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RIAbiz.com recently discussed the findings of an August 24-25, 2009
Investment News survey conducted on the Twitter habits of the
financial-advisory community. Not surprisingly the survey reveals that "a
mere 14.9% of financial advisers say they communicate with clients or
colleagues through Twitter. Meanwhile, only 44.9% and 43.8% of advisers say
they use LinkedIn and Facebook, respectively, the survey found".
Have RIAbiz.com and Investment News missed the point? It's not about
Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn! It's about communicating with one's
customers and clients utilizing ALL the tools available!
So, what's my point?
Practical, functional, and sensible go a long way to enhancing the
relationships financial advisors are trying to create between themselves and
their customers and clients, with or without social media tools. Social
Hanselminutes is a weekly 30-minute podcast with Web developer and
technologist Scott Hanselman hosted by Carl Franklin. The following is a
transcript from show number 19 on BitTorrent. You can listen online at
Carl Franklin: So, we're talking about BitTorrent today.
Scott Hanselman: BitTorrent, video squishing, things you can do with
BitTorrent, optimizing BitTorrent, how it works, and various legalities.
CF: And that would be a good time for a disclaimer, would it not?
SH: It would indeed.
SH: We cannot, we're not lawyers, we're not legal or illegal people, we're
just guys talking to you on your iPods, hopefully in double speed if you're
not wasting your time, and we have no way to know whether this is legal or
not legal. Carl, what have you found in your research?
CF: Well, I found that certain things are legal to share and certain... (more)
I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by
the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.
Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old
enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain
cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up
and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal
because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on
water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly
already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can
already no longer be with us?
The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last
time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his
language was named. It was in the context ... (more)
A desktop widget is a small application that provides very focused
information from a predetermined data source. Desktop widgets generally have
a small footprint, are of fixed dimensions, and provide information
A widget sounds a bit like a dashboard, but unlike dashboards, widgets allow
you to input data as well as view it. In addition, desktop widgets generally
run on a widget engine, which is a runtime environment that may be ported to
two or more operating systems and provide security, local-management, and
access to system and network resources through platform agnostic APIs.
Dashboards, on the other hand, tend to be stand-alone applications. Figure 1
shows the general architecture of a desktop widget engine.
Figure 1: Architecture of a desktop widget engine
Desktop widgets have been around for a very long time. The first set of
Adobe’s Flex team seems inclined to move away from clean design.
Flex framework’s current stable version is 3.x and the Flex team at Adobe
is actively working on getting the version 4.x ready this year. At this time,
the core SDK of Flex 4, codenamed Gumbo, is evolving through an open source
process. From peeking into its initial version, it looks promising as there
are serious attempts to create a clean separation of behavior and
presentation in the components, apart from the tons of nifty enhancements
throughout the framework. (I promise to write about some of the forthcoming
However, one design decision in the midst of all this goodness seems rather
odd and alarming. The Flex team is proposing to prefix Gumbo component names
with the letters “Fx”. Lets try and understand what this means.
In Flex 3.x and 2.x you have a button component, which you acc... (more)
After teaching our popular advanced Flex master class in New York, Boston,
Toronto, London, and Moscow, we are hitting the beer capital of the world:
This class is scheduled for the first days of March, and we hope that Flex 4
will be officially released by this date.
Our book Enterprise Development with Flex should hit the book stores by then
To take advantage of the early bird prices register early at
If you can't make it to Brussells, I'll be glad to meet with you at 360 Flex
in San Jose, CA on March 7-10, where I'll be presenting on one of the topic
from this master class.
If you can't make it to San Jose, I'll be very happy to meet you at Flash and
the City conference in May in New York City.
Most likely I'll show you a really cool way of embedding a Flex application
into a PDF file to be played by Acrobat Reader.... (more)
Loni Stark, group manager for Government Solutions at Adobe Systems
Incorporated, recently interviewed with Focus Washington TechView to discuss
the emergence of social media in government and how agencies are leveraging
newer technologies, such as Twitter and Facebook, with positive returns.
Social media has illustrated government agencies can interact with citizens
in a more engaging manner versus the traditional perception of "cold,"
impersonal processes, Stark explained.
A significant opportunity for agencies, she continued, is learning how to
take lessons from social media technologies, such as their ease-of-use and
intuitive nature, and apply them to core services like benefits enrollment
The interview also included conversation on related challenges, such as
ensuring proper policies and governance are in place, as well as appropriate
Adobe launched Creative Suite 6 Monday, the latest version of its flagship
software kit for designers and web developers, and made it
subscription-based, part of the company's Creative Cloud.
Pricing starts at $50 a month for a year's commitment or $75 a month with no
contract. Existing users may qualify for a $30-a-month promotion for the
first year and there's a version for business teams that'll cost $70 a month
that won't be out for a while.
Users can download Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects,
InDesign and any of the also separately priced other programs in the bundle
to a PC or Mac, share files and store work online in a 20GB locker.
Adobe's hoping the new, more affordable model brings in more sales and
stabilizes its erratic performance of late. It has visions of adding a
billion dollars but near-term it's expecting to take a hit from spreadi... (more)
A study of the iPhone UI and rebuilding it in AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime)
using Adobe Flex 3. AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) is a cross-operating
system runtime that allows developers to use their existing web development
skills to build and deploy Rich Internet Applications to the desktop. With
the WebControl component in AIR which is powered by WebKit it will allow you
to build and test iPhone Applications. Also, I will be showing a component
that will give the ability to make and receive calls, record/send and receive
voicemail, as well as add and manage contacts.
Speaker Bio: Flex developer, information architect, roller hockey goaltender.
Joe Johnston has worked with Flash and other interactive tools for over ten
years, starting his career at Crowe/Horwath.
AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West will take place on September 23-26,
2007, at the Santa Clara Con... (more)
Flex has gotten popular lately because of its rich GUI capabilities. It also
comes in handy with HTTPService and Web Service components connecting to
back-end servers to fetch and update data. But using this mechanism to talk
to the back-end server requires formulating a unique service object from the
Flex side, making a request, and getting back data from the back-end either
in XML or plain text format. The response data then has to be parsed and fed
to the Flex objects to update the UI. For small to medium-size Flex projects
it's a viable solution, but for enterprise projects with thousands of
external service calls it will get quite repetitive and could result in a lot
of unmanageable, buggy code.
The approach discussed here provides a more intuitive solution to generate
ActionScript classes on the Flex side that are direct counterparts of the
enterprise object ... (more)