Posted 2002 days ago
It is no wonder that television shows are getting pirated left right and center. They deserve it for the moronic way in which they think we should be viewing their often terrible offerings. It’s not just the shows that you see on Hulu; that is if you are American and not some foriegner trying to steal their content. In that case you get geotarded or shuffled of to your country specific version of the same show being displayed under the same stupid and useless ways.
I can’t think of anything more useless than trying to watch something like the Daily Show on a video screen the size of credit card – if that sometimes – in a browser window that I can leave to get other things done while still being able to watch the show. What kind of crap is that? Even those that allow you to pop the video area full screen are just as useless. Either you have to stop what ever you are doing besides watching this piece of crap television or you try and change to another monitor and the video snaps back to the browser window. There’s only one word for that – FAIL.
This isn’t just the regular television stuff either but also the the news stations are just as guilty of this nonsense as well. I am a news junkie and I would have a news channel playing all the time is I wasn’t being forced to watch constantly replayed clips of newsthat became stale after the first time you saw it. Then there are their freaking players that next to never play the video in the full screen area of the player. No they have to keep showing their complete lineup of banner ads mixed in with a bunch of other news video they think you might be interested in. Tell you what .. how about frikken streaming news for a change. Let me throw up a player on the other monitor and have your news – and commercials – streaming in the background while I get my work done.
Why is it that I can fire up a media player, hop over to Shoutcast, load up a radio station and be listening to music all day long without being geotarded like with Pandora. what would be so hard with television companies letting us grab a stream URL and let us watch what we want like normal human beings. Instead we are constantly being dictated to about what we can watch, how much it will cost us, the video quality of what we will see or if we can even watch it in the first place.
I’d more than willing accept commercials in the video stream – I have no problem with that just let me watch what I want, how I want and where I want. Remember I know about USENET and I’m not afraid to use it so really wouldn’t you be happier with us watching your shows instead of the pirated ones?
Is that really too much to ask for you television exec’s to stop being so frikken anal over all of this?
Posted 2074 days ago
For those of you who are new to WinExtra I also at one time developed a Windows desktop client for Twitter. For a while it did very well and I got a few nice comments made about it which made working on it worthwhile. What didn’t though and was partially the reason that I stopped was that trying to develop against a web based API is fraught with problems. For the most part those problems are nothing that a developer has any control over.
As Cyndy over at Profy wondered this morning [nw]
I’ve wondered more than once what it must be like to have developed an application for Twitter only to see API calls throttled, changes made to the app and the API without warning, and constant outages. I imagine I’d probably have pulled my hair out by now. And I’d definitely be contemplating what Gene Smith did in shuttering Tweeterboard.
Well I can totally commiserate with Gene with what must have been his reasons and I can tell Cyndy that there were times that I seriously wondered why I was bothering. So probably for similar reasons as Gene I said enough was enough.
What happens though if this becomes a trend the longer that Twitter pisses around with the service trying to fix whatever screw-ups that they may have made in the past. With what has to be more than 50% of the Twitter traffic either coming from third party clients or any of the many other 3rd party services that have developed around Twitter there are a lot of people who have invested their hearts and souls into providing a better experience for using Twitter. It is these people who have really made Twitter what it is and nothing anyone can say will convince me otherwise.
Twitter is on a very dangerous precipice that only becomes more tenuous the longer it works to fix its problems. If more and more developers start feeling like Gene and decide that it is time to close the door on their Twitter development and go elsewhere this could spell some really bad times for Twitter.
As bad as this could be for Twitter it shows how very shaky the ground can be for developing against web based API’s. Developers that get excited about this new territory and being able to transform someone else’s ideas into something new by using these APIs jump in with both feet but totally at the mercy of the service providing that API. It is an API that can change overnight or it can literally disappear if the service decides that like Twitter they need to make radical changes.
While this type of thing might be rare it won’t be the originating service that the users of these 3rd party service add-ons will be yelling at. As applications built against web based APIs become more and more prevalent people will begin to see these 3rd parties as the actual providers of service so when the originating service goes down and as a result their applications aren’t working guess who’s going to have to deal with the angry users – it won’t be the API provider that is for sure.
These web based APIs might be the next greatest thing next to sliced bread but bread can turn moldy just as applications built against these APIs can suddenly find themselves with nothing to work against. In the end it is the users who will be getting the short end of the stick as usual.
Posted 2609 days ago
It isn’t very often that I find myself impressed anymore by stuff that happens on the internet or with blogging. However the other day I was doing my admin duties for the WinExtra Community Forums what I noticed a post being directed to me by one of our forum Oldtimers. In the post Nate pointed me towards the bla.st website thinking that I might find it of interest and of use for promoting WinExtra.
Not one to pass up any opportunity to promote WinExtra I had a drop by and had look. I will say that bla.st is an interesting idea for a web directory given that you can upload a graphic business card like ad for your site which is then added to their listings. From their About page:
bla.st is a free web directory and advertising network
Anyone including individuals and organisations can add cards to bla.st, totally free, to promote their website, blog, business, products, competition, events and almost anything else.
The goal is to make advertising free, non-invasive, targeted and actually useful to people.
Being graphically challenged I bookmarked the page for later consideration and for when I felt like embarrassing myself with some graphics work. At that point I figured that was the end of it. Then a couple of hours later after replying to Nate in the forum I noticed that a new member called blaster in New Zealand had registered and left a reply in that same thread.
Well lo and behold if the poster wasn’t Tim Bromhead from bla.st taking the time to visit our little corner of the web and adding to the conversation. the end result is that I had a nice WinExtra graphics card and some help to get my way around on his service figured out.
The fact that some-one took the time to read their referrer logs and then visit, register and post some help sure goes a long way to impress me. Needless to say I added WinExtra to their listing.
Thanks for taking the time Tim – it made a difference to me.