Archive for July, 2006

Guba deals with Sony

I just read that Guba signed a deal with Sony Pictures. Hmmm.. good news – I think. But has Sony even heard of Usenet Binaries? The last time I looked at Guba it was a web portal to the world of binary file newsgroups – full of every piece of video and software you could think of. It’s (Usenet) always been like that since the dawn of the net. Now Guba (so-called file sharing service) have Sony sitting at the front door with them, I think Sony will spit out it’s coffee when it finally learns what it actually is they’re sitting on. The net’s oldest and best kept secret – for people who don’t like to pay for things. It taught me the meaning of the word ‘warez’ over a decade ago.

Go to and look up Spiderman, for example (a Sony property) – oooo dear

When I first saw Guba, it pleased me to see more innovation for web-based access to newsgroups (still the BEST posting / comment / threading blog/forum type system there ever was).I did my bit to help get alt.binaries.podcasts set up. I have always seen binary newsgroups as a possible (limited timespan) storage method for podcasters. Free global distribution too!

Usenet is RIPE for OPML and RSS connection!

PHP should be able to access newsgroups via IMAP.

blogHUD : Second Life Blogging system

BlogHUD is a cool new way to blog and map your Second Life

See posts from just me by visiting

See posts from a place called Nooribeom by visiting

See posts from Nooribeom by Koz Farina by visiting

Subscribe to an RSS of all posts by hitting

RSS feed of Koz Farina’s posts :

RSS feed of posts from a place called Shalida :

Feed of posts from Koz in a place called ‘The Future’

Naturally, an OPML file will appear soon with all users and places. Search too. But now I gotta get back into the real life gig. It’s all related 😉

Don’t all rush at once. The HUD itself will be available soon. This system was the product of a brainwave while sitting in a sea of RSS. What you see there was thrown together in a couple of hours. You can tell I’m having fun when that happens – things tumble into place out of the blue : Chris Anderson

Watch the video

Me good old mate, Ian Forrester, with nudge and a wink from good old Dr. Jo managed to pull together a lastminute geekdinner in London last night with Chris Anderson, from Wired and author of .

Here’s the first of the clips I took.


Podshow Peeves Podcasting Peeps

Looks like Todd Cochrane, Dave, Michael Goeghegen and few others are a bit annoyed about Podshow‘s methods of feed presentation. Hmmm :/

I’ve got in touch with Todd and Michael to see what they think of the presentation of their feeds. GeekNewsCentral and ReelReviews
I’ve had trouble logging in and getting my account activation key to look inside.

Meanwhile, I wrote a blogging tool for inside SL (not finished yet – but close – I had a brainwave that I jumped on), in between sorting out some cool new bits and bobs for – all related 😉

Amanda is Unboomed

Looks like Andrew Baron and Amanda Congdon have parted ways on Rocketboom. I’m sure many subscribers will tune over to Amanda’s ‘Unboomed’ feed – if that happens. And I can’t see her having a problem finding someone to point a camera her way. To many people, Amanda was RocketBoom and no doubt is responsible for so many viewers. It will be interesting to see what Andrew does with the RocketBoom brand. Maybe that’s where the disagreement laid.

I would hazard a guess that Amanda has had a big offer she can’t refuse.

Podtech maybe?

UPDATE: It turns out that Andrew found out about it the same way we all did. Ouch.

Ken Lay dies

Wow. I was only just watching Mark Cuban’s ‘The Smartest Guys in The Room‘ on the way home.

Apparently he died of a ‘massive heart attack’.

Atom and RSS – again…

A response to this post from the lead engineer at Amazon.

Does Atom support enclosures. And multiple ones at that?
If so, I would look at creating a toolset to podcast in both formats.

However, that does not mean feeds won’t be broken. So many publishing tool are broken. RSS is ’simpler’ than atom.

If you could show me an example of a podcastable feed in Atom, I’ll make a tool to publish that feed and enclosure.

I don’t want to fan a feed war, but I want to judge by trying to build a feed publishing tool which works.

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

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