Flash on the Beach 2009 Tickets Now on Sale

The schedule has just gone up, new speakers have been added, and tickets are now on sale. You’ll want to get your tickets as soon as possible because the sooner you get them, the cheaper they are, and they’ll be going fast.There are options for compa…

The schedule has just gone up, new speakers have been added, and tickets are now on sale. You’ll want to get your tickets as soon as possible because the sooner you get them, the cheaper they are, and they’ll be going fast.

There are options for companies that wish to send several different employees over the course of the three days (see Flexi-pass option), as well as student tickets and single day tickets.

Flash on the Beach has offered a brilliant atmosphere and eclectic collection of speakers in the past, focusing on Flash Platform topics, but throwing into the mix anything new and exciting such as iPhone development.

Head over to the website to get yours.

Flash on the Beach Conference Passes.. on eBay

What a great idea from Flash on the Beach, there are now 5 three day conference passes are up for grabs on eBay, the starting price just £1. It will be interesting to see how much these end up going for. Whoever wins, I’ll see you there!

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What a great idea from Flash on the Beach, there are now 5 three day conference passes are up for grabs on eBay, the starting price just £1. It will be interesting to see how much these end up going for. Whoever wins, I’ll see you there!


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Video for “Touching the Future” Presentation Now Online

Tink has just uploaded a video of my Touching the Future presentation. A big thankyou to Tink as always for the vast amount of effort it takes to organise LFPUG every month. The video itself is very small but most of the presentation is verbal anyway and…

Tink has just uploaded a video of my Touching the Future presentation. A big thankyou to Tink as always for the vast amount of effort it takes to organise LFPUG every month. The video itself is very small but most of the presentation is verbal anyway and the sound is not too bad at all. However you can still download the slides if you wish.

See the video here.
Download the slides to follow along with here.

Also I mentioned a PDF on the night created by Tom Klinkowstein, Irene Pereyra et al(with no less than Bruce Sterling acting as an advistor to the project). It is in the form of a diagram illustrating “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A NETWORKED DESIGNER’S SMART THINGS OR A DAY IN A DESIGNER’S NETWORKED SMART THINGS, 2030” (apologies for the caps). I thoroughly recommend taking a look if you get a chance, there’s a wealth of interesting information in there, the blog entry related to it gives some background. You can view it here.

Presenting “Touching the Future” at LFPUG Tomorrow (Thu 29th Nov)

Just a quick reminder to say I’ll be presenting my talk “Touching the Future” at LFPUG tomorrow night. All the details can be found over at the site.

Subjects discussed include:

Media management/subscription based models
Matured DRM (DRM that wor…

Just a quick reminder to say I’ll be presenting my talk “Touching the Future” at LFPUG tomorrow night. All the details can be found over at the site.

Subjects discussed include:

  • Media management/subscription based models
  • Matured DRM (DRM that works)
  • Convergence of devices / desktops
  • Resulting paradigm shift (Google “Android project” mentality)
  • Surveillance, the future of tracking (Amazon)
  • Privacy when always online (public/private “personas”)
  • Proliferation of sensors in devices (enabling “magic”)
  • Augmented reality (advertisting)
  • Cloud Computing (Information/Media Piping/Mashups for the many)
  • Ubiquitous computing (social/physical impact)

You can find the slides and source here.

Elmer will also be presenting, on the subject of “Collaboration in Education”. This looks to be a really interesting view on how technology can be used to provide better face-to-face
communication between individuals, such as pupils in schools, amongst other things. Look forward to seeing you at Cosmo bar.

Flash on the Beach 07 – Slides for “Touching the Future”

What a great event, I only feel bad that I couldn’t have been around for more of it. As has been seen many times already, John did another amazing job of giving this conference a unique feel, where content comes before all else (as well as looking after…

What a great event, I only feel bad that I couldn’t have been around for more of it. As has been seen many times already, John did another amazing job of giving this conference a unique feel, where content comes before all else (as well as looking after the speakers very well). So here’s a big thanks to John, and also a hello to everyone I met, there’s now way too many people in this community to list individuals. I would like to say an extra thanks to Tink for being the guinea pig for my presentation!

So at the end of this post you can find my slides, and I’ve included the notes I used to build the presentation at the end of the PDF. There’s also the example files for where the word “DEMO” appears in a slide. The Quartz composer file needs an IBVA device and the relevant Quartz plug-in to work of course.

I received some great feedback, so thanks to everyone that came along, the room was full and I appreciate that. Anja Merret has an excellent commentary (thanks Anja), and Pedro posted some interesting related material in the comments on this post.

Here’s a rough overview of what was covered:

  • Media management/subscription based models
  • Matured DRM (DRM that works)
  • Convergence of devices / desktops
  • Resulting paradigm shift (Google “Android project” mentality)
  • Surveillance, the future of tracking (Amazon)
  • Privacy when always online (public/private “personas”)
  • Proliferation of sensors in devices (enabling “magic”)
  • Augmented reality (advertisting)
  • Cloud Computing (Information/Media Piping/Mashups for the many)
  • Ubiquitous computing (social/physical impact)

And here are those links:

Slides and notes (PDF 3.5mb)
Slides as SWF (SWF 1.7mb)
Supporting material (ZIP 21.4mb)

Almost Ready for Flash on the Beach 07

Just making my last minute preparations for Flash on the Beach 07. On Wednesday I’ll be giving my presentation entitled “Touching the Future” which will look at Human Computer Interaction and the web in 2012. I have a nice little suprise lined up that I…

Just making my last minute preparations for Flash on the Beach 07. On Wednesday I’ll be giving my presentation entitled “Touching the Future” which will look at Human Computer Interaction and the web in 2012. I have a nice little suprise lined up that I didn’t want to put in the session description in case I couldn’t get hold of it, but let’s just say it might be able to read your mind! 😉

If you fancy something a bit different, please feel free to join me at 1:30pm, Wed 7th for this session.

Looking forward to meeting up with the gang tomorrow night (old and new)… here’s to another great event, see you there…

FOTB07

My Thoughts on Adobe Thermo

I’ve just read some pretty valid concerns over at EverythingFlex with regards to Thermo, announced yesterday at MAX. I thought I’d post my response on here…

At first I was also a little scared by this [tool]. But if you look at how it is at present,…

I’ve just read some pretty valid concerns over at EverythingFlex with regards to Thermo, announced yesterday at MAX. I thought I’d post my response on here…

At first I was also a little scared by this [tool]. But if you look at how it is at present, as Tink mentions there, you have to export layers out of Photoshop (which is a skill in itself unless your designer is ultra neat and doesn’t have a thousand layers with adjustments and masks). This means you are expecting your developers to be extremely savvy with Photoshop, luckily a lot of Flashers are, but that’s not always the case, particularly with Flex devs.

At the very least this tool takes some of that pain away, even if it is not a round trip processes, it should still help to provide assets that you might otherwise have had to spend a lot of your own time generating. As for generating the assets with code, that’s only possible in very few occaisions and it’s always a decision that has to be made on a per case basis. Sometimes it can really hinder a project to find you are creating a circle with code, when you need to then go apply a gradient to it, because what we then find is instead of giving a designer a structured FLA, it instead shifts the creative changes back on the Flash developers already busy role.

Anything that can reduce the cost of Flash and Flex projects gets my vote. Looking forward to giving Thermo a test run and seeing exactly what it ends up generating.

MAX Europe Competition

Just received an email with information on a great competition Adobe are holding for UK and Ireland residents:

“People can win a MAX Barcelona pass and copy of Flex Builder or Flash CS3 everyday this week and on Friday they can enter to win the whole…

Just received an email with information on a great competition Adobe are holding for UK and Ireland residents:

“People can win a MAX Barcelona pass and copy of Flex Builder or Flash CS3 everyday this week and on Friday they can enter to win the whole package – MAX pass, flight and hotel!!”

Today’s question is very easy, and the prizes look great, so find out more and enter over at Andrew Shorten’s blog.