No Hulu in Canada? Pity...
Published by Toronto Mike on December 21, 2009 @ 09:31 in Technology, Television
I'm bumping into embedded Hulu clips more often in the blogosphere. Hulu is a website that offers ad-supported streaming video of TV shows and movies from NBC, FOX and many other networks and studios. The quality is great, and because it's a legal channel, you never have to worry that the SNL skit you embedded in your blog might be pulled by the end of the day thanks to a copyright claim by NBC.
When Brittany Murphy died yesterday, several American bloggers posted a recent parody of her that aired on Saturday Night Live. Here in Canada, this is what we see:
That's right, Hulu isn't available in Canada. Apparently, the licensing issues were so complex they couldn't get a deal done. So we're out of the loop.
I see ad-supported high quality tv show and news streaming as the future of television. Hulu seems to be getting it right. I just wish I could see what all the fuss is about.
Wireless Network Connections at the ACC
Published by Toronto Mike on December 15, 2009 @ 14:15 in Technology, Toronto Maple Leafs
There are several wireless networks inside the Air Canada Centre. Yesterday, while in the media press box, I was given the username and password for the connection known as ACCWifi.
Here are the connections my laptop detected.
Prior to my visit, Elliotte Friedman warned me that the ACC wifi was a little wonky.
I'm happy to report my connection didn't drop once and ACCWifi was as fast as an Al Iafrate slap shot.
imeem Dies, My Search for YouTube of Audio Continues
Published by Toronto Mike on December 14, 2009 @ 08:42 in Technology
When Odeo stopped allowing audio uploads, I started looking for a replacement. Essentially, I was looking for the YouTube of audio.
I discovered imeem would pretty much do what I wanted. I could upload an audio clip, usually one of Tom Cheek's calls of Blue Jays baseball or a Humble and Fred bumper, and embed the player on this site. Although not perfect (sometimes it would only play 30 seconds on the site and would force a click to imeem.com to hear the rest), imeem did the job nicely and all was well.
Last week, all imeem players embedded on this site disappeared. Literally. Maybe Humble and Fred bits and sports calls are AWOL. MySpace bought imeem and is redirecting imeem.com to music.myspace.com. It would be easy to say MySpace killed imeem, but I understand imeem was dead before the ship even sank. MySpace gets a free pass on this one...
But now I'm looking for the YouTube of audio again. It might be Hound Bite, but maybe it's something else? Maybe it's YouTube, as ridiculous as that sounds.
Do I need to roll my own or is there a decent free audio sharing service a'la YouTube?
I'm Giving Away 38 Google Wave Invitations Today
Published by Toronto Mike on November 28, 2009 @ 15:23 in Technology
I've got 38 invitations to Google Wave.
If you want to use Google Wave, leave a comment and I'll hook you up. The first 38 commenters get one.
Ready for Google’s Chrome OS
Published by Toronto Mike on November 13, 2009 @ 12:19 in Google Chrome, Technology
I have an old laptop primed and ready for Google's Chrome OS.
Sources have told TechCrunch that the new Google OS will become available for download within a week.
We expect Google will be careful with messaging around the launch, and endorse a small set of devices for installation. EEE PC netbooks, for example, may be one set of devices that Google will say are ready to use Chrome OS. There will likely be others as well, but don’t expect to be able to install it on whatever laptop or desktop machine you have from day one. Google has previously said they are working with Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba on the project.
Ok, so I likely won't be installing it on my old laptop next week, but it's getting closer. Here's what I wrote following the announcement from Google that they were developing an OS, something I've been hoping for.
Five Years of Firefox
Published by Toronto Mike on November 9, 2009 @ 11:57 in Technology
The Mozilla folks are celebrating Five Years of Firefox. As they say over there, "that's a long time on the Internet, so let's celebrate five years of working together to make the Web better for everyone".
Firefox became my default browser in June 2004 when it was version 0.9. It remains my default browser today.
My Thoughts on Google Wave: It's Complicated
Published by Toronto Mike on November 4, 2009 @ 20:23 in Technology
I've been beta testing Google Wave for about a month now, and... well... it's complicated.
I want to love Google Wave, because it's a bloody seductive premise, but it's just not intuitive enough for mass appeal. I'm one of those bleeding edge guys when it comes to web apps and I have a very hard time wrapping my feeble brain around Google Wave's advantage. I can't tell you how many folks I've been waving with who just throw up their arms and exclaim "I don't get it!". It's so hard to figure out, and life is so short...
And chatting via Wave is dangerous. Unlike every other IM that sends your message when you press "Enter", Wave sends each character over in real-time. Typos, mistakes and awkward pauses while you check your thesaurus or Wikipedia are fully exposed. It makes you not want to chat. How's that for improved communication?
Wave is supposed to be email were email invented today. It's very ambitious, but possibly too smart for its own good. Besides, Google has already re-invented email for the better. It's called Gmail.
More Invitations to Google Wave
Published by Toronto Mike on October 29, 2009 @ 18:16 in Technology
Google just gave me a bunch more invitations to Google Wave
Last time I had invitations, I gave them all out to people who requested one in the comments. I'm happy to do that again.
If you want to use Google Wave, leave a comment and I'll hook you up.
I Already Search Twitter on Google (And You Can Too)
Published by Toronto Mike on October 22, 2009 @ 11:16 in Technology, Twitter
There's big news from Google that they've reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in Google's search results.
We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can make search better in the coming months. That way, the next time you search for something that can be aided by a real-time observation, say, snow conditions at your favorite ski resort, you'll find tweets from other users who are there and sharing the latest and greatest information.
As I mentioned in April, my buddy wrote a great Firefox Greasemonkey script that puts real-time Twitter search results in Google. You can download it here.
Here's what I see when I google Toronto Blog.
What Browser Do You Use and Why?
Published by Toronto Mike on October 20, 2009 @ 09:00 in Technology
Judging from the comments and email I've received in response to my declaration that I actually like thestar.com's redesign, it seems a bunch of you have issues loading the site in Internet Explorer.
Below are visitors to this site over the past 30 days, broken out by web browser. As you'll see, about half of you are using Internet Explorer. That's less than the global average, but I suspect there's a correlation between those who use Firefox, Safari and Chrome and those who frequent blogs.
I have three web browsers installed on the laptop I'm writing this entry on. IE, Google Chrome and Firefox. I find Chrome to be super fast, but my go-to browser remains Firefox because I rely so heavily on the add-ons. I only use IE, and I use it via a Firefox add-on, when I absolutely have to.
What web browser do you use and why?