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Finished a few projects :)

Well I am finally finished with mercyhighered.org and HomeGuardIowa.com you can stick a fork in them they are completely finished. I have been working on several other projects as well. I have made some updates to OneArtLabel.com but many are still needed…. I have also been working on communic8or.net it is also undergoing numerous changes….

I finally setup my office! I set up dual monitors 🙂 I am currently running Linux Ubuntu, OS X, and Vista on my network. Now I just have to setup my network so it is accessible remotely (you know remote control). I have also been working on setting up my ubuntu box so it connects wirelesssly (by the way not very fun spending this much time in front of a BASH Shell). I have recently installed a newer graphics card on my ubuntu box to currently working on setting up XGL to run. Anyway I have been very, very, busy. I am looking forward to some time off soon..

Side Note:

Google is finally perfecting its web tool kit and also putting it out their as open source so you might want to check it out. The tool kit allows designers to use googles ajax library much like yahoo's user interface library except maybe a little better.

Not quite sure what to think…

Hi Brendon, I have been in this business a long time and nothing surprises me but the call I just got from Info probably comes the closest. They are no longer worried about the test they have no problem with you doing other work as long as it does not interfere with what you are doing for them. They would like you to be on board December 27th and you can come to work through us as a contract with the right to hire or go full time right off the bat with them. Salary demands we can live with. Please call me or let me know your thoughts ASAP. ########## From: Brendon Smith Sent: Friday, December 08, 2006 8:34 AM To: ########## Subject: RE: Sites I am sorry to inform you I have still not yet had a chance to go and take the test. I have been over loaded here at work. We are currently one short on our already barebones Information Services Staff. I have also recently moved and this month I also received more than double the amount of my salary in freelance work. So with that in mind I would first like to mention if I did work for InfoUSA I would not be willing to sign any document that said I could only do web development for them and I would also need to revise my salary requirements ('##########' ). I after studying their test yes I certainly could complete it but then I would be knowingly handing over some of my work for which I would not receive pay (that they could use). If they would like to give me a written test that would be fine. Sorry for any inconvenience that may cause. —–Original Message—– From: Brendon Smith Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 8:41 AM To: '##########' Subject: Sites Web Sites I currently administrate, build, and design: http://csm.edu http://csmweb.csm.edu/cfp/athletics/ http://seacloud9.org web site for interactive experiments http://i-create.org a php friends networking site I run Current Freelance Projects: http://wurglerphoto.com http://www.ljdistributing.com/ http://homeguardiowa.com Current Projects I am working on: CSM Intranet Video (it uses coldfusion and is secure so I cannont actually show it to most people) Campus Map (still in beta) Information on Design Technique with downloadable examples I have also been working on a Portal Project for the College utilizing Microsoft share point. Brendon Smith Web Developer College of Saint Mary 7000 Mercy Road Omaha, Ne. 68106 (402) 399-2308

EVE Online reached new PCU

KeyWord: EVE Online,PCU Summary: CCP Games announced the Sci-fi-themed MMORPG EVE Online have reached new peak concurrent user record of 32,955 on Dec 3rd.
FROM: mmosite , mmospirit

Free Ryzom

Well evidently a mmorpg company is going bankrupt and they are offering up their software it looks like some of the developers and community are gathering together in an attempt to make the project completely open source. They are comparing the project to the Blender project. I did contribute money in the past to Ton Roosendaal to help make Blender an open source project and although I do not know the people involved I will still help out with the project simply because I would like to play with the source code and throw it on a server of my own. So check out the site..

What is Ryzom

Ryzom is an innovative MMORPG, which has been developed since the year 2000 by the independent studio, Nevrax. For the past two years Ryzom has been marketed and sold to gamers, developing a fiercly loyal fanbase. Unfortunately, due to market conditions and other unforseen cirucumstances, a request to begin bankruptcy proceedings has been filed at the commerce tribunal.


Client Work

Well I can see the light at the end of the tunnel 🙂 I am about finished with the Sister of Mercy Higher Education conference (click here for the visual demo). This site will be used as a communication tool for the Sister of Mercy. It integrates flash chat, word press, and phpbb with a single logon. I have also been thinking about placing an image gallery on the site for them to use as well. You can think of it as their very own social network. I just need to clean up the images make a few more skins and work on the documentation!


I am also about finished with HomeGuard security a company out of Des Moines. It is a slick little flash site. We are also thinking about integrating a blog so the client can update his own content and then streaming it with an rss reader for the web front end on their site! This page will be wrapped up soon though. I am looking forward to finishing these sites then I will have more time to blog 🙂

The Next Revolution

Well everyone knows the next revolution will be the ability to use a cell phone as a computer. Most people think the whole concept is silly but if you had new ways to display content like a simple set of glasses it makes sense. Google is currently making deals to provide people with free cell phones that will host advertising. The old Ma Bell companies should be aware that Google bought tons of dark fiber and may be waiting to create more free wifi areas. When the intenent is free everywhere it will be the death of cell phone provider networks and old ma bell companies. Europe already has hybrid cell phone! Linksys and Skype teamed up to create a cell phone that will work on both wifi and on a cell phone provider network it is only a matter of time before it becomes a standard. It will be nice to have a device that is truly mobile and can multitask. It is also safe to say the way things have been going on the web there is little you will need to do with traditional software in the future because more and more software is being exported to the web.


http://pixer.us/ – on-line image editor

http://us.ajax13.com/en/ – open office for the web!

2 Busy 2 Blog

To say that I have been busy would be extremely modest. I have been overwhelmingly busy. I recently setup a blog for what will soon be Wurgler Properties. Jerry has been busy purchasing land in south Omaha and then gutting it and redesigning it! He has been working with several investors and they will be selling Condos as early as December. I have been helping them with marketing here and there. I must say Jerry has done an extremely good job at interior decorating. I am looking forward to seeing all the before and after photos on their blog showing the progression of the properties. I have also been working on creating a cd-rom for wurgler properties as a promotional and informational piece (still in it’s early beta phase)! I have also scooped up a contract to redo the Sisters of Mercy Higher Education Conference site. This site will allow blogging, chat, bulletin boards, and informational content for the Sisters of Mercy. In short this site will be used as a communication tool for institutions for Higher Learning from here to Rhode Island! So it is a big deal and I am looking forward to implementing it in the near future! I will also be doing some advertising in the Reader soon for my side projects 🙂


Wurgler Properties Beta

Wugler Properties CD-ROM beta 150mb

State of Open Source

Well recently you might have noticed Adobe rather large contribution to the Mozilla foundation! Adobe handed over all the code to create an open source flash virtual machine. This is a big deal because this will ensure flash runs on more operating systems with out a catch. Adobe now has flash player 9 available for the Linux community. It will be pleasing to see the flash open source community to grow.


It is also common knowledge that Java has been in the process to moving toward becoming open source and now that dream is a reality for developers. Java still does have a great deal of potential. Now that it is completely open source it will be interesting to watch it grow.


Some of you might be surprised to learn of Microsoft’s new deal with Novell. Although Novell has been catching a great deal of flack I do agree that some integration between the systems would be nice. It also seems to signal Microsoft’s realization that the Linux will always be a competitor in the server market. I believe it is too tough to say right now if this move by Novell was a good move or a bad move only time will tell. Microsoft has also recently moved to support projects like Zend so it is nice to see Microsoft being more open to open source.


The drupal content management system is also on the verge of its fifth release!


It is certianly an exciting time for open source and I think open source will benefit from Microsoft’s upcoming release of Vista. I really don’t see Vista being utilized the way Microsoft believes it will be and I see this as a key opportunity for Linux to catch up!

Past Three Years Work History

This is a history of the past three years @ the College of Saint Mary so if you are wondering just what my job entails you will now know. I have chaired web committee for the past two years and I have strived to pull the College in many ways and I think anyone who would like to know can find this information extremely informative. I have always exceeded my goals and I will continue to do just that.

Web Committee Minutes Detail

Performance Goals 2003-2004
Performance Goals 2004-2005
Performance Goals 2005-2006


Well we have been hearing rumors of this fabled iPhone for along time now ThinkSecret is running an interesting article on the iPhone right now stating that the iPhone will most likely be supported by Cingular first which is not a big surprise. It is worth the read here are also some mockups of what the future iPhone could look like!

Neave.TV | Flowers 4 Hope


Video on the web is finally here! You can see the video on the web all over from CNN.com to YouTube.com there is no doubt over the fact that flash is the best medium to produce video for the web! Recently I came across an extremely interesting web site Neave.TV it is currently powered by Blip.Tv, GoogleVideo, and YouTube.com to supply users with experimental video! In short it kind of reminds me of some of those Andy Warhol Videos! It is worth a going to when you have the time!


Plant hope send a message to inspire hope in the hearts and minds of individuals dealing with cancer. This interactive masterpiece allows you to plant a virtual flower and send it to a loved one. This is another experimental flash site designed extremely well it is worth a look when you have the time!


Oh and watch out Microsoft the MyWallop or Wallop is on the move! This is truly an interactive social network! I highly recommend signing up for an account. This social network uses Flash to an extreme! So go check it out even though it is M$ you won’t be upset you did!

Schizophrenic Kitty and Vista

Well I know now Windows vista isn’t that cool and I think my cat Franz is having mental breakdowns. He keeps chasing his shadow I really don’t know why… This house should be strictly Ubuntu and Apple maybe Franz will stop chasing his shadow… It’s a leap…

Well I have had windows Vista beta installed for sometime now and I must say I am very disappointed. It rarely works to begin with and it lacks new features. I can honestly say Vista is as disappointing as Windows Millennium or 95′ it is that bug ridden. I also had the unfortunate experience of waking up to find out it would no longer work with my KVM switch after an update:(. So obviously I am almost on the bandwagon to boycott it entirely. It is not a good product at all, I will however install the latest RC1 and give it a try.

I am also a big fan of Ubuntu Linux. It has numerous features that include auto updates of all or most software installed. It just works to put it simply. I would rate ubuntu over SUSE 10 and Red Hat. Ubuntu also has a large user base and you can even get some of those windows programs ported over! Ubuntu has been getting a great deal of good press and it is not hard to find! So if you have a chance install Ubuntu and give it a try it is well worth your time!

Wii Update

Here is the skinny you will be able to purchase a Wii November 19 for only $250! The Wii comes with a sleek interface that will supply channels the channels will allow you to interact with other nintendo fans, display photos, surf the web (with Opera that has flash enabled), create and avatar etc..

Detail of Channels

Mii Channel

Fun 3-D caricatured portraits of users, or Miis, created in this channel can be used on characters across a variety of Wii software. In addition to storing Miis on the Wii, several Miis can be stored in a user’s Wii Remote and taken to a friend’s house to play on another Wii console. Each member of the family can have his or her Wii Remote personalized with their own Mii.

Photo Channel

This channel allows users to retrieve digital pictures from an SD memory card inserted into the Wii console and display them on their television screen. Users also can manipulate the photos in a variety of fun and creative ways, such as zooming into details or creating mosaics, puzzles or slide shows. Users can even add an MP3 tune from their SD memory card to their slide shows. It provides a fun and easy outlet for people to edit and show off their digital pictures.
Users can access free local weather forecasts after turning on the Wii console. When connected to the Internet, the WiiConnect24 service automatically updates local weather information.

News Channel

Users can access the most up-to-date breaking news from around the world, organized into a variety of topical categories. When connected to the Internet, the WiiConnect24 service automatically updates this free channel.

Wii Shop Channel

This is where users go to download video game content, including classic video games originally played on the NES, SNES, N64, Sega Genesis and NEC TurboGrafx platforms. Here the users may buy Wii Points with a credit card or redeem a Wii Points Card purchased at retail to add points to their account, then redeem points to download these Virtual Console games. Users also can use points to download the Opera browser used in the Internet Channel.

Virtual Console Channel

After users download Virtual Console games from the Wii Shop Channel, each game will appear in the Wii Channel Menu as its own Virtual Console Channel. To play the game, users simply select the game’s channel.
Internet Channel

This channel dramatically changes the relationship between a user’s home, the television and the Internet. Users download the Opera browser with Wii Points. Then they can surf the Internet right from the comfort of their couch. They can do quick research while watching a television program ("What was that actor’s name again?"), or book travel plans and shop during commercials. The service is compatible with Macromedia Flash and also runs AJAX software.

Wii Message Board

Forget hand-scrawled notes tacked to the refrigerator door. Users can leave messages for other family members on a calendar-based message board. They also can use WiiConnect24 to send messages to people outside the home as well. Even better, people can trade photos and text messages with cell phone users. The service also allows for incoming messages targeted at software, such as a new map or weapon for a game. Games can constantly be updated, thereby extending their playability.

Disc Channel

This channel allows users to play either Wii game discs or any of the entire library of Nintendo GameCube discs.

Wii also has an excellent lineup!

Just look @ this video from Marvel Universe Ultimate Alliance just one of many titles to be released!

There is still some unanswered questions for example what are all the details on Connect24 other than it will be free? Nintendo has also left out the details of the Nintendo DS connectivity features! So you still have a great deal of information you still do not yet know.


Yes finally! DNS translated only a few things to clean up and just look at WurglerPhoto.com! WurglerPhoto is packed with interactive content I still need to add just a few more features but it is rapidly nearing completion! Just check out those Panoramic Photographs and you will know… Why WurglerPhoto is the best photographer in town!


Why because an open source commodore 64 emulator is way cool (after all it was a flashforward finalist this year). Darron Schall and Claus Wahlers.out did themselves with this creation that utilizes the flash 9 player and flex 2! I highly recommend checking it out after all it is open source so at least you can see what makes it tick! Flex 2 has a great deal to offer developers. The over all strategy for Adobe right now is to enable developers to create highly dynamic applications that are for the most part operating system free.


MyDreamApp.com contest well you asked… My submission to this project is listed below I personally think many of the tasks of installing server technology especially when it comes to open source technology should be rolled into a one-click process and should supply a great deal more bang for your buck. People would be surprised with what one can do with open source most people think open = trash that simply is not true. One of my submissions for mydreamapp.com is listed below:

The ultimate development environment! It is a one-click install of premium open source web development environments and tools. The user would auto-magically have Apache 2, SQL Lite, MySQL, PHP 4 + 5, Tomcat Catlina (with Mod JK), J2EE, Ruby on Rails, OpenLazlo, MotionTwin, and Dejango all running off the get-go! This technology would also be integrated! (Also be housed in one main directory) It would also have a control panel for starting and stopping processes and quick access to log files. To get users developing and creating right away it would also have a base install of several web applications ex. Drupal, PHPmyAdmin, Typo, awstats, webalizer, etc. The control panel would be very much like the Sherlock App but for the local server. Because it would be a server and administrated by the user the user would be able to create their own blog on their computer and upload it later on a server (if they chose too). They could also opt not to upload it.

iPortal / iWeb what makes it different
Well for beginners it is a server and then some. The two programs would be compatible! With iPortal the user would also be able to display their site locally. iPortal would also have the ability to search the wifi areas for other iPortals. What functionality would this provide? iPortal will have a built in social network so users can collaborate so users can join other networks! iPortal would also make your music library accessible if one enabled it to display and other users would be able to write comments on the songs and rate them. Etc..

Blogging Tools Glore!
Their would be a blogging tool that would use rpc (remote procedure call) and would be able to simultaneously (according to how a user configured it) post items on the iportal server and on iMac, blogger, dig, Slashdot, mySpace, etc.. The blogging tools would also teach the user a little about how to generate code. It would be able to link multimedia content on their own personal iPortal web server through the use of a wizard. It would also allow them to remotely link to items (it would integrate into browsers as a plugin for Firefox as an option or stand alone). The blogging tool would have integration between other flagship products of apple like iPhoto and Garage Band. It could also have the ability to capture video using the built in cameras and streaming it over their users iPortal if they chose to. It would also allow users to create their very own widget and distribute it for their web sites.

In Short
iPortal would be developed to attract not only bloggers but developers to the Apple platform. It would make social networking a breeze! It would also encourage newbies to become developers by having and encouraging more hands on code experience! It would also make their scrapbooking, basic blogging extremely easy therefore increasing their productivity. The collaboration tools that are built in would make it a must have for coffee shop goers or college students!

Feel Free 2 Digg It


Lisa and I recently adopted a kitty from the Nebraska Humane Society Fanz. Franz is awesome he likes to play with Lisa’s hair all night long while I sleep soundly.. He also loves to run and attack his reflection; which by the way is extremely funny to watch. Franz has been an excellent edition to the home team even though Cosmo gets jealous…

Free Illustration Programs

Xara Xtreme

Has a host of features and it is supported in any operating system environment. It is easy to use and install. I would recommend it for beginner designers and season pros. It also allows for illustrator file imports so that is a plus in my book. You can design anything from graphical user interfaces to a campus news letter. I would recommend it to anyone using Linux who desires a decent illustration / Vector program! Quick Introduction!


Bryce 5

Well for those of you out there that might not now from now until September 6 you can download Bryce 5 for free. Bryce is a relatively inexpensive 3D terrain generator. You can also use Bryce to create short animations or create a simple abstract illustration.. It is a decent product but lacks the ability to export into any major package like 3ds Max or Maya. It is relatively easy to use so if you want to experiment with some 3d you might want to download it!


A Million Directions

Lately I seem to be a jack of all trades but luckily I am still master of one the web. We have been busy, busy here at the college. We are finally done with enrollment and I can see a point of normalcy coming in the distance. I am looking forward to playing with our new sharepoint / IQ Web Portal server. I think it will greatly enhance things for faculty and staff here at the college. We have also been busy with the end of construction and wrapping up those loose ends. I had to set threw a presentation on how to use the Niagara Framework. We have a relatively cool maintenance package here at the college. I am now 100% confident I can change the temperature throughout the college if I had to. We have also been preparing to install CS Gold enterprise edition so our Campus Card project is coming along a great deal; especially when you consider this is the same type of Package Iowa State University uses. So even though I am extremely busy I do believe it will slow down in the foreseeable future!