Popfly Game Engine Code on Codeplex

Though we decommissioned Popfly last Monday, Ben Anderson from the (former) Popfly team worked his magic (along with a lot of help from others, including our legal team) to get the Popfly Game Engine code on Codeplex under the MS-PL. Give it a look. Technorati Tags: Popfly,MS-PL,Codeplex


Does Advertising Guide Content?

This post started as a collection of thoughts on the AP’s decisions around how they want their content handled on the web. Somehow this lead me to thinking about the FTC’s proposal for guidelines about full disclosure. But as I was writing it, I had this persistent itch at the back of my mind: memories…


Gidget Dead at 15

Gidget, the chihuahua best known for her role as the Taco Bell dog, has died. While sad news (I grew up with Gidget on TV) I couldn’t help but smile at this image: “But, she said, Gidget had been the victim of typecasting, which limited her career choices…” The mental image of a chihuahua meeting…


Run Popfly Games Locally

When I announced that we were closing down Popfly, one of the biggest questions I got was how users could save their content. For the most part, that’s not really feasible, but over at Coding4Fun, Dan has posted a link to a tool that was written by two folks from the former Popfly team (Ben…


On Popfly and What’s Next

A couple of years ago, a group of us decided to try something different: to create an online service to help people learn to program. Along the way we learned a lot about operating a large-scale web service, about the interesting legal and privacy situations that come into play when you’re running a service that…


Enter the Porch

As part of our remodel, considerable work was done on the front porch. Unfortunately, that work didn’t include putting up the railings. This weekend has been the weekend for me to replace them. This has involved purchasing 4x6s and 2x4s to create the classic Craftsman heavy look, then assembling them, which has involved tracing the…


Popfly Game Creator Beta, or "Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges…"

Popfly, which we opened to the public last fall as a web mashup tool, has come a long way. Over the last ten months we launched an add-in for Visual Studio (Popfly Explorer) so people could create and open projects on the Popfly site from VS, a lightweight structured data storage system, we worked with…


Chocolate. Mmmm. Chocolate.

About a month ago my wife and I attended the Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon. With a name like that, I had no idea what to expect. When we showed up we paid our $20 admission (<cough>) and walked in. When we arrived, it looked like a miniature version of every computer trade show I’ve ever…


"VS 2008 SP1 Doesn’t Patch VS Express"

A customer noted yesterday that the patch for "big VS" (that is, Visual Studio 2008 Standard, Professional, and Visual Studio Team Suite) doesn’t patch Visual Studio Express. We did this because of the patch size: in the past Express customers would download one of the Express products (probably 50-60MB) and then have to apply the…


Time to Brag!

Have you created a really cool Popfly project? If so, we want to hear from you!  Click here to send us your story and you may be featured on our site! Technorati Tags: Popfly