Yahoo Go TV dead?

Please see the update at the end of this post!

One of my readers just informed me that the Yahoo Go TV page has vanished. Could be a temporary error. Or, have Yahoo closed the project down? Over at the Yahoo Go TV forum people seems less than satisfied with the latest beta.

Here is the thread discussing this over at the original Meedio forum.

I have emailed the creator of the original MyHTPC and Meedio product, Pablo Pissanetzky to see if he has an explanation.

I’ll let you know if I get an answer.

(Thanks, Trond)

Pablo is answering:

I think some sites are being reshuffled – it is a temporary mistake and not intentional.

Puh! I have faith in this product and believe it could become a success. We need nice applications to bring internet content to the TV screen!

Yahoo Go TV dead?

Happy christmas

God jul. Joyeux Noel. Buone Feste Natalizie. Selamat Hari Natal. Boze Narodzenie. Yes, I am repeating myself.

Well, the internet is about to go into hibernation mode for the holidays. Have fun. Take care of yourself. Take care of your family. I’ll do my best, so expect slow posting for the next couple of days. :-)

Happy christmas

TV from your media center to your mobile

I haven’t tried it yet, but this looks like an interesting plugin for Windows Media Center: Mobile TV Center 1.0

Watch TV on more than 500 mobile phones, Pocket PCs, iPod, PSP and portable media players. Take your TV programs on-the-go. All the shows that your record with your Windows Media Center are automatically converted in the background and transferred to your mobile phone, iPod, Pocket PC, Palm. Simply record TV-shows for your portable device by selecting a tv-show in the EPG (on-screen program guide).

I’ll be back with more info when I have tested it.

Other products with similar functionallity: TMPG VideoSync and SlySoft CloneDVD Mobile.

(Thanks, Oyvind and Ståle)

TV from your media center to your mobile

Broadcast 2.0

Traditional broadcast is pretty simple. Media companies try to reach as many people as possible through terrestial, satellite and cable. They want to reach people in their own home. All the way into their television of choice. Sony or Samsung. Tube or flat screen. Stereo or mono. Broadcasters try to reach them all.

And, you are free to invite friends over to your home and share the experience. Come over to my place and watch the game on friday!

On the internet the model is slightly different. Broadcasters make their own homes. They call their homes, and so on. They choose their own players and choose what technology you should use. You don’t have windows media player and internet explorer? Sorry, in our home that’s the key to get in.

So, they try to drive people into their home. Come to us. We rule. We have full control. Don’t you dare choosing your own television. We control the experience. You want to share an experience? Take your friends over to our place.

During the last couple of years people have started making their own homes on the internet. Through their own blog, their page on MySpace, their personalized home page. Their RSS reader. Their own house in Second Life.

Now people want to watch, keep, organize and share media in their own home on the net. They want to share music, video and interesting stories through their page on MySpace or on their blog.

Yes, these people with an advanced home on the net are still a minority. But it’s a very important minority. And people are building. Blogger,, MySpace, Netvibes, Google/ig and all their competitors are growing. Steve Rubel has a very interesting thought about how peoples blogs are becoming start pages.

So, are there any broadcasters out there that understand the power of this shift? Not really. Unless you understand that YouTube has become one of the most important broadcasters out there.

YouTube let people watch, share and organize content in their own home on the net. We suddenly have something that looks like the illustration I used to start this aricle. YouTube as the broadcaster. Blogs and start pages as all the homes.

Of course we’ll see combinations of these models. But it’s important to understand this shift. Because it has serious consequences for the way we measure success.

You can’t measure the success of lonelygirl15 through the traffic on one specific web site. She’s on YouTube. She’s on Revver. And on several web sites. The stuff gets even more difficult when you add Democracy Player, iTunes and BitTorrent to the important places to be.

Pageviews are sooo last century. Unique visitors are slightly better. But for the people that start using all the available distribution methods we’re back to the old model here as well. We have to measure the way we’ve done with radio and television for years. Ask people. Make surveys. Install special measure devices in peoples homes. Make advertising that is easy to judge the effect of. It’s about reach. Not clicks.

The problem is that the advertisers don’t understand this.

Broadcast 2.0

Stealing an image of a kid

Apparently I nearly killed a reader through pure boredom with my last post, so I hope this stuff is slightly more interesting.

A couple of weeks ago my father-in-law calls me wondering if I have started selling pictures of his grandchildren to commercials. He is talking about a picture of his grandson listening to an iPod. Used in an advertisement in a magazine he just received.

I haven’t sold any pictures of my son to commercials, so I was quite interested in this. As you can see from the picture that I have inserted above, my father-in-law had reason to believe that I was selling images to commercials.

The image is available through this article. And available for sale for editorial use over at shutterpoint. I am selling images both for editorial use and for use in commercials. Any images that include family members are only available for editorial use. The people responsible for this ad have not bought any pictures from me. And this particular picture isn’t even available with a license that would allow use in an advertisement.

Here at it is protected by the simple fact that this image is my intellectual property. is also marked with a Creative Commons license. Giving people freedom to use my work for non-commercial purposes as long as they give me credit and issue the same Creative Commons license on the work that includes mine.

So what do we have here?
Commercial use of my image in an advertisement. And by the way, no image credit. These people have to follow Norwegian law. This use of my image is a violation to paragraph 1 in the norwegian copyright act. It is a screaming obvious theft of intellectual property.

In addition to this, it is a violation to paragraph 45 c. Use of an image where a person is clearly visible. They need permission from the person in the picture.

At this point I have sent a letter to the shop that is responsible for the advertisement. Asking for a full report on where this image have been used. They have simply forwarded this to their lawyer.

I have made it clear in my letter that this is something that is of interest for my readers and that I will publish articles on this matter. I am awaiting an answer and will of course keep you updated on this!

Stealing an image of a kid



Thomas Hawk’s digital connection is one of the blogs that have been in my RSS reader for the longest time. He writes about photography and digital media. Between all the excellent writing he puts some articles that simply contain an image. He is an excellent photographer and these images give a nice little break from all the reading I do when I have my head deep down in Google Reader. I think more bloggers should do this. Post a poem, a drawing or a photo…

So, here we go. I can’t compete with Thomas Hawk, but I have more than 30 000 images in my archive and shoot hundreds each month.

The image in this post is from the Gustav Vigeland sculpture park, shot last Sunday. Two girls selling baloons. I like the contrast between the colours and soft shapes of the baloons and the brown trees with no leaves in the background.

Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filters: unsharp mask, a slight increase of saturation and some adjustment of light and focus in the bottom of the image


Zcubes – do it all in your browser

I have been playing around with Zcubes for a couple of minutes. It’s in beta. It’s quite slow and it looks ugly. But, this baby lets you do quite a lot within the browser. At this point only Explorer 5.5 and above. So, if you’re in Explorer you can go directly to a test page here.

Or, read more about it over at Read/Write Web:

In terms of using ZCubes, the idea is that it allows users to create “experiences” – ranging from the creation of personal pages, greeting cards, posters, portals, research/academic papers and more. Making these experiences easy to use is also key, as noted in a recent ZCubes blog post – e.g. providing simple drag-drop based utilities.

ZCubes: Trying to “Do It All” on the Web

Zcubes – do it all in your browser