Ajax and LAMP Coders Wanted — ASAP

Today I got another call from a recruiter about a potential Ajax/LAMP position they are looking to fill. Without me doing any active advertising, this is probably the 5th or 6th contact from recruiting companies looking to fill a similar position in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This reminds me of Jason’s comment on how his other programmer friends told him that any coder in the Bay Area can get a job if he just sticks his resume on a rock and slingshot it in any direction. Just a couple of days ago, VMWare’s recruiter also contacted me about a similar position…

Too bad I can’t be employed on a full time basis.

Dreaming of the iPhone

Yesterday we finally decided we should have a look at this “revolutionary” device called the iPhone at the local mall. After taking turns playing with the phone, Grace went to the GAP while Bryan and I just hung out. I mean, I loved the phone, but I just don’t use my phone enough to justify buying one. So we went home.

Last night, I tossed and turned and dreamed about the stupid iPhone all night long… Maye my subconscious REALLY wants one. At least my dreams were about how certain “fictional” iPhone commercials were made in my dreams. Grace’s dream is about how I got her one… hah hah…

Weird dreams….

Free Adobe Creative Suite Video Workshops

I’ve been using and loving Lynda.com for a few weeks now. But it appears that Adobe is offering much of the same content for free on their website! (For Adobe products only, of course) I suppose there’s a deal going on with Lynda.com for this to happen… Jason is right that the content on Adobe’s site is way better organized compared to Lynda.com’s.

So there’s really no more reason for you to say, “But I don’t know Photoshop” anymore…. Get cranking, slackers!

Adobe Creative Suite Video Workshops

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Interesting Desktop Metaphors for Computing

In reading some criticisms for the new Mac OSX Leopard, I cam across this interesting design for potential OS use:

A while ago, I documented some other interesting OS level file organization innovations. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen much of anything implemented with recent introduction of operating systems from the major players.

The video above reminds me of Sun’s “Looking Glass” project:

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Japanese’s Got Taste

Whatever innovation someone else comes up with, one thing is certain — Japanese are going to improve upon it, no matter how mundane or insignificant it is. Take the crop fields, long believed to be aliens’ messages to the low life earthlings about their 2nd coming, err, I meant first contact… Only Japanese can see past that crap and make them with an artistic twist.

Japanese Crop Field Art

Japanese Crop Field Art

Apparently this guy has been doing it for years. Check out more of his other work. Now that’s something even the UFOs could appreciate.

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Apple Javascript Documentation Ignores IE

I was reading through some documentation on Apple’s Developer Connection site when I noticed that Apple completely left out IE when recommending developers to test their Javascript codes on other browsers.

Apple documentation ignoring IE as recommended browser to test Javascript with

Granted there are actually a number of other browsers not listed there, given IE’s lion’s share in the market, I found it amusing that they chose not to mention it at all. Considering Microsoft bailed out Apple at the brink of its demise back in the days, perhaps Apple ought to be a little nicer to Redmond even if they know Microsoft is just making bad copies of whatever Apple makes anyway…

Firefox Gaining Ground and OS Rant

I read somewhere today that Firefox has been gaining a lot of ground at the expense of IE, especially in Europe. It’s weird that Europe and Asia are always at the cutting edge of things even though some (if not most) of those technologies are often originated from the other side of the pond. As a web developer, this is a welcome news. And it should force Microsoft to do some introspection (if that’s even possible) on finally adhering to some industry-wide standards and really innovate. There are days when I can’t believe I still argue with people as to why they are still using IE if they are not being forced to use it for compatibility reasons (i.e. “my bank only supports IE”… my answer would be, “what kind of idiotic bank is that?”).

In other news, it seems like people are running to the Macs these days. Jason is at the brink of getting one pending certain conditions are met (though AJ already has my old PowerBook G4). Many friends who used to laugh at the idea of using a Mac are now hardcore Mac users (albeit some are using the hardware to run Linux). But overall, just within my own sphere of influence, people are getting fed up with having to install multiple virus scanners (seems like ONE just doesn’t cut it anymore), 3rd party firewall software and still getting their computers ruined for one reason or another… Just within the past 3 months, I’ve already heard multiple instances of people getting their Paypal/bank accounts exploited, files infected and OS blue screened, all happened behind the comfort of those so-called virus/malware/spyware scanners. They must make tons of money from those licenses. I almost want to think that THEY are the ones coming up with them… 😉

In comparison, it’s comforting to know that there still isn’t a single spyware/virus in existence for any version of the Mac OS since 2000. With the addition of Little Snitch on top of Mac’s built-in firewall, my Mac is in good hands even if there were any written for the Mac. I found it funny that some people tried to argue about certain exploits found on the Mac… but little did they know the context in which they were found — because the sponsor had to lower the threshold (un-checking some out-of-box preferences) in order for those exploits to even work. In other words, straight out of box, Mac OSX is rock solid against those exploits (which have since been patched anyway). Nothing is water tight… But at least it’s tighter than the leaky bladder that is Microsoft Windows….

Some people buy cheap PCs with Windows for the “biggest bang for the buck”. But the way I look at it, even if I had to reinstall the damn OS even once (or to put Linux on it), my time spent doing that already far exceeds the cost of the stupid hardware (let along its inferiority being a bargain basement hardware). As a freelancer, my time is money… In the 6 years I started using Mac full time, there was no time I’ve had to reinstall the OS for any reason. And I’ve only experienced kernel panic, at most, 3 times. When Grace was still using XP, I’d easily have to reinstall the OS every 6 to 8 months despite all the protective software I’d installed for her….

Enough rant on Microsoft today….

Most Typed Keys on My Keyboard

Having noticed how much certain keys got worn off on my last laptop, I decided to get a silicon keyboard protector for my MacBook Pro (because its keys are known to wear off and they are not that easily replaceable unlike the older models). I am still intrigued every time I look at the reflection of the keypad and seeing how certain keys are just so much more used than others.

Most Typed Keys on My MacBook Pro