Archive for the 'Blackberry' Category

by mkeefe on Feb 7th, 2011

Blackberry Playbook Development Fun

Once again being a Flash developer has its perks. The latest one being the ease of development on the Blackberry Playbook. I am in the process of porting Happy Peg to the PB operating system and its a breeze. I already wrote a “Getting Started” tutorial and plan to write much more now that i’m getting my hands dirty.

by mkeefe on Jan 3rd, 2011

A look back on 2010

Just as soon as it began 2010 is now in the history books. Let me take a moment to reflect on some notable things that took place in 2010, both professional and personal.

It technically began in 2009 but on New Years eve I went to a Dane Cook show with my now girlfriend and what a show it was.

Fast forward to February which included a vacation to the Caribbean with family and friends where I was unaware at the time I would be doing the majority of my photography for the year. Overall the cruise was a great start to the New Year! I highly recommend you go on one at least once in your life.

The majority of Spring I spent working on various freelance projects and with awesome teams around the world. One notable project I got the opportunity to work on in the Spring was an interactive training module for an oil company, though I can’t speak any specifics on that project I can say it was fun!

Towards the start of summer I was invited to a Red Sox game where i’m almost certain no one remembers the score, but thats how you know it was a great time. As summer marched on I took a small break to Florida to see family and friends for a few days but ended up working on a bunch of projects while there.. kind of typical in the life of a freelancer.

When I returned home in late July I started officially working as a Flash developer with Litl in Boston where I had the opportunity to work on awesome Flash projects for their Litl webbook and other upcoming hardware. This was also the first time I had responded to a cold call from a talent agent, but something about Aquent (their parent) struck me right. I am still enrolled with Aquent and highly recommend them to professionals looking for new work or a new career.

In the Fall I flew out to Vegas for the annual PhotoshopWorld and got to meet a bunch of great people, including some I had spoke with via email/chat for the last few years. Rather than flying back home from Vegas I decided to make a stop in Colorado and spent some time with friends roughing it in the woods and shooting guns, two hobbies of mine.

When I finally returned home from my Vegas/Colorado travels I only had a few short weeks before I was on a plane to attend Adobe MAX for the first time in my life. Looking back I can’t believe I waited so long but I certainly picked the right MAX to attend with all the goodies given away by Google, Motorola, Adobe and even Blackberry. While in LA I also got the opportunity to speak at a mini conference on the subject of Flash mobile, which was a great time and can’t wait to speak again.

After returning home from MAX I decided to work on a few personal goals and in doing so I got my motorcycle permit, took a class and ended up receiving my motorcycle license. I also obtained (after much hoop jumping) my LTC gun permit. Don’t be concerned though, I am not running off to join a motorcycle club/gang.. I just love guns and bikes.

On a strictly personal topic I also celebrated 6 months with my girlfriend, got to spend the holidays together and even celebrated the arrival of 2011 on the Boston waterfront with friends this past weekend.

I also took a 13 day vacation to where else? Florida! I imagine one day I will move there, I guess we’ll see.

In all 2010 was a great year, I progressed my business towards bigger and better projects, checked off personal achievements and got to travel around the country. This of course only means 2011 will be even bigger and I am not wasting any time either. In early 2011 I am launching a bunch of website applications, mobile apps/updates and opening a new company with my good friend Phil whose graphics work you have seen in much of my client work for many years now.

So there you have it, how was your 2010? Lets hear it.. and on to 2011 and all it has in store for us all.

by mkeefe on Nov 10th, 2010

Building Blackberry Playbook apps with AS3

I have just posted a new tutorial on Scriptplayground teaching you how to configure and develop your first Blackberry Playbook app using ActionScript 3.

Look for more tutorials on this and other mobile topics coming soon, along with a whole new Scriptplayground experience, being worked on now! If you’d like to contribute with tutorials or on the site itself please leave a comment.

by mkeefe on Jul 13th, 2008

iPhone 3g.. no, getting Bold

Blackberry Bold

After looking at the “updated” iPhone that was just released it just didn’t do it for me. The 3G is nice, but the new plan and contract is not. The battery life is even lower on 3G and from testing the apps while on the road on the iPhone this weekend they just suck that battery away.

So basically I am skipping iPhone 3G, installed 2.0 on my current iPhone and that will be good enough.

However I will be buying a Blackberry Bold (coming soon). After looking at the tech specs which includes WIFI I was sold. The removable battery and externally accessible memory card just sealed the deal.

If you don’t have an iPhone at the moment I do still highly recommend it.. its an amazing piece of hardware. Just the new one doesn’t bring enough “newness” to blow good pricing and terms I have now.

by mkeefe on Jun 18th, 2007

A curve in the Blackberry decision

Blackberry CurveWell after a few months of phone research I finally get to put it to an end tomorrow. I have decided to go with the Blackberry Curve.. it was going to be the pearl but the SureType keyboard bugs me. The size was a factor, but I found the curve is shaped perfect and is only “slightly” wider than the Pearl.

Now normally the post would end here, but thanks to Cingular/ATT it doesn’t. Turns out that because of the iPhone (destined to fail) it is going to cost me $45 a month for the data plan, which after talking to my friend has gone up $15. It is either because of the companies merging or the phone.. I don’t know for sure, but it upset me to say the least.

Soon enough I will be posting my thoughts on the Blackberry and as bonus how it works on the mac. At this time I will open the floor to comments on BB, Cingular/ATT and the iPhone.