Flash on a Shoestring

June 27, 2007 at 3:21 am | Posted in Coding, Open Source | Leave a comment

I’ve recently stumbled onto to OSFlash in my quest to eliminate my need for Windows entirely. For a while I’ve desired an open source solution to Flash development – ever since I was a teenager and downloaded my first Flash 4 trial, I’ve been into Flash, and marveled at it’s possibilities. Since then, I’m fortunate enough to have worked with a software development company and got to use one of their enterprise licenses for my personal use.

But for the self-start web developer, using Flash legally isn’t very feasible, especially when you need to pull out the big guns for your first few portfolio sites, and haven’t got any money to buy Flash.

So, OSFlash will show you how you can make Flash files for free, and I think it’s cool. The only caveat is that it only compiles Actionscript into a SWF. If you can’t yet code everything in Actionscript, then you’re not going to be able to use these tools efficiently. But it’s well worth the hassle to learn it top to bottom, because not only will it strealine your Flash files, but you’ll gain a greater granular control over your SWF files.

Swiss Army Knife

June 5, 2007 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Coding, Design, Management | Leave a comment

 

I have noticed over the last couple of days that web development involves a lot more jobs than I initially thought.
I’m only 3 or so years out of university. Fresh meat, you could say. Furthermore, my degree was in software engineering – peripherally relevant to the industry I work in, but not quite a nice mesh. As such, I’ve approached my job thus far with the same mentality I had while going through my studies – that of a code monkey, although the software engineering degree involved more management than I would have liked, but am grateful of now.

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The problem with search engines

June 5, 2007 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The whole world is following the search trend. Everyone is ranting and raving about how search engies changed how we looked at the world. The opitomy of success.I tend to disagree. Do search engines deliver the best of the search results? Or does it give you a version of what you want watered down by sneaky Search Engine Optimisation tactics?

Everyone knows that to have an effective website you need to be ranked in the top 10 of the search engines. But think about it, does that really mean you have an effective website? I took the opportunity to search “web design” and look at the top 10 web sites that was listed. One would think that people who specialise in web design would have the best sites, no?

Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case. Search engines rank sites via ‘n algorithm that looks at a whole load of different key words in the content and what type of sites link to your site and what links out of your site. This means that the 10 sites that list at the top of the “web design” search query are no where near the top 10 companies that offer web design as a service. At the risk of sounding extremely harsh, after looking at some of them the only thing they have in common with the words web design is the fact that you can find them on the web.

Sadly, high listing on these keywords means more traffic, more traffic means more leads, more leads means more sales. But that doesn’t mean you spent your money with the best company, it only means you spent your money with the company with the best Search Engine Optimisation plan.

The moral of the story here is, do your research properly. Find a company and look at their portfolio and compare that to what the industry is doing. Reference websites like www.thefwa.com to see what the best are doing. That doesn’t mean you need to spend millions on a website, but at least you know what the best are doing and can use that as a starting point. Rather work from the top down then from the bottom up when it comes to spending your money.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills over 480,000 women a year, about one per minute.

June 4, 2007 at 12:57 pm | Posted in disease, health, heart, heart and stroke, stroke, women | Leave a comment

Go Red For Women South Africa

Go Red For Women is the new division for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Please support this initiative. The aim is to raise awareness for heart disease among women. Some facts about Heart disease amongst women:

  • Over 60% of women believe their biggest health threat is breast cancer but heart disease kills 6 times as many women as breast cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills over 480,000 women a year, about one per minute.

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