ASV is 11 Today

ASV 1.0 was released exactly 11 years ago…

And today we released the 11th anniversary version:

Thank you all for your support. Flash community is one of the best out there for sure.

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Happy 2011!

I wish you all a happy new year! Healthy and wealthy…

Now stop reading this and go hug your loved ones.

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Hello world (again)!

Moving to WordPress after 7 years of MovableType with TypePad (Thanks for the ride).

(Truth is I don’t blog much anymore – I mean, even less than usual, I was never a heavy blogger – but I’m on twitter regularly – mostly I retweet and mark favs…).

Anyway, the move seems went fine – I will fix image links later, there are not many in any case.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and whatever you may be celebrating!

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Silverlight in the Past Tense… Another Flash Killer bites the dust!

Interesting news came from Microsoft’s PDC (Professional Developers Conference): Microsoft: Our strategy with Silverlight has shifted, by Mary Jo Foley.

(Read more at Microsoft’s Silverlight dream is over, by Tim Anderson, or a summary at Is Microsoft Turning Off the SilverLight?, Harry McCracken).

In short, Silverlight is now retired from its position as Flash Killer, coined about 3 years ago. MS thinks HTML5 will be the webs future, and it will be sufficient. Silverlight lives -not officially dead but will transform-, just like .NET… Here is what I wrote in May 2007: Silverlight must Live!

Flash is stronger than ever, as proved by the recent Adobe MAX 2010, and another so called Flash Killer is now gone…

Update: More on the Web:

Is Silverlight Done? Microsoft Shift in Strategy to html5 at *drawlogic

Microsoft Has Seen The Light. And It’s Not Silverlight at TextCrunch

On the “death” of Silverlight by Keith Peters

PDC and Silverlight announcement at Silverlight Team Blog

Silverlight Questions by Scott Guthrie (Nov 4, 2010)

What MS guys say doesn’t change the current situation a bit.

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Online Chromatic Guitar Tuner with Flash

It was 1994, me and me brother were into music and computers (in that order). It was the year we created a MIDI driver for Windows 3.1 (Windows 95 was still in beta at the time).

The device driver converted audio input to MIDI notes. We could directly record from line input to MIDI sequencer software. It effectively converted our regular electric guitar to a MIDI guitar, provided that we played single notes at a time.

It was a good start but certain things and life prevented us working more on it. Anyway, the pitch detection algorithm we used was something my brother worked on…

Back to 2010… Now that microphone data is accessible with Flash player 10.1, we decided to make use of the algorithm and provide a free online chromatic guitar tuner.

A quick search reveals that there are only a couple of similar online tuners with pitch detection but they are all Java. Ours is proudly Flash.

It’s not open source, but we encourage you to peek at the source, using AS3 Sorcerer

1994 seems so back in the past now, ancient. Yet at the same time it feels it was a blink ago… We still do plug in our axes from time to time, actual C source of the 16 bit device driver is lost long ago, but the algorithm, XAMDF, lives on…

Hope you find it useful. Happy tuning…

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