames – change based on the time of day. I didn’t want to go through creating 4 million frames in flash and then having problems with file size. So there has got to be another way! Eureka! There was!

read more ‘Flash Header, Intro and Background Code

06
NOV
2008

Left 4 Dead: Demo Review

Posted by Shane

This is what you see when you join the game.

This is what you see when you join the game.

WOW!

I just played the demo, and while the first time around I was stupid enough to leave alone my teammates, I learned the next time that this is a game that you can not go out on your own. The demo only includes two levels of one map and with the 20+ maps that are coming out with the game in less than a week, I can expect more fun!

Right now the game has several plaguing problems. Most noticibly with the server matching problems and people trying to play together as a group. Also if you are on a windows machine, you can not run a dedicated server and play the game at the same time.

Attached is the only thing that I can get for now. It is a poster of the “map” as you join it. If you think about the modding possibilities with this game, they are endless. There are plenty of screenshots and video of the game in action on the biggest fan website including the official trailer for the game. The offical review of this game will come out once the game is released. This is just a preview. expect a much fuller review then!

04
NOV
2008
01
NOV
2008

Blackberry Strom

Posted by Shane

My Verizon contract is up on November 23rd. However, instead of getting a new phone/contract right then, I am going to wait for the new Blackberry Storm to come out. It’s a sleek new phone from Verizon that is touch screen enabled. This is a feature I am most interested in, but I never wanted an iPhone because of the use of the AT&T as my carrier. I would never get a signal where I go. The Blackberry has an opportunity for programing which I might take up to learn. It is Java, so I would be treading into unknown territory.

30
OCT
2008

A few days ago I released 1.4.0.3 which fixes a few problems with the updated way the javascript code reads host names. Sub-domains now work and that has been taken into effect. You no longer need a ‘woopra_site_id’ and that has been removed from this version. I just did a triple check because people were reporting that error. There is a 1.4.1, but it has not been coded yet. If yours says 1.4.1 right now, download 1.4.0.3 from here. We are replacing the flash file for better capabilities. It will be another week or so before 1.4.1 is released. It will be after the WordPress 2.7 release.

For those looking for an update in the vBulletin version, I am working on it. I just haven’t had time to do that yet as I am working on WordPress 2.7 release at the moment.