Thursday Oct 29, 2009

Congratulations to OpenOffice!

Congratulations to OpenOffice which hit a milestone 100 million downloads this week since the launch of version 3.0!

The total download number is impressive because it only counts direct Internet downloads from the Web site and does not include installations included with various Linux distributions, copies distributed on CDs or other mirror sites.

Project developer Joost Andrae announced on October 28th that the one hundred millionth person had clicked on the "download" button since version 3.0 of the software was announced just over a year ago. The total number of downloads comes from both the 59.9+ million downloads of version 3.0 and the 40.2+ million downloads over version 3.1 (via The H).

Congratulations to the OpenOffice team for this milestone, which I am sure they will be celebrating at the annual OpenOffice conference next week in beautiful Oriveto, Italy.

Thursday Jul 30, 2009

Staying busy with JavaFX!

I have been (happily) busy the past couple of weeks with JavaFX-related activities, and the more I write about JavaFX the more resources I seem to find, so I thought I would consolidate some here.

1) I was lucky enough to be the point of contact for the three student winners of the JavaFX Coding Challenge!  It was a GREAT day when I was able to e-mail each student to tell them they had won $1,500!  I have also been following up with all three student winners, conducting interviews and podcasts.  They were all brave enough to conduct podcasts with me in English and they all did a FANTASTIC job!  I am so proud of all of them, so please check out their podcasts!   Ramin Mohammadi's was published last week, and I just published Diego Benna's today.  I will post Kazuki Hamasaki's the week of August 10-14, having just finished up the interview with him last night. I've also been coordinating with Chhandomay Mandal to interview the grand prize winners.  Sten Anderson's (developer of Music Explorer FX and grand prize winner!) interview was published this week, with Evgeni Sergeev coming soon!

2) This week Sun announced NetBeans 6.7.1 now supports JavaFX 1.2!  There was a lot of excitement in the blogosphere and Twitterville this week over this announcement and lots of developers are happy to finally have the support of the NetBeans IDE with JavaFX 1.2.

3) I came across two FREE JavaFX learning resources this week -- one is a 15-week course open to students of all ages, the other is a virtual summer camp for kids between the ages of 13-18. The "Summer Camp" for students ends in a few weeks, so please check it out and get your kids, nieces, nephews, friends, brothers, sisters signed up! 

Finally, I continue to search out active and influential JavaFX developers to conduct interviews and podcasts with.  Tonight, we will interview Stephen Chin of world-renowned WidgetFX fame.  Look for his interview to be published on Reviews Interactive in the coming weeks.  It will be fun to "meet" Steve over the phone after following him on Twitter and hearing the students talk about how cool they think WidgetFX is!

So, it has ben a very fun few weeks keeping up with JavaFX -- here's to hoping there is much more to come!

Tuesday Jul 07, 2009

Marketing gone wild!

While sorting through one of my many Google Alerts for VirtualBox I came across this article in my feed.

Although it has nothing to do with VirtualBox whatsoever, it does discuss a really cool virtual show marketing tactic Doritos cooked up with Blink-182. 

Basically, Blink-182 fans can get into a virtual show just by purchasing a bag of Doritos.  Inside the bag is a special marker that has to be placed in front of the computer's Web cam to see the show which features the band performing with 3D enhancements. 

But that's not all!  According to, moving and shaking the bag during the show will trigger other interactive features such as zooming and will determine the amount of time between the show's end and the first encore song. 

Being a marketing-focused MBA student I am constantly on the hunt for really unique "out of the box" marketing tactics (which coincidentally enough is the name of a seminar I am attending on Thursday).  This promotion by Doritos sounds too cool. I think I am going to have to buy a bag of Doritos just to check it out. 

So there you see, the Doritos marketing promotion is working because now I (not being a Doritos eater) am going to buy a bag just to experience the virtual show.  It just sounds too unique to pass up! Plus I can justify it as being "research."  Any recommendations on flavors?

Tuesday Jun 16, 2009

Sun's awe-inspiring students

It seems as if nearly every day at work I am amazed at and by the bright students involved with Sun as either Campus Ambassadors, or as proponents of open-source technology in OSUM.

Denis Magda is one fine example of such a student -- check out this blog post and I think you'll be just as impressed as I am, and will likely agree he has quite a bright future ahead of him!

Not that I am (really) old, but it makes me feel good just to think that some of these students who are so young and have so much going for really do have the world at their fingertips.

If you have any doubt, listen to Lin Lee talk with three Campus Ambassadors at JavaOne.  Their enthusiasm for open-source technology is contagious!

And thanks to Sun for continuing to support the student community.

Tuesday Jun 09, 2009

JavaFX-powered online recording studio

The other day I came across this article that describes yet another cool technology leveraging the power of JavaFX.

Indaba Music, which is a community and suite of online tools for musicians, has revamped their online recording and production tool using JavaFX.  With this update, Indaba Music is giving users the ability to more easily record music "directly to the Internet" through a platform-agnostic online interface. The new platform, which not only allows users to record audio directly online, also includes improved tools for mixing, editing, and looping.

The biggest change with the addition of the JavaFX technology is that the barrier between the desktop and the browser is not as noticeable, and the interface works the same from anywhere -- not to mention the ability to drag and drop files to and from the desktop.

As I regularly track JavaFX buzz on the Internet I am pleased to report that it has ramped up significantly since the JavaOne conference, with even the most vocal skeptics trying it out and reporting on how amazed they are with the technology.  JavaFX's adoption by Indaba Music is just another example of how widely it can be employed in applications.

Monday Jun 08, 2009

New iPhone quite a tease!

I am a fan of the iPhone and have had mine for nearly a year.  It is so addictive that I cannot really imagine my life without it.  

While on Twitter today I noticed a lot of buzz with the keywords Apple and iPhone which led me to discover the AMAZING new Apple iPhone 3G[s]!  After watching this guided tour I am jealous of all the new capabilities it will have over my second-generation phone.

For me, the compass would be invaluable, particularly on the map, and the new photo capabilities are certainly exciting -- I can't believe phones now have a macro feature!  

The one thing I was really hoping to see was GPS navigational system include a voice to give directions in a manner similar to a standard Garmin GPS.  I find it exceptionally hard to drive while trying to navigate myself on the map -- not to mention that it's just downright dangerous!  

So, while I know there is no way I will be getting the 3G[s]-generation phone, it makes me wonder how many more super-cool features will be in store by the time I am due for a new one. 

Thursday May 07, 2009

JavaFX game is out of this world!

You may have seen quite a few blogs and articles this past week talking about a new game that helps you learn JavaFX.  Although the game began in March, it's not too late to get involved!  The clues and theories are flying fast and furious and the team needs help to uncover the next JUMP!  Keep reading for the all details...

The PIE Theory is heralded by researchers Baron Rude and Hector Macchiato who believe that unexplained paranormal events are omens of a massive change in the direction of mankind. They have collected evidence throughout history where significant leaps in technology, science, and agriculture – known as a JUMP – were preceded by strange sightings and visitations. Both believe that another JUMP is about to occur and are asking for your help to track events and uncover the truth about the phenomena.

To take part, register at the PIE Theory Web site and download the toolkit, which contains JavaFX 1.1 and NetBeans 6.5. Both of these programs will help you help Baron and Hector unlock the clues for the next JUMP, and as a bonus, teach you JavaFX in the process.

You will use JavaFX to help Baron and Hector unlock the clues about the next JUMP – when and where it will happen, and what it will entail. The PIE Theory already has a wide network of collaborators and is actively collecting clues on their Wiki. So join current team members who are already working together on the PIE Network Forum, OSUM, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube and recruit others to help prepare for the next JUMP!

Wednesday Apr 15, 2009

Developing communities

This week, Sun is conducting a series of free lessons on open-source technology at the Hanoi University of Technology and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in Vietnam.

There are 130 university and college students in attendance, and the courses are being run in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology of the Ministry of Education and Training.   

The training is part of the Java Education and Development Initiative, also known as JEDI, which is a project developed by Sun that was first introduced in 2005 in the Philippines.  In the past four years, JEDI has benefitted more than 190,000 students in countries such as Indonesia and Brazil, among others.

I applaud Sun's initiative behind the JEDI program, which provides free high-quality documents on IT and computer sciences to universities and colleges and offers students access to abundant materials and software.  

In the past six months, the government of Vietnam has been investing time and energy in adopting more open-source technology, and what better way to organically do so then by starting with the students who will soon be the backbone of the country. 


Full-time MBA student and marketing intern in the Global Communications department. I live for adventure, whether it is climbing the local crag, backpacking with bears in the Smokies, or making the trek in Torres del Paine, I am always looking for fun!


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