Multimedia

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Viacom and YouTube duking it out over video sharing

In this CNET article Viacom moves on without YouTube a very strange argument is made. The situation is that clips from Comedy Central programs like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show are very popular on YouTube. Viacom, the owner of Comedy Central, has demanded that over 100,000 clips be removed from YouTube.

The fight over entertainment in your living room

I recently bought a Mac Mini to try installing in my living room. It's an experiment to see what having a powerful multimedia device can mean when it's taken away from the office desktop and you try to put it in the living area. It's an interesting experiment and I'll be posting some observations about it later. However I'm finding this CNET NEWS article interesting: Apple, Microsoft have designs on your living room

Training them young

I grew up watching television, just like all the kids around me. It was the 60's, and the shift from black and white to color television was just beginning. Yes, there were color televisions available, but they were more expensive so we didn't get one until pretty late in the 60's. And, yes, the installation of the color TV involved a lot of guys fiddling with technology and it might have coincided with the Super Bowl.

Some ISP's are discriminating against 3rd party network services

Earlier I wrote about plans by BellSouth and other ISP's to discriminatorially throttle 3rd party Internet traffic. The BellSouth CEO was quoted saying, essientially, those other companies (such as Google) need to pay to use their lines. And that if those 3rd parties did not pay up, they'd throttle however much of their lines those 3rd parties can use.

Re-Introducing the Real Windows Vista at Tauquil's Blog

Microsoft has a long history of copying ideas from elsewhere. I've been watching them for years, and have yet to see them come up with an inventive idea. Oh, wait, they have a visual effect for tooltips which has them "unfurl" from top-to-bottom, that's probably a true invention by Microsoft. Okay, they've had one minor original idea. In particular they seem fond of copying ideas from Apple -- in fact, its well understood that Windows was developed because Bill Gates saw the Mac and got scared and told his people he wanted something like that.

Internet television?

I guess journalists like to find ways to spin the stories they write so there's a life and death struggle, two titans up there clashing against each other, one of them about to stomp the other one into the dust. And what better story than for a surprise newcomer to arise from nowhere and whack the head off the ruling king?

Converting TiVo recordings for the video iPod

Suppose you're a TV addict? I'm not, I haven't owned a TV for over 10 years. But I appreciate that a lot of you out there are TV addicts. It's for you that the video iPod exists, I suppose. But in the iTunes Music Store they offer only a small number of TV programs, so what if you want more?

TVHarmony has been offering software for a long time to improve the TiVo experience. Their software now supports converting recordings from a TiVo to the format required to view on the video iPod.