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3 Steps Everyone Can Do to Protect Your Computer and Keep It Running Clean and Fast- Free!

Do you sometimes wonder - why is my internet so slow?  Ever think it might be something stealing your internet speed behind the scenes?  It's entirely possible with so much malware, spyware, trojans, spam bots, bot nets, and other sneaky things out there on the internet installing themselves on your computer every chance they get.  Here's what you do to get rid of them and keep your computer clean and fast:First off - this one should go without saying, so I won't list it as an act...
Mon, April 25, 2011 (No Comments)

Seeking Part-Time Freelance PHP/MySQL Developer (20 hrs/week)

Position:We are seeking an experienced PHP/MySQL web developer that can both program solutions to website and application requirements as well as architect solutions for other programmers to develop. Candidate will be hired as an independent contractor and may be reviewed and hired as a part time or full time employee after initial project(s) are completed.Requirements:Candidates must:be experienced with PHP and MySQL development (at least 3 years).be a problem solver that can both create and pr...
Mon, April 11, 2011 (4 Comments)

Flash FLVPlayback Video Player Takes Over Screen When in Full Screen Mode

The FLVPlayback component in Flash is a nice quick and easy way to get video into a Flash movie.  Whether your work flow calls for compiling the movie directly for web, or you're loading it into a larger AS3 application, using Flash to embed the video in the SWF saves time over pure code options.  This is where a strange default behavior happens: when you go into Full Screen Mode the movie takes over the entire screen, and often shows up completely black.  Yikes.  The solutio...
Mon, March 14, 2011 (4 Comments)

Text Formatting and Design: Surefire Simple Typography Basics

Having a Content Management system like OG CMS is great - it allows you edit your own content whenever you want, quickly and easily.  But, sometimes you make a page and it just doesn't look good like all the cool websites you see, and thus the question I get all the time:"How do I make the content (the text) look good?"What you want if you're a business or anything that you want to be looked at and considered "professional", "trustworthy", and "official".  The look of real businesses h...
Mon, March 07, 2011 (No Comments)

Google AdSense Verification

This post confirms my ownership of the site and that this site adheres to Google AdSense program policies and Terms and Conditions....
Tue, February 15, 2011 (No Comments)

Sticker Power! Are Balance Bracelets a Hoax? Does it Matter?

Recently I was fascinated with what I was sure was a fake gimmick product- the Power Balance bracelets.  My friend was wearing one a while back and I told him "You must be crazy if you think that sticker gives you some kind of magical powers."  He was pretty sincere when he said "No, but it really seems to help my balance."  I laughed at him but not too long later I saw a booth at a fair selling them left and right with the whole "balance on one foot while I push your arm down" de...
Wed, February 09, 2011 (No Comments)

IE8 Flash Problems with Stage Size and Events (aka Refresh Bug)

Rant Ugh, who hates IE? I do.  Can't Microsoft assign like 3,700 developers to fix it so it works as well as FireFox?  Or maybe the problem is that's what they've done, rather than having it fixed by 1 developer who know WTF is going on?  Oh well. Anyway... Another suggestion for another solution: Background After much frustration with inconsistencies between running flash in IE8 for the first time, vs after a refresh (cached version) I've settled on the following method rather th...
Thu, December 02, 2010 (3 Comments)

FlashDevelop Trace Not Working - Not Showing Anything in Output Window

This seems to be a common problem where FlashDevelop stops tracing properly, and does not show anything in the output window beyond the build output.  There are a few reasons that might cause this but the most common solutions to fix this are as follows (from my experience):1) Normal FlashPlayer Versions Do Not WorkIf you've done a flash player update recently and now trace has stopped working, it's almost definitely because you need the DEBUGGER version of the flash player installed. ...
Fri, September 10, 2010 (No Comments)

Bravo, Disqus Commenting System

I noticed the new commenting system on TechCrunch.com powered by Disqus.  I have to say from a user interface designer point of view that I really like the simplicity and great usability of the system.  It promotes commenting in organized fashion and shows new posts in real time, which can be almost like a chat room for a hot topic with updates rolling in. They've got a real low barrier for users to comment since you can comment without going through all the usual annoying motions...
Mon, August 30, 2010 (2 Comments)

Windows Vista Remote Desktop (RDP/RDC) - Enabling with Hack

  So, as you probably know, Windows Vista HAS REMOTE DESKTOP, it's just hidden away and disabled to make you need to buy an upgraded version like Business or Ultimate.  Isn't that just dandy?  Well screw that! To enable Remote Desktop in Windows Vista there are only really 3 things you need to do on the Vista computer(s).   1) Run a batch (right click and run as administrator) program that will hack your windows registry and terminal services (termsrv...
Wed, August 18, 2010 (13 Comments)

I've Never Let School Interfere With My Education (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain had a million clever little sayings; one of them that I've grown to appreciate... "I've Never Let School Interfere With My Education." Especially in web technology, you frequently can't find the answers that you need in school.  I asked a number of professors when I was in college an impossible short answer question, "how do I succeed in business online."  I got a myriad of answers, but the best one was "If I knew that I wouldn't be here right now, would I?"  The truth ...
Mon, June 07, 2010 (No Comments)

Finally, Smart Phones Better Than the iPhone

It's about time major smart phone companies stepped it up, and HTC has got the right idea.  The new HTC EVO 4G is amazing.  Christ, where to begin, how about:It's got a huge 4.3" high res touchscreen display (iphone is 3.5")*Can be a mobile wireless hotspot for your computer / laptop! (iphone cannot)**Multi-tasks multiple apps at once** Runs internet browser similar to iPhone - touch & scroll, zoom, use upright or sideways, etcRUNS FLASH WEBSITES FINE (no more stupid iphone blue bo...
Wed, May 26, 2010 (No Comments)

Nielsen Reports on Social Media Bottom Line - People (and Their Money) Are Suckers for Their Friends

First, a little background on Social Media in general.  One Giant Media has been watching trends in Social Media for the past couple years, as it's amazing how it continues to grow past all cynical predictions of it being a "fad" and establish opportunities for explosive growth for companies with a very low barrier to entry.  Anyone can make an app, buy some banners / ad campaigns, or run do-it-yourself facebook or twitter campaigns these days for next to nothing.  This has create...
Tue, April 20, 2010 (No Comments)

AS3 - Dynamic Text with Embedded Font for Nice Smooth Text , Animation, Rotation, Alpha, Fading, etc

Dammit again, Adobe. Where are the Convenience Functions?As usual I will start out by bashing adobe for creating this pain in the ass. I don't know what happened at adobe labs but somewhere in the remake of Flash's text rendering engine for AS3 (which was an awesome improvement, no doubt), convenience functions were apparently forgotten completely and thus it takes like 15 lines of code to get 1 line of decent dynamic text going... and embedding fonts, well, that's just plain weird unless you'...
Wed, March 31, 2010 (24 Comments)

One Giant CMS - a Powerful, Flexible, and Easy Content Management System

We Did It!We've done it- eliminated one of the most frustrating parts of building your business online - editing & adding to your website on-demand. One Giant Media is proud to announce the newest version of our Content Management System - the One Giant CMS 1.2. Endless Problems. One Solution to End Them All.Have you ever wanted, or worse, needed to change or do something on your website but you couldn't figure out how? Or maybe it just didn't do quite what you wanted it to? It seems li...
Thu, March 25, 2010 (No Comments)

Maximize the Web Browser Window with JavaScript

This handy little JavaScript two-liner will resize the browser window to the users full screen size and position it flush top / left so that it appears maximized. Flash's full screen is much more seamless, eliminating the address bar and all of that as well, but with no flash, this will do.<script language="javascript">self.moveTo(0,0);self.resizeTo(screen.availWidth,screen.availHeight);</script> ...
Wed, March 17, 2010 (No Comments)

The Best Animation Engine for Flash / Flex - A Developer's Must-Have for Actionscript

This is one of those things that is so good, you almost want to keep it to yourself just to have your own secret weapon.  Unfortunately, the generous author of such an ActionScript library, Jack Doyle, is such a good programmer and has given so much to the community that I feel obligated to pay it forward.IMHO- the Greensock Tweening Platform, TweenLite, TweenMax, etc... is the best animation engine and as3 utility library ever made.The Fastest. You can use the benchmarking application jack...
Thu, March 04, 2010 (1 Comments)

The Usual Suspects: 14 Common Web-Safe Fonts

Here are common fonts that are considered "web-safe" - meaning they are commonly found on almost all Windows and Mac systems and will be displayed in most web browsers for these operating systems. Sorry Ubuntu, you're still just the random guy in the internet corner.  ;)Of course, if text is created as an image, font support is not an issue as the font is only needed on the computer that creates the image. Also, in Flash content any font can be "embedded" in the movie so to be supported whe...
Tue, February 02, 2010 (No Comments)

Google Announces That Internet Explorer 6.0 Won't Be Supported

Google's web developers must have rejoiced today with Google's public email announcement to Google Apps users that it will no longer be supporting Internet Explorer 6.0 for any of it's services, including services like Google Docs and Google Analytics.  Web developers are very familiar with what a pain developing for IE6 is, and how bad bugs Internet Explorer 6.0 can be- it will definitely not be missed.Quote from Google's email:"In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more...
Tue, February 02, 2010 (No Comments)

FlashDevelop Not Tracing / No Output (Fix)

AS3 FlashDevelop project tracing will only work if you have the Debugger version of FlashPlayer installed.  With the debugger version you will also get flash pop-up messages from the web browser when an error occurs in the flash movie.1)  You will need to select a TestMovie option that works, I use "play in popup" which seems to use the operating system's default browser.  Set FlashDevelop's "Test Movie" option here:FlashDevelop Top Menu -> Project -> Properties -> Output...
Tue, January 19, 2010 (2 Comments)

How To Set Firefox as Default Browser in Windows Vista

To set FireFox as the default browser for Windows, open firefox and go to:Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> General (tab)   and check the box that says "Always check to see if FireFox is the default browser on startup", and then click "check now"If firefox says something like "Firefox is already the default browser" but another browser loads sometimes, use this method to force FireFox as the default browser:1) Open "Run..." in windows (start menu, type run, press enter)2) Copy /...
Mon, January 18, 2010 (2 Comments)

Organize Your Windows Desktop Icons Quick and Easy

I've tried a few different desktop organizers for windows, and this one is, in my opinion, the best (easiest, quickest, simplest, nice looking)http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/ It's a great app that will allow you to drag out labeled boxes on your desktop so that you can drop desktop icons into groups.  You can then drag, size, move and place the groups as you wish around your desktop and it will retain your layout after startup.My desktop used to be cluttered and now it is beau...
Mon, January 18, 2010 (No Comments)

How to get music off an iPod or iPhone 3g / 3gs (firmware 2.x+)

Ah Apple, you jerks!  With all of your smug commercials about how much better your products are than Microsoft, you would think iTunes would be less annoying!  Nope!  Just when you thought you had a workable solution to an annoying problem, Apple goes and makes it even more annoying, all over again.  Doht!  Don't worry, thanks to the rockstar nerds of the world, there will always be new workable solutions.*This is  a follow up to the previous article  addressin...
Wed, January 13, 2010 (5 Comments)

XML to Flash / Flex text field - line break instead of n or <br>

I was trying to put a line break in my XML file and wasn't working.  I came across this blog and finally found the answer! And the answer is...&#xD;Hope this helps!Found here: http://viviangper.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/xml-line-break-in-flash/  ...
Wed, December 16, 2009 (3 Comments)

Parsing XML in Actionscript (AS2 / AS3, Flash / Flex) - the EASY way

AS2If you've come from a longer history with Actionscript & XML. you may have written some pretty elaborate / gnarly AS1/AS2 XML parsers in the past- and you probably know what a pain that can be.  (especially when someone tells you to change the spec!)If you are stuck in corporate America and thus still working in AS2, save yourself more headaches and get Jack Doyle's Greensock XML manager.  XPATH is great too, but this might be easier.  It allows you to convert XML to Object...
Sat, December 05, 2009 (No Comments)