Total Training is Going Online

As a very satisfied owner of Total Training DVD video tutorials on Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, and Flex, I literally recommend their training to everyone I speak with that might have an interest... really, and half the time I chew their ear off because I won't shut up about how great their tutorials are.

Now they're launching online training as well, in HD and available 24/7. Here's some quotes from their website:

Premium Training Goes Online
Total Training is a pioneer in innovative video-based training for creative design, digital video, and office productivity software programs. Our mission is to deliver premium training to our users enabling them to quickly learn new software applications. Now, for the first time, our award-winning videos are available online.

  • Access award-winning training 24/7
  • High-quality content produced in HD
  • Explore the customized interface


  • Customized Controls
  • Search Content Within Lessons
  • Lesson Progression Tracking
  • Ability to Bookmark Lessons




Get the Entire Total Training Online: Adobe Library for FREE!
In celebration of our upcoming Total Training Online release, we're offering this once in a lifetime opportunity. For every purchase of $150* or more, you will receive the Total Training Online Adobe Library absolutely free for 1 year that's over $1,000 worth of DVDs accessible online! View our Adobe Library below.

Hurry! Offer expires June 15, 2007.



P.S.

Dear Total Training:

Please add ColdFusion 8 training as a part of your web technology stable of training products.

Thanks!

Forums and Support for ColdFusion 8 Public Beta

ColdFusion 8 on Adobe LabsThe ColdFusion 8 flood gates have opened wide in the blogosphere, and ColdFusion developers everywhere have begun to consider and experiment with the wide range of great new features. As you know, Adobe Labs is hosting the ColdFusion 8 Public Beta, so if you haven't downloaded and installed it yet, now's the time.

Surely you'll have some questions about features and functionality as you play with the Server Monitor, Flex / LiveCycle DataServices Integration, Ajax integration, PDF documents and forms, Image processing, database driver enhancements, performance improvements, and all the other new features. Be certain to read the Installation Instructions and the Release Notes for known issues. Adobe Labs has set up a ColdFusion 8 Forum where you can begin discussion of your development ideas and experiences.

Questions are welcome, and remember that, for now, this is a public beta, so your input is wanted to help shape the final release. If you feel confident that you've uncovered a bug or have an urgent enhancement request then you can enter a report here. All reports are read and evaluated on technical merit and distribution of impact (i.e. how many developers or sites may experience the reported problem).

I'm thrilled that I've been able to contribute to the development and quality assurance testing for this upcoming final release of ColdFusion 8, and I'm completely certain you will be too.

But work is not done yet, so get ColdFusion 8 Public Beta and provide your feedback.

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Photography Club Exhibit Opening and Reception in Concord

First Parish of ConcordThis Sunday on April 22 the Photography Club at the First Parish of Concord will present its fifth annual Photography Club Exhibit. The public is welcome (and wanted) to attend... hey, that's what its all about. I joined the group in 2006, and I've been told that membership has swelled in the last couple years, and we're nearly 50 members.

Come join us for food and drinks this Sunday from 3 to 6pm while you wander the galleries throughout the First Parish, just off Concord Center. Concord Center is usually busy on weekends, and with the first burst of Spring's warmth expected for Sunday the place will probably be bustling. You can find a huge parking lot very near on Keyes Road just across from the Sally Ann Food Shop and behind the Bank of America.

Here's photos on Flickr geotagged for Concord. For my photos of Concord click here, or here on a map.

www.flickr.com

Video: The Streets of Bangalore India

You'll never complain about the traffic in your town again! Driving in Bangalore, India is not for the faint hearted. Bangalore has undergone an extreme population explosion in the last decade with the growth of the IT Industry. In my experience, Bangalore has unparalleled traffic congestion and chaos compared to anywhere in North America or Europe.

The first 3 minutes of this video are the last stretch in our daily commute from the Leela Palace Hotel to the Adobe office on Bannerghatta Road along the IT corridor. Starting at 4 minutes into the video is a backseat view from a ride inside one of those yellow-capped auto rickshaws from the office to the nearby Forum Mall. It was as much fun as an amusement park!

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India Travel Warning: Hit And Run is a must!

While researching health and travel requirements for my upcoming trip to Bangalore, India I stumbled across this little factoid from the US Deptartment of State that instills oh so much confidence that this will be a pleasant journey:

If a driver hits a pedestrian or a cow, the vehicle and its occupants are at risk of being attacked by passersby. Such attacks pose significant risk of injury or death to the vehicle's occupants or at least of incineration of the vehicle. It can thus be unsafe to remain at the scene of an accident of this nature, and drivers may instead wish to seek out the nearest police station.


Ok, let me get this straight... In between taking my malaria pills, seeking out bottled water only, eating at only "American" restaurants, and looking 10 times before attempting to cross the street, now I've got to worry if my driver will smack into a cow at the risk of conflagration and death... the car's conflagration and my death. Yikes! Hit and Run is mandatory!

Driving in Bangalore video clips on YouTube.

Is there anyone behind the curtain at TurboLinux ?

Recently I tried to purchase the Japanese version of TurboLinux Server 10 but in the process ran into nothing but dead ends. TurboLinux is reported to be the most popular distribution in Asia and is based in Japan. Although their primary website is in Japanese at http://www.turbolinux.co.jp, they do have an English version available through a US website http://www.turbolinux.com.

The US website offers only English versions of TurboLinux, and their online store is simply a redirect to their US distributor BlueSquad. Additionally, Distrowatch indicates that the distributor Source One Network is leading vendor.

Finding that neither BlueSquad nor Source One offered the Japanese version of the product either online or by direct contact with their Sales, I decided to just call the mothership itself. That was a futile effort since the phone number listed for their US office in San Francisco is completely wrong. Three times I called to verify the number while pissing off who ever was picking up each time.

Great, so their phone number is misprinted. What next? Well, I sent a fax to their fax number requesting a call back, and I submitted their online feedback form. Twenty four hours later and no response from either.

What really irks me is that the US TurboLinux office is at 600 Townsend St and the Adobe (former Macromedia) office is 601 Townsend St. directly across the street!! But here I am in the Adobe office in Newton, MA and unless I could coerce a colleague in San Fran to take a short stroll I was out of luck.

Almost... My last resort was to co-opt my Japanese collegue down the hall to navigate the Japanese TurboLinux Website. With his help, we were able to successfully make a purchase after much wheel-spinning and wasted time.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Now Available

Red Hat has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5). The Server editions have changed from the AS or ES choices to RHEL or RHEL AP (Advanced Platform). Basic subscriptions for RHEL cost $349 whereas RHEL AP starts at $1499. RHEL now includes virtualization for running up to 4 guest OSes, and RHEL AP can run unlimited guest OSes (well, as much as your hardware can manage).

The Desktop edition Basic Subscription starts at $80, but there are several other Desktop configurations that include Multi-OS virtualization and Workstation ranging up to $339.

The free Red Hat clone CentOS released CentOS 5 Beta earlier this week, and they're expected to post the final version shortly.

Spring
Conference 2007

Spring
Conference 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Athens, OH


Join us for our fifth annual event. This year the conference will be bigger than ever. 35 sessions to choose from in 7 tracks, plus three hands on sessions! Ben Forta, Adobe's Chief Product Evangelist will be speaking at the General Session Key Note plus, Ben will be back to give a presentation at the Lunchtime Session as well.

    Choose from session in the following tracks:
  • Design & User Experience
  • Using Tools: Tips & Tricks
  • ColdFusion, Java, PHP & ActionScript
  • Maximum Development
  • Web 2.0: Ajax, Flex & Video
  • Application Security & Performance
  • Vendor Showcase
  • Boot Camp: Beginner Level Hands On


Some of this year's speakers include:
Ben Forta, Phillip Kerman, Joseph Lowery, Chris Bate, Rob Gonda, John Cummings, D.Lee Beard, Bob Paquette, Dan Switzer, Bailey Bruce, Doug Ward, Steve Drucker, James Shore, James Shore, Joshua Logsdon, Scott Cantor, Kevin Hoyte, Jeff Carnes, Joel Stanley, Gary Kraeger, more.

We'll have the Vendor Expo where you can meet with the companies that provide the software and services you're looking for!

Registration Fee: $35 [includes your lunch]

Registration is available at http://www.sbconference.com

We hope to see you there!

Spring
Conference 2007 is presented by the Southeast Ohio Creative Adobe Technologies User Group in partnership with Ohio University, the IT

New Course: Total Training for Adobe Flex 2 Advanced Visual Programming

If you were happy with Total Training's Rich Internet Applications with Flex 2 hosted by Adobe's James Talbot, then you should have a look at Advanced Visual Programming in Flex 2, hosted by Leo Schuman, just released today.

Total Training for Adobe Flex 2 Advanced Visual Programming
You will learn how to work with embedded images and fonts, implement transitions and easing effects, apply filters and blends, and programmatically interact with mouse position and actions like dragging and dropping. In addition, you will learn how to extend and skin Flex UI components using both images and shapes drawn with the ActionScript Drawing API. (9 hours)


Total Training for Adobe Flex 2 Rich Internet Applications
Learn how the Adobe Flex 2 product line delivers a standards-based programming methodology to combine the richness of the desktop with the reach of the web. Discover best practices for architecting a Flex application. Learn how to connect a Flex application to server side data including web services and remote methods. Understand how to customize a Flex application to give it a unique look and feel. (8 hours)

Snap Back!

I'm a fan of the Snap Preview Anywhere (SPA) to provide small previews of web pages that I link to from my blog. I think it saves time by giving me a quick idea of the content behind a link so I don't have to click through, change my mind, and then click back. It also helps conserve network bandwidth usage across the internet. In fact, TalkingTree.com was just listed in the SPA 100 on Snap blog.

Go ahead, mouseover some links. You know you want to!

Ok, so maybe you don't want to mouseover the link. Maybe you don't like Snap Previews. Maybe you're just old fashioned that way. Click on the Snap Preview [options] link to adjust the preview delay, or if you're just in a foul mood that day then just disable them completely.



Not feeling cranky anymore? What if you want Snap back? Here's how to turn Snap Previews on again.

Ahhh, isn't that better now? :)

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