It took only a few years for the Web to evolve from its first crude text-only
efforts to a full graphical experience. Yet it has taken more than a decade
to get videos inside the browser page.
This week Brightcove begins a new lower-priced video service called Express
that starts at $100 a month and offers some impressive features. I’m glad
to see them in this space, which is still very much in the pre-Gutenberg
publishing era. I thought I would take this moment to talk about some of the
issues involved in publishing Web videos for corporate uses, putting aside
all the tectonic shifts that are happening in the Web entertainment arena for
To put things in perspective, realize that it took only a few years for the
Web to evolve from its first crude text-only efforts to a full graphical
experience. Yet it has taken more than a decade to get videos inside ... (more)
Last week we witnessed the first Cyber War, but it didn’t go down quite as
many of us expected. Instead of a group of anonymous hackers trying to take
over thousands of infected PCs or trying to cut off access to critical
infrastructure, we saw Google declare the first salvo in its war against
Chinese censorship by moving its servers to Hong Kong.
The more I thought about this, the more I realized that this was war,
declared by a private company on a nation state. Just because Google
doesn’t have its own army (yet), or that no actual physical weapons were
fired doesn’t make it a... (more)
Are you as Mars-obsessed as I have been in the past week or so? Maybe I
shouldn’t have started things off by watching the original Total Recall
movie starring Arnold in all of his campy best. The current remake doesn’t
even take place on Mars, which is truer to the original Philip K. Dick short
story. And the more that I have been learning about the JPL rover Curiosity,
the more I want to know. It is almost as if I once had a memory implant like
the characters in the movie.
Certainly, the successful landing of Curiosity is something for all geeks to
celebrate. It is an amazing a... (more)
Facebook on Ulitzer
If you have spent any time online using social networks like LinkedIn or
Facebook, you know they can be difficult to grow your network and add
contacts. But even harder is the ability to extract your contacts once you
have built up a reasonably sized network. None of the social networks makes
it very easy to get this information.
Why would you want to do this? Several reasons. First is the peace of mind
that you have control over your own data. Should you decide to leave the
network, or should the network decided to leave you (either for cause or for
lack of... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
My long-time former PC Magazine colleague Al Poor has begun his own series of
video reviews of consumer products on his YouTube channel here.
You can find a new Epson photo printer, the Buffalo Terrastation, and other
products. Like my WebInformant.tv series, they are sponsored by the vendor
and are short, fact-packed five minute pieces.