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I love oxymorons - phrases whose words, when placed beside each other, don't make much sense because they contradict each other. One classic, "military intelligence" got a lot of play in M*A*S*H and Catch 22. My all-time Web development favorite is "Web Typography." Typography simply does not exist on the Web. Type? Yes. Typography? No. Flash developers, for example, seem to have embraced 6-point for everything. What you see, in this instance, are Web sites that look more like the fine print at the bottom of used-car financing ads than digital media communications vehicles. Many who develop in the HTML universe still haven't figured out that line length increases with a corresponding increase in point size. Both groups have developed an unnatural fixation on using light grey type on a dark grey background. To use a Web dev buzz phrase: "What's with that?" The answ... (more)

ADF UI Shell: Supporting global hotkeys for the activity tabs

We recently had the requirement to provide our users global hotkeys to switch between tabs within the ADF UI Shell (a.k.a. Dynamic Tab Shell) in JDev 11g. Luckily I caught a presentation at Open World this year where Frank Nimphius showed off support for creating global hotkeys in ADF applications. Frank was kind enough to give me his source code allowing me to modify it to suit the ADF UI Shell specifically. The following code shows the general technique for getting global hotkeys workings, as well as specific code to suit the ADF UI Shell implementation. The following code was built and tested under JDev ADF UI Shell Extension – global hotkeys Readers familiar with the current incarnation of the ADF UI Shell will know it has the ability to spawn 1 to 15 "activity" tabs displaying whatever the programmer chooses. This provides an ideal framework for users... (more)

LG Introduces World's First Java-based Mobile Handset

LG Electronics and SavaJe Technologies Inc. have announced that LG Electronics is the first company in the world to complete development of a handset using SavaJe OS, SavaJe Technologies' Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) Connected Device Configuration (CDC) based open OS. LG Electronics is demonstrating and promoting the product to operators worldwide, and is ready to mass-produce handsets to operator specifications for delivery in 2006. The LG Electronics handset features a slide design with 176x220 color TFT display, 1.3MPixel camera, Bluetooth, and an SD Card memory card for storage of up to 1GB of applications, music, video and pictures. The handset plays MP3, AAC and AAC+ music formats as well as H.263 and MPEG4 videos. "The SavaJe and LG Electronics implementation of a complete handset operating system based on Java technologies extends significant opportu... (more)

PANTA Systems Sets Industry Record TPC-H One Terabyte Clustered Benchmark Result Running Oracle With Linux

PANTA Systems published a new record-setting TPC-H One Terabyte (TB) benchmark running Oracle Database 10g Release 2 and Oracle Real Application Clusters with Linux1. This is both the fastest and best price/performance TPC-H One TB result for clustered environments. The benchmark employed an 8-node PANTAmatrix with PANTA’s native InfiniBand storage, and achieved a record-breaking performance of 59,353.9 [email protected] with a price-performance ratio of $24.94/[email protected] “The PANTAmatrix platform delivers superior performance, scalability and reliability for large data warehouses through its massive I/O capacity and high performance, cost-effective scale-out storage,” said Fred van den Bosch, CEO, PANTA Systems. “This benchmark shows that PANTAmatrix running Oracle Database10g and Oracle Real Application Clusters provides comparable performance at... (more)

Jesus Phone Makes a New Mobile AJAX Platform

iPhone, one of the most hyped products ever and occasionally called the "Jesus phone" like it was the Second Coming, is about to hit the market so Apple figured it had better say "one more thing" before it casts off. The gadget is going to be able to access YouTube content. IPhone will be the first mobile device to take advantage of YouTube's new H.264-encoded format, which is supposed to improve video quality and preserve battery life. This, and AJAX, we're told, makes it a platform, not to say the newest high school fashion accessory, although third-party programmers say they are barred from creating real applications. Apple upgraded the battery to be good for a critic-addressing, still-to-be-proven eight hours of talk time, double what rivals like RIM and Palm can do. That's supposed to translate into six hours of Internet use, seven hours of video playback, 24 hou... (more)

Showtime: Bringing the Co-Web to a Screen Near You!

The Co-Web, the collaborative, media converged Web, is upon us. The Co-Web is interpersonal; it is about getting work done together. It is much more than surfing a YouTube/Google Map mashup while Twittering with co-workers. Showtime uses those same technologies to build a Co-Web page where we all interact on the same data at the same time, see the same context and make better decisions as a result. A Showtime Co-Web application uses the same standards as a normal mashup - OpenAJAX plus XMPP, RTP/RTSP and H.264 - yet remakes the mashup as the Co-Web. For the Co-Web - It's Showtime! Register for AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Submit Your Paper to Present a Session Sponsor AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Speaker Bio: Andrew Donoho, Web Theorist with IBM's Emerging Internet Technology Team, has a long history working with both Web standards and implementations. He was an... (more)

Adobe in the encoding industry

During IBC, Adobe announced the Flash Media Encoding Server a new scalable, high-performance server application for encoding generic videos to Flash video files. The solution, derived from Rozhet, is a robust encoding technology and support H.264, Vp6, AAC, MP3 as output for the Flash Player... ... (more)

An A to Z of the Social Media Landscape: H to P

This is part 2 of 3 of a continuing series on Social Media Companies. You can go to Part 1 here. As with the A-G list, if you see any problems with the data or you believe a company should be on this list, please let me know. [email protected] H Hi5 +Social Glue Award Launched in 2003, hi5 is now one of the world's largest social networks and a top 20 website globally — with over 60 million monthly unique visitors. Compete reports 3.2 million U.S. unique visitors every month. Quantcast reports 49.9 million worldwide visitors, high indexes for male, 12-34, Hispanic and Asian, has kids, low income and low education score. Alexa has it ranked as the number 31 site on the Internet with 22.8 minutes per day and over 20 pages per day per user. I Imeem Imeem is a social network that enables users to discover, interact and express themselves with media, including music, video... (more)

A tale of two components (JSF2)

In this blog, I'll examine two different ways to create a poll component with JSF 2, and in doing so, we'll look briefly at the two different ways that you specify id's in the two JSF 2 Ajax APIs. Today, I'd like to take a look at two different ways to create a poll component. Poll components are a way to periodically update a page with new information. We'll take a look at examples of these in a second, but first, a caveat: I've assumed throughout my blogs on Ajax components in JSF that you have at least a passing familiarity with JavaScript. This post assumes a bit more knowledge of JavaScript than some other posts. I'll try to explain what I'm doing as I go along, but if you find yourself mystified by closures, I'd like to suggest the book JavaScript: The Good Parts. It's a wonderful book, and quite short. Check it out. With that out of the way, here's how you'd ... (more)

Scalable Video Coding (SVC) to Impact Global Videoconferencing Market

Wainhouse Research has released its latest study, "H.264 SVC: A Technical Assessment," an independent view of the Scalable Video Coding (SVC) standard, ratified in late 2007 whose benefits are gaining recognition and acceptance in multiple segments of the videoconferencing and unified communications markets. The report contrasts H.264 SVC with the preceding H.264 (AVC) Baseline Profile used for many years in traditional videoconferencing systems. Conclusions were based on side-by-side comparisons of a variety of videoconferencing devices and analysis of architecture and coding aspects. “When properly implemented, an SVC-based video conferencing solution offers many benefits including decreased latency, enhanced video quality, significantly improved network error tolerance, decreased costs and more,” said Andrew W. Davis, Senior Analyst, Wainhouse Research. “SVC is a... (more)

Enis Berberoğlu Named Editor-in-Chief of Hürriyet

New Media on Ulitzer I left Chicago late the night of December 30, via Turkish Airlines to spend the New Year with my mom in Turkey. Our plane arrived in Istanbul the next evening. There were five hours left until the New Year and the traffic from the airport to the hotel was bumper-to-bumper. I saw this on a CNN International program. I don't think there is another country on earth that loves their Papa Noel (Santa Claus), Christmas trees and Christmas music more than Turkey. And I am not sure if there is another Muslim country out there that is in love with Christmas like the Turks, I doubt it. I had an early New Year's Eve dinner by myself at Hüsrev, a local rice and beans restaurant. Mom and my sister would arrive from Eskişehir by train the next day. I woke up early in my hotel room, picked up my morning paper, went downstairs for breakfast before heading out... (more)