Today was the last day of Flashbelt 2009. This was my first time attending. I must admit that I did not really know what to expect. I’m really glad I went. There were several presentations that were just fascinating and inspiring. Some of the presenters that I think were the best were Grant Skinner, Mario Klingemann, Seb Lee-Delisle and Ali Momeni. There was plenty of good information. There were many things that made me want to research new ideas. There were also times when I was just blown away by the crazy things that they presented. I would definitely suggest going if you can. It was a little pricy, but definitely a lot less than most workshops. It is definitely a great place to meet other designers and developers. It’s a perfect place to network.
I’ve been complain about my day all over the internet. I was stuck at work all day today. My whole Sunday was blown. I was going to catch up with some writing. That didn’t happen. I spent the whole day doing mid-level Flash development and graphics work. It was partially tedious. It’s ok though. The site turned out to be pretty sweet.
After this weekend, I think I’m going to make this coming week a productive one. I don’t care who I have to push down to do it. Hope all of you had a good weekend.
My work will be bringing me to San Diego this Thursday. I’ll be out there to help one of our clients set up a media manager system that our firm developed. I actually developed the core of the Flash application. It’s basically a network of about twelve Mac Minis. One Mini will be the media server and the rest will be nodes that are hooked up to vertical widescreen LCD’s. It’ll basically allow each node to select a playlist of animations and videos hosted by the Mini server.
My work there will mostly consist of supervising the setup of the network. After that, I think I get to chill out in San Diego. So if there are any San Diego readers or people familiar with the area reading this, please leave a comment if you know any cafes, bars, clubs, restaurants or just cool spots I should check out. I’ll be close to the convention center. I will have most of Thursday to kill.
One of the biggest topics in the computing world is the newly released Asus Eee PC notebook computer. Everyone and their moms has written up something about it. So why the frickin’ buzz you ask? If you don’t know what the Eee is, it is an ultra-portable 7″ laptop. What’s cool about it is that it is a flash NAND based computer. Right now, there is a 4GB and a 8GB model. It’s also preloaded with Linux. It has a built-in camera and wireless b/g. It’s installed with OpenOffice, Skype and other software. The Eee is aimed for someone who’s on the go and does not need a laptop with tons of memory. Instead, you can throw it in your bag, go to a local wifi coffee house and blog about pointless issues for four hours before you have to plug in the tiny adapter that it comes with. The thing that gets most people excited is the fact that it costs only $399 (4GB).
So all of that would make a lot of geeks run out to get one. What’s got my attention is this little article that was posted a couple days ago on Uneasysilence. Someone actually loaded OS X Leopard on one and posted the tutorial for it. For $399, I’m really getting tempted. I guess I should wait until MacWorld Expo in January to see if a new MacBook is announced before I jump the gun.