Apr
27

I manage a lot of ColdFusion Enterprise application servers. When I'm working on new server deployments, accessing the various ColdFusion Administrator's, or troubleshooting issues, I often have ideas about ways Adobe can improve enterprise server management. Here are three of the ideas I've had recently.

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Apr
25

From time to time I've talked about productivity and Getting Things Done. It's an approach to work and life that has made a positive difference in me over the last 3 years and I evangelize GTD everywhere I go. If you've never read David Allen's book or you haven't read about the approach here's 10 questions asked of David that discuss what Getting Things Done is and what it's not.

An excerpt from gtdtimes.com:

GTD is simply how anything gets done, and the principles apply not just to any business but to any person in any aspect of their life. As soon as you have more than one thing to do, that you can't finish the moment you think of it, then you can apply the GTD methods to increase your ability to manage what you're doing well.

Click here to read the rest of David's answers.

Apr
17

Yesterday I posted about upgrading my blog to BlogCFC 5.9.3. How I went about the upgrade process is probably just as important as getting on the latest version. What follows is a run-down of how I upgraded, what tools I used to make it painless, and the SQL scripts I wrote you can use to get your own blog upgraded. Hit the more link for all the goodness.

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Apr
16

I haven't upgraded my blog software (BlogCFC) since 2006. I've written several customizations that until recently have made it a huge burden to migrate to Ray's latest enhancements without losing my own additions and changes. Last weekend I decided enough was enough and I made a personal goal to get everything running on 5.9.3 before Monday. It wasn't easy but with the help of some nice tools I was able to reach my goal.

I'll post a later entry on the tools I used that made the upgrade process painless. I'll also provide custom MySQL scripts I wrote to upgrade the database architecture, just like I did before. In the meantime, here's a short list of what has been added and changed:

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Apr
11

When it comes to Adobe's Lightroom photography software I consider myself a super noob. I've been using it for over a year now but I'm still learning new things every few weeks. Yesterday I upgraded to version 2 and quickly discovered Lightroom can now run as a 64-bit application. Supported operating systems include Mac OS X 10.5.x and Windows Vista (64-bit).

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Apr
11

Given how often I use Evernote for work and personal activities I'm quite surprised I've never blogged about it. I want to put an end to that right now and talk about one of Evernote's useful features, Web clipping.

I add notes into Evernote all the time. Whether I'm taking notes in meetings, doing research on what camera case to buy, or grabbing a quick screenshot of a map for use later on my iPhone, Evernote has become a critical component of my computer use. As I add or change content in Evernote on one computer, it is synced with my account on evernote.com, all my other Macs, and my iPhone!

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Apr
6

Todd Sharp has put together a very short slide deck (12 slides) detailing reasons why you should attend CFUnited 2009 in Leesburg, Virginia. The deck has information about where and when the conference will take place, video of the conference venue, what valuable content you can expect, and more. If you're on the fence about attending I recommend taking 3 minutes to view Todd's slide deck.

Apr
6

This is one of those blog posts where 99% of you will say "Huh, he's actually blogging about this?" It's true this might be one of the easiest things in the world to figure out but for those who've asked me already, and for those who might in the future, here's how you activate Safari's developer tools.

Open Safari's preferences window (command + comma) and click on the Advanced tab in the upper right. At the bottom of the resulting screen there will be a checkbox you can click to activate the developer tools. This will allow a new "Develop" option to show in Safari's menu bar.

Now that you have the tools activated read this overview and this detailed article to ensure you're getting the most from the Safari 4.

Apr
6

Safari 4 Beta Tab Hacks

Posted by Aaron West at 8:00 AM in Hacks, Mac

I've been running Safari 4 beta for a few weeks now and am quite happy with it. It's much faster than Firefox on Mac, has a smaller visual footprint, and includes a great set of developer tools. Some people aren't too happy with some of the new tab features though. Have no fear, Rob Griffiths over at Macworld put together a screencast that shows you how to move the new tab bar from the top of Safari window to its original position. Rob also shows how to hack the active tab color or the inactive tabs colors to make either stand out.

Check it out here.

Apr
5

This may come as a surprise but it's not that often that I have a need to compare entire folders or projects of code. Most of the time I'm using Subclipse's compare functionality to compare two different versions of the same file. When I do need to perform heavy code comparisons I typically rely on File Merge, a utility that comes with Xcode.

Realizing there are probably much better tools suited to this task I thought I'd reach out to my readers and ask what you use. So, if you're on OS X, fire away and offer up your best suggestion for the most rockin' code compare utility.

Incidentally, for those that are on Windows (I'm sorry), Beyond Compare and WinMerge are the best tools I've seen.

Apr
1

It's been 9 years since I started using ColdFusion and 7 since I began serving the community as a member of Team Macromedia for ColdFusion, now the Adobe Community Expert program. After all these years programming in ColdFusion and being intimately involved in the CF community I've decided to hang up my hat and take down my Adobe Community Expert badge.

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Apr
1

QuickTime on iPhone?

Posted by Aaron West at 8:30 AM in iPhone, Mobile & Devices

I'm not sure if I've discovered a hidden feature on the iPhone but as of this morning dot wav files embedded in iPhone Mail can be played. I currently use Vonage for my home phone service and anytime someone leaves a voicemail Vonage sends my wife and I an e-mail with their message embedded as a dot wave file.

We've had this set up ever since moving to Vonage over a year ago. Until today I would listen to the wav files in Apple Mail on my Macbook Pro. Always the optimist I'd click the wav file in all voicemail e-mails but would consistently be met with the message: "This audio type is not supported."

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Apr
1

SanDisk Gets Props for Better Packaging

Posted by Aaron West at 8:00 AM in General

I ordered a Canon G10 camera last week and it arrived yesterday. Aside from all the giddiness of another gadget in the house I was really excited to finally, finally see a company do something about plastic packaging. For decades many simple products have been packaged into a super protective sheath of environment-killing plastic.

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