Thursday, 27 September 2012

3 Top Reasons to go Social!

Not so many years ago the big buzz was web pages. If you did not have a web page your business was doomed! Almost the same rings true of a Social Media Presence.

What is Social Media?
Is a website that creates a platform which promotes social interaction between users enabling them to share photo's, videos, thoughts and information. Examples of this is Google+, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram to name but a few.

Why should you have a social internet presence?

Irrespective of whether you are a business or an individual, you need to have a social and web presence to enable you to convey information and converse with your clients.

Social Media is a great way to Drive traffic to your website

Through your Social media you can post a short burst of information with a link back to your website providing more detailed information.

Social Media is just what it says - Social

It gives your business the opportunity to connect with your customers or client's on a more social, although still professional, level.

"A year from now, you will wish you had started today". ~ Karen Lamb

"Who-Els can make it understandable!"

Friday, 14 September 2012

Commodore C64 Old & New

Original C64

Most of us should have seen, used or even owned one the old Commodore products back in the day. If it was the VIC20, C64, C128 or even for some lucky ones, the AMIGA.

Well, Commodore USA is trying to make some sort of comback with a new Linux distrobution, trying to capture the joy of the old Commodore range. They are also building new chassis with modern components to look like the old units we came to love and enjoy.

New C64
The new version looks the same, feels the same, but is a modern PC running Linux.

Head over to for more details and download the Linux distro to experience the new Commodore OS.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Brainstorm EasySet 3D at IBC 2012

I stopped at the Brainstorm stand for the presentation on the EasySet 3D product. This is a Chroma key studio in a PC with advanced scripting to allow the scripting of a full show using many virtual and 3D elements as part of the show.

Nikon at IBC 2012

I had time today to stop at the Nikon IBC 2012 stand and here is what I found.

They mainly had the D4 and D800 on display, but they build this turntable in the middle of the stand with a stop animation out of Lego running on it.

By setting the camera frame rate to 25fps, the story unfolds in the viewfinder.

NATIV MioEverywhere

Walked past the stand and Jon Folland was busy doing some workflow setup in the MioEverywhere product, and the screen caught my attention.

This web based product takes care of most requirements for media management in media companies. The architecture based system has many opportunity for expansion and customization, still retaining a solid core.

The main features as defined by Jon:

- Windows based remote ingest client that validates input file and Meta data against rules defined in the system. Ensure that media submissions meet your minimum requirements.
- The windows based client support restart and resume making it usable in low and unreliable bandwidth regions.
- FTP and mount point with folder monitoring is also supported.

Asset management
- Any submitted file is analised and media related information is stored in the fully searchable database. For example you are able to find media of a certain frame rate, length and aspect ratio.
- META data information is added to the database
- You can attach any other files to the main media file, which also is index into the database for full text searching
- A universal proxy version is created of all media to allow frame accurate manipulation of the media in the web interface.
- Frame accurate shot logging of media in the system is possible, for later re purposing.

Any process can be placed into a failure detecting workflow system. Should one part of the workflow fail, all submission int other workflow will run op to the point of failure and then wait. After repairs, one can resubmit or simple continue the queued workflow processes.

Workflow is used to achieve automated but also human tasks around media management and the options are unlimited.

Shown processes included:
- Rhozet Carbon Coder API level integration allows for job creation and processing of outputs
- YouTube submission automation
- VoD processing

Please visit for detail.

Star Trek Google Doodle

I was greeted with a lovely little interactive Google Doodle this morning on the Google Search site. This is in celebration 46th birthday of the 1st Episode that aired on the 8th of September 1966.

The episode titled "The Man Trap" aired on NBC and kept going for 3 seasons and 79 episodes and got canceled due to low ratings. But the damage was done, planet earth now knew Star Trek and we would want more.

Friday, 7 September 2012

IBC 2012 Exhibition Opens

Waiting outside for the opening of IBC 2012. Looks like it will be a good turnout with hundreds of people queuing for registration.

Like any good technical person, I've already done a WiFi scan and it is going to be fun to find a working one.

ProxMox Unprivileged LXC containers USB Drive

Some quick notes on bind mounting under ProxMox and getting the permissions right. Reference -