Archive for August, 2006

(un)Offficial Blaugh! slideshow thingy

Over on my OPML blog, I have posted nifty slideshow widget thingy, using the images from the RSS feed from Blaugh!

I can’t post IFRAMEs here, so you’ll have to hop on over to ‘KOZ‘ to see what I’m on about this time 😉

WordPress test from SL via blogHUD meta test system

By jove it works!! 🙂 I nearly have the old blogger API verison running too. Need to build the UI on bloghud.com for people to manage their blog accounts. I already have a system for people to set a password here for bloghud.

The cool thing is, is that I can use the Second Life user name, as they are unique – so all someone has to do to manage their details on bloghud.com is to set a password using the blogHUD in-world. 🙂 Cool eh? And if you forget your password, you can simply set another – we know it’s you changing it, by the very nature you’re logged in.

NEVER EVER give your SL username and password to anyone else – and also, when I activate the blogHUD user profile stuff, when you’ll need to set a password, DO NOT use your normal SL password!!

blogHUD coverage!

Woo! While my back has been turned away from my blogHUD system, which lets people post blog posts and publish rss feeds to bloghud.com, I found these articles on it. Cool! And thanks! 🙂
Wonderland: Social software for managing Second Lives

Social Sim: Two thumbs up for the BlogHUD

Second Life Insider: BlogHUD : SLI Bloggers say ‘We’re Doomed’

Also, just to say that I’m very close to having a version which posts to any WordPress blog soon – and possibly blogger/blogspot if I get the time to do the extra code.

AT&T let data slip – whoops!

Whoops! The BBC reports that AT&T have let hackers get to the credit card deets of over 19,000 customers! Eeek!

AT and T your money - stolen

A question for Blackberry owners

I don’t have a ‘crackberry’ so I need to ask, does it have a built-in voice recorder? And if so, what format does it record to? Thanks.

Also, while trying to find out the anwser (which I haven’t yet) I don’t see any references to external memory. Schurley not, Mischter Bond? Can you use memory cards in a Blackberry? Do any of the models support that or do you just get the memory you’re given?

This is EXACTLY what it’s like to work at the BBC :)

Great stuff from the comedy genius of Adam & Joe

Flickr Geotagging

At last!! Flickr have launched a way to hook up flickr and Yahoo! Maps.

I started work on a system like this for podcasts, but had stopped work when I saw that they didn’t cover Europe. Now I see they cover the whole world, so it’s time to dig out that flash file and knock out a version for podcasts. Hurrah! 😉

Here’s a map of photos in Antigua. And watching the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Cooool!

PixPix RIAA Secret Agent Honeypot?

Another link from the Scobleizer about a new site called PixPix, which lets you bookmark all sort of things on the web including music mp3s, video and images. All this is wrapped in a digg-like ‘social network’ interface for rating and whatnot.

While I think that sites like this are fun and reveal loads of things out there on the web you might not find otherwise, they have made the job of the RIAA etc very very easy indeed. The urls to the copyrighted files and material are there for all to see.

Some bright spark at the RIAA needs to write a script which monitors their RSS feeds (here’s the one for audio) and notes down the value of the ‘guid’ element. This will harvest a huge list of hosts of potentially infringing content.

It wouldn’t surprise me if one day the folks at the RIAA, MPAA, PRS etc create a site just like this and thus create a huge honeypot for their investigations. It just takes one smart cookie in the bag.

Why don’t 98% of people know about RSS?

Scoble comments on the article on Dead 2.0 which claims that only 2% of people use RSS.

I’d say many people don’t *need* to know what RSS (or a ‘feed’) is. They probably use it in places without knowing it.

As more publishers syndicate their feeds, more applications and clients will develop which read and present them (on all sorts of devices).

Data feeds and formats like RSS (and OPML) create a ‘platform’ to build applications on. Not everyone needs to know the code below. Sure, developers certainly do! (What percentage of those do or don’t know or use RSS?)

How many people out there know what the ‘web’ and a ‘webpage’ is, yet draw a blank when you ask them what HTML or CSS is. A lot, I’d say.

Most of us watch the TV – but what percentage of people know how the picture got onto the screen?

Like the internets – it’s all tubes and magnets and squirrels. Right?

A test


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 podcast.com 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.



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