By the balls

I sometimes think it is better to go with open source, than budget kick-start code, such as Classipress. With a key release being delayed 6 months, I feel in the same stranglehold as if I had gone with a regular software vendor product – what has happened is I have done coding work to get it to do what was promised, and now still not delivered (such as proximity search). I now face difficult upgrade work each time (to sweeten people they did series of 0.0.0 type releases, but largely bugfixes, and not critical ones). Now it seems all I am using Classipress code for is largely form and form custom field management. Watching the movement of appthemes, they have increased their product range rapidly, and instinctively I feel their classified product has been demoted. if I had the time again, I would have gone pure open source – it would have saved a lot of headaches. Including their rather pointless and plugin-compromising use of newer WordPress 3 custom post-types – I am still not understanding how their implementation of that has improved anything.

About XMPP

The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is an open XML technology for real-time communication, which powers a wide range of applications including instant messaging, presence, media session management, shared editing, whiteboarding, collaboration, lightweight middleware, content syndication, and generalized XML routing.

The core technology was invented by Jeremie Miller in 1998, refined in the Jabber open-source community in 1999 and 2000, and formalized by the IETF in 2002 and 2003, resulting in publication of the XMPP RFCs in 2004.

Although the core technology is stable, the XMPP community continues to define various XMPP extensions through an open standards process run by the XMPP Standards Foundation. There is also an active community of open-source and commercial developers based at jabber.org.

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WMP Audio Demo (with visualizations)

Browser Support:

  • Internet Explorer 6+/7
  • Firefox 2+ – (Some features, such as “Autostart”, will not work)

There is currently no support for embedded Windows Media Player for MAC browsers, but other players are supported for MAC (such as Flash or Real Player). It is normal practice to supply at least two different format choices, to increase the range of browser support. Flash is the most popular choice, as it has the most extensive browser support.

Windows Media Player Video Demo

Browser Support:

  • Internet Explorer 6+/7
  • Firefox 2+ – (Some features, such as “Autostart”, will not work)  

There is currently no support for embedded Windows Media Player for MAC browsers, but other players are supported for MAC (such as Flash or Real Player).  It is normal practice to supply at least two different format choices, to increase the range of browser support.  Flash is the most popular choice, as it has the most extensive browser support.

Embedded Windows Media Player Video

Video Formats Supported : mpeg1, mpeg2, avi, asx, wmv, asf

(Video Source – BBC News)

There are many parameters to cusotmise the players look and funtionality, amongst others: autostart, customisable controls and demensions.   The demo is the default setup.

Microformats

microformats

Now the web 2.0 buzz is settling down into business reality, further moves towards semantic web are crawling out of web 2.0 quagmire. It is easy to forget that web 2.0 was about a set of enabling technologies, and it is only now the hype has passed that these technologies are coming to the fore. Microformats – a term I had heard before, and is based on the sound principles of decentralising data control.

1. Markup should be as simple as possible.
2. Markup should be droppable into as many formats as possible.
3. Development should be decentralized.

Relax, Everything Is Intertwingled

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