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Submission TV's Future doesn't include broadcasting.. 1

hhawk writes: I've written about the future of TV since the early 1990's. I was inspired by Google's Chromecast, which I feel will help accelerate the demise of Broadcast TV. Models like YouTube, which provide free distribution and monetization is the classic "free" TV business model adapted for IP transport. I blog how at $35 the Chromecast makes model viable for 10's of millions of TV screens.

Comment Re: InDesign Replacement (Score 1) 403

I know some people won't agree but I forced myself to create a few things in Scribus and it was an OK experience. It's got a few good points and some annoying points as well. It generated nice PDFs that viewed perfectly on multiple readers On Windows, you also have Xara Design Pro which is fantastic, but a lot of these alternatives depend on how strict your requirements of file sharing and print output formats and specifics too many to mention.

Comment Re:Top 10 Online Video Complaints... (Score 1) 155

Good call outs here. Every local news station has the worst video player mechanism. Rarely does my browser crash but it happens more than half the time I stumble on a local news site video. I try to exit those tabs as soon as I realize because those pages are loaded with shit. Local news sites are the absolute worst players and then they doubledown with 20 other concurrent flash apps playing at the same time. Idiots.

Comment derp (Score 1) 155

People abandon videos that don't play, big surprise. This has nothing to do with poor video quality. Experience tells users that if it's going to lag at the beginning it's probably going to lag the way through. Seems lke more short attention span than demanding quality expectations. It's surfing useless entertainment. These users aren't trying to watch something that their life depends on. Laggy video is not entertaining, so you switch it off. This isn't much of a scientific study. Anyone who publishes their video on a stats based player, such as brightcove are used to these abandonment stats.

Comment Re:Tonido Plug (Score 1) 482

people should know that tonido works cross platform on the desktop and servers of course. I think this would be maybe more helpful if they wanted to load it on a home box. I was thinking I'd create a home server with the open source Amahi software on an ubuntu or fedora setup, and load the tonido plugin extension into Amahi.... by plugin I mean the software addon not the actual plug device.

Comment tonido - app for your PC or server (Score 1) 482

I'm thinking Tonido is the best for this right now. I'll tell you why. Because like dropbox you can access your files remotely. It has a backup app plugin, so the syncing would take care there.

And for photos, which dropbox handles really well, Tonido also handles. It creates interactive photo gallery by auto-creation of thumbnails and a javascript based slideshow viewer. Includes ability to download full res, as well as a zip of the directory.

You can assign users to view and be able to download, to enable the sharing. It's pretty simple.

Now, if you had the right host, like a VPS, maybe you could load tonido, so it's an always on dropbox that you own. I dig it. I need to use it more. Unfortunately from work, I can't access my home box even with tonido because my work's network blocks acess to the port that tonido uses, like port 10000 something... you can look it up. But there's an iphone, android app.

I could say more. I need to blog about this probably just to reach out to a few others. I've purchased the pro plugins for it, because they were good, but if I had a tonido plug it would come with those.

Comment Re:not too sure now (Score 1) 78

I have to get away from the LCD screen for part of the day and this is a good option for me. I have the OLPC so I'm very familiar with it's screen look and how it differs from other LCDs. So this is the right tablet for me. What they have is 2.2. with libraries from 2.3. Don't know if that means VOIP included. But whatever. I'm not all that concerned about that at the moment.They also said they are skipping 2.3 for Honeycomb. That's a good idea. Why go to the next mobile phone OS when the tablet OS is on the horizon and you already have part of 2.3 in your system? Xoom looks awesome. I may buy that one too. Definitely recommending it. BUT let's not forget that the Xoom could easily be a bastardized version of Honeycomb too, if it's locked to a carrier. It is also a "must watch" until I know how others like it.

Comment Re:I was really excited about the adam (Score 1) 78

There is a dedicated market for it "Genesis" and once Honeycomb hits you'll get the Android market. The market is just an .apk anyway. The reason there's not Android Market right now is that tablet apps aren't on the market. So YMMV with those apps. Honestly with a full browser, most of the apps I use on mobile I don't need if I have a full browser. Exception being maybe Astrid, Shazam and maybe a few more that have special notifications fancy features or non-web uses. Depends on the user.

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