Is That Cool or What

New products new web services and just way cool design

Website for a new Administration

President Elect Barock Obama, I just love to say that, owes a good deal of his sucess in the election to his online presence. His web site designed by Blue State Digital gave him the ability to raise an unpresedted amount of money, a platform to manage his email and make people feel they were part of the campain.

I was trying to imagine the next step one would go with all the information that has been acumulated and then yesterday up pops Change.gov from the office of the Presedent Elect.

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On the web site you can read the blog, watch videos, read about the appointments, share your vision and apply for a job.

It’s quite remarkable what maybe possible when the people will be able interact with their government

November 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Veoh TV

Veoh TV is callenging Joost for the leader in the online TV application both are very well designed both use P2P technology to deliver their content and they both load quickly with out apreciable buffering time.

They bill them selves as a full-screen, high resolution, ‘TV-like’ experience and in Web 2.0 fashion you can participate in the community and invite friends, rate, comment, and share videos.

Premium content delivery over the internet is going to be huge. People want to watch when and where they want.  So the front runner could have a  huge advantage.

Veho is out of  beta and has 149 channels including NBC and CBS. CBS 20 or so shows some with only one episode some with a dozen or more.  NBC has Heroes and the Office and My Name is Earl. I tried watching The Office and it was a much better experience than trying to watch it at nbc.com.

Today Digg had 90 clips. CNET had 75 clips. Classsic TV has episodes of Bonanza, The Lucy Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Dragnet and Andy Griffith  Show.   Cally Lewis’s Geekbreif TV has 93 episodes up. The High Times Potcast has 73 episodes your not going to see this on mainstream TV.

Hubble Space Telescope has 85 episodes this is about my favorite so far. Among the channels I want to check out are The Science Channel, Ecogeeks and Wickedawsomefilms.

How many sites like this will there be room for?

October 21, 2007 Posted by | Web 2.0 | , | 1 Comment

Joost open to the public

I have remarked in the past about Joost. My reaction to the site was positive, my reaction to the content was less than enthusiastic. However now it is open to the public, it has much more content and the functionality is also improved.

It is the content that will make Joost the television of the future. Joost now has 285 chanels and offers 14,688 as of today. How are we going to find anything?

Enter OnTheToobe a guide to Joost with an rss feed.  So if you want to watch CNN or CBS or a channel about bicycle racing or Hindi music videos or foot ball from Nicaragua or The Onion News Network, which is hilarious by the way OnTheToob can help.

Joost is built on a P2P technology by the guys that invented Kazza and Skype. So The more it’s used the better it will get, theoretically. There are a couple competators to Joost Bablegum and Veoh and I will be looking in to the soon

So far I’m liking what I’m seeing.

October 7, 2007 Posted by | Web 2.0 | , | Leave a comment

Geni

No not like I Dream of Geni or Aladdin genibeta.jpgand Geni this is Geni as in genealogy. I know this is a subject that is well covered on the internet. One of the “killer aps of the new internet in the 1990’s was genealogical research looking at old birth and death records of your ancestors is compelling to many people and if you are one than check this out.

It is a great interface for building and online family tree and it has social networking features and if your going to network with anyone why not your family?

It’s still in beta and if you need an invite please email me and I’ll send one out to you.

October 5, 2007 Posted by | Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

AmazonMP3 better than iTunes

Amazon has launched their new music

amazon-mp3-logo1.gifdownload site. Most songs are 99 cents some songs are only 89 cents

I believe iTunes has real competition in the music download arena.

Amazon’s downloads are DRM free MP3 files. With no copy restrictions so you can play the music you buy on any device you want.

I downloaded a couple of songs today to try it out and they downloaded a 256 bit version installed themselves into the My Music file of my computer along with the cover art.

Not all the record labels offer their music with out restriction but the tide is turning

I am very impressed by how well it works. Well done Amazon

September 27, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

HP moving into gaming big time

Hewlett Packard is coming out with a gaming machine it’s goingblack bird to be called the Blackbird. HP long known for it’s gray bussines look but you know that there are guys working there that are full on gamers.

It must have been alot of fun to build a full on gaming machine here are some of the stats.

AMD dual core 64 bit processor or Intel Core 2 Extreme. Five hard drive bays, two PCI express graphic slots, four DIMM slots suporting up to 8 gigs of RAM, water cooled complete specs at Blackbird specs. If you would like your opinion heard on the design there is a Wiki where you can sound off

September 10, 2007 Posted by | Hardware | Leave a comment

Google Earth and Sky

Google Earth has done it again the newest version of Google earth lets you explore the universe as we have explored the Earth

August 26, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Disaster Tracking

The Havaria Information Service of Budapest Hungry has a web site that chronicles, in real time, emergencies and disasters from around the world. Floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, epidemics and any other disaster you can imagine is tracked in real time and mashed up with a Google map. It’s darn impressive if a little bit  depressing.

August 21, 2007 Posted by | mashups, Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

New Media and the evolving internet

I have been looking into new internet applications for a while and have been holding off reviewing them. I wanted to give them a chance and not jump too early.

Joost is created by created by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis (founders of Skype and Kazaa) and like Skype and Kazaa it uses peer-to peer technology. Joost is very sound very stable and delivers  brilliant sharp video. I love the look and feel of the site. Now here’s the problem I don’t see any content that I like, I mean I have looked  and I haven’t found much I want to watch. So my verdict This is the future of television and as more stations come onto the Joost the more important it will be.

Today I installed Tubes it is still in Beta and I had some issues installing  the application but in about a half hour I got it running. So what is it? It is a way for you to make your own channels to bring in the content you want or more importantly for you to publish your own content It is very early in it’s development but I am impressed.

August 19, 2007 Posted by | Web 2.0 | 1 Comment

Seeqpod

So I was watching Elizabethtown and there is a little snippet of a song  that I really liked or at lest I wanted to listen to now it isn’t so great that I wanted to buy the whole cd. I won’t buy DRMed music This gave me a chance to try out

The way Seeqpod works is it searches internet databases and then plays the song. Pretty neat huh? But thats not all you can embed the song so I wrote a web page and copied the embed code and stored it on my flash drive. So I paid nothing for the song I don’t have the song but I can listen to it as long as the song languishes some server somewhere in the world.

The song is “It’ll all work out” by Tom Petty and it sits on a server in Russia but it loads and plays almost instantly

August 6, 2007 Posted by | Web 2.0 | Leave a comment