Trogdor Lives!

Well, first Grant did it… then my brother Josh did it… and I just couldn’t resist!

This is our first Halloween here in San Francisco, and although we are not down in the Castro tonight (apparently they are expecting over 300,000 people down there this year), we are definitely trying to get into the spirit.

Macromedia: A View from the Inside

So, have you ever wondered what its like inside the hallowed halls of Macromedia? Have you ever wanted to ask one of the engineers something about that product you love so much? Ever wondered who it is that is working behind the scenes? I know I did before I worked here. Lately I have become somewhat accustomed to the idea that if I have a question about the Flash Player, I can walk over a row and talk to an engineer who designed the feature. I have gotten to know many of the amazing people who work here and it has provided a lot of insight into the real vision that the company has. I have also been able to have a lot of fun, learning the fun little quirks of the Macromedia culture, just like any workplace has.

So, I thought I would start to crack open the door a little. If you have any question at all, whether technical or quirky, please submit it to questions[at]danieldura[dot]com and I will answer them! Well, maybe not every single one, there may be to many for that. But, I will pick one day a week (maybe Friday) and answer one or more of the questions, provide photos if possible, and for technical questions I may be able to con one of our engineers into answering the question directly.

This is meant to be both fun and informative. So here are a few examples of questions you can ask:

– Who has the coolest cube at Macromedia?
– Where do you guys eat lunch?
– Who is the product manager for the Flash Player team?
– Can you tell me how to use the X feature of X product?
– Or anything!

What you can’t ask:
– When is the next version of X coming out?

So, you are probably wondering if there is any incentive to doing this? Well, I can’t promise anything, but I do have some random pieces of Macromedia schwag laying around that I can definitely part with. So, if your question(s) gets answered, I will try and send you something.

So, here is your chance, ask away, submit as many questions as you like…. questions[at]danieldura[dot]com

MAX and the Election, I voted already!

Unless you didn’t realize already, MAX this year happens to occur right on top of the November election. That means that if you are going to MAX and are a US citizen over the age of 18, you need to 1) register to vote, and 2) either get an absentee ballot or vote in the early election if your state has one. I know that in San Francisco, the last day to register is Monday (October 18th). Also, early elections have started here. On my way into work today, I walked the extra two blocks off my normal path to City Hall, registered to vote, and submitted my ballot at the same time. Man does it feel great! Anyways, make sure and check out the link below for more election information:

Macromedia MAX Election Info

My New Sidekick II

After the Sidekick II was announced a month or two ago, I had considered getting one. The idea of being totally connected all the time was almost too good to be true. After Christian Cantrell was showing me his new Sidekick when he was in town, I decided now was as good a time as any to dive in and make the jump.

Let me say, I am glad I did. I have only had the phone for a few days, but it has already transformed the way I communicate. Having AIM and my email follow me around all day makes it less of a priority to whip open the laptop at every free moment. This weekend while watching some football, I was able to answer a few emails and IMs sitting on my couch.

The only downside at the moment is the lack of enterprise integration or a VPN client. If that was addressed, I don’t believe anything could stop the spread of this device in both the teen demographic and enterprise environments. With the built in camera, one thing I will be doing is starting a moblog here. Maybe take you through a day here in the Macromedia offices. Any thoughts?

Central 1.5 / AIM SDK Release

If you haven’t heard already, Central 1.5 was released today with some pretty significant changes… not only to the platform itself, but also to licensing. Of course, I am especially excited that the AIM SDK for Central has also been released. I have been involved with this project for quite some time and must say that it is great to see it released.

I am currently in Denver International Airport, on my way back to San Francisco, so I should be following all the relevant posts, etc. In the meantime, why don’t you go download the SDK and start getting familiar with the API. I will have many more posts related to Central 1.5 and the AIM SDK soon.

Currently on Vacation!

Currently I am on vacation in Alaska. My wife and I just finished a 7 day cruise travelling up the inside passage, and we are currently sitting in a Burger King (that has free wireless!) finalizing a few plans. We will be spending the next three days in the Alaskan interior, heading up to Denali National Park (home of Mt. McKinley) and possibly Fairbanks.

To say it is amazing would be an understatement. I will post my pictures online when we get back on Friday. You imagine it, we have seen it: Humpback Whales, Orcas, Sea Lions, Sea Otters, calving glaciers, etc. It has been amazing weather, the locals keep telling us how rare this is, usually it is gray and dreary this time of year, but it has been blue and beautiful for us. We have a pretty good shot at seeing the Northern Lights tonight (crossing fingers). More info to come soon!

“Who Wants to be a Millionaire” Bot

Have you ever wanted to participate in the Ask the Audience questions on the gameshow? Well, now you can. It turns out that AOL has teamed up with the famous quiz show to allow users to participate via the AIM Bot “MillionaireIM”.

This is just another addition to the numerous bots that are already out there, and is an example of how powerful presence enabled software can be. Rumors are that atleast 30,000 people have already signed up to be notified when a stumped contestant is begging for help.

To use the bot, just add the bot to your buddy list, and send it a message. Thats about it.

via Yahoo News

Who Wants to be a Millionaire web site