Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

WordPress Feature Request: A Universal Video Player

Wednesday, 2 February 2011 2:38 pm Comments off

As any of you who have been following my screen casts know, I’ve been using Vimeo to host and share my videos.

However, Vimeo as it is is slightly restrictive: 500Mb uploads a week, and one HD video a week. for screen casts, HD is essential. So I’m limited to one video a week, if that.

Now that I’d love to do is to upload my videos to Windows Azure blobs. Blobs is comply format agnostic, so I could upload any format I wanted to: it doesn’t have to be Silverlight Adaptive Streaming (or whatever the term is). The CDN capability of Blobs is also very helpful.

Now nothing is stopping me from moving away from WordPress and being able to customise what every blogging system i’d run to load videos from Windows Azure Blobs. However, that’s a little more trouble that’s it worth right now.

(I’m actually thinking of eventually moving to Windows Azure utilising the extra small instance, but that’s a ways off)

So what I’d love is a video player that you can just point at a URL and it will play the video. It doesn’t have to be Silverlight or Widows Media specific. It could be H.264 files (an iffy proposition with Google yanking H.264 support from Chromium to be sure).

So in other words, WordPress can provide the player in whatever form it wants to. I just provide the player with the URL to the file to be played.

I would think that the HTML5 spec would make this a fairly trivial undertaking.

In fact, now that I think of it. Couldn’t one simply insert a tag in the HTML view of posts??

Categories: Rants, Tech, Videos, Web, Windows Azure

Windows Azure Feedreader Episode 8

Thursday, 27 January 2011 12:37 pm 1 comment

Apologies for the long delay between episodes. I do these in my spare time and my spare time doesn’t always coincide with a quite environment to record the screencast.

But safe to say, I’m super excited to be back and doing these once again.

So, to it!!

This week we follow straight on from what we did in week 7, and modify our backend code to take account of user subscriptions when adding RSS feeds and RSS feeds from OPML files.

Additionally, we lay the ground work for next weeks episode where we will be writing the code that will update the feeds every couple of hours.

And finally, and perhaps most importantly, this week we start using the Windows Azure SDK 1.3. So if you haven’t downloaded and installed it, now is  the time.

There are some slight code modifications to take account of some breaking changes in 1.3 that are detailed in Steve Marx’s post on the subject.

Finally, I’ve just realised that the episode contains the wrong changeset information. The correct changeset is: 84039 (I’ll be correcting this slight oversight. Perfectionism demands it)

So, enjoy the show:

Remember, you can head over to to see the show in all its HD glory.

As I said, next week, We’ll be writing the update code that will automatically update all RSS feeds being tracked by the application.

Amazing: Snow Removal, Central Alberta

Saturday, 15 January 2011 3:39 pm Comments off

Posting this for future reference this winter. The lesson being: be grateful you don’t live in Canada.


Thanks Micah for posting this.

Categories: Note to Self, Personal, Videos, Web

Yet Another Cool Kinect Hack (YACKH)

Thursday, 2 December 2010 1:37 pm Comments off

Playing Mario using Kinect– Awesome!!

Thanks to PopSci – more info here.

It can’t be long till Microsoft release a proper SDK can it?

Categories: Kinect, Programming, Videos, Web, Windows

Kinect Puppet Show

Friday, 19 November 2010 9:07 am Comments off

I think I’ll be buying me a Kinect one of these days….

Amazing eh!!

Categories: Microsoft, Programming, Videos

Windows Azure Feedreader Episode 7: User Subscriptions

Monday, 25 October 2010 5:50 am 1 comment

Episode 7 is up. I somehow found time to do it over several days.

There are some audio issues, but they are minor. There is some humming noises for most of the show. I’ve yet to figure out where they came from. Apologies for that.


This week we

  • clear up our HTML Views
  • implement user subscriptions

We aren’t finished with user subscriptions by any means. We need to modify our OPML handling code to take account of the logged in user.



Remember, you can head over to to see the show in all its HD glory.

Next week we’ll finished up that user subscriptions  code in the OPML handling code. 

And we’ll start our update code as well.

Damn. This guy is crazy.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 8:19 am Comments off

Has he ever heard of crosswinds?

Categories: Uncategorized, Videos

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