There can be no better use of a single minute to make you want to travel:
I know that 2012 is coming and that I should be pretty jaded about the richness of You Tube and all the other Web 2.0 extravaganzas that surround us in a virtual river of information, but I’m not. Maybe I should even think that travel is passe when I can access the million cameras around the world or mash ups of near real-time photographs taken in every location I have ever been and 1000 others but I still don’t think travel is passÃ©. The Internet has set before us an access that provokes further curiosity as to constant mysteries right around the corner, right at the tip of our mouse fingers.
Has free archived video from YouTube et al. opened up your web exploration possibilities just a little? Talk about getting pulled in: sometimes I have to pour ice water over my head to get away from the endless cute puppy videos, old music videos, the wacked-out viral hits … and of course the tutorials on all the areas in which I’m knowledge-deficient because of the video watching.
It looks like I’m going to need a whole lot more ice water. Justin.tv has opened up it’s API and will serve live video for free. Of course, live webcams are old news, and most IM clients have video functionality. But we’re talking broadcast here. Between the price and Justin.tv’s crazy-easy â€œlive broadcasting in one clickâ€ model they’ll definitely see accelerated adoption. It’s just another example of a piece of infrastructure whose usage (and market share) will be enhanced by a compelling (ie free) standard and branding. Combine it with Camtweet and you’ve got a distribution method too. All you need now is a message, and you are in business.
Looking for a cool and unique Christmas give that will have everyone talking about?Â FlipClips is a cool online service that creates Flip Books from your digital video clips!Â A 75 page Flip Book costs $8.99 and a 150 page Flip Book will run you about $18.99. I find least interesting pieces of hybrid media to be fascinating; there’s so much great content contained in your digital video clips that to essentially give a translation to an entirely different medium is definitely worthwhile and finally practical to implement. Even if you don’t end up purchasing one of these flip books you definitely should check out the site just to see Â what a great job they’ve done.
I’ve written before that I’m a big fan of backing up my purchased DVD’s. I have a young son who loves to be independent and handle his own DVD’s. This sometimes results in scratched and even cracked DVD media. Those darn movies are expensive so I really hate to lose one!
My solution is to back up the DVD’s and let him ‘do whatever he likes’ to them (although we are working on best handling practices). Recently however, my favorite backup program, DVD Shrink lost it’s ability to properly backup newer DVD’s due to new copy protection techniques. This was a bummer as I had to let Owen handle the original and expensive DVD’s that we purchase for him.
A new solution that I found is in the form of a freeware utility that helps you backup your copy protected DVD’s. RipIt4Me works like a charm and I am now once again ‘breaking the law’ and backing up my DVD’s.