Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Talk to your computer with HTML 5 and Google Chrome 11!

It appears the new Beta of Google Chrome allows you to talk to your computer via a new HTML 5 Speech input API. It also offers a sneak peek of GPU-accelerated 3D CSS, which are already part of Apple's Safari Browser. To read more click on the link below and to download the new Beta click on the second link.

Once it installs you will also see a new shiny icon.

Google Chrome Beta Channel

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ColdFusion 9 HotFix 1 causes Session Variables to reset

I recently upgraded one of my ColdFusion 9 servers to the new Cumulative Hotfix 1 for 9.0.1. and it started causing my applications to have their session tokens reset on each refresh. This was driving me crazy because every time I would try to login to a protected area it would just return and not give me any errors (as I was using the session scope to pass back error messages as well).

I started playing with a couple of settings and one of them was setting the Use J2EE session variables on. Now this did fix the issue but I was not satisfied with it because the session tokens should remain the same even if I decide not to use jsessionid.

Now my Application.cfc had this.setClientCookies to false and once I removed it, again it worked but I was not satisfied and then I came up with this post from Pete Freitag regarding Setting up HTTPOnly Session Cookies for ColdFusion. As per his post, CF 9.0.1 added support for this by a java system property called coldfusion.sessioncookie.httponly which you can set by editing the jvm.config and adding -Dcoldfusion.sessioncookie.httponly=true or if you are running Standalone you can add this in the ColdFusion Administrator.

Once I did this it worked, so my conclusion was that if you are not setting Client Cookies in your Application then CF was not setting this httponly tokens by itself causing each refresh to act as a new connection. Hopefully this helps someone as it did me after beating my head into a wall.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011


The following site has some pretty neat products for doing what we do best and that is sketching wire frames for future websites/applications and or products.

Android Patterns

If you are getting into developing/designing for Android, check out this site filled with interaction patterns that can help you!

Phone Doo Dry Erase iPhone Sketching

If you are developing/designing iPhone apps, the this may be something you will find useful. A company named Coohdoo makes this cool product that allows you to sketch on. Now I know there are templates for this that you can print out and use for free, but imagine how much paper you are wasting!

Anyways, check these Dry Erase, Magnetic templates at

The templates have faint gird lines, are 6.8" by 3.5" and have magnetic backing. A pack contains 10 Phone Doos.

They also have browser versions in the near future.