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February 2011 Blog Posts (11)

Why Google Won't Kick Flash...

When Google decided to no longer support the H.264 video format stating patent issues one of the biggest questions I heard being asked was "Why not Flash?". Also, when Apple decided not to support Flash the Android market made the fact that it will support Flash one of it's marketing points. I believe, as far as Google is concerned, Apple couldn't have done them a bigger favor. Many people are looking at the little battles, but missing the war. The dark horse is ChromeOS. 



Added by James Pakele on February 26, 2011 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

From iPhone 4 to Motorola Atrix

History With The iPhone

I have been an iPhone user from the first generation iPhone, you know... Edge network, no cut and paste, need a charger everywhere iPhone.  My most recent iPhone was a jailbroken iPhone 4.  I resisted jailbreaking for a long time, but when I finally did it, I realized a new world of functionality, Calendar events on the lock screen (Lock Calender), toggles accessible without having to dig through the…


Added by James Pakele on February 25, 2011 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Micro-Aquaponic Sculpture

When I was in high school I read about research at the University of Hawaii in small scale self contained ecosystems. The idea fascinated me so I started doing research on how I could build one. In Des Moines, Iowa, where I lived, there is a small rain forest contained in a geodesic dome called the Des Moines Botanical Center. A scientist at the center helped me with a design for a miniature version of the center with the addition…


Added by Daniel Leuck on February 21, 2011 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

The Democratization of Democracy?

"Information is the currency of democracy" - Thomas Jefferson


Well if information is the currency of democracy, you'd think we'd keep track of the handlers.

Information has become big business. Duh right? But no I'm not here to talk about Facebook privacy or.. how Apple is trying to establish a content empire.. or how your boss is watching your 4square checkins to track how long you're at lunch.


No I'm here to talk about the more traditional kind. News.…


Added by Brian on February 21, 2011 at 1:30am — 5 Comments HTML5 Inspiration

Along with everyone else who's moved onto HTML5, I've spent significant time looking at the possibilities of the next generation of HTML. 


One frustration that I ran into was seeing the state of web storage being in transition with the W3C taking webSQL off its spec and moving to indexedDB.  That itself if fine but the problem is that indexDB isn't fully supported by any browser vendor at the…


Added by Scott Murphy on February 17, 2011 at 8:45am — 4 Comments

Samsungs Slap In The Face

The Setup

Last year Samsung released an impressive line of Android smartphones on many different carriers.  At the time of release they seemed to be the Android front runner for competition with the iPhone on AT&T .  They even captured the top Android sales spot in Q3 of 2010 as well as …


Added by James Pakele on February 16, 2011 at 5:58pm — 10 Comments

Publishers: Apple Wants 30%, Forever

With Apple's new iTunes subscription feature publishers can publish their digital content via the App Store and collect a recurring subscription fee. Users can easily organize, browse and manage their subscriptions in one place. That sounds great until you hear about the cut Apple is taking: 30% for the…


Added by Daniel Leuck on February 15, 2011 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

HTML5 Widgets: FAIL

I realize its sacrilegious to say anything bad about HTML5, but I have to say I am really disappointed in its handling of widgets (i.e. combo boxes, lists, sliders, etc.) HTML5 introduces new form input types such as range, date pickers, color selector, etc. but they are completely opaque and have very narrow APIs. This is due to HTML5's approach of punting to the browser to render and manage the widget. Often the browser in turn punts to the OS. This was the approach Java AWT took when it…


Added by Daniel Leuck on February 11, 2011 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Motorola Atrix, Success or Flop???

Motorola Atrix

I've been heavily anticipating the release of the Motorola Atrix.  So much so, that I've been looking online for cases and accessories in anticipation of purchasing the Atrix.  If you haven't seen it yet, you've gotta check it out.

The Rumors

Earlier on there were some …


Added by James Pakele on February 8, 2011 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

Mini-sites: like reader's digest for websites!

I recently had a somewhat crazy idea to solve a common problem.  It's currently half-baked, and it's related to a project I might be working on, so your comments and thoughts are appreciated.  


Here's the problem: big organizations have a ton of content that needs to go *somewhere* on their website, and often, the really important stuff gets obscured.  It's uncomfortable to visit a site like and try and find something, and…


Added by Shawn Drost on February 3, 2011 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments


Thanks to Daniel and Mika for providing interesting links and a calendar of upcoming events!

Added by Lou Darnell on February 1, 2011 at 7:25am — 1 Comment

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