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Flickr to do video too

I use Flickr quite a bit to post what I perceive as some of my best photographs to the site, so it is with bewilderment that I hear that Flickr is to launch a beta version of a video sharing service next month.

Yahoo! owns Flickr and I can understand that they would like to take away some of the market share Google currently experiences with its video-sharing service, YouTube.

Frankly I would like Flickr to remain a pure photography site, adding video just ruins that experience, doesn’t it?  I have various websites I use before going elsewhere: YouTube for videos, Flickr for photographs, Smaps for mapping in New Zealand, The New Zealand Herald for news, etc, etc.

Change comes when a service you use can no longer fulfill a need and the other website can and then some. I’m not about to change anytime soon.

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Skype encryption “stumps” police

German police have said that they cannot break the encryption used by popular free and paid telephone service, Skype. German police need to break this so they can ‘wiretap’ a few people’s conversations – like they can with a traditional phone line.

Not only the encryption used, but the way Skype sends the packets of data too. Skype sends the voice data scrambeled over many thousands of routes in small sizes to decrease the voice lag.

“We can’t decipher it. That’s why we’re talking about source telecommunication surveillance – that is, getting to the source before encryption or after it’s been decrypted,” Joerg Ziercke, president of Germany’s Federal Police Office (BKA) told reporters at an annual gathering of security and law enforcement officials.

The technology must be very good if the experts over at German police (black humour) cannot break it :P.

“Video: RSS in Plain English”

Don’t know what or how to use RSS and all that jargon just confuses you more? Well you’re wait is over for clarification, commoncraft have produced a video about RSS in “plain English”.

The YouTube video has been embedded below.

And, if you want to subscribe to my blog, the RSS feed for posts is here.

Web 2.0 video

A nice Web 2.0 video titled “Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us” has been on YouTube for some time now, acquiring over two million views, and, at the time of posting, 4999 comments.

There is a final version of the clip available, but with far less views and comments, etc.

The video is all about, of course, Web 2.0 and is very informative. A definitive watch!

As well as watching the video on YouTube, you can watch it at Web 2.0 site, Mojiti. Mojiti allows comments to be placed onto the actual video itself when watching it. Now that is true Web 2.0 style. Be warned, there are a lot of comments playing throughout the video and they detract from the video, so I suggest watching the video here, or on YouTube first.

The videos were made by Michael Wesch and are available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike 3.0 License. He makes a great point by making it available under a CC licence, he says, “interlinking of people sharing and collaborating”.

Nice music too.

Feedback really does work

Stuff.co.nz is a New Zealand and International news website, with news articles from the regional papers to Reuters. They recently did a relaunch of their website, overhauling their website design, which somewhat resembled the new design of their competitor, New Zealand Herald. Yet, unlike the New Zealand Herald website, they didn’t implement RSS feeds. So, using their online feedback form, I told them that they should start using RSS feeds, as who likes to receive daily e-mails anymore?! And, as of today, they now use RSS feeds for their main news categories (national news, technology news, etc) as well as their regional newspapers published by Fairfax (The Press, Dominion Post, etc). So, if you want something done to a website that would be very good, and helpful to other users of the site, tell the webmaster about it, they do listen.

The Web 2.0 approach

In my first blog post I will preach about Web 2.0.

I am no expert on Web 2.0 but I do know a bit about it and I am a huge supporter of the things it can do namely, taking a leaf from Wikipedia, sharing the wealth of all human knowledge.

Participating in the biggest Web 2.0 ‘invention’, Wiki’s (Wikipedia is the biggest Wiki by far) can enable anyone to get any information into the world. I actively participate in Wikinews, which makes me the top 30 contributor there. I only write stories that interest me, which is mainly New Zealand topical news. This means that a huge amount of people are getting to know the small country of New Zealand thanks to Wikinews.

Another cool thing about Web 2.0 is RSS feeds. I have started to use them with Feedreader and think they are a great way of getting your content out that would otherwise be missed by your loyal or occasional readers, because of failure to often visit the website.

Digg.com, and the other social bookmarking sites, is another way to get information out, if you like the competitive nature of Digg. Digg is good, but it seems that the only way for the content to be noticed is by having a valuable, trusted reputation. Similar to wiki’s, where your edits, or in Digg’s case, submissions, will be closely watched and monitored if you are a “noob”, but if you are a valuable contributor, or volunteer, then your edits are more unlikely to be monitored as close.


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