Jazz’n’Groove Galore

Podcasts are a great thing but finding those truly great examples which you want to keep in your library is another story. If you are a fan of da groovy tunez, here is a great podcast for you at http://www.bendingcorners.com/. I really love each and every episode – between 1 and 2 hours of jazz and groove music, expertly mixed and arranged. And: no talking whatsoever! In the words of the proprietor:

Welcome to BendingCorners, a monthly jazz~n~groove podcast of jazz and jazz-inspired grooves. If you enjoy the groove side of all things “jazz”, this is your thang. BendingCorners explores the groove within: acid jazz, afro-beat, bop, cool jazz, cosmic jazz, dub, downtempo, electro-jazz, fusion, future jazz, groove jazz, jazzatronic, jazz dance, jazz-funk, jazz-rock, kozmigroov, modal, phusion, progressive, modern, nu-jazz, soul-jazz, spiritual, and world.

Yes, it really is good!

Cheers
Koestie

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Silverlight/Flash performance (and a bit of fanboyism)

Today I was doing some research on performance of Silverlight vs. Flash. There are several aspects to this – first I looked at the pure performance comparison of the different engines. I found this site that is actually quite interesting and compares all the existing RIA environments (not just SL/Flash/Flex) by running the same app and comparing the frame rates (FPS) that can be achieved:

But of course raw performance is only half the story – the other half being the ease of use and maturity of the platform, the development tools and the interaction and workflow between team members (designer > developer). Now here it gets pretty quickly into the realm of personal preferences, and this often mutates into outright fanboyism and simple bashing of the competitors’ technology. We all know the endless Mac > PC wars that never seem to go away. The same is emerging for Silverlight vs. Flash. Here are some quite interesting blog posts that focus on the pros and cons of Flash and Silverlight – I especially enjoyed the multitude of comments – some with merit some others just flamebait. Nevertheless, an interesting read:

Now, my personal opinion is that both platforms have their pros and cons. SL is by no means finished yet and I think it is an impressive product with a lot of benefits and it certainly will get traction. Rather than mindless bashing, the better way would be to look at both offerings, evaluate their possibilities and mix and match to use the best of both worlds. Nobody says that you should drop Photoshop in favor of Designer – this is a gray area and not black and white. Also true is the fact that MS has historically been very developer-centric and is just now adressing the designer target group and getting into that mindset – and this is a really new field for us where we still have a lot of work to do. Just my 2 cents …

Cheers
Koestie

Hello World …

… just like many other people, I have decided to start my very own blog. I’ll write about topics that interest me and I will also store all the interesting stuff & tidbits I come across during my journeys through the net.

So what do I like? Here are some topics:

  • Design (architecture, product design, graphic design, interior design)
  • Old computers, technology & retro video games
  • Gadgets & personal technology
  • Microsoft & Microsoft products
  • WPF, Silverlight, Microsoft Expression
  • Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa culture & countries

… more will be added to fill these pages. If you enjoy what I have to say – drop me a line! I’d very much like to hear from you.

Cheers
Koestie