“podcast” – another way to say “playlist”, only more expensive

I am a real collector of social networking sites, why, I do not know but I have ended up with a set of ones I use regularly, namely delicious, tumblr, stumbleupon, reddit (such horribly designed site – I love it!), vodpod, etc .. all used for different purposes.

Collecting audio has been more challenging as 95% of audio bookmarking sites are music-related, and I was more interested in other audio – presentations, comedy, lectures ….  and due to another Apple smokescreen of “podcasting”, means most sites that offering these types of audio adopt the “podcasting” terminology, and either have such restrictive functionality makes it boring, or have the cheek to charge for basically being able to bookmark and upload your own “podcasts”.  For podcast, read f*cking audio file!

The same way the iPod/iTunes turned a simple concept of hard drive, sound module and player software into a song and dance of epic callous sales and marketing – but at least they are generally only ripping off idiots.  A fool and his money are indeed, soon parted.

huffdufferHowever, my little rant over (the mere thought of Apple causes smoke to eject from my ears), I found a nice site, huffduffer, that did what I wanted.   Still adopting the “podcast” terminology, but importantly on this site, it could juts as well be called a radio station.  A simple service that allows you to bookmark mp3 files, and create essentially a playlist (or podcast if that pleases you) – whatever apple try and dominate in this area, this is still THE audio format and the most prevalent. Doubt I could describe it better than their short blurb:-

  • Find links to audio files on the Web.
  • Huffduff the links—add them to your podcast.
  • Subscribe to podcasts of other found sounds

A well formatted RSS file, and very active community.  Still very much web 2.0 user-generated content philosophy, which is generally now slated – but is a mutually beneficial free service such a bad thing?  I could have actually created service myself, but I figure there is enough to be doing, and the web is a community after all, so support these web services.  I think we take too much for free for granted.

User Stories

User Stories are a good way to quickly visualise and define user requirements. You must approach this in terms of role, rather than user level (as a user may or may not have multiple roles).

1. As a helpdesk administrator, I want to be able to edit all helpdesk users personal details.
2. As a helpdesk administrator, I want to be able to generate monthly performance reports for all helpdesk users.
3. As a helpdesk administrator, I want to be able to add tickets for any department.
4. Etc….

Below is short presentation on User Stories:

User Stories

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Internationalisation Support Test Page

Firstly, verify your browser can support this anyway by viewing this page. Once done, save the page HTML and upload to your own web server. Not an extensive test by any means, but a good indication of your web server’s support for different character sets.

To do this basic test, just compare the characters in the top cell for a character set, with the corresponding image below in next cell down. They should be identical, or at least a very good representation of the character displayed in the image. Sometimes the eye is still the best test tool!

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Media 2.0

Media 2.0 Workgroup – Social, Democratic, Distributed
 

As one of the many (no doubt), who try and catch the internet waves, I realised my own personal weakness – tangents.  In the latter part of 2004 I started a venture mullshrimp, whose aim was to provide an online DAM (Digital Asset Management) System, providing services to upload video of multiple formats types, rought-cut edit, and stream online.   It was based on sound open source servers,encoders,decoders, cms.    I am sure now I wasnt alone in that "idea" – in fact of course we have the cream that rose to the top in youtube – s truly user-friendly and clear service, and still is.  I, on the other hand, became obessed with supporting as many formats as possible, and attempting to build a revenue model when just getting people to just use a service like this was a challenge.  The question is have a I learnt from my mistakes, now that it seems media 2.0 is upon us.

Asides the unfortunate 2.0 tag, I see media 2.0 as convergence between web 2.0 technologies (microfomats, social networking) and digital media.   I also note that these movements happen, regardless of fashion.  So the original mode of web 2.0 is now proved in the field, so to speak, so time to incorporate more than just the generic.  And so onto microformats … this is the web 2.0 area I latched onto to begin, albeit late!  I have long used rss/xml as forms of aggregation, but now there are extended formats designed to support different purposes.  Media, regradless of type – video, audio, photo, presenetations needs metadata, and it is this data that needs to be in machine-friendly format in order to be read easily by current and future microfomat SOA’s.

What my mullshrimp-bruising has already taught me is that just because you find a good application of technologies, what really forces the sell is adoption by the masses – the impatient ipod-generation ( a large market sector now).   Eschewing the virtues of a DAM that supports multiple file formats, when instead I should have presented the public with a fait-accomplit.  Why should they care what format their video file is in – they should just be able to upload and view it.  THey want to be able to tag it easily, and also be able to rate the videos.   I am forgetting that adults also have the "look at what I made!" drive.    In many ways, I am victim of my generation – in a era where only outcasts used computers.

I have more or less given up trying to start a company in the UK – the environment and atmosphere is poor, and at many points over the last fgew years I have felt thoroughly ashamed to be english.  Why i have latched on to technology so much, and the communities it is only place where you can truly count yourself as a "world citizen".

Post-2.0-Media

Our patent pending Cutlist technology controls how video is played back and allows for easy creation of new experiences from existing videos without altering the original source. We are focused on developing the simplest way to create and share your version utilizing the amazing quality and breadth of media already available and being created everyday.

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1. Upload or Record your own Tracks
2. Create an original Mix or personalize someone else’s in our simple online Mixer
3. Show off your music: email it, embed it, or just sit back and let the Jamglue community discover your talent!

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Sclipo is a website to share videos about everyday knowledge among everyday people. We believe that the beauty of online skill-videos is discovering the really hard to find answers to those quirky bugs that life throws at you. Sclipo makes finding them that little bit easier in the current tidal wave of online video content, but keeps the whole process dynamic, fun, and completely user generated and assessed.

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Using easy to learn drag-and-drop actions, you can create professional looking games within very little time. You can make games with backgrounds, animated graphics, music and sound effects, and even 3D games! And when you’ve become more experienced, there is a built-in programming language, which gives you the full flexibility of creating games with Game Maker. What is best, is the fact that Game Maker can be used free of charge.

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