Archive for June, 2006

Preparing for Gnomedex 6.0

Woohoo! Looking forward to heading all the over the Atlantic and the United States to go to Seattle (via SF for a couple of hours) for GNOMEDEX 6.0 ‘A Higher Resolution’ – I wonder how many times SL gets mentioned πŸ˜‰

Got lots of stuff to get sorted before leaving, including MORE BADGES! Hurrah!

Also, been working hard on getting some cool new stuff to demo to those interested πŸ˜‰

  I’ll be in Seattle from Tuesday evening (tomorrow!) so drop me a line if you wanna meet up for a beer etc:
  Here’s the walk I took when I arrived last year on GEEPSTER! glitchy

I don't know about the rest of the users of the OPML Editor, but I've been having alot of downtime there recently on my (more active) OPML Blog : 'KOZ'. I'm hoping this is a sign that Dave etc. are working on some improvements and new tools etc for it rather that a sign of things to come. πŸ˜‰

Maybe it's time to set up my own server?


U2inSL  - virtual tribute bandOK. Well. it was really a virtual tribute band who call themselves ‘U2inSL’, animating over a live U2 performance (legal?) but it was very well done indeed. All the audience had to ‘deprim’ and take off their blinging attachments and cyber-gubbins in order to cater (bandwidthwise) for the 100 or so peak audience there was at the venue.

The U2 avatars for Bono, The Edge and the other two ( ) were very well done and they must have spent a long time creating and orchestrating the animations to go at the right time as the music.

I think we’ll be seing ALOT more of thing kind of live event (with a ‘real’ live event that is). Congratulations to all those involved!


Is it time to start listing the producers of BAD RSS FEEDS? Since working on and parsing the world of RSS out there, it is plain to see that MANY people are doing so many things WRONG!

What really annoys me is that many of these feeds are being created by people who are PAID to do it RIGHT. How did they get the job?

So – should I start listing the offenders (possibly using a forum software presentation – with ‘fixing threads’ ) and set about HELPING these offenders? I think so – as it’s clear that even publishers like the Times Online still can’t get RSS feeds right (on their podcasts) – spot the error.

It looks like lots of new podcasts have spung up – on the ‘me too’ tip, yet the person who stood up and said ‘I can do it!’ and got the gig – can’t – at least not CORRECTLY πŸ˜‰

Todd Cochrane also chips in on a comment to a post by Nick Bradbury about this topic. Maybe blubrry will have some solutions?

Second Life Third Birthday

I saw signs for this a while ago in world – Also U2 are playing in world on the 25th. But will they be better than the real thing? πŸ˜‰

SatSlideShow : Weather centre in Second LIfe

SatSlideShow : Weather centre in Second LIfe

Originally uploaded by kosso.

Displays a slideshow of live satellite images from

Next to the 'RSS Platform' – but it isn't using RSS. Building this has given we so many ideas!! And now I have all the code bits done to get them working. Hmmmm. .;)

When we get the ubrowser fully in SL – Flash will TAKE OVER! πŸ™‚

My First Ever Email : To Bill Gates – circa 1992

All this news about Bill’s movements along with other stuff recently has reminded me very much of the first email I ever sent.

I was the only person I knew who had ever even heard of the internet. I had no one else to try sending one to. I very much doubt it was ever read – but it didn’t bounce. And back then, well before inbox-overwhelming spam, you’d have known if it did πŸ˜‰

Here it is/was: [Circa 1992 : Bristol UK]

To Bill Gates:

  Greeetings from the UK.
  [… a short sentence about myself…]
  Twenty years ago people would have laughed if you told them that it will be possible to earn a living sat at a desk in front of a screen, tapping away at plastic buttons, moving a device called a mouse around on a soft pad.
  Close the Windows, the room’s getting cold.
  Now who’s laughing?
  Thank you for your time.
  Jon Kossmann

Anderson & Lembke High-Technology Business-to-Business Advertising

Bristol. UK.

When I first met Scoble

It was just over a year ago when I first met the Scobleizer!

And in honour of that, here’s the first time I spoke to him. Dave Winer, while in Florida on a beach gave me his cellphone number, so I called it via Skype from London then hooked the three of us up for a goofy chat which we uploaded for a podcast πŸ˜‰ Those were the days :)))

Gnomedex 6.0 OPML list of attendees

I was asking Chris Pirillo today if there was an OPML list of the attendees and their RSS feed for this year’s impending geekfest in Seattle, Gnomedex6.0. He pointed me to a few feeds created by a service at

One of these feeds was RSS 0.92 and seems to be used to supply the website link and rss feed url, using the description for the RSS.

So, I knocked up a quick PHP script which takes that RSS 0.92 feed and converts it, in the best way I can figure out, to OPML.

And hey, I’m even giving you the PHP source code I actually used to do it. VIEW THE SOURCE, LUKE!

Don’t say I never give you anything πŸ˜‰

UPDATE: Heh. I just saw a hit on the file from a familiar IP address and the ‘User Agent’ – Frontier/9.0.1 (WinNT) – that can only be one person I know πŸ˜‰

No prizes for guessing where this OPML is about to show up ? πŸ˜‰ Ahh – there it is!

Podcast Wikipedia page question

Would it be wrong for me to add a link to in the external link section of the entry for podcasting on Wikipedia? Dare I?

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

June 2006


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