Archive for January, 2006

a few quick links

a few things i have been reading:

An interesting interview with Adam Gerber, a VP at the buzz generating internet TV startup Brightcove. They have a talented group over there, and I’m very interested to see what kind of impact Brightcove has on traditional media and advertising.

Joel Spolsky of the eponymous Joel on Software blog is writing a series of essays on “Great Design”. The first few are posted, and are, as expected, great reads and thought provoking.

Attack of the Zombie Copy. stop writing mindless things like “leveraging best-of-breed technolg…..Mmm…brainssss.”

The beauty of simplicity from Fast Company. Nice, if slightly fluffy, article on how simplicity in design is teh cool.

that’s it for now … hopefully I’ll get to post something a bit more meaty tomorrow.

Dynamo: Flash Media Server 2.0.1

I posted some information on the ChattyFig Flashcomm list about the upcoming release of Dynamo, Flash Media Server 2.0.1.

The chattyfig list is open to anyone who’d like to register, but the archives are not publicly viewable, so I figured I’d re-post the Dynamo information here.

The FMS team has spent the past 3 months working on a project called Dynamo.

The purpose of Dynamo is to introduce a more flexible licensing model which will allow individual developers to have more choice over how their FMS installs are licensed.

more inside …

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Licensing Open Thread

Open thread for licensing discussion.

Article: Open Source Flash Player

Internet News has an article on a new project to build an Open Source Flash Player.

the article itself is fairly high level, and contains a number vague, and seemingly incorrect quotes from the founder maintainer of the project.

“Gnash has been developed only using freely available documentation and tools, so it can be a free implementation of a closed proprietary format,” Savoye explained.

SWF may be proprietary (seems likely, but to be completely honest, i’m not even entirely sure on that point); however it is most definitely not closed, as the SWF file format SDK is freely available on the web.

JD has touched on some of the issues surrounding an open source Flash Player (here and here)

the rationale expressed by the lead developer on this project doesn’t ease any of my concerns over preserving predictability on “Other People’s Machines”

“Most Flash movies on the Net are older Flash formats, which is why that’s the current focus for the near term,” Savoye said.

I understand the argument that these folks are building a player for FreeBSD becuase Macromedia had declined to. Part of the reason for the significant cost associated with building a Flash Player for a new platform is that Macromedia has traditionally taken great pains to ensure backwards and forwards compatibility within the Flash Player – I’m concerned creating a player branch that has unpredictable experiences could have some ugly side effects.

It sounds like people using this player may not have access to certain types of content, and that the content that can be accessed will be determined by the Gnash group’s schedule and timeline. Or, you could just “roll your own”. I’m not sure how that is a clear improvement over the current status quo, though I guess it could be argued that it gives *some* support to Free BSD. But at what cost to the larger community? Am I missing something? Feel free to comment in the, er, comments section.


hi there.

this blog is where I will post the links, thoughts, and utterances that I usually send around to my co-workers, to their great displeasure. There will be musings on the world of streaming media, tips and tricks (and promotion) for flash media server, and a wonderful variety of punctuation and spelling errors.

I can’t see this blog until I publish the first post, so I’ll keep this one short and then take a look at this thing from the outside. be back soon …