If your cable tv crashes...

Posted by bordalix Wed, 12 Oct 2005 12:31:00 GMT

This weekend my cable tv decided to not work anymore, so i had to re-invent my entertainment definition. For a couple of weeks now, i have my adsl link up and running, so i decided to make some web digging and see what was there for me. And here are the results: if you want to watch live tv channels from all over the world (+100), try BeelineTV; to the ones who like short funny movies, try darlugo, truveo or google video; if you want to watch some old movies or tv series (remember Flash Gordon?) you can always take a peek at Emol and download some, since they are copyright free; and if don't give a damn to copyright, and don't care for video quality, go to divxcrawler and download some of last month blockbusters. After this, who needs cable tv after all?

Update: my cable tv is up again, so i will be able to watch the soccer game tonight. Yes, there's a reason to have cable tv, after all.

Update2: just found a post here on using Google to find for open index webpages with movies. Just click here to see some results provided by Google.

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Meanwhile, in the IM world...

Posted by bordalix Wed, 12 Oct 2005 12:30:00 GMT

BetaNews as a rumour about Microsoft and Yahoo linking their IM networks. The main reason to do that seems to be the ever growing threat from voice chats, like Skype, which, by the way, as a new wireless voice handset by Linksys, the CIT2000. In my personal opinion, in order to survive, all IM networks will have to connect to each other, so this decision is only one more step to the inevitable.

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Visual tour

Posted by bordalix Sun, 09 Oct 2005 12:28:00 GMT

Today, is all about visual:
1) from a study on biological motion patterns, play with the sliders here and try to guess who's walking;
2) adverstising companies should take a look at the heliodisplay, it can really boost any old billboard;
3) a truly "fingertips" experience with this new computer interface, TactaPad, and since i'm only linking to visual experiences, watch the demos where one interacts with a Mac, and where one makes some drawings;
4) and finally, a personal site which looks exactly as is owner powerbook (requires flash player 8).

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Google reader

Posted by bordalix Fri, 07 Oct 2005 12:27:00 GMT

I've just noticed Google Reader, so I decided to give it a try. First step, export my blogroll from Bloglines: 20 seconds. Second step, import it to Google Reader. It's not working with Safari, and seems to do nothing with Firefox. Bahhh, it's friday night, I'm going for a beer.

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P2P counter attack

Posted by bordalix Fri, 07 Oct 2005 12:26:00 GMT

After losing the eDonkey battle, the P2P community responds with:

  • the revamp of suprnova.org; the same code and layout, but a new owner and a new name, newnova.org
  • a huge index of BitTorrent sites at isoHunt.com
  • and mixing BitTorrent and the l2p network, a fully anonymous P2P

    1-1, I would say...

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  • Web office

    Posted by bordalix Thu, 06 Oct 2005 12:25:00 GMT

    After the rumor of a browser-based office application suite by Google and Sun resulted in nothing, let me point you the browser-based office application suite by ThinkFree.

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    Mail storage war, again

    Posted by bordalix Sun, 02 Oct 2005 12:23:00 GMT

    So, we have gmail with is "growing every second" mail storage capacity (aproximetly 2.5 GB). Yesterday, I found 30gigs.com, a invite only free 30 GB mail capacity service. And when I was almost bloging about it, the heavy height contender debuted: the first TB (as in Tera Bytes, as in 1024 Giga Bytes) free(!) mail service, mailnation.net.

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    eDonkey is closing

    Posted by bordalix Thu, 29 Sep 2005 12:22:00 GMT

    Seems like RIAA is going to win another battle, closing the p2p eDonkey network. In a testimony at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Hearing on the future of P2P, MetaMachine president Sam Yagan said his company (owner of the eDonkey network) was throwing in the towel.

    The battle is lost, but the war continues: eDonkey is a server based p2p network, so all you need to shut it off is going for the servers. eDonkey is the most used p2p network, as stated by Slyck, so this decision seems to be a huge drawback in the war.

    But if we look at the remaining networks, like FastTrack, Gnutella or BitTorrent, they all share the "no servers, use supernodes instead" implementation, there is, the supernode functionality is built into the client; if a powerful computer with a fast network connection runs the client software, it will automatically become a supernode, effectively acting as a temporary indexing server for other, slower clients.

    And since supernodes come and go, all over the IP space, like digital mushroms, they are much harder to identify and shut down. So, light infantry is down, but we still have tanks and planes for the next battle.

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    Mashups

    Posted by bordalix Wed, 28 Sep 2005 12:21:00 GMT

    I heard this term for the first time last week in Boston. I understood "sites that use two or more external sources to provide a new service". The first reference was Mappr, which uses Google Maps and Flickr APIs to geographically organize Flickr photos. But mashups are more than this, they have a huge fun potencial, as stated by this Zdnet's post.

    Update: While thinking on the subject, I decided to make my first movie mashup: five pixar movies and a soundtrack, and you have it, an all new video clip for Birds of Prey by Fat Boy Slim. While you wait for the download (6MB for a 6m49s clip) you can take a look at the Web 2.0 Mashup Matrix.

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    Identity 2.0

    Posted by bordalix Wed, 28 Sep 2005 12:19:00 GMT

    An astonishing presentation from Sxip CEO Dick Hardt, about Identity 2.0. Very well contextualized within the Web 2.0 vision, and with great style (marketeers should also take a peek for new presentation ideas). If you have 15 minutes and 13 seconds (plus download time) watch it here.

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