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Update @ 09-April-08: Since this is probably my most popular landing page from the search engines for those seeking out sample dashboards, Xcelsius or otherwise, I thought I’d post an update.

After almost a year and with a dozen or so Xcelsius dashboards in production, the original image no longer reflects my work. It was in fact the very first working model I produced in Xcelsius 4.5.
Now that I’m a bit older and wiser here’s a shot from recent work that better reflects where I’m at.

T_SampleDashboard_OwnColourScheme_NoLogo

For anyone interested in designing executive dashboards, here’s a shot of one I’ve been working on.

Sample_EPWSalesDashboard

It makes good use of dynamic visibility to display greater detail for underlying metrics associated with the chosen KPI and uses XSQL under Tomcat to dynamically query an Oracle database.

Any thoughts or feedback appreciated 😉 frank rich noelia ron paul youtube iphone galilea montijo blogher paris hilton google harry potter music beyonce myspace beyonce falls simpsons movie

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SilverLight RC1.0 was released today and with it this weekend came my invite to join the PopFly beta. I signed up to the wait list mid week so it only took a couple of days, and what a pretty invite it is!

Microsoft PopFly Invitation

After accepting, creating a short profile as a first time user and a quick SilverLight download later I was gasping in wonderment. My first two thoughts were “Wow” followed by “It’s time to dig out the Javascript Bible!”. I haven’t given the web page designer a spin yet,but did give the mashups a go. Here’s the designer in all it’s drag and drop glory.

PopFly Mashups Designer

The list of available application blocks both preloaded by the PopFly team and those created by the growing community is already impressive, though many of the user blocks I tried refused to load due to invalid XML.

It’s really quick to get something simple up and running too. In under 5 minutes I had a block pulling pictures tagged with Windows Vista into an iTunes type carousel display. It’s that simple!

PopFly-FlickrtoCarousel

Those blessed with a knowledge of Javascript can dive right in to customise any application block or write their own from scratch. For other mere mortals there’s video tutorials a plenty.

Well done to Microsoft on a fantastic web applications platform for the aspiring web community. I’m glad you’ve kept this firmly on the roadmap and look forward to a multitude of new features in coming releases.noelia ron paul youtube paris hilton harry potter beyonce falls iphone blogher descargar beyonce utube blogher07 mallu google authority

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Yesterday’s Microsoft Show and Tell has fueled a lot of blogs the past 2 days. There’s plenty of coverage on Techmeme and elsewhere, but in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the plan for the next financial year and beyond.

MS Roadmap Beyond 2008

Items of note include the many incarnations planned for Dynamics, including LiveCRM, the mention of the intention to pursue developing PopFly (the slick web mashups platform still in beta) and Windows Automotive (opinion is divided over having Windows running anthing in your car!).

The less said about the planned next generation Zune player the better 😉

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Every now and then you stumble on a real gem of a site and 9Tutorials is just such a treasure. I came across it a few months ago and thought it time I shared!
Armed with a copy of Photoshop, a good eye for colour and the guides from this site alone, you can create a fantastic looking site for your startup in no time at all. With the weekend upon us, why wait?

The bulk of the site’s content is based around using Photoshop but Flash, ASP, PHP and other popular platforms and technologies get coverage too.

Well worth a look for startups are the posts on creating your own Web 2.0 style logo like this one

SampleWeb2OhBetaLogo

and creating a Web 2.0 style site template like this one (anything but pink though please!)

Web20SiteDesignTutorial

Now all you need is that great idea and this when it’s released 😉noelia ron paul youtube harry potter twango iphone netflix facebook theresa duncan music paris hilton myspace google minube spoiler

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I’ve decided to post this for 2 reasons:

  1. Despite all the scaremongering that the security and anti-virus companies in our industry engage in, I dont get all that much spam, especially phishing emails
  2. I hope this will help educate others to spot a fake and avoid the thievery of phishing artists

I received this email at the weekend. Thanks to Gmail, it went straight in my spam folder but I couldn’t resist a peak when I saw it titled Account Managment.

PayPal_PhishSpam

I’ve highlighted the giveaway signs that this is a fake :

  1. The originating address is a Yahoo.com account created under the name PayPal Security Center
  2. The URL that you’re asked to follow to “update your account information” does not mention PayPal nor any valid portion of an actual PayPal site URL, simplying referring to an IP address that could be Joe Bloggs in God knows where.

Following the URL brings you to a very convincing recreation of the PayPal homepage, but in my case Firefox immediately flagged it as a reported phishing page.

FakePayPalPage

If this helps just 1 person avoid a rip off it’s worth the time taken to post so please keep your browser and it’s plug-ins up to date to make sure you catch this sort of thing.noelia youtube harry potter ron paul iphone harry potter spoiler galilea montijo el jueves theresa duncan paris hilton twango google facebook music deathly hallows

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If not, now you can get up to speed thanks to the recent release of Information Architects Web Trends 2007 guide. Think Gartner’s Magic Quadrants but for all interests/industries at the same time, all on one page, and unlike most of Gartner’s industry analysis, it’s free!

WebTrends2007v2

Find out who’s waining by remaining Web 1.0 and those gaining at the cutting edge of 2.5 here. More importantly, read the full story and learn how to use it to your company’s advantage here.

This is an excellent v2 of the project, with the next revision due in December. Well done to all!!harry potter youtube noelia frank rich ron paul harry potter spoiler el jueves deathly hallows iphone galilea

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Oh dear! All that good will, innovation and forward thinking and as usual a few teenage boys had to mess it up. The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project was a great idea and though it took a while, it eventually got off and running with shipments of laptops to Third World areas. Reports today say that recipients in an Abuja school have been abusing the gifts by freely viewing porn at their school.

It’s somewhat disappointing in this instance to be reminded that people really are the same the world over, especially teenage boys. Even the less fortunate like these youngsters seem to know that the internet is filled with more porn than they could ever view in what might remain of their lives, and all too keen to explore, such is the curiosity of youth.

Children grow up far too quickly throughout the world as it is today. Lets hope the filtering software due to be added to the OLPC units as a result of this will save some kids their innocence for a few more years.

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