Opera Software has released its Media Software SDK

According to the press release the SDK makes it easy to bring the full internet to Linux based consumer electronic devices.

Do we want the full internet on all kinds of devices, or is there a job to be done to adapt the story telling, types of content, systems of advertising and usability in general on these devices as well?

Opera can reformat Slashdot to fit on my TV, but do I want that? The Opera browser works extremely well in my symbian phone, but again and again I miss content that is actually made for that device.

Opera Software has released its Media Software SDK

Media Center – A very worn out term

Western Digital, please stop making my work difficult!

I just bought a new external hard drive. It is a USB2/FW 250GIG Western Digital with a built in card reader. I repeat, a hard drive with a card reader.

I am doing lots of presentations and travel around trying to explain new media and technologies for my audience. A Media Center is one of the terms I try to explain these days. Of course it’s difficult to make clear definitions on terms like that, but usually there is a basic explanation somwhere in the simplification of the technology.

For the term “Media Center” that includes something like “…a box that lets you play several different types of media. Usually designed to reside in your living room…”

It’s actually easier to say what types of devices that in no way could be described as a Media Center. And, a hard drive with a card reader is not a Media Center. Still, that’s what Western Digital calls my new hard drive.

Stupid, stupid people. You confuse the consumers. And you make my work difficult.

But – who cares? The biggest newspaper in Norway – “Verdens Gang” has a blog in their printed paper…. Aaaargh!

Media Center – A very worn out term

Still in list-mode: the Media Center Blogs

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I just posted my current “10 important blogs” list. Because many of my readers come to this place for information about Media Center Technologies I just have to give them my top 10 Media Center blogs right now as well (please note that the list is sorted alphabetically, not by importance):

1. www.eirikso.com (of course)
2. Sean Alexander: Addicted to digital media
3. Chris Lanier
4. Digital Media Thoughts
5. eHomeUpgrade
6. Ian Dixon
7. Michael Creasy
8. Om Malik’s broadband blog
9. PVRWire
10. PVRBlog

And yes, http://www.eirikso.com is the only blog here that is not placed in the list alphabetically :-)

(…and where is Thomas Hawk on your media center blogs list? Well, he is already in my top 10 blogs list at the moment, so I haven’t placed him in the media center blogs list…)

Lists, lists, lists… I feel them coming. I have already promised to give you my “10 most important softwares” list. Now, I feel a “10 most important gadgets” list approaching as well… The beauty of a personal blog is the fact that I don’t have any deadlines. :-) But, these lists will be there, I promise.

Still in list-mode: the Media Center Blogs

Top 10 blogs and some excellent Mac software etc…

Om Malik likes the lists of “Ten Blogs I Would Take To A Desert Island” that Laurence Simon came up with. And yes, that’s a great idea. We all know that with the internet we have come to a point where the amount of information and access to it is no problem. The problem is finding the reliable and interesting stuff. Tags, social networks and systems like del.icio.us and Furl help out here. The del.icio.us “most popular” list is a collection of links that always contains something interesting. Finding good information is better done by people than by bots.

And why not help people out there finding good software as well. Om Malik starts out giving his list of small freeware and shareware gems for the Mac: 10MacApps

So here we go:
It is very difficult to pick the 10 blogs that I would choose and stick to forever. That’s a list that simply doesn’t exist. It will be an always changing list. So, I’ll simply give you 10 blogs that I find very valuable right now (in alphabetical order):

1. BoingBoing
A directory of wonderful things“. Their own slogan says it all.

2. Brilliantdays.com
Never underestimate chief geek Oyvind Solstad. It was him that introduced me to del.icio.us, Flickr and Podcasting (way before anyone knew what it was). Of course he’ll post it on his blog the next time he finds something interesting.

3. Engadget
You don’t need any other sources if you want to know what’s happening in the world of gadgets.

4. IFTF’s Future Now
Yepp, future now. Insightful, intelligent and interesting.

5. John Battelle’s Searchblog
If something happens within the world of searching you’ll get it here first. And, because the world of searching is very important for the internet in general, you get some very interesting thoughts and reflections on technology in general. What would you expect from one of the founders of Wired Magazine?

6. kottke.org
Interesting stuff from already legendary full time blogger Jason Kottke. Design, technology, movies, music you name it.

7. Seth’s Blog
Seth Godin. Marketing guru and agent of change. Seth has an exeptional quality when it comes to explaining complex stuff in a dead simple and understandable way.

8. Slashdot
News for nerds, stuff that matters. If you want to know what’s going on in the world of technology this one is a indispensable classic.

9. Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection
Intelligent insights on the world of digital media and photography.

10. WIL WHEATON dot NET: Where is my mind?
I don’t know exactly why but I really like ex StarTrek celebrity Wil Wheaton’s blog. It’s one of the more personal ones in this list, and you really don’t know exactly what to get. But the stuff you get is well written and interesting!

And yes, I have huge amounts of good blogs in my feed reader. I don’t know if these 10 are the best ones, but right now they are very valuable.

My list of 10 fantastic freeware and shareware apps will follow soon!

Top 10 blogs and some excellent Mac software etc…

Problems with BotCheck and trackbacks

BotCheck
I just noticed why trackbacks have been failing on my site. The plugin I have been using to prevent comment spam, BotCheck have been stopping trackbacks.

In my quest to solve this someone recommended using a plugin called Bad Behaviour instead.

So, I have just deactivated BotCheck and activated Bad Behaviour. Trackbacks should be back working fine, and I will report back later on how this new plugin prevents both comment spam and trackback spam.

Problems with BotCheck and trackbacks

A Norwegian movie will be the first Scandinavian movie released on DVD in High Definition!

After reading this (norwegian) post things start to be more official. A cinematographer called “johna” states that a movie he has photographed will be the first Scandinavian movie released in WMVHD. I have an anticipation about the very interesting fact that I will be one of the first persons to have a look at this WMVHD version of the movie.

I promise to post back pretty soon!

A Norwegian movie will be the first Scandinavian movie released on DVD in High Definition!

When targeted ads goes terribly wrong

I am reading Wil Wheaton’s excellent blog. In the last post I recieved in my RSS-reader there was a small targeted ad at the bottom. Wil is writing about a charity poker tournament to raise money for the people that are affected by the terrible hurricane Katarina that has destroyed large parts of Louisiana. The ad at the bottom is for hotels in New Orleans…

Seth Godin has had a little discussion on the topic of targeted ads. In most cases they are excellent and give a win-win situation. The reader gets ads that are interesting because they are based on the information that he or she seems to be interested in. The advertiser gets a targeted audience.

I find it completely OK that the ads in a blog are about remote controls if I read a post about exactly that – remote controls.

But, the system is usually automatic. Ads are automatically targeted based on the text on the page. That can lead to very improper ads.

However, in this case the ad does not mess up the fact that Wil is doing a great job raising money for the people that need it right now! Great job.

When targeted ads goes terribly wrong