There is a bit of a change of plan - rather than give an overview talk on open source projects in the community - I'll be doing my session at Flash on the Beach on Flash Player 10.1 development and the litl webbook. Ever since Flash and the City earlier this year I've been playing around with this somewhat unusual device and am sold on its potential. It is quite unlike the typical hackable geeky gadget I'm usually interested in but opens up opportunities for web enabled content feeds around the house and of course uses my favorite development platform.

I'll be talking about how you can get started developing channels for this device using the developer SDK and test your work in the simulator or on the device itself. We'll walk through various examples of channels and look at some creative use cases. I'll also be covering best practices for Flash Player 10.1 on devices in general.

It's going to be a fun session and will hopefully inspire you to start experimenting with Flash Player 10.1 content on the litl or a variety of other devices and form factors that are hitting the market.

Hope to see you there!

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Chumbylicious I just got a Chumby alpha prototype and am really *really* excited -- big up to Michael Coleman for giving me a chance to play around with it at this early stage!

Getting it up and running was a breeze (once I got hold of my US power adaptor that is), here are the steps involved:

1. plug in the chumby 2. switch it on 3. calibrate the touch screen 4. set up the wifi connection 5. register your chumby id with your account on the website

Now all you need to do is log in to the chumby.com account and start adding Flash widgets to a channel. The Chumby then cycles through these widgets.

Of course what sold me on the Chumby is, apart from it running Linux and being completely open and hackable, it support Flash Lite 2.1 and access to its sensors (squeeze, accelerometer, touchscreen) through ASNative calls. A few features are still missing from this alpha version, most notably external MP3 streaming, but that will no doubt make it in the final product.

In under half an hour I managed to fling together a little widget; as you might have expected from me its an RSS reader for the Adobe XML News Aggregator that cycles through the last 15 blog posts. Just a few things to keep in mind when creating a widget:

- export to Flash Lite 2.1 - set dimensions to 320x240 pixels - frame rate needs to be 12 fps - create a background fill if you don't want black - don't use _root (widgets get loaded into a holder movie clip) _ fonts need to be embedded - maximum filesize for a widget is 100kb

When you're ready with that, just use the upload widget form on chumby.com where you specify your widget details, give it a category upload the SWF and a thumbnail JPG (80x60 pixels). There's a checkbox right in that form that allows you to make the widget public so other Chumbians can add it to their channel.

If you're not a proud owner of a Chumby yet, you can start using the virtual chumby when you create an account on the website (see below).

There's much more to cover (SSH to the device, running Python, Ruby, Java, Perl on it etc.) but I'll keep that for another blog post when I've had some more time to play around with my new best friend.

The guys are really awesome with their support and I can't wait to see this device get widely available!

If you didn't already know, the Chumby will be publicly available some time in Spring 2007 with a price tag of around 150 USD... oh, and it has an alarm clock function too ;)

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