Red Bra

Happy 2006. Bon 2006. Feliz 2006.

To you.

Gone with the year

Formerly Macromedia has abandoned FreeHand.

This is, no more FreeHand for the masses forhtcoming 2006. FreeHand has died in 2005.

That should make you, in some way, kinda happy. If

  1. You like JavaScript and use its potential, and follow the correct path this language has for the software named Illustrator. You like SVG.
  2. You are not an aficionado, any more. I was one, I did work with FreeHand, and it was good before MX version appeared. Aficionados, today, still have a use for FreeHand.
  3. Illustrator has friendly look, and let's you work together with Photoshop. The palettes, the icons, the Stage, etcetera.
  4. ...No need for a four.
Note from the editor: Links and content of this post, written in December of the year 2005, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

Second note from the editor: Links and content of this post, written in December of the year 2005, updated in the year 2012, have been revisited in 2016.

Welcome to the Jungle

MacIE 5 was an awesome release, critically acclaimed and everything, with a good development team and a strong testing team, that included daily performance measurement.



From January until the en of times, there will be no more IE for Mac. WE won. After KDE's Safari I hardly can switch or travel in the net or the RSS jungle without this browser.

Safari is, in my modest opinion the second best browser ever built. Far away from Firefox, maybe less pixelized than IE5 for Macintosh, but solid as a rock. And I'm still using Panther.

So why not Eastwood's Firefox? Here some notes:

The default browser for my operating system is elegant, spyware-free, standards-compliant, quick, and easy to use. Why would a normal Mac OS X user download Firefox when Safari does what they want? Firefox on Mac OS X looks bad, doesn't load as quickly as Safari, and has some goofy bugs. I'm not saying that Firefox is a bad browser because it's not, it's terrific, but on Mac OS X it just doesn't wallop Safari the same way it wallops IE6.

Even trying to write about it, I did myself find not better and precise words.

PowerPoint Kills Brain Cells ( and four )

At least, if you are a limited brain.

PowerPoint may be in for some surprise. Given the limited evolution of Microsoft-based presentation solutions and the wide adoption of Flash as an effective format for presentation distribution, it appears as if the presentation market is indeed open to new alternative solutions that may provide greater ease of use and more design "intelligence" than PowerPoint has been able to provide in the last decade. Given also the fast growth and development of new podcasting and video tools, it is likely that a new breed of software and services will further enable small independent publishers in the creation of presentations that integrate video, audio, images in a seamless, TV-like fashion.

Via Robin Good.

★★★★

This page is not Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional!!

Well... No one is perfect.

( It Takes ) Three to Tango

Busy days before Holidays time. Did I say holidays?

Segonquart Studio is managing 3 projects now.

  1. One: A personal web-site for a musician and composer.
  2. Lust by Bergman © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2006
    Lust by Bergman © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2006


  3. Two: Graphical proposals and an approach for Mr. Carlos Mata.
  4. Carlos Mata Bijoux © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2006
    Carlos Mata Bijoux © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2006
  5. Three: Our website, expected as a Christmas Gift.
For You. To You.

Beta-matic

Audacity is a multi-track audio editor and recorder for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

Even unstable, Audacity 1.3, beta version of Audacity, is ready to download. For testing purposes or not.

Some of the new features I would remark are:

1---- Improved Label Tracks: Good to improve your work; and

2----Moving clips between tracks: A missed one. Multiple clips per track was a missing one in previous versions of Audacity.

Support for Qicktime, with other flavours may take few of your time experimenting with Audacity's new beta version.

And, being a user as you are, give them feedback, report bugs, and become part of the Audacity user community.

Buckeye

Minor updates in CSS and content had been realized   implemented today.
Main due to corrections in IE view. There was a strange behavior rendering lists and fixing font-sizes in this blog.

Enjoy it.

Information Design explained

This is for you, girl, to not beggar me more silly questions:

Information design is concerned with transforming data into information, making the complex easier to understand and to use.

It is a rapidly growing discipline that draws on typography, graphic design, applied linguistics, applied psychology, applied ergonomics, computing, and other fields. It emerged as a response to people's need to understand and use such things as forms, legal documents, computer interfaces and technical information.

Information designers consider the selection, structuring and presentation of the information provider's message in relation to the purposes, skills, experience, preferences and circumstances of the intended users. To do this they need specialist knowledge and skills in graphic communication and typography, the psychology of reading and learning, human-computer interaction, usability research and clear writing, plus an understanding of the potential and limitations of different media.
Addenda:
Information architecture belongs to the realm of the abstract, concerning itself more with the structures in the mind than the structures on the page or screen. Information design, however, couldn't be more concrete, with considerations such as colour and shape fundamental to the information designer's process.

I'm into Information Design. The rest may be silent.

Via Clark McLeod.

Say Goodbye, Wave Hello.

Note from the editor: Links and content of this posts, written in December of the year 2005, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.
  • OneMacromedia is over. Thank you very much kids for all past fun. We'll see what happens...
  • Two: LUKE is a virtual magazine of Literature and contemporary creation of art that bets free opinion, a magazine that follows the commitment of the individual into society, and reflections of the modern artist and its surround.

Angel manages LUKE together with Kepa. I met Angel Ardiluzu at Crea Formación this week, because of his demand of an personalised intensive PHP MYSQL trainig course. Funny and exhaustive.

Eight hours a day, during three days, last week were enough to settle the basis and foundation for the construction and development of future publishings of LUKE as a dynamic web site based in standards, and powered by MySQL and PHP.

Am besten.

No Tears

 As soon as you were in the classroom,  that was five or seven days a month, you explained the problems that chromeless windows presents.

Students, programmers, customers or clients demanding pop-ups and full-screen windows, mostly because of the simple reason that some ad-vertising adagency ( you know who you are...) has used extensively before.

Apart from the question thing, apart from explaining the difference between a screen and a desk ( e.g: A TV has screen, but my computer has a screen and a desk inside this ecreen ), apart from all these and those  you try to convince  your audience in the classroom , - yes you read it well: to convince -, of the needless use for a chromeless window when you ar epublishing a site. Trying to show the main problems one could face, and going further, bringing document types and modules that are based on the actual standard XHTML Strict.

One did not invented those programming modules that let you insert a piece of code that bring a pop-up window in the computer of your future client, in the same way one has not invented the rules for those natural languages as Catalan, Spanish or German. For that simple reason, what you do, and you recommend to do to others involved in programming or project management, is to follow the properly indications and syntaxes of the languages we want to use, as we do in natural languages.

The metaphor exposed above did not worked as it was intended that day.

There is a trending grow, a continuous demand, to use chromeless windows ( worst than pop-ups, in this yours truly modest opinion...). The audience, your audience, after seen one pop-up, may though," if they exists, there must be for a good reason". Sacred innocence, you might think.

An end to this headache seems to be brighten across the horizon: Representatives from the most prominent browser makers -- including Microsoft and Mozilla -- recently gathered to discuss ways to make it clearer to users which Web sites are safe and which are fake.

If they adopte a final and common decision, hoping so, we will not see more pop-ups floating over our desk, as we don't see them when, say, we do Internet using a cellular phone...

This are, of course, my own conclusions, based in your secret-and-not-told-but-meant willing for a future Web, after reading this article.

No tears from the creatures of pop-ups.

Via 456bereastreet.

Taking the dirt away - Part Twelve

Tim Berners-Lee has participate in a podcast interview about the Semantic Web and future of the Web.

Mr. Tim Berners-Lee is the inventor of the World Wide Web and one of the people behind the vision of the Semantic Web.

...() I've been working on Semantic Web since I've been working on the web, which is basically since 1989. The idea was the web should be a web for all media and now it's media in the sense of multimedia it's media in the sense of information for people Like web pages, like movies, like ... sounds so all the things produced by people and absorbed by people. The web has proved to be a space for. But the data out there which actually is also not so exciting perhaps but really important part of our lives, like economic data and data that runs the business is not on the web. So when you go to a website, ...and it's got data behind it in fact cos it's for example the weather website().... So the Semantic Web is about making that possible, but really is just completing the web vision. So we've been working on it for long time, and it just we ended up getting distracted by the others things that seemed more important at the time like multimedia()...

Grab it here, or read the transcript there.

Less is Bless

Time to mention the not-so-old article Less as a competitive advantage: My 10 minutes at Web 2.0 by Jason Fried, from 37signals.

His article exposes the idea of using less as a competitive advantage. In my modest opinion, this is the best definition of less-Zen design. Less favors your competition, it's true, and one should say it without prejudices. List of things to be done include forgetting all that bureaucratic attitude ( Cold War mentality, as Mr. Fried defines it). One should think about the reasons why ranges are established.

Jason Fried, in doing it, gives us a different approach: Do less than your competitors to beat them.

From Less Abstractions:
The best way to deal with less time is to do less paper work, less busy work, less abstracted work. This means do less stuff that isn'tt real. Less boxes and arrows. Less charts. Less documentation. Less stuff that is abstracted from the real thing,— the real product your actual customers will see.
From: More Constraints:
Let your competitors kill themselves trying to solve the big complex problems.
"Let your competitors kill themselves trying to solve the big complex problems"...Well.

*Note from the editor: Contents and links from this post, written in November of the year 2005, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

The Ideal Copy

The ideal copy does not exist. At least, while she or he is teaching how to make software.

It didn't when I had one, and it will never do.  To copy from others does not bring any excellence to a product. To evolve from the copy it does.

Software fails, to code means to report bugs... Being a student means you should expect things will go wrong. Assume that i8n the digital world perfection does not exist, and, in most cases, if one learns something, this som ething is learnt by learning mistakes.

Human beings, remember, do act ourselves by analogy. And behaving analogies we always refer to a copy, not to the original. Sense and Reference.

In addition, oneself, while learning, adopts a humble attitude. This is good. To re-discover what it was told and it was forget; or to re-learn what, in most of the precedent cases, were less than an erroneous acquired path to learn.

This is why teaching or consulting can be hard. Because an expert might face bad habits or bad attitudes; which make a gain in lost of his/her credit to his/her audience. And there are no, yet, known smart tricks to escape from this selftrapped corner. One might not prevent bad attitudes, except if one further the rules.

What people expect from the teacher/consultant, is that he or she is able to clear the fñloating dubts. Wrong is no good. The advisor, the trainer, must adopt, always, a positive attitude.

Take this, as a real fact in the real life of a real programmer who has benn really trained : How to Report Bugs Effectively.

You may prefer to entitle this article as "How to adopt a positive attitude when you are a programmer beginner", or "Mistakes done by people when attending a private course".

Let me to replace, without the permission of the author, some words to catch that meaning:
"Questions that say nothing ("It doesn't work!"); questions that make no sense; questions that shows a lack of information; questions that give classroom's mates wrong information. Questions of problems that turn out to be student error; questions of problems that turn out to be the fault of somebody else's course; questions of problems that turn out to be network (or machine) failures.
There's a reason why teaching software is seen as a horrible job to be in".

I've found that reason.

Open Doors: Statistics

*note form the Editor in 2013: This post - published in the year 2005 - might be entitled Web analytiacs in the year 2005. Most of you, youngsters, might find of use the techniques and methodologies this blogger used more than five years ago. It wasn't an exception. It was the common method, then. Before analytics were a trend. 

There is mentioned before, nor the benefits of working with an operative system or another, but my predilections and choice for the matter. This does not mean that  I do ban on purporse, or evangelize to the people for using and abusing one OS in favour to another. I am a proud user of MAC OS X, but this does not mean that I am against watever it is not Macintosh.

Statistics from this site, reflect the operating system used by visitors of this - your - blog. Here they are:

On Notation Statistics
Operative SystemsOSVisitorsPercent
UnknownUnknow32141,15%
Windows XPWinXP25632.38%
MacOSMAC OS X12816.41%
Win2000Win 2000486.15%
Win98Win 98141.79%
LinuxLinux70.90%
WinMEWin ME30.38%
WinNTWin NT20.26%
SunOSSunOS10.13%


Most visitors, most of you, dearest,  speaking in plain terms, visit this blog using Windows OS. A total of an 82,56 percent compared to a 17,44 percent using MAC OS or Linux.

Are you a Firefox beleiver? Take care: Today I'm not talking about browsers, but OSes.

So, Win users visitors of this - your blog -  might found OpenCD useful.

I came over OpenCd tonight. The OpenCD project aims to introduce users of MS-Windows to the benefits of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

The release of source allows external observers to inspect the true functioning of the program, which means that you can be confident that the program treats your private data with respect. A real problem with proprietary software can be that your data is locked in to a software's proprietary file format, which means that you may eventually be forced to upgrade to newer versions of that software to retain access to your data.

If you are curious, or you want to save money in your wallet, or you might like to become a geek; you can always get your cd here. And see what goes on.

Ensure a job for life

How To Write Unmaintainable Code.
Choose variable names with irrelevant emotional connotation. e.g.:
marypoppins = (superman + starship) / god;
This confuses the reader because they have difficulty disassociating the emotional connotations of the words from the logic they're trying to think about.
Simply brilliant.

Power Point Kills Brain Cells ( three )


Microsoft did not invent PowerPoint. That honor goes to a small company called Forethought, which released PowerPoint for the Mac in 1987. The company was then purchased by Microsoft and the Windows version of PowerPoint eventually hit the market in 1990...And the world hasn't been the same since.

A suggestion to explore the incredible world of Zen: Have a look here.

Part Two of this series: Here. Part One still can be visited: Here.

*Brief note from the editor: Contents and links of this post, written in November of the year 2005, were revised and updated in the year 2012.


Dialogs

*Note from the editor: Links and content of this post, written in November of the year 2005, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

Marc Weidenbaum rules and edits Disquiet magazine

Disquiet offers reflections on ambient/electronic music, and interviews with the humans who make this possible.

In its October edition, Disquiet comes with a must read dialog/interview with the composer Kenneth Kirschner. This interview contains pearls like the following one:

New York-based composer Kenneth Kirschner is a believer. "If I have a religion in life," he says, "it's the iPod."

Or this one:

... Kirschner's art is enabled by it. In Kirschner's case, that technology is Flash, the ubiquitous multimedia software language that powers countless Internet websites. 
Kirschner uses Flash to compose ever-changing pieces of music. These compositions generally consist of a set number of MP3s that are randomly layered simultaneously, and that can play for as long as the listener desires. A piece of music that is indeterminate — to borrow a word from John Cage, one of Kirschner's role models — has no inherent end.
We mentioned Mr. Kirschner before in this ( your ) blog.

To discover pieces of his soul; through Disquiet.com, it is always a pleasure.

Utilities and Software for MAC OS X

Marcel Bresnik has published a collection of interesting books about MAC OS X, apart from this, He, and his company are responsibles of developing couple of freeware and shareware software. Software anyone who uses a Mac should deserve a minutes of attention.

My choice is Tinker Tool.
TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system tool makes sure that preference changes can only affect the current user. It will never change any component of the operating system, so the integrity of your system is not put at risk, and there will be no negative effect on system updates.
Nowadays, you might prefer Tinker Tool System. This allows you to change advanced operating system settings and offers a wide variety of maintenance features. The latest version comes with powerful new functions, e.g. verifying the integrity of preference files or removing superfluous language packages.

An intelligent way to spend seven bucks. A happy way, for me. I like to start MAC OS X with the diagnostic messages. It makes me feel I have a powerful computer machine.

Europe Endless

Web 2.0 Cloud © Kosmar 2005
Web 2.0 Cloud © Kosmar 2005



Thanks to Mr. Markus Angemeier for letting us know about Read.io. A new podcast service born in Europe.

Read.io converts RSS-feeds to MP3 files, which can be subscribed as podcasts in your favourite podcatching client. A brand new service created and offered by Aperto and Readspeaker

Readio is ready to speak english, german and french ( miss some spaniard and catalan, may we help?).

Be patient. Right now is under Private alpha testing. A kindly link offered by Non Fiction bring us a brief.

End connection.

Wait, wait! There is more:

What happens after a Sleepless Night:

Incredible. Markus rocks.

Listen, kids!

True Confession: I'm not really into PHP.

I used to get curious about this language six years ago, and life move me into another kind of programming languages to achieve solid and great products.

Maybe, you might think, languages less overachieved, maybe more sophisticated, but that was my own choice. No real positive reasons why, except:
  1. One. I use to look at the syntax of a language first. And the syntax of PHP is anything but charm. Call it aesthetically criteria, that's what notation is about.
    1. PHP is like a stirred mix of C, Perl and who-knows. Serve chilled.
    2. It's functional, I agree with you, but  -- except if you live in a hotel, the most functional space to live there is the world --  why functionality should bother you?
  2. Two. I do not like that do or kill sentence PHP language presents. It means a lot about the person who invented this language.
    1. Couldn't they find a more appropiate word, for example do and stop or delete if not done?
However, due to a trendy movement, helped by well-known institutions and a bunch of self-educated afficionados programmers aside college teachers ( Where were you in 1997, mate?) PHP, as a language, has taken over the world wide web in our days.

If you are not able to code a program with a simple PHP script, then you are not able to design or create a website. Or so they say.

So I am not able. I am not the kind of person who, programming PHP, spends forty hours a week, four weeks a month, living in mummy's home winning 540€ monthly paid for a PHP-supposed-developers' job.

And now the positive reasons ( the bright side of life )

All above expressed does not mean, of course, the fact I do not follow nor read PHP concerning news with frequency. I do. I study and try to learn and understand this language. Mostly because it is native implemented in the MAC OS X system. And also because I like to know what to do, and how to do it properly.

Reading OSX Code today, I've found this interesting, rather funniest, article.

The Moral:
If you’re already a PHP Programmer, I’m sure you already know about a lot of the mistakes outlined here, and if not have a look at it in order to become a better coder.
From part one:

Improper use of printf
Misapplying Semantics
Lack of Inline Documentation
Too many variables, too much time
Rewriting existing PHP functions
Not separating client side from server side
Using Outdated Paradigms

From part two:

Not Following Basic Naming Conventions
Not Thinking Things Through: Databases & SQL
Lack of Error Checking
Overusing OO
Misusing Regular Expressions
Programming PHP Like It Was Some Other Language
Not Being Security Conscious

From part three:

Cut and Paste Coding: The Wrong Way
Not Having Project Code Guidelines
Not Doing a Code Review
Hacking at Design Flaws
Excluding the User from the Design Process
Not Sticking to a Project Plan
Getting Lost in Time

Postdata:

Kids, let me see your code.

Seek and Find

Just in case you pas by Montreal this weekend, don't miss the chance to have a break and see some good films. Documentaries, I mean.
Apaga y Vámonos Official Website © Delfi Ramirez @Segonquart Studio
Apaga y Vámonos Official Website © Delfi Ramirez @Segonquart Studio


From 10th until 20th November this year, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire reaches its 8th edition in Canada.

In Québec, as in Montréal, they were driven by the desire to bring new films and filmmakers to audiences with a passion for stories from reality.

As Philippe Baylaucq, the President of the event, remarks:
The infamous “society of the spectacle” described by Guy Debord is more of a reality than ever. Thrust onto the public stage, newsmakers rattle on in real time; the pros and cons of serious issues are served up as sound bites; and cocktail-party lines supplant real understanding of the world’s complexity. Such debate in the public arena may be entertaining, but what is left of any substance when the frantic movement stops and the oh-so-democratic babble subsides?....
....The Rencontres provides such a space, in which to mull over these questions and many others. It welcomes the harvest of films that have reached maturity in the past two years. Each documentary manifests the complexity of its era and bears witness to the time required to develop a full-bodied vision of things.
I'm going to be, not physically, but virtually.

See you there.

Nine o Nine

A small oasis of calm in these days of pre-tense work:

Nine Horses.

Yes, I know, I'm getting older...

Next web releases soon, maybe tomorrow?. Maybe.

Clouds

As a part of an experimental project in image treatment I'm currently on, when not developing or composing, Clouds has had a favourable review in Phirebrush Magazine this month's issue .

Clouds © Delfi Ramirez 2005
Clouds © Delfi Ramirez 2005


Phirebrush online magazine reaches, now, its 33th edition. It is always a good new than a magazine devoted to Art ( in any of their external expression) can keep on their constructive work.

Phirebrush team is directed by Mr. Jason Krieger.

About Phirebrush describes the mag as : an online magazine (art group if you want) that displays user submissions in monthly issues. These submissions showcase visitor submitted artwork, photography, music, desktop wallpapers and writings of various styles. Unlike most art groups and e-zines, we let ANYONE submit, trying to showcase both the famous and beginners, giving everyone a voice and a chance in the spotlight. Along with each issue we release an interview as well. We try to spread the variety around, one month talking to an artist, another month with a photographer or maybe a band, spreading insight into their minds and styles.

I've been following, and reading, Phirebrush from its eleventh edition until today.

Coming from a pixel layout, Phirebrush started off in October of 2001, and always had a taste and sense of choice that made, to me, this online magazine a point du departure with fresh collaborations, selected interviews, serious articles and some pretty propaganda posters to download.

So, what is Phirebrush? Phirebrush is whatever you make it to be..

That sounds quite honest, and close to the origins of the WWW as we heard it. Have a look.

Truth

A definition, strictly, is a convention of notational abbreviation. ...

What's the mean of? Here.

More on W. V. O. Quine.

Flock's Temptation

I've trying to post this blog using Flock's abilities to post directly from the browser.

Using an eMac PowerPC G4 (3.3) 1 GHz I have had several problems. Resuming: I could not. Should then I upgrade my processor?

First Impression in Flock: Reminds me Deer Park alpha 2 in more than one way: The preference pane and security stuff, for example.

Look and Feel of Flock: Quite friendly to Windows Vista, decent implementation of Cocoa in the way Camino does.

Flock takes use and advantage of the Mozilla core, what is good, and still in its pre-developer beta phase, no more words could be added for today.

Mature teacher, Part Two

Probably I might delay myself posting here, in this your blog, for the forthcoming next weeks, mainly due to a contract service required by the agency Crea Formación today.

From tomorrow until the end of November, I'll be training a course of Introduction to Programming and a WYSIWYG Dreamweaver intensive course  following the program stablished by the agency.

Introduction to programming will be done using Processing, a tool good to learn by coding oriented to designers and/or multimedia developers.

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is developed by artists and designers as an alternative to commercial software tools in the same domain.

The first time -- there is always a firts time --  I heard and started to use Processing it was back in 2004, due to the influence of Mr. Brendan Dawes.

"The Processing Environment (Integrated Development Environment or IDE) is a simple and usable editor for writing and running programs. When the "run" button is clicked, the program compiles, the display window opens and the software runs inside. The toolbar provides functionality for running and stopping programs, creating a new sketch, opening, saving, and exporting. Additional commands are available through the menus. The message area gives feedback while saving and exporting and also shows the locations of errors when programs are compiled. The text area presents messages and can be written to with the print() and println() programming functions."

I do still have great admiration and respect for Mr. Dawes and his metodology in teaching 'n' experimenting, so he has enlight me -- and he still does -- in my daily work. There is no bad in having big consideration for people who spend part of their valous time educating other human beings.

Now it's time to put hands in practice, and explain to the alumni, all I have learned before.

WAM

Web Architecture Magazine, WAM, was an architecture magazine, from the mid 90s of the past century..

Pere Casasampera & Delfi Ramirez presents : Interzone WAM
Pere Casasampera & Delfi Ramirez presents : Interzone © 1995


A digital smart place -- there were places no sites neither URLs then -- where this, yours truly, learning through collaboration, started his career in the medium we know as web, as we knew it.

Good Ol' Dayz

Answering to your question: Macromedia Lingo is a programming language much more "human" and stronger than ECMA specifications , in my modest opinion.

Expressions like tell or if the visible of sprite 5 then go to the frame, were to me more human than today's standard dot syntax.

The study logic in college days, was like an open door letting me discover the fascinating world of programming and authoring. With the years, lot of headaches and gratitude ( mostly due to BASIC).

Back to 1996, Dave Yang contribute a few pages for a Director's programming book.

Those were the old good days gone. Human-liked languages, easy to understand, clear, and functional.

Back to 1997, we were reading reading with passion and and practicing, and what's most important, authoring and obtaining results.

Funny to see in action the use for books, as Schopenhauer did.

Siberia

24 years is enough to bring into the world a masterpiece. Echo and the Bunnymen's Siberia.

This (your blog) is not really about music, but about notation, harmony and perfection in little things. Often, I post about new media, languages, or all that might matter people like you and me. Since we were born, remember?, music has had been an important unconscient influence in our daily life. We got by music an education school and college did not offered to us.

It would be unjust saying The Bunnymen are not the most influential band in the pop and rock music scene from the last two decades. Even if you never have hear a word about them. They are.

There is a brilliant David Withingand's article today in PixelSurgeon, and I encourage and beg you a quiet reading of his review.

"This is not a disc to be dismissed in one or two listens between screaming kids or corporate deadlines".

He found the words. They say it all.

It's so cold in Siberia. So cold.

Back Up Your Mind

gDisk is a software that turns your GMail account into a portable hard drive so you can always have your important files accessible accross the Internet.

Human beings like you and me, fans of Google and all that Web 2.0 stuff, might find gDisk a must have.

To use gDisk you need:

• A Mac with Mac OS X (10.3 or above)
• A Google GMail account. To learn how to get one, click here.

If you want to hack some code, help the community, and enhance this application, feel free to download and improve gDisk source.

Update : GdIsk is a siftware byjean-matthieu at users.sourceforge.net

Searchrolling it

Since two weeks ago, I'm into Rollyo.

Rollyo is still in its beta phase, offering to roll own your own search engine. A brilliant application of what these days is known as Web 2.0; powered by Yahoo! search.

Designed in a minimal way, red is the second primary color, followed by grays; what gives you a strong and trustful feeling. Yes and Not become suggested through black and whiteergeebees. Must say I miss a few yellow tonalities.

Dan Cederholm is the professional who did Rollyo's website CSS. Mr. Cederholm is a web designer and author living in Salem, Massachusetts. As founder of SimpleBits, Dan's design studio, he brings years of experience in designing and building sites with web standards.

Rollyo's search engine is oriented in many ways to a community based sources they trust making this searchroll the perfect tool for a hungry analyst, with the smell of preferences and tendencies flowing around the wide web.

I like this fast-food company's "employee of the month" attitude, I mean: To be nominated "High Roller" if your searchroll becomes popular with the Rollyo community.

Fast Food for the search engines. It sounds hard. I know. But I'm loving it.

Trackback

David Bradley describes how he invented CTRL-ALT-DEL, then tries to backpedal after he inadvertently slams Bill Gates for making it famous.

Note from the editor: External links at Feb,2014, have been updated.

You need Vision

The end is near, my foes and friends. Jump out the boat before it's too late...'

One o One, or Switch 101 is a comprehensive and clear explanation of the processes to do if you are migatring into MAC OS X - BSD UNIX platform.

If you're a PC user who has just switched to the Mac and want to find out how to adapt your old working habits to the Mac OS, this is the right place.

An excerpt:

To move files by connecting your Mac directly to your PC:

Connect your Mac to your PC using a standard Ethernet cable.

Make sure that both computers are turned on.

In the Finder on your Mac, choose Connect to Server from the Go menu to open the window.

Type your PC's network address in the Server Address text box using one of these formats:

smb://DNSname/ShareName
smb://IPaddress/ShareName

Click Connect.

Follow the onscreen instructions to enter your PC's workgroup name, user name, password, and the volume or folder you wish to access.

Your PC volume should appear on your Mac Desktop.

Open the volume and drag and drop files directly from it to anywhere on your Mac.

When finished, drag your PC volume to the Trash to unmount it.


Loose Ctrl, Gain Command.

Taking the dirt away -- Part Ten

Note from the editor: Links and content of this post, written in October of the year 2005, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

Get an introduction to ECMAScript for XML (E4X), a simple extension to JavaScript that makes XML scripting very simple.

The introduction can be read, here.

Mature Teacher

Team at Crea Formación has proposed me a course of ActionScript for all those interested in continuing developing its knowledge of this Flash programming language. Saturdays from February, May next year.

The course will approach the animation of objects by programming methods, the handling of components, and also the connection with data bases,with the intention to allow to the assistants this course of FlashMX2004 to understand OOP principles, classes and functions used in ActionScript.

Something to do the next Spring.

Switch Off the Movie

Wednesday, 5 October 2005.

One Thousand Six Hundred Twenty Four human beings. This is the number of Spain premier's attendants to the presentation of "Apaga y VámonosSwitch Off the documentary, directed by Manel Mayol.

Apaga y Vamonos - Switch Off Movie © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2005-2006
Apaga y Vamonos - Switch Off Movie © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2005-2006


See the promo site, here. Thank you all very much.

The Scrivener

According to an anonymous post received yesterday here in this ( your ) blog:

"I now recalled all the quiet mysteries which I had noted in the man. I remembered that he never spoke but to answer; that though at intervals he had considerable time to himself, yet I had never seen him reading—no, not even a newspaper; that for long periods he would stand looking out, at his pale window behind the screen, upon the dead brick wall; I was quite sure he never visited any refectory or eating house; while his pale face clearly indicated that he never drank beer like Turkey, or tea and coffee even, like other men; that he never went any where in particular that I could learn; never went out for a walk, unless indeed that was the case at present; that he had declined telling who he was, or whence he came, or whether he had any relatives in the world; that though so thin and pale, he never complained of ill health. And more than all, I remembered a certain unconscious air of pallid—how shall I call it?—of pallid haughtiness, say, or rather an austere reserve about him, which had positively awed me into my tame compliance with his eccentricities, when I had feared to ask him to do the slightest incidental thing for me, even though I might know, from his long-continued motionlessness, that behind his screen he must be standing in one of those dead-wall reveries of his."

The anonymous said:

RSS is the way of the Future...buy motorola rss

I answered:

"I would prefer not to."

Things I've learned today

One:

Excellent new update for Linotype FontExplorer X. In its version 1.0cf2 (build C6F1). It fixes all minor bugs we have noticed using this application.

Let me recommend you FontExplorer, not pretending to be unloyal to the original Mac' Font Book, if you deal with Fonts for print or screen ( which is my case).

Two:

Master work done by Moses Gunesch in his beta Zigo/Fuse Engine .mxp on beta.

Yesterday it was delivered a beta copy of this component extension to Segonquart Studio mail receipt ( mine, in other words) and after its implementation I just can say it works fine and eliminates trace problems when publishing a compiled .swf in Flash MX 2004. I have not tested yet compiling directly from SE|PY.
But, from now on, is much more easy to customize your tweenings and easings from the properties menu in Flash.

A real master-piece. Congratulations Moses.

Fifteen minutes

Fifteen minutes of fame, according to Mr. Warhol, are deserved to everybody in the future.

I got two.

The spanish documentary Switch Off aka Apaga y Vámonos is currently in competition in various worlwide festivals.
Switch Off documentary by Manel Mayol © Segonquart Studio 2005
Switch Off documentary by Manel Mayol © Segonquart Studio 2005


A brief but explicit mention in The New York Times.
Delfi Ramirez, composer. New York Times 2005
Delfi Ramirez, composer. New York Times 2005

Hope you enjoy it.

Gutenberg is almost dead

For someone like you who spend almost twelve years of a life studying philosophy, logic and a long etcetera this is a good new:

It's here today. Google Print is born in its beta mode, to resurrect Herr Gütenberg from his ashes.

Three opiniated phrases:

Unfortunately, people will only be able to see a few pages related to their search and copy, save and print are disabled. And a publisher can remove a book from Google Print at any time..

There are some noble exceptions: If you're self-published or the rights to your book have reverted back to you,youu can join the program yourself by sending Google your books or uploading them in PDF format.

Even in this case, you would not feel stumbling Google's library as comfortable as you would be in a public library - yeah, that one you and me willingly pay with our taxes - Google Printit's like going to a bookstore and browsin'.

Conclusion: We'll see.

Out of control

Server at Segonquart Studio is down temporarely until next month.

You may have noticed some missed links in this blog, including an unexpected error when you try to see our dot com.

We're working hard on it.

Give it a moment

Own your comment.
Anonymous commenting, while sometimes necessary, can be seen as cowardly. Build your identity and own your words by placing your name and weblog address on your comments wherever possible.
A nice pursuit of education and how to act, say react, on comments.

Read all the recommendations (useful since the year 2005), Here.

Ω What you need

You need the Typetester.

Typetester is a neat online application for comparison of screen fonts letting novice designers to get CSS' code made of their choice.

It's primary role is to make web designer's life easier. As the new fonts are bundled into operating systems, the list of the common fonts will be updated.

The Typetester becomes a good innovation made by Marko Dugonjić, the man from Burza.

Handsome experiments realized under Creative Commons License can be also found here.

Falling in love with the sophisticated world of webdesigners, again.

Imagery

All the icons you ever needed, in case you are a lazy enterpreneur.

WebsiteIcons is an extensive database of useful imagery. Since the year 2005.

New Fuse/Zigo Engine

Moses Gunesch has updated his ZigoEngine class and Fuse Extensions this week.

The Fuse kit is an extension of Ladislav Zigo's MovieClip Tweening Prototype classes written by Mr. Gunesch.

A kind mail with a beta demo attachment of his updatehas been received at Segonquart Studio for testing purposes.

Some excerpt:

Very little has actually changed in this except for the packaging and the initialization methods - advanced users will like the more modern setup a lot better I think. Note that everything you need for this kit is now in the package com.mosesSupposes.fuse.

------ usage notes -------

REGULAR ZIGO USERS:
A big part of this update was eliminating the use of include statements. Instead of #include "lmc_tween.as" you will use the line, com.mosesSupposes.fuse.ZigoEngine.simpleSetup(); which sets up the movieclip and textfield shortcuts you're used to.


Fuse has also been updated to work with the new static engine. For those of you who work in the timeline, instead of #include "fuse_kit.as", use the line com.mosesSupposes.fuse.Fuse.simpleSetup(); which sets Fuse up to work in just the same way you're used to.

For Fuse Lite, use: com.mosesSupposes.fuse.lite.Fuse.simpleSetup();

CLASS AUTHORS:
The new engine is entirely static and the tweening shortcuts (alphaTo, etc.) can now be flexibly initialized or deinitialized on any object using ZigoEngine.initialize(obj, obj, etc).


New static methods ZigoEngine.doTween(target, props, endvals, etc.) and ZigoEngine.doShortcut(target, shortcutname, props, etc.) also allow tweening of any target in the zigo vernacular without needing to initialze it first, meaning that the engine can be easily used without MovieClip.prototype being altered.

You will just use normal import statements in your classes, and may opt to initialize the ZigoEngine class in whatever way best suits your project.

Contact Moses : fuse at mosessupposes dot com

Railroaded

I'm not pretending to be a cretin, even I am one sometimes. I just say to you: Ruby on Rails is the most exciting framework I had seen last months, beleive me or not.

Forget me and forgive if I do not pay that much attention at new products from Redmond. Maybe in a past tense future future, who knows.

Right now, RubyCocoa - gently created by Mr. Hisakuni Fujimoto, deserves half of my whole attention.

The other half goes to Locomotive.

Locomotive is a flexible one-click solution to Ruby on Rails development for Mac OS X 10.3+. In one self-contained application, it gives you a fully functional Rails development platform. Live Motioned.

Just unpretending milestones I could not reach. Maybe investing in Text Mate.

Splashing Windows

Popup windows in web pages dislike me as much as I dislike them.

However, I have made an exception last night: Switch Off.

Turn off the blocker from your browser's preferences and look at the window.

A mention to the website has been included in Pretty File, a collection of nice websites from Thailand.

Follow me ( from Vienna to Seattle)

Follow me via newsreader RSS: http://delfiramirez.blogspot.com/atom.xml

You might try  NetNewsWire Lite from Seattle's software company Ranchero.

Ranchero Software brings a list of articles to help us to get deep into Cocoa's programming and uses, also offering a wide variety of applications to tune your Macintosh. They are currently porting all their software to the forthcoming brand new Intel-based platform.

Else, if you're most kind of a geek, you might better prefer Vienna. Vienna also is a freeware source RSS/Atom newsreader for the Mac OSX. Designed to provide simple newsreading capabilities for non-technical users while still aiming to be as feature rich as commercial newsreaders.

And these are the good news: The source code for Vienna is freely available, and instructions are given of the product at its web site. Instructions for enlisting and building -- say compile -- a copy of Vienna on your own machine.

Vienna enhances the lovely metal-brushed OS X style. And here is the place where all is being cooked.

Both are cute RSS and Atom newsreaders free for you to use. You might think about supporting them via PayPal.

Get down and pray

Server at Segonquart is over. Until next month. Due to pressure.

Meanwhile, we are listening the brand new compositions from Mr. Kirschner.

Be patient, as we are. And if you want to pray, get down and pray.

Act Normal

Well, nothing less far away from to desire to anyone that pressure feeling I have had upon our shoulders these days, but maybe rescue some exceptional pleasure moments we had re-discovering places in the net.

Sites where we could find the help we needed for building bridges.

Here the dudes, with no special order:
What else , might you wonder? Hardy buggy busy this week implementing and building bridges, say, a website, behind the classical "work-for-hire" programming job.

Apart from obvious XML and some CSS stuff, the job was done mostly programming ActionScript 2.0 in a procedural way.

  Amazing work from Segonquart Studio delivered to you on purpose?

Not really. So then?.... Yeah, you get it: a classical agency's flashy web.

I told you before: "work-for-hire". And what about me, what about us, meanwhile?

*Note from the editor: Links and content of this posts, written in September of the year 2005, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

A Claim

Note from the editor: Links and content of this posts, written in September of the year 2005, have been revised and updated in the year 2012. 

The Internet was built without a way to know who and what you are connecting to. Or so it seems.

Dr. Kim S. Cameron, Architect of Identity and Access at Microsoft Corporation, exposes the laws of identity. With the solid purpose to clear and stablish a simple, consistent experience surfing in the net's seas while enabling separation of contexts through multiple operators and technologies.
One could build a unifying identity metasystem that is universally accepted and enduring.

Defining, digital identity as a set of claims made by one digital subject about itself or another digital subject, Mr. Cameron's laws set the rules.

Seven is your lucky number.

Type-o-logy

If you are a MacOSX-a-delic user like I am, you should be happy.

Linotype FontExplorer has been released for download, free of charge. No license fee, no shareware fee, or nag screens, and no functionality limits.

FontExplorer X is free. Gently build for people like you from the people of Linotype.

Best milestones: The Linotype FontExplorer X Setup Assistant and the metal brush theme à la old ITunes ( I do still love this metal brushed windows from Panther).

Don't get jealous honey, the previous version of FontExplorer - 177 Mb - is still available for Win users. Same link.

Coincidence vs fate

It could be better, you know, but facts become truths sometimes. We still were afraid this will not happen, not in this manner, but let's face it up: Next 5th October, in Barcelona it will be screened Switch Off, the documentary. Its Spain premiere.

Also an opening night for Docupolis festival. Therein, CCCB, a place open to new languages and look after new exhibition formats where you can see documentary films and all that scene.

Apaga y Vamonos - Switch Off The Movie
Apaga y Vamonos - Switch Off The Movie © Delfi Ramirez @ Segonquart Studio 2005

I've been honoured,being the composer and producer of the original soundtrack, to play a live DJ set of one hour for this happening, at the CCCB Hall's bar.
Time to get lost, again, into the deep seas were contemporary and electronic music float.

They'll wait for you.

PowerPoint Kills Brain Cells

PowerPoint's failings have been outlined most vividly by Yale political scientist Edward Tufte, a specialist in the visual information design
True.

Read it here.

Get it on

An interesting and useful article on JavaScript and how logging unveiled one of Internet Explorer's many quirks. But more importantly, we saw how logging provides an easy way to create transparent code.

Introducing concepts for newbies and experts in a clear mode, Mr. David Miller explores the uses of the alert function and it's debug implementation.

Introducing also fvlogger as a library that brings functionality into JavaScript and the browser(s) when we intend to apply logging functions.

More can be said, but this is not the primary intention of this blog. You better have a look at this article featured  in A list Apart. For free.

Going further.

That's Entertaintment

If you have insight to share about future technologies, or if you have projects that you've built that you think might be part of a foundation for the world to come, then you should be trying to talk at ETech.

Be a part of the conversation. Share your take on the shape of the future and, in doing so, invent what people are going to be doing with their computers, on their mobiles, in their homes, businesses, cafes, and fast cars.

If you are the one, and I'm glad you might be, be ready before September 19, 2005. Prepare your papers, enhance your demos, finish your applicattions, get a shower, go to the hairdresser and put some clean t-shirts into your bag.

The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (ETech) will be held March 6-9, 2006 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, U.S. And the world, and the programme committee will listen.

Fine Example

What a design company can do redesigning their own website.

Now Wash Your Hands has get a brand new look in their new September 2005 edition.

A right use of Flash potential feeling and ActionScript techniques. A must follow.

A World without End

Means and ends, freshly delivered by Daring Fireball:
Follow the money” is as good a way as any to define a company: the point of business is to profit. 
This is why Apple is not, and has never been, a software company: their profits come from hardware sales — computers, and, now, iPods. Microsoft is a software company: their profits — billions of dollars every quarter — come almost solely from software.

Judged by their profits, Google is an advertising company. They don’t profit from search, they don’t profit from software. They profit by selling ads.

Taking the Dirt Away -- Part nine

By telling each other about our experiences, we can get the belief in a positive world back for ourselves. The mere fact that many people around the globe are trying to be “spreading goodwill“ as well as you do—isn't that already a light at the end of the tunnel?

Well, don't get mad, get even. A brand new app developed using Ruby on Rails meet AJAX is Spreading Goodwill. Made by the same people who rules mir.aculo.us.

A fresh green interface, using Verdana type, the application features a database backend (compatible with MySQL and PostgreSQL), complete user management with email-based registration confirmation, password reset, RSS feeds for articles and comment Ajax-based article commenting, pagable article lists, some administration functions and so on and so forth.

Source can be downloaded here. To contribute and make a better world.

All good men gone

Mr. Robert Moog, the creator of the electronic music synthesizer that bears his name and that became ubiquitous among both experimental composers and rock musicians in the 1960’s and 1970’s, died on Sunday at his home in Ashville, N.C. He was only 71.

Mr. Luc Ferrari passed away on Monday 08/22/05, in Arezzo, Italy. As director of the Groupe de Recherche Musicale from 1959 to 1960, he worked closely with Pierre Schaeffer, who coined the term musique concrète. Luc Ferrari also founded in 1981 "la muse en circuit" creation center. He was only 76. Full details, in French, at Le Monde.

*Note from the editor: Contents and links from this post, written in June of the year 2005, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

Spanish Harlem

Writing about new designs, or re-designs as you might prefer, Bitacoras.net has adcquired a brand new look this week.

Following the "less is more" attitude, people at Hipertextual, a weblog media, has conceived a clear, fresh and compact work.

Based upon a philosophy were real time blogger notification matters, ping offered by Bitacoras now is truly faster. Thanks God.

Taking the dirt away-- Part Eight

In its 4th edition A List Part magazine presents to us a new design, a new structure, and a new publishing system powered by Ruby on Rails, coded gently by Mr. Dan Benjamin

From pixel to prose and code to content, choice of colors are earthly and grainy based, flavoring its intention with a favicon transporting us into the lost fields of Greensleeves.

The editors have either a fine sense of humor while  describing motifs for its redesign: Each issue will have its own color scheme. Imagine: Red and green for Christmas; blue underlined links for when Jakob Nielsen finally writes for us. (sic)

Since it first edition, back to 1997, A List Apart magazine has had been a pillow book all over this years for people like us who make websites.

Now, they use a fixed 1024 pixel wide layout. For a step by step, on how the site came together, check out the launch article by Zeldman.

Read it now. Maybe your article can figure it out.

Changes

*Note from the editor: Links and content of this post, written in August of the year 2005, have been revised and updated in the year 2012.

Visitors of this blog would have noticed I have replaced the original flickr banner with a 80 pixels x 15 pixels GIF image link to the same place.

Reasons to do this were, first at all, to optimize this blog's weight: Now renders fast.

And second, a graceful inspiration I have had visiting this site.

Other changes done include a new RSS mini banner to allow you syndicate this blog, and a re-design of EXIT's banner.

Exit is a spanish board of data processing experts where you can find and see my skills or even download a short bio , only in case you need it...

Is honest to deserve all the glory of flickr mini banner to Markus AngerMeier. Vielen Danke Schön.

The rest is mine. Hope you feel more comfortable now.

An Infotainment Scanned

In a recent post I mentioned  a failure in the script that renders info.com, a search platform providing with results from up to 14 search engines and pay-per-click directories.

That was days ago, today it works normal. Well done.

Meta Dating

HumanML: The Vision is an article written last June by Jay Peltz exploring the needs and future of the ability to leverage open standards to improve communications human-to-human, human-to-machine and machine-to-machine.

HumanML is a new specification being developed by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards.

In Research, the area of semiotics is endeavouring to identify and understand culturally specific signs that communicate meaning in non-verbal contexts.

In my studio, I should apply again into Wittgenstein's readings. One never knows.
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