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Bet you didn't know that today's the anniversary of the launch of the Death Star: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telstar
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I think this is the coolest robot I've ever seen! Awesome!
 
Plenty of robots can fly, but none could fly like a real bird — until this one:
Plenty of robots can fly — but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011.
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I've been tinkering with two new dark IDE themes for WebStorm,, and also for Eclipse-based IDEs, (Aptana Studio, etc.,) and would appreciate any constructive feedback. Thanks! The rationale behind these themes is covered in the first couple of paragraphs here: https://github.com/NeilCresswell/themes
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Thought I'd reshare. I've worked out of the YES! office in the past, and you'd be hard put to find a nicer bunch of people.
 
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Google Chrome is now available in a stable 64 bit flavor for Windows users. Improvements over the 32 bit version most of us still have include average speed gains around 25%, (per the Chromium Blog,) better security and better stability. You can download the 64 bit version here: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/?platform=win64
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
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Something that might be of particular interest to web developers: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/08/google-to-drop-microsoft-designed-touch-web-spec-stick-with-apple-tech/

Yikes, what a mess. Another good reason to abstract with a common library to handle some of these cross-browser compatibility issues.
Chrome will stick with Apple's Touch Events over Microsoft's Pointer Events.
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Coworking week is 4th to 8th August. OfficeXpats on Bainbridge Island are joining in the celebration, including free workspaces, and an opportunity to network. Bring your old desktop or laptop in on the 6th if you're interested in a free install of Linux and an office productivity suite. 
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Very interesting post as I've just spent a day tinkering with a few AngularJS libraries to see what is currently the best Angular-centric UI framework choice for me for mobile app development using Cordova/PhoneGap, that could also perhaps be suitable for responsive web sites.

Everything I tried seemed to be a little rough with unfinished pieces, but at the end of the day, Angular Material Design (http://material.angularjs.org) won out for mobile development by a long shot over Mobile Angular UI (http://mobileangularui.com) and UI Bootstrap (http://angular-ui.github.io/bootstrap.) That being said, if a client's main site is already Bootstrap-based then one of the other two would be more suitable.

I'm looking forward to transitioning away from jQuery Mobile for my next mobile project.
Motivation After trying out Google Polymer and diving into the world of web components, I also got excited about Angular Material Design, that is currently heavily under development on GitHub. The ...
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Just adding that I've begun tinkering with Ionic as an alternative, and that might be a better choice if you want a look that's closer to an iPhone out of the box, if you're thinking of multiple target platforms, which is, after all, the whole point of Cordova.

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Very interesting reading for folks interested in exploring modern JavaScript best practices and the future of AngularJS 2.0.
 
For those grieving the impending death of $scopes and controllers in angular 2.0
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For those friends who've been trying to wrangle a OnePlusOne invite, there is an option to directly order that runs between 8AM and 9AM PST on Monday: http://oneplus.net/oct27
OnePlus Tech aims to create the best Android smartphones of the market. Top components and attention to detail is what defines our products. No tradeoffs, we #NeverSettle.
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Exciting stuff. One phone that can run Windows or Android. Maybe in the near future a dual boot phone? I'm drooling already!
The same One M8 that ran Android now runs Windows Phone, exclusively on Verizon.
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Of course, I'm not in any way suggesting that people run Firefox OS or Tizen; in fact I've become slightly wary of the tendency for mobile OSes that aren't one of the Big (Three|Four) (Android, iOS, Windows Phone (and Windows RT if you're including tablets)(, BlackBerry OS)) to build up a platform that's primarily organized around running webapps.  Apple tried it by releasing the iPhone before they were willing to release the actual native SDK to developers, and it did not turn out well.  I imagine Microsoft has some interest in people targetting Triton (Triton mobile?  What do you call the mobile version of the IE rendering engine?) where it makes sense, but I don't see anybody with marketshare (something to lose) and a significant organizational, financial and cultural stake in the mobile world abandoning native/bytecode runtimes anytime soon (Android is getting ART, yes, but what that will convince most developers is that they can get the most performance/control by compiling for as many hardware platforms as they want to support, and while Microsoft is still shipping a CLR runtime on WP8, they have made noises suggesting that it may not have a life beyond 2 decades at most).  I'm also not commenting from an "Open Source is awesome, everyone should be transitioning to it, wragh proprietary software", I'm writing as someone who likes choice and who can appreciate the FSF's pitch of "free as in freedom", rather than "free to run some OS that the hardware manufacturer has deigned acceptable to run, open or closed".

Windows Phone 8 builds are typically locked to a very specific hardware profile; it would be interesting to see if you could take a standard One M8 and flash WP8 into it.  It would certainly take some doing, and might involve a violation of the DMCA.  However, if I can pitch a hardware platform to someone with the tagline of "Run whatever the heck you want on this, the software and hardware manufacturers really don't care", that's a plus.

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AMMPS or Bitnami for a WAMP stack? Any developer out there with recent experience of both? Have been using Zend Server for years but looking for a better package based solution that I can deploy to both my dev. boxes and prod. Defaults locked down is nice. Updater also nice.

Current WAMP related shopping list: PHP5, XDebug, Laravel, MySQL, phpMyAdmin, WordPress, SQLite, Apache. Also do a lot of JS work (PhoneGap etc) so extra packages like node.js would be a bonus. FYI I also run a Microsoft stack on the same dev boxes... .NET, C#, SQL Server, Visual Studio. Tend to use Aptana Studio 3 as WAMP IDE since I still use Eclipse for Android.
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Well bitnami is basically xampp and if you don't mind a bit of config tweaking, then i recommend using it.
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Approximately 30 years' experience as a professional software developer and manager, architecting solutions and writing code for large corporations such as Microsoft, Demand Media, Oracle Corporation, Bank of America and Barclays Bank as well leading development teams while remaining a hands-on web developer for numerous start-ups and dot-coms.
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