May
30

There's a good bit of buzz in the blog-o-sphere about Microsoft's new Surface technology. I've watched the demo's on the site, read the background information and yes it is really cool stuff. I especially like the idea that I can put my smartphone on top of the table and drag content to the device. Whether it's music, spreadsheets, maps or directions, the idea just seems really compelling to me. But is any of it really new? Well over a year ago I was watching demo videos of very similar technology (see below) that included various usages of surface computing. I suppose the idea of surface computing is nothing new but Microsoft's implementation is. And as far as I know their technology will be the first to reach the market and be available for consumers in the winter of 2007.

View the videos below and see what you think.

Bumptop 3D Desktop Prototype

Multi-touch technology from Adobe TED

UPDATE: 07.24.2007 Check out this parody "Surface" video

May
30

Last.fm Bought By CBS

Posted by Aaron West at 10:24 AM in Music

The title says it all, CBS has purchased the last.fm social music networking site for $280 US million in the largest UK-based Web 2.0 acquisition ever.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6701863.stm

May
30

Giving ColdFusion 8 More Exposure

Posted by Aaron West at 9:10 AM in ColdFusion

As if it needed more exposure... You can get CF8 from labs and start testing your sites, applications, and the new features that come with the next major release of ColdFusion.

Here are a few of the features you can test drive in the public beta:

  • Significant performance improvements - up to 5X faster than ColdFusion MX7.
  • Server monitoring identifies server bottlenecks, allowing for tuning and improved performance.
  • Code debugging speeds your development with set breakpoints, variables monitoring, and step through ColdFusion code with an Eclipse plug-in debugger.
  • Integration with Adobe Flex(tm) and AJAX features let ColdFusion power personalized, multimedia-rich applications to enhance your users' experiences on the web.
  • High-quality, on-demand presentations can be created dynamically on the server.
  • Applications can interact with PDF documents and forms for a printable, portable way to intelligently capture and share information.
  • Create and manipulate images with more than 50 new CFML tags and functions
  • Native support for .NET objects to easily integrate all of your enterprise data and infrastructure services.
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/coldfusion8/