Archive for February, 2007

Heroes

Just got through the first 16 episodes of Heroes. Great stuff!! Love it! Go Hiro! (He has a blog! ha!)

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Monday night US TV is currently packed with fun, what with 24 and Prison Break too. And now I have no idea when Lost is on – and that show really has gone loopy – but we still watch it.

losti.jpg πŸ™‚

Roll on Tuesday!

Beyond Broadcast Live


On a break just now, but do come back for a live video feed and discussion from Beyond Broadcast. A cool media conference going on right now in Massachusetts! We were there IRL last year πŸ˜‰
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PHPConUK 2007 London


Sat in a steeeep lecture theatre at South Back University
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PHP Con UK 2007

Just about to kick off the PHP Conference UK 2007, here in Soulth London.

Should be an interesting day to find fellow PHP Ninja’s who might be able to help me out soon.

Rasmus Lerdorf, the father of PHP is here, as is Cal Evans, editor of Zend’s Devzone. So, hopefully we shold be able to pick up some great tips. Though, as I said. I am here to mainly make contact with potential cohorts in my quest for the perfect podcasting site πŸ˜‰

O’Reilly are also here selling books for 35% off. Bargain!

I’m using my OPML Editor on my laptop to do a bit of live blogging over here

TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington calls for the End of The BBC!

bbcmike.jpgFile under ‘WTF’ and ‘ill-informed’.

[update: March 14th 2007: Long Live the BBC! ]

Apparently, during a panel at yesterday’s Future Of WebApps Conference, TechCrunch‘s Mike Arrington said ‘The BBC should be dissolved’. (see video here from BBC backstage’s Ian Forrester)

Listen here (edited) “The BBC Should Be Dissolved” : Mike Arrington : FOWA Feb 2007

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And the longer version here πŸ˜‰

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Judging by the things he said, he clearly has no idea about how the BBC works in the UK. It *is* different to BBC World and he also gets some facts wrong about a kids social network.

I will agree to a point that the TV License (that every UK household who owns a TV is forced to pay) is often abused and unwisely spent on some astronomical salaries for many people who I happen to know first hand don’t have the required knowledge to make certain decisions. πŸ˜‰

iPhone Default Ringtone?

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Something that I think would be interesting to know is: What will be be the default ringtone on the Apple iPhone?

Sure, these days we can all change our ringtone to anything from a cartoon yelp to a hip-hop riff, but there has to be a default. And I want to hear it now.

Apple should see this opportunity to increase brand awareness by coming up with the perfect ‘earworm’ – a bit of music or riff that you hear and cannot get out of your head – even better if it’s ‘good’ and not something annoying. πŸ˜‰

UPDATE: Thanks to Derrick here it is (apparently):

I would say that many of us know the default Nokia ringtone, for example – you can hear Leo Laporte etc singing (‘dee di dee di..’ etc.) it in the theme music for TWiT. It’s a ‘classic’.

oldnoks.jpgTalking of ringtones and evolution – back in 1994, I was working for a B2B ad agency on the then recently launched mobile operator ‘Orange’. We went to the Telecom Managers Association conference in Brighton, where I met a guy who was responsible for sorting out the new handsets they would have on offer. He showed me the latest Nokia handset which they were about to launch. The classic 2nd gen black bricks they did back then. He was very excited by the fact that this model had 7 ringtones on it.

I suggested to him that it would be a great idea to have a ringtone that sounded like an old bell ringing telephone. It was a few years before this found its way into the default ringtone offering πŸ˜‰ Heh.

I doubt that chat I had had anything to do with it – but it makes me smile inside everytime I hear it. πŸ™‚

Apple iPhone = Cisco iPhone

It looks like Apple and Cisco have decided to ‘share’ the iPhone brand. I think this is a bit odd and possibly silly.

Whether Cisco like it or not, Apple’s useage of the brandname will be always ‘mentally connected’ (that’s kind of what brand awareness is, right?) with their forthcoming Apple phone – not a cordless VOIP Skype handset (which I must say are very good – I have one)

There’s got to be some crazy deal going on under all this, or Cisco’s lawyers are in awe of Apple’s.

Is there such a thing as an ‘Apple Lawyer Fanboy’? πŸ˜‰

Live from the geekdinner


Tara and Chris take the mic
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KozCast3

Wow! There seems to be no stopping me now! I’m on a roll!

Another podcast for ye.

Today I talk about OPML PLUS RSS TO THE POWER OF USERS and what I am trying to do to make life easier. Also thoughts on the perfect podcast device and mobiles in podcasting.

DOWNLOAD PODCAST MP3 HERE

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Blogger Google Data support?

OK. So I have recently been working to support the new Blogger / Google logins to post to Blogger blogs. I was easily able to register my app to remove the warning on the login page, but they offer no support of how to actually ‘sign’ the request to keep them secure.

I have posted to both the Blogger Data API Group and the Google Accounts API Group but it seems like I am dealing with some kind of ‘dark art’.

I think it’s a good idea to make connection for secure for people, but they are about to ‘force’ their bloggers to the new system, yet offer no support on how application developers like myself are to support this new ‘secureness’.

Even the Zend GData framework, which is available does not appear to handle the secure method required. I also cannot use this without upgrading my PHP and installing some more stuff. But there is no need, as PHP and Curl can do the job required just fine.

For those who may be able to help, here are the docs for the signing I am on about. But there’s just not enough info there on how to do it.

When I get this working, I’ll be happy to share how I did it.

Anyone got any ideas? I have the insecure method working fine.

Argh!


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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