Everyman Links for October 2, 2009

A visually expansive video. This Microsoft Office Labs video on the future of computing will expand your vision on how to use the types of screens and interfaces we’ll be seeing in the future, and probably sooner than most of us think. Very cool stuff here.

And for the more near-term visually expansive experience. Here’s a photo of the Apple Tablet in development.  Don’t know how legit the photo is, but the device looks gorgeous, like a big iPod Touch.  Moving to the hybrid book experience, a term from the New York Times for a mashup of text, video and web features.  Microsoft’s Courier Tablet targeted for mid-2010 looks pretty interesting, too.  Personally I think people are going to gravitate to the Apple Tablet, but what do I know.

You write? Then put yourself out there, ya wuss. This Copyblogger post on preventing emotions from dictating what we write makes some very powerful points. Some tips, stop wanting control, approval or security.  “You want to survive…Stop doing that.”

Intro to SVN trunks, tags and branches. I’m an SVN noob. Hard to believe, as I’ve been coding for so long, but Sueetie has pushed me out into the world of collaboration and source code sharing.  I’ve been using VisualSVN Server, which is based on SVN, along with the VisualSVN client for Visual Studio.  Pretty wonderful stuff.  Here’s a brief introduction to the basic SVN building blocks of trunks, tags and branches.

IE8 Developer Tools are dreamy. Chris Bowen with a reminder of how great the IE8 Developer Tools are.  I used IE8 Dev Tools the other day to step-through some javascript code.  Worked fantastic.  For everyday CSS work I prefer the responsiveness of Firebug in Firefox, but there’s a lot of goodness in the IE8 Dev Tools I’m looking forward to discovering.

Unicode nuttiness and the Mark of the Beast. I’m not creative enough to do something fun with the unicode character set between U+2600 and U+26FF, but I’m sure many of you reading this are.

Ajax Love. New release of the Ajax Control Toolkit.  I’m so thankful the toolkit is still getting the love it deserves.  Check out Betrand Le Roy’s demo of one of its new controls, SeaDragon.  Double-click on the snow pic and get your mind blown.

Singularity Speak. The Singularity Summit 2009 is coming up in New York, so there’s some interesting pre-conference press coming out, like this Fast Company article by Jamais Cascio.  It’s one of the best general descriptions of the Singularity I’ve seen in a while. “At the broadest end, the Singularity refers to a point in the future where technologically driven changes have hit so hard and so fast that people on the near side of the Singularity wouldn’t be able to understand the lives of people living on the far side of one; the lives of the post-Singularity citizens simply wouldn’t make sense to pre-Singularity folks. People who adopt this perspective tend to weave all sorts of future-y technological things into it, from radical longevity to personal robots to geo-engineering, but always with the underlying point that these things are really disruptive to our lives.”

Security Essentials. Get it. I’m feeling really good about Security Essentials running on my laptop.  Here’s Chris Bowen (again!) with a description.  I’m actually using Avast! on my workday PC. It’s SO much better than Norton which was causing big-time problems. I running Security Essentials on my laptop, SO much better than PC-cillin which required two minutes to do its thing every time I opened the laptop. Thank you Microsoft.

Open Source isn’t about freedom as much as it is about utility. I linked to a CNET Open Road article a couple of Everymans ago.  That post was on generating revenue from IT operations, not IT developers.  Here’s another good point on marketing Open Source software.  IT managers don’t care so much about freedom. “They think of open source in terms of ‘flexibility, performance, and reliability.’ These are the long-term benefits that drive CIOs to invest in open source long term, but they start with short-term cost savings and a successful IT project.” Personally, I’m more about Open Source freedom, but I’m not an IT manager, thank the Lord.

Tags and SEO. I tend not to use tags much because Technorati seems the only Tags Game in town and Technorati blows.  This SEO Tips post reminds me I need to use tags anyway.

JQuery menus du jour. I really like these MooTools-based MenuMatic menus.

JQuery editor du jour. I really like this AvidanSoft “Damn Small” Rich Text Editor.

JQuery accordion du jour. I really like this slide out and drawer effect accordion.

Sending you out with some Black Eyed Peas. Here’s a list of 7 amazing one-take videos. I only watched the first, where 172 University of Quebec Communications Students lip-synced the song I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas as the camera walked through a campus building.  One take.  Amazing.  What’s even more amazing, this is the first time I heard the Black Eyed Peas.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.