Archive for November, 2006

Paper Memory Mash!

This is just fantasic and amazing! I think this has to be one of the most profoundly important developments in technology r&d all year (at least).

A student called Sainul Abideen in Bangalore has developed a method of ‘storing’ data using small printed shapes called ‘Rainbow Technology’. An A4 sheet of paper can apparently store a staggering 256GB of data!

In a demo at his college laboratory, this writer could see text typed on 432 pages of foolscap paper being stored in a four square inch paper. The writer was even shown a 45-second video clip of a Malayalam film stored on an ordinary paper. Sainul was guided by Prof. Hyderali, head of the MCA Department at the College in all these projects.

*picks up jaw from the floor.

Now we just need cool little scanners – like the business card ones. You’d easly get a full DVD on a business card! LOL! Oh. My. God.

Podshow redirecting?

Hmm.. All my web requests to anything dot are being redirected to

I know they have just done a deal with BT. But hiking the stats like that is a bit rum.

Is this just a UK thing BT are forcing them to do with IP address blocks (as the BBC do). If you are outside the UK, what happens when you try?

Also, I wish they’d fix up the OPML over on podcastalley. OPML lists of RSS feeds should have entries which are type=rss and the feed url is set to the xmlURL=  attribute 🙂

Expect to see some new OPML tools to manage lots of folders full of feeds in the very near future at ;p

Second Life : The Book – Out now!

O’Reilly has finally released its book on Second Life, available for pre-order now via Amazon called ‘Second Life : The Official Guide’.

I had heard about a Second Life Hacks book from O’Reilly in the works a while ago. Someone in world had even gone to the trouble of mocking up a book cover ages ago which I saw in a sandbox area, claiming the authors to be the ‘FIC’ (Feted Inner Core). Since all the hack shenanigans on the grid recently, I can’t imagine a ‘hacking’ book will go down well with those who get scared by that term. ‘Hacking’ is not always bad. In fact without it, innovation would find it very hard indeed.

Second Life Hacks MockupSomeone once called me a hacker about 14 years ago. I was rather proud! 🙂 I think they only called me that because I sat down and worked things out by myself, rather than followed ‘official intructions’

There is no spoon!  🙂

blogHUD user conference anyone?

When I get a few things out of the way, I want to invite as many blogHUD users as possible to a users conference to talk about what you would like the blogHUD system to do for you. What you like and don’t like about it, etc. I’ll come up with some questions I’d like to ask all of you too. And I have few ;p The event will be here – hopefully. On the border of Nooribeom and Hwaegi. But it depends on the ‘clubs’ (*ahem*) nearby and the (*ahem*) ‘traffic’ they get. I’ll also try to do a live Skype podcast and invite voice questions and comments. If I can, Il’ll beam that all back via a Shoutcast server to the land – live. I’ll give you more details when I have them. Please comment! 🙂
posted by Koz Farina on Hwaegi using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

I rather like the Dell buildings

It looks nice. All fous islands. I think they will wish they put a meeting place on the intersection of all four of them, if they want to gather lots of people here. The only innovation I have found so far is the ‘maglev’ like travel pod thing with transports you to the different areas. I like the idea of controlled travel in SL. I have always wanted build a monorail type thing to take people around parcels with different audio, in which each tells the part of a story. A story you travel through. Maybe it could be ‘The Neverending Journey’ ?
posted by Koz Farina on Dell Island 3 using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

New release later tonight

Just sat up on the Empire State building, by Versu thinking about a feature which should come later tonight – the ability to disable the blogHUD and stop it listening to channel 9 without taking the blogHUD off. If I have the time, I’ll do some more documentation too. K.
posted by Koz Farina on using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

Checking the weather reports

Just checking out the weather using a screen I set up a while ago which displays the latest satellite images from around the world from the Weather Channel’s website. UK, Europe, USA, Canada, India and Australia are covered. I love these 3D widgets.
posted by Koz Farina on Nooribeom using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

Sun up at The Wave Diner

The sea is like a mirror. The sweet reggae music says nothing of the storm past. It’s peaceful here.
posted by Koz Farina on Nooribeom using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

Typos Speak Timmi

I just remembered years ago when a constant typo I used to make inspired me to what parts of the internet might become. The typo was ‘interent’. I wanted the .com 😉 I thought this *had* to be the future. Another recent typo I just noticed inspired more similar thoughts. It brought me to a new word – ‘Realisnt’ 😀
posted by Koz Farina on Hwaegi using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

Depth of field?

It would be great one day, when we can set the focus depth of field in SL. I think a certain realisn is what endears people (like me) to Second Life. Notice how when you stand or sit and do nothing – your avatar ‘breathes’ 🙂
posted by Koz Farina on Nooribeom using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

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

November 2006


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