Brain Brian

software engineer living in Los Angeles, California.

Transparent PNGs in Internet Explorer 6 / 5.5

I have known that there's a javascript/css fix for transparent PNGs in Internet Explorer, but I've tried to stay away from this always!  As of today, I was faced with answering this problem on a site I'm working on.  I found it's quite simple and…

Adobe Open Screen Project - Mobile Devices... Here Flash Comes!

I'm sure a lot of people in the Flash community have already heard.  For the few of you who haven't, this is huge!  When considering what this will do for mobile devices and even the possibilities on gaming systems like the Wii and PS3, it's very…

360 Degree Interactive Video with Flash

Straight from the creators of google maps "street view", there's is now interactive video that you can scroll and navigate around in while the video plays. I think it shows how impressive flash player really is. Flash is pulling in an FLV file with…

Print CD Inserts with iTunes

So  I know there may be some iTunes hatters out there, but I just discovered a useful thing with iTunes. I've used iTunes for many years now, but never noticed this feature. Maybe this is a new feature? You can actually print out different templates…

RadTech ProCable iPhone Headset Review

After seeing the ProCable headphones for the iPhone on TUAW.com, I decided to buy a pair for the low price of $24.95.  I wasn't expecting much, but I was hoping for the best.  I also used the promo code to purchase them, which brought them down in…

Lacie 2big triple 1 TB Enternal Hard Drive Un-boxing

I finally bought the hard drive I've been waiting for over the past 2 months. I'm really excited I finally have the drive and can faithfully know my data is being written across two hot swappable drives. The drive runs several different RAID modes…

A Follow-up to the Adobe Flex 3 Pre-release Presentation

The flex tour came to Milwaukee yesterday. It was a pretty amazing demonstration about all the great new features in being released in Adobe Flex 3. I was pretty amazed with all the new features Kevin Hoyt presented at the meeting. I give a big thank…

Writing first blog entry from my iPhone

I finally decided to drop sprint after 5 long years. After my contract expired in october I've had nothing but problems with sprint. In August they messed up my plan on my treo 700p and began charging me around 60 dollars a month. After numerous 4…

Safari has a very useful hidden debug menu.

Today, a coworker pointed out to me a feature he discovered in Apple Safari after doing a search for a random error code while writing an Ajax script for Chefmd.com. This is a very useful feature of safari that I'm surprised they don't allow you to…

Creating .ico files for Fav Icons

So I had yet until today found a free plug-in for creating .ico (windows) icon files out of photoshop. After doing some brief searching on Google I found a free photoshop plug-in that works with CS3 created by Toby Thain at Telegraphics. Thank you…

IMAP now available with Gmail!

I know this is no new news for most, but I just realized today Gmail now supports IMAP!  I stopped using the POP3 capabilities a while ago because I hated it not syncing, but now IMAP is supported.  YAY!  I guess this occurred back in October.  Where…

Web Development / Code Editing with Aptana Studio

I have made several recent entries about code development for the web. I recently stumbled upon a new studio for programming on the web. It's called "Aptana Studio". I have yet to use it extensively, but I'm looking forward to using the tool. It…

HD Video in Flash announced by Adobe and BRIO Beta in Adobe Labs!

Adobe has me excited about a couple things this past week. First the announcement of HD Video in flash player! Adobe released flash player 9 update 3 and it now supports HD quality video: Press Release. The other thing that has me excited is my…

PHP code editing in Dreamweaver

I know dreamweaver isn't the best choice for editing PHP code by hand, but it's worked relatively well for me over the past 2 years. There are better tools out there that offer code/syntax validation such as the Eclipse IDE with php, and even simple…

I'm excited about the as3 tour.

I'm not really sure what new incite it will bring to me in the field of object-oriented programming or actionscript 3.0, but the Adobe AS3 tour is coming to Chicago. adobeas3tour.com. I'm excited to see what "the man" himself has to offer in a…

The Hush Sound

The Hush Sound website became live last week.  There are still revisions, but it's a good start. thehushsound.com

Charlotte Sometimes Music Site

I recently launched a fully flash band site: Charlotte Sometimes. There more to be done and not a whole lot of animation, but it's a good first launch of a CMS driven site in flash with Marky.

Midwest Lynx Content Management System and Camping

I'm looking forward to wrapping up the new "2.0" version of the content management system I've been working on with Marky at Midwest Love. It should be a good release of it. I think our clients are going to really enjoy it. On top of finishing that…

I love to run. Lea and I need a dog!

Yesterday Lea and I ran almost 7 miles.  We ran from our apartment to Bradford beach.  We also saw some of the cutest dogs on the beach.  It made the fact that our apartment doesn't allow dogs worse!  In conclusion, drink lots of fluids and get new…

Early Morning Coconut Skim Lattes

Thanks to Coconut Skim Lattes and the early mornings spent at Alterra Foundry, I've been able to actually start reading the genius of Moock's new book. I hope to be able to finish it this year. Amongst all of my work at Marx, the freelance, and life…

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