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Generate Ant Build Files for Flex Projects in FlashBuilder

If you have not given SourceMate at try you should. It add that extra kick to your FlashBuilder IDE that you need. Just today I was wondering if there was a way to generate an ant build file for the Flex projects that I have. I googled for about 5 min, then asked on twitter. Not 20 sec after I twittered I thought OH! I bet SourceMate has a feature like this. Sure enough it does. Not to mention some other really cool and useful features to speed up your workflow.

Here is a link to the SourceMate site. They have a free trial so you should check it out.

I am giving away – Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection


At the next Flash Platform UG meeting in Nashville I will be speaking about Flex and PHP. This is a joint meeting with the Nashville PHP UG.

Well you don’t want to miss this meeting now ….. Adobe Evangelist Ryan Stewart sent me an email the other day and we where talking about the next meeting (thanks to Cal Evans for introducing Ryan to the Nashville UG community), anyway long story short Ryan offered to allow me to give away of MASTER COLLECTION! This is a $2600 value.

Someone is going to walk away with it. It might as well be you so, be there or you will kick yourself. I will also be giving out a few t-shirts and stickers from our friends at influxis

Getting out of jail is free! Jailbreaking iphone is legal

Get out of jail free

Fantastic news today from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).  After a lot of hard work and mountains of paperwork, jailbreaking your iPhone is now explicitly a permitted fair use under the DMCA!

The first of EFF’s three successful requests clarifies the legality of cell phone “jailbreaking” — software modifications that liberate iPhones and other handsets to run applications from sources other than those approved by the phone maker. More than a million iPhone owners are said to have “jailbroken” their handsets in order to change wireless providers or use applications obtained from sources other than Apple’s own iTunes “App Store,” and many more have expressed a desire to do so. But the threat of DMCA liability had previously endangered these customers and alternate applications stores.

In its reasoning in favor of EFF’s jailbreaking exemption, the Copyright Office rejected Apple’s claim that copyright law prevents people from installing unapproved programs on iPhones: “When one jailbreaks a smartphone in order to make the operating system on that phone interoperable with an independently created application that has not been approved by the maker of the smartphone or the maker of its operating system, the modifications that are made purely for the purpose of such interoperability are fair uses.”

The EFF also successfully renewed the existing DMCA exception for carrier unlocking.  More on the ruling by the Library of Congress is here and here (and many other places, since this is huge news!). The full ruling is here, and EFF’s history with this case is here (EFF’s servers are understandably getting hammered today!).

This doesn’t mean that Apple will stop their technical attempts to thwart jailbreaking, but it does mean that iPhone jailbreaks and unlocks are now unambiguously legal under the DMCA.

Great job, EFF!

Here are the numbers …. Know what you are worth

A 12-month comparison by Janco indicated that mean compensation, which included bonuses, for all IT executive positions in large enterprises surveyed stood at $143,378, which was a marginal increase from the previous $142,753. Contrastingly, in the case of mid-sized enterprises, there seemed to be a slight decrease in the mean compensation, $125,079 from the previous $126,031.

How to install Lua 5 in Mac OS X Leopard « Devthought

If you have darwin ports installed on OS X then you can follow the instructions below. If you don’t want to go thorough the trouble of installing darwin ports just so you can use wget then you can just hop on over to the lua downloads and drop the tar file into the /tmp dir and follow the rest of the instructions

Open up terminal. Copy the link of the latest Lua version and download it:

Extract and compile:

tar -xzvf lua-5.1.4.tar.gz
cd lua-5.1.4
make macosx

Test and install (if test goes through)

make test
sudo make install

And you’re done!

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