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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I have been busy working; too busy to blog for the most part. I have sunk a significant amount of time in developing a new type of CMS it has many new features that most standard cms do not possess. In doing so I have been following the MVC pattern utilized by CakePHP, I have also been integrating SWX into the project so I can create a flash / flash lite interface for the application later. I have been taking notes on the creation of the project to server later as a proof of concept for what can be quickly accomplished utilizing various open source packages together and going into detail of the various design patterns that have been utilized for the creation of this project. So drop me an e-mail and I might let you peak at this new application. I personally am excited about the possibilities that this application presents.

You may have heard me talking about creating a customized Ubuntu distribution. I have done just that by utilizing a new utility remastersys. I will make it available for download in the near future. I have been playing around ubuntu on one of my spare boxes for awhile attempting to create the perfect build. Which of course takes hours careful planning and of course the opportunity for failure a thousand times over. The image I am working on creating and I do have one image currently built that works so so. I have been testing it on multiple boxes. One thing I can say is it will be a dvd. It will have the following packages built in:

Developer: Mono Develop tools, Adobe Flash plugin, Eclipse, Anjunta IDE, etc., BlueFish

Communication & Office: Thunder Bird, aMSN, Evolution, OpenOffice, etc..

Designer: GIMP, Blender, Xara Xtreme, Ktoons, CinePaint

Server: Xampp, CakePHP, Java, Neko VM, Drupal, Wordpress, eyeOS, Joomla, etc. ? Starts automatically from load.

Emulation: Znes, DsEmu, Gens, QEMU, Virtual Box, etc.

Wine-Doors: Direct X9, IE6+7, Shockwave, SEPY Action Script Editor, Windows Media Player, QuickTime

I have several reasons for creating this distribution. I will use it; I need something that has the tools I use built in I don?t like installing a fresh ubuntu. It will be easy to use for beginners; I have been writing some tutorials with various examples of code and I want people to easily be able to replicate what I have done on their local machine. It will also be a good learning tool for newbie?s in general. I believe Linux has a great deal to offer consumers and developers I would like to use this to demonstrate some of the things I have learned and allow people to view how I have implemented what I have learned. It will also be useful if you are simply lazy don?t want to go thru the work of installing and configuring these packages. This distribution will allow people to use the liveDVD or thumb drive to test drive linux for fun in your freetime:)!

In short I would like to eventually offer my notes and tutorials for creating your own CMS with CakePHP and SWX on a book from and offer it for sale or download an ebook pdf. I would also like my custom distribution to compliment this offer. So that is more than enough work to keep me busy in short for the next year and a half without blogging at all.

A great deal of people give Linux a hard time but one of my reasons for using it is because of its potential. Linux might not get lots of people excited but I do believe people in the near future will be using linux for smaller devices like Cell Phones but certainly not limited to just cell phones. Google has release Android SDK and it seems to have a great deal of support at the moment. I have been tinkering around a great deal with my Linux machine and I have been able to create a few builds for some of my friend?s kids they have a machine that runs on minimal hardware but is chuck full of games and various programs they can experiment with. I have also had fun playing around with Myth. In the near future because of hardware scaling I also think it is important to experiment with Linux and old hardware to attempt to build a useful system out of someone?s former trash. You would be surprised with what you can create and I do see embedded Linux being used for all kinds of things certainly not limited to cell phones in the near future.

On the work front things are going very well for me at InfoUSA. I enjoy working on! InfoUSA is also grooming me for software engineering:). I have been spending a great deal of time learning the ins and outs of C# and applying what I have learned about object oriented programming! I enjoy C# and love its possibilities. I also like playing around with Mono as well. I am also now a member of MSDN so I have access to a great deal of downloads like Silverlight ? Expression Blend. I do not see it taking over flash in the near future. I do believe in this field it is a necessity to utilize new technologies quickly and learn strengths of various software packages. One of the things I strive to do is make applications that will work on any platform regardless of the OS. I am please M$ is making IE8 Acid Test 2 compliant. This will make css much easier although I do know all the workarounds for IE6 and IE7 anyone having difficulty with css is more than welcomed to drop me an email. I can hack just about anything to work on any platform.

It is finally Christmas time and all my shopping is done. Lisa and I have been busy preparing for the holiday season and getting gifts for all of our family and friends has been a time consuming effort! I am looking forward to spending extra time with family and friends (oh and Cosmo and Franz our pet friends at home). So we wish you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year:)

Videos I Digg

The Rainbows End…

What does web 2.0 do for artists and musicians. It will eliminate all the middlemen. Over a nice frosty glass of suds Raffal and I discussed the eminent death of the middlemen last Friday @ Sullivans. Look what Radiohead has gone and done with In RainBows they have said sionora to their label and offered their latest album for free or pay. They have already sold approximately 1.2 Million records at roughly $2 a record. OK what does that mean? They split up the profits and call it good. They are making all the money not the label! Just look around with youtube moving towards advertising artist will be able to sell ads and make money off of videos too. This will ultimately lead to more freedom for the artists and more profit. Oh and NIN, Oasis, Madonna, and Jamiroquai or all thinking about following! See you later RIAA guess you guys will be jobless?.

Oh and for those of you who haven’t got it yet MTV is dead if you want to watch music videos you now have to go to It is better you only have to watch the videos that don’t suck.


i-create what is it? Hey its a totally free friends networking service. You can:

1.create a buddy list with other users on-line
3.create an image gallery have a calendar to invite people to events
6.all of the information is syndicated through rss
7.upload files
8.create polls
9.News Aggregation with hundreds of different news sources

Why is it free? Because i-create is built by the people for the people. This space is not only mine but yours as well. I want people to create meaningful rich content. I also want the people on here to play well with others, share experiences, laugh, and live life to its fullest. The gauge for content is could your mother or child read this and find it exceptable? Hopefully the answer is yes! I encourage creatives and others as well to embrace i-create. I have been sitting here wondering, what is it that I need to do to have more people on here creating content? Do I need to actually show a video on just how easy it is to use??? This has more features than I also protect my flock from lame users. I reserve the right to ban anyones ip without any questions and or delete a user completely. So if you are alright with the gauge rules than please come out and play all day.

Well I am sorry about the down time experienced recently. The site was down due to problems with the Database everything thing is now back up and ready to go. I have also been working somewhat on a new Project I have also been working on several other side projects that will be coming to light within the next few weeks. I am looking forward to sharing them with you. So please do sign up this site will continue to gather more members and have more features added to it!!

–Sincerely, Brendon Smith

700 mhz of Google

It is about someone else steped into wireless and let consumers do as they please. Just look at how arrogant these companies have become over the years sprint evidently believes they have the right to fire their customers. If that isn't bad enough you have the old ma bell companies trying to double charge for broadband usage.. They have also made development for wireless more difficult and challenging than it needs to be. It would be nice as a consumer to simply buy a device on connect it to a network and not be tied up with stuff like well does that network support the device? Oh and if it does support the device what all can I do with that device?? To put it simply google is attempting to make the wireless market more like the internet you pay for service connect the device and do what ever you want to with it. Makes sense to me. The point is AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon are all in an uproar because google could very well change their market forever. They would no longer have the strangle hold on the market. This would open new markets for new compainies in short provide a platform for innovation. Networks should be open. The MA Bell companines are just afraid to play ball after all they are used to owning the game. Google also has alsbeen purchasing dark phiber around the country would be an excellent wireless / ip provider…


a new theoretical prototype of the google phone


Update: Well the FCC met their requests half way hopefully so I guess they won't be getting the 4.6 billion from google but on the other hand hopefully google just ends up purchasing all the spectrum. It would be nice to see what they will do with it. Google has also recently been developing a cell phone. It will be intresting to see what they do with their cell phone.



Radio Free World! Save Net Radio..

Well it seems the death of on-line radio is near so I guess you kiss all of that free content good by. Although I think we are all bright enough to invent something similar and call it something else. Podcasts are exceptionally handy especially when it comes to learning new information or learning about new technologies in general. Check out dig podcasts it’s happening! I also have really been digging on Odeo lately you can simply find what you want to listen to when you want to listen to it. It has all the hippest music and podcasts:) I also highly recommend checking out Last.FM and Pandora:).

What I have been listening too..

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Everyones Doing it

Well everyone knows that Vector graphic layouts is where it is at! Microsoft recently released it’s silverlight project and hot on it’s heals sun just made an announced it’s Java FX adobe recently made an announced the Flex SDK will be open sourced. In my opinion adobe clearly has the advantages here because flash has the tightest integration with multimedia authoring tools and adobe owns some of the best codecs for video period hands down. Not to mention flash has been around longer. I am glad to see the competition heat up this will only make all the products better! I am also ecstatic to see they are all being open sourced! Flash/Flex SDK, Silverlight, and Java FX will all be open source. You may be wondering what makes these products significant. The fact that plug-ins eliminate many of the issues and pitfalls of cross browser scripting (the kind you have when using AJAX). Bandwidth is no longer an issue, and mobile phones becoming more and more like PDA/Laptops. It is now a race to create the ideal programming environment that is both efficient and capable of giving the user interface some eye candy (video, 3D, etc.); it is also essential for this experience to be shared among a number of devices for example a cell phone; Ultra Mobil PC, PC, etc… Microsoft is making an attempt to broaden its’ market by open sourcing silverlight and the Mono project has plans for porting over silverlight to create an open source version of Silverlight for Linux but Microsoft is at a disadvantage here the competitors already have their runtimes working in Linux both Adobe and Sun already have opened their source and currently have runtimes for all operating systems and devices. I do believe the competition is good it will only make the products better in the long term.

i-create now on DreamHost!

Well I am not done configuring this site but I am getting closer.? I installed a sweet flash chat system, and Gallery.? This web site now has more features than it ever had before!? I will continue to work on it but it is getting their!? I will am also working on a custom version of Ubuntu to distribute my portfolio and to show what you can do with it!? It will be a dvd or jump drive version that will come equipped with various emulators for older nintendo, sega, dos, and amiga games.? It will also have a host of web developer tools and Apache and Tomcat off the get go..? Lisa and I are also going to California soon!