Archive for March, 2005

Vaio PCG-C1XD hublet

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With great wifi from the hotel, the old trusty Vaio provides a great hub to gather, edit and publish anything I’d need in AV. Also installed Radio on this and will test more in the US. This trip has been more a holiday, getting away from the screens, but hey, I can’t help it! There will be plenty of time to work and chat to and from the capital and the big apple.


Lots of interesting stuff happening!
I can’t say a huge amount of what’s going on here in KossoLand, but all I can say that it’s really very interesting and exciting! OK, so that’s not fair…

Since it’s ‘birth’ last year, I’ve been very interested indeed in the concepts of podcasting since working quite heavily on RSS-fed applications and interfaces – not reinventing any wheels here, I’m just looking at finding other ways of making RSS easier to understand, by presenting it in fun ways (especially for the likes of BBC – hello ‘creative archive’) – so I have been spending all of my spare time experimenting/developing/imagining and generally getting good experience of the whole phenom. Buying mics, cables, mixers, etc which pump audio into my Archos AV420 which records everything so I too can ‘publish’ an audioshow ‘podcast’ (I prefer the term ‘blogcast‘ – watch this space).

On my journey through the ‘castosphere’ I came across a podcast feed by none other than Dave Winer and Adam Curry, called Trade Secrets (now defunct) – finally I could hear two people talking the same language as me. This was very exciting, so I consumed every ‘episode’ they had done (such is the nature of podcasting – I can go back a hear shows from last year – i love archives). Such energy, enthusiasm and fun being fed from the past, to my ears. Great! Unfortunately, (depending on your pov) they seem to have gone their seperate ways. How I wish they recorded whatever went on, so we could hear (and possibly learn from) what happened. But it really is their business (or ‘non’ business, I suppose).

A few weeks/months later while reading Dave’s blog at, I noticed that he’d been after a logo for his personal podcast, ‘Morning Coffee Notes‘ (which I recommend listening to – he even sings! 😉 ) – so I did a few.. and then a few more, which Dave linked to on his blog. Hurrah!

Just to fill you in, another thing I have been up to is the BLUGGCASTER, a flash-based mp3 player fed by RSS podcast feeds from all around the world (the more interesting of which – imho – is the ‘Last 100 podcasts on earth’ feed from – anyway, Dave spotted this and linked to it too! (yowza! interkarma!) – So I (white male) did what anyone would, and emailed him to thank him and also to say a few more things, and ask annoying questions etc… ($1 a pop ;)).. to my delight, I actually got replies.. answers… and advice… and then some jolly banter… 🙂 – so I ask if he’d like to do a ‘Skyperview’ (recording an interview over Skype – the free Voice-over-IP ‘telephone’ service) for our ‘show’ – and guess what? He agreed.. I sent our SkypeID and lo and behold! HE CALLED! And I must say, what a laugh we had! Listen/subscribe via this page, or even through the ‘bluggcaster‘ 😉 – We even kinda met his mum!

Since then, we’ve kept in touch and he has introduced me to a very interesting group of people, who I will talk about soon. I am looking at/learning alot about OPML, as Dave is creating a new ‘outliner‘ tool. OMPL *is* the throbbing heart of iPoddder, the massive (and growing) list of directories of podcasts. I also want to make sure he comes over to London to talk to everyone at work, as I know his knowledge, insight, experience and humour will be well received 😉

Now, the trouble is.. you try saying ‘XML’, ‘RSS’, ‘OPML’, ‘aggregator’, ‘podcast’, even ‘blog’ to most people and they look at you with a blank stare. (I’ve been online now for well over 10 years, and I used to get that response from saying ‘world wide web’ to people;) – it wasn’t until I took people online and showed them AltaVista (best search engine at the time) and asked ‘what do you want to know? (Before Bill Gates asked ‘Where do you want to go?’) They understood and were hooked)… sooo, here we are again, how do we get this technology out there to the masses (‘smart’ or not) without accidentally hitting the ‘glaze-eyes-switch-off-brain-no-idea-ignore’ button? Well, hopefully small green cartoon aliens might be the answer. And Flash. We’ll see. 🙂

THEN: While listening to Adam’s Daily Source Code podcast, I heard that he was due to come to the beeb for an interview with a BBC World program called ‘Click Online‘ (I used to work with an old presenter of the show) on Friday. So, Friday comes and I happen to contact the show’s producer and asked what kind of questions he would be asking. As it turned out, it became apparent that I knew a bit more about the whole phenom, so I was aksed if *I* wanted to do the interview! I’m no journalist and maybe I’m not ‘equipped’ to do this, so I suggested that Jo (my love) from News Online do the interview instead, as she is totally across what’s going on here. That way we could score a double-whammy : one for Click Online and one for News Online (the BBC News website).. So we did the interview! It was great fun. Adam’s a nice guy, and clearly very clever and shrewd. We both recorded the whole event, but his copy went out the day after to his 60,000 or so subscribers!! Complete with sidechat and ‘soundseeing tour‘ of London! (He thought it was ‘trippy’ when we told him the we are indeed, Blugg and Doctoe) 😉

But shhh.. don’t tell everyone…

No one actually *reads* this… do they?

In fact I think I will be doing more blogcasting on this site, as ‘Kosso’ – me. I never was much of a writer [edit: jeez: look at the size of this entry!!! — ooeer missus] , but I could talk the hind legs off the Sphinx! 😉

Catch you later, aggregators! 🙂


Sad to hear that another ‘voice’ has passed away. Tommy Vance has died.

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Tommy Vance has died in hospital three days after suffering a stroke. Vance, who was 63, died in Kent at 0400 GMT on Sunday, his agent said.

From BBC News

Has really had a unique gravelly voice. Dark, deep and mysterious. Completely engaging. Instantly recognisable.


New Doctor Who episode leaks onto bittorrent networks.

I’ve just found what appears to be the first episode of the new Doctor Who, starring Christopher Eccleston on a bittorrent network. Nice! But how? On the official site, it says that it will be shown ‘sometime in 2005’. There’s also talk of a DVD being available from October on Amazon. (Need to find links again) Hmmm… also rumours that this may have been delibeate. But I’m sure that’s just speculation. However, if it was deliberate, good move I say.

I will report back possibly via the bluggcaster, what I think of it when I get round to watching it.

The file was called Rose1.avi – as Rose is the name of the Doctor’s new ‘companion’ played by Billie Piper. The image quality is so good, it must have directly from a digitape or dvd copy of the yet to be released, and highly anticipated BBC TV series.

Keep an eye on the BBC News Entertainment Section in the morning, as I’m sure there will be a story.


Search4RSS Podcast Jukebox

Really nice and simple way of showing podcasts in the browser. Almost like an executive version of what the podbat and the bluggcast will be/are.



The plans that google has, for their toolbar (I never use any toolbars, as they are evil – and have always been the root of many problems) to display autolinks over your content, and not in a ‘banner’ space is well out of order.

Go here and check out a great video made by better bad news

It’s a 12 minute Video Blogmash, where the Better Bad News panel re-mixes commentary and analysis of a pending threat to online free speech drawn from several sources. including :

1. Opt Out Petition

2. Dan Gillmor

3. The Scoblizer

4. Dave Winer

5. Cory Doctorow

6. Time

7. Mark Jen

8. Steve Rubel

9. Kas Log

10. Tim Bray

with sonic support from Plastikman.

The Proposed Search Tool, Auto-Link, Redirects Links On Blogs Abridging Author Text, Intent and Meaning.

Fight it.


BattleStar Podcast from GeekNewsCentral

“The Sci-Fi channel and specifically BattleStar Galactica took another step forward for podcasting with their new BattleStar Podcast. They created a podcast that is meant to be Battlestar on Sci-Filistened to along with watching the TV broadcast as a Producers Commentary. They have it split into different breaks or acts of the TV show and even beep to tell you when to stop the podcast for the commercials.”

THIS is GREAT!!!! Not the show specifically, but the fact that they are just DOING IT!! I wonder of the person who said ‘yes’ to doing it truly understood. I hope so. I might see if I can download the show and the podcast too and play them together. Even create a Zinc/Flash app which can embed video over the Flash and also have the mp3 podcast player bit around it. Hmmmmm… I think I’m definitely going to find these shows.

podbat teaser

podbat teaser
uploaded by camoby.

podbat teaser
OK.. so, here’s a little teaser of something I’m brewing in the kozcave. will be a place (and desktop app?) where you can manage your podcast desires. You’ll be able to register for free (possibly with some storage space..) and create your own podcast feeds. You won’t have to of course. You could just use it as a way monitor your podcast RSS feeds. it all depends on how much spare time I have to work on this… check out

Who is this ‘kosso’ anyway?

I am a 'Createc'. A creative technologist, entrepreneur/ hacker/ geek. Worked on building things on the web for over 12 years.

Used to work at BBC News interactive and created the publishing and delivery systems for video news to get distributed on huge screens in major railway stations around the country.

I left the BBC to become CTO / sole-lead architect/developer at for three years.

I have now left them to build a start up a new system called 'Phreadz', which is a 'Social Multimedia Conversation Network', integrating everything that is 'V.I.T.A.L' to us on the web. Video, Images, Text, Audio and Links.

I built the whole thing my myself. I programmed every line of code and positioned every pixel. I'm looking forward to attracting an hiring new members of the team to help me out! :)

There are currently over 1000 happy and helpful beta testers on the system so far and one client of a white-labelled solution.

@kosso : twitter

kosso's flickr stream

March 2005


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