In my last post I described the problem that the new update for IE poses for Flash developers. Well ok, it’s not really a problem but more of an inconvenience for our end users. My final note was to say that I was looking forward to seeing Adobe/Macromedia’s solution as I was dissatisfied with Microsoft’s “Use JScript” solution. After waiting what seemed like an eternity i.e. 3 months Adobe/Macromedia have finally released their solution. You can check it out here.

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I was going to post this a while ago but I thought I would give it some time to see if a decent solutions was released by Microsoft or Adobe/Macromedia. Recently Microsoft released an update for Internet Explorer which disables active content until the user directly interacts with it. This covers a range of areas although the only one to affect me so far is Flash based content. As far as I know the update isn’t in their “high risk” zone so on the most part it will only be applied by people who perform a manual Windows Update and select everything.

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So google seemed to hate my old domain name, maybe it got blacklisted as part of the no-ip free range. Either way I was getting thrashed in the listing by my photographer counterpart. The new domain is https://www.davidmillington.net which is replacing the old domain of http://www.millington.no-ip.org

I setup a bunch of 301 redirects to gradually move peoples links over to the new domain whilst keeping the search engines happy. Setting that up was a bit of a pain but now its mostly complete. Redirected links to the wiki still arent 100% sorted yet as they show the uncleaned urls tagged onto the new domain name. It means they are fully functional but they just arent as pretty looking so they need more work.

Senators Hillary Clinton, Joe Lieberman, and Evan Bayh recently announced that they will introduce “The Family Entertainment Protection Act” which would regulate the sale of certain video games throughout America.

Anti-video game forces are pressing forward. Gamers must stand up now and take action. The government does not regulate access to or the sale of movies, books or cable TV, and it should not regulate video games.

Please take action now and tell your Senators not to co-sponsor or support “The Family Entertainment Protection Act” via this site:

http://www.videogamevoters.org

If it happens in America then it might only be a matter of time before mis-conceived idealogies such as this spread to other countries.

I got offered a job today using JSP. I haven’t touched this language at all so I was quite intrigued to see what it looked like. After a bit of reading it seems pretty easy to write although some areas appear much more bloated than C# i.e. there’s a lot of repeating code blocks. C# is still my 2nd favorite language after ActionScript but I reckon JSP could easily be my third!

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If you’ve been having trouble getting anything to appear when using the loadBitmap() function then chances are you’ve made a simple mistake. The documentation says to use the linkageId of a library object as the sole argument for this function i.e:

var myBitmap:BitmapData = BitmapData.loadMovie(“libObjectId”);

The key to using this function is that you have to attach an actual image object from the library; so say you’ve imported a jpg/png there, give this a linkageId and use that. Don’t drop an instance of the image into a movieclip/graphic object and give that an Id. That would be the reason it didn’t work. Be warned: you wont get an error message telling you it didn’t work, your bitmap will just be blank.

Sky By Broadband is not what it seems:

http://hintofsarcasm.com/2006/01/12/sky-by-broadband

I installed it last night and was showing it off to some other people. Today when I logged in my firewall told me that a service I had never heard of was trying to act as a server. At first this had me a bit myphed but then I remembered the last thing I had done last night; install SBB (Sky By Broadband). So I pulled up my services panel and saw a new service called KService.exe running. I did a quick google and found that its a service installed along with SBB. That’s also when I found the above page. It turns out that SBB is a peer to peer application such as Emule, Kazaa etc.

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

— Sun Tzu