Archive for September, 2006

Microsoft “Atlas” – Features vs Size and Performance

September 24th, 2006 Comments

I attended the Microsoft presentation of “Atlas, Microsoft AJAX Library and ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions, hosted by .Net BC this past Wednesday.

Something that had me intrigued was when Shaun Walker of DotNetNuke fame showed how easily it was to integrate “Atlas” into DNN. I’m wondering if the simplicity of the changes is due to the .Net Framework itself or if the DNN developers had pre-wired some hooks for “Atlas.”

While the rest of the presentation was pretty much the same top-level information I’ve heard in previous previews of “Atlas,” there are a few points about “Atlas” I would like to touch upon.

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Friday Night Rant: Crappy North American Cell Phones

September 22nd, 2006 Comments

Danny Choo just got a new cell phone. I have gadget envy.

This cellphone is loaded to the hilt with features: GPS, 400×240 WQVGA display, 2 mega-pixel camera, MiniSD slot, 2Mbps net connection, radio receiver and on and on and on…

Why doesn’t North America have phones like these? Why are our networks so damn slow to adopt new technologies?

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Categories: Gadgets, Rants

Future of Web Apps Recap

September 21st, 2006 Comments

The Future of Web Apps Summit - September 13-14, 2006Timeliness is everything when blogging. If you wait too long, whatever you were planning to write about may no longer be relevant or as news breaking. You’ll also start to lose details of your experience or the thoughts in your head, even if you originally took notes.

Unfortunately for me, I think I’ve missed the window of opportunity to blog about the Future of Web Apps Summit. I may still get around to transcribing my notes over the next few weeks.

Fortunately for you, there are plenty of good posts on the InterWeb to read about in the mean time.

UPDATED September 23, 2006:
Added CenterNetworks coverage of the Summit.

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San Fran Restaurant Mini Reviews

September 19th, 2006 Comments

A big thank you to my cousins Jeff, Kelvin, Lillian and her hubby Rick for taking the time to show me around San Francisco in the evenings.

After the fold are quick recaps of some of the other restaurants that I had a chance to eat at while I was down in SF. It’s unfortunate that I have no photos to accompany the reviews. That’s what happens when you run over your camera and the crappy ISO800 disposable is only good for taking shots in the day.

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Categories: Food & Drink

Fugu & Buta; Fashion and Gadget Whores

September 18th, 2006 Comments

Black 8Gb iPod Nano with a Coach Signature Stripe CaseIt seems my lady and I are quite the material couple. My eyes grow larger at the sight of techy gizmos, her’s at the latest from Europe’s fashion houses.

My eyes must have been really big last week at the Apple Store in San Francisco. I’m at the store to meet up with my cousin for dinner, and the next thing you know, I’m leaving with a brand-spanking new 2nd-gen iPod Nano. Naturally it’s the black 8Gb version.

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Categories: Gadgets

Raw Fish and Squid

September 13th, 2006 Comments

In San Francisco and staying by the Presidio until Friday for the Carson Workshops’ The Future of Web Apps Summit.

Landed yesterday evening and had nothing to do so I went for a walk down Chestnut Street. Remindes me of Yaletown, boutique shopping and every other place is either a bar or restaurant.

Two foods that I’m a sucker for and will almost always order at a new restaurant are Ahi tuna and calamari.

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Categories: Food & Drink

mootools from Valerio Proietti is now available

September 11th, 2006 Comments

mootools is a very compact, modular, object-oriented JavaScript framework and is less than 19Kb in size (compressed JS, 34Kb uncompressed) for the entire set of scripts and add-ons. mootools replaces the moo family of JavaScript libraries (moo.fx, moo.dom, moo.ajax, etc).

I prefer the moo.* libraries over the Prototype/ combo due to the former’s much smaller file size. Prototype by itself weighs in at 60Kb uncompressed and add at least another 30Kb for

What’s really interesting is the way you can download mootools. The download page allows you to pick and choose which parts of the library you want and whether or not you want to compress the JS source file.

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Two-for-one Sundays on BC Transit

September 10th, 2006 Comments

Did you know that if you have a monthly FareCard, another adult and four children can ride with you for free on Sundays and holidays?

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the scoop:

Plus, On Sundays and Holidays you can use your FareCard and take five others with you for free. A total of six: Two adults (14 and older) and up to four children (13 and under) ride on a single Adult FareCard, West Coast Express 28-Day Pass, or Annual Employer Transit Pass (does not apply to Concession Passes).

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Categories: General

Cream Soda

September 9th, 2006 Comments

Schweppes Cream SodaEver since I was a kid, I’ve loved the green cream soda from Schweppes. It has this smooth, silky and not overly sweet taste to it. Schweppes Cream Soda’s totally unlike the super sweet radioactive pink stuff that you find in Canadian cream soda.

It’s a good thing I live in Vancouver where it’s found in most asian supermarkets as an import item. A bonus that it’s not too expensive compared to other imports like Calpis.

I was about to ask why this was the case but there’s a wikipedia article on the subject of cream soda and all its different variations around the world.

I love Schweppes Cream Soda and I love this interweb thing even more. Can you imagine trying to find out the truth behind cream soda in the pre-web days?

Categories: Food & Drink

Sony; your PS3 might be tasty, but it’s not that delicious!

September 8th, 2006 Comments

I’m thinking I’m going to take my pent up frustrations and go on a weekly rant Friday evenings. Here’s my thoughts on the upcoming Sony Playstation 3 vs the already available Microsoft Xbox 360.

So I get home and have some leftovers but I’m feeling not feeling quite full. No worries, there’s always the old stand-by, buck-a-slice pizza downstairs.

I’m not sure if the term buck-a-slice is universal, so let me elaborate. In downtown Vancouver, you can find an abundance of cheap, in terms of both price (usually $1Cdn/slice) and quality, pizza joints. This is especially true in areas with a high concentration of either ESL (english as second language) schools, bars or night clubs.

Downstairs from where I live, there are two of these pizza places side by side. The one on the corner serves a tastier pie. Everyone goes to the joint on the corner. So much so that they raised the price a bit last year and everyone, myself included, still went there.

So you might be asking, what the heck does this have to do with the next-gen console wars?


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Categories: Gaming, Rants