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Live and in Concert!

Are you an AFTRA member? Want to learn about this new-fangled web and social media thing? Then come down to the AFTRA offices next to the La Brea tar pits on Thursday, February 3rd at 7:00pm for the Technology for the 21st Century Social Media Panel in the Frank Maxwell Boardroom.  They’ll have a whole panel there to discuss things like “should I use the Twitters?” and “why does Danny Devito keep ‘poking’ me?”  Panelists include… ME!!! So come on down and say “hi!”  The fountain of knowledge that will be spewing forth will be astounding!

Dave’s not here, man!

Wow, time flies when you’re having fun! A lot has happened since I last made a blog post, check it out here. I got laid off at my old job, but I found a much cooler job, and in record time! (Only out of work 2 months! Woot!!!) I now get to build sites for, part of Viacom and MTV Networks. They even sent me to Comic-Con this year!  We’re doing lots of cool stuff, and starting to plan even cooler stuff for the coming year, so it should be a whole lot of fun!

Font Squirrel

I probably would have found this site ages ago if Google-ing for “free fonts” actually brought up sites with free fonts instead of bait-and-switch poser sites. But thanks to a recent post on Ajaxian, I know have an excellent source for open source fonts to use in whatever project I want: Font Squirrel!  I can embed it with sIFR or canvas-text, I can give them to everyone in my Thursday night typography circle, and I can create header images until the cows come home.  No more looking over my shoulder wondering if that assassin from the all-powerful font maker lobby has finally tracked me down.  (I think I lost him in Munich.)

Viva la open source!

Albatross flies again with latest VLC builds!

For those of you still anxiously awaiting a working version of Albatross, we are one big step close!  The latest test builds of VLC 0.9.9 have fixed on-the-fly transcoding and streaming to Flash video format (.flv)!  Okay, it’s almost fixed.  They still haven’t fixed the problem where transcoding the audio to any sample rate other than the source file’s native sample rate causes the audio and video to speed up or slow down accordingly, but at least it’s working again!  You can download them for Mac OS X here:

I’ve only tested this on the Mac so far, but history tells me that it should work in other environments as well.  Works with a stock installation of Albatross 0.5.1.

I’ve Gone Mobile!

Thanks to my wonderful wife, I have joined the legions of iPhone users. This means that I can blog from anywhere! For example, I’m blogging from my iPhone right now as I’m sitting here… at my desk, in front of my computer. Okay, bad example. But this sure is a fun toy! And with projects out there like PhoneGap, there will very likely be a lot less free time in my future!

Albotross Flies Higher! — 0.5.1 RELEASED

New and improved!  Albatross Home Media Streaming Server 0.5.1 is released! New features include:

  • support for mfs_ftp (this method is more reliable if you need to kill the stream)
  • improved stream killing (it actually works in most cases now)
  • user interface tweaks and improvements
  • detailed program information in HMO mode
  • more awesomeness!
 Grab it from the Google Code page, or read more about it on the project page.