Category Archives: Web 2.0

Mixercast is Techcrunched

Techcrunch reviewed Mixercast, check it out the post. I don’t prefer Mixercast being projected as Slide-Show player, Mixercast is more than that. I am hopeful, very soon, users would realize the capabilities and use them.

Apart from easy to use Mixercast Wizard, there is powerful designer-tool for more creative users, who prefer more flexible environment. I would list some of those features here:

  • Canvas – where user composes Mixercast by dragging and dropping things from Media Library
  • Media Library – where all users content (imported, uploaded, linked etc) is shown.
  • Media Import tool – imports from Flickr, YouTube, MySpace etc.
  • Webcam capture tool – records video with audio and saves in media library
  • Studio – a place where Mixercast’s partner (MuzeTune, PumpAudio, NatGeo, GettyImages etc) content be select.
  • Widget Library
  • Property palette
  • Widget-specific-property-palette
  • Background settings (color, texture-or-tile, image)
  • Undo/Redo commands
  • Grid, snap-to-grid functionality
  • Many more features

Like any alpha quality product, Mixercast has many known (an unknown?) issues, team is working hard to fix/polish existing stuff (widget UI, interaction etc).

It is always helpful to hear feedback from real users (i.e. you), if you have any feedback, please leave a comment here or send an email to [mail at abdulqabiz.com]. I promise, I would try my best to work on feedback and make sure things get better.

If you have not yet checked out Mixercast, please check it out.

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Mogulus – Live Broadcast

Do you want to create LIVE TV stations online? Check out Mogulus, it’s your online studio where you can create, program and broadcast your 24/7 television station.

Mogulus is out of stealth-mode but still in closed-beta, you would need to apply for beta-account. But it’s worth watching their introductory video tour, very creative.

BTW! Mogulus user-interface looks great and entire application (front-end) is made in Adobe Flex 2.0.

This year is going to be interesting, lots of video-content, tools to create content and hardware (Apple TV) to serve it to TV.

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Adobe Media Player – Why Media RSS is cool?

I posted about Media RSS sometimes back and now it seems like Adobe Media Player (AMP) would consume RSS 2.0 feeds (with Media RSS extension/module) and do cool things.

I also posted about how something like Democracy Player can be built for Adobe Apollo platform, seems like Adobe Media Player is the answer.

AMP would be cool, I can feel it. It’s another platforms for content-distribution. I don’t have to think much about integration, just follow the standards (RSS, ATOM, microformats etc) and I am cool. That’s the beauty of standards, that’s why I love them.

ScobleCam on UStream.tv

I just watched Robert Scoble‘s video-audio-live-stream , which was being broadcast from his car. He was using his laptop, a Verizon wireless card, a webcam, inbuilt-microphone and UStream account.
Check out the screenshot.
UStream looks pretty interesting to me, it has live chat and different social-networking features (embed, comment-engine etc).
BTW! Motvik, a startup based in India, would allow you to use your camera-phone as webcam over Bluetooth. Now imagine, how UStream and Motvik would go together?

Dekoh vs Apollo: Marketing strategy?

What is Dekoh?

Directly from Dekoh website:-

Pramati announces Dekoh, a new desktop platform for applications that can deliver integrated experience of web and desktop

I know the company (Pramati Technologies) for some time (through some ex-colleagues at Adobe who came from this company in 2004).

I know these guys have been doing good in Java/J2EE community and contributing in some of the specifications. I respect them for that.

Lately, some of the posts (listed below), from Dekoh guys, sounds like a marketing strategy, where they are trying to get popular by using words like “Adobe”, “Apollo”, “Flash”? 

Some of their posts:-

It’s good idea to create products, come up with new things and give different solutions to developers/end-users. Competition is always good, though in this case I feel Dekoh and Apollo are two different things.

Anyway, I don’t get following points:-

  • How can someone compare things without even understanding or knowing a technology (Adobe Flash/Apollo)?
  • How an engineer from same company starts talking about Apollo-going-Yahoo!-Widget-Engine-way? and sells the idea of Dekoh?
  • How can one company use other company’s marketing effort to get some focus?
  • Why can’t you create your own identity without using other brands in any form (comparison, rant etc) in your marketing/PR agenda? Is Dekoh feeling insecure?

Not only that, I wonder if they have convinced some guys to write about Dekoh vs Apollo story on blogsphere (readwriteweb example, there might be more I don’t know).

I personally don’t like such strategy and didn’t like when Microsoft did something similar in past.

A good product/technology would eventually would be known and used. We need to leave things users/community to decide/use/review/conclude?

I have not seen Dekoh, except screenshots and I don’t remember of having said anything against it. I just feel uncomfortable, when I read such posts.

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Which Creative Commons license would you choose for your blog?

I have been planning to publish content under Creative Commons. I am thinking to choose either ‘by‘ or ‘by-nc-sa‘ license, little confused because of existing content.

I have some code published earlier under BSD, MIT and different license. Is applying creative-commons going to affect that?

Thought, I would seek for some suggestions by asking everyone. Which one would you choose for your blog? And why?

Thanks in advance.

 

Update: Creative Commons doesn’t recommend applying it’s licenses on code. It solves my problem, I guess I can choose one of relevant licenses now.

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Google! My Maps – What is future of wikimapia?

Google maps has introduced a new feature called My Maps which allows users to customize/create maps by adding placemarks, lines and shape. It’s a useful feature, however, I have some doubts.

I am just wondering, what is future of Wikimapia now? In Google My Map, I can see some problems which are redundancy and accuracy of data. Wikimapia was a collaborative environment which means it allowed others to rate/review any changes/addition in content (map).

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Media RSS – a better way to publish syndication content (audio, video, images)

I have been working on syndication stuff for last some months. I learnt about different standards (feed formats, microformats etc). One of those is Yahoo! Media RSS, which is module (or extension) of RSS 2.0.
Definition (from MRSS FAQ):-
“Media RSS” is a new RSS module that supplements the enclosure capabilities of RSS 2.0 (FAQ).Enclosures in RSS are already being used to syndicate audio files (Podcasting) and images. Media RSS extends enclosures to handle other media types, such as short films or TV, in addition to providing additional metadata with the media. Media RSS enables content publishers and bloggers to broadly distribute descriptions of and links to multimedia content.

YouTube!, Flickr, Google Video, Yahoo! Video, Grouper etc are exposing their content as Media RSS feeds.
There are advantages of using Media RSS:-

  • Allows to embed more metadata for content
  • Allows to group different media-type representing same content with flexibility to mark the default content.
  • Allows to expose content through custom-player (html page, flash-app etc), if content-providers don’t want to give away the url for media-files.
  • Search engines (Yahoo!, Google! etc) and feed-aggregators understand media-rss.
  • and more…

I like the flexibility which allows me to expose feeds in different options/ways while following the standard. I recommend, if you are working on some projects where you have content (audio, video, image etc), you to look at Media RSS.
Links:-

I have requested for media-rss feed for video.onflex.org and revision3.com.
I have also extended (locally) Adobe AS3 Syndication lib to support Media RSS module for one of my projects. I need to submit the code after testing. I hope, I get sometime to do that.

Twitter and FlashLite

I started working on a FlashLite 2.x application to update Twitter status from phone. I have unlimited data-plan, so I can save money by not sending sms messages.

The application just updates the status message but I am thinking to add support for other Twitter APIs. There are bugs in application (not saving credentials in SharedObject, bad graphics, bad user-interaction (UI, soft-key-mapping). I would post the code later after fixing/cleaning.

Meanwhile, if you are interested you can try running this on your FlashLite 2.x enabled device.

BTW! I have Nokia N90 so I made it for it’s screen-size..

Download ZIP 
Download SWF

Comparison between different client-side-storage (cookies, shared-object etc)

Niall Kennedy has posted interesting article, where he compares client-side-storage of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Adobe Flash Player.
Though, the title of post talks only about AJAX, I still find it useful in general. I thought to post it, you might find it useful.
Check it out.

Yahoo! Podcasts

I noticed following things about Yahoo! Podcasts

  • Doesn’t provided RSS (Media RSS) feeds for categories/search. RSS feeds available for “My subscriptions” only.
  • Listening experience is bad because they are using Window Media Player or Quick-Time in popup :). Why not Adobe Flash Player for MP3 files, most of files are MP3?

I hope, they also provide RSS feeds for categories and search. Then I can use Yahoo! Podcasts more often. Second point is not important, I am not sure how many people listen podcasts online.

Apollo or WPF/E or Firefox

Which one would you choose for RIAs-for-Desktop or Occasionally-Connected-Clients (OCC) ?
We are familiar with Apollo, some of us know about Microsoft’s WPF/E platform which is said to be cross-platform. Mozilla Firefox rocks, specially Firefox 2.0, it provides you persistent-storage APIs among other new features.
I am just thinking why would I be using either of these? Meanwhile, if you have any thoughts please share it.
I would posting my opinion in later post.

Wanna build something like YouTube?

I just came to know of TekMedia, a product by Tekriti. Tekriti is a India based startup which was founded by some young entrepreneurs(Ashish, Gaurav and Manish).

Tekmedia seems to have following (or more) capabilities:-

  • Media transcoding engine – video/audio conversion to flv/mp3 or may be other formats, metadata extraction, thumbnail-generation etc.
  • Social-networking engine – sharing, rating, commenting etc.
  • Syndication engine – support for blogging, MRSS/RSS feed generation etc.
  • Search engine – supports video/audio searching by tag, title, id3 etc.

These are a few things I noticed by reading their product page. I have not used this product but it seems to solve lots of problems you face while building something like YouTube -  a video-sharing website.

I don’t have any information for licensing or source-code-availability. I would expect to get source-code so that I can modify it, if required. Though, I would not mind sharing any changes made by me with Tekriti. I might get a good deal and save initial investment :)

Note: I am not associated with Tekriti, I just felt like writing about TekMedia.

Update: I would soon write, how to build the same using available open-source technology stack. I am not sure when but hopefully in coming months.