PC Woes and Virus Foes

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So recently I’ve been somewhat of a PC fixer-upper again (among other things)… But these days I’ve been wise to enforce some form of payment (usually in the form of firewater or cold hard cash); which, any family/friend-helper can attest to, becomes a nightmare. Part of why I decided to pick it back up is to experience what today’s battles are – and unfortunately they’re mostly of the same variant that was rampant even 10 years ago.
I’ve been asked by family and friends alike to give what insight I could into what it takes to keep your PC clean, and how to recover if you fail.

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Hey, can you pass me my utility belt?

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I recently had to set up my work PC, and found out that there’s a good set of utilities that I’m often using and take for granted.

Some are new to me, and some are alternatives to paid programs that I’ve lost licenses to. I typically like to use open source over paid licenses, and this round I’ve managed to do a pretty good job at finding a well rounded set of tools to do the job!

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Format yo-self, fool!

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I wanted to take just a short time out to discuss (read: rant) something that is near and dear to my heart.

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Session 5 – Things Every Flash Developer Should Know

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Grant Skinner braves the daunting task of telling all of us what we should know (and I assume that we DON’T know). Either way, it had a kickass intro… Wonder what the track was.

A set of his slides can be found on his website: http://gskinner.com/talks/things/

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Session 6 – Flash Player Internals

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Flash Player is the environment where all of our Flex and Flash products run in, and it also heavily influences the way Adobe AIR functions as well.

Hopefully in this session we’ll see some fundamental functionality of how Flash Player works, and maybe some tricks to alleviate some of the headaches we see as Flash/Flex developers.

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Session 4 – What is new in Flex 4?

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Sorry for a jump in session numbers, but I was called to look at a bug and ended up missing my third session!!!

As for THIS session, we get a nice organized view of the new features of the Flex 4 SDK. While it is all very exciting, they seemed to have taken an approach to not overwhelm developers moving into this new construct.

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Session 2 – Deployment and Distribution Options for Adobe Air Applications

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Adobe AIR is Adobe’s response to multi-platform applications that can interchangeably be ran as a Flash component. With this flexibility, Flex developers can quickly and easily produce applications that can traverse many platforms.

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Session 1 – Multi-touch and the Flash Platform

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MultiTouch! It’s here, it’s big, and it’s bold!

This session had so much information flying at me, I didn’t really have time to break this out from a stream of conscious.

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Going to Adobe MAX 2009

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This year I’ll be attending Adobe MAX, which is my first time to attend an Adobe sponsored function. While I have a few local friends and peers also attending, I’m interested in meeting new people out there and seeing what they’re doing.

I’m also going to be staying with a friend out in O.C. for a short duration prior to the event, which should be a great get-away before the hustle and bustle of what I’m sure MAX will plentifully provide.

Anyway, I’ll be blogging with the tags Adobe MAX and MAX09 for all things related, and am contemplating recording the sessions I’m in.

To get an idea of my blog style, and the types of notes I will be taking, take a look at my blog dedicated to my attendance at ZendCon in 2008 – http://killerspazatzendcon.blogspot.com/

How to flash an update[.zip] to your G1/Dream Android Phone

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Flashing a new ROM to your G1/Dream Android phone is actually really simple. And with the creation of modified Recovery images, we gain more and more options with backups, flashing any zip file, and more.

As you do this process over and over, you’ll become more comfortable flashing updates and find ways to recover from a bad flash.

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