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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

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Experiment: P2P Live Audio streaming van de Prix Europa

Iemand van EBU vroeg me om dit op het web te plaatsen:

Ter gelegenheid van het Prix Europa openingsconcert op Zaterdag 15 oktober 2005 om 20h in Berlijn, organiseert de EBU een streaming experiment in samenwerking met Octoshape. De stroom zal ter beschikking zijn op de volgende webstek:

OctoShape is een nieuwe technologie die gebruik maakt van een P2P (peer to peer) aanpak en die een kostefficiente en hoge kwaliteits distributie van mediastromen over het internet naar verscheidene simultane luisteraars.
De volgende stromen zijn beschikbaar:

  • Windows Media 9 aan 96 kbit/s stereo, afspeelbaar door Windows Media player

  • AAC Plus op 64 kbit/s stereo, afspeelbaar door WinAmp player of itunes

De efficientie van het OctoShape systeem hangt af van het aantal luisteraars. Hoe meer gebruikers, hoe beter het systeem performeert.

Vraag dus aan je collegas en vrienden om ook te luisteren.

(Original message in English:
Live Audio Streaming of Prix Europa.doc>>

Dear colleagues and friends,

On the occasion of the Prix Europa opening concert to be held on Saturday,
15 October 2005 at 20.00 CET in Berlin, the EBU organizes a streaming
experiment in collaboration with OctoShape. The streams will be available on
the following website: OctoShape is a novel technology which uses a P2P (peer-to-peer) approach and allows for cost-efficient and high-quality distribution of media streams over the internet to several thousands of simultaneous listeners.
The following audio-only streams will be available:

  • Windows Media 9 at 96 kbit/s stereo, played by Windows Media player

  • AAC Plus at 64 kbit/s stereo, played by WinAmp player

The efficiency of the OctoShape system depends on the number of users involved. The more users, the better the performance of the system.
Pleease invite your collegues and friends to click on the above
address on Saturday, 15 October at 20.00 CET. Publish this information on your website in order to attract as many people as possible.
I hope that you will be one of the users who want to try the Octopus streaming system.)

Friday, September 23, 2005

Why Google does Talk ?

Why does Google provides a instant messanger with a peer to peer voice messaging? In this post I argue that in fact they are doing a kind of automating social tagging in order to improve their search results.

In a reaction There goes Philosophy point #2 on a slashdot posting, it was mentioned that Google better updates their "10 things":
Google does search. Google does not do horoscopes, financial advice or chat.
since the release of Google Talk that is a chat program.
And they did (see the full disclosure at the bottom of the page)
I started wondering why Google does talk. In my opinion they provide the VOIP/chat program just because this is sensible service to their users. Hence users will use it. As a consequence Google can get a good grip on your dailly social network. This is what they are after in my opinion. Because if they know what you and your friends at Google Talk/Mail are searching, they can improve their Page Rank search results by making use of your social network structure. Just like their Page Rank algorithm, a spin-off of the founders mathematical journey in the graph structures of internet content, makes use of the link structure of the items that GoogleBots indexes. In fact they can automate a kind of social tagging. That Google can record what you search was already remarked earlier at Google stealthily monitoring clickthroughs from search-results

I think it's a good value proposition. Google Talk for free, simple, no bypass of the corporate firewall with file upload (this is why Skype was considered insecure by Gartner), small screen estate and in the end better search results. Just like your Gmail inbox is read by machine programs, the social network is build by programs. Privacy is relative maintained as long as Google wants it. Unfortunately, history learns that if it can be revealed it will be revealed.....

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Seba op de moto van de zwaantjes in het kader van een verkeersopleiding Posted by Hello