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:


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.

I had a bit of trouble deciphering the MSDN article below:

What MSDN says about using credentials i.e the SmtpClient.Credentials property

Using a username and password with the new .net mailer is actually quite easy (C#):

SmtpClient mailer = new SmtpClient();
mailer.Host = "mail.youroutgoingsmtpserver.com";
mailer.Credentials = new System.Net.NetworkCredential("yourusername", "yourpassword");
mailer.Send("from@address.net", "to@address.net", "Subject line", "Main email text body");

As a sidenote, I was trying to send from an smtp server that was running on the same system as the site I was working on. That server uses the no-ip service to redirect the domain name to the dynamic IP the server sits at. The problem I ran into was that hotmail totally rejected the sent messages on receipt. I could send them ok but they just never came through on the other end, at the hotmail recipient. It took a lot of digging around for me to find out that it rejects mail sent from certain dynamic IP hosts such as no-ip. If you want to send it then you will have to use an smtp server that is NOT with one of these hosts.

You read it right, there are laws against this sort of thing arent there?

MSS Subliminal Messages

The game plays .wav files when your in certain buildings that could be considered subliminul. The messages vary in what they say but a fair few are money orientatedMoney Mouth

“You look great! Try our clothing color system” – which’ll cost you.
“You have the gift! Be the best miner” – by constantly purchasing a flow of bombs and equipment repairs from us.

I’ll leave you with my all time favorite Laughing

“Your dreams have no limit! Build something great”

Today I was updating an old .net site to use the new .net2 classes. The warning messages in the C# Express IDE about obsolete classes where quite helpful but after a bit of googling I came across the following link. Its really handy for identifying areas in your applications that need special attention. I just scanned the list and located 5 classes that I’m positive I used in the original application.

.NET Framework V2.0 Obsolete API List

A lot of people in the DevShed Flash forum ask how to change the icons associated with Flash Projector files. There’s a whole slew of commercial applications to do this but there’s one free solution that is really simple to use. I hadn’t really thought of using it for just changing program icons but then it hit me the other day when someone asked, yet again, how to do this. This is a slightly modified version of my thread post, its aimed at Flash Projector .exe files although it can be used for any Windows executable.

Continue reading “Change Flash Projecter Executable Icons”

Win or lose, live or die – some battles must be fought. If we choose to do nothing, then we kill hope. I will fight this fight – alone if I must. But I will fight.

— Admiral Gar Stazi, Star Wars: Legacy 47