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I just order two tickets to

I am really happy that this kind of events happen in Portugal as it gives us (Portuguese developers) a chance to learn and share experiences and knowledge.

UPDATE: minutes after I emailed about this I received a friendly response and the issue bellow was solved. Great job.

I am not one to normally nag and complain about stuff, but for a user experience professionals conference this menu issue made me laugh:

Anyway, and as I started complaining having and both working is not a very good thing for SEO.

P.S. – Sorry about this guys at but just couldnt resist.


htc magic flash perfect spl – android

androidThis christmas I offered myself an htc magic from Portuguese provider TMN.

This came with a “perfect” SPL 1.33.0014.

After a few hours searching I ended up using the goldcard method to flash it up.

I followed but with some changes.

I 1. no need to download the fastboot as it comes by default with the new sdk

II 1. I used a sandisk 1gb without a problem.

II 12. i quick formated the sd card to fat32 on my computer on this step (not sure if it was needed)

II 13. choose the “removable disk” from the bottom option and NOT the top eg:”Untitled Disk (F:)” – I almost gave up here. So simple and was my main problem.

III 1. Used “ROM v2.53.707.2 (Engineerings SPL v1.33.2010)” as you cannot downgrade spl for me this was the only option

III 29. My sdcard was causing some media error. I took it out and without it no problem. I ended up formating it using the phone and it re-started working fine.

And thats all you need to change spl.

After that I followed this tutorial (Portuguese) my recovery page looked and gave me some diferent options, but it was common sense.

Its working fine. Faster and without any errors or bugs. so far 🙂

Web Windows

A maior rede social do mundo

top 25 social network re-rankContra os numeros apresentados neste mapa eu diria que a Microsoft tem a maior rede social do mundo.

O Windows Live Messenger que fez por estes dias 10 anos é para mim o local onde mais pessoas online se encontram com os seus “reais amigos” – 330.000.000 de utilizadores activos por mês.

Aquilo que me leva a escrever este texto é uma total incompreensão da razão pela qual a Microsoft não avança para este mercado que o Facebook tão bem está a dominar.

Imaginem o potencial de ter 330 milhões de utilizadores unicos mensais na mão e todos os outros que utilizam o sistema operativo windows. – 90% dos computadores pessoais

A juntar a este potencial o capital que a empresa tem (e a facilidade de obter mais) e não se dislumbra a minima estratégia nesta àrea.

Temos aqueles anuncios ridiculos no Messenger, o absurdo pop up do windows live e aquela brincadeira de perfis a lembrar o pessimo site msn.

Não estou aqui a dizer que sei melhor mas que é estranho e dá que pensar dá.

Deixo aqui os meus 5 centimos. Que tal repensar a estrutura do messenger e nele englobar capacidade html para ao clicarmos num nome de utilizador ou mesmo ao falarmos com ele termos ao nosso lado os detalhes do mesmo e os seus amigos? Formas de procurar novos amigos dentro do messenger? Associar os apis de outros sites (tipo twitter) de cada um dos utilizadores para que ao falarmos com um amigo podemos ver (sem sair do messenger) o seu stream de twits.

Bem penso que se me deixar ficar a pensar sobre isto nunca mais paro de dar ideias e a Microsoft não me paga para isto.

Eu com 1% de 330 milhoes de utilizadores activos por mês podem ter a certeza que estava no caminho para o topo e não simplesmente sentado a fazer toques de decoração na maior aplicação para rede social do mundo.


Flash – Resize and Crop – Faces Thumbnails

Flash Resize and CropAfter my last post about image resize using flash I did some research and found this:

Flash based cropping tool released (LGPL)

I tried to get it to work and saving the crop server side.

I manage to get to work pretty easy on my local server but after uploading it the php was giving me trouble.

So I stripped it down and now its working great: flash resize and crop

If you want the source: download

I found a very cool script using JavaScript that does almost the same as this one: Prototype JavaScript Image Cropper UI

About flash client side resize, no luck.

I found several Java ones and also I know that is possible to do it in flash but the methods I found were to explode the image pixel by pixel and then pass it like that into php. From what I could understand quality problems and flash player frozes on large images were the problems using that option.

Anyway. I think this was a great step foward.


Image Crop using Flash

Image CropI have been following for a while now.

I deeply admire what as been achieved in POF and am always tryng to learn from the ones who make it.

The other day I commented one of the posts about creating a script to crop images.

As I have been tryng to work out something similar to my sites I decided to give it a try using – Image Crop – I know its an old version (Flash Player 6) and as Kebie said as a comment in the plentyoffish post it doesnt use the new ability to do this client side.

Anyway as I dont mind doing it server side I build this: image crop script example

Feel free to use it as you want. Use it, change it, sell it… whatever 🙂

zip file: download

In simple terms there are 2 folders – images and tb (thumbnails)

You choose one of the files from the images folder. It sends to flash the message and then flash sends back the coordenates of your crop.

The crop is done with php.

Any doubts contact me.

Images from

P.S. – I will try to find a couple of hours to make it resize.


I found and am using resize before upload it does what it says using flash. There is still a minor bug with transparent images and the image formats are limited but I think it’s well worth it.