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Thursday, May 04, 2006


A baby on the way and VideoString

Well folks. We did it again - we're expecting a new baby (is there any other kind?).
We found out this evening so we're really happy that my son may now have a play friend - he tires me out!

I was told of VideoString today and it is very cool indeed - grad and drop words which create a pieced together video of things related to those words. It’s quite a neat idea – imagine being able to extend it to personal videos and so on so you could create a draggable video of your life.

Here's a screenshot :

To celebrate our news, here is mine - as i found out, the actual videos are not always what you expect when you place the words!! Part of the fun of it all :)

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some work on taghop

I did some work on taghop to clean up the UI today. It is actually for my own use as i don't find delicious quite as intuitive when it comes to communities. I tend to work with a set of community orientated blogs and tagging them just to indicate the community is a bit of a pain.

It's just my preference and only 100 odd other people seem to think the same way, but i DO feel community adds context to the tags. Does not one else? Am i on my own here? Throw me a life jacket!!!

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We Media

After yesterday On Hollywood event, i decided to tune into the We Media event at the BBC.

Yep, in the UK we still have a lot to learn from the US. The On Hollywood stream wasn't perfect, but i got a great video and audio with the exception of a 5 minute spell. The stream from less than 500 miles away is a different matter... it keeps cutting off, then comes back for 10 mins and cuts off again.

Still, what i've heard of the conference is good so far. Participatory media is something i'm interested in through my work at vidyo.org.

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Resume Fun

I just updated my resume to send to Wallup.

Whilst doing it i realized just how crap it sounds - it isn't easy to put down half the stuff you have done as an entrepreneur. You have the feeling you should just add "big company INC" or "My Huge Company Corp." to the list, but then for a start-up this make no real sense. The big guys are usually the last guys, you need people who think differently. My time in large enterprises taught me that (and amazed by just high up you can go in a company with no real idea on what's happening in the future world).

So this is a conundrum - how do you create a good CV when all you have is what you have worked on? If the leading edge stuff is what you do then saying you have worked for company X, Y, Z where you did the day to day stuff, the stuff to keep the cash coming in the door, just doesn't strike a balance for me.

In saying that i read about 50 CV's in my last place and they all looked the same. The best way to do these things is just to get to know the person IMHO!

I haven't applied for a job for about 3 years now ( i personally knew or was referred for my other positions), but these guys sound interesting, it's what i have been doing and they're located in a good place. Always good to do it yourself, but when you work with great guys you learn a lot and that's what i'm going for! There are always good ideas you just need to know how to find them!

btw, i've started adding some things to http://vidyo.TV - feel free to add your own vlogs.

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Pando - simple P2P file sharing

I'm playing around with Pando today after i caught the CNN Money story.

Now this does address a need - from personal experience. P2P has traditionally focused on just getting files to you, but the real power is in the application of the technology.

Now, Panda allows you to send a large file to friends via email, but the email contains a link to the sender. Click the link and the download happens direct from the sender - no limitations (other than your broadband connection). It's real easy and does solve the issue that most users have no idea how to use software, so the easier you make it, the more likely the masses are to use it.... and Pando is pretty easy!

What would be nice would be to do this from mobile devices too. Not sure how it would work, but sending video via phone can be tricky - this may be a nice solution.

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Search is dead?

Steve Gillmor says "Search is Dead" :
"Search is dead. The amount of viewing/listening time is finite. It's not about
finding stuff; it's about throwing stuff away."

While the "time is finite" part is spot on, there is no way search is dead.

You can only throw content away once you know what it is. It's like SPAM - i don't want to have to read everything just to know what to throw away and then run out of time, missing some good stuff in the long tail. If you attempt to stream the web you will fail, there's just too much (takes Google a month to index it all) - the best way is through context based selection and this only works if you have parameters to search on.

I've got 760 blog posts to read - i won't read them all obviously, but the time just to scan them is significant and it's only a very small part of the things i'm probably interested in.

On Hollywood has been good - i liked click.tv!

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