Category Archives: videos

Browser wars brewing

Browsers have graduated from a simple tool into a platform. For example, Mozilla Firefox has a build in database (starting with v3), support for plugins/add-ons. With appropriate add-on installed, Mozilla becomes a web browser, chat/IM client, VoIP client, RSS Reader, email client etc etc.

At present, various browser components (add-ons, plugins) and web services exists are disconnected entities. If these can be integrated, browser can be the window to the Wide Web World! Flock is trying do it, but still the components are held very loosely. Interaction between various browser components has to be seem less and the browser (through web services) should be able to react to user needs more intelligently.

The video posted below is a glimpse of what next browser might look like.
Source: http://gigaom.com/2008/05/29/the-new-new-browser-wars/

Aurora (Part 1) from Adaptive Path on Vimeo.

Advertisements

Online movie streaming

SurfTheChannel (STC) has links to some Bollywood movies as well. STC

Jab We Met : http://www.surfthechannel.com/info/Movies/56315/Jab+We+Met.html?aid=52402

They have a huge collection of TV Series, Anime and hollywood movies. Most of the video is streamed from Chinese websites (tudou.com). I found that videos streamed from veoh aer much better than tudou.

STC uses Agriya FLV player to stream and play movies. One of the things that sucks about this player is, it doesn’t let you seek the video forward, which is very annoying if I want to watch the movie in multiple sessions. Another much needed addition would be ability to automatically play all the parts of the video (typically a movie spans multiple parts, possibly from different sources).

Be warned that all the videos/movies listed on STC are most likely violating copyrights.

If they can come up legitimitate way of online streaming infrastructure to deliver iTunes style low cost/high quality movies (PPV), there may be a decent market. Netflix is already delivering movie titles online for a small fee.

European players are toying with the idea of using P2P technologies (“p2pnext”) for streaming videos. This would enable delivering high quality videos with optimal bandwidth usage.

Notebooks getting leaner and meaner!

Apple can still claim the MacBook Air is the skinniest laptop currently available – for the moment. The machine that beats it, VoodooPC’s Envy 133, is just 1.75cm thick. The Air is 1.90cm thick.

Voodo Envy has lots of innovations and it’s carbon casing makes it light and beautiful. Backlit keyboard is a useful feature too. Since ethernet port has been moved to laptop’s AC adaptor, the adaptor looks bulky an aberration to otherwise sleek design of the entire package. A missing feature is Apple style optical drive.

Voodo Envy enables the user to use browser, skype or IM client without booting into the full fledged OS (Vista in this case). Probably this is provided by “Instant-On Linux” integrated in the BIOS flash chip.

In my opinion, this is the way to go; you don’t have to stare at “Please wait…” screens just to catch up with your emails, on the laptop, between the flights.

All these goodie features come at a price. $2000 is pricey price point for getting bewitched!

Mystery Spot – demystified

I visited Mystery Spot in Santa Cruza, CA a couple of weeks ago. The operators of this site claim that it is a place where the laws of physics and gravity do not apply. They provide a number of demonstrations in support of these claims.

Mystery Spot is a visual illusion. Similar illusions can be found elsewhere, including the identically named Mystery Spot near St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California; the Oregon Vortex in Gold Hill, Oregon; and Idlewild Park in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, Spook Hill in Lake Wales, Florida.
There are many videos on youtube which have demonstrations from Mystery Spot.

After this visit, I was reassured of one thing: US is very good at packaging and branding .. be it Pepsi, be it iPhone or be it Mystery Spot(s).

There are hundreds of known gravity hill locations around the world. Does any one know of Mystery Spot in Ladakh, India?

IIT/IISc – National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning

On the lines of MIT’s OpenCourseWare, top Indian institutes (IIT, IISc) have launched National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL).

The main objective of NPTEL program is to enhance the quality of engineering education in the country by developing curriculum based video and web courses.(Videos on YouTube)

Eklavya is similar effort by IITs and HRD Ministry.

Both are commendable effort and will benefit many people who are unable to make it to these highly competitive institutes. Opening up courseware has many other benefits too.

Open cousewares allow aspiring studens to study the subjects online before they can decide whether they actually like the courses, helping them make educated choices about their specialization and cirriculum.

Kannada Rajyotsava

We celebrate 34th anniversary of Kannada Rajyotsava (Karnataka Formation Day).

Karnataka and especially Bangalore is turning out to be a land of opportunities, companies out of Bangalore are scaling great heights. Bangaloreans are shining every where from IT to hockey, cricket, bollywood, snooker!

At this time, we should  remember great literary figures who won highest number of Gyanpeetha awards for Kannada.

“Sirigannadam Gelge”

Voting Machine

Is it not a better way to avoid coalition politics here in India?