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Fiz and I at the BBQ by the Yarra River in Melbourne


Taken by our friend Dante. This has to be my favourite picture of both of us enjoying a BBQ by the Yarra River in melbourne.

How Aussie am I??!! πŸ™‚

Enabling Mobile Publishing

This is the audio recording of my turn on the ‘Mobile Tools 2.0’ panel at TIECon East conference in Boston.

here, I talk about the simple things which are required to enable simple mobile publishing / blogging.

In fact, the whole system at mobods.com is based on it. πŸ™‚
posted by kosso using mobods : [permalink]

Using PHP to connect to the new Google Blogger API

blogmove.gifNow, I have been battling with this on and off for ages. Soon Google will be moving all ‘old’ Blogger accounts over to their Google Account system. This means that all those people who have third party applications to post to their blogspot Blogger accounts will need to switch over to the Google login and system (and get a Google Account, if they don’t already have one) – rather like Yahoo! will be doing to flickr users on the Ides Of March – Beware! πŸ™‚

All these third party apps will need to be upgraded too. The thing is, we all want security right? So, you really want to go and register your application with Google to remove the big yellow Warning box you might start seeing a lot of soon.

The documentation to do this with PHP has been non-existent, which I found pretty weird as I bet there are plenty of PHP-based systems out there offering the ability to post to Blogger. (BlogHUD is one that I created for Second Life, which is a model system for something bigger and ‘real’ I have planned soon)

So, for those of you out there who are looking to do this for your own PHP systems hop on over to this post of mine on the Google Group for Google Accounts (crossposted to the Blogger Dev Group) and see the link to the source PHP example I have provided down at the bottom of that post.

For those who can’t be arsed reading all the intro and explanation, here is a link to the PHP source example, where there are plenty of comments to explain what is going on, each step of the way.

This example only goes as far as listing a users’ blogs, after obtaining a non-expiring secure token for your users, which itself has to be generated using secure signing methods. You’ll want to use this new-found knowledge to do cool stuff like post to the users’ blogs.

http://kosso.co.uk/PHP/blogger_google_secure_AuthSub.phps

Man, am I glad to get that bug out of my head! It’s been there for months!!! I hope this helps others get the same out of theirs! πŸ™‚

You should be able to use this example to build a connection to any of the Google services. This is just using Blogger.

I will finish by saying that WordPress support for doing the same thing is EASY!! No problems. Ever. Whatsoever. Great job! πŸ™‚ Rockin!

I’ll also add that I don’t do this sort of thing much – and by that I mean posting my code up online. But I have learned SO MUCH (if not all foundation knowledge) on the web, that doing stuff like this makes me feel good. I can feel the Karma restoring – step by step πŸ˜‰

KozCast1 : Introramble

Just trying the mp3 button in here to see if this works. If it does, hey I’m podcasting again! Hurrah!

DOWNLOAD PODCAST MP3 HERE

Wa hey!! I’m alive!

The podcast will not show up in the enclosure here, so use this feed link to subscribe

Just a welcome back from me really. A bit of a ramble on about what I have been up to with no format or preparation at all. But better than not doing one at all though, eh? In fact – don’t answer that πŸ˜‰ More to come! Podcasting by the seat of my pants!!

The Rewinds

Download “Ghostriders” (mp3)
from “The Rewinds”
by The Rewinds
Livewire Recordings

More On This Album

Yes Yes To You
Download “Left At the Party” (mp3)
from “Yes Yes To You”
by The Affair
Absolutely Kosher

More On This Album
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OK. Now I can see how this mp3 player works here, I think I should be able to hook it up to my mobile publishing system. The things is – does it show up in m y rss feed as an enclosure? Hmm. πŸ˜‰

Answer: no.

It’s about time I got round to podcasting again

Yes it is. When I get round to it, expect alot of ranting and ‘release’ over the first few episodes, until I find my voice, so to speak. So, apologies in advance. Heh.

I’ll let those crazy, loveable people who actually read this blog know when and where pretty soon. As you can see, I’ve been busy ‘in this area’ quite a bit recently – cerebrally. πŸ˜‰
I’ve always been an advocate of ‘do the hardest things first’ – if you can do that, then naturally everything else will be easy πŸ˜‰ The best thing being, when things are easy, more ideas come πŸ˜‰

Live From Second Life

I can’t promise this will be on all the time, as it was a quick test idea that I have thought about for a few months and got round to doing once I got more memory for the MacMini (running Windows).

Let’s see how this holds up – this blog doesn’t get many readers, so off you go! All ten eleven of ya πŸ˜‰

Welcome to Second Life LIVE

BBC News : RSS NewsReader : Secondlife : 2


Another demo of something I have been meaning to try for ages. After dusting off some old actionscript skills from back in the flash5 days, I was able to get a screen reading RSS feeds. WooHoo!!!! Animated!

mymoblog, hismoblog, mybloghud, etc, etc

THEIR APIS!

It’s funny seeing Dave’s mymoblog.wordpress.com posts.Β  The early posts look just like my bloghud.wordpress.com or bloghud.blogspot.com accounts πŸ˜‰

We developers like to talk to ourselves while testing (move long – nothing to see here πŸ˜‰

What other free blogging systems should I support? All of them. Including the pay ones. But if those people who run pay blogging systems (6apart etc.) want support, I’ll need a free acount (dev account) please. Thank you.

You know it’s worth it πŸ˜‰

Evan’s Podcasting site roundup feedback

Evan Williams, founder of Pyra – which became Blogger.com and head honcho of Odeo has got some Alexa results of podcasting sites out there and provides some feedback.

Good job. Nice to see Libsyn pumping away at the top. I really like those guys.

So, I’m not surprised to see the results for podcast.com πŸ˜‰

We opened up the doors of the site back at the end of May, as an ‘alpha’, based on some of the early foundation technology we’re building, simply because we couldn’t bare to look at the old horrible greenish page that used to be there any more πŸ˜‰ The feedback we’ve had has been positive.

Since then, we been going like the clappers, not sleeping much, slowly but surely bringing together a whole load of features you haven’t seen yet. The list of subscriptions in the directory there are basically *mine*. As in my user account. There’s two actually – a user called kosso curates the canada.podcast.com directory and the secondlife.podcast.com directory (they’re actually folders within koz.podcast.com). Soon you’ll be able to create your own version of the site and have access to a load of tools and info to get you going in podcasting, whether it’s as a listener or a podcaster. We have publishing tools too – and some pretty nifty urls and data for you to play with. Some original content too! (I can’t wait to let you in on all that πŸ˜‰ )

I often use the analogy of the book industry to describe what we’re up to:

To start, we want to help people find books they want to read and let the author know what they think. Moving along, we want to help people build bookshelves to put all these books on. Then give people the tools to build whole libraries – and connect them together.

Back the other way, we naturally want to help people publish books. And help promote their hard work. Then back, we want to help teach people how to write a book and provide nice and easy tools to do so. Even further back to the core, we also want to help people make paper and ink and even research new types of paper and ink, which might make a book easier to read or understand and hopefully more popular!.

As the people running the generic domain, we intend to DO THE RIGHT THING. What else would you do with the generic domain? I left the BBC to work on this, as I’m incredibly passionate about podcasting having fiddled with building tools and systems since it started. Becoming a podcaster (but not as frequently as I would like – that’s why I’m builfing tools πŸ˜‰ ). Meeting the likes of Dave Winer and Adam Curry last year was a real motivator. Still is. Respec’.
I really didn’t want the site to end up squatted or parked or simply wasted. I’m on a mission (from pod). ‘With great domains comes great responsibility’. We have some interesting things coming up soon which might perk up your ears πŸ˜‰

I’ve just got back from Boston after a great time with the rest of the boys – making sure we’re all on the same playlist and getting the new hands on deck up to speed with the system, ethos and roadmap for the whole place. It’s been very reassuring.

We still have alot to do to get the site open as a public beta, where people will be able to join up and have a go at using the tools we’re putting together. It won’t all come at once. We intend to listen to what you think and iterate. We think it’s going to be an exciting resource for anyone interested in podcasting.

It’s going to be a few more weeks, but now we can all see the next checkpoint. There is no finish line πŸ˜‰

O, Canada Podcasts!

Wow! Those Canadians sure do! Alot! Eh! πŸ™‚

Have a look over at canada.podcast.com and see what I was able to create pretty easily with my test account.

I want to get these tools on your hands and on your screens (and in your pockets) ASAP! πŸ™‚

Hopefully, that won’t take too long.

I was at Gnomedex over Canada Day, and it was great to meet so many of you Canadians there. You sure do know how to celebrate your country! We Brits don’t do much else than wave at the Queen, whenever they wheel her past πŸ˜‰


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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