Zeke Franco

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quasarkitten: Yesterday I posted about swfobject, a script that embeds flash...

Yesterday I posted about swfobject, a script that embeds flash files for you in an unobtrusive way. Today I found jQuery Media Plugin. It basically converts a standard link to to the proper embed method. For example it will write embed tags for ie, and object tags for firefox.

Here is how it works:

Let the script know which class you are applying to your media files, for example 'media'. Then create you markup in your html file. <a class="media" href="karaoke.mov">Quicktime movie of me singing staying alive</a>

That's it! The script will turn the anchor in to the proper embed markup.

Here are some of the formats it supports. mp3, aac, wav, real media and other audio formats quicktime movies, real, and even youtube videos. silverligh and even sIFR.

Which is awesome because setting up sIFR can be a pain.

Of coarse this is an overview, check out the link for the actual overview, demos, and details.

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quasarkitten: Anyone ever played around with swfobject? It seems pretty awesome!...

Anyone ever played around with swfobject? It seems pretty awesome! Flash is a pain in the ass, but this script makes it pretty seemless. Stupid IE, STUPDIER Embed tags! Sidenote: one of the reasons i like Vimeo is they give you valid mark for embedding videos. Although it's not too hard to make youtube's markup valid.

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quasarkitten: Anyone want an invite to evernote. Its an desktop app...

Anyone want an invite to evernote. Its an desktop app and webservice that "allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere"

I have 10 invites.

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quasarkitten: If you had to pick a partner based on their...

If you had to pick a partner based on their profession which professions would you choose? It can't be the same profession as your own.

My List (in no order) 1.) Copywriter 2.) Illustrator/Designer 3.) Physicist 4.) Open source loving server-side programmer.

I asked my friend at work (Jane--the copywriter), what profession she would choose...

1.) Someone who works for a humanitarian non-profit. 2.) A Professor 3.) Chef (I like this one as well)

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quasarkitten: Loving the new promo materials in Starbucks. Everything is pseudo...

Loving the new promo materials in Starbucks. Everything is pseudo cork board with little stickers (colored dots) holding up notes and photos. Not too fond of the stickers, they are too perfect looking--they are literally perfect circles that are a solid color, they need a wrinkle or fold or something.

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SXSW ‘08: Friday Plus the Last 24hrs

This trip has been pretty crazy… Twenty-four hours ago I was in an emergency hospital. I was at work and suddenly became intensely dizzy and nauseous. After running back and forth from my cube to the restroom, HR called an ambulance. I stayed in the hospital for about five hours—they did some blood tests, blood pressure testing, and a CAT scan. Finally around 10pm last night I was released from the hospital with a diagnosis of vertigo possibly due to a viral ear infection. So I go home and pass-out due the be given large amounts of dramamine and valium. I luckily woke up at 5:40am and realized shit I have a flight to catch by 7:47am, and I haven’t even pack. So I through my laptop in my bag, through a bunch of clothes in my luggage, and scram out the door. As a side note that night my laptop and been dropped and know looks all ghetto. Before I left for the hospital I incorrectly packed my laptop away in my backpack, when my roommate went to put my backpack upstairs it flopped right out. I guess it will be a good excuse to buy a Macbook pro, when they come out with the new chipsets. Luckily Ontario airport is a very quick airport to get through so I easily made the flight to Salt Lake City. My flight to Austin was delayed an hour on top of my two hour overlay. So that was fun.

Once I got to Austin it has been smooth sailing. I got to my hotel at 7:30pm ran to the Convention center claimed my SXSWi badge and goodies bag. The goodies bag didn’t have anything great in it. The coolest thing was a Linux magazine and Create Magazine. I’m going to try to go to sleep early so I can enjoy all the great talks. I’ll be posting another entry tomorrow night about any activities that happen during the day, and which talks I attended.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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Yahoo User Interface Theater (Videos)

I just recently found out about the YUI Theater. It is a collection of videos about the web development world. I’m really enjoying them so far. I have already watched Douglas Crockford: “The JavaScript Programming Language—Part 1”. It was very informative about the history of JavaScript. I look forward to watching all four videos. Also on my list to watch is Shawn Henry’s “ Web Accessibility Guidelines Update” I enjoyed hearing her speak at An Event Apart Seattle 2007. So I’m excited to watch this presentation. As of today there are 44 videos in the YUI Channel. I can’t wait to watch them all. Here are some of the ones I’m looking forward to watching.

An Introduction to Screen Magnification Software An Introduction to Screen Readers Welcome to Firebug 1.0

Yahoo has even posted twenty-three of it’s video on iTunes as a podcast that you can subscribe to. On a related topic the recent FLOSS Weekly podcast interviewed Nate Koechley, a Yahoo front-end engineer and designer. They talked about The Yahoo User Interface Library, a collection of open source JavaScript utilities and controls with cross-browser, cross-platform support. So to wrap this up if your a developer pay attention to what Yahoo is doing because they are bringing out a lot of content, services, and code for us developers.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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