The history of online video

January 1, 2010

Very interesting overview of the rise of online video, especially as relates to journalism.


Coinciding with the election of 2004 was the prevalence of broadband speeds, and with half of American homes reaching better than dial-up transfer rates, along with all the noise created by the blogs and pundits of the internet, an audience was born, capable and accustomed to online payments (i.e. market potential) and finally able to watch video, on demand by the masses.

..and now we can watch tv online, both episodes from network television as well as original programming.

How many people on the ‘net doing what?

December 3, 2009

I’m always leery of statistics as I have a hard time believing they are ever accurate… but whoa is this kind of cool:

You can read more about it here, including where the numbers come from.

5 Years of Firefox (and the web)

November 10, 2009

Very interesting (and short) review of the last 5 years for Firefox and web in general….

“All of our servers melted instantly,” Vukićević says. “We spent an hour trying to get the downloads back up.”

(on the day Firefox launched)

….and looking to the future:
““We always ask, ‘What is it that people on the open web can’t do right now? What’s pushing them towards things like Adobe AIR and Silverlight, or other technologies that are single-vendor silos?”

When a developer loses the ability to view a web page’s source code (something you can’t easily do in Flash) they can’t see how web applications and complex interactions function. And, he says, that stymies further experimentation.

“The web is going to be an awesome place to innovate in five years, because we’re going to chase down every awesome development in the proprietary world and make sure it happens on the open web as well. If we fail, then we’ll end up in a place that’s less recognizable than the web today, a web filled with a bunch of internet-delivered Flash executables.”

Read the Wired article here

Question of the day: download video from facebook

October 27, 2009

There are a few different ways to download a video from facebook, none of which are built in to facebook. You can dig around in the internet cache for (IE) or Firefox or if you use Firefox you can add this wonderful little GreaseMonkey script that creates a download link right at the video in facebook. Whoa, now that is cool.

What is on the web and how we use it.

September 29, 2009

Time well spent | Social Signal

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Google books — monopoly, profit, privacy, and more (Talk of the nation audiocast)

September 16, 2009

Google stands to be the single repository for millions of the world’s books. Advocates applaud the organization and the access a digital library can afford. But critics worry about monopoly and profit motives, and what it means for readers’ privacy.

Very interesting….

The death of IE6

July 21, 2009

If you haven’t been following all of the IE6 news of late, Youtube seems to be the most recent site to discontinue support for IE6:

Mashable says that in order for the web to progress, IE6 must go (and briefly explains the major issues with IE6):

…and if you really hate IE6, you can always join the death to IE6 movement. 😉

the long goodbye…

January 15, 2009

here’s hope for the future of standards…

Library news roundup: nexgen catalogs, institutional repositories, and more

July 23, 2008

Well, since I have so many little library related tidbits floating around in my reader, I’m just going to do a roundup:

  • Over at the shifted librarian, she has a nice blog post about the new startup project, bibliocommons @ the Oakville, Ontario library, to build a library catalog interface from scratch. The interface includes things like reviews, tagging, faceted searching, etc. Looks very drupalesque to me.
  • A few discussions about defining repository and of course, wikipedia’s definition.
  • Pew statistical study on blog reading: “‘ Do you ever read someone else’s online journal or blog?’. In total, 33% of internet users (the equivalent of 24% of all adults) say they read blogs, with 11% of internet users doing so on a typical day. ” I wonder how many people read blogs without knowing they are reading a blog.
  • EDUCause’s 7things you should know about Wii (I always think the 7things series are just great!) including an overview of what it is and how it works, why it is important, and how it can be used for teaching and learning.
  • From Equinox’s blog, Five public libraries and one academic moved to the opensource Evergreen library catalog software. Approximately 30 more migrations are in the works.
  • Mobile! Mobile! Mobile! Honestly, if you’re already tired of hearing about the iphone, just wait until Google’s Android hits. On the move with mobile web; Semantic web, mobiles and libraries picking up the pace; the catalog in your hand; and just google iphone or android, for the billions of articles and blogposts about them. 😉