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Upcoming Web Design Conferences

There are several web design and development conferences that are coming up this Fall and in Spring 2008. Here is a short list of some of the best ones I recommend:

An Event Apart San Francisco
October 4–5, 2007
San Francisco, CA

Adaptive Path MX East Conference
October 21-23, 2007
Philadelphia, PA

Voices That Matter: Web Design
October 22-25, 2007
San Francisco, CA

Future of Web Design
November 6-8, 2007
New York, NY

Web Builder 2.0
December 3-5, 2007
Las Vegas, NV

Webstock 2008
February 11-15, 2008
Wellington, New Zealand

Something is in the AIR

adobe air bus

I recently attended the Adobe AIR Bus Tour in Philadelphia and was quite impressed with the updated version of Apollo, which is now called AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime).

As many technology junkies predicted, line between web and desktop applications are beginning to blur. One of these technologies that bridges the gap between the web and the desktop is AIR. AIR allows you to easily develop and run web applications on the desktop in any platform or operating system as long as you have Flash Player installed. There are many AIR based applications already developed that you can download and install on your computer. For example, the Kuler Desktop, the online application for creating online color themes is pretty cool.

AIR logoThere are number of ways to develop AIR based applications, using Coldfusion, CSS+HTML, Ajax, Javascript and others, just make sure you have Flex Builder or the AIR SDK on your computer to test them out. Also, check out the tutorials if you are new to AIR.

Daylight Savings Time Change

alarm clockAs you might be aware the starting and ending definitions of U.S. Daylight Savings Time (DST) has been changed. According to the new U.S. policy the DST will start from second Sunday of March until first Sunday in November.

For this year, it will start on Sunday, March 11th and end on Sunday, November 4th.
 

What’s the big deal?

Many of the operating systems and devices that used to adjust to the old method for the DST will experience problems. While a mobile phone and a watch can be set manually, those that adjust time automatically will come across a few hitches. If you are late to your appointment on March 12th, don’t be suprised, because the new DST can throw calendars and schedules off by an hour or so. To that end, you need to update your OS and devices with patches that use the new definition of DST start/end times.

Usual Suspects

Microsoft Outlook 

If you use any version of Outlook other than Outlook 2007 you need to update your software. You can download the patch through Microsoft’s web site.

Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98, 95

Yes, you will be affected as well. So, you better get your dose of Windows Update. If you also run Windows servers, you will definitely want to get the patches.

Apple MAC OS

Your Apple will need an update as well. Get full details at Apple.com.

PocketPC, Windows Mobile

Any of the mobile editions of Windows OS and devices will need an update to adjust for the new DST.

Need more information?

Check out http://www.dstcimpact.org/ for more details and information regarding the impact of new DST policy.

Weekly Round-up

New Jobs at Vitamin
UK firms are looking for web designers, developers and programmers.

Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Team up for Sitemaps
Three major search engines agreed to work together on using Sitemap XML protocol for ranking web sites.

Google gives $2M to Stanford Law Internet center

Web Builder 2.0 Conference – Web 2.0 Conference Designed for the Entire Team
December 4-6, 2006 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

In Web World, Rich Now Envy The Superrich
Interesting NY Times article about web entrepreneurs and their drive to become richer.

Enterprise Information Architecture: A Semantic and Organizational Foundation
New article at Boxes and Arrows.

ClickTale
Record and watch your users and how they interact with your web site.

Weekly Round-up

Famster
You wanna put your family on the web? Famster is here to help. You can setup a secure web site for your family to share calendars, photos, notes, blog and much more for free. Easy to use and setup.

Pickle Juice (aka new Gatorade competitor)
Yes, pickle juice has all the good stuff you need to hydrate yourself after a heavy workout.

World Usability Day
On November 14, 2006 usability professionals world wide celebrate the World Usability Day. Find out how you can get involved.

YaleShmale
Interesting approach to market a university…

Eboogle
Ebay and Google signed a deal this week to work together on text-based and click-to-call advertising online.

Writely is back
Writely is now back and accepts new accounts. Writely is simple and one the best word processing applications online. FYI: Writely was recently acquired by Google.